Enjoy a variety of soft serve ice creams in Ginza!Enjoy shopping in Ginza. Then have a rest! How about sweet and cold soft serve ice creams?2011.08.

Ginza Panorama view

Many of you may have an image of Ginza in Tokyo as “a shopping place for luxury brand goods.” In Ginza, there are not only luxury brand stores but also satellite shops that you can get to know the charm of other prefectures in Japan while being in Tokyo. Each shop sells a variety of local specialties to boast of such as sweets, food ingredients and alcoholic beverage. Among them, soft serve ice creams that let you enjoy the flavor unique to the prefecture in Tokyo are very popular. Please get rid of the idea that “All soft serve ice creams taste the same.” You will enjoy a variety of soft serve ice creams.

Exquisite! Soft serve ice cream from Hokkaido & Okinawa

The Japan's northernmost territory, Hokkaido and the southernmost territory, Okinawa are popular tourist destinations. You cannot miss soft serve ice cream from these two prefectures!!

If you say the words “farm, milk” in Japan, they may remind people about Hokkaido. It can be said Hokkaido is synonymous with dairy. At Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, just outside Yurakucho Station, the hot seller is “soft serve vanilla ice cream” which is refreshing and not too sweet and is made from milk from cows that grew up in the great nature of Hokkaido. The famous cantaloupe in Hokkaido is called Yubari Melon. And “soft serve Yubari Melon ice cream” which is made from milk and Yubari Melon juice is also popular. There will be a line when the weather is hot. If you cannot decide which flavor to have, you can have them both in one serving.
Shop information
Hokkaido Dosanko PlazaYurakucho Shop
Hours:10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Closed:The year-end through the New Year period
Access:1-min walk from JR Yamanote Line Yurakucho Station or 3-min walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Yurakucho Station
The popular tourist destination along with Hokkaido is Okinawa. The charms of Okinawa are the fruits grew up under the subtropical sun and its nature. What the staff at the satellite shop of Okinawa “Washita Shop” recommends is “soft serve fresh ice cream” whose ingredients such as fruits from Okinawa and milk are mixed on the spot. There are a variety of flavors such as fruity flavor and spicy flavor. Among all the flavors, the staff especially recommends “soft serve fresh apple mango ice cream.” As mango is mixed on the spot, the ice cream tastes fresh and rich. The staff said, “It is the most popular flavor at Washita Shop.” Also, enjoy trying unique soft serve ice cream such as soft serve ice cream with salt from Ishigaki Island and soft serve red pepper ice cream.
Shop Information
Washita Shop (Okinawa)
Hours:10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed:The New Year period
Access:4-min walk from JR Yamanote Line Yurakucho Station Kyobashi exit, right outside Subway Yurakucho Line Ginza-itchome Station No.3 exit, or 7-min from Subway Ginza Line, Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line Ginza Station

Yurakucho Panorama view


All the different tastes of Japan get together.

One of the attractions of Ginza and Yurakucho area is that you can buy local food and souvenirs of many different prefectures besides popular Okinawa and Hokkaido. Keep looking for a good soft serve ice cream.

The climate of Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku is one of the milder and calmer in Japan. The recommended soft serve ice cream at its satellite shop “Marugoto Kochi” is “soft serve Tosa Jiro vanilla ice cream” which is made using the eggs of “Tosa Jiro,” a variety of chicken raised in Kochi blessed in climate. It is rich and sweet and can be addictive. But it is not only good but also very nutritious as high-quality eggs that are estimated to be 100 yen per egg are used. It will heal your tired body after a walk.
Shop Information
Marugoto Kochi
Hours:Basement Floor Tosakura ⁄ 1st Floor Tosaichi 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed:Open Everyday
Access:Right outside JR Yamanote Line Yurakucho Station or Subway Yurakucho Line Ginza-itchome Station
At “Iwate Galaxy Plaza” of Iwate Prefecture in Tohoku (northeastern Japan), you can have a soft serve ice cream made from the famous “Iwate Koiwai Farm Milk.” As it is light and easy to eat, it is perfect for hot days. You may shout without thinking, “Another one!” You can relax as there are chairs for customers to sit down and eat.
Shop Information
Iwate Galaxy Plaza
Hours:10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (the last day of each month - 5:00 p.m.)
Closed:The year-end through the New Year period
Access:Right outside Subway Hibiya Line Higashi-ginza Station No.6 exit or 1-min walk from Toei Subway Asakusa Line Higashi-ginza Station A1 exit
The satellite shop of Tottori Prefecture “Shoku-no-miyako Tottori Plaza” is near Shimbashi. The friendly shop manager, Mr. Fujimoto, recommends “soft serve Daisen milk ice cream” which is made from milk from cows that grew up leisurely at the foot of Mt.Daisen, a famous mountain in Tottori. It has rich milk flavor, and it is filling as it has plenty of volume.
Shop Information
Shoku-no-miyako Tottori Plaza Hours:10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed:The year-end through the New Year period
Access:1-min walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Shimbashi Station


Many varieties of soft serve ice cream

You can find soft serve ice cream at various places in Japan besides Ginza and Yurakucho area.

Kumamoto Prefectural Products Center in Kichijoji
Soft serve honey ice cream

Nihombashi Ningyocho Morinoen
Soft serve Hojicha ice cream

Yurakucho Murakara Machikara Kan
Soft serve Kuromitsu Kinako ice cream


If you look at soft serve ice creams, you will know the local specialties. Please try many different flavors of soft serve ice cream while traveling in Japan.

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