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Kakigori Guide – The Best Spots for Shaved Ice in Fukuoka!

In the fierce heat of the Fukuoka summer sun, eating kakigori is the most delicious way to cool off. This seasonal treat consists of delicately shaved ice as fluffy as freshly fallen snow, which is then heaped with fruits, sprinkled with condensed milk, and blanketed with syrups. Some shops have begun offering this dessert whole-year-round. Different kinds of kakigori range from simple to luxurious, such as one made with matcha and azuki beans – the varieties are endless! The city goes kaki-crazy in the summer (up until Sep. or Oct.), so here’s our guide to the best frozen treats Fukuoka has to offer. Why not try them all?

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Frequently used Japanese in this guide
• Anko (or an): Red bean paste. This comes in various consistencies, for example, koshi-an is finely pureed red beans, but in tsubu-an, the bean is left almost whole.
• Azuki: The red beans from which anko is made. Dainagon is a premium variety of azuki.
• Matcha: A finely ground powder made from specially grown and processed green tea.
• Zenzai: a sweet porridge of azuki beans boiled and crushed, served in a bowl with mochi. It is made from heated condensed paste (like making jam or marmalade!).

Comatsu Premiere (コマツプルミエ)

The strawberry kakigori served at this European-style cafe is made with only the sweetest berries from the Hirokawa region of Fukuoka Prefecture. The voluminous mound of fluffy shaved ice also has a splash of condensed milk for a deliciously sweet taste. Don’t miss their Luxurious Melon kakigori served in a bowl of melon and topped with juicy melon scoops, nata de coco and vanilla ice cream (limited serving only). Their other kakigori on offer are Japanese-style kakigori with matcha, kinako, and azuki beans, and others.

• Open: 11:30~23:00 (Fri., Sat., and before hol.: ~24:00)
• Closed: Year-end hol.
• Kakigori season: ~End of Sep.
• Price (tax excl.): Amaou, Japanese-style kakigori ¥800, Luxurious Melon kakigori ¥1,280
1F Plaza Hotel Premier Fukuoka, 1-14-13 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-738-3207
https://www.facebook.com/comatsu.premier/

Umenoma (うめのま 抹茶のカフェー)

If a kakigori cafe could embody “smart casual”, Umenoma would claim the honor. Umenoma is Umeyama Teppei Shokudo’s sister cafe, and offers a casual setting in which everything is impeccably presented. There are three kakigori options, all playing with traditional Japanese desserts: Kudamono Anmitsu (boiled red beans, agar gelatin and fruit of the day with molasses poured on top), Yame Gold (matcha), and Anko Milk. There is also the option to add on a carefully-paired liqueur for each option, for a more “grown up” kakigori; you might, for example, like Cointreau on your Kudamono Anmitsu or matcha liqueur on your Yame Gold, while Anko Milk goes well with both Cointreau and matcha liqueur.

• Open: 11:00~20:00
• Closed: Wed.
• Kakigori season: Depends on the climate
• Price (tax incl.): Yame Gold, Anko Milk ¥900, Kudamono Anmitsu ¥700, toppings: condensed milk ¥100, liqueur ¥300
3-1-16 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-726-6119
https://www.facebook.com/umenomamatchacafe/

Maeda Shoten (前田商店)

A family-owned ice business for over 60 years, Maeda Shoten also sells delightfully affordable kakigori. There are six standard flavors: strawberry, Uji matcha, mango, Hawaiian blue, ramune, and hyuganatsu. Served in a paper cup with a straw, they’re perfect for take-out and, at just ¥200, a sweet deal! Add more toppings to your order for only ¥30 ~ ¥50.

• Open: 11:00~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Kakigori season: ~Mid-Oct. (*depending on the climate)
• Price (tax incl.): ¥200, additional toppings: condensed milk ¥30, anko ¥50, double milk ¥50
1-8-31 Maizuru, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-712-8109

Sulbing (ソルビン)

Cute, Instagram-worthy and delicious, the kakigori from Korean-based Sulbing is well-known for its melt-in-your-mouth powdery ice. Enjoy Korean kakigori, patbingsu (“pat” meaning azuki beans and “bingsu” meaning kakigori), with a twist! From Jul. 21 (Sun.) to Aug. 20 (Tue.) be sure to try their Japan-only limited sweets, Suika (watermelon) Solbingo and Choco Mint Sulbing. Weekends see people lining up for these tasty treats.

• Kakigori season: Year-round
• Price (tax incl.): ¥850 ~ ¥1,500 (may be subject to change)
http://www.sulbing.jp/

Tenjin shop
• Open: 11:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:00)
• Closed: Irregular
B2F Vioro, 2-10-3 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-406-3480

Hakata shop
• Open:10:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:00)
• Closed: Irregular
B1F AMU Plaza Hakata, Hakataeki-chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-292-4848

Bimidenshin Kamadoya (美味伝心 かまどや)

Inside the unique A-frame structure of “Farm” in Kego, Kamadoya serves up a very special kakigori. They add real strawberries into the ice blocks before freezing, so when shaved the ice has a sweet, fresh strawberry flavor. It’s like eating soft, powdery strawberry snow!

• Open: 9:30~20:00 (Sun. & hol.: 9:30~17:30)
• Closed: Irregular
• Kakigori season: ~ End of Oct. (depending on the climate)
• Price (tax incl.): ¥450
2-18-1 Kego, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-716-5700
http://www.farm-1.net/

Houraku Manju (蜂楽饅頭)

Head down the Nishijin Shotengai market street towards this popular manju shop, where they serve up one of Fukuoka’s best-loved kakigori every summer. The soft ice recipe here holds 50 years of history. Try their longtime bestseller, cobalt-colored kakigori flavored with homemade syrup using Japanese honey and condensed milk.

• Open: 10:00~19:00 (or until sold out)
• Closed: Tue.
• Kakigori season: ~Sep.
• Price (tax incl.): ¥250 ~ ¥450
4-9-18-1 Nishijin, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka
092-822-5599
http://www.houraku.co.jp

Iwaiya (岩井屋)

Atago Shrine’s 100-year-old traditional tea house is said to be the pioneer of kakigori in Fukuoka. Their homemade red bean paste is their main product – try the Matcha Dainagon kakigori to taste it! Served with sparklers on top, the kakigori here is sure to bring a smile to kids and adults alike! The An Parfait is also very popular. These sweet treats make a great reward after climbing all those stairs that lead up to Atago Shrine in the summer heat.

• Open: 9:00~18:00, Sun. & hol.: 8:30~18:00
• Closed: Never
• Kakigori season: Summer only (~ end of Sep.)
• Price (tax incl.): Matcha Dainagon (small) ¥850, Matcha Dainagon ¥1,150, An Parfait ¥950, tapioca topping ¥200
2-6-33 Atago, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
092-881-0304
http://www.atago-iwaiya.com/index2.html

Kamiya Seika (加美家製菓)

You’ll find this 300-year-old traditional wagashi (Japanese sweets) shop on the Tojinmachi market street. Here, they use freshly made Kyoto matcha for each order of the popular Uji Kintoki (green tea kakigori). Not a fan of matcha? Try not kokuto kinako (with roasted soybean powder and brown sugar) or Milk Kintoki (milk-flavored). Enjoy the authentic Japanese sweets and a beautiful Japanese garden on premises.

• Open: 9:00~19:00 (L.O.: 18:30)
• Closed: Never
• Kakigori season: ~ End of Sep.
• Price (tax incl.): ¥350 ~ ¥600
1-2-19 Tojinmachi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-751-1250
http://www.kamiyaseika.co.jp/index.html

Kawabata Zenzai Hiroba (川端ぜんざい広場)

This shop, which was first established in the Taisho period, serves up tea and local specialty Kawabata zenzai (a very sweet soup with rice cakes and bean paste) on weekends in Hakata’s oldest arcade – Kawabata Shotengai. In summer, they serve Kori Zenzai kakigori which also has the traditional flavor of matcha and anko. What makes this spot really unique is the setting. The area is also well-known for being home to a kazariyama (decorative float) from the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival – the only kazariyama to be carried through the streets. Tourists are certain to enjoy the experience here while cooling off with a traditional kakigori. A great taste of Hakata’s culture as well as its kakigori!

• Open: 11:00~18:00 (*Fri., Sat., Sun., and hol. only)
• Closed: Mon. ~ Thu.
• Kakigori season: ~ End of Sep.
• Price (tax incl.): ¥500
10-256 Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-6223 (Kamikawabata Shotengai)
http://www.hakata.or.jp/zenzaihiroba/

Oishi Koriya (おいしい氷屋)

Established in 1946, local ice-maker Kyushu Seihyo runs a kakigori shop which uses ice frozen slowly over 72 hours into extremely hard, pure blocks. Twenty cm high portions of super fluffy shavings from the latest high-tech machine are dressed with gourmet toppings. Choose from 11 flavors! The popular Yame Matcha uses green tea from Hoshino in Yame (¥750); the slight bitterness of the tea is offset by the sweetness of the condensed milk. The coffee kakigori (¥750) is topped with mascarpone and specially blended coffee sauce. The ice dissolves on contact with your mouth!

cafe, oishi koriya, kakigori, shaved ice, dessert, fukuoka

cafe, oishi koriya, kakigori, shaved ice, dessert, fukuoka

• Kakigori season: Year-round
• Price (tax incl.): Oishi Syrup ¥550, handmade milk ¥550, Yame Matcha ¥750, strawberry & milk ¥750, kinako (soybean flour) ¥750, coffee ¥750, mango ¥750, blue ¥750, Matcha Mascarpone ¥800, black sesame almond milk ¥800
http://oishiikoori.com/

Tojinmachi shop
• Open: 12:00~18:30 (L.O.: 18:00)
• Closed: Mon., 2nd and 4th Tue. (Jul. & Aug.: Mon. only, open if hol. and closed the next day)
1-4-13 Tojinmachi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-731-7250

Tenjin-minami shop
• Open: 11:00~19:00
• Closed: Mon. (open if hol. and closed the next day)
1F Minami Tenjin Bldg., 5-14-12 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-732-7002

Originally written in July 2016. Updated July 2019.
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Published: Jul 23, 2019 / Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019

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