Kakigori is shaved ice. It is typically associated with festivals stalls or food vans at events. However, in recent years there has been an increase in cafes or restaurants that specialise in kakigori. Kore ga kakigori is one such place, a kakigori cafe just outside the tourist district of Kawagoe, beside city hall. It only opened last year and within days of it opening was already enjoying acclaim. Update 2021: the shop is currently opened for business, but please do check the website for any last minute changes on account of the Coronavirus and / or State of Emergency.
I had heard of “Korekaki”, the abbreviated name, the increasingly famous shaved ice cafe, within a week of its opening. I got down there pronto. However, as I am not good with queues, and in the summer a queue there always is, it took me months to finally taste it. We went this past Autumn (2018) on a school day when I knew there would be less people and I am really glad we did.
I am actually not a fan of shaved ice at all. Normally, that is. But Kore ga Kakigoris’ is particularly good. And they have real fruit pieces rather than just syrup. I may never be a frequent consumer, but I will definitely go again. And I know the kids, who are fans and were my catalyst to go in the first place, are itching to indulge in another bite of the best kakigori in town!
Kore ga kakegori
On the day that we went there was no queue and we got the best seat in the house. On the way out a queue of high school students had formed! Inside is quite small, it probably only sits about 30 people in total, but there is also a little seating area outside too. They have a heater there in the autumn and winter. Within the indoor seating area there is a lovely tatami mat area, one of the tables there has view to a little stone garden and statue outside. That’s where we were lucky enough to sit. Even if you are sitting inside, you pay the bill up front, which is rather unusual.
There are 11 fixed flavours at a given time. Some of those change with the seasons. We all had the strawberry cream flavour. Mango is supposedly the most popular. Both mango and strawberry are two of the permanent offerings on the menu. Tiramisu seems to be there for the long haul too. That one gets rave reviews on Google Maps.
You pay for the honour of eating these gourmet ice dishes. They aren’t cheap at two to three times the usual price of kakigori, but in my opinion they are well worth the money. They are larger than the normal festival size shaved ice and you get sauce on the side so you can add extra. You can also pay for additional toppings.
Cost: from 700 to 1,100 yen
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm with last orders at 5.30 pm. During summer the shop is open seven days a week, but for the rest of the year they take Tuesdays and the third Tuesday of the month off.
12 minute walk from Seibu line Hon Kawagoe station. 10 minute bus ride from Tobu Tojo and JR Kawagoe stations. For both walk toward or get a bus that stops at city hall 「川越市役所」
Parking: none, coin parking close by