Sakura Food and Drinks in Japan 2020
Best Cherry Blossom Theme Food and Drinks Released in Japan in 2020
Cherry blossoms are the top tourist attraction in Japan, and you can enjoy them not only by appreciating the views but also a variety of cherry blossom themed products, which are available only limited time of the year.
Before the actual cherry blossom season begins, a lot of shops and brands start releasing limited-edition cherry blossom themed products in Japan. Especially, Sakura flavour/inspired food and drinks are extremely popular during the season including the Starbucks Japan’s cherry blossom frappuccino.
If you are travelling to Japan during or earlier than the cherry blossom season, you have amazing opportunity to enjoy delightful and elegant Sakura food and drinks!
In this article, I’d like to share some of must-try cherry blossom food and drinks which are released in Japan for 2020 Spring! So let’s check them out 🙂
The popular Japanese chocolate snack, Pocky by Glico is available with two limited-edition flavours for 2020 spring.
Pocky from Japan Sakura Shitate (cherry blossom flavour) with buttered pretzel sticks coated with cherry blossom chocolate and Pocky Sakura Matcha (cherry blossom and matcha) with cherry blossom flavoured pretzel sticks coated by rich Uji matcha chocolate.
Sales Period : 21 January 2020~
Along with Pocky, Cream Collon is also a top-selling sweets produced by the well known Japanese confectionery brand, Glico. It’s mini-sized cylindrical shaped crispy waffle filled with cream.
The limited version of Cream Colon for 2020 spring is Sakura Matcha flavour served with bitter Matcha waffles and sweet cherry flavoured cream.
Sales Period: 21 January 2020~
Tokyo Banana is a popular souvenir sweets widely sold at Tokyo’s airports and stations. It’s fluffy sponge cake filled with Banana custard cream, but nowadays available with many different flavours including seasonal ones.
In 2020 spring, Tokyo Banana Sakura Flavour will be released that comes with cute pink petals printed and filled with Banana custard cream with a hint of cherry blossom flavours.
Sales Period: 26 December 2019~April 2020
Price: 560 yen (4pc), 1,080 yen (8pc), 1,595 yen (12pc)
-Starbucks Japan Sakura Beverage
Starbucks Japan releases spring-limited Sakura theme beverage every year, and they are highly anticipated. On 15 February, Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino (cold) and Sakura Milk Latte will be released as the first edition of their Sakura beverage 2020.
Sales Period: 15 February 2020~
Sakura Milk Pudding Frappuccino 590 yen (Tall size only)
Sakura Milk Latte Short 450 yen /Tall 490 yen/Grande 530 yen/Venti® 570 yen
-STARBUCKS RESERVE® ROASTERY TOKYO
The largest Starbucks branch in Japan, STARBUCKS RESERVE® ROASTERY TOKYO will be releasing its first own Sakura collections featuring original merchandise and beverage. 6 cherry blossom inspired drinks will be available from 15 February for a limited time.
Sales Period: 15 February 2020~
Strawberry Chia Oolong 900 yen
Sakura Jasmine Pop’n Tea 950 yen
TEAVANA™ Sakura Cream Soda 900 yen
Floating Blossom 900 yen
Blossoming Sakura 800 yen
Sakura Allure Cascade ¥950
-Starbucks Chilled Cup
The new beverage from Starbucks Japan’s Chilled Cup series is “Sakura White Chocolate Cheesecake with Milk Pudding”, and it will be available at convenience stores across the country. It’s rich and creamy white chocolate cheesecake flavoured milk with a hit of cherry blossom scent and the unique texture of milk pudding. The drink is served in a cherry blossom inspired limited design package.
Sales Period: 11 February 2020~
Price: 219 yen
-Starbucks Spring Blend
Starbucks Coffee releases a range of the special blend coffee for home use with spring-edit packages. The Starbucks Spring Blend Coffee series is available with grounded coffee, whole coffee beans or personal drip coffee bag. They go on sale from 14 February at supermarket and Nestle online shop (they won’t be sold at Starbucks stores!), and the special gift set “Spring Cheer Gift” is only available at Nestle online shop from 28 February.
Sales Period: 14 February 2020~ (Spring Cheer Gift 28 February 2020~)
Starbucks Coffee Spring Blend Coffee 140g (ground) 665 yen
Starbucks Coffee Spring Blend Coffee 210g (beans) 998 yen
Starbucks Origami Personal Drip Coffee 475 yen (4pc)/598 yen (1pc with reusable cup)
Starbucks Spring Cheer Gift 3,000 yen
Coca-Cola Japan releases limited design bottles in spring annually. The 250 ml glass bottle has special Sakura themed design as if the cherry blossoms petals are falling over the bottle. Available at supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores in Japan from mid January.
Sales Period: 20 January 2020~
Price: 125 yen (250 ml)
-Asahi Super Dry
The top-selling Japanese beer, Asahi Super Dry joins the cherry blossom celebration with the limited designed cans and glass bottles with cute pink and cherry blossoms.
The cans will be sold widely in Japan while the glass bottles are only available with reservation order system.
Sales Period: 12 February~April 2020 (can)
Along with Asahi, KIRIN is another most famous Japanese beer brand and it’s also releasing canned beer with special cherry blossom design available in 3 different sizes (135ml, 350ml, 500ml).
Although both brands offers only Sakura packages (not flavours), these beer will surely bring your spring vibes. If you are planning to have Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party), how about making a toast with these Sakura themed beers this spring??
Sales Period: 18 February 2020~
The famous tea company, Lipton offers various unique flavour teas in Japan which are served as tea bags or drinks in paper containers. The spring-only Sakura flavour milk tea “SAKURA TEA LATTE” will be released with limited package.
Release date: 18 February 2020~
Price: 128 yen (500 ml)
The popular tea and teaware retailer, LUPICIA offers a wide range of teas including seasonal flavours and regional-limited flavours. In 2020 spring, the brand offers Japan-limited Sakura flavour tea with real cherry blossom extract. The limited designed package is also available only this time of the year.
Sales Period: 14 February 2020~
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The Italian bakery run by Starbucks Japan, Princi is offering a spring-limited menu inspired by cherry blossoms including salad, pastry and dessert. The items are exclusively available at Princi Daikanyama T-SITE, Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Starbucks Reserve® Store Ginza Marronnier-dori for limited time.
Sales Period: 15 February 2020~
Gianchetti and Sakura 800 yen
Sakura Maritozzo 540 yen
Mini Sakura Panettone 680 yen
Sakura Cornetti 380 yen
The popular Japanese hair care brand, BOTANIST’s flagship store is located in Omotesando/Harajuku area in Tokyo, and the store has a cafe on the 2nd floor. Various healthy and tasty food and drinks are served at the cafe.
The spring-limited menu will be available from February with Sakura inspired dishes and drinks including burger, pasta, smoothie and more.
Release date: 1 February~12 April 2020
SPRING BURGER 1,430 yen
SPRING CARBONARA 1,330 yen
SPRING HOT CHOCOLATE & ICED CHOCOLATE 800 yen (Spring Hot SPRING SMOOTHIE 720 yen
The New York based burger chain, Shake Shack has over 10 branches in Japan including Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. The shop offers two spring season limited shakes at their stores in Japan.
Shack-ura Shake Sakura will be available from 20 January to 29 February, followed by Shack-ura Shake Cherry & Sakura from 1 to 31 March, both are served with limited-edition cherry blossom cups.
Store Locator: https://www.shakeshack.jp/locations
Sales Period: 20 January to 29 February 2020 (Sakura flavour), 1 to 31 March 2020 (Cherry and Sakura flavour)
Price: 540 yen (small),710 yen (regular)
Q-pot CAFE.’s main branch in Omotesando, Tokyo offers a variety of Sakura-themed food and drinks during spring. The creative and Insta-worthy pink dishes, desserts and drinks includes Sakura Romantic Par Fait, Mt Blanc Plate and Afternoon Tea Set.
Sales Period: 1 March to 26 April 2020
-Grand Hyatt Tokyo
An award-winning luxury hotel, Grand Hyatt Tokyo offers a delightful dessert buffet with cherry blossom inspired items only for limited time.
Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea Buffet offers over 10 kinds of desserts and 6 kinds of savory bites served with strawberries and cherry blossoms. Not only they are tasty but these pink desserts are absolutely beautiful and photo-worthy.
Sales Period: 16 March to 30 April 2020 (15:00~17:00)
Price: 3,800 yen (weekdays), 4,200 yen (weekends)
The limited-time cherry blossom dish “Sakura Picnic Box” will also be available at The Oak Door at 6F of the hotel. The lunch box includes the Sakura inspired burger with pink buns, colourful vegetable sticks, cherry blossom flavoured dessert and a bottle of champagne.
Sales Period: 1 March to 30 April 2020 (11:30~14:30)
Price: 5,500 yen per person
-The Strings Omotesando
The elegant and springlike Strawberry and Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea will be served at Cafe & Dining ZelkovA on 1F of The Strings Omotesando. The afternoon tea set includes delightful 10 kinds of savory and sweet bites with spring themes and seasonal ingredients such as strawberry, cherry blossoms, and matcha.
Sales Period: 3 March to 21 April 2020 (11:30~18:00 (11:00~ on weekends & holiday)
Price: 3,900 yen + 12 % service fee
Thanks for reading! I hope you have enjoyed my list of the best Sakura food and drinks in Japan in 2020 spring! Let’s enjoy cherry blossoms not only by viewing but also tasting its delightful flavours available only this time of the year!
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