Because Kyoto is located in a basin, the summers here are especially scorching, and you’ll be sweating in minutes if you’re outside. But this also means that this is a great chance to enjoy some ice cream in Kyoto! Another great way to get through a hot day is to have a cup of cold sake and enjoy it with some local tsukemono-pickles. Kyoto is also famous as the city of the geisha, so you can of course also buy folding fans here. So let’s take a look at these five refreshing shops!
In summer they have some popsicles on sale too, with such tastes as matcha, mango, and chocolate, among others. The fruit and matcha popsicles actually also contain white chocolate, making the flavor very complex and tasty. So have a popsicle and enjoy the cityscape of Gion unfolding before your eyes!
The ice cream here is rolled up on a cold plate, making these nice little rolls, which are then topped with things like jam and whipped cream. This is a great thing to have on a hot day, and you’re probably also going to get a nice amount of likes on Instagram with it!
This shop is famous for its Jurakudai-sake. Its junmai daiginjo, the highest level of sake, version has a nice fruity flavor to it, and its taste is especially refreshing when drunk cold on a hot summer’s day. Even if you haven’t had sake before, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Jurakudai!
Summer is a great time to eat pickled eggplant! You may have had eggplant as tempura or in Chinese cuisine in Kyoto, but as a pickle, it’s incredibly refreshing. Have it with some Jurakudai-sake, and you are going to have a great time in Kyoto!
It’s much easier to get by in summer if you have a folding fan; it really makes you feel cooler! Some of the folding fans have a fragrance to them so that you get to smell something every time you use them!
|Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]|