Kakigori (かき氷) is the Japanese version of a Shaved Ice dessert that is a must eat during summer. We eat this when we go to festivals, events etc. It can be had in special Kakikori shops or as long as I can remember, as a street food during festivals.
One aspect about Japanese culture is that when they find something interesting enough to embark on, they dedicate time and precision into perfecting that craft. That same enthusiasm is present in the craft of making kakigori. As a result, there are many kakigori shops throughout Japan, and all trying to produce the best product they can.
While there are varying qualities of this dessert, to truly enjoy a quality product, I suggest you visit a kakigori specialty shop.
In this post, I would like to introduce you to some specialist shops in Kobe.
Shukugawa Sakuraan 夙川桜庵
12pm – 7pm Monday closed Credit Cards – Not Accepted 〒662-0063 6-1 Aioi-cho, Nishinomiya city, Hyogo
This shop is only 2min from Shukugawa Station (Hankyu Line). It is a popular shop so do not be surprised if you have to wait in line during the warmer months. On my last visit to this shop, we went there during lunchtime hoping it would not be crowded. I mean, who east kakigori for lunch?
However, we were wrong! People do it as a substitute for lunch 😛 When we got there, we had to wait in-line. Luckily, we waited less than 10min before we got to sit down. The place was packed with many high school students! Anyway, they all looked cute 🙂
You need to buy a ticket from a vending machine of a ticket.
I recommend you try the Mix Juice kakigori 🙂 Mix Juice is a signature drink for people from the Kansai region.
12pm – 6pm Tue & Wed closed Credit Cards – Not Accepted 〒653-0043 1-chome-17-20 Komagabayashicho Nagata-ku Kobe Hyogo
Rikka is located in a shopping arcade of Rokkenmichi（六間道商店街）near Shinnagata Station（新長田駅）
Shinnagata is a Shitamachi （The name for traditional areas in Japanese cities). Here you will have the opportunity so see some old-style shops.
If you like almond tofu, I recommend you try Annin milk (杏仁ミルク)as it is very delicious. When you see you first ever kakigori, I think you will be amazed at how they are created.
9am – 6pm Credit Cards Accepted (JCB、AMEX、Diners、VISA、Master)
3-chome-3-15 Tamondori Chuo-ku Kobe Hyogo
This place is actually a tea house that also serves Kakigori as well.
Their serving sizes are huge, but I am sure most people will be able to tackle such a challenge! However, if you find it daunting and would rather something other than kakigori, you can try their ice cream or some Japanese tea along with some traditional Japanese sweets like Mochi, Anmitsu.
*Anmitsu(あんみつ): is made of small cubes of agar jelly with sweet red beans, some fruit (kiwi, peach, banana, cherry, etc), mochi served in a bowl with some brown sugar syrup on top.