Filipino tourists enjoying the cherry blossom season in Japan can make the most of their experience by enjoying sweet treats, joining viewing parties, and shopping for souvenirs—all featuring the iconic flower of Japan.
They can check out the services of Tobu Railway, which has identified special shopping and dining offers happening until April in Tokyo prefectures near the railways.
Happening at Tokyo Solamachi until April 9 is the Sakura Gourmet Fair featuring sweets made with cherry blossom.
Visit Nana’s Green Tea to taste a latte specially prepared with cherry blossom bean paste and warm milk, and includes slightly-sweet rice-flour dumplings. It is best paired with a spring-colored roll cake with a cherry blossom fragrance and wrapped with mochi, decorated with a cherry blossom and sprinkled with gold leaves.
Over at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, try a cherry blossom mochi crepe brulee served in a waffle cone. This caramelized crepe is topped with cherry blossom bean paste, cherry blossom ice cream, and strawberries.
After experiencing these delicacies, head on over to Tokyo's famous Sumida Park. Selected as one of the best 100 places for cherry blossoms, it allows guests to enjoy sweets while relaxing and viewing the cherry blossoms.
At the Tobu Department Store located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, visitors can indulge in cherry blossom sweets on the spot or purchase them for souvenirs.
Ginza Akebono is selling limited edition "Okaki," thinly sliced mochi baked in the shapes of cherry blossoms, butterflies and plum blossoms. Each package has cherry blossom motif and includes sakura-shaped okaki sprinkled with sugar crunch and an assortment of rice-flavored crips allowing people to enjoy a taste of spring. This is available until April 14.
Available at Kagurazakasaryo in early April is cherry blossom doramisu, cherry blossom flavored tiramisu cream sandwiched by bean-paste pancakes mixed with cherry blossom syrup. Outstanding together with green tea ice cream or crispy tuile baked wafers.
Limited edition 'Okaki,' thinly sliced mochi baked in the shapes of cherry blossoms, butterflies and plum blossoms. Tobu Railway/Released
Tobu Railway is a major railway covering the Kanto area, spreading out mainly in Tokyo. The railway line connects many charming sightseeing spots crowded throughout the year, including the world's tallest tower Tokyo Skytree, the world heritage location Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which recently finished repair work lasting about four years on its newly revitalized Yomeimon Gate, and Kawagoe, an area where classic warehouses built in the kura style still remain to this day.