Japan is famous for its history and culture, but you can't overlook the Japanese love of snacks and sweets! Wherever you go in Japan, there are plenty of amazing and unique flavors of ice cream to be found. These four flavors are available at some of central Japan's most famous sites!
1. Cremia - Japan's Premium Soft Serve at Osaka Castle
Cremia is Japan's most famous and popular soft serve ice cream. If you've never tried it, you are really missing out! Cremia is nothing like normal soft serve ice cream!
This "softcream" is made of high-fat milk and fresh cream, and is the freshest, richest, creamiest soft serve ice cream you can imagine! The ice cream is served in a sugar cookie cone.
Chocolate and green tea flavors are also available.
Cremia Ice Cream is available in many different places, but one of the best places to get it is at Osaka Castle. Enjoy the view and a special treat while visiting one of Japan's most famous landmark!
2. Hanami Ice Cream With Real Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
A "hanami" is a Japanese cherry blossom-viewing party. Each spring, millions of Japanese cherry blossom enthusiasts will flock to parks and forests to enjoy the beautiful pink blossoms with their friends and families.
One popular hanami party takes place every spring in Tokyo's Ueno Park. Cherry blossom viewers can buy sake, beer, and all sorts of Japanese snacks, and sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature.
One special snack available only during the springtime hanami season is sakura (cherry blossom) flavored ice cream made with real cherry blossoms! This can be found at hanami parties across the country.
3. Gold Ice Cream at Kinkaku-ji Temple
Kyoto's Kinkaku-Ji Temple is known as the "Golden Pavilion", a name that is fully embraced by vendors around the monastery. At the surrounding markets, you can buy everything from tea snacks covered in gold leaf to sake with tiny flakes of gold floating in it.
Of course, the most appropriate ice cream to enjoy just outside of the Golden Pavilion is one dusted with flakes of real gold!
Kinkaku-ji is one of Japan's most iconic temples. After exploring the beautiful temple grounds, enjoy a one-of-a-kind golden ice cream.
4. Soy Soft Serve at Fushimi-Inari Shrine
While hiking up the sacred Mt. Inari just outside Kyoto, stop at one of the many tea houses along the pilgrim's path for a hot cup of tea and a soy ice cream to refresh and re-energize you.
The flavor is very different from ice cream made from real milk, and it's quite delicious and refreshing!