Do you enjoy the summertime in Japan? I do not know if you are aware of it or not, but the summer in Japan is very hot and humid!!! It is especially hot in Yamagata. If you want to escape from this HOT world, why not to try eating the cool dessert, kakigori (shaved ice with syrup)?
One of good shops is in Tendo city, Yamagata. The shop’s name is Ice cafe Kosui, which recently opened in 2016. Akatsuka Seihyo, ice-making company which started in 1908, sells their good ice to the shops, so you can eat good-quality ice. Also, Tendo city is abundant in fruits. In other words, you can eat fancy kakigori with fresh fruits made in Yamagata with good-quality ice. It is a great chance to eat fancy kakigori here because you can find only simple kakigori in normal festival food stands.
There are large selections of kakigori in this shop. For example, you can order strawberry milk, pumpkin milk (seasonal specialty), macha milk, brown sugar milk, mango yogurt, lemon milk, orange yogurt, carrot mascarpone, chocolate banana milk, grape yogurt, tomato milk and kiwi yogurt kakigori. Which would you like to try? According to homepage of Ice Café Kosui, the most popular one is strawberry milk. In my case, I ordered macha milk when I visited for the first time. To my surprise, the ice was very light and soft. The ice melted immediately in my mouth. Also the macha was very good! So I felt as the heat was blown away from my body! Please be careful when you eat, since kakigori melts sooner than you would expect!
The kakigori was quite big for me, so I shared that with my friend. Although I shared it with my friend, it was still enough. Some families ordered 3 or 4 kakigori and they seemed to share it together, too. It is also a good idea to share it to try many kinds of kakigori.
The inside of the shop is very cool and bright thanks to the sunshine through the windows. This shop is fashionable so there are many young people, including couples. Not only young people but also elderly people come to taste the kakigori. One family shared the kakigori with their grandchildren, grandma and grandpa. So this shop is good for friends, couples and family. I am sure if you will go there with anyone, everyone will like the shop too and smile from the tasty kakigori.
Would you like to go to this nice shop? You can have a great summer memory with the delicious kakigori. Just please be careful not to eat too much, okay? You might get a headache if you are too crazy about eating the kakigori in Ice cafe Kosui in Tendo city!
Address: 3-6-9 Higashihoncho, Tendo city, Yamagata Japan
Closest station: Tendo station (This shop is 417m away from this station.)
☆Summer time (May to September)
Weekdays 10:30am to 4:30pm Weekend 10am to 5pm (~￥1,000)
☆Winter time (October to April)
Weekdays 11am to 4pm Weekend 10:30am to 4:30pm（~￥1,000）
Parking: There are two places to park. One is next to the shop for about 8 cars. And the other is behind of the shop for about 6 cars.