Cherry Blossom Season Japan 2019
A cherished tradition throughout Japan, the arrival of cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of the spring season. Currently, in Tokyo, cherry blossom season is in full swing!
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is offering a bouquet of special culinary experiences to celebrate Hanami, the viewing of Sakura, with a wealth of specially crafted delicacies featuring ruby chocolate – a new type of chocolate launched to the world by Callebaut in 2017 which boasts a naturally pink hue and fresh berry-like flavor. Since its introduction, ruby chocolate has gained popularity in Japan but is not yet widely available in North America.
For those who wish to enjoy sweet indulgences while under the blooming canopy of a cherry tree, The Boutique by Shangri-La offers a variety of items to take away and enjoy as a picnic, including ruby chocolates and bonbons. The hotel has also created a Sakura Afternoon Tea and ice cream cupcakes to be enjoyed in the elegance of the Lobby Lounge.
The Boutique by Shangri-La
These charming ruby chocolate bonbons shaped like flower petals are a delight for the senses. The gradations of pink draw the eye, the raspberry ganache accents entice with a faint aroma of Sakura, and the velvety smooth chocolate makes for the perfect finish.
Available from March 15 – April 15, 2019
JPY2,200 (about USD18) (Three-piece set; consumption tax included)
Shangri-La Original Japanese Confectionery by KITAYA Rokunin-shu
In a special collaboration with famed wagashi house Kitaya Rokunin-shu, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is proud to offer a set of three original Japanese confectioneries. “The Sakuranbo” is charmingly shaped like a pair of cherries made from sweet bean paste delicately infused with cherries. The pastel pink “Hanafubuki” is wrapped around a core of pistachio bean paste, the fragrant nuts providing a superb compliment to the sweetness of the beans. The green “Wakasa” features a blend of walnuts and other nuts enfolded in a matcha-flavored bean paste, while pink nerikiri accents dance on the surface like flower petals caught in the wind.
Available March 1 – April 15, 2019
JPY2,800 (about USD25) (Three-piece set; consumption tax included)
Sakura Ruby Chocolate
The Shangri-La’s unique chocolate bar is inspired by a flower box, with a bed of naturally pink ruby chocolate decorated with sprays of strawberries, cherry blossoms, raspberries, and pistachio nuts. The juicy flavor of the berries is followed by the more subtle flavor of sakura, creating a depth reminiscent of cherries in full bloom. A touch of saltiness combined with the fruity sweetness of the ruby chocolate create a treat embodying the vibrancy of spring.
Available March 1 – April 15, 2019
JPY2,800 (about USD25) (Consumption tax included)
The hotel chefs have prepared two special cupcakes for this spring season: a sakura cupcake nicely pairs the acidity of raspberries with mild cheese cream and a matcha cupcake showcases the divine Japanese marriage of rich green tea cream and sweet red bean paste. With lovely sakura petals as accents, these make for a perfect spring dessert.
Available March 15 – April 15, 2019
JPY680 (about USD6) per piece (Sakura or Matcha Green Tea flavor; consumption tax included)
The Lobby Lounge
Sakura Afternoon Tea
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo brings the blossom viewing right to the table with an afternoon tea set bursting with sakura’s iconic pink hue. For the sweets, perennially popular fresh strawberry and sakura confections are joined by the newly developed ruby chocolate that has captured hearts across Japan, while the savory menu features an abundance of luscious seasonal ingredients like cherry salmon and sakura shrimp.
Offered March 1 – April 30, 2019
JPY4,800 (about USD44) per person
Ice Cream Cupcakes
In the warmth of the spring sun, these cooling bites of ice cream offer perfect refreshment. Diners can choose from cream cheese-accented strawberry with the aroma of cherry blossoms or the quintessentially Japanese marriage of matcha green tea and adzuki sweet beans.
Available March 1 – April 30, 2019
JPY1,200 per piece (about USD11)
Capture the splendor of Japan’s sakura before it’s too late! Tokyo Cherry Blossom season runs from late March to mid-April or even early May. Check hotel reviews and rates for the Shangri-La, Tokyo
The 200-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo opened on 2 March 2009 as Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first property in Japan. The hotel occupies the top 11 floors of the 37-floor, mixed-use Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building located adjacent and with direct access to Tokyo Station, which serves as the terminus of the Shinkansen bullet train network that extends nationwide, as well as the city’s railway hub that connects local train and subway lines with regional services.
The hotel’s dining facilities include Piacere, a signature Italian restaurant, and its cocktail offshoot – L’Aperitivo Bar; Nadaman, which serves authentic Japanese kaiseki cuisine; and The Lobby Lounge.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La features ancient Chinese healing therapies and is the first CHI spa to open in Japan.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo was named “The World’s Best Hotel in the World” at the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards and earned the top spot in Institutional Investor’s the World’s Best Hotels of 2013. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo was named a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel in 2018, and No. 1 hotel in Japan in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Awards, most recently.