The best sakura sweets

Our picks of the prettiest, tastiest and most hanami-appropriate of them all

By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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Spring in Tokyo is not just signalled by the sprouting of blossoms – rather, it's when every single shop in the vicinity starts selling sakura-inspired items. Usually pink and invariably with a petal-shaped design hiding somewhere, the cherry blossom-flavoured sweets and drinks, make for perfect Insta-fodder and are ideal presents as well. With hanami season around the corner, we've rounded up some of the best seasonal snacks to munch on while waiting for milder temperatures to hit our city.


Chomeiji Sakuramochi


This Mukojima store was founded in 1717 by the father of sakuramochi – a pink rice cake (mochi) with a sweet red bean paste centre, all wrapped in a pickled cherry blossom leaf. Peel off the leaf to take in the sakura aroma, and then eat the mochi with the leaf for the perfect combo of sweet and salty. Ideal for hanami by the Sumida River...