Treat Yourself to a Breathtaking Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel

03.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

Lobby Lounge FONTAINE on the first floor of Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo never fails do outdo themselves in terms of intricacy and cuteness when it comes to their afternoon teas. For the spring season this year, they’re serving their adorable pink “Sakura Afternoon Tea” set which is inspired by a garden in full bloom during Hanami.

Sakura Afternoon Tea For One – ¥4,235 / With Sparkling Wine – ¥4,840 (Tax Included) *Photo shows serving for two people

This is the kind of food you want to eat but also want to keep staring at because of how good it looks. This pink perfection comes with light coloured chocolate creations made to look like Japanese umbrellas with fallen cherry blossom leaves fallen on them, a glass dessert which has a faint cherry blossom scent that goes deliciously with the cheese of the crémet d’Anjou, a cherry blossom roll cake, macarons, and more.

 

Line-Up:

・Top Tier

Sakura Chocolate Saiku / Glass Desserts (Crémet d’Anjou & Sakura Jelly)

 

・Middle Tier

Sakura Roll Cake / Matcha Madeleine / Raspberry Cream Puffs / Scones (Sakura & Plain) / Macarons

 

・Bottom Tier

Open Brioche Sandwich With Broad Bean and Egg / Rape Blossom and Seafood Quiche

 

・Drink

Tea or Coffee

 

Sakura Roll Cake – ¥486 / Sakura Verrine – ¥540 / Sakura Anpan Bread – ¥216 / Sakura Sweet Bean Danish – ¥324 / Sakura Sweet Bean Brioche Cube – ¥216

Sweets & Bakery IKI is also located on the first floor of the hotel, where they too are serving up the perfect sweets and pastries for the spring season, like cherry blossom roll cake, cherry blossom cream puffs, and more. These cute treats are great as gifts too.

 

Treat yourself to a lovely afternoon tea time with the Sakura Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s luxurious lounge.

 

Writer: Shihori Shibui

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    Best Time To See: Early April

    Address: Terayama-3 Inabuchō, Toyota, Aichi

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    https://www.tourismtoyota.jp/spots/detail/697/ (Daian-ji Temple)

     

    Wisterias | Fuji no Kairo

    This 370-meter long path is known as Fuji no Kairo, or “Wisteria Corridor,” which is home to four different species of wisteria that bloom fully in the spring to the delight of those passing under it.

     

    Best Time To See: Late April – Early May

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