6 Autumn Drinks & Desserts Available in Japan This Year―Matcha, Sweet Potato & More

14.October.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

There is a Japanese phrase that says “fall is the best season for eating” (食欲の秋; shokuyoku no aki). When fall arrives in Japan with all of its beautiful red and yellow colours, so do all of the delicious drinks and desserts. We have compiled a list of 6 that we want to recommend to our readers.


“Tapioca Hōjicha Milk Tea” @ Chun Sui Tang (From September 26)

Taiwanese cafe Chun Sui Tang released their new original Japanese-style Tapioca Hōjicha Milk Tea on September 26. Hōjicha, a type of Japanese green tea that involves roasting the tea leaves in a specific way, is fused with tapioca milk tea. The new creation introduces a new way to enjoy flavours. As the tea leaves are sourced from Shizuoka, all the raw ingredients are free from additives and are 100% national produce. A master tea specialist carefully roasts the tea leaves using a far infrared roaster and continues the process until the stem is reached. At this point, the tea is turned into a fine powder and a wonderful aroma drifts through the air. The texture of the chewy tapioca combined with the mildly bitter Hōjicha milk and fluffy cream makes for a great combination. Enjoy a wonderful Japanese-style original tapioca drink which makes for a great dessert! Available this Autumn only!



Tapioca Hōjicha Milk Tea (Hot/ Iced)

Tapioca Adzuki Milk Tea (Hot/Iced)

Price: ¥600 + tax

Released: September 26, 2018

Available at all Chun Sui Tang stores. (Can also order to take away)


Chun Sui Tang (春水堂) Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp/



Autumnal Japanese-Style Desserts @ Pie Holic (September 14 – October 31)

Pie Holic is a Japanese pie shop that specialises in making Californian style pies. They are now selling four new Japanese-style desserts this autumn only at their Roppongi and Yokohama branches. The list includes the crunchy Doraimo Pie on top of which sits a fluffy dorayaki topped with a light whipped cream and rich, naturally sweet purple sweet potato cream. There’s also the Soybean Mochi Pie, a luxurious dessert filled with chewy warabimochi.



Pie Holic Roppongi

Address: 6-2-31 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm

No Fixed Holidays.

TEL: 03-5776-7500

Official Website: http://www.tgn.co.jp/hall/yokohama/ph/66/


Pie Holic Yokohama

Address: 1-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Opening Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

No Fixed Holidays.

TEL: 045-227-6777

Official Website: https://www.tgn.co.jp/hall/yokohama/ph/


“Purple Sweet Potato McShake” @ McDonald’s (September 26 – End of October)

McDonald’s Japan is currently selling its recently-released Purple Sweet Potato McShake for a limited time only. The drink retains the characteristic and familiar creamy texture of the classic McShake but combines it with purple sweet potatoes and regular sweet potatoes to create the perfect beverage for the autumn season.



Autumn Purple Sweet Potato McShake

Running: September 26, 2018 – End of October 2018 (subject to change)

Available: Most McDonald’s branches in Japan

Serving Time: 10:30am – Closing Time (or until 1:00am the next day at 24-hour branches)

Price: Small ¥120 / Regular ¥200

McDonald’s Japan Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/


McDonald’s Matcha Drink Series (September 12 – End of November)

McDonald’s Japan is currently selling four matcha beverages at its McCafé by Barista chain for a limited period. The drinks include the Brown Sugar Syrup & Soybean Flour Matcha Frappe, Matcha Latte Frappe, Iced Matcha Latte and Matcha Latte. This year they have put in even more matcha powder sourced in Uji in each of the drinks to make the matcha flavour even richer!



McCafé by Barista Matcha Series

Location: All Mcdonald’s chains with a McCafé by Barista (89 branches as of September 2018)

Available: September 12, 2018 – End of November 2018 (subject to change)

McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista/


“Strawberry Matcha Frappe” @ McDonald’s (October 10 – Mid November)

This beverage is an addition the McDonald’s matcha series above, this time opting for a more western-style flavour by adding strawberries. It’s a luxurious combination of the full-bodied flavour of matcha together with sweet and sour strawberries. It includes both a strawberry paste made from whole strawberries and a strawberry whipped cream at the bottom. Sitting on top of these is a matcha latte frappe which uses slightly bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto and delicious milk farmed in Japan. Crowning the drink is more strawberry whipped cream and sprinkling of matcha powder.


Strawberry Matcha Frappe
Price: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530 (Tax Included)
Running: October 10, 2018 – Mid November (Subject to Change)
Available: At McDonald’s branches across Japan with a McCafé by Barista (Approx. 89 branches as of October 2018)
*The branch list can be viewed on the official McDonald’s Japan homepage (Japanese).

McDonald’s Official Homepage: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista/


“Crème Brûlée Doughnut” @ Mister Donut (September 28 – End of December)

Mister Donut in Japan is now selling three different types of crème brûlée doughnuts. As the name suggests, it’s the popular crème brûlée turned into a doughnut. The doughnut is made with burnt cream, sprinkled with caramelised sugar and filled with custard cream before being scorched on top with a gas burner.



Crème Brûlée Doughnut (3 Types)

Running: September 28, 2018 – End of December 2018

Available: At most Mister Donut branches in Japan

Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp


Make sure to try all the goodies available in Japan during autumn!