Ishikawa has one of the highest ice cream consumption out of all the prefectures in Japan. There are various flavors of ice creams sold in Ishikawa such as soy sauce and salt flavours. Here, I have chosen 4 recent, peculiar ice creams to introduce.
Rosy seabass ice cream
Rosy seabass, also known as Nodoguro is one of the most popular fish in Ishikawa and has an ice cream flavor named after it. The appearance of this ice cream may surprise you to think that the ice cream tastes fishy. However don’t worry, it doesn’t contain any fish. The cone simply resembles the fish. The cone is made of *Kaga dried wheat gluten.(Kaga is one of the regions in Ishikawa.) For the ice cream you can choose from flavors such as vanilla, strawberry, and green tea. Sweet red beans underneath the ice cream fill the bottom of the cone. The crunchy cone, ice cream and red beans come together in gorgeous harmony. I absolutely recommend that you try it out.
Price: 550 yen / 800 yen(with/Gold leaf)
［Shop］Cafe Hachibanya Kanazawa Station
［Location］Kanazawa Anto 2nd floor, JR Kanazawa station
［Opning hours］10:00－20:30（Last order 19:45）
Unmeltable ice cream
This ice cream was invented by professor Ota of Kanazawa university. It did not melt even if they were exposed to dryer heat over 5 minutes. The reason is that they contain strawberry polyphenol, which prevents from melting. They are made of all natural ingredients without any additives. You can choose the flavours such as vanilla, strawberry, green tea and mango. There are various kinds of shape of ice creams associated with Kanazawa’s landmarks and symbol mark.
Price: 650 yen
［Shop］Kanazawa Ice (金座和アイス)
［Location］1-5-5 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831
Gold leaf ice cream
There are several places you can eat gold leaf ice creams in Kanazawa because Kanazawa is the well known place for producing gold leafs. It tends to be expensive as it uses a big gold leaf. I researched many of them and I will introduce you to the best gold leaf ice cream in terms of its reasonable price and eye-catching appearance. The ice cream is called “Kanazawa-haku soft”, which is covered by a huge edible gold leaf and silver leaf. It is the first ice cream to ever use silver and gold leaves in the world.
Price: 850 yen
［Shop］Cafe Arco Stazione（カフェ・アルコ スタツィオーネ）
［Location］Kanazawa Hyakubangai Kutsurogi-kan 1F, JR Kanazawa station
［Opning hours］Mon-Sat 06:00－23:00（Food L.O 22：00/Drink L.O 22：30）
Sun/Holiday 06：00-22:00（Food L.O 20：30/Drink L.O 21：30）
Higashi-yama ice cream wafers
The black wafers are very crunchy and they actually contain bamboo charcoal. You can also select cup, cone, buns etc.. instead of wafers. The ice creams have several flavors, you can choose from 14 flavors such as milk strawberry, mascarpone cheese and blueberry. All the ingredients of the gelatos are from local products. The shop is very cozy and is located in the historic Higashi-chaya district.
［Shop］Kanmi cafe Chayu (甘味カフェ「茶ゆ」)
［Location］7-8-1 Higashiyama, Kanazawa
It’s getting hotter and hotter in Kanazawa, so why not you should try one of them out in this severe season. Please note, it’s not allowed to eat food while walking around Higasi-chaya district, so if you buy food in the area, I recommend you to dine-in. I will keep update more information about ice creams in Ishikawa later. Thank you for reading!