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Best cherry blossom desserts and drinks

Here are the tastiest, most beautiful sakura sweets in Tokyo right now

By Kaila Imada and Kasey Furutani
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The official first day of spring isn't until March 20, but that doesn't stop the influx of sakura-inspired sweets that starts as early as February. These pastel pink cherry blossom-flavoured desserts and drinks make for perfect Instagram fodder. With hanami season just around the corner (the 2021 forecast predicts Tokyo will see cherry blossoms in mid-March), we've rounded up some of the best seasonal sakura treats to indulge in while waiting for the weather to warm up. 

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Shiseido Parlour sakura cheesecake

This seasonal treat from Shiseido Parlour features thick Danish cream cheese mixed with a fragrant cherry blossom paste to give the cheesecake just the right amount of sakura flavour. Instead of one large cake, the cheesecake is made into bite-sized portions and packed in appropriately pink sakura-themed boxes. The little cheesecakes are currently available both in-store and online. ¥999 for three cheesecake bites

Toraya Akasaka
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Toraya sakura mochi

An annual classic, the elegant sakura mochi from wagashi specialist Toraya is always a winner. The traditional Japanese sweet features red bean paste wrapped with a thin layer of pink mochi and then covered with a salted sakura leaf. It’s available in stores from February 25; check the official website for more details. ¥411 each

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Mister Donut Sakura and Matcha collection
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Mister Donut Sakura and Matcha collection

This spring Mister Donut is teaming up with a 160-year-old grean tea company from Kyoto to release a set of five new doughnuts. The sweet collab with Gion Tsujiri features pink sakura-flavoured doughnuts highlighted with vibrant green matcha embellishments. Other toppings include whipped cream and chocolate and some doughnuts even come with a special warabimochi jelly tucked into the centre. The limited-time collaboration is available until mid-April at Mister Donut locations nationwide. Doughnuts from ¥194

Patisserie Kihachi
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Sakura Mont Blanc

Creamy chestnut mont blancs are a fan favourite in Japan, but have you ever seen one with a sakura twist? This seasonal special at Patisserie Kihachi features a streusel-like base accented with bits of sakura leaf and topped with a shiro an (white bean) milk mousse, plus plum and strawberry jelly. It’s available from February 24 to April 20. ¥605 each

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Sakura baumkuchen
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Sakura baumkuchen

This decadent German cake is a popular dessert in Japan and features layers and layers of cake spun into a pretty ring. For a twist on the classic, Nenrinya has created a sakura-flavoured baumkuchen crafted into a wave-like shape resembling mountain ranges. The cake is sold online and at Nenrinya stores around Japan. ¥756 per cake

Royce sakura fromage
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Sakura Fromage Royce nama chocolates

Hokkaido’s Royce is world-renowned for its melt-in-your-mouth nama (raw) chocolate. This season, the popular treat is getting a spring twist with a seasonal sakura fromage flavour. The pink nama chocolates are made with white chocolate and accented with cream cheese, strawberry liqueur and sakura. The chocolates can be purchased online. ¥778 for a box of 20

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Taco Fanatico sakura tacos
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Taco Fanatico sakura tacos

Tacos for dessert? Yes, you read that right. Available at Taco Fanatico, this sweet taco features a sakura an (sweet bean) paste and matcha tiramisu cream wrapped up in a soft tortilla. Another bonus is that the restaurant is located alongside the Meguro River, giving you prime hanami views once the flowers are in bloom. The tacos will be available from March 1 and can also be ordered for takeout. ¥330 each

Pablo Mini sakura mochi cheese tart
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Pablo Mini sakura mochi cheese tart

Pablo’s famous cheese tart is getting a spring twist this season with a special sakura mochi topping. A layer of gyuhi (soft mochi) is placed on the cheese tart and is then topped with a swirl of pink sakura an (sweet bean) paste. To finish it off, the tart is sprinkled with sakura leaves from Izu in Shizuoka prefecture. Available from March 1 to April 30 at all Pablo Mini stores in Japan. ¥300 each

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Cherry blossom honey
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Cherry blossom honey

Sweeten up your day with this special cherry blossom honey that's made by honeybees who collect nectar from sakura blossoms during the short time they bloom. The honey has a fragrant and refreshing taste that includes the mellow scent of cherry blossoms. It pairs well with yogurt, toast, ice cream or mixed into your daily cup of tea. Hacci cherry blossom honey can be purchased online. ¥2,106 per 95g jar

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Sakura cocktails Four Seasons Otemachi
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Hanami cocktails at Virtu

Sip on a springtime cocktail at Virtu inside the Four Seasons Otemachi. The cocktail lounge is serving a collection of sakura-inspired drinks, so you can have your pick from a sakura mojito, a sakura and grapefruit margarita, a sakura martini, or a hanami spritz. The bar is also offering two mocktails, both made with fragrant sakura syrup. Cocktails starting at ¥2,500, mocktails ¥1,500

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Sakura soda and cream soda

This spring, the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is serving up special sodas, all featuring the flower of the season. Sip on a sakura soda or a sakura cream soda made with salted cherry blossom flowers. You’ll also be able to see the sakura flowers themselves at the café, as branches of cherry blossoms will be on display until the end of March. ¥880 per drink

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