Koshigaya Lake town ice cream expo

This year the annual ice-cream fair at Aeon Lake Town in Koshigaya is on earlier than normal. Its usually on in Golden Week, but this year it is on during spring break. In recent years these type of food fairs have become really popular in Saitama Prefecture, but they usually call them “expo”! So I think the official name for this event in English is Ice-cream expo. In Japanese it is called アイスクリーム博覧会 ‘Aisu kuriimu Hakurankai’. Aisu kuriimu is the Japanese for Ice cream! Hakurankai means exposition or fair.

Ice-cream Fair / Expo

It is a very popular ice-cream fair done in a similar style to their equally popular Chukaman (Chinese Steamed Bun) food fair held in winter. Moreover, it is the largest ice-cream fair of its kind in all of Japan.

There are more than 100 types of ice-cream (&/or dishes) on sale, including the world’s number one gelato! You can also enjoy watching Turkish chewy ice-cream being stretched. And there is a great choice of try ice-cream from all over Japan. Moreover, the selection of unusual and world ice creams is very different to last year’s. So even if you’ve been to this fair before, you’ll probably find something new to try. There are so many choices that they call it an ice-cream museum! The area is actually relatively small, but the choice is great (and the queues are long)!

>>How about some strawberries after your ice-cream!? Senbiki strawberry picking greenhouse is nearby (information in English linked).<<

Information

Event: Ice-cream Expo or as I call it, Ice-cream Fair! In Japanese: アイスクリーム博覧会2024

Dates: from Wednesday March 27th to Sunday April 7th 2024.

Time: 11 am to 6 pm. (until 5 pm on the last day, Tuesday May 9th).

Cost: no charge to enter the food festival area, the ice-cream prices vary greatly!

Venue: Fountain area “噴水広場 特設会場” on the 1st floor of Mori Mall, Koshigaya Laketown. View on Google Maps.

Access

The mall is located close to JR Koshigaya Laketown Station. Where possible, they advise you to come by public transport because the area can be very congested with traffic. There is parking at the mall, charged by the hour.

Organizer’s website: the featured photo was taken from this website.

Event information on Koshigaya Laketown.

Find even more things to do during Golden Week in this Golden Week 2023 Guide for Saitama Prefecture.

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