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  2. The Tokyo Edition Festive Celebration Afternoon Tea
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Best afternoon tea in Tokyo to treat yourself

Sip on afternoon tea Tokyo-style at these hotels and restaurants, complete with scones, desserts and seasonal pastries

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada
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The old English tradition of afternoon tea is alive and well in Tokyo, where city hotels are constantly trying to outdo each other with ever more luxurious servings. What's more, these indulgent tea sets often come with a Japanese twist, so you can expect an extensive selection with creative cakes, scones, small sandwiches and the like featuring the ingredient of the season.

Go ahead, reserve an afternoon all to yourself and choose from these seasonal afternoon tea options at some of Tokyo's top hotel lounges, cafés and restaurants (these afternoon teas are organised according to price in ascending order).

Note: these restaurants/cafés/shops might close early depending on the current Covid-19 measures imposed by the authorities. Please check with the individual outlets for the latest business hours.

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Autumn afternoon teas

Kirby Café Fountain of Dreams Afternoon Tea
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Kirby Café Fountain of Dreams Afternoon Tea

The adorable Kirby Café is offering a fun afternoon tea set featuring motifs you'll recognise from Kirby games. The top tier of the spread is dedicated to sweets, with a milk pudding jelly, a Kirby macaron, and a couple of strawberry tarts. For savoury bites, move on to the bottom tier, where you can get your fill of croissant sandwiches stuffed with tuna and egg salad, plus a refreshing tomato soup. The afternoon tea also comes with a special Kirby souvenir plate to take home.

When? 2.45pm-7.30pm daily
How much? ¥2,948

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  • Marunouchi

Treat yourself to a delectable dim sum afternoon tea at Yaumay, the modern Chinese bistro brought to Tokyo by famed restaurateur Alan Yau. Look forward to a menu filled with dim sum staples including shui mai, black sesame dumplings, custard bread, turnip cake and mango pudding. The tea set also comes along with fresh seasonal fruit, annin tofu, and San Sebastian cheesecake for dessert. Pair your bites with a high-quality selection of Chinese teas including the Dragon Pearl jasmine tea and fragrant pu'er.

When? 2.30pm-4.30pm (weekdays only)
How much? ¥5,500

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  • Shinjuku

A hybrid brunch and afternoon tea menu, this all-day tea at the Kimpton Shinjuku lets you enjoy a main dish of your choice along with eight kinds of sweets from Pierre Hermé Paris. Start your meal off with a refreshing strawberry salad followed by your choice of pancakes, eggs benedict, grilled chicken or salmon. Sweet treats include Pierre Herme's New York cheesecake, strawberry tarts, choux fraise, roll cake and doughnuts.

When? Mon-Fri 9am-8pm
How much? ¥5,500

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  • Roppongi

This gorgeous afternoon tea at the ANA InterContinental is all about white chocolate sweets adorned with gold, inspired by kintsugi, the traditional Japanese technique which uses gold to fill in cracks and imperfections on ceramics. The afternoon tea is served on a special stand featuring a beautiful kintsugi pattern and highlights 13 types of gateaux made with white chocolate and gold accents as well as four different savoury items. The menu includes a Kintsugi mont blanc, mini chocolate corn with kumquat, passionfruit chocolate corn puffs, and a white chocolate and coconut lamington, just to name a few.

If you prefer to enjoy your afternoon tea at home, the set can be ordered for takeaway (¥3,200) and includes nine sweets and three savoury bites.

When? 11am-5pm daily
How much? ¥6,588

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  • Restaurants
  • Hibiya

Take a culinary journey with The Peninsula Tokyo at this afternoon tea featuring light bites and sweets inspired by Peninsula hotel locations around the world. Served at The Seven Seas Pacific Aviation Lounge, you can learn about Japan's aviation history as you enjoy a vast array of nibbles from 13 Peninsula hotels around the globe including New York, Paris and Hong Kong. Pair your food with a selection of organic teas or upgrade your afternoon with a glass of champagne.

When? Fri, Sat & Sun 2pm, 2.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm
How much? ¥9,867

Festive afternoon teas

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  • Ningyocho

Treat yourself to a yuletide afternoon tea at the Royal Park Hotel this December. The gorgeous tea set comes with an array of Christmas treats including a Bûche de Noël, raspberry cream puffs, a lemon tart, hand-crafted chocolate, and, of course, scones. Savoury bites include a Christmas wreath made of shrimp and avocado, beetroot and chicken terrine with mozzarella cheese, and a sesame-filled hummus tart.

When? 11am-5pm daily
How much? ¥5,445

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  • Shinagawa

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with a joyous afternoon tea set from InterContinental the Strings Tokyo. The playful tea includes strawberry shortcake fashioned into a Christmas candle, macaron Christmas trees decorated with snow crystal, and pistachio mousse crafted into beautiful Christmas ornaments. You'll also get to sample a special fondant chocolate cake made using rare chocolate from South America. Served with vanilla ice cream and a berry sauce, the chocolate cake is the icing on top of this festive afternoon tea.

When? 2pm, 4.30pm daily
How much? ¥5,500

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  • Toranomon

Ring in the holiday season with a festive afternoon tea at the Andaz Tokyo. Served at The Tavern Lounge, the tea features a decadent array of Christmas-themed sweets and savouries including a foie gras mousse served in a reindeer-shaped puff pastry, a snowman made from pearl mozzarella, and a brilliant five-layer Christmas trifle with raspberry crumble, mascarpone mousse and pomegranate vinegar jelly. Don’t miss Andaz Tokyo’s original stollen cake, which is also served during the tea. It’s baked with five kinds of dried fruit and walnuts soaked in rum.

When? 1pm, 3.30pm daily
How much? ¥6,490

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  • Kioicho

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Indulge in this snowy afternoon tea at The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho filled with butterflies and sweets made from glorious white chocolate. The dessert plate includes a mini hazelnut and chestnut bûche, chocolate mille crêpes, salted caramel macarons and snowball cookies. As for savoury bites, dig into a foie gras mille feuille, chestnut and mascarpone tart, and a white fish mousse crêpe roll. Dried fruit and almond scones are accompanied by blueberry cinnamon and orange ginger jams.

When? 11.30am-5pm daily
How much? ¥6,500

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  • Kamiyacho

Celebrate all things merry and bright at The Tokyo Edition with a stunning afternoon tea to get you into the Christmas spirit. Dine on a selection of sweets and savouries, including a poached lobster tart with sweet Kyoto carrot mousse, traditional German stollen, strawberry pistachio panna cotta, and freshly baked white chocolate scones, which pair perfectly with a cup of tea.

When? 12noon-5pm daily
How much? ¥8,300, ¥11,900 with a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

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  • Otemachi

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Four Seasons Otemachi. Executive Pastry Chef  Yusuke Aoki has concocted a spread of exquisite holiday treats including stollen, cassis jure, and opera cake, which are all served during the festive afternoon tea. Savoury bites include salmon and cucumber tartare with caviar and chicken sandwiches dusted in truffles and gold leaf. The stollen can also be ordered for takeaway, along with a number of other Christmas sweets including chocolate bars and Christmas cakes.

When? 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm daily
How much? ¥9,800

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