The hot summer is here, and that means it’s time for the Kakigori – shaved ice – to shine. When visiting Kyoto – a place packed with culture, nature and great food of Japan – be sure to visit one of these 15 fantastic Kakigori shops. From traditional Japanese style to the modern style Kakigori, they certainly will keep your summer cool!
1. The freshest fruit Kakigori from Baikado!
Baikado is just 10 minutes from Tofukuji Station and is a shop known for pancakes in winter and Kakigori in summer. Apart from the usual Macha or Red Bean flavored Kakigori that you can enjoy in Kyoto, Baikado is also known for their fantastic fruit Kakigori, such as lemon and mango. One of the recommendations is the Mango and Milk-Cream Kakigori that can be savored for just 6.20 USD!
Address: 6 Imagumano Hozocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Access: 10 minutes walk from Nara Line Tofukuji Station
2. Your own original Kakigori at Nijo Wakasaya Teramachi Branch
There are several branches of Nijo Wakasaya around Kyoto, and one of them can be found at Teramachi, located just 3 minutes from Shiyakusho-mae Station. The recommended Kakigori to get here is “Sai-un”, a unique choice where 5 different types of syrup, like Black Sugar, Kiwi and Strawberry (syrup choices change according to the season) will be provided. You can enjoy your very own Kakigori according to your taste!
Nijo Wakasaya (Teramachi Branch)
Address 67 Enokicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 9 am - 6 pm (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 3 minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station
3. The best Macha sweets in Kyoto – Chakobo Nagatake
Chakobo Nagatake is known to be a shop where you can enjoy one of the best Macha sweets in Kyoto. Here, various types of sweets such as Yoghurt Cake, Daifuku and Warabi-mochi can be enjoyed. Apart from that, the Uji-Gori – Macha Kakigori – that Chakobo Nagatake serves is amazing. Rich Macha is poured over soft shaved ice, and you can also add toppings such as Shiratama Dango, Milk, Ice Cream and more!
Address 189 Zaimokucho, Pontocho Sanjo-dori Kudaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 1pm - 10pm (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 4 minutes walk from Keihan Oto Line Sanjo Station
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4. The Black Sugar Kakigori at Saruya
Saruya is a renowned sweets store located within Shimogamo Shrine, a world heritage site, and is frequented by visitors to the shrine. The recommended Kakigori to enjoy at Saruya is the Black Sugar Shiratama Kakigori, where black sugar syrup is poured over snowy ice, topped with soft and chewy Shiratama Dango. There are also other sweets like Mitarashi Dango that can also be savored at Saruya, and it is a must-go when you drop by Shimogamo Shrine!
Address (In the Shimogamo Shrine) 59 Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 10 am - 4:30 pm
Access: 13 minutes from Eizan Electric Railway Main Line Demachiyanagi Station
5. The unique fruit Kakigori of Ruban De Fruits An
Ruban De Fruits An is located just 7 minutes from Sanjo Station, where many popular tourist spots are located. As the name of the shop suggests, Ruban De Fruits An has many fruit themed Kakigori available. Various choices of fruits can be selected and it is highly recommended to purchase the Kakigori take away as you explore the city of Kyoto, as there are limited seats available within the store.
Ruban De Fruits An
Address 291-3 Narayacho Kawaramachidori Sanjo Kudaru Sanchome, Nakagyo, Shoto Building 1 Floor, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11 am - 8 pm (closed on Tuesday)
Access: 7 minutes walk from Keihan Main Line Sanjo Station
6. The modern style Kakigori of Umezono Cafe & Gallery
Umezono Cafe & Gallery is located near Karasuma Station, and is a cafe that blends traditional Japanese and modern design together. A small garden is located at the back of the cafe, giving it a very relaxing atmosphere. There are various types of sweets that can be enjoyed at Umezono Cafe & Gallery such as Mitarashi Dango and Warabi Mochi, but in summer, nothing beats a fantastic Kakigori! Various types of Kakigori such as Macha and Milk are available. Shown in the photo is their Black Sugar Kakigori, where sweet black sugar sauce and condensed milk is poured over crunchy shaved ice.
Umezono Cafe & Gallery
Address 180, Fudocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 11:30 am - 7 pm
Access: 8 minutes walk from Hankyo Kyoto Line Karasuma Station
7. The strawberry Kakigori of Ippuku Dokoro Konohana
Ippuku Dokoro Konohana is located just 7 minutes from Kitano Station and is within the vicinity of Kitanotenmangu Shrine. The 2 recommended Kakigori to get here is the Strawberry Milk Kakigori (available in spring) and the Peach Kakigori (available in summer). Do add Ippuku Dokoro Konohana to your itinerary to enjoy the seasonal shaved ice!
Ippuku Dokoro Konohana
Address 898 Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed on Tuesday)
Access: 7 minutes walk from Keifuku Electric Railroad Kitano Line
8. The grandeur strawberry Kakigori of Page One!
Page One is a shop produced by Morita Himuro Main Branch, one of the most prestigious Kakigori shops in Kyoto with the longest history. The most recommended Kakigori at Page One is the Strawberry Kakigori. Extremely rich strawberry syrup and lots of fresh strawberries are placed on top of the soft shaved ice, providing a fantastic supper during your Kyoto trip! The Kakigoris can be enjoyed during any season in Page One so you can savor this fantastic treat all year round!
Address 435-4 Kamibentencho Shimogawaradori Yasaka Torii Mae Kudaru, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 11 am -12 am (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 11 minutes walk from Keihan Main Line Gion-Shijo Station
9. The amazing Uji Milk Kintoki of Imobo Hiranoya
Imobo Hiranoya is a shop known for great Kyoto cuisine, and those who visit Kyoto often might not immediately associate this shop with Kakigori. However, you can actually enjoy fantastic Uji Milk Kintoki – Macha Kakigori with Red Beans – here!
Imobo Hiranoya Main Branch
Address Gionmachikitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Access: 12 minutes walk from Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station
10. The unique Kiwi Kakigori from Nikenchaya
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Most Kakigoris in Kyoto are usually Macha flavoured or Black Sugar flavored. Here are Nikenchaya, you can enjoy a unique Kiwi flavored Kakigori. Fresh golden kiwi is placed by the side of the Kakigori, serving as a great refresher in the hot Kyoto summer.
Address Gion-Machi Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 11 am - 8 pm (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 9 minutes walk from Keihan Main Line Gion-Shijo Station
11. The cute looking Kakigori of Gion Rakuraku
Editor’s note: Establishment if permanently closed
Gion Rakuraku is located just 4 minutes from Gion-Shijo station. The cute looking Kakigori named “Amechan Mitai na Kakigori” is definitely worth a try. Bright and colorful jelly is topped onto the Kakigori and you have a choice of 3 types of fruits sauce. They serve various other Japanese sweets like Warabi Mochi too, which you cannot miss.
Address 570-122 Gionmachiminamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 11:30 am - 2 pm and 5:30 pm - 9 pm
Access: 4 minutes walk from Keihan Main Line Gion-Shijo Station
12. The deluxe Kakigori of Nakamura Tokichi!
There are several branches of Nakamura Tokichi in Kyoto and one of them is very conveniently located within Kyoto Station. It is recommended to get the “Uji Kingori Macha & Hojicha”, where you will be able to enjoy a harmony of two different types of syrup – bitter sweet Macha and rich Hojicha. Nakamura Tokichi is also famous for various other Macha sweets and is definitely worth a visit.
Nakamura Tokichi (Kyoto Station Branch)
Address Kyoto Isetan 3rd Floor, Higashishiokoji, Shimogyo, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 11 am - 8 pm
Access: Within Kyoto Station
13. The secret café in the forest: Mo-an
Located at Mount Yoshida, a small hill in Kyoto, is Yoshida Shrine – one of the many shrines in Kyoto worth a visit. Within the forested environment, you will find an antique looking building – Mo-an – which looks almost like a school compound. Surrounded by amazing greenery, you can enjoy a fantastic lunch at Mo-an. Various types of Kakigori are served at Mo-an, which change according to season. Showed in the photo is the Yuzu flavored Kakigori. A great meal in the lush greenery of Kyoto – certainly worth a visit!
Address 8 Yoshidakaguraokacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
Opening Hours: 11:30 am - 6 pm
Access: 20 minute walk from Keihan Oto Line Demachiyanagi Station
14. Amazing tea and Kakigori at Ujikoubou
Ujikoubou is located along Uji River, one of the popular destinations in Kyoto. Surrounded by nature, the atmosphere of Uji River changes according to season. At Ujikoubou, you can participate in a Macha making experience as well as the Sado Japanese Tea Ceremony. Fantastic Mahca Kakigori can be enjoyed at Ujikoubou too, where rich Macha, red beans and Shiratama dango are placed on soft shaved ice. Other types of Macha sweets can be purchased at Ujikoubou as well, which will serve as fantastic souvenirs.
Address 10 Yamada Uji, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Monday)
Access: 15 minute walk from Nara Line Uji Station
15. The Ujikintoki at Mitsuboshien Kambayashi Sannyu Honten
Mitsuboshien Kambayashi Sannyu Honten is located near Uji Station along Uji River. The shop has a long history of serving Japanese sweets and the recommended choice is the “Ganso Uji Kintoki” where red bean, rich Macha and ice cream is topped on crunchy shaved ice.
Mitsuboshien Kambayashi Sannyu Honten
Address 27-2 Uji Renge, Uji City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 9 am - 6 pm
Access: 10 minutes walk from Nara Line Uji Station
The hotter the weather gets, the better the Kakigori will be!
These Kakigoris will serve as great companions to fight against the hottest season of the year. Make sure to add them to your itinerary when planning your trip to Kyoto this summer!
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