Pastel pop style, charmingly efficient production and delightful sweets have proved a winning formula for Himitsudo, the Yanaka-based kakigori (shaved ice) parlour that has captured the hearts of countless sweets lovers.

The shop’s finely honed routine begins the moment a new customer opens the bright red doors. Seats are allocated and orders taken in advance, upon which a block of natural ice – sourced directly from Nikko, Tochigi – is shaved on a traditional hand-operated machine before being passed along the counter to be drizzled with syrup and adorned with toppings.

Enjoyed in a succession of scoops and slurps, Himitsudo’s famous strawberry milk kakigori is joined by a rotating lineup of seasonal flavours including fresh melon, roasted sweet potato and royal milk tea with caramel.