6 Cherry Blossom Events in Japan 2018: Festivals, Digital Art & More!

15.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Have you decided where you’re going to see Japan’s cherry blossoms this year?

 

If not, then we have you covered. Here are 5 hanami events happening this year that are a little different from usual – from more traditional festivals to others using technology like AR and projection mapping.

 

 

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Aqua Park Shinagawa – “SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED”
“SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED” is an experience-based hanami event that will use the latest in Tokyo’s cutting-edge entertainment to combine Japanese traditional culture, digital art, cherry blossoms and the world of the sea. NAKED is a leading creative company in Japan who will use projection mapping and artwork to depict illustrations of vividly coloured cherry blossoms using all parts of the room including the ceiling, walls and floor. Guests will be completely surrounded by cherry blossoms upon entering the aquarium.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/92366

 

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Running: 3 March 2018 – 15 April 2018
URL:http://www.aqua-park.jp

 

 

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Gotenyama Cherry Blossom Festival

From the Edo period, Gotenyama was used for many activities and gatherings, such as a place where successive shogun engaged in falconry, and where formal tea parties were also held. It’s an area that has bred elegant culture and has even come to become a famous place to view cherry blossoms ever since the common people of the Edo Period used it as a popular retreat. This year, the festival will combine Edo, art and technology to host a range of events and activities, such as a cherry blossom light-up show, a Gotenyama tea party, a cherry blossom bar, an AR experience, and more.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/95179

 

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Gotenyama Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

Locations: Gotenyama Trust City, Tokyo Marriott Hotel, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, and more

Address: Gotenyama Trust City, 4-7-35 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo

 

Time/Date:

Friday April 6th, 2018 @ 11:00-20:00

Saturday April 7th, 2018 @ 11:00-20:00

Sunday April 8th, 2018 @ 11:00-16:00 (*some events will run until 20:00)

 

Access: 5-minutes free bus ride or 10-minute walk from Shinagawa Station via the JR Line / 5-minute walk from Kitashinagawa Station via Keihin Kyūkō Line

*For more details on the free bus ride to and from Gotenyama Trust City and Shinagawa Station, please visit the official homepage.

URL:http://www.trustcity-g.com/access

 

 

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Takato Sakura Matsuri
Takato Sakura Matsuri is held every year in Nagano Prefecture, bringing in almost 200,000 people during the cherry blossom season. There are about 1,500 cherry trees planted inside the park, which is known as one of the 3 most famous spots for hanami in Japan. This year, the festival has teamed up with famous confectionery store Ina Sweets! They are also holding a campaign where you can get your hands on some limited-edition collaborative spring sweets.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94437

 

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Takato Sakura Matsuri
Address: Takatomachi Nishitakato, Ina-shi, Nagano Prefecture
Running: 1 April 2018 – 30 April 2018
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00 / High Season 6:00-20:00
*Last entries at 21:30
URL:
https://takato-inacity.jp/h29/takatoh_sakuramaturi_no_goannnai

 

 

 

 

 

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Nihonbashi Sakura Festival    
You can look forward to enjoying an artistic hanami at this event. This year marks the 5th run of the festival, where there will be cherry blossom inspired food, a music festival, an art exhibition and much more. The main highlight of the festival is the “SAKURA TUNNEL” that will run along the road to Fukutoku Shrine where around 100 cherry blossom lanterns will illuminate the entire street in a magical pink colour.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88158

 

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“Nihonbashi Sakura Festival Aratani Deau, Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi
Running: 16 March 2018 – 15 April 2018
Contact: Nihonbashi Information Center 03-3242-0010 (10:00-21:00)
URL:
Japanese Site   http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/
English Site    http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/

 

 

 

 

 

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Kichijoji Yozakura

The dining bar “Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar” is now holding a limited spring event where the interior of the bar is decorated with 8,000 cherry blossoms and 1,500 illuminations. Tuck into some original sweets such as the “Horoyoi Parfait” and enjoy a strawberry cocktail. Sounds nice for a girls-only get-together.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93129

 

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Kichijoji Yozakura 2018 -Hikari no Kawa-
Running: Until Mid-April 2018 (Subject to Change)

Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar
Address: Sakigakedai 3 Bldg. 2F, 1-1-19 Kitamachi, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 18:00-02:00 (last orders 01:30) 7 Days a Week & Holidays
No Fixed Holidays.
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Kichijoji Station via the JR Chuo Line and Keio Inokashira Line
URL:http://hitosara.com/0006044876/

 

 

 

 

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Sakura Train
Tokyo Metro are holding a campaign where you can hop on board their trains to go and see the cherry blossoms. During the campaign, the interior of Tokyo Metro 1000 series trains on the Ginza Line will be decorated in cherry blossoms. A guide to hanami in Tokyo will be displayed at each Tokyo Metro station recommending spots and places to drop by to view the cherry blossoms. There are also spots where you can receive special bonuses by presenting the booklet.

 

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Let’s get on Tokyo Metro for go to see the cherry blossoms! ! campaign.
Operation period: March 12th (Mon) – April 8th (Sun) 2018
Operation section: Ginza Line Asakusa Station – Shibuya Station
URL: https: //metro-sakura.jp

 

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  • Experience Tokyo’s Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Night: 7 Recommended Spots

    09.February.2018 | Uncategorized

    Japan’s cherry blossom season is almost here! While it’s most definitely a beautiful sight to see the flowers during the day, we also recommend making a trip to see them at nighttime too.

     

    Here’s a list of 7 spots you should stop by in Tokyo to see the illuminated cherry blossoms this year.

     

    Chidorigafuchi Moat

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    Chidorigafuchi is known as one of the best locations to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. When the Yoshino Cherry trees are in full bloom along the grand moat, many people turn up to see the spectacle whether it’s a weekday or weekend. You can rent a boat and sail along the moat while gazing at spring’s awakening.

     

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    Address: 2 Kudanminami, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: Sunset (around 6pm) to 10pm *subject to change or cancellation in case of bad weather

     

     

    Rikugien Garden

    The lush Rikugien Garden is a 7-minute walk from Komagome Station. It’s a typical example of a garden from the Edo period where the daimyo lords would stroll, and is famous for its Shidarezakura, or “Cheal’s Weeping Cherry” trees. There is a tea house in the garden where you can enjoy snacking on traditional Japanese wagashi and drinking tea. The Bunkyo Green Court and other commercial facilities also neighbour the garden, making it a fun day out for the family.

     

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    Address: 6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: Middle of March – Beginning of April

    Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html

     

    Rikugien Garden “Shidarezakura & Daimyo Garden Illuminations”

    Running: March 16th to April 6th
    Time: 9:00-21:00  (illuminations from sunset onwards)
    *The park closing time is extended to 21:00 for the event.

    *For safety reasons, entry will be limited from 16:30 onwards.

     

     

    Meguro River

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    Meguro River is a famous cherry blossom location in Tokyo, where cherry blossom trees line almost 4km along the river. Simply take a stroll and take in scene, and take some photos at the hugely popular photo spot along the bridge.

     

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    Address: 3-1 Higashiyama to 2-9 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: Sunset – 21:00

     

     

    Ueno Park

    Ueno Park is just 2-minutes on foot from Ueno Station. As well as having an art gallery, museum, and zoo, Ueno Park is one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo, with both locals and tourists gathering to soak up the mesmerizing foliage.

     

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    Address: 3 Ikenohata, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: 17:30-20:00 (March 18th – April 9th scheduled – will begin from the day on which the park’s full bloom is announced)

     

     

    Tokyo Midtown

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    Head on over to Toshimaen, an amusement park, for a fun day out and stay after-hours to experience their "Sakura Nights" where a fantastic display of 500 cherry blossom trees will be lit up from sundown. Enjoy a hanami where the cherry blossoms turn even more enchanting at night. Immerse yourself in the experience even more by snuggling under a kotatsu with the park's "Enkai Plan."

     

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    Address: 3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March - Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: Sunset to 20:00 (March 24th - April 5th)

    Website: http://www.toshimaen.co.jp

     

     

    Yaesu Sakura-dori, Nihonbashi

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    Spanning the length from Tokyo Station's Yaesu North Exit to Kayabacho are 150 cherry blossom trees. The area from Sotobo-dori to Showa-dori will become pedestrian paradise as it will be lit up once night falls. Whether you roll up during the day or at night, you'll get your fill of springtime while you're in the center of Tokyo metropolis. What's better is that you can walk there from Tokyo Station.

     

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    Address: 1 Chome Yaesu / 2 Chome & 3 Chome Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March - Beginning of April

    Illumination Time: 17:00-23:00 (end of March - April 9th)

     

     

    Did any of these cherry blossom spots peak your interest? Make sure you get to experience multiple illuminated locations if you're in Tokyo this spring.

     

  • Cherry Blossom Inspired Food & Drink in Japan: Spring 2018 – Part Two

    04.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Spring can already be seen on our calendars, but it’s sure still chilly, isn’t it?

    Today, we’re taking another look at cute spring-inspired sweets which can’t wait for the Hanami season.

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    Patisserie Kihachi
    Patisserie Kihachi will sell all kinds of cherry blossom sweets at select branches in Japan starting February 28th for a limited period. Look forward to tucking into some kawaii springtime delights such as their “Mont Blanct Sakura” that has a faint smell of cherry blossoms, and the cherry blossom leaf inspired “Verrine Sakura.”

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90609

     

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    Website: http://www.kihachi.jp/patisserie/

     

     

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    Pie Face
    Pie Face is a pie shop that originates from Australia. Stores in Japan are set to release two new items: the “Mochi Mochi Warabi Mochi” and “Funwari Sakura Latte.” The former comes in the shop’s signature pie face pie with a cherry blossom flavour, while the latte is topped with cherry blossom flakes, evoking the call of spring.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88796

     

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    Happy Spring Pie Face (Japan only)
    Mochi Mochi Warabi Mochi (¥345) – Available from 1 February 2018
    Funwari Sakura Latte (¥421) – Available from 1 February 2018 to early April
    *New products are limited in stock apart from the “Sakura Latte.”
    *Above prices include tax.
    Branches: Pie Face Shibuya MODI / Maihama Ikspiari / Ekimaru Osaka

    Website: http://www.duskin.co.jp/service/pieface/

     

     

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    Starbucks Coffee
    Starbucks chains in Japan are currently selling cherry blossom flavoured coffee and beverages as well their ‘sakura season’ tumblers and mugs that are popular every year. There are 3 drinks to look forward to sipping, all inspired by cherry blossoms: a latte, frappuchino and tea! The secret ingredient added to the drinks are sake lees, making them very elegant drinks indeed.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90669

     

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    “Sakura Strawberry Pink Mochi Frappuccino®”
    Tall 580 yen (other sizes are not available)

    “Sakura Strawberry Pink Milk Latte”
    Short ¥430 / Tall ¥470 / Grande ¥510 / Venti® ¥550

    “Sakura Strawberry Pink Tea”
    Short ¥430 / Tall ¥470 / Grande ¥510 / Venti® ¥550
    *Prices above do not include tax.

    Available: 15 February 2018 – 14 March 2018
    Available at select Starbucks chains across Japan.
    *Limited supply.

    Website: http://www.starbucks.co.jp

     

     

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    YOKU MOKU Aoyhama Honten BLUE BRICK LOUNGE
    Yoku Moku’s line-up features crème brûlée, a cake and a tea set that include cherry blossom and strawberry toppings to excite the mood of spring. These sweets are sure to tickle the fancy of girls.

     

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    YOKU MOKU Aoyhama Honten BLUE BRICK LOUNGE
    Available: 20 February 2018 – 19 April 2018

    Sakura Crème Brûlée
    Price: ¥1,300円 (w/ tax ¥1,404)

    Blue Brick Tea Set
    Price: ¥2,400 for one person (w/ tax ¥2,592)

    Sakura
    Price: ¥580 (Shop) / ¥680 (Lounge)
    With Tax: ¥626 (Shop) / ¥734 (Lounge)

    YOKU MOKU Aoyhama Honten
    Address: 5-3-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-5485-3330 (SHOP) / 03-5485-3340 (LOUNGE)
    Opening Hours: SHOP 10:00-19:00 / BLUE BRICK LOUNGE 10:00-23:00 (Sundays & Holidays 10:00-19:00)
    Website:  https://www.yokumoku.co.jp/

     

     

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    Afternoon Tea
    The theme of the new spring menu coming to Afternoon Tea is “Once Upon A Spring Day.” Available from March 6th, the menu includes a range of sweets, drinks and merchandise, such as a cherry blossom parfait filled with rice flour dumplings and syrup-covered anko, and a Hanami inspired tea set.”

     

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    Afternoon Tea TEAROOM/BAKERY/Love&Table/TEASTAND
    Available: 6 March 2018 – 28 March 2018 *”Flower version” available early from 1 March.
    Spring Menu Details: https://www.afternoon-tea.net/article/seasonal-menu/spring-menu-180221/

     

     

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    Gin no Budo
    Located in Ginza, Tokyo, Gin no Budo has a long history. Their longtime spring seller “Ooki na Sakura no Hanabira no Pai” will be available this year too. They are crunchy pies shaped like big cherry blossom leaves. They smell buttery and are coated with shiny pink sugar and sprinkled with shredded cherry blossom leaves. Enjoy their crunchy, fried texture.

     

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    Sakura Pai
    Price: ¥500 for 6 (w/ tax ¥540) / ¥1,000 for 12 (w/ tax ¥1,080) / ¥1,500 for 18 (w/ tax ¥1,620)
    Available: 8 February 2018 to early April
    *Sets of 6 and 12 are also sold specially during New Year’s for a limited period.
    Sold at Gin no Budo stores across Japan (and select sister stores).

    Official Online Shop: http://www.paqtomog.com
    Official Homepage: http://www.ginnobudo.jp/

     

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  • Cherry Blossom Inspired Food & Drink in Japan: Spring 2018 Edition

    02.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    As the cold winter continues to freeze forward, we’re all waiting in anticipation for spring’s warmth to break through. Did you know, there are places in Japan where the cherry blossoms bloom as early as the end of January? Keep that in mind as we introduce you to some cherry blossom inspired food and drink hitting Japan very soon.

     

    “Cherry Blossom Drink” – Lindt

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    Lindt is an established premium chocolate brand from Switzerland founded in 1845 loved all over the world. The company will release some limited edition, early-springtime items including the “Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink” and the “Lindt Delice Sakura” on February 16th. Enjoy this refreshing cherry blossom drink and feel the vibe of spring early.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88257

     

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    Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Ice Drink

    Available: Lindt Chocolate Cafés throughout Japan

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)
    Price: Ginza Branch – Eat-In (served in a glass) – ¥1,388 / Other Branches – Take Out – ¥772

    (The Jiyugaoka branch also offers an eat-in option)

     

    Lindt Delice Sakura

    Available: Lindt Chocolate Café except stores in outlets

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)

    Price: 1 Piece – ¥302 yen

     

    Lindt Delice Set

    Available stores: Lindt Chocolate Café except at Ginza stores and outlet stores

    Date: February 16, 2018 – April 1, 2018 (*limited stock available)

    Price: ¥1,080-¥1,296 (includes one drink and two delices of your choice)

     

    *all prices include tax

     

    Lindt Japan: http://www.lindt.jp/

     

     

    “Sakura Mini Bon” – Cinnabon

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    Cinnamon roll specialist store “Cinnabon” are selling a limited edition cherry blossom flavoured cinnamon roll, the “Sakura Mini Bon,” from February 1st to March 31st. The roll is topped with a gracious amounts of cherry blossom flavoured cream cheese frosting and a crunchy decoration. Enjoy an exquisite balance of subtle cherry blossom and specially made cinnamon.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88270

     

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    Sakura Mini Bon

    Available: February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

     

    Prices / Available Branches:

    Sakura Mini Bon (1 roll) – ¥390

    Branches: Roppongi / Futakotamagawa Rise S.C. / COCOON CITY/ atre Kichijoji

     

    Sakura Mini Bon (3 rolls) – ¥1,170

    Sakura Mini Bon Combo (6 rolls) – ¥1,850  (includes 3 “Sakura Mini Bon” and 3 “Mini Bon”)

    Branches: Roppongi Store / Futakotamagawa Rise S.C. / COCOON CITY

     

    Sakura Mini Bon Combo (3 rolls) – ¥1,100 yen (includes 2 “Sakura Mini Bon” and 1 “Mini Bon”)

    Branches: Tokyo Station / atre Kichijoji

     

    Official Website: http://www.cinnabon-jp.com/

     

     

    “Spring Coloured Veggie Pota Soba” – Cafe & Bar BW CAFE

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    SOBA (buckwheat noodles) CAFE & BARU BW CAFE which sells original soba dishes serve up their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” from February 1st. Their new menu “Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba” uses lots vegetables such as fresh potatoes and corn and one can eat soba with a warm dipping soup that tastes like potage. The dipping soup and ground vegetables go well with soba since it uses a Japanese-style broth. Also, the baked cheese used as a topping adds a mildness and special aroma to the dish. Enjoy this pink-coloured soba that brings to mind cherry blossoms.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87477

     

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    SOBA CAFE & BARU BWCAFE

    Address: 2-7-5 Okubo, Shinjukuku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30-23:00 (last orders 22:00)

    Closed: Sundays

    Contact: 03-6278-9658

    Webpage: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13177140/

     

    Haruiro Vege Pota Tsuke Soba

    Price: ¥850 yen (tax incl.)

     

     

    “Matcha Milk Sakura Flavour” – Tsujiri

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    CAFE & BARU BW CAFETsujiri Online Shop will sell a seasonally limited product of an established store in Kyoto, Tsujiri’s “Tsujiri Matcha Milk – Sakura Flavor” with only a limited supply. “Tsujiri Matcha Milk -Sakura Flavor,” is a matcha milk which has the scent of cherry blossoms and the soft flavors of Ujimatcha and milk. It is a seasonally limited flavor which uses matcha from “Tsujiri,” an established store in Uji, Kyoto. The tea masters of Tsujiri selected the Uji Matcha that goes well with milk by blending two kinds of matcha to draw out the flavor of matcha. A cherry blossom leaf powder produced in Japan is added to the soft flavor of milk to give the product its cherry blossoms flavour.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84872

     

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    Tsujiri Matcha Milk – Sakura Flavor

    Released: January 1, 2018 (limited stock available)

    Price: ¥513 (tax included)

    Homepage: http://kataoka-online.jp/nr-sakura

     

     

    “Spring Bouquet Salad Set” – BOTANIST café

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    “BOTANIST Tokyo,” the flagship store in Omotesando, is serving a spring themed menu on the 2nd floor “BOTANIST café” from February 1st to March 31st. The “Spring Bouquet Salad Set” uses lots of fruit and vegetables reminiscent of springtime to look like a botanical bouquet. They’re selling a range of other foods and sweets too which taste great and are fun to look at. Everything on the menu is available for this spring only!

     

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    BOTANIST Tokyo

    Address: BONTANIST Tokyo 1F & 2F, 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No fixed holidays.

    Homepage:  http://botanistofficial.com/

     

    Feel the warm breeze of spring early with these cherry blossom inspired foods and drinks.

  • Seven “experience spring” plans of “Hoshinoya” throughout Japan

    29.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hoshino Resort is an accommodation brand which has more than 30 accommodations throughout Japan including “onsen” accommodations called, “Kai,” resort hotels called, “Resonale,” and Japanse-style resort hotels called “Hoshinoya.” In this article, I will introduce to you some experience-based plans to enjoy the spring season produced by “Hoshinoya.”

     

    Hoshinoya Karuizawa “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018”

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    “Hoshinoya Karuizawa” located it Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa will hold a three-day and two-night program of enjoying the nature in Karuizawa without carrying any digital gadgets called “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018” from the 1st of March, 2018 to the 20th of July. Most people in this modern age are using PCs and smartphones daily and some of them are building up stress inside their mind. This program offers an experience of enjoying the nature of Karuizawa and playing with horses so as to release the stress of the participators.

     

    Detailed information:

    https://hoshinoya.com/karuizawa/experience/datsudigital-2018/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Tokyo “Tokyo / Yozakura Fune Asobi”

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    “Hoshinoya Tokyo” will hold an activity titled, “Tokyo Yozakura Fune Asobi” where participators can enjoy the night view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat and going on a night cruise from the 25th of March to  the 10th of April. The boat will depart from Nihonbashi (bridge) which is 5 minutes by car from Hoshinoya Tokyo and pass Sumida River, Tajima Coast and Oyokogawa where they can view beautiful cherry blossoms. This is a 60- minute boat tour. The contrast between cherry blossoms and the night view of Tokyo is magical and superb. Also, participators can wear light-colored clothes and do up their hair. Let’s enjoy the night view and the cherry blossoms viewed from a boat while eating a bento box-lunch of “Shin Kaika” and drinking nihonsyu (Japanese sake).

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86754

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Fuji “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner”

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    “Hoshinoya Fuji” located in Yamanashi Prefecture will offer “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner” which is an experience based on a “Dutch-oven dinner” course from the 16th of March 2018 to the 30th of June. This dinner is a spring version of the dinner course that uses “venison” and “brawn” and other spring ingredients. The course is very healthy since it uses lots of wild vegetables and spring vegetables.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/fuji/dining/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Takeno Yusan”

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    “Hoshinoya Kyoto,” an accommodation located in Arashiyama, Kyoto with a beautiful river-view, will hold a program called, “Takenoko Yusan” where you can harvest takenokos (bamboo sprouts), then learn how to cook them and eat them from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th of April. In this program, you can enjoy harvesting takenokos in mountain bamboo groves where you cannot normally enter. After harvesting takenokos, you can enjoy eating dishes using the takenokos you harvested at your evening meal at Hoshinoya Kyoto. Then, on the next day, you can participate in the workshop held by the head chef of Hoshinoya Kyoto and learn how to cook takenoko. It is a program where you can enjoy learning about the harvesting of takenoko which is a standard ingredient of Kyoto cuisine.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/experience/takenoko/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Okuarashiyama no Hanami Toryu”

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    This is also a program offered by Hoshinoya Kyoto. Four cherry-blossom viewing activities will be held from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th  of April. You can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama by participating in the event called, “Harutsuyu no Noyusan,” an early-morning hiking where you can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama from the observation deck, “Sakurabune” where you can enjoy the view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat, “Sakura Chakai” where you can enjoy a tea party in front of Yamazakura and “Yozakura Dinner” where you can enjoy eating dinner in front of the lit up cherry blossoms of Okuarashiyama.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru”

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    They will hold an accomodation-based spa program “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru” from the 1st of March 2018 to the 31st of May. “Mizube no Kojitsu” is a two-day and one-night personal spa program” based on Eastern medicine. Also, this program includes another program of learning how to make healthy Japanese desserts from artisans. Moreover, they will offer a time where the  participants can refresh their body and mind by offering herb roots/tree bark teas, acupuncture treatment and a lecture on body exercise.

     

    Detailed information:http://hoshinoyakyoto.jp/#/spa/spa01

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Taketomijima “Iriomote Jungle Butler / Haru”

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    “Hoshinoya Taketomijima” located on Taketom Island, Okinawa will hold an activity tour which a jungle guide of Iriomote Island (a person who knows well about the island” will guide the participants around the island. The content and schedule of the tour can be decided at will with the jungle guide. You can experience the tropical jungle of Iriomote Island while staying at Taketomi Island where the traditional culture of Okinawa still remains such as red tile, shiisa (lion shaped monuments) and white sand roads.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/taketomijima/

     

     

     

    Let’s enjoy the gorgeous accommodation plans of Hoshino Resort.

     

     

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  • Japanese Hanami Reference Guide: 2018 Edition

    27.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Wintertime closure draws close, and soon the cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) will be in full bloom in Japan.

     

    Today, we will take a look at last year’s regional data for Japan’s cherry blossom front.

    *Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

     

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    Visit Okinawa to see the cherry blossoms bloom early from January
    Okinawa’s cherry blossom season runs from January through February. The hikanzakura flower is one different from the Japan’s mainland cherry blossom and glares a deep pink colour like peaches and Japanese ume. Its characteristic is its tendency to bloom downwards.

     

    Hanami in Okinawa is celebrated differently than mainland Japan. You won’t see people setting up chairs to eat picnics and drink sake in Okinawa. Enjoy your Hanami in Okinawa by strolling through the tunnels of cherry blossom trees and taking photos.

    2016 – First Bloom: January 14th | Full Bloom: February 8th
    2017 – First Bloom: January 18th | Full Bloom: February 4th

     

     

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    The nation-wide peak bloom time in Japan is March.

    Fukuoka
    The Kyushu region of Japan has warm weather, so fully bloomed cherry blossoms appear earlier there than in Tokyo. “Nishi Park” in Fukuoka is a recommended spot by locals to enjoy Hanami where almost 1,300 cherry blossom trees stand beautifully. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that every Fukuoka citizen has been to Nishi Park at least once.

    2016 – First Bloom: March 25th | Full Bloom: April 5th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 23rd | Full Bloom: April 1st

     

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    Kyoto
    Kyoto is generally more crowded during the sakura season because of tourists and sightseers. The streets of Kyoto have a deep-rooted history, and the spectacular view of them lined with cherry blossom trees is a popular sight to see. You can also enjoy the cherry blossoms at night, a completely different Hanami experience, as temples and such are lit up as night falls.

    2016 – First Bloom: March 31st | Full Bloom: April 7th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 28th | Full Bloom: April 5th

     

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    Osaka
    Each year, the cherry blossoms in Osaka bloom around the same time as in Kyoto. Osaka Castle Park was chosen as one of the 100 best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan, where you can encounter a fascinating sight of both a castle and cherry blossoms in the same place.

    2016 – First Bloom: March 30th | Full Bloom: April 6th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 28th | Full Bloom: April 5th

     

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    Nagoya
    There are many Hanami spots to visit in Nagoya, from inner-city parks to tree-lined streets and avenues. There are also food stalls set up so you can enjoy food and flowers to your heart’s content.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: March 28th | Full Bloom: April 6th
    2017 – First Bloom: March 26th | Full Bloom: April 3rd

     


    Tokyo
    Tokyo is absolutely brimming with fantastic Hanami spots, a lot of which are very close to train stations, making them easily accessible. The hugely popular Meguro River and Inokashira Park are always bustling with people around this season.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: March 21st | Full Bloom: April 2nd
    2017 – First Bloom: March 26th | Full Bloom: April 3rd

     

     

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    Flowers bloom from early April in the Tohoku region
    The cherry blossoms come out much later in the Tohoku Region compared to other regions around Japan. In places where the sea level is high, you can also enjoy the flowers in May. One of the most famous locations is Miharu Takizakura in Fukuoka Prefecture. Recognized as one of Japan’s 3 biggest cherry trees and a designated national treasure, the tree stands at a towering 12 meters tall, and the cherry blossom bloomed branches stick out almost double that on each side. This 1,000 year old tree is a must-see.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: April 10th | Full Bloom: April 14th
    2017 – First Bloom: April 11th | Full Bloom: April 16th

     

     

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    Cherry blossoms appear late April in Hokkaido
    In Hokkaido, you can look forward to seeing a variety of different sakura, from the nation-wide Yoshino Cherry to the deep-pink Sargent’s cherry and chishimazakura, whose colour changes across the cherry blossom season from the first bloom to full bloom. And if you’re lucky enough to be there when snow falls out of season, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see a magical scene of snowy sakura.

     

    2016 – First Bloom: April 28th | Full Bloom: May 3rd
    2017 – First Bloom: May 3rd | Full Bloom: May 7th

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re travelling to Japan for Hanami then be sure to use this article for reference.

  • 6 Best Hanami Spots in Japan: March 2018 Edition

    25.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    ‘Hanami,’ the Japanese tradition of flower-viewing, is a must-do when visiting Japan in springtime. Today, we’re taking an early look at some of the best spots to see Japan’s cherry blossoms during the hanami season in March.

     

     

    Mitsuike Park (Kanaga Prefecture)

     

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    Covering an area of 29.7 hectares, this huge park is also known as “Hyakuju no Mori” for its lush greenery. The trees are surrounded by three ponds, which is where the park gets it name “mitsuike” from (3 ponds), and Yoshino Cherries bloom flowers, gorgeously decorating the waterside. The beauty of Mitsuike Park made it one of the 100 most famous locations for cherry blossoms in Japan. There are 70 varieties of cherry blossoms that flower the environment, from campanulata, which bloom from the start of February, to rarer types such as the yellow ‘ukon’ sakura and yokohamahizakura.

     

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    Mitsuike Park

    Address: 1-1 Mitsuike Park, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Webpage: http://www.kanagawaparks.com/mitsuike/

     

     

    Kawazuzakura (Shizuoka Prefecture)

     

    The ‘kawazuzakura’ is a natural crossbreed of campanulata and the early-blooming Oshima cherry. This breed has a reputation for flowering before other cherry blossoms. Almost 8,000 trees decorate the Kawazu River around town. The kawazuzakura was also chosen as Shizuoka Prefecture’s number 2 cherry blossom, making this a popular spot for hanami.

     

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    Kawazuzakura

    Address: Around the region of – Hama, Kawazu, Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture

    Webpage: http://www.kawazuzakura.net

     

     

    Sakuma Dam Park (Chiba Prefecture)

     

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    Sakuma Dam is a place of relaxation and refreshment upstream Sakuma River where you can enjoy hiking and camping amongst daffodils, ume and azalea. Many cherry blossoms bloom there including the early-bloomer kawazuzakura, Yoshino cherry, shidarezakura, and yaedazakura, making a great spot for hanami and a location where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms over a long period.

     

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    Sakuma Dam Park

    Address: 39 Okuzure, Awagunkyonanmachi, Chiba Prefecture

    Webpage: http://sakumadam.com

     

     

    Kyunakagawamizube Park (Tokyo)

     

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    This park is maintained as a place for relaxation where cherry blossom loving locals plant cherry trees. This one’s also home to the kawazuzakura, and since a wide variety of trees are planted, you can enjoy the cherry blossom season even longer. It’s popular as a hidden, tucked-away gem of a location as it rarely appears on maps.

     

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    Kyunakagawamizube Park

    Address: 1-2 Higashisumida, Sumida-ku, Tokyo住所:東京都墨田区東墨田1~2丁目ほか

    Webpage: http://www.city.sumida.lg.jp/sisetu_info/kouen/kunai_park_annai/sumida_park/tac04000201104011347.html

     

     

    Hirano Shrine (Kyoto)

     

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    Hirano Shrine is famous for its cherry blossoms, a symbol of the enshrined gods’ vitality, which have been around since the Heian Period. It’s home to 400 trees comprised of 60 types of cherry blossoms. Expect to see the ‘momozakura’ which comes out at the beginning of March, as well as the famous ‘sakigake-sakura.’ The Yoshino will bloom at the end of April, followed by rare varieties that will flower one after the other. Hirano Shrine is Kyoto’s 5th most popular hanami spot.

     

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    Hirano Shrine

    Address: 1 Hirano, Miyamotocho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 6:00-17:00 (flowering period until 21:00)

    Homepage: http://www.hiranojinja.com

     

     

    Rokugi-en (Tokyo)

     

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    Kigugi-en is a representative garden of the Edo period and designated ‘special place of scenic beauty’ as specified by the Japanese government. When the end of March rolls in, the heart of the garden is in full bloom with shidarezakura, a spectacular view that looks like a running waterfall. The shidarezakura can normally be seen before the Yoshino cherries and are truly a sight to see at nighttime.

     

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    Rokugi-en

    Address: 6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (last entries 16:30)

    Webpage: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html

     

     

    Did you enjoy our special selection? For full details on the various locations at the cherry blossoms, be sure to visit the webpages (Japanese). ‘Hanami’ is an important tradition in Japan – the magnificent cherry blossoms absolute must-see, so don’t miss out.

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    Shidare-zakura Hitorijime Taizai

    Running: May 1, 2020 – May 7, 2020

    Price: ¥5,000 per person

    No. of People: 1 group per day (2-4 people per group)

    Booking: 0570-073-011 (KAI Reservation Centre)

    Note: The tsugaru-jamisen performance will take place 15:30-16:30

     

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Kawaji | Tochigi


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    Running: April 18, 2020 – April 25, 2020

     

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    Sakura Koraku

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    Booking: Hoshino Resorts KAI Izumo front reception

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    Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino®—Savour the sweet and tangy fresh cherry pieces

    Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino® – Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) / Available: February 26, 2020 – March 12, 2020

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    Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two

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

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    Floating Blossom – ¥900

    Six beautiful beverages from last year’s Sakura Season at Starbucks are also making a return from the Teavana™️ brand, made with delicate and soft cherries, hibiscus, and tea leaves as refreshing as green grass.

    Clockwise From Left: Gianchetti & Sakura – ¥880 / Mini Panettone Sakura – ¥680 / Cornetti Sakura – ¥380 / Maritozzo Sakura – ¥540

    Italian bakery Princi®︎ is also heading to Japan for the first time to serve up Italian food culture to people at Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo. Enjoy the floral taste of cherry blossoms done in a Princi®︎ way.

     

    Heading to Tokyo for Hanami and the cherry blossoms? Then make a stop at Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo for this year’s Sakura Season.

  • 5 Must-Eat Cherry Blossom Foods & Desserts at Hotels in Tokyo

    15.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We’re keeping the cherry blossom theme running here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON as we approach spring. Today, we’re showcasing something for those planning a trip to Tokyo for the cherry blossom and Hanami season: 5 must-try cherry blossom foods and desserts served at hotels across Tokyo.

     

    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Tokyo Strings


    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea – ¥4,800

    The fraisier is a strawberry cake said to represent the coming of spring in France. At Rhythmos, a cafe and bar at InterContinental Tokyo Strings, it’s served in a glass so you can see all the delicious insides, from the round-sliced strawberries to the beautiful green pistachio mousseline cream. The pure white crémet d’Anjou has a fluffy texture and is mixed with refreshing and sour strawberry and raspberry sauce which elevates the flavour of the fromage blanc.

     

    Other treats to pick from include the cherry blossom ganache tart which has a faint cherry blossom fragrance, cherry blossom and strawberry cream-stuffed macarons, strawberry daifuku, and more―all with spring flavours and colours.

     

    The savoury line-up too offers some elegant and unique items. There’s the sandwich wraps which include cherry blossom leaf-topped grilled chicken with a lining of shredded dried plum, strawberry ceviche with grilled scallops, and much more.

     

    ▶︎Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea

    Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020

    Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Price: ¥4,800 per person

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    InterContinental Tokyo Strings

    Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Themed Menu to be Served at InterContinental Tokyo Strings in Spring 2020

     

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo


    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    On the top plate is a collection of four pink and white desserts. This includes some tempting macarons which are filled with a cherry blossom ganache. The macarons themselves are vanilla flavoured, packed with cherry blossom cream, and have prints of delicate cherry blossom flowers on them.

    On the lower tier are crunchy pie sandwiches filled with a cream cheese that is laced with cherry blossom leaves, while the bottom tier is an assortment that includes refreshing shrimp, grapefruit and asparagus sandwiches, and more.

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    Running: February 17, 2020 – April 12, 2020
    Time: 12:00-18:00
    *On weekdays between January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020, the afternoon tea will be served from 14:30-18:00 due to the holding of the sweets buffet
    Location: Le Jardin at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo
    Prices: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500

     

    Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo

    Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in Japan: Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo’s Beautiful Floral Menu

     

     

    Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”


    Sakura Picnic Basket – ¥5,500

    The Oak Door is noted for its use of high quality ingredients prepared in a dynamic way. This spring, they have the perfect pick to give you that feeling that the Japanese Hanami season is here with a cherry blossom picnic basket. This stylish selection has the lot: food, dessert, glasses, and cutlery. The burgers bear pink buns which are stuffed with prime beef patties, pastrami beef, and veg. They also have skewered vegetables too like radishes. Seeking that springtime sensation? Then order your very own Sakura Picnic Basket!

     

    ▼Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”

    Running: March 1, 2020 – Mid April 2020
    Time: 9:00〜22:00

    Price: ¥5,500

    Location: The Oak Door (Grand Hyatt Tokyo Floor 6F)

     

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo

    Address: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh/offers

     

    Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    At eight of Keio Plaza Hotel’s restaurantsーwhose menus span traditional Japanese dishes, French food, Chinese cuisineーthey are cooking up their own unique cherry blossom servings.


    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan

    A traditional kaiseki-style Japanese course consisting of a bounty of luxury ingredients like Japanese Black wagyu beef, caviar, and more.


    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

    You need only look at the dishes served at Duo Fourchettes to understand the level of quality and beauty that goes into their dishes. This French lunch line-up is packed with plenty of seasonal spring ingredients, and there’s even a succulent strawberry-packed dessert to indulge in.

     

    ▼Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Prices:
    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan
    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

     

    Keio Plaza Hotel
    Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.keioplaza.com/

     

     

    Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    At the “Bakery & Pastry Shop,” which is managed directly by the hotel, they have a beautiful choice of desserts perfect for Hanami flower-viewing.


    Sakura Opera – ¥610

    This three-layered cake is made up of matcha joconde biscuit, adzuki and cherry blossom butter cream, and strawberry jelly. It’s also topped with white chocolate by French premium chocolate company Valrhona.


    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

    The pastry of these eclairs are made with plenty of milk and are filled with a homemade cherry blossom milk cream. The cherry blossom petals on top are pickled in salt to give a slight salty bite, contrasting deliciously with the sweetness of the cream.

     

    ▼Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Time: 10:00-20:00
    Location: Bakery & Pastry Shop at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Prices:
    Sakura Opera – ¥610
    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

     

    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Address: 2-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
    Official Website (English): https://www.tokyo.grandnikko.com/eng/

     

     

    Which of these picks has your mouth watering the most? If you’re travelling to Tokyo for the springtime cherry blossoms, why not book at one of these hotels and start your trip with a delicious sakura treat?

  • Garrett Popcorn Reveals Cherry Blossom Pink Strawberry & White Chocolate Popcorn Flavour

    14.February.2020 | FOOD

    American gourmet popcorn brand Garrett Popcorn Shops® has revealed its new cherry blossom pink coloured, strawberry and white chocolate flavoured popcorn “Very Berry White Chocolate,” along with the new “Garrett Sakura Tin”ーboth of which will be released tomorrow on February 15 in limited quantities.

    Very Berry White Chocolate: Small ¥580/Medium ¥1,030/Large ¥1,670/Jumbo ¥3,300/Quarter Tin ¥1,700/1 Gallon Tin ¥4,300/2 Gallon Tin ¥8,250

    Also released for spring last year to overwhelming popularity, the “Very Berry White Chocolate” popcorn takes Garrett Popcorn’s fruity, sweet and sour “Strawberry Caramel Crisp™” flavour, coats it in sweet white chocolate, and sprinkles it with strawberry flakes to create a truly succulent strawberry treat, which is made even more delicious with the milk white chocolate. Its pink colour also brings to mind images of Japan’s cherry blossoms.

    Garrett Sakura Tin/Quarter Tin: From ¥1,130

    The Garrett Sakura Tin has been sold every spring since 2014, and makes a return once again for 2020, covered in beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom.

     

    The pink-on-pink combination is a great Valentine’s Day present, for a springtime movie nightーwhatever takes your fancy!

  • Immerse Yourself in Japan’s Cherry Blossoms at teamLab Planets This Spring

    12.February.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyo’s interactive art museum teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM, located in Toyosu, consists of several exhibition spaces where visitors become part of the art by moving through them. After opening in July 2018, 1.25 million visitors from 106 countries and regions visited within one year. The museum is famously known for its large mirror-walled room of water with an interactive projection mapping display where visitors move barefoot through the water to influence the beautiful display on the water’s surface.

     

    With the coming of spring, teamLab Planets is giving two of their attractions a sakura makeover. The new attractions will run from March 1 to April 30, 2020.

    The Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers exhibition, where visitors are showered in beautiful flowers which grow and change overtime, will be replacing the flowers with cherry blossoms for spring. 

    The famous attraction Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity, where visitors move through water barefoot, will also be transforming for spring. The koi fish projection mapping will be replaced by an infinite number of cherry blossoms, which will gently fall apart as you move through the water and reform elsewhere. 

     

    As spring arrives in Japan and the cycle of life is born again, teamLab’s world of digital art is the perfect place to explore changing seasons and the beautiful cycle of nature. 

  • 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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