Starbucks Japan Unveils Cherry Blossom Milk Latte, Frappuccino & More For Sakura Season

12.February.2020 | FOOD

Every year, Starbucks Coffee Japan serves up its seasonal “Sakura Season” drinks menu, a limited-time offering of special cherry blossom flavoured drinks for the spring. This year’s Sakura Season at Starbucks begins on February 15, and they’ve revealed the first of several upcoming batches of drinks and merchandise.

 

Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino® & Sakura Milk Latte ー Japan Only

The first two drinks of the Sakura Season menu are a gorgeous light pink, reminiscent of cherry blossoms. They’re available at Starbucks in Japan only.

 

The Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino® is made like a Japanese pudding, scented with fresh cherry blossom leaf extract. The milk base is mixed with a cherry blossom and strawberry sauce, and it’s all topped off with cream and decorations made to look like flower petals. The pink gradation in the cup also calls to mind the beautiful dance of falling cherry blossom leaves.

 

The Sakura Milk Latte is a subtly sweet, no-coffee beverage made with a combination of cherry blossom and strawberry suace as well as warm milk. It’s still cold out right now, so this is the perfect treat to warm you up for the coming spring.

 

Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) *Tall size only

Sakura Milk Latte: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Before Tax)

Running: February 15, 2020 – February 25, 2020

*The Sakura Milk Latte will be served until March 12, 2020

Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan (while supplies last)

 

Reusable Cherry Blossom Cups ー Japan Only

Starbucks introduced its reusable cups to help reduce plastic waste, and now you can get them in these stylish new cherry blossom designs. If you’re still using disposable plastic cups, then make that important step today and get your own reusable cup.

 

SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml) & Bag Set – ¥2,800 (Before Tax)

SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml) – ¥350 (Before Tax)

Release Dates:

SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml) & Bag Set: February 15,  2020

SAKURA 2020 Reusable Cup (473ml): February 19, 2020

Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan (while supplies last)

 

SAKURA Season Merchandise ー Batch ①

The theme of the first batch of Sakura Season 2020 merchandise is “Spring Breeze.” The design captures the image of cherry blossom petals falling from the gentle spring breeze, the warm days, and hope. The line-up includes not only tumblers and mugs, but a picnic mat with a cherry blossom print, and more. Enjoy your coffee with one of the reusable cups or tumblers and feel good about doing your part to reduce plastic this spring.

 

Batch ①

Release Date: February 15, 2020

Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan (while supplies last)

 

Starbucks’s cherry blossom filter makes flowers blossom in your photos!

Experience the cherry blossoms early before they bloom with the Starbucks Sakura 2020 (Japanese: #スターバックスさくら2020) filter. You don’t even have to download an app to use it.

To get access to the filter, simply scan the QR code in a Starbucks branch, tap the button, and take your springtime photo!

The filter lets you choose between the three most common cherry blossom trees in Japan: the Yoshino cherry, yae-zakura, and shidare-zakura.

 

Starbucks Sakura 2020 Filter (#スターバックスさくら2020)

Running: February 15, 2020 – March 12, 2020

Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan

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    ■Well-Known Spots

    Ritsurin Garden (Takamatsu)

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    Marugame Castle (Marugame)

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    Asahiyama Forest Park (Mitoyo)

    Asahiyama Forest Park is located on the peak of Mt. Asahi, up 238 meters high. There, you can witness 2,000 vibrant cherry blossom trees bloom in spring, including Yoshino cherries. The park’s observation deck is popular too, offering a 360° panoramic view.

     

    Experience the world of bonsai in Kagawa, the only place in Japan which produces pine bonsai trees

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    Official Website: https://takamatsu-bonsai.com/en/

     

    The new Takamatsu Bonsai no Sato is also set to open on April 17, which will include an information centre providing information on bonsai culture in Takamatsu, and there will be workshops too. Whether you’re new to bonsai or a pro, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

     

    Takamatsu Bonsai no Sato

    Grand Opening: April 17, 2020

    Address: 353-1 Kokubunjichō Kokubu, Takamatsu, Kagawa

     

     

    Travel to Kagawa this spring to enjoy the cherry blossoms and pay a visit to the new Shikoku Aquarium.

  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo to Release Butterscotch Latte

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    The subtle sweetness of the oat milk used in the Oat Milk Latte goes perfect with the taste of the espresso. A Starbucks-original almond milk is also used for the Almond Milk Latte, adding a fragrant almond taste to the coffee beverage.

     

    Enjoy your coffee with your milk of choice from six kinds: Starbucks Milk, Low-Fat, Fat-Free, Soy, Oat, and Almond.

  • Top 10 Must-Try Cherry Blossom Outdoor Bathing Experiences in Japan

    12.March.2020 | SPOT

    Online Japanese travel website Jalan has published an article listing the Top 10 cherry blossom furo (bath) locations in Japan based on the results of a questionnaire it held.

     

    Experiencing an outdoor Japanese bath is one thing, but it’s made even more special when coupled with the view and scent of the springtime cherry blossoms. The line-up features a list of locations praised for their scenery and the blossom of the cherry trees.

     

    1st Place: Hotel Keikyu Aburatsubo Kanchoso | Kanagawa Prefecture

    The baths at Hotel Keikyu Aburatsubo Kanchoso offer a clear view of Koajiro Bay from the hills of the Miura Peninsula. The bright blue shimmer of the ocean and the overlooking sky is made even more vibrant by the Yoshino cherry and kawazu-zakura trees that stand around the bath. It’s a tranquil spectacle as you gaze at the blue sea and enjoy your hot bath, which is full of beneficial minerals, as cherry blossom petals dance down from the trees onto the water surface.

     

    2nd Place: Hotel Suehiro | Aichi Prefecture

    This popular hotel offers a spectacular view of the ocean from the open-air rooftop bath. Around this time, the 300 Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom down below. The common way of viewing cherry blossoms is to look up at the trees; but Hotel Suehiro offers the opposite for a unique Hanami experience.

     

    3rd Place: Onsen Yumoto Hounoya | Nara Prefecture

    Mount Yoshino is a famous cherry blossom spot as well as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Onsen Yumoto Hounoya sits in the centre of it all, with cherry blossom trees rolling up and down all around. Enjoy a dip in the hydrogen carbonate spring water while you soak up the sights.

     

    4th Place: Goriyaku no Yu | Chiba Prefecture

    Among the mountains of the lush green city of Minamiboso lies Goriyaku no Yu. Three cherry trees bloom right in front of the open-air bath, which can be enjoy together with the striking mountains of the Yoro Ravine. Depending on the day, the petals of the cherry trees fall into the bath, dyeing it a beautiful pink.

     

    5th Place: Fuga No Yado Chouseikan | Niigata Prefecture

    Fuga No Yado Chouseikan is home to the largest open-air bath in the prefecture. It’s surrounded by 10 Yoshino cherries, which are lit up at night to create a magical atmosphere. Enjoy their full bloom together as the season for the petals’ fall begins.

     

    6th Place: Hotel Kami no Yu Onsen | Yamanashi Prefecture

    100 cherry trees can be enjoyed from the guest rooms, various baths, and inside the hotel at Kami no Yu Onsen. There are three kinds of cherry blossoms to see: the Yoshino cherry, yoshino-zakura, and yae-zakura. You can see them from the large public baths, but it’s the Hanami Furo baths that you can rent out which provide the best experience. They must be booked via telephone.

     

    7th Place: Fujino Yamanami Onsen | Kanagawa Prefecture

    This spacious open-air bath is enveloped by a gorgeous garden which blooms many different flowers through the season, including the 11 cherry blossom trees. During the day, you can enjoy the elegance of the garden, and at night it is lit up to provide a bewitching experience. The hot water is pulled from 1,800 meters below ground. The water is praised for its rich minerals which warm you from the inside.

     

    8th Place: Awanoyu Ryokan | Nagano Prefecture

    Five Yoshino cherries are planted beside this milk-coloured bubbly bath. Only in a mountainous land such as this where spring arrives late can you enjoy the cherry blossoms together with the leftover snow atop the mountains. The ryokan’s sulphur spring water contains carbon dioxide which warms the bath.

     

    9th Place: Okayama Ikoi No Mura | Okayama Prefecture

    Okayama Ikoi No Mura is a facility that offers a range of experiences, including coming into contact with animals. There are three bookable baths which offer your very own Yoshino cherry blossom tree view. The observatory deck at the facility is also popular as it overlooks the Seto Inland Sea.

     

    10th Place: Shigisan Kanko Hotel | Nara Prefecture

    Shigisan Kanko Hotel in Nara is easily reachable even from Osaka. There, guests can enjoy the full extent of the outdoors with the hot springs that reflect the mountains and the light pink Yoshino cherry trees.

     

    These cherry tree furo baths, where even the steam of the water is dyed pink, can only be enjoyed for about half a month! So if you’re planning a trip to Japan for the spring, cherry blossoms, and Hanami, be sure to put one of these picks on your list of must-visit places.

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