‘Japan’ and ‘strange’ are words often associated with each other. Ice cream is no exception. Well, at least not for Ice Cream City! This Ice Cream heaven (or Hell) is located in an indoor theme park named Namja Town, which lies inside the Sunshine City shopping complex in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Namja Town was actually opened by Namco (one of the leading Japanese game developing and publishing companies) in 1996.
Within the Ice cream City section there are ten ice cream stores, selling countless types of flavours, both normal and wacky. Now when I say wacky, I mean revolting… Take a look at the flavours one particular store has on offer. Which one would tickle your fancy?
- Cow Tongue
- Raw Horse Flesh
- Indian Curry
- Sweet Potato
- Human Toenails (Just kidding. But I don’t see why not!)
My friends and I have tried a few of these and they taste just as bad as they sound. These terrifying flavours come in little pots and come with a 500 yen (£3.50) price tag on it. I honestly can’t fathom how the ice cream manufacturers responsible for these abominable creations stay in business. Especially since they are quite expensive and extremely disgusting!
Yeah I know, it’s the whole intrigue of trying something so new and ridiculous, which I myself am guilty for. But considering these flavours are only sold in this one store along with the fact that these ice creams are pretty much inedible, I’m sure that 99% of all customers aren’t asking for second helpings…
Don’t get me wrong though. I love the place because places like these are what make Tokyo so interesting! Put this on your ‘To do list’ is a must when coming to Japan. Just don’t forget your sick bag.
15 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station
Hours: daily 10:00-22:00
Admission: 300 Yen (Namja Town)
Now the images above are all very well and good, but let’s see some reactions to properly convey these horrific tastes…
Have you ever had the fortune to try any of these Ice Creams? If not, which ones would you like to try out? Tell us in the comments section below!