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Soft Serve: Sampling Japan's Unique Regional Ice Cream Varieties!

Soft Serve: Sampling Japan's Unique Regional Ice Cream Varieties!

Date published: 12 September 2019

One thing you can’t miss when visiting Hokkaido is the various dairy product sweets. The most notable Hokkaido sweet is the “soft cream” (soft-serve ice cream) made from fresh milk. The standard flavor is vanilla with a milk taste, however it’s always worth trying unique regional flavors. We will take a look at different regional soft-serve ice cream that uses local specialties.

Nakafurano Town: Lavender Soft Cream - Enjoy the aroma of lavender and quality sweetness!

Nakafurano Town: Lavender Soft Cream - Enjoy the aroma of lavender and quality sweetness!
Lavender extract made on the farm is mixed into the cram to create the Lavender Soft Cream, which offers a refreshing taste.

Farm Tomita is the largest lavender farm in Japan. From spring to autumn over 1 million tourists visit the location to view the beautiful lavender and other various flowers. It is a major sightseeing location in Hokkaido. In the farm there are a total of 5 lavender fields, which is about 5 hectares. During the peak blooming period of mid to late July, the view of the vivid purple carpet, which covers the farm is magnificent.

If you visit Farm Tomita you must try the original Lavender Soft Cream (cone 300 yen, cup 250 yen), which is only available here. With one bite of the light purple soft cream, the lavender flavor expands in your mouth. The refreshing after taste is perfect for summer. They are sold at various locations in the farm, enjoy the delicious soft cream while you explore the beautiful lavender field.

Sakiwai Field located in the center of the farm. You can purchase the lavender Soft Cream at shops around the flower fields

Hours: 9 AM ~ 5 PM (may change depending on the season and facility)
Closed: Open daily
Access; 25 minute walk from JR Naka-Furano Station

Nakafurano Town: Santa no Hige - Amazing Collaboration of Melon and Soft Cream!

Nakafurano Town: Santa no Hige - Amazing Collaboration of Melon and Soft Cream!
Santa no Hige (large) from 1,400 yen. Refreshing soft cream on melon, which can only be enjoyed here. *Santa no Hige is a registered trademark of Popura Farm

Hokkaido is one of the dominant domestic melon farming areas. The Yubari Melon is a famous Hokkaido melon, however the melon grown in Furano region taking advantage of temperature difference is starting to make a name for itself. The Popura Farm in Nakafurano Town is famous for the dynamic use of melons for their sweets. They cut a melon and half and add a topping of soft cream, which is called Santa no Hige (Santa’s beard).

Provided in limited quantity according to season and availability is the Double Santa from 2,000 yen. Best time to try this is after mid-July.

This had attracted the attention of many tourist, due being able to enjoy two flavors of Hokkaido at once. They have two sizes of a quarter cut small size (from 800 yen) and a half cut large size (from 1,400 yen), which is perfect to share with your friends or family. The melons sweetness and the mellow cream provides an amazing taste. They also have other styles such as Santa de Melon (large from 1,500 yen) with melon soft cream on melon and Godzilla no Hige (Godzilla’s Beard) (large from 1,500 yen) with chocolate topping. We strongly recommend to stop by if you are in the area.

Enjoy your treat on the terrace under the blue sky
  • POPURA FARM Nakafurano-Honten
    ポプラファーム中富良野本店
    • Address 〒071-0771 北海道空知郡中富良野町東1線北18号/18, Higashi 1-Senkita, Nakafurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido, 071-0771, Japan
    • Phone Number 0167-44-2033

    Hours: Mid-April ~ late October 9 AM ~ 5 PM (last order 4:30 PM)
    Closed: Open daily during the season
    Access: 5 minute walk from JR Nishinaka Station

Biei Town: Aoi Ike Soft Cream - Vibrant Blue Just Like the Famous Site, Blue Pond!

Biei Town: Aoi Ike Soft Cream - Vibrant Blue Just Like the Famous Site, Blue Pond!
Aoi Ike Soft (Mix) 380 yen. The refreshing sourness of the yogurt and rick milk flavor create a perfect harmony. Only available from July to September

Biei Town is famous for the unique hilly landscape with patchwork hills, that is why it is called “Oka no Mach” the town of hills. However there is one place we can’t forget, the Aoi Ike (Blue Pond). When the aluminum-rich water from Shirahige Waterfall flows into Biei River, a colloid is created. With this the reflection of the sun looks blue to the human eye. The view of dried trees sticking out of the blue surface is majestic.

The Aoi Ike Soft (380 yen) is only sold at Biei Mino no Eki Oka no Kura from July to September. The blue soft cream with vibrant color like the pond has a refreshing yogurt flavor. The mixed flavor with Biei Milk Soft (380 yen) is very popular. Having this soft cream after visiting the Blue Pond will enhance the taste.

The blue soft cream with vibrant color like the pond has a refreshing yogurt flavor. The mixed flavor with Biei Milk Soft (380 yen) is very popular. Having this soft cream after visiting the Blue Pond will enhance the taste.

  • Michi-no-Eki Biei Oka-no-Kura
    道の駅びえい 丘のくら
    • Address 〒071-0208 北海道上川郡美瑛町本町1丁目9-21/1-9-21 Motomachi, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, 071-0208, Japan
    • Phone Number 0166-92-0920

    Hours: June to August 9 AM ~ 6 PM, September to May 9 AM ~ 5 PM
    Closed: December 31st ~ January 1st
    Access: 1 minute walk from JR Biei Station

Toma Town: Densuke Watermelon Flavored Soft Cream

Toma Town: Densuke Watermelon Flavored Soft Cream
Suika Soft Cream (320 yen) known for its flavor that you won’t get tired of

Toma Town located next to Asahikawa City has started growing the Densuke Watermelon from 1984, now it a local specialty of Toma Town and well-known throughout the nation. It is a mixed breed of the European black skin watermelon and the Japanese striped watermelon. It has a black skin and the inside is bright red; it has an extremely high sugar content and the texture is very crisp. Due to this it is highly praised and is a popular gift.

Densuke Watermelon with a unique black and slick look. Toma Towns brand watermelon, which is also a popular gift.

At Michi no Eki Bussankan Desuke no Ie (Toma roadside station) sells the watermelon flavored soft cream Suika Soft Cream (320 yen) between July and August. With a vivid pink color, the refreshing watermelon sweetness and cream flavor matches. The refreshing aftertaste will make you want more. The Densuke Watermelon colors are red and black, which is used in other product packaging such as cider, jelly and rice cakes.

すいかソフトクリームは「道の駅とうま」の当麻町物産館で販売中
  • Michi-no-Eki Toma Bussankan Densukesan-no-Ie
    道の駅とうま 物産館でんすけさんの家
    • Address 〒078-1300 北海道上川郡当麻町字園別2区/Toma-cho Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, 078-1300, Japan
    • Phone Number 0166-58-8639

    Hours: 9 AM ~ 6 PM
    Closed: December 31st ~ January 3rd
    Access: 7 minute drive from JR Toma Station

Eniwa City: Ebisu Kabocha Soft - Wonderful Rich Sweetness of Japanese Pumpkin!

Eniwa City: Ebisu Kabocha Soft - Wonderful Rich Sweetness of Japanese Pumpkin!
Ebish Kabocha Soft, which offers the sweetness of Ebisu Kabocha and Milk. It comes with Ebisu Kabocha flake topping

Next to Chitose Airport is Eniwa City, which is known as a flower town with thriving production of agricultural products. The regional soft cream here is the Ebisu Kabocha Soft (300 yen) made from the popular local Ebisu Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin). It is sold at Michi no Eki Hana Road Eniwa (Hana Road Eniwa Rest Area), which is surrounded in various colorful flowers.

The Kabocha Pudding Bread and Kabocha Melon Bread, made with Eniwa’s local specialty Ebisu Kabocha
Michi no Eki Hana Road Eniwa (Hana Road Eniwa Rest Area) has a unique triangle roof. With different seasonal flowers planted it offers a different look each time you visit.

The light gold colored soft cream mixed with the soft-textured sweet local specialty Ebisu Kabocha that’s blended with rich cream. The unique looking soft cream blends superbly with the deep rich milk and soft sweet pumpkin flavors perfectly. The soft cream comes with pumpkin flakes topping, which is a perfect touch that brings out the deliciousness of the pumpkin. Some other popular items are the various breads baked with Ebisu Kabocha at the bakery. Enjoy your Kabocha Soft Cream with the wonderful view of the flowers.

  • Michi-no-Eki Hana-Road Eniwa
    道の駅 花ロードえにわ
    • Address 〒061-1375 北海道恵庭市南島松817-18/817-18 Minamishimamatsu, Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido, 061-1375, Japan
    • Phone Number 0123-37-8787

    Hours: April to October 9 AM ~ 7 PM, November to March 9 AM ~ 5 PM *food service starts from 10 AM, last order is 30 minutes before closing
    Closed: December 31st ~ January 2nd
    Access: 3 minute drive from JR Megumino Station

Ishikari City: Hamanasu Soft Cream - Light Pink Bitter Sweet Soft Cream!

Ishikari City: Hamanasu Soft Cream - Light Pink Bitter Sweet Soft Cream!
A lick of the Hamanasu Soft Cream (300 yen) will spread the hamanasu flavor in your mouth. Cute light pink color

Hamanasu no Oka Park is located in Ishikari City, which is about a 50 minute drive from central Sapporo, the park has many seasonal flowers such as hamanasu (beach roses). This popular sightseeing spot has a red and white striped lighthouse, the Ishikari Lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse in Hokkaido and also a symbol of Ishikari City. At the park where the Ishikari River meats the Sea of Japan, hamanasu are in full bloom from mid-June to early July. Hamanasu also offer rose hips and is edible, this is used to create the local specialty Hamanasu Soft Cream (300 yen).

While feeling the wind and listening to the sound of the waves of Ishikarihama (Ishikari Beach), you can go on a stroll looking at the gorgeous flowers in Hamanasu no Oka Park

The light pink colored soft cream is popular for taking pictures for SNS. Along the hamanasu flavor there is a fresh bitter sweet aroma with a cool sensation and sweetness that spreads in your mouth. They also have the Hamanasu Mix (300 yen) mixed with milk soft cream The second floor terrace seats offer a wonderful view of Ishikari River and Ishikari Bay, while you enjoy your delicious treat.

At the visitor center they also sell various sundries that resemble hamanasu
  • Hamanasu-no-Oka Park Visitor Center
    はまなすの丘公園ヴィジターセンター
    • Address 〒061-3371 北海道石狩市浜町29-1/29-1 Hamamachi, Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido, 061-3371, Japan

    Hours: Late April to August 31st 9 AM ~ 6 PM, September 1st to Early November 9 ~ 5 PM
    Closed: Early November ~ late April
    Access: 20 minute walk from Chuo Bus Ishikari Stop

Hokkaido still has many unique soft creams such as squid ink, kombu (kelp), oyster sauce, strawberry, cheese, wine and others, in any case you will have to head over to try these unique flavors. Let’s see what kind of unique flavors you come across during your travels in Hokkaido.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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