The Best Souvenirs and Food at Nakamise Dori

by Christian Monson

Ice Cream

Now, you might not think of ice cream as a very typical Japanese street food, but hear me out. First of all, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any ice cream places with as large a variety, or at least as strange of one, as in Japan. That means your classics like vanilla and chocolate, some rarer kinds like blueberry and purple sweet potato, but also some just straight weird ones like soy sauce and seaweed.

Of course, what you should really try is the matcha flavor. Almost everything in Japan comes in a matcha version, but matcha ice cream is by far one of the best. If you don’t already know, matcha is a powder made from green tea that can be added to anything.

If you’re visiting Asakusa in the summer, ice cream is a good option for a snack on your way down Nakamise Dori street. The Tokyo sun can be hot, especially in the crowded market, so cool yourself off. 

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