Himitsudo – ひみつ堂

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The second kakigōri place me and my friend decided to go to (see more about kakigōri and the first place we went to here) was Himitsudo in Yanaka. Himitsudo means secret in Japanese and they have a menu with 132 secret toppings using seasonal ingredients, the selection changes daily. The ice is shaved by hand in an old-fashioned way using super pretty and retro machines. This place is very popular, open all year around and you always find a long queue with eager kakigōri junkies outside.

The place is small, very hot inside (my friend told me that they heat the place up during the winter because kakigōri is really best to enjoy in a hot environment) and always crowded.
We decided to shared three different kakigōris: strawberry (with the milk on the side), yamamomo berries (Chinese Bayberries in english) which was both tart and sweet (with yoghurt on the side), and some Japanese citrus which tasted very similar to grapefruit.

I really like bitter and tart flavours over sweet ones so the yamamomo, the citrus one, and green tea are my favorite flavours I’ve tasted so far. If you got a little bit ‘’scared’’ from the green tea and the azuki bean flavour ( which are used a lot here in Japan to sweeten pastries and other sweets and doesn’t really taste like bean) from the last post, these flavours we had at Himitsudo might be more appealing to you 🙂

Have a lovely Wednedsay!

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Address: 3-11-18 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Closest station:  Sendagi Station or Nippori Station

29 Comments

  1. Thanks for stopping by on blog! 🙂 There is nothing like kakigori during the summer time! Will have to check this place out next time I’m in Tokyo!!

  2. OMG how cool! I’ve never heard about kakigori before but I’m loving it! The “secret” concept of that place and the daily changing selections are genious. Not to mention that all those kakigoris look so yummy 😉 Thanks for sharing!
    xx

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