Visiting Tokyo In March? Enjoy Early Cherry Blossom Viewing!

19.March.2017 | SPOT

It may go without saying, but the centerpiece of sightseeing in Japan in the spring is getting to view the cherry blossoms. We introduce here places in Tokyo where you can see types of sakura in bloom earlier than usual!

 

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It may go without saying, but the centerpiece of sightseeing in Japan in the spring is getting to view the cherry blossoms, or as they’re known in Japanese, sakura. This I’m sure we can all agree is Japan’s most beautiful time of the year, when everything seems to be dyed pink by the cherry blossoms.

How many of you think that getting to view the cherry blossoms is an experience that only those who visit Japan from the end of March until around the beginning of April get to experience? It might not be known by many people, but depending on the type, there are some cherry blossoms that will bloom earlier than what’s considered to be the cherry blossom season. We’d like to share with you the types of cherry blossoms that bloom earlier than others, as well as the spots around Tokyo where those of you visiting Japan can enjoy these flowers from around halfway through February to around mid-March.

What are the Cherry Blossoms that Bloom in February and March?

I’m sure many Japanophiles may already know this, but there are various types of cherry blossoms. The well-known cherry blossoms that bloom in the so-called ‘cherry blossom season’ at the end of March until the beginning of April are the Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms. I’m sure there are many of you who’ve heard of this type of cherry blossom before. Believe it or not, there are actually cherry blossoms that also bloom from February to March. Out of these cherry blossoms the kawazu-zakura are well known.

The kawazu-zakura that bloom earlier than other cherry blossoms were given their name after being discovered in the city of Kawazu in Shizuoka prefecture. Along with the city of Kawazu in Shizuoka, the southern region of the city of Izu is also famous for having kawazu-zakura. From the beginning of February to the beginning of March there’s even a sakura festival that takes place in this region.

It’s not just Shizuoka prefecture, but there are even spots in Tokyo too where you can view the kawazu-zakura. Of course it all depends on the location and weather, but these flowers bloom a little bit later than they do in the city of Kawazu and in the southern region of the city of Izu. You can enjoy these cherry blossoms in Tokyo for about one month, from about mid-February until about halfway through March.

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    From the end of March to the beginning of April, sakura will bloom at Hirakata amusement park. There are approximately 300 sakura trees and eight varieties of tree including Yoshino cherry blossoms. Amongst the park attractions is the “Skywalker”; a giant ferris wheel that overlooks the park. The path to the ride is hilly and lined with sakura trees, so during full bloom, the path is completely covered in a bed of pink petals!

     

    This theme park is unique in that you can enjoy the cherry blossom view and the rides simultaneously! The roller coaster ride “Red Falcon” is also located near a road lined with sakura trees, so you can enjoy an even more wonderful sakura-viewing experience! Plus, you can take your cherry blossom viewing to a whole new level on the “Skywalker” as the carriages of the ride overlook the park from the sky and remain in mid-air for approximately 10 minutes. ♡

     

    Thanks to the arrival of spring, you can enjoy Hirakata Park sakura to the max!

  • Sakura Sweets Released at Daimaru Tokyo

    06.March.2019 | FOOD

    Daimaru Tokyo becomes extremely busy during the hanami season due to being connected directly to Tokyo Station and having easy access.

     

    The department store can sell up to 30,000 sweets in a single day, and with the cherry blossom season drawing close, it is now selling a selection of sakura inspired sweets. There are around 70 to choose, all dotted with cherry blossom motifs from pink coloured mont blancs to pies and cookies decorate with cherry blossom petals.

     

    Here are just nine of those sweets flower-viewers can look forward to enjoying.

    Japanese Style Sakura Roll Cake: ¥1,080 @ TOPS (Floor 1F)

    Fork into a soft and beautiful roll cake filled with pink cream and decorated with cherry blossom shaped gold leaf.

    Sakura Mont Blanc: ¥594 @ ANTENOR (Floor 1F)

    Formed into a dacquoise dessert cake made with cherry blossom cream and strawberry jam and cream.

    Kamakura Sakura Cha Hantsuki (Box of 10): ¥1,080 @ Kamakura Goro (Floor 1F)

    A half-moon shaped osenbei wafer filled with slightly sweet cream with a cherry blossom tea fragrance.

    Sakura Mont Blanc: ¥584 @ Patisserie KIHACHI (Floor 1F)

    This sakura delight is coloured and flavoured with the bloom of cherry blossoms.

    Palet Chocolate (Box of 5): ¥1,728 @ Bel Amer (Floor B1F)

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    Sakura Pie (Box of 12): ¥1,080 @ Gin no Budo (Floor 1F)

    Shaped like sakura petals, these luxurious pies are flavoured with cherry blossoms and butter.

    Sakura Kudzu (Box of 3): ¥1,026 @ Ginza Suzuya (Floor 1F)

    The bean paste floating inside this kudzu is laced with cherry blossom leaves.

    Sakura Hitohira (Box of 18): ¥1,130 @ Ginza Tamaya (Floor 1F)

    Petal-shaped cookie sandwiches filled with cherry blossom leaves and white chocolate.

    Ohanami Anmitisu: ¥572 @ Funabashiya (Floor 1F)

    Assorted fruit served with a seasonal syrup made with cherry blossoms.

     

    Enjoy all the sakura sweets you can this flower-viewing season.

  • Springtime Strawberry Desserts & Drinks Arriving in Japan This Year

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    The calendar says spring is already here, but it sure doesn’t feel like it yet. It’s freezing out.

     

    So you can feel more like the season has arrived we have compiled a list of cute cherry blossom flavoured desserts and succulent strawberry sweets and drinks that can be enjoyed in Japan this year.

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/174931

     

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    Itohkyuemon – Uji Matcha Sakura Nama Chocolate

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    Uji Matcha Sakura Nama Chocolate (Package of 16 chocolates)

    Released: February 15, 2019 (Sales will end once stock is fully depleted)

    Price: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

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    GODIVA – Shokorikisa White Chocolate Sakura Lala

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    Address: 5 C-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture
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    Entry: Free
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    Fuji-Q Highland Official Website: https://www.fujiq.jp/
    Lisa & Gaspard Town: https://www.fujiq.jp/area/lisagas/

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    McDonald’s Japan – 3 White Chocolate & Strawberry Beverages

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    Starbucks Japan – Sakura Season

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  • Cherry Blossom Doughnuts Arrive at Mister Donut

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    Mister Donut is releasing six cherry blossom flavoured doughnuts in Japan on March 1.

     

    Three of these doughnuts are chewy and made in the image of a cherry blossom petal while the other three are made with Mister Donut’s popular and old fashioned dough recipe released in 2013, sprinkled with pink cherry blossom powder.

     

    Cherry Blossom Flower Doughnut – Cherry Blossom Flavoured: ¥129 (Tax Included)

    Inspired by the beautiful petals of the cherry blossoms, this doughnut has a distinct chewy texture and is coated with a bright pink cherry blossom glaze.

     

    Cherry Blossom Flower Doughnut – Soy Flour Flavoured: ¥129 (Tax Included)

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    Cherry Blossom Flower Doughnut – Adzuki Red Bean Paste: ¥140 (Tax Included)

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    Cherry Blossom Fashioned Chocolate: ¥140 (Tax Included)

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    Cherry Blossom Fashioned Honey: ¥140 (Tax Included)

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  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo launches 3-day limited plan! Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the cherry blossoms at Meguro.

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    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a museum hotel where you can discover the beauty of Japan. December 2018 marked its 90th anniversary since opening. For a three-day limited period from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March 2019, you can thoroughly enjoy Japanese hospitality as the hotel will be running a rickshaw service around Meguro River for guests to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

     

    The name of the rickshaw service accommodation plan is “Jinrikisha de meguru Meguro kawa no kano ko ryoko”. You can select this plan whilst booking a room at the hotel. The plan involves a rickshaw ride around Tokyo’s leading cherry blossom-viewing hotspot for 30 minutes. During the ride, guests can enjoy the spring breeze as they sweep around the sakura trees of Meguro river. 

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  • Gaze at Cherry Blossoms and Tokyo Tower at Tokyo Prince Hotel’s Sakura Festival

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    Tokyo Prince Hotel is set to hold Sakura Matsuri 2019 from March 16 to April 14 where they will serve a cherry blossom inspired menu.

     

    The Shiba Park area by the hotel is a famous cherry blossom spot which brings together lots of people each year who visit to see the pink flowers in bloom. Tokyo Prince Hotel has put together a special menu to excite this year’s hanami season for tourists and sightseers visiting Tokyo to view the flowers.

    Sit atop the hotel’s wide-open cafe and bar Tower View Terrace where you will be served colourful hors d’oeuvre, steak, temari sushi and many more springtime foods. Meals are made even more memorable with the gorgeous cherry trees standing at eye level behind which towers Tokyo Tower.

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    Dinner – “Hanami Box – Nighttime Cherry Blossoms”: ¥9,000 (Served 17:00-21:30)

     

    Nighttime Cherry Blossoms Wagyu Beef Teppanyaki & Seafood Barbeque Set (Serves 1): ¥10,000 (Served 17:30-21:30)

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    Beautiful Sakura Gozen Meal: ¥5,000 (Served 11:30-14:30 / until 17:00 on Saturday & holidays)

    Roll up to the hotel’s Shimizu restaurant where they will be serving a vivid traditional Japanese meal which can be enjoyed with the stunning view of the cherry blossoms and Tokyo Tower outside the restaurant’s enormous windows.

    Sakura Course: ¥8,000 (Serving 17:00-21:30)

    Maronie is a restaurant at the hotel that specialises in Chinese cuisine. Like Shimizu, you can appreciate the cherry blossoms peeking at you through the window as you dig into a delicious Chinese meal.


    Lunch: Weekends ¥3,500, Saturday & Holidays ¥4,000 (Served 11:30-15:00) / Dinner: Weekends ¥6,000, Saturday & Holidays ¥6,500 (Served 17:30-21:30)

    Porto, a buffet restaurant in the hotel, is preparing a springtime buffet which can be enjoyed with a full view of the pink flowers and Tokyo Tower.

     

    Bloom: ¥4,000 (Serving 17:00-21:00)

    Cherry Blossom Sweets Plate: ¥1,500 / With Drink ¥2,100 (Serving: 11:00-21:00)

    The tea salon Pikake will be cooking up a range of meals including pasta served in spring colours, salad, roast beef and more as well as a special sweets plate with 4 different Japanese sweets.

    Snow Sakura: ¥1,800 (Served 17:00-Midnight)

    Spring Fizz: ¥1,800 (Served 17:00-Midnight)

    The hotel’s main bar Windsor will be pouring two different cherry blossom inspired cute pink cocktails.

    Party Plan: ¥5,800 Per Person (Weekdays 17:00-Midnight / Saturdays 15:00-Midnight / Holidays 15:00-23:00)

    Petrea Karaoke Room has a very special party plan planned which includes a cherry blossom themed menu as well as karaoke and all-you-can-drink.

    Tokyo Prince Hotel’s Hanami Season Map

     

    If you’re visiting Tokyo during the hanami season then don’t miss out on this luxurious flower-viewing experience.

  • Itohkyuemon releases new Uji Matcha Sakura Nama Chocolate!

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    Itohkyuemon, a well-established Japanese green tea store based in Uji, Kyoto, started selling the new “Uji Matcha Sakura Nama Chocolate” (宇治抹茶さくら生チョコレート) from 15th February 2019.

    “Uji Matcha Nama Chocolate” (宇治抹茶生チョコレート) is the most popular item on Itohkyuemon’s online shop. Using this as a base, a limited spring edition “sakura” flavour was created. A spring-like pink powder is sprinkled over the Uji matcha chocolate. After the flowery flavour of sakura spreads through your mouth, you will be struck with a milky flavour along with a moderate salty touch. This is when the flavour of matcha grows and fills your mouth. This exquisite flavour is obtained from real cherry blossom flowers and leaves. The natural powder gives the powder its vivid coloursー nothing is added to enhance its colour. Like flower petals scattered on a moss garden, the surface of the chocolates are decorated with a faint pink dusting.

     

    The packaging has a wonderful texture and is decorated with a woven cherry blossom pattern set on pink Japanese-style paper. This compliments the green-yellow spring-themed colours. Each chocolate package is wrapped individually by hand. The box even comes with small wooden utensils so you can open the package and enjoy these tasty chocolates straight away.

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    The beverages will be followed up by two desserts on March 1: the Lindt Dome Chocolat Sakura and Lindt Chocolat Parfait Sakura. These will be served at the Ginza branch while only the parfait will be sold at the Jiyūgaoka branch.

    Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink: Ginza Branch Eat-In – ¥1,388 (Tax Included) / Other Branches Take Out – ¥772 (Tax Included)

    This sweet drink brings together the sweetness of Lindt’s creamy white chocolate and the sourness of cherries. The cherries used are Amarena cherries which are bitter and slightly nutty and sour Griotte cherries. These blended with the white chocolate give a refreshing aftertaste.

     

    The drink is topped with cream cheese and whipped cream in which sits salt-pickled cherry blossom leaves. The sweet and sour flavours of the drink and cherries are elevated by the light and fluffy cream and the distinct saltiness of the leaves.

    Lindt Delice Sakura / Lindt Delice Sakura Leaf: ¥302 Each (Tax Included)

    Lindt’s popular Delices are macarons crafted by the company’s expert chocolatiers who stuff them with ganache made from Lindt chocolate. The springtime Sakura and Sakura Leaf versions are available for a limited time only and are packed with cherry blossom flavour and fragrance.

    Lindt Dome Chocolat Sakura: ¥1,890 (Tax Included)

    Lindt has beautifully created a milky and mellow-tasting white chocolate dome which comes to life when a hot sauce is poured over it. This beautiful pale green sauce has a faint salty flavour to it and together with the unique flavour of the cherry blossom leaf. Enjoy watching the chocolate dome melt before your very eyes to reveal the inside dessert. This special treat can only be experience at the cafe. Check out below what happens when you drizzle on the sauce.

     

    Your dish is also served with berry powder made to look like a fully bloomed cherry blossom. Inside the dessert is a tower of biscuit, cherry blossom white chocolate semifreddo, cherry compote, salt-pickled cherry blossom leaf whipped cream, and crunchy hazelnuts.

     

    Lindt Chocolat Parfait Sakura: ¥1,780 (Tax Included)

    Lindt’s new parfait combines chocolate with ingredients perfect for the spring. The deeper you go in the dessert the more textures you can enjoy which come together in delicious harmony. It even comes decorated with a Delice Sakura Leaf.

     

    Starting at the bottom of the glass the parfait contains crunchy hazelnuts, vanilla mascarpone mousse, cherry compote, white chocolate ice cream, and cherry sauce. It’s topped with cherry blossom white chocolate ice cream, more cherry compote, a mini Delice Sakura Leaf, a white chocolate piece with strawberry powder in it, and another piece of white chocolate displaying the Lindt logo.

     

    Feel the early spring calling with these cherry blossom treats at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe.

  • Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo to Host Cherry Blossom-Viewing Event

    13.February.2019 | SPOT / Uncategorized

    Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo announced on January 22 that it will host an “Ohanami Sakura Walk” event between March 28 and April 5 to escort hotel guests to nearby spots where cherry blossoms beautifully bloom. The daily event is designed to allow guests from overseas to experience Japan’s custom of viewing cherry blossoms. (The dates of the event may change according to circumstances.)

     

    Shiba Park Hotel is a city hotel established in 1948 to accommodate foreign trade delegations, and since then has welcomed many guests from overseas. There are 269 guest rooms of various types as well as Japanese and Chinese restaurants, a steak restaurant and a bar. There is also Japanese Culture Salon SAKURA where guest can experience Japanese culture, entertainment and elements of lifestyle during their stay.

    Shiba Park Hotel continues to welcome guests from around the world with the hope for guests to “feel relaxed as they are at home, even in the midst of a trip.”

     

    Hotel staff will guide guests to cherry blossom-viewing spots around the hotel, explaining the different types of the flower species. Among the locations, guests will see a view symbolizing Tokyo in spring at Zojoji Temple, where cherry blossoms rival nearby Tokyo Tower. Staff will also show interested guests how to enjoy food stalls set up at the temple’s site. Guests at Shiba Park Hotel are welcome to join the event without any fee.

  • 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast! Some places in Tokyo are already blooming!

    12.February.2019 | SPOT

    When you’re traveling about during spring, the one thing you don’t want to miss are those cherry blossoms (sakura)! Today we’re going into introduce the countrywide cherry blossom forecast that was produced on 7th February. There is already a place in Tokyo where the blossoms are already blooming, so we’ll make sure to mention that too!

     

     

    Cherry blossom forecast:

    Sapporo:  30th April

    Sendai:  10th April

    Niigata:  7th April

    Tokyo:  23rd March

    Nagoya: 23rd March

    Osaka: 26th March

    Fukuoka: 19th March

     

    The beginning of Cherry blossom season 2019 

    There are already some places in Tokyo where the cherry blossoms have started to bloom, for example, Happo-en. At Happo-en, there are approximately 85 trees in the park and five different types of cherry blossom tree; Kawazu-zakura, Yoshino-zakura, Yae-zakura, Shidare-zakura and Gyoikou.  The famous “Kawazu-zakura is known to be an early bloomer, and started to flower on 7th February. This year, the flowers are expected to bloom a week later than they usually do.

     

    Due to changing temperatures, the cherry blossoms may bloom at different times to what is predicted. At Happo-en, the garden structure is slightly tilted and therefore the sun hits the leaves of the trees here differently to other locations. As a result, the flowers take longer to bloom and therefore you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing for longer! As mid-Feburary is the best time to enjoy Kawazu-zakura, these trees will be illuminated from 15th February.

    Japanese-style restaurant “ENJYU”, which uses naturally cultivated vegetables and carefully managed fermentation procedures, and “Thrush Cafe”, a cafe with a garden view you can enjoy from the inside, have both prepared new lunch menus which use Kawazu cherry blossoms to thoroughly celebrate the cherry blossom season.

     

     

    Don’t miss out ー make sure you celebrate the cherry blossom season!

  • Starbucks Japan Blooms Sakura Drinks For the Cherry Blossom Season

    08.February.2019 | FOOD

    Springtime is coming to Starbucks Japan as the coffee chain has unveiled two cherry blossom inspired drinks along with a series of pink and flowery merchandise, all set to arrive on February 15, 2019.

     

    Starbucks understands the importance of representing the culture of countries and regions around the world. Since 2002, it has shown its respect for Japanese culture by creating drinks and products themed on cherry blossoms―a symbol of Japan. The official name of this year’s theme is SAKURA “Mankai” Moments -Full blooming all around you-, with mankai meaning “full bloom,” and it is set to express the moment at which the cherry blossoms are at their height.

     

    This year’s sakura season beverages are the Sakura Full Milk Latte and Sakura Full Frappuccino®. Both drinks use cherry blossoms and strawberries as their base flavour, warm and cosy ingredients that call to spring. They are inspired by the dancing leaves fallen from cherry trees in full bloom.

     

    Sakura Full Milk Latte: Short ¥440 / Tall ¥480 / Grande¥520/ Venti® ¥560 (Before Tax)

    Sakura Full Frappuccino®: Tall ¥580 (Before Tax)

    The luscious latte is a mix of strawberries and milk for a sweet and creamy flavour. Its pink colour is reminiscent of the light pink petals while the deep pink coloured strawberries add contrast. It is finished with a topping of shaved chocolate.

     

    We also have the Frappuccino® which is made in the image of fully bloomed cherry blossoms reflecting on the surface of the water. The drink is full of sakura and strawberry sauce to express a series of cherry trees. It also contains a strawberry jelly and cherry blossom milk jelly. The jiggly texture of the jelly makes for an enjoyable drinking experience together with the strawberries.

     

    Both drinks also come with designs based on the cherry blossoms of Meguro River, one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom sites.

    1st Merchandise Line

    2nd Merchandise Line

    Don’t forget the cute and colourful merchandise that will be available either, with everything from tumblers to mugs and more all to make your drinking experience this year’s sakura season even more fun.

     

    The first line of merchandise will be available from February 15 with designs based on the pure image of cherry blossoms standing still in the light of the early morning. The second line arrives on February 25 and places the flowers in the sunlight of the afternoon.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the cherry blossom season then don’t miss out on these exclusive grabs.

  • Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 Taking Place in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi, Yaesu & Kyobashi Areas

    27.January.2019 | SPOT

    Sakura Festival 2019 is set to celebrate cherry blossoms in a variety of exciting ways around the Nihonbashi region of Tokyo from March 15 to April 7.

     

    Nihonbashi has been home to many famous cherry blossom sites since long ago including Edo Sakura-dori and Hamachomidorido. This year marks the 6th run of the festival which will allow people to experience the cherry blossom season from numerous angles such as through digital art and with cherry blossom inspired food.

    America’s Tree of Ténéré Digital Art Comes to Nihonbashi

    The creative team behind the Tree of Ténéré digital art at the annual Burning Man festival held in Nevada, US is collaborating with the Sakura Festival to bring the piece to Nihonbashi. Dubbed ‘The Tree of Light,’ the 8 meter tall tree will be lit up with 100,000 LED lights decorated on each leaf which react to people, sounds and the wind.

     

    The Tree of Light – Sakura Lights

    Running: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 17:00-20:00

    Location: Fukutoku no Mori

     

    Interactive Cherry Blossom Carpet

    The Sakura Carpet is a collaboration between the Nihonbashi district and nihonbashi β, a team of young creators. This 16 meter long ‘carpet’ will run along Naka-dori Street which leads to Fukutoku Shrine and will light up with visuals and play music as people walk along it. Together with around 100 cherry blossom lamps the entire street will transform into a world of pink. More illuminations will take place around the area including at Mitsui Honkan, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Building, Mitsui Tower and elsewhere.

     

    Sakura Carpet

    Date: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019

    Time: 17:00-23:00

    Illumination Time: 17:00-20:00

    Location: Naka-dori Street

    Sakura Light-Up

    Date: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019

    *Illumination times will vary at each facility.

    Locations: Edo Sakura-dori, COREDO Muromachi 1-3, Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance Gran Roof, Tokyo Tatemono Nihonbashi Building, Mitsui Tower, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Building, Mitsui Honkan, YUITO, and elsewhere

    Cherry Blossom Inspired Cuisine

    Nihonbashi Sakura Menu Walk encompasses 190 restaurants in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas which will serve cherry blossom inspired food, desserts and merchandise. Cherry blossom stalls will also appear around Fukutoku Shrine on March 30 and 31 which will bring together Nihonbahsi’s hotels, facilities and old restaurants together for 2 days of special limited time food.

     

    Nihonbashi Sakura Menu Walk

    Date: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019

    *Serving times will differ at each restaurant

    Locations: Restaurants in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas

     

    Nihonbashi Sakura Stalls

    Date: March 30 and 31

    Location: Around Fukutoku Shrine (Naka-dori, Ukiyo Shoji)

    Enjoy the cherry blossoms in Japan this spring with lots of exciting events and food.

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