Ice Roll Factory is the first place in Kyoto offering rolled ice cream
Ice Roll Factory is the first place in Kyoto to bring the famed rolled ice cream treat into the ancient capital. This dessert has its origins in Thailand but became a phenomenon in New York. The dessert is made by pouring a milk-based liquid onto a cold plate and then crushing some berries or cookies into it, and as the liquid freezes it’s kneaded into a thin layer of ice cream. Then this layer of ice cream is turned into rolls by the push of a spatula. So, to say it succinctly, Ice Roll Factory in Kyoto offers generous portions of rolled ice cream for 700 to 800 yen a portion in the heart of the city, in Teramachi Shopping Street.
Very Berry Fantasy
Very Berry Fantasy / ¥700
The place is called Ice Roll Factory, so it’s no wonder they only sell rolled ice cream. Pictured is one of their most popular menu items, Very Berry Fantasy, an ice cream treat with kneaded in cheesecake and berry jam topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, a cookie, a lot of berries, and other toppings. This is the one that goes straight to Instagram!
Cookie Mania
Cookie Mania
This treat has cookies kneaded into the ice cream, and you also get it topped with a cookie, so for those who like Oreo-type cookies there is no better choice. A nice point with all of their rolled ice treats is that you always get a cut out of Rolly, their mascot character, with every cup of rolled ice cream. So, Instagram it is!
3Check it out!
The mascot of Ice Roll Factory is aptly named Rolly, and he stands guard in front of the shop. You can see him everywhere, and as he is so colorful it’s fun to take pictures of him with your rolled ice cream.
How to buy

how to buy - Ice Roll

You probably have to line a bit to get your rolled ice, but it’s nice to know that they have a surprising number of seats and tables so you don’t have to worry about not having a place to eat your rolls of ice cream. In the picture you can see the tables on the second floor, which is this times Sharing Kyoto Top Tip: If there’s nowhere to eat your ice cream, go to the second floor! 

- Shopping Tips -

Ice Roll Factory is really popular so you have to line up, especially on weekends. If you have the choice, go on a weekday! 

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The texture of the rolled ice cream is interesting as it’s layered, and the toppings look great in pictures. I had the Cookie Mania one this time with Oreo-like cookie flavor and I can attest to the taste being a bit chocolaty and nice. But what I found to be most interesting here is the show they put up when they make the ice cream: the way they chop ingredients like cookies, and how the liquid quickly turns into ice cream. A lot of work goes into making one cup of ice rolls! The best part for me about the experience was the show they put on.
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Ice Roll Factory
Category Sweets, Food & Drinks To Go
Phone Not available.
Address Teramachi Street, Higashidaimonji-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8043
Directions A three-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station.
Open Hours 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Open every day.
Notes The shop is very popular, so on weekends you may have to line for a long time. The lines are not that long on weekdays, so if you have the choice, go on a weekday.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They have an English menu and sometimes also have English-speaking staff.
Information Japanese but their menu is also in English.
Lanuages spoken Japanese but they sometimes have English-speaking staff too.
Shipping services The ice cream will melt if you try to ship it overseas.
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