Japanese Soft Serve

Posted August 12th, 2010 in Food 8 Comments »


Soft serve, called “soft cream” in Japan, is everyone’s favorite treat!  In Japan we have so many flavors and some of them are only available at local area only.

Here, people usually go to Hungry Jack, Macdonald’s or maybe IKEA to get soft serve. :p  In Japan, if you go traveling around, you will see sign boards or flag with soft serve illustration at many shops across Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa.  Most of them are individual shops, but other are convenience stores such as Mini Stop, and franchise shops such as Sugakiya.

Each prefecture seems to use its specialty food for soft serve. It could be fun to plan a trip to Japan and enjoy each area’s specialty food in soft serve 😀

(Actually, overall many shops try to have unique flavors and now you can find any flavor of soft serve almost anywhere.)

Green Tea Soft Serve


I want to list down the flavors I found interesting … 🙂


• White Peach

• Grape

• Strawberry

• Blood Orange

• Melon

• Apple

• Sweet Potato

• Purple Sweet Potato

• Blueberry

• Sakura (Cherry)

• Yuzu

• Ume Plum

• Avocado

• Walnuts

• Peanuts

• Chest Nuts

• Black Sesame

• Sweet Soy Powder with Black Sugar Syrup

• Mont Blanc

• Honey

• Maple

• Caramel

• Dark Sugar

•  Belgian Chocolate

• Maccha Green Tea

• Black Bean Tea

• Espresso

• Wasabi

• Curry

• Rice

• Sake (liquor)

• Red Wine

• Konbu Seaweed

• Rare Cheese

• Cheese Cake

• Pudding


Does any flavor interest you?  I personally love swirl of vanilla and chocolate, green tea and sweet potato, but I definitely want to try Mont Blanc and Black Bean Tea!  I’m not sure about wasabi and curry though…



8 Comments on “Japanese Soft Serve”

  1. 1 Kathy said at 11:44 pm on August 12th, 2010:

    I LOVE wasabi 🙂 I had some in Shizuoka!

    Lavender in Furano and cactus were yummy too.

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 11:29 am on August 13th, 2010:


    Was wasabi nice???
    Actually, I didn’t like wasabi until I was 20 years old. :p
    Did it taste like real wasabi?

    Umm… cactus… I wonder how it tastes like!

  3. 3 Kathy said at 12:56 pm on August 13th, 2010:

    Yes, it tasted like real wasabi and afterwards you could feel the heat. There was no colour though – it was just white.

    Cactus was like aloe 🙂

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 2:03 pm on August 13th, 2010:


    Cactus sounds delicious ♪
    Wasabi… maybe my husband would want to try 😀

  5. 5 achan said at 2:29 pm on August 17th, 2010:

    I love Japanese soft cream and it is nothing like the artifical stuff in Oz. Our local flavour is shirasu but there is no way I want to try that : (

    I love matcha and black sesame. I also had the Lavender one in Furano, actually I think that was my first ‘unusual’ flavour.

    I recently saw a TV show which showed a shop which had 101 different flavours, No 1 was vanilla and 101 was garlic!! A soft cream tour of Japan would be great!

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 10:52 am on August 18th, 2010:


    Garlic and Shirasu (>0<) Ummm... it sounds bit challenging !!! I don't think I would want to try these flavors too... Thanks for your story 😀

  7. 7 achan said at 1:57 pm on August 20th, 2010:

    Mini Stop’s soft cream is YUM, especially the Belgian chocolate!

  8. 8 umepontarou said at 10:39 am on August 21st, 2010:


    I love Belgian chocolate! The rich sweet chocolate….. ummmm (>v<)

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