Recommended “Cherry Blossom Festivals 2018” which will be held throughout Japan

24.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Cherry blossoms are about to bloom! In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended “cherry blossom festivals.”

 

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Nagano Prefecture “Takatoo Sakura (cherry blossom) Matsuri (festival)”

“Takato Sakura Matsuri” is an annual spring festival held in Nagano Prefecture to which about 200 thousand tourists gather. Inashi Sightseeing Committee is now holding “SAKURA-genic Instagram Present Campaign” (until the 30th of April (Mon.)) where the participants can win prizes like lodging tickets and local food items by following the festival’s official account or by sharing photos of cherry blossoms using your Instagram account. Takato Sakura Matsuri is held in Takato Joshi Park in Inahi, Nagano Prefecture from the 1st of April to the 30th of April every year. There are about 1,500 cherry trees planted inside the park and it is known as one of the 3 most famous cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94437

 

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SAKURA-genic Instagram Present Campaign

Period: 2018/03/03 (Sat.) to 04/30 (Mon.)

Official website: http://ina-stagram.jp/

 

Takatoo Sakura Matsuri

Address: 1806, Nishi Takatoo, Takatoocho, Inashi, Nagano Prefecture

Period: 04/01 to 04/30

Opening hours: 8:00 to 17:00, high season – 6:00 to 10:00

  • Last entrance – 21:30

Official site:

https://takato-inacity.jp/h29/takatoh_sakuramaturi_no_goannnai

 

 

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Tokyo Nihonbashi “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival”

 “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival Planning Committee” will hold an early cherry-blossom viewing event called “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival ~Aratani Deau, Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi~” in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo from the 16th of March 2018 (Fri.) to the 15th of April (Sun.). Nihonbashi has many beauty spots where cherry blossoms can be viewed such as Edozakura Street and Hamamachi Ryokudo. The event counts the 5th time this year and this year it will be held with the theme of “Artistic ni Tanoshimu Haru (enjoying spring in an artistic manner).” An artistic cherry-blossom viewing experience using the motifs of Edo Period’s art paper cutouts, an eating binge program with the theme of cherry blossoms and some linkage art events like music festivals and exhibitions will be held.

Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88158

 

 

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“Nihonbashi Sakura Festival ~Aratani Deau, Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi~”

Date: 2018,03,16 (Fri,) to 04,15 (Sun.)

Contact: Nihonbashi Sightseeing Bureau – 03-3242-0010(10:00〜21:00)

 

WEBSITE: “Machi Nihonbashi”

▶︎Japanese – http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/

▶︎English – http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/

 

 

 

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Tokyo Nihonbashi “Edo Sakura Matsuri”

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store will hold “Edo Sakura Maturi” from the 21st of March (Wed. – holiday) to the 3rd of April (Tue.). Various kinds of items using the motifs of cherry blossoms will be sold in all floors including the food area in B1F in accordance of the blooming of cherry blossoms in Nihonbashi’s famous spots such as “Edo Sakura Street” and “Nihonbashi Sakura Street.” This is a cherry blossom festival where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Edo Period.

 

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Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store “Edo Sakura Matsuri”

Period: 03/21 (Wed – holiday) to 04/03 (Tue.)

Venue: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, main building and each floor

Address: 1st street, 4-1, Muromachi, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

TEL: Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store – 03-3241-3311

URL:http://mitsukoshi.mistore.jp/store/nihombashi/index.html

 

 

 

CHANDON Blossom Lounge 東京ミッドタウン

 

 Tokyo Midtown “CHANDON Blossom Lounge”

Tokyo Midtown will open “CHANDON Blossom Lounge” where stylish food items as well as premium-quality sparkling wine produced in Australia named CHANDON will be offered. You can enjoy the spring season’s special food while viewing the cherry blossom road of Tokyo Midtown and enjoy the mystical world of the limited-time-offer bottle of wine named, “CHANDON ROSÉ BY TOMOYUKI YONEZU 2018.” Let’s enjoy the sparkling wine and the view of cherry blossoms.

 

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CHANDON Blossom Lounge

Entrance fee: free

CHANDO Rose – 700 yen per glass. Many kinds of food and set plans will be offered.

Period: 2018/03/16 (Fri.) to 04/15 (Sun.) 12:00 to 20:00

Venue: Tokyo Midtown, Midtown Garden Sakura Street Area

Address: 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minatoku, Tokyo

URL: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/news/3935/

 

 

 

東京・江東区「第14回 お江戸深川さくらまつり」

Tokyo/Kotoku “14th Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri”

“Oedo Fukagawa Matsuri” where you can view cherry blossoms while riding on a boat is known as the seasonal festival of Monzennakacho. About 270 Someiyoshino Cherry Blossoms planted along Oyoko River located to the south of Monzennakacho Station can be viewed from late March to early April. The cherry trees along Oyoko River arch out over the surface of the river making for a cherry blossom tunnel. You will surely feel like you have been transported back to the Edo Period by riding on a boat while viewing cherry blossoms at nighttime.

 

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Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri

Date: 2018/03/24 (Sat.) to 04/11 (Wed.)

Venue: the areas around Oyoko River, Monzennakacho Station, Kotoku, Tokyo and Onagi River, Shirakawa Station, Kiyosumi

URL:http://www.koto-kanko.jp/event/detail.php?eid=530

 

 

福井県「第8回越前陶芸村しだれ桜まつり」

 

Fukui Prefecture “8th Echizen Togei Mura Shidare Zakura Matsuri”

Many kinds of stores selling potteries, wooden items, glass items, cloth sundries and accessories will be sold at “Echizen Togei Mura Shidare Zakura Matsuri” which will be held at Echizen Togei Village. Plus, 17 artisans who make potteries will gather at the venue and 34 workshops where you can create your own item will be available. Let’s enjoy this “experience- based” festival inside the artistic park.

 

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8th Echizen Togei Mura Shidare Zakura Matsuri

Date: 2018/04/14 (Sat.)/15 (Sun.) 10:00 to 16:00

※the event will be held even in the rain. (please note that the event might be cancelled depending on the weather condition.)

Venue: Echizen Togei Village / Echizen Togei Park

Address: 120-61, Ozowara, Echizencho, Nyugun, Fukui Prefecture

URL:http://www.town-echizen.jp/

 

 

How did you like our cherry blossom festival recommendation? Why not visit one of the cherry blossom festivals introduced in this article and experience the highlight of Japan’s spring season.

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  • 7 Best Travel Destinations in Japan During Spring

    18.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    There are many people whose eyes are set on Japan as a travel destination for its gorgeous cherry blossoms in springtime. There are dozens of famous locations across Japan where spring gives life to spectacular scenery.

     

    Let’s take a look at some of the best travel destinations in Japan where spring is the best season!

     

    “Sashimaki Shitsugen” – Akita Prefecture

    Sashimaki Shitsugen is home to a 3-hectare wetland filled entirely with Asian skunk-cabbage. There are walkways erected across the wetland, offering the opportunity to freely admire the green carpet of vegetation. The best time to see the flowers is from the middle of April to the beginning of May, during which the “Sashimaki Mizubashou Matsuri” festival is held where local cuisine and local specialties are sold. We recommend seeing it together with Nyuto Onsenkyo, a famous hot spring village.

     

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    Sashimaki Shitsugen

    Address: Tazawako Sashimaki, Semboku, Akita Prefecture

    Webpage: http://www.city.semboku.akita.jp/sightseeing/spot/04_sashimaki.html

     

     

     

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    “Hanami in Koriyama” – Fukushima Prefecture

    Koriyama is located in the center of Fukushima Prefecture, the most southernly prefecture of the Tohoku area. The city of Koriyama is known as an economically developed city since the Tohoku Shinkansen stops here. It takes about 80 minutes (7,680 yen – non-reserved seat) from Tokyo on the bullet train. It’s a suitable spot to feel Japan’s four seasons and during spring (early April to late April), cherry blossoms bloom in many places. There are places where you can view 400-year old Shidarezakura (weeping cherry trees) and along Kaiseizan Park’s cherry tree-lined road you can view almost 1,300 cherry trees in bloom including the oldest Someiyoshino (Yoshino cheery tree) in Japan.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93861

     

     

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    “Isumi Railway” – Chiba Prefecture

    The Isumi Railway in Chiba is popular because the track is surrounded by lush greenery. The entire length of the railway extends 26.8km, around 15km of which roll past expansive rich flower beds. You are sure to get your fresh fill of spring either by gazing from the train window or looking at the railroad off the train together with the yellow plants that line the track.

     

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    Isumi Railway

    Address: 264 Ōtaki, Ōtaki-machi, Isumi-gun, Chiba Prefecture

    TEL: 0470−82−2161

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

     

     

     

    “Mother Farm” – Chiba Prefecture

    Mother Farm is a flower and animal theme park in the Bōsō Peninsula, Chiba Prefecture. The seasonal plants and contact between the cute animals can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year, but when spring arrives the flowers roll out in all directions. This is a recommended destination if you’re traveling with kids!

     

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    Mother Farm

    Address: 940-3 Tagura, Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-16:30 / Weekends & Holidays 9:00-17:00

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

     

     

     

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    “Toyama Bay” – Toyama Prefecture

    From March to early June, countless firefly squids rush to Toyama Bay for egg spawning. April is the most active period for spawning, during which the firefly squids radiate their magical lights. You can admire the spectacle onboard a boat tour. The fairytale-like display of the firefly squids is a sight to behold, so roll up in April for the best viewing.

     

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    Toyama Bay

    Address: 5 Kaigandori, Higashiwasemachi, Toyama-shi, Toyama Prefecture

    Toyama Kankou Navi: http://www.info-toyama.com/tokushu/toyama-bay/

     

     

     

    “Kyoto Botanical Garden” – Kyoto Prefecture

    Kyoto Botanical Garden will hold an event titled “Sakura Light Up 2018” (March 25th—April 8th) and another titled “Sakura Sanpo” (April 13th—April 16th) where the staff of the garden will guide visitors through the garden. Enjoy numerous varieties of cherry blossoms at Kyoto Botanical Garden where 250 cherry trees will bloom inside a 7,000㎡ space. The garden is also home to a range of rare plants, so be sure to visit.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89824

     

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    Kyoto Botanical Garden

    Address: Shimogamo Hachigo, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 9am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

    [March 25th – April 8th] 9:00-21:00 (last entry 20:00)

    [April 9th – May 31st] 9:00-18:30 (last entry 18:00)

    TEL: 075-701-0141

    Website: http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/plant/

    Prices: Adults ¥200 yen / High School Students ¥150 / Junior High School Students and Younger – Free

     

    *Elderly people aged 70-years-old and above and those with physical disabilities are granted free entry.

     

    Sakura Light Up 2018

    Location: Kyoto Botanical Garden “Sakurabayashi” Area

    Date: March 25th, 2018 – April 8th, 2018

    Opening Hours: Sunset (18:30) to 21:00 (last entry 20:00)

    *The regular closing time will be changed from 17:00 to 21:00 while these events are being held (last entry 20:00)

     

    Sakura Sanpo (Walking Event)

    Venue: Areas centering around Sakura Hinsyu Mihon-en

    Date:

    [April 13th–April 16th] 13:00 to 13:45

    [April 14th–April 15th] 13:00 to 13:45 / 17:00 to 17:45

    *Due to extended opening hours in spring between April 9th and May 31st, closing times will also be extended from 17:00 to 18:30 (last entry 18:00)

    *Please gather in front of Shokubutsuen Kaikan at 13:00 or 17:00 if you would like to participate in this event.

     

     

    “Huis Ten Bosch” – Nagasaki Prefecture

    March at Huis Ten Bosch is the time when tulips are in full bloom where they hold the “Tulip Matsuri” festival. In the daytime, you can admire Japan’s many varieties of tulips – 700 kinds in fact – and at nighttime, there is a show where the tulips are lit up with an organic EL display panel. Whether you’re there during the day or at night, you will enjoy an enchanting display of flowers.

     

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    Huis Ten Bosch

    Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 9:00-22:00

    Website: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp

     

     

    Did you enjoy our pick? Be sure to tick each one off your list during your travels to Japan in spring.

  • 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

     

    Did you enjoy our list?

    Get involved in lots of cherry blossom events in Japan and have an unforgettable spring!

     

  • 5 Hotels & Ryokan to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms: From Inside Your Room to Inside a Hot Spring!

    13.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    At last the warm rays of spring are gradually trickling through, and already the news is rolling in for the cherry blossoms in Japan.

     

    If you’re in Japan this spring, then take a look at some of these great hotel plans you can look forward where you too can enjoy Japan’s pink season.

     

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    HOSHINOYA Kyoto
    HOSHINOYA Kyoto, the luxurious resort operated by Hoshino Resorts where every room has a view of the river, is holding four exciting activities for hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of flower viewing. The activities are themed on a hanami sojourn deep in Arashiyama.

     

    Activities include Sakura Fune (Cherry Blossom Boat), where you can enjoy hanami from a boat; the Sakura Chakai (Cherry Blossom Tea Party) where you will be seated in view of the mountain’s cherry blossoms; and Yozakura Dinner (Evening Cherry Blossom Dinner) where you can enjoy a meal amongst the lit-up cherry blossoms. Each activity offers an engaging hanami experience courtesy of Arashiyama’s spectacular cherry blossom scenery.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/85392

     

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    HOSHINOYA Kyoto
    Address: 11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzanchō, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (25 guest rooms)

    URL:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/

     

     

     

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    Kichijo CAREN – Hokkawa Hot Spring, Higashiizu

    Kichijo CAREN is a place where you can enjoy many kinds of cherry blossoms while inside a hot spring.

    The view from “Izu Kitagawa Onsen Moon Road” which was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 famous views is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy a romantic view from either the guest room or hot spring.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87911

     

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    Kichijo CAREN (Higashi Izu / Kitagawa Onsen)

    Address: Kitagawa Onsen, Higashiizucho, Kamogun, Shizuoka Prefecture

    TEL:0557-23-1213

    URL:http://www.kissho-caren.com/

     

     

     

     

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    Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu

    For a limited time only, you can relish in a special hotel plan and get your fill of cherry blossoms, Japan’s signal flower for spring. Gaze at the rows of cherry trees while feeling the sea breeze against your cheeks from your room balcony and enjoy a hanami experience the Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu way.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94598

     

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    Lodging plan; “Sakura Biyori”

    Period: 2018/03/25 (Sun.) to 04/08 (Sun.)

    Room: Executive Twin Park View (balcony is installed)

    Price: 11,500 yen~ (per person, tax and service fee are included)

    ※The price noted above is the price per person when using the twin room.

    Amenity:

    • Lunch course and cherry blossom sweets item will be offered at the Chinese restaurant Turandot Yusenkyo” (3rdfloor) on the day that you are leaving the hotel.

    ※dessert buffet (weekdays) and cherry blossom dessert plate (Saturday and Sunday) will be offered.

    ➁ Cherry blossom cocktail will be offered before eating the lunch menu.

    ➂ Late check out – 12:00 (normal check out time – 11:00)

     

    TEL:045-682-2222

    URL:https://ybht.co.jp/stay/

     

     

     

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    Hotel Okura Kobe

    This hotel is offering a special one-day stay plan where guests can stay in a suite decorated entirely in cherry blossom artwork and décor. Everywhere from the entrance to the living room and bedroom is dotted with cherry blossoms, enabling you to experience Japanese hanami from inside your room. The hotel’s café/restaurant Camelia also sells sweet cherry blossom bread.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93145

     

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    Hotel Okura Kobe

    Address: 2-1, Hatobacho, Chuoku, Kobe

    TEL:078-333-0111

    Access: 10 minutes on foot from JR Hanshin Line Motmomachi Station, shuttle bus service is available from Sannomiya Station (the bus route goes via “Shin Kobe Station” on Saturday, Sunday and holidays)

    URL:https://www.kobe.hotelokura.co.jp/

     

     

     

     

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    Hoshino Resort KAI Kinugawa

    Kinugawa River in Tochigi Prefecture is about a 2-hour train or car journey from Tokyo. It’s immensely popular as an onsen, or “hot spring” site, and is close to World Heritage Sites and places of scenic beauty.

     

    The KAI Kinugawa hot spring resort at Kinugawa Onsen is offering a limited-time “Yozakura Dining” plan from April 11th to April 20th. For one night, two people can enjoy a banquet while gazing at the cherry blossom trees in the evening. You can also experience “Hanami Roten” and admire the cherry blossoms in full bloom from the site’s famous open air hot springs.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93077

     

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    KAI Kinugawa

    Address: 308 Kinugawaonsentaki, Nikko-shi, Tochigi Prefecture

    TEL: 0570-073-011

    URL:http://kai-ryokan.jp/kinugawa/features/spring/index.html

     

     

     

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    Spring is coming, so be sure to use this list on your holiday trip this year.

     

  • 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/

     

    Did you like this list? Get a taste of spring early with these cherry blossom inspired foods and drinks!

     

  • 6 Most Popular Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Hanami – All Within 5 Minutes From the Station!

    06.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    At first glance, Tokyo Metropolis may not look very green, but did you know it actually has a lot of popular spots where people go to celebrate Hanami (flower-viewing)?

     

    Let’s take a look at some of those locations. All of this places in this list are within 5 minutes of a station, so they’re easy to get to! You can use this as reference for when you’re in Tokyo.

     

     

    Inokashira Park

    Inokashira Park is popular throughout the entire year for outings. There are around 500 cherry blossom trees that line the park, 250 of which sit along the pond. You can even get inside a boat and enjoy the cherry blossoms from the water. The west side of the park is home to various types of cherry blossoms, including early flowering ones that bloom from the beginning of March. The average annual time to see them come out is between March 20th and April 10th.

     

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    Inokashira Park
    Address: 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Kichijoji Station via the JR Chuo Line / 1-minute on foot from Inokashira Park Station via the Keio Inokashira Line
    Contact: 0422-47-6900
    URL:https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index044.html

     

     

     

    Meguro River

    During Hanami, 800 beautiful cherry blossom trees roll 4km along the Meguro River. We recommend taking a leisurely stroll down the river while looking at the flowers. There’s plenty of stylish shops along the river too, so you can even do a bit of shopping on your walk.

     

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    Meguro River
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Meguro Station via JR Yamanote Line/ 5-minutes on foot from Fudō-mae Station via the Tokyu Meguro Line / 2-minutes on foot from Naka-Meguro Station via the Tokyu Toyoko Line / 2-minutes on foot from Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station via the Tokyu Meguro Line

    URL:http://www.city.meguro.tokyo.jp/gyosei/shokai_rekishi/event/sakura.html

     

     

     

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    Mori Garden – Roppongi Hills

    Mori Garden is a Japanese style garden located in the skyscraper district of Roppongi Hills. It’s also another place where you can see the cherry blossoms. The garden is also lit up at night, creating a magical and memorable scene: beautiful cherry blossoms lit up in a traditional Japanese garden. Try looking out over the garden from a high place for a collaborative view of Tokyo Tower and cherry blossoms.

     

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    Roppongi Hills
    Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: Weekdays 7:00-21:00 / Weekends 8:00-21:00
    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Roppongi Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line / 6-minutes on footo from Roppongi Station via the Toei Oedo Line
    Contact: 03-6406-6000
    URL:http://www.roppongihills.com/

     

     

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    Ueno Park

    One of the most popular spots for viewing the cherry blossoms is Ueno Park, drawing in tourists every year. There’s a direct connection to the park via train services. With around 800 trees, expect to see varieties including the Yoshino Cherry and Yamazakura. There’s even a zoo and a museum in the park, so you can make it a day trip.

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    Ueno Park
    Address: 5-20 Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 5:00-23:00
    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Ueno Station via the JR Yamanote Line JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Takasaki Line, JR Utsunomiya Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line / 1-minute on foot from Keisei Ueno Station via the Keisei Main Line
    Contact: 03-3828-5644
    URL:http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/jimusho/toubuk/ueno/index_top.html

     

     

     

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    Yaesu Sakura-dori
    If you take the Yaesu Exit at Tokyo Station, you will find Yaesu Sakura-dori. Despite being in the heart of the city, this place is famous as a cherry blossom location where you can see around 150 Yoshino Cherries. You can see them lit up beautifully at night, making it a popular spot for Hanami among salary men and office workers on their way back from work. The “Sakura Matsuri” is also held in April every year, a bustling cherry blossom festival with street stalls and alcohol.

     

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    Yaesu Sakura-dori
    Access: Right outside Tokyo Station across all JR lines / Right outside Nihombashi Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tokyo Metro Tozai Line

     

     

     

     

    Shinjuku Gyoen

    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was listed as one of Japan’s 100 most famous cherry blossom spots. The park is home to 1,100 cherry blossom trees spanning 65 types, allowing you to enjoy a lush selection. Part of the park’s charm is how long Hanami lasts there: because there’s so many different varieties of trees there, the bloom times are different, so it usually lasts from the end of March to the end of April.

     

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    Shinjuku Gyoen
    Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Sendagaya Station via the JR Sobu Line / 1-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station South Exit via the JR Lines, Keio Line and Odakyu Line / 5-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
    Contact: 03-3350-0151
    URL:http://fng.or.jp/shinjuku/

     

     

    Did you enjoy your list? When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom there are lots of festivals to be enjoyed around Tokyo, so be sure to check them out.

     

    Enjoy springtime Japan by getting involved with Hanami

  • 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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    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/

     

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    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.

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  • Tokyo’s National Museum of Nature and Science Launches YouTube Video Exhibition On Japanese Cherry Blossoms

    18.April.2020 | SPOT

    National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo has posted a new series on its YouTube channel entitled “Japanese Cherry Blossoms Illustrated by Ohta Yoai, a Pioneer of the Botanical Art in Japan.”

    In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Ueno-based museum was forced to close its doors to the public on February 29, 2020. The museum was originally scheduled to hold the “Japanese Cherry Blossoms Illustrated by Ohta Yoai, a Pioneer of the Botanical Art in Japan” exhibition at the museum itself from March 14 to April 12, but due to the closure it was not run.

     

    However, the exhibition planners still wanted people to see the content of the exhibition, and so they have posted three videos on YouTube to take viewers on a tour of it. The three videos, themed on “Botanical Art,” “Japanese Cherry Blossoms,” and “Ohta Yoai” are presented by Japanese botanist Masanobu Higuchi.

    In the first video, we are introduced to the exhibition’s theme of Japanese cherry blossoms. We get to see examples of cherry blossom collected by Tomitaro Makino, the father of Japanese botany.


    In the second video, we realm about what kind of person illustrator Ohta Yoai was, as well as botanist Jisaburo Ohwi. Both of them co-wrote the 1973 work Nihonzakura Shu (“A Collection of Japanese Cherry Blossoms”).


    In the third and final video, we get to see some of Ohta Yoai’s best pieces, along with explanations of what kinds of cherry blossoms they are.

  • 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture For Hanami 2020

    21.March.2020 | SPOT

    Toyota in Aichi Prefecture is a city abundant with nature and one home to countless famous flower spots. Tourism Toyota has outlined a list of the perfect places to visit there this spring to enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms for this year’s Hanami.

     

    Asian Fawnlily | Korankei

    Korankei is a valley created by the Yodo River in Toyota, Aichi, and is said to be one of the best places in Japan to enjoy the autumn colours. In spring, an area covering 5,000m² blooms with beautiful Asian fawnlilies, dyeing the grass as a light purple carpet.

     

    Best Time To See: Mid March – Late March

    Location: Korankei, Iimori Asukecho, Toyota, Aichi

    Access: Board the Meitetsu Bus bound for Yamani (矢並線) at Toyotashi Station’s East Exit, get off at Korankei (香嵐渓), and walk for 10-minutes

    Official Website: https://www.tourismtoyota.jp/spots/detail/272/

     

    Cherry Blossoms & Spiraea Thunbergii | Aichi Greenery Center

     

    Every year at Aichi Greenery Center from late March to early April, the Spiraea Thunbergii, also known as Thunberg’s meadowsweet, blossom their white flowers in full along a path stretching 200 meters, which makes it look like the area is covered in snow. When the cherry blossoms bloom, their light pink flowers offer a beautiful contrast with the snowbound meadowsweet.

     

    Best Time To See: Late March – Early April

    Address: Saruta-21-1 Nishinakayamachō, Toyota, Aichi

    Access: Board the Oiden Bus bound for Fujioka/Toyota Via Nishinakayama (藤岡・豊田線(西中山経由)) and get off at the Greenery Center (緑化センター)

    Official Website: https://www.tourismtoyota.jp/spots/detail/277/

     

    Weeping Cherry Blossoms | Kaminaka

    Kaminaka is home to some incredible weeping cherry sights. Around 3,000 weeping cherry trees stretch 1km from the car park, dyeing the mountainous landscape white, red, and pink.

     

    Best Time To See: Early to Mid April

    Address: Makigahora Kaminakacho, Toyota, Aichi

    Access: 27km from Shidare Interchange (枝下IC) via Sarugata Green Road (猿投グリーンロード)

    Official Website: https://www.tourismtoyota.jp/spots/detail/225/

     

    Weeping Cherry Blossoms | Zuiryuji Temple & Daian-ji Temple

    Zuiryuji Temple is home to a weeping cherry tree that is said to be 400 years old. It is officially listed as a Natural Treasure of Aichi Prefecture. Its flowers are best enjoyed in early April when it offers a spectacular sight next to the temple gate.

     

    Daian-ji Temple also has an ancient weeping cherry tree that is 260 years old and listed as a National Treasure of Toyota. Another row of cherry trees are located next to it, wrapping the area in gorgeous pink hues. Both of these temple trees are also lit up in the evenings, offering a different kind of beautiful atmosphere from a daytime viewing.

     

    Best Time To See: Early April

    Address: Terayama-3 Inabuchō, Toyota, Aichi

    Access: Board the Oiden Bus [Kaisoku Inabu] at Toyotashi Station’s East Exit, get off at Dongurinoyu Mae (どんぐりの湯前), and walk for 10-minutes

    Official Websites:

    https://www.tourismtoyota.jp/spots/detail/39/ (Zuiryuji Temple)

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

     

    Wisterias | Fuji no Kairo

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

     

    Best Time To See: Late April – Early May

    Address: Mitsukuricho, Toyota, Aichi

    Access: Board the Oiden Bus bound for Fujioka/Toyota Via Kanocho (藤岡・豊田線(加納経由)) and get off at Toyota City Hall (藤岡支所). Change onto the Fuji Bus bound for Kawaguchi/Ino (川口・飯野線), then get off at Fuji no Kairo (ふじの回廊口).

    Official Website: https://www.tourismtoyota.jp/spots/detail/191/

  • Shirasagi Coffee: Ehime Prefecture’s Cafe Releases Springtime Cherry Blossom Menu

    21.March.2020 | FOOD

    Shirasagi Coffee, a cafe in Ehime Prefecture, has released a new seasonal menu full of strawberries and cherry blossoms to commemorate the spring season.

     

    Shirasagi Coffee’s logo features a heron, a reference to a legend that says the locals of Matsuyama in Ehime noticed that a white heron healed its injured leg by bathing in the hot springs of Dōgo Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in  Japan. The cafe was renovated using furniture made from scrap wood from when Dōgo Onsen was built. It’s an artistic cafe that has garnered much attention from both locals and tourists.

    Thick-Cut Natural Yeast Toast

    This thick-sliced bread is provided by Panya Uzu, a bread shop also in Matsuyama, Ehime. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, it’s topped with a cherry blossom jam and mascarpone cheese cream.

    Top: Cream Soda / Right: Cherry Blossom Tea Latte / Left: Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Mint Sour

    This line-up of three drinks are made using seasonal strawberries grown in Ehime Prefecture.

    Sweet Bavarois

    Bavarois is a classic dessert at Shirasagi Coffee, and this one is made using matcha grown in the village of Shingu in Ehime and is coated in a cherry blossom cream.

    Spring Madonna Parfait

    This limited-time parfait is stacked with 12 different ingredients of varying textures and flavours, including cherry blossom, as well as Ehime strawberries, chestnuts, and matcha. It’s the culmination of Ehime’s springtime ingredients.

    Takeout Drinks

    Mini Parfait

    The cafe also serves mini parfaits, drinks and other items for takeout. Pick something out and go and observe the cherry blossoms for Hanami at Dōgo Park.

  • Lisa Larson Designs Cute New Cherry Blossom Hedgehog Items

    21.March.2020 | FASHION

    An adorable new collection of items fitting for Japanese springtime have been released featuring Lisa Larson’s popular hedgehogs and cherry blossoms. Larson has an interest in Japanese culture, and has designed this line-up in time for the Hanami season.

    Letter Paper Set – ¥440 (Tax Included) / Masking Tape (35mm) – ¥550 (Tax Included)

    The letter paper and masking tape features cute illustrations of the hedgehogs taking a stroll amongst the cherry blossoms. A great spring gift or souvenir from Japan.

    Water Absorbent Cloth – ¥660 (Tax Included) / Tea Towel – ¥660 (Tax Included)

    The cloth and tea towel are perfect additions to the kitchen, whether for drying the plates, for food prep, wiping the counter, and so on. The adorable strolling hedgehogs will add a warm touch to any kitchen.

    Printed Hand Towel – ¥1,540 (Tax Included)

    The hedgehogs are enjoying observing the cherry blossoms on this hand towel, which is light-pink and has a gentle Japanese taste to it. The towel is made using a dyeing technique known as kata-yuzen which is used to dye fabrics for kimono in Kyoto. It’s a versatile item: it can of course be used as a kitchen towel or cloth, but also for wrapping gifts like wine too.

    Mamezara Dish (Hasami Ware) – ¥1,430 (Tax Included)

    The hedgehogs are in the thick of the fully-bloomed cherry blossoms on this mamezara dish, which can be used for food or placing small items like keys and accessories.

    Waffles – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    These tins, which feature Mikey and the hedgehogs, are filled with a traditional waffle confection that has been sold by Tokyo Fugetsudo since 1927. They are light and crunchy round wafers stuffed with cream.

    Hanami Set 2020 (Online Orders Only) – ¥11,000 (Tax Included)

    Available online only, this special set is the perfect way to enjoy Hanami in Japan this season, featuring a cute bird sake jug and more.

     

    Celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossoms in Japan with this new line-up from Lisa Larson.

  • Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms Compete For Spring at Kusaba River in Fukuoka

    19.March.2020 | SPOT

    The town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka Prefecture is home to a 2km strip of cherry blossom trees which bloom their pink beauty along the Kusaba River in spring. The area sees countless people flock there during the Hanami season to see the trees in full bloom.

    But Kusaba River isn’t only home to cherry blossoms; it also sees rape blossoms sprout their yellow flowers during springtime, which offers a beautiful contrast to the overhead pink from the cherry trees.

    The place is lit up in the eveningsーa great chance to see the cherry blossoms in a different light at night.

    Rich verdure lines the whole of Kusaba River, so be sure to visit if you’re heading to Fukuoka this spring to see the cherry and rape blossoms.

  • Experience Hanami and Cherry Blossoms With Digital Art at FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –

    18.March.2020 | SPOT

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is an annual flower-themed digital art event held by NAKED Inc. As part of this year’s event, FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –, a special addendum event entitled “Nijo Castle Sakura Matsuri” will take place during the evenings at the World Heritage Site Nijo Castle From March 20 to April 12 this year.

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is an interactive digital art experience. It has been held at Nijo Castle during the autumns of 2018 and 2019, but this will be the event’s first time being held in Kyoto during the spring season. 2020’s theme is cherry blossoms, and this will be showcased in a number of wonderful ways.

     

    Prologue | NAKED BIG BOOK

    “NAKED BIG BOOK, a monument of the beginning of this exhibition, will show collaboration works by an artist Ryotaro Muramatsu and a photographer LESLIE KEE. LESLIE KEE contained energy into photographs as the quiet expression, and Ryotaro Muramatsu reinterprets his works to dynamic photography art.​”

     

    Arrival of Spring | Kara-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property)

    “Projection mapping expresses the coming of Spring on Karamon-Gate as an important cultural property.”

     

    Flowers Wall ~ SAKURA ~ | Inner Moat

    “Projection mapping of impressive sakura on the moats in Nijo-jo Castle. The landscape will transition following sakura.”

     

    Sakura Droplets | Seiryu-en Garden

    “A mystical space surrounded by real sakura where bubbles confined spring fragrance float as the sakura droplet.​ ​”

     

    The event is working on countermeasures against the coronavirus, such as installing disinfectants and having staff wear masks. It requests that visitors take normal measures against the infection such as cough etiquette and washing your hands. Click here for more information.

  • Must-Visit Spots in Kagawa Prefecture in 2020: Cherry Blossoms, Dolphins, Bonsai & More

    15.March.2020 | SPOT

    Appreciation for the Seto Inland Sea in Japan is on the rise: American company Discovery named Shikoku one of its Top 10 must-visit rising locations around the world for 2020, and the city of Setouchi in Okayama has featured as a recommended travel destination in Western media. One particular location, Kagawa Prefecture, has been featured on many international travel sites as a must-visit place, including on Booking.com, Skyscanner, and REMOTE LANDS, with places such as Takamatsu, Teshima, and Shōdo Island being picked up.

     

    Takamatsu is known as the doorstep that brings together the many islands of Seto Inland Sea. It’s a port city with great fresh food, highly convenient for travellers wanting to visit lots of different islands, and a popular region that brings together elements of Japanese culture.

     

    Today, we take a look at some must-visit locations around Takamatsu, including a new facility opening, must-visit spots for spring to early summer, food, and more.

     

    Shikoku Aquarium – The largest aquarium in Shikoku

    Shikoku Aquarium is set to be the largest across Shikoku when it opens its doors to the public on March 20, 2020. It’s located inside Utazu Seaside Park in the town of Utazu where it will exhibit the creatures that live in Shikoku and feature the many different seaside landscapes located there. But the aquarium won’t just stop at showcasing animals, it will also be a cultural facility where you can learn about the history, culture, and natural environment of Shikoku, and there’ll be artwork perfect for the Setouchi Triennale contemporary art festival which is held around Seto Inland Sea every three years.

     

    Shikoku Aquarium

    Address: Utazu Rinkaikoen, 4-1 Utazu, Ayauta District, Kagawa

    Opening Hours:

    [March 20, 2020 – September 30, 2020] 9:00-18:00

    [October 1, 2020 – March 19, 2021] 10:00-18:00

    [Golden Week/Summer Break] 9:00-21:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Price: General (16+ Years & High School Students) ¥2,200 / Children (Elementary School Students) ¥1,200 / Toddlers (3+ Years) ¥60

    Official Website: http://shikoku-aquarium.jp/

     

    Well-Known & Little-Known-Good Cherry Blossom Spots

    Kagawa Prefecture is home to many spots that offer beautiful sounds and sights throughout the four seasons. Cherry blossom season is right around the corner in Japan, so let’s take a look at some must-visit spots, both popular and little-known good ones.

     

    ■Well-Known Spots

    Ritsurin Garden (Takamatsu)

    One of the most famous historical gardens in Japan, Ritsurin Garden is home to around 320 Yoshino cherry trees, whose pink colour reflects beautifully off the lake together with the 1,000 green pine trees.

     

    Marugame Castle (Marugame)

    Marugame Castle is one of only 12 castle in Japan to have an original wooden tenshu, or castle tower, built. From the great height of the castle’s stone wall, which is the tallest in Japan, one can gaze down at 1,000 cherry blossom trees in bloom.

    ■Little-Known-Good Spots

    Megijima (Takamatsu)

    Around 3,000 cherry trees bloom on t he island, including Yoshino cherries, yama-zakura, and yae-zakura, which roll from the port to the lighthouse.

     

    Asahiyama Forest Park (Mitoyo)

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

     

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

    Interest in bonsai trees continues to grow every year not just in Japan but overseas too. The number of people incorporating them into their lives as interior decoration is on the rise. Kagawa Prefecture is the only place in Japan which produces pine bonsai trees, the largest places being Kinashi and Kokubunji in Takamatsu. There are around 60 bonsai makers in both of these towns, so you are sure to spot some if you walk through them.

     

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

     

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

     

    Takamatsu Bonsai no Sato

    Grand Opening: April 17, 2020

    Address: 353-1 Kokubunjichō Kokubu, Takamatsu, Kagawa

     

     

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

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

    12.March.2020 | SPOT

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

     

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

     

    1st Place: Hotel Keikyu Aburatsubo Kanchoso | Kanagawa Prefecture

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

     

    2nd Place: Hotel Suehiro | Aichi Prefecture

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

     

    3rd Place: Onsen Yumoto Hounoya | Nara Prefecture

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

     

    4th Place: Goriyaku no Yu | Chiba Prefecture

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

     

    5th Place: Fuga No Yado Chouseikan | Niigata Prefecture

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

     

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

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

     

    7th Place: Fujino Yamanami Onsen | Kanagawa Prefecture

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

     

    8th Place: Awanoyu Ryokan | Nagano Prefecture

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

     

    9th Place: Okayama Ikoi No Mura | Okayama Prefecture

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

     

    10th Place: Shigisan Kanko Hotel | Nara Prefecture

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

     

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

  • Fancy Cherry Blossom Notebook and Fountain Pen to be Released by PLUS and SAILOR

    07.March.2020 | FASHION

    PLUS Corporation and The Sailor Pen Co., Ltd. have teamed up to created a limited edition cherry blossom themed notebook, fountain pen and bottled ink set which will be released on March 16, 2020.

    The set includes SAILOR’s “Professional Gear Slim” fountain pen, PLUS’s “Ca.crea Premium Cross” notebook which is perfect for writing on with the pen, and a bottle of ink.

    The notebook features a gorgeous gold leaf design and a cherry blossom pink cover. The three-fold notebook is A4 size, and the durable front cover uses cross paper. The inside pages are a subtle cream colour, and the ink from the fountain pen does not leak through the pages. The pages are also smooth and level and so is nice to write on.

    The pens come in two colours: pink which reminds one of cherry blossoms, and clear gold. Both pens are also glossed with golden glitter and feature a beauty cherry blossom design.

    The extravagant 14k golden pen tip and lid also have cherry blossom flowers on them, as does the label of the bottled ink.

     

    This set comes in a fitting pink gift box, making it a perfect present to stationery lovers whether to yourself, a friend, or someone starting at a new school.

  • Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe Reveals Cherry Blossom Aloha Pikachu Cake & Latte

    07.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi Tokyo is bringing two new “Sakura Aloha Pikachu” items to its menu this spring for a limited time. They will be served between March 14 and April 19.


    The Pokémon Cafe previously served up a cherry blossom Aloha Pikachu-inspired dessert and latte last year too to celebrate one year since the cafe opened. This year, they’ve changed their designs.

    Sakura Aloha Pikachu Fruit Sandwich Cake – ¥1,738 (Tax Included)

    Sakura Aloha Pikachu Latte 2020 – ¥770 (Tax Included)

    The fruit sandwich is filled with flurry strawberry cream and fruits, while the latte features cute latte art of Aloha Pikachu who has a fluffy cherry blossom afro.

     

    Don’t miss these seasonal picks at Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe this year.

     

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  • Cherry Blossom Themed Sumikko Gurashi Store to Open at Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto

    05.March.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    The all-new Sumikko Gurashi Dou store is set to open permanently at Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto on March 19, 2020.

    Ginkaku-ji is a famous temple in Kyoto that was first built in 1490. It lives as a representation of the Higashiyama culture which flourished towards the end of the Muromachi Period. In 1994, it was designated as a World Heritage Site. The temple stands as a famous tourist spot of Kyoto.

    Glasses Case – ¥1,500 / Contact Lenses – ¥1,100 / Mini Towels – ¥600 / Hanging Plush Toys – ¥1,100 / Cookies – ¥1,000 (All prices are pre-tax)

    The new Sumikko Gurashi Dou store will be based entirely on the Sumikko Gurashi characters created by San-X. “Sumikko Gurashi” translates roughly to “life in the corner.” The shop will take on a cherry blossom theme, where you can get your hands on exclusive and licensed products.

    Sumikko Gurashi Yaki Takeout Cup (Contains 6) – ¥300 / Sumikko Gurashi Yaki Omiyage Bag (Contains 12) – ¥700 / Tapioca Drinks (3 Flavours) – ¥500 / Ice Cream (3 Flavours) – ¥500 (All prices are pre-tax)

    There’s also takeout food and drinks, like sweet and fluffy baby castella sponge cake, tapioca drinks, soft serve ice cream, and more.

     

    And of course, the entire store will be adorably decorated in all things Sumikko Gurashi to ease your soul. If you’re travelling to Kyoto and Ginkaku-ji Temple, then make sure you pop into Sumikko Gurashi Dou.

     

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

    03.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

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

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

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

     

    Line-Up:

    ・Top Tier

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

     

    ・Middle Tier

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

     

    ・Bottom Tier

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

     

    ・Drink

    Tea or Coffee

     

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

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

     

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

     

    Writer: Shihori Shibui

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