Each spring in Japan, the arrival of sakura (cherry blossoms) is celebrated like no other natural phenomenon in the country. The short-lived beauty of the sakura flower captures the nation’s heart and spirit as early as February, when weather forecasters begin reporting on the northward progress of the blossom front. Picnic plans are hatched as the best blossom-viewing hanami (flower viewing) spots are reviewed and special foods, sweets and drinks featuring the delicate flower and its fruit appear on menus nationwide.
From March 22 to April 1, 2018, the first phase of magnificent décor will adorn The Peninsula Tokyo. Hundreds of three-meter high cherry tree boughs will transform the lobby into the city’s earliest hanami destination, enabling springtime revelers to have a head start on the festivities.
During the second phase, which takes place from April 2 to April 14, the spectacular blooms will be displayed at the hotel main entrance, where guests will be greeted by our iconic pages.
One of hotel’s most popular offerings is the colorful Sakura Afternoon Tea, priced at JPY 5,000 per person. Available daily at The Lobby between March 1 and April 15 from 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm, with a glass of Deutz Sakura Rosé Champagne, the afternoon tea is presented on a charming silver tree stand and features savory seasonal finger foods and sakura-inspired sweets, including Sakura strawberry lamington, Cherry biscuit choux, Lemon blueberry tartlet, Sakura jelly panna cotta, Savory croque-madame and Smoked salmon sandwich. Homemade Sakura scones are accented with salted cherry petals, adding a subtle tang to the scones. Diners may pair their afternoon tea with a selection of 20 teas, all the while taking in the magical floral arrangements and listening to live music from the balcony.
The Lobby also offers a limited Sakura prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner from March 19 to April 15, featuring Sakura seabream and snow crab carpaccio, Roasted Canadian duck breast or
Basil-seafood tagliatelle as the main dishes and an Australian dessert of Lamington with strawberry and sakura jam to complete the meal.
On weekdays between March 18 and April 15 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, The Peninsula Boutique & Café will offer the Hanami Picnic Set (JPY 7,000 for two) complete with cold cuts, a colorful shrimp salad with red wine dressing, sandwiches, a dessert, fresh fruit and a bottle of sparkling rosé wine, making it the ideal take-away for an hanami picnic at key cherry blossom viewing spots such as Hibiya Park, Chidorigafuchi, the Imperial Palace East Gardens, Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoenmae Park and more. Reservations for the Hanami Picnic Set are required and are accepted up to three days in advance. Additionally, The Boutique will be filled with sakura sweets during this period, with sakura chocolates featuring griottine Illanka bonbons, a decadent truffle box, and an elegant chocolate bar crafted with marshmallow and topped with pink crystallized macadamia and sakura flowers. To further satisfy sweet-toothed guests, the skilled pastry team led by Chef Pascal Cialdella will craft fresh desserts including a Sakura strawberry lamington and panna cotta with berries. Freshly baked treats are also available, including Japanese favorite anpan (red bean paste bread), scones, and a Danish with sakura bean paste. An Ohanami Campagne bread with dried cherry and sakura is also available, perfect to bring along and share at a fun gathering under the glorious cherry blossom trees.