Experience Hoshinoya Tokyo’s Nighttime Cherry Blossom Boat Cruise

21.January.2018 | SPOT

Roll up to Japan’s luxury resort Hoshinoya Tokyo this spring and enjoy a picturesque night cruise surrounded by cherry blossoms. “Tokyo Yozakurabune Asobi” will be held from March 25th to April 10th.

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During the Edo period, canals were built to transport people and goods via boats. Wholesale stores and markets were born from this, centered around transportation over the waters, and the town became more lively due to the establishment of more restaurants. The “Tokyo Yozakurabune Asobi” activity offered by Hoshinoya hopes to replicate that same Edo feeling in modern-day Tokyo.

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The boat will depart from Nihombashi Pier, just 5 minutes away from Hoshinoya Tokyo by car. The cruise will last 60 minutes and take you across Nihonbashi River and over to Sumida River. During that time, you’ll be able to soak up the breathtaking view of cherry blossoms at nighttime along the coast of Tsukuda Island and Oyoko-gawa River. The cherry blossoms stand out against the twilight and reflect against the shimmering water together with the buildings of the city, creating a truly magical scene. Dress up in a kimono decorated in the colours of spring and style your hair and make-up for an even more immersive experience. While enjoying a visually striking hanami (flower-viewing) bento courtesy of Shin-Kaika in Myojinshita Kandagawa and sake, you’ll be able to take in the city’s nightscape and dreamy cherry blossoms.

 

Gaze the gorgeous cherry blossoms and glittery sight of Tokyo

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When evening sets in, the boat will depart from the pier at Nihonbashi. From there, it will take you down Nihonbashi River and towards Sumida River. You’ll have the opportunity to see around 10 different cherry blossom locations along Tsukuda Island and Oyoko-gawa River. The event will take place when the tide levels are just right and when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Night will fall steadily, enabling you to glimpse at the night skyline of numerous famous tourist spots including skyscrapers, an illuminated Eitai Bridge, and Tokyo Skytree. A guide from “Riverboat Mizuha” will also be on board who knows everything about Tokyo to introduce the history of the bridge and town.

 

Rent and wear a fancy kimono used for flower-viewing」

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To fully lap up the special occasion of hanami (flower-viewing), complete sets of silken kimono will be available for renting. You’ll need to request beforehand, but the kimono come with appropriately selected flower designs. You can get them fitted at Hoshinoya Tokyo along with your hair and make-up. If you like, you can even wear them early to go strolling around Tokyo and visit the city’s famous cherry blossom spots.

 

Hanami bento and sake courtesy of a long-standing shop

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A hanami bento prepared by long-established shop “Shin-Kaika” in Kandagawa will be served. It will include cherry blossom pink coloured chirashi sushi and a new springtime brew of sake. When you return from your boat trip, hanami dango and matcha will also be served.

 

A night cruise in Tokyo surrounded by cherry blossoms – what better way to spend your time in Japan?

 

■Information

“Tokyo Yozakurabune Asobi”

Running: March 25, 2018 – April 10, 2018

Time: 17:45-19:15 (boat ride: 60 mins)

Boarding: Nihombashi Pier

No. of People: 2-6

Price: ¥88,000 per person (+ tax and 10% service charge) *hotel accommodation fee is separate

Includes: Night cruise, rental kimono, service to put kimono on you, hanami bento, Japanese sake

Reservations: You must reserve your place 2 weeks in advance of your desired date via the homepage

Event is limited to guests of Hoshinoya Tokyo.

*Guests must make their own way to Nihombashi Pier.

*The activity schedule is subject to change depending on the tide level.

*The full-bloom season for cherry blossoms changes each year.

 

Homepage: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/

 

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    Sakura Dining – From ¥7,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” / Serving: March 20, 2020 – April 5, 2020

    Dine in style at RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” where they’re serving up their ‘Sakura Dining’ course. Based on the idea of a cherry blossom bento meal, the heapfuls of veggies conjure up the image of the budding flowers of springtime.

    Sakura Lunch – ¥5,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” / Serving: March 16, 2020 – April 10, 2020

    An assortment of hors d’oeuvres such as the “Cherry Blossom Carpaccio,” “Sakura Ebi Pasta,” and other spring-inspired delights.

    Sakura Afternoon Tea – ¥4,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” / Serving: March 14, 2020 – April 12, 2020

    Treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon tea with cherry blossom bon bon chocolates, panna cotta, and moreーand wash it all down with a cup of floral cherry blossom tea. Available this spring only.

    SAKURA LADY – ¥1,200/ Shizuku Sakura drops – ¥1,000

    KANADE TERRACE also has two cherry blossom cocktails: the “SAKURA LADY” (¥1,200) and “Sakura Drops” (¥1,000). These drinks are inspired by blooming cherry blossoms and dancing cherry blossom petals. The “SAKURA LADY” is a gin-based White Lady cocktail.

    Sakura – ¥600 (Tax Included) @ PATISSERIE Lien 1928 / Serving: From March 1, 2020

    This luxurious dessert is surrounded by white chocolate and is made up of strawberry biscuit topped with strawberry jam and cherry blossom cream, creating a tempting and extravagant fragrance of strawberries and cherry blossom flowers. It also contains a bit of jelly with Japanese sake in it which adds a full-bodied flavour to the overall dessert.

     

    Experience Japanese spring in luxury this year at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

  • Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza

    17.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.

    Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)

    As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.

    Shrimp Roll

    From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.

    Beef Butterbur Miso Roll

    Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradacherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.

     

    The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.

    Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).

     

    Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.

  • Yellow Coloured Minnie Mouse Cafes to Open in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Fukuoka

    17.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    A new line of Minnie Mouse cafes are set to open in Tokyo and Osaka from February 28, 2020 and Nagoya and Fukuoka from February 29, 2020 for a limited time. Named “OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE,” the cafes are an official collaboration between Disney and the Japanese cafe chain OH MY CAFÉ.

    The cafe takes on the theme of Minnie Mouse being a living, breathing icon of today with a positive lifestyle. This is represented through the yellow colouring of the cafe, which features her iconic polka dots as well as ribbon taking on a yellow colour. Tuck into a cute menu line-up and get your hands on some cafe-exclusive Minnie Mouse merchandise.

     

    Original Menu

    Cheerful Burger – ¥1,990

    This healthy burger is packed full of vegetables with a black bun made in the image of Minnie’s silhouette. Feel as energised as Minnie with one bite of this tasty burger.

    Beef Hash Ribbon Rice – ¥1,390

    Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s iconic ribbon, this hearty dish is a beef stroganoff plated with rice and veg. The ribbon is so cute it almost seems a waste to eat!

    Fruit Sandwich – Single ¥990/ With Plate ¥2,790

    An absolute must-order if you’re wanting a dessert. This sandwich is piled with fresh fruits creamy yoghurt, sprinkled with poppy seeds, and doused in lemon juice.

    Fizzy Lemon Squash – Single ¥690 / With Coaster ¥1,390

    Charge yourself up with this fizzy lemonade and its refreshing aftertaste.

    Relaxing Chamomile Tea – Single ¥490 / With Mug ¥2,090

    Kick back and relax after your meal with a cup of chamomile tea♡

     

    Original Merchandise

    Heart Badge (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Folder – ¥350

    Lunch Mat (6 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥650 (*Table reservation required)

    Those who book a table in advance will be given one of six possible lunch mats chosen randomly.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the spring, then why not stop by the OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE cafe for a Disney treat?

     

    ©Disney

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