Photo: Pomme Gelato - Used with Permission

Pomme Gelato

Enjoy a cold treat with a heartwarming backstory

Photo: Pomme Gelato - Used with Permission
By Kim    - 2 min read

There's something special about businesses that have a reason and a passion for their existence. Pomme Gelato, a recently opened cafe in the Tokyo suburb of Hamura, came to fruition after loss. The proprietor's grandparents used to own apple fields in Nagano, but when their grandmother passed away two years ago the land was sold. Fast forward to today, and the opening of Pomme Gelato honors their history - pomme means apple in French. You'll also see a number of apple motifs around the store, from the sign out front to the giant apple tree mural on the wall behind the counter.

The gelato created here is of the highest quality, and is made using a Cattabriga machine. The machines are named after Otello Cattabriga, the creator of the very first automatic gelato machine back in 1927. They've now become synonymous with top-of-the-range gelato production, and are seen as peerless in the field.

As for the gelato flavors on offer at Pomme, there are usually around eight on any given day. Because they're made with the freshest ingredients, the varieties can differ, but expect choices like chocolate chip, pistachio, black sesame kinako (roasted soybean flour), and yes - apple! They recently had a blend of Nagano Prefecture Fuji apples combined with New Zealand Jazz apples, which perfectly balanced both sweetness and acidity.

The store is open from 12 pm until 8 pm daily, but they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays - keep that in mind if you're planning a special trip.

Getting there

By Public Transport:

Pomme Gelato is located approximately ten minutes on foot from Ozaku Station, served by the JR Ome Line.

By Private Vehicle:

If you opt to drive, the store doesn't have a dedicated parking lot. However, ample parking is available at Wakagusa Park which is just around the corner.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sleiman Azizi 9 months ago
Ah... that really is a nice backstory.
Kim Author 9 months ago
Really sweet, I like that they found a way to make the connection to their family history :)
Bonson Lam 9 months ago
This is a beautiful story about the proprietor's grandparents, and also about the evolving nature of cuisine and Japanese culture. I also like how the name has French and Italian elements, one that reminds me that many words in the Japanese language are adopted from those countries.
Kim Author 9 months ago
I thought it was such a lovely way to keep the memory of the apple fields alive! Very sweet :)