As like other nationalities, Japanese love ice cream. Therefore there are sold as many types and many ways. One of the types are ice monaka, Japanese version of ice cream sandwich.
There are ice cream vending machines too. These vending machines are not located on streets as like beverage vending machines but at stations, airports or other facilities. Please be careful when you buy a cup type ice cream from vending machine. Check where is the spoon before leaving.
Major producers of ice cream in Japan are Glico, Meiji, Morinaga, Lotte and Haagen-dazs. These are major confectionery manufactures in Japan except Haagen-dazs and sell their products from vending machines. Then, usually vending machine sells only products of one company.