Restaurants in Nara

Amazing shaved ice dessert with renowned espuma!, which is more than just fluffy. "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)", a well-known shaved ice shop beloved in Summer and Winter. (Nara)

Quote:Facebook/A shop of ice and tea "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)" official site

In ancient capital Nara, temples designated as a World Heritage,(Todaiji,Kasuga Taisha,Kofukuji)and many other historical buildings of National Treasures remain, and dears, entitled as Natutal monuments, live inNara park, these facts are attracting many tourists and that's why the town is a well-known touristic place in Japan.

However, the historic town has become famous for a different topic recently.

That is "a town of shaved ice" .

"In Nara God who loves ice is living."

This traditional belief made Nara to be renowned as a town of ice, and now shaved ice shops appear here and there in Nara city,and "Himuro Shirayuki festival"an shaved ice festival, is celebrated.

Among the shaved ice shops, "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)" a shop of shaved ice and tea is the most popular one which their "amazing shaved ice" attracts people.

The name "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)" came from a story; long time ago "snacks" used to be called "hoseki (jewelry)" in Nara, and it became the origin of the shop name.
Now, just like the name, people are "excited" and "amazed" with the shaved ice as if they were opening a Housekibaco (Jewelry box), and every day many people visit "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)" to pursue the taste.

"Shaved ice" only in "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)".

In this edition I would like to introduce such an attractive shaves ice from "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)".

Articles of the shop of ice and tea "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)" -Contents-

1, Basic and useful information of the shop of ice and tea "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)"
2, Espuma only here in Housekibaco (Jewelry box)! Amazing fluffy "shaved ice"
3, Variation according to seasons! Popular shaved ice menu in Housekibaco (Jewelry box)
4, Reviews by those who tasted shaved ice of Housekibaco (Jewelry box)
5, Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept.
6, Access to Housekibaco (Jewelry box)
7, Recommended information around the shop of ice and tea "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)"

1, Basic and useful information of the shop of ice and tea "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)"

Basic information


Name: Housekibaco (Jewelry box)
Name in English: HOSEKIBACO
Prefecture: Nara
Area: Nara city (around Nara park)
Postal code: 630-8222
Address: Moichidono Yume CUBE, 12 Moichidono-cho, Nara city, Nara
Closed: Thursday ※If Thursday is a holiday, the shop will be open.

・Shop open hours:11:00~19:00 ※L.O.18:00
・Shaved ice menu starts:11:00 and when the ice is sold out, it will be finished.

※As for hours, please call and make sure, because it may vary according to events and seasons.


Useful information

Average minimum cost: up to 1000 yen per person
Less than 10 minutes walking from the nearest station: Yes
Free Wi-Fi: Unknown
Credit card: Not accepted
Number and kinds of seats in the shop:12 seats (counter)
Occasion: Cafe time
Purpose: Family/Friends/alone/Date
Foreign language speaking staff: Unknown
Smoking/Non Smoking: Non smoking on all seats
Parking: No ※There are metered parking (charged) nearby.
Take out: No
Other useful information:

・Shaved ice serving time varies according to seasons, Please call the shop beforehand to make sure the time.
・Only limited number of shaved ice are sold, therefore it is usually sold out early afternoon before the shop closing time. It may vary if it is weekday or weekend, but I would recommend making order as early as possible.
・As the shop is very popular, you are supposed to wait. Let's make an order first (practically, write your name on the waiting list) and then enjoy sightseeing of Nara city while you are waiting.

2, Espuma, only in Hosekibako! Amazing fluffy "shaved ice"

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What is "shaved ice" more than fluffy?

Many people would wonder.

As you can see even from the photo, shaved ice of "Housekibaco" is different from ordinary ones, and there is "original unique technique of Housekibaco".

That's shaved ice covered with foam sauce, renowned "Espuma shaved ice".

"Espuma shaved ice", carefully shaved ice and foam sauce on to cover the surface, the texture is more than fluffy, as if you put powder snow in your mouth. :)

Now it's a hot topic in online reviews, and a lot of people visit here to experience more than fluffy shaved ice.


The voluminous ice which almost fall out of the plate, this superb shaved ice can not be replicated in any other places.

Plus, please check not only Espuma but also "taste".

There are seasonal menu carefully selected by the shop stuffs in addition to standard ordinary shaved ice menu.

That's why many people visit the shop not only in "Summer", a season of shaved ice, but also in extremely cold Winter to enjoy various tastes all through the year.

It is said that mostly those who taste shaved ice of "Housekibaco" will be amazed.
Now, let's see the menu of Housekibaco shaved ice.

3, Variation according to seasons! Popular shaved ice menu of Housekibaco.


Here is shaved ice menu of Housekibaco which varies according to seasons.
Covered shaved ice with Espuma foaming sauce are all superb.

Seasonal shaved ice menu of Housekibaco

※Shaved ice menu varies in each season. If you would like to know current menu, please contact the shop.



Super popular menu "Kiwi Yogurt Espuma" shaved ice



This is also much loved menu "Grapefruit Yogurt Espuma" shaved ice

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Excellent accent of nuts in caramelized sauce "Amber Pearl Milk Espuma" shaved ice


"Assam Milk Espuma" shaved ice

Those shaved ices are only a part of whole menu. Please enjoy tastes which changes with seasons.
There are also ordinary shaved ice menu without espuma. They are, of course fluffy and superb.

4, Reviews by those who tasted shaved ice in Housekibaco

Renowned very fluffy shaved ice with Espuma of Housekibaco. Let's check the reviews from those who tasted it already!

Translate : At "The shop of ice and tea "Housekibaco", now I am having long-desired grapefruit ice. A plenty of foam yogurt syrup, but it's so light and very fluffy. Nothing is better than the chemistry with sweet sour grapefruit, oh my god, so happy.

Translate : Kiwi yogurt ice of Housekibaco(≧∇≦)Fluffffy!!

Translate : Today first experience of Espuma shaved ice at Hosekibako in Nara!
Ice and milk were fluffy!

Even in online reviews, everybody say "fluffy" "airy soft"! :)
It is said that the most of first comer are impressed with the texture.
Speaking of shaved ice usually people think of Summer, but this shop overturns such common sense, where many people visit in Winter.

5, Comments from EnjoyJapan! Editorial dept.

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Nara has become famous for ice and now a festival of shaved ice "Himuro Shirayuki festival" takes place. The reputation made increasing number of popular shops where shaved ice is available in Nara city. The taste of shaved ice in Nara is beyond our imagination.

Among those shaved ice shops, "Housekibaco (Jewelry box) is making brilliant unique and amazing "shaved ice". Its Espuma foam mousse was as superb as the reviews described. I hope you would experience the texture of shaved ice which makes you feel as if airy soft snow ball was in your mouth.

As shaved ice menu changes in each season, from Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, I would like to enjoy seasonal taste to my content. As a long waiting time is very likely in Summer, it would be better to visit here "Fall" or "Winter" to avoid Summer crowd.

6, Access to Housekibaco (Jewelry box)

Postal code:630-8222
Address: Moichidono Yume CUBE, 12 Moichidono, Nara city, Nara
Tel: 0742-93-4260
Transportation (train):

From "Nara" station of Kintetsu line, 8 minutes walk

7, Recommended information around the shop of ice and tea "Housekibaco (Jewelry box)"


A World Heritage Nara "Kofukuji" with 1300 years history after the foundation! Rich and varied National Treasure highlights, such as Senju Kannon, Ashura statue, Five-story pagoda

A World Heritage "Nara park" where you can touch Natural monuments dears! Experience attractions of the park in Ancient capital Nara, which holds numerous historical cultural assets!

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Date created:2016/07/08

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