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Korean-style shaved ice in Tokyo

Anyone who has visited Japan during the summer months knows how hot it gets - it's sticky and humid, and often the only reprieve comes from popping into an air-conditioned cafe or convenience store to grab a cold drink or icy treat. Convenience stores have an impressive number of choices to pick from, but if you want to up your summer icy treat game, Homibing is the place.

Homibing is all about Korean style shaved ice, known as bingsu. It's very similar to the Japanese shaved ice variant known as kakigori, where the flakes of ice are covered with various tasty toppings including chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, or red beans. The menu at Homibing includes fruity bingsu flavors like strawberry, melon, or mango (we tried strawberry and mango on two separate visits!), alongside some more indulgent offerings like chocolate brownie, Oreo tiramisu, and tapioca milk tea. The bingsu serving sizes are very big, so it's easily something you could split with a friend.

If you're visiting outside the summer months and would prefer a different kind of sweet treat, they have a range of fluffy pancakes to choose from as well. Although I haven't personally tried the pancakes, other cafe patrons were enjoying them and they looked amazing - a solid 10 out of 10 for presentation!

I visited the Omotesando store, but the cafe is part of a chain which also has a location in Shin-Okubo, often referred to as Tokyo's "Korea Town" district.

Getting there

Homibing is located only two minutes on foot from Omotesando Station's A2 Exit. The station is served by the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line and Chiyoda Line.

If it's more convenient to access the Shin-Okubo location, it is also only two minutes on foot from Shin-Okubo Station, served by the JR Yamanote Line.

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Elizabeth S 4 years ago
I pass by this shop often, wondering what Korean bingsu is like. Fluffy rather than heavy pancakes sound enticing, too.
Elizabeth S 4 years ago
I wander through there frequently. There are many unique, small shops with all kinds of fashion, goods, and food, too.
Lynda Hogan 4 years ago
Until these specialty stores came along I was no fan of shaved ice. But the food van snow cones have nothing on these type done with fresh fruit pieces and generous amounts of syrup. These I do like!
Kim Author 4 years ago
I'm the same! I don't like the crunchy food van shaved ice, but the smooth, yummy version is so good!
Elena Lisina 4 years ago
Kim-san, what about prices for a portion? Looks delicious!
Elena Lisina 4 years ago
Thank you! Yes, it's a bit expensive, but often I save money by the end of a trip and can treat myself ; P
Sleiman Azizi 4 years ago
Imagine that, turning ice into a delicacy!
Kim Author 4 years ago
My idea of a good time!

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