Summer is definitely here and what better way to enjoy it by eating Hokkaido’s finest soft serve ice cream! Hokkaido is famous worldwide for its rich and creamy dairy products and it doesn’t hurt that Hokkaido has wide variety of sites to visit. Spend a day (or ten!) going around Hokkaido to enjoy the food and the beautiful landscapes the place has to offer. It is hard to choose just one so here are the top three soft cream brands you should definitely try!
#1: Le Tao’s Soft Cream
Le Tao is famous for their Double Fromage Cheesecake which is so heavenly and light that it feels like one is eating sweetened clouds. They have magically extended this magnificence to their soft ice cream offerings by serving vanilla, cheese and chocolate ice cream flavors. They’re so good that there is always a bee line in ALL their five (yes, 5!) stores in the short strip of Sakaimachi Street in Otaru.
Available branches: https://www.letao.jp/global/en/shop/
#2: Kinotoya Bake’s Soft Cream
Famous for the cheese tarts, Kinotoya offers soft serve in cup or waffle cone—whichever you choose, you can not go wrong. The soft serve swirls so high they encourage you to use a spoon which they have graciously provided. You can find Kinotoya in Poletown before you head towards Odori Park.
Available branches: http://www.kinotoya.com/shop/list.html
#3: Ishiya’s Soft Cream
Ishiya Chocolate Factory is the company that produces the famous Shiroi Koibito butter cookie. In Sapporo, you can enjoy the Shiroi Koibito Park that rivals Mr. Wonka’s. They have awesome hourly musical display, mini houses to get lost in, and photo perfect scenery for those precious selfies. More importantly, there are shops to try Ishiya’s marvelous desserts. The free area park has a kiosk for you to quickly get your soft serve fix. Their flavors vary depending on the season! Try the strawberry or melon flavor or be bold and try lavender!
Technically not in Hokkaido, this brand by Nissei is the premium line that uses 25% fresh cream from Hokkaido and an amazingly high 12.5% milk fat versus the under 10% milk fat of normal soft serves. The cone is made out of lengue de chat (better known as thin butter cookie) making this ice cream supremely rich and utterly delicious. Make sure to go to the Narita Airport Domestic Terminal 3 Lounge Area early so you can eat this before you fly off to Hokkaido!
Hurry off to Hokkaido and spend your summer holidays eating these delectable delights! Don’t worry if you can’t find all these brands. Just stop by any shop which sells soft serve in Hokkaido and you’ll be sure that it taste better than any you’ve ever tried elsewhere.
Have a great summer 😀