We have officially entered my favourite season of the year — SPRING! Whenever I travel to Japan during the spring season (March to May), one of the many mandatory activities in my itinerary is Hanami or cherry blossom viewing.
My first Hanami experience was the most memorable because it was the first time I came across the sakura-flavoured soft serve. Anything sakura-flavoured intrigues me and I just got to try it. I hope that after reaching the end of this page you would run to the closest Japanese snack store when you can and grab yourself one of these must-try sakura-flavoured snacks.
Sakura-flavoured soft serve
Before I had my first scoop of the sakura-flavoured soft-serve, I was sceptical as I did not know what to expect, but after having some, my tastebuds were dancing with delight. If I had to put it into words, sakura flavour has a subtle sweet flowery taste with a slight hint of cherries. You can get yours at one of the best places for Hanami — the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Sakura-flavoured chiffon cake and doughnut from Starbucks
Starbucks Japan releases limited edition and seasonal food and drinks all year round. But arguably, the most awaited one is their spring menu which features a selection of sakura-flavoured treats. This year, they've released sakura-flavoured chiffon cake and doughnut — a delectable combo for sweet-toothed individuals.
If it's your first time in Tokyo, I would recommend visiting the Starbucks in Shibuya which has a view of the iconic Shibuya Crossing. Enjoy a drink while you immerse yourself in the beauty of Tokyo's buzziest neighbourhood.