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Beat the Heat with Shaved Ice from These Four Shops Near Shinjuku Station!

Jun 21, 2019

The flag with the Chinese character for “ice” (as seen above) hanging outside of Japanese-style sweets shops is a sign that summer is here! The rainy season is over, so that means that the hot summer is now upon us. During these days of unbearable heat, shaved ice (known as kaki-goori in Japanese) is a dessert that is something that people want to eat to help them cool down. While you’re walking through Shinjuku, you’ll find places to try shaved ice that range from traditional Japanese-style sweet shops that those that incorporate the latest trends. In this article, we will introduce you to a few of these shops. Find the one that suits your palate the most!

Kyo Sado Tsuru

Kyo Sado Tsuru is the branch of a long-standing Japanese sweets shop in Kyoto, Tsuruya Yoshinobu, which is located in Shinjuku’s Takashimaya Department Store. It’s no surprise that you can try Japanese-style shaved ice here. You can find it in the basement of the department store, so feel free to stop by this casual shop anytime.

Our recommendation is the Uji Shigure shaved ice (1,080 yen, including tax). The delicious matcha syrup goes perfectly with the condensed milk. Ogura red bean paste and shiratama made of mochi (pounded rice), and rich vanilla ice cream top the dessert. This is indeed a very Japanese dessert!

The Azuki Ice (1,026 yen, including tax) is also popular. The thinly shaved ice is topped with white syrup and condensed milk. Carefully made Ogura red bean paste and shiratama complete this cold dessert with a mild flavor.

Tsuruya Yoshonobu Kyo Sado Tsuru (Shinjuku Takashimaya Branch)
5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shinjuku Takashimaya B1 Food Floor
Telephone Number: 03-5361-1315
Hours of Operation: Weekdays and Sunday: 10:00AM-7:30PM (Last Order)
Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00AM-8:00PM (Last Order)

*Closing time is the same as the other shops in the department store.
*Please note that there is no staff that can speak English, but the menu includes pictures so don’t worry when ordering.

Toraya Café An Stand Shinjuku

We have featured Toraya Café An Stand on our site before as a place where you can try an (red bean paste) for the first time. They also offer shaved ice at a reasonable price!

An Paste Shaved Ice (Matcha) 702 yen (650 yen, excluding tax)

The Matcha syrup used includes Uji Matcha, and the bitterness still of the tea still remains. The dessert is topped with the shop’s popular Ogura red bean paste.

Matcha Condensed Milk – 810 yen (750 yen excluding tax)

We recommend adding the café’s carefully made homemade condensed milk to your dessert.

Shaved ice is only available until mid-September, so head to the café ASAP if you want to try it!

Toraya Café An Stand
Address: NEWoMan Shinjuku 2F, 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 10:00AM-10:00PM
Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays: 10:00AM-9:30PM
Closed when the NEWoMAN building is closed
Telephone Number: 03-6273-1073

Konana (Lumine Est Shinjuku Branch)

The next stop is Konana, a restaurant famous for its Japanese-style spaghetti. You can also try their light shaved ice that is representative of the current trends. They have five rich flavors of rich syrup to choose from. These desserts don’t just look cute, they taste great!

Tangerine (830 yen)

Lots of tangerine slices are added to this shaved ice that will melt in your mouth. The syrup includes pieces of tangerine, so this shaved ice does not have a smooth texture. You may feel a bit “nostalgic” for the desserts of your youth while eating this treat!

Matcha (880 yen)

The flavor of matcha is combined with the texture of chestnuts in this very Japanese dessert. Add Yuzu citrus sauce to the dish for a “refreshing” taste that adds another layer to this treat.

Strawberry (930 yen)

The shaved ice has a strawberry fruit on top!
The sweetness and bitterness of strawberry will delight your taste buds. Enjoy real strawberry flavor when you eat this dessert!

Konana (Lumine Est Shinjuku Branch)
Lumine Est 8F 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Telephone Number: 03-6303-0577
Hours of Operation:
Weekdays: 11:00AM-11:00PM
Weekends and National Holidays: 11:00AM-10:30PM

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Lumine Shinjuku

Lumine Shinjuku is a department store located 1 minute on foot from the Shinjuku Station South Exit. Enjoy shopping and gourmet Japanese cuisine at this shopping center that also includes some 230 sho…

LUMINE 1: 1-1-5 Nishi-Shinjuku 160-0022
LUMINE 2: 3-38-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone number
Main line 03-3348-5211
Hours of operation
Shopping: weekdays 11:00–21:30
Weekends, holidays 10:30–21:30
Restaurants: 11:00–22:30
Note: Hours may vary according to the establishment

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Tokiya (Shinjuku Odakyu HALC branch)

A 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station is Tokiya, a café famous for its dorayaki being the inspiration for a certain famous blue robot cat’s favorite treats. They also have a shaved ice menu!

If you want to enjoy traditional Japanese sweets, our recommendation is the Ice Anmitsu. Animitsu, a traditional Japanese parfait usually containing agar jelly and an paste, is hidden underneath the shaved ice!

If you want to feel the history of Tokyo on a hot summer day, then there’s nothing better than taking a break in this cool café and enjoying a dessert for adults!

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Japanese Sweets Cafe Tokiya

Japanese Sweets Cafe Tokiya has developed a knack for creating sweets that you never get tired of, particularly dorayaki, which is anko (red bean paste) made in-house and sandwiched by two sponge cake…

1st Floor, Shinjuku Nishiguchi HALC, 1-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
Telephone number
Hours of operation
Weekdays: 11:00–21:30
Weekends, holidays: 11:00–20:00

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Being an island country, Japan is extremely humid during the summer. Take a break with shaved ice during this humid season!