6 of Japan’s must-try green tea-flavoured sweets and drinks!

15.March.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Japan is the number one country for green tea-flavoured drinks and sweets and they’re getting more and more popular! Now we will be introducing our recommendations to you! Some of our recommendations are only available for a limited period so please check them out!

Japanese milk tea specialty shop “OCHABA”(オチャバ)

OCHABA is set to open as Japan’s first shop specialising in milk tea that uses Japanese tea leaves. The doors will open to the store on floor B1F of Shinjuku Lumine EST on March 22nd. With Mount Fuji as their symbol, the shop will open selling a hot Espresso Milk Tea and iced Royal Milk Tea both of which will use tea leaves from Shizuoka. The drink is topped with a traditional Japanese jelly-like sweet called “Warabimochi” that is covered in black honey. You must come try these Japanese flavours! ♩

 

More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/182505

 

▶︎ OCHABA

Address: Shinjuku Lumine EST Floor B1F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo

Grand Opening: March 22, 2019

Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Closed when Shinjuku Lumine EST is closed)

 

Taiko-En Matcha Sweets & Lunch Buffet ~Meet with Tea~

Taiko-en, a Japanese garden restaurant in Osaka, will hold a matcha sweets and lunch buffet entitled “Meet with Tea” from May 8 to July 30 where you can indulge in a variety of green tea flavours to your heart’s content. The restaurant is collaboration with the long-standing Uji tea shop Itohkyuemon again this year, who proved very popular last year. Not only can you enjoy tea-flavoured sweets but thanks to the buffet option you can also fill up as much as you want on the lunch menu!

More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181891

 

▶︎Matcha Sweets & Lunch Buffet ~Meet with Tea~

Venue: Luxele, Taiko-En Floor 1F

Address: 9-10 Amijimacho, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Running: Weds May 8, 2019 – Tues July 30, 2019

Time: Slot 1 – 11:30-13:00 / Slot 2 – 14:00-15:30

Price: General ¥4,500 / Elementary School Students ¥2,000 / Children (3+ Years): ¥1,000

*Prices include entry for one, service charge and tax

* Bookings will not be accepted from 30 mins before the time slot begins.

* Customers for each time slot can enter from the start of the time slot and must leave before it ends.

*Slot 2 available on weekends and holidays only.

*A commemorative photo will be taken of diners before the buffet starts

Taiko-En Official Website: https://www.taiko-en.com/

 

Kansai-limited Disney Alfort Uji Matcha

The new Uji matcha flavoured Disney Alfort biscuits were released in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Wakayama, Nara and Shiga. They are now available at JR Rail stores, major souvenir shops and other train stations, airports and highways. The flavour of Alfort biscuits is as tasty as ever. You can enjoy the deep bitter flavour of the uji matcha to your heart’s content. There are nine varieties of Disney designs on the biscuits. Which character will you get? You’ll have to open the packet to find out! ♩

 

More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181666

 

▶︎ Kansai-limited Disney Alfort Uji Matcha

Releasing:

Fri March 1, 2019 – Shops throughout JR Rail lines in the Kansai region

Tue March 12, 2019 – Major souvenir shops at rail stations, airports and highways in the Kansai region

Bourbon Official Website (Japanese): https://www.bourbon.co.jp/

Bourbon official website: https://www.bourbon.co.jp/

©Disney

 

Gudetama Cafe Matcha Collaboration With MACCHA HOUSE

One of the most popular Sanrio characters you can find at HEP FIVE is the lazy egg Gudetama. Make your way to this Gudetama-themed cafe! For the collaboration, MACCHA HOUSE have created Gudetama versions of their Uji Matcha Tiramisu and Houjicha Tiramisu. Their Matcha Tiramisu, which is served in a special wooden box, has received huge media coverage. The collaboration will run from Thursday 14th March to Monday 6th May. The Uji Matcha Tiramisu and Houjicha Tiramisu have an image of Gudetama designed on the top. Enjoy it while the limited edition menu is about!

More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181060

 

▶︎Gudetama Cafe HEP FIVE

Address: HEP FIVE 7F, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

Running: Thurs 14th March ー Mon 6th May 2019

Opening Hours: 11:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm)

No Fixed Holidays. (*Except when HEP FIVE is closed)

TEL: 06-6366-3694

Gudetama Cafe Official Website: http://gudetama.createrestaurants.com/

©1993, 2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592279

 

 

Matcha latte remake: BOBA365(ボバ365)

The new Yaki Brûlée Matcha Latte is an upgrade of BOBA365’s most popular beverage, the Tapioca Matcha Latte Kiwami. It’s a combination of bitter matcha from Shizuoka prefecture and milk. It has just the right amount of sweetness to create an even deeper flavour than the store’s original matcha latte. The top of the latte is scorched for a fun, crunchy texture! The original Tapioca Matcha Latte Kiwami has also be turned into a delicious dorayaki dessert packed with a generous serving of matcha cream. We recommend you try this too!

More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/177830

 

▶︎ BOBA365

Address: 2-5-9 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Business Hours: 11:00-21:00

No Fixed Holidays.

Access: 3-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via TSUKUBA EXPRESS / 10-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via all other lines

BOBA365 Official Website: https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/boba365

 

 

Matcha, Sakura, Mix “Shun shoku soft”

Gion Tsujiri Gion main store has started selling the “Shun shoku soft” (spring-coloured soft serve ice cream). Matcha, sakura and mix ー you can choose your favourite flavours for your ice cream! As it’s cherry-blossom season in Japan, the three-coloured dango dumpling skewer finishes the look! Sweet white bean whip, custard cream, strawberry jelly and many more western and Japanese-style flavours really make this luxurious and spring-themed! This is the best way to enjoy the flavours of sakura and matcha!

More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/182652

 

▶︎ Shun shoku soft

Price: ¥800(price after tax)

Available from Friday 8th March 2019 (Sale end date to be confirmed)

※ This information is subject to change without notification

Selling at: Gion Tsujiri Gion main store

 

Gion Tsujiri Gion main store

Address: 573−3 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Shijo, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

Opening hours: 10:00 ー 22:00

No fixed holidays

TEL:075-551-1122

URL:https://www.giontsujiri.co.jp

 

 

So, what do you think? Make sure you eat loads of matcha sweets!

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    ▶︎ o.cha.bar(オチャバー)

    Address: N.MESSE Building 5th floor, Minami 3-jo Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 

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    Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ochabar1

     

     

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    Coffee Time: 14:00 ー 17:00

    Dinner: 17:00 ー 22:00

    Closed: The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. 

    Official Website: https://cafekitchen-unique.com/

     

     

    MY TAPIOCA KOUTA/Higashi Ward

    Brown Sugar Bubble Tea Latte 

    Ramen restaurant Ore no Ramen Kouta also runs the bubble tea shop MY TAPIOCA KOUTA, where it is possible to order just a bubble tea. The brown sugar adds a strong accent to the flavour. The tapioca pearls are large and although this is filling drink, it is also cheap which makes it a good deal. The shop is open late into the night which is perfect for those late night cravings. 

     

    ▶︎ MY TAPIOCA KOUTA

    Address: 4-5-26, Honcho 1 jo, Higashi Ward, Sapporo

    Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:30

    Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/tapiocamy

     

    Milk san Asabu Branch/Asabu

    Strawberry Milk: ¥650, Brown Sugar Milk: ¥570, Tapioca Topping: ¥70 (served in a bottle) 

    Milk san serves delicious drinks made using milk which is specially produced by dairy farmers, contributing to the delicious Hokkaido goodness of the drink. The small tapioca pearls and the rich milky flavour are the perfect combination. The brown sugar flavour is only available at the Asabu branch, so we recommend you try it. As these drinks are served in cute bottles, you just have to post a picture on Instagram. 

     

    ▶︎ Milk san Asabu

    みるくsan麻生店

    Address: Karumu Asabu 1st floor, 5-2-8, Kita 39 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo 

    Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 19:30

    Official Website: https://www.milk-san.com/

     

    Iced Biscuit Shop SHONPY/Susukino

    Chocolate Mint Frappé: ¥690, Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea with a Tapioca Float: ¥690 

    One by one, this shop makes iced biscuits that are original down to their shape. SHONPY also delivers countrywide. The Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea comes with a tapioca float that is too cute to consume. It is filled with fruit such as strawberries and bananas that are a perfect match with the tapioca. The Chocolate Mint Frappé comes in a very cute bottle. This shop opened in Harajuku too.

     

    ▶︎SHONPY

    Address: SUSUKINO LAFILER 2nd floor, 4 Chome, Minami 4 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 

    Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 21:00

    No fixed holidays

    Official Website: http://shon-py.jp/

     

    So, how about it? If you ever find yourself in Hokkaido, Kei’s recommended Hokkaido-limited bubble teas are bound to make your trip special. 

     

    Kei’s Instagram is full of delicious desserts and mouthwatering meals. When in doubt of where to eat out, Kei’s Instagram is bound to save your day so please check it out.

     

    Photos & Text: Kei(@607keih

  • Explore Japanese Hojicha Tea-Flavoured Desserts in Kyoto

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

    Kyoto is the homeland of Japan’s tea. Tea shop Itohkyuemon was first established in Kyoto towards the end of the Edo period of Japan in 1832. It has since become a well-established tea shop that has gained popularity for its high quality tea and tea-based desserts. The shop will be holding a special event called Itohkyuemon X Uji Hojicha Tea Fair from September 2, 2019. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the wonderful flavours of Japan’s famous hojicha tea from the homeland of Japan’s tea. 

     

    Hojicha tea is deeply rooted in Kyoto’s daily culture. At Itohkyuemon, the tea leaves are roasted at a high temperature, creating a wonderful and comforting aroma. The fair will see the release of a wide range of hojicha-infused desserts such as parfaits, a dessert plate, ice cream, chocolate, daifuku, cheesecake, kitkats, chocolate cake, tiramisu and much more.  This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a range of sweet hojicha flavours. 

    The brand new Uji Hojicha Parfait consists of homemade hojicha jelly layered with refreshing hojicha ice cream. This is garnished with a hochicha senbei wafer and drizzled with hojicha syrup. This parfait allows you to taste the variety of wonders of hojicha all in one glass.

    Want to tantalize your tongue with more tea? The Hojicha Tea Ceremony set comes with a hojicha daifuku and a drink to complete your parfait experience. 

    The Uji Hojicha Chocolate Cake which was previously sold at the Gion-Shijo store has now returned. However, this is in limited supply. The Uji Hoji Dessert Plate includes a slice of Uji Hojicha Chocolate Cake, a Hojicha Mini Parfait, Hojicha Chocolate Ganache, a slice of Hojicha Cheesecake and a Hojicha Daifuku. This is the perfect way to explore hojicha in a variety of dessert forms. 

     

    This is the perfect opportunity to explore the wonderful flavours of one of Japan’s most beloved teas. 

  • White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice Serving This September at Hachiya in Tokyo

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

    Since July, the tea stand cafe Hachiya has been releasing one brand-new shaved ice flavour every month. The final flavour arriving on September 2 is the autumn-vibe white miso cheese and fig shaved ice which will be sold exclusively at the Sendagaya branch until September 30.

    White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    The shaved ice is an original homemade blend of full-bodied white miso cheese syrup and fig syrup. The milk white and light pink contrast make this one beautiful and delicious-looking dessert.

     

    Hidden inside the shaved ice is sweet white bean paste dressed with cashew nuts. It’s also topped with extra cashew nuts as well as dried strawberries. The dessert has a soft chewy texture and is packed with flavour which fills your mouth as it melts on your tongue.

     

    September marks the end of the summer and the call of autumn. Japan is known for its celebration of the seasons, so why not join in with this delicious autumnal delight? And if you’re no good with cheesy desserts, you can order the shaved ice with just fig syrup too.

     

    This is a limited-time item which will discontinue once all of the syrup runs out. Don’t miss out!

  • Halloween Treats, Wagashi, Drinkable Potato Desserts & More at GINZA SIX This Autumn

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

    This autumn, Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX is serving up a sumptuous selection of seasonal sweets and desserts. Their main components this year are apples and potatoes. Expect to enjoy potato in an entirely new way, and get ready for the spooky season with a line-up of Halloween treats that everyone can enjoy.

     

    Let’s take a look at just some of the gourmet delights arriving for the autumn season, some of which are already on sale.

     

    Potato Desserts

    Drinkable Potatoes (Purple Sweet Potato/Ripe Potato/Potato Leaf) – ¥600 Each @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 – October 31)

    We’re at a point in time now where not only can we eat potatoes―we can drink them too! These potato dessert drinks come in three flavours: fruity Purple Sweet Potato, rich Ripe Potato, and Potato Leaf. The potatoes used to make all of the drinks were farmed from Minamikaze Noukasha’s 160 potato farms.

    Set of 5 Native Potato Pies (Oiran Potato/Genji Potato/White Potato/Hayato Potato/Tanegashima Purple Sweet Potato) – ¥2,500 @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 until all sold)

    Methods to make potato cultivation even easier were introduced almost 400 years ago in Japan. Cultivating original varieties of potatoes is difficult―it’s mostly not done today. These pies are proudly made with those rare native potato varieties.

    Potato Parfait – ¥2,000 @ JOTARO SAITO (Quantity: Only 10 served per day)

    This gorgeous parfait is made with a purple sweet potato and sweet potato cream and is layered with agar-agar, rice flour dumplings, and ice cream. Inspired by the form of an affogato, it’s topped with potato ice cream drizzled in a warm rice sauce.

     

    Halloween Goodies For Grown-Ups

    Halloween Party Pumpkin Purin – ¥4,800 @ Marlowe (Available: October 1 – October 31) *Must order within 3 days

    This party-sized Halloween-exclusive rich pumpkin custard pudding contains cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s even topped up with a jack-o-lantern face.

    Glowing Lollipop Candy – ¥833-¥1,111 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: September 21 – October 31)

    These lollipops come on sticks with LED lights that make the candy glow a ghoulish light, making them a great Halloween treat.

    Halloween Afternoon Tea Set – ¥4,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA (Available September 1 – October 31)

    Feast on an exquisite Halloween afternoon tea set made up of an exquisite selection of drinks and desserts.

     

    Apple Desserts

    Apple Gummy – ¥2,777 / Apple Gummy Candy – ¥1,666 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: August 27 – November 4)

    The apple gummy is about the size of a Jonathan apple. If you’re wondering what flavour it is, you’ll have to wait until you bite into it to find out! The apple gummy candy set takes on flavours of different apple varieties.

    Pom Caramel – ¥800 Each @ PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Available: August 27 – November 4)

    These cute and round vanilla flavoured apple mousses are filled with an apple compote, which has a hint of star anise, and cream caramel. They’re packed full of apple-y goodness and maintain PHILIPPE CONTICINI’s refined flavours.

     

    This Year’s Must-Try Autumn Treats

    Bessei Maruto Parfait “Shubo” – ¥2,300 @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Available: October 1 – November 30)

    Exclusive to the Ginza branch of Nakamura Tokichi is this specially made parfait, layered with autumn-time ingredients including Japanese chestnut matcha cream, fig, chestnut sherbet, and bean paste. You can really taste the rich matcha notes in this beautiful dessert.

    Kyoto Koicha Terrine Inori no Kajitsu – ¥2,000 @ Tsujiru (Available from September 1)

    A great little gift is this terrine chocolat, made with chestnut, black soybeans, fig, and cranberries.

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? All of these items are autumn-exclusives and some are very limited in stock. Be sure to enjoy all the flavours of autumn this year in Japan.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Starbucks Celebrates an Artful Autumn with Green and Pink Frappuccinos

    29.August.2019 | FOOD

    From August 30, 2019, Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating the coming of autumn with their scheme Artful Autumn @ Starbucks®.

     

    The concept of this year is “Be colourful” and sees the release of new drinks that burst into colour for a beautiful moment. Through art and colour, Starbucks is creating an opportunity for many to experience the unique colourfulness of autumn. 

     

    The two new drinks to make it to Starbucks’ menu are the colourful and cute Green Apple Jelly Frappuccino® and Baked Apple Pink Frappuccino®, which are both made using autumn apples. From the species of apple to the way it is prepared and arranged, two completely new apple frappuccinos have been invented. 

    Left: Green Apple Jelly Frappuccino® /Right: Baked Apple Pink Frappuccino®: ¥580 (price before tax, tall size only)

    The Green Apple Jelly Frappuccino® consists of wobbly green apple jelly and crunchy fruit, creating a fun texture in your mouth. Overall, there is a sweet and tangy yet creamy flavour. As the heat of summer still lingers during early autumn, this frappuccino is bound to be just what you need for a quick refresh. The whipped cream on top of the frappuccino is topped with thin shavings of green apple and vivid green candy pieces, adding a wonderful crunchy texture to the soft and fluffy cream. 

     

    The Baked Apple Pink Frappuccino® is based on a pink baked apple. The sweetness and crunchiness of the crumble is a fun texture to enjoy. You will be able to taste baked apple with a faint taste of cinnamon. As it is still rather hot but not unbearable, this frappuccino is the perfect way to satisfy your sugar craving. This frappuccino is topped with bright pink and crunchy apple candy and crumble pieces, creating a wonderful texture adventure.

     

    Make sure to also look out for the Apple Jelly Iced Tea and Baked Apple Iced Tea which will also be making an appearance at Starbucks.  

     

    The colourful appearance, delicious flavour and texture of these two frappuccinos will enlighten you to a whole new world of unique colors, textures and flavors so please come try them for yourself. 

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