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Cherry Blossoms and the Sea of Clouds! Spring at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Cherry blossom season might be the most anticipated time of the year in Japan. As the weather gets warmer, the bare, leafless branches of the trees get fully covered in delicate blooms, creating a surreal scenery that fills us with wonder and awe.
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is one of the prime places to admire and celebrate cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Chinzanso Garden is home to around 100 cherry trees of 20 variations; this makes it possible for visitors to enjoy the blooms from around mid-February until April. Moreover, the hotel offers sakura-themed events and special menus from March 8 until April 11, 2021, which allows patrons to celebrate cherry blossoms through all senses. This year, the beauty of the blooms is enhanced by the mesmerizing sea of clouds and the 10,000 that adorn the garden. For a truly unforgettable cherry blossom season, visit Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo in spring!
Cherry Blossom Season Lasts Two Months! Chinzanso Garden Highlights in Spring
At Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, spring starts as early as February, when the Kawazu-zakura cherry tree variation goes in bloom. These vivid pink flowers with large petals are a sign that spring is just around the corner. They are followed in early March by Okame Sakura, whose flowers are small with almost transparent, pink petals, and Yoko-zakura, which have large blooms with deep pink hues.
The star of the season is the Somei Yoshino variation, whose blooms are light pink, very delicate, but also infamously short-lived. The Somei Yoshino trees in Chinzanso Garden bloom at the same time as the row of cherry trees lining Kanda River, one of the most famous places to view the sakura in Tokyo. After walking along the river through a tunnel of blooms, climb the stone steps of the hill in Chinzanso Garden to enjoy the view of the cherry trees in full bloom with the six-century-old Three-Story Pagoda in the background. The cherry blossoms are lit up at night, creating a dreamlike scenery in which history and the present overlap.
After the Somei Yoshino blooms, look forward to the Yaezakura variation with its two-fold, gorgeous blooms that grace the garden until mid-April. In other words, visit Chinzanso Garden anytime between mid-February and mid-April, and you can enjoy the view of sakura blooms! Visitors can pick up a map of all the cherry trees in Chinzanso Garden at the lobby of the hotel.
What makes this year’s cherry blossom season even more anticipated than usual is the Tokyo Sea of Clouds, introduced as a feature of the garden in October 2020. The veil of mist released several times a day and the 10,000 lights that give the garden a magical atmosphere at night enhance the beauty of the cherry blossoms. For photography lovers, this is a chance to take pictures of a breathtaking scenery that can rarely be spotted elsewhere. Of course, staying at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo allows you to enjoy the blossoms at leisure both during the day and at night, but visiting one of the hotel restaurants for lunch or dinner is also a great way of relishing the highlights of Chinzanso Garden.
A Feast for the Eyes and the Palate! Sakura-Inspired Menus
Celebrating the seasons through flavors and festivals is a distinctive feature of Japanese culture. It is considered auspicious and elegant to enjoy seasonal flavors and motifs that reflect the natural scenery outside. In this way, the sakura season at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a feast for all senses.
The dining facilities within the hotel offer special cherry blossom-inspired menus from March 8 until April 11, 2021. All the delicate and extremely appetizing dishes are made using flavorful spring ingredients and are designed with seasonal motifs that bring the vibrant spring colors to the table.
For a truly special, celebratory Japanese meal, consider dining at Ryotei Kinsui, where you’ll be served by hospitable staff dressed in kimono.
The Japanese restaurant Miyuki offers festive lunch and dinner menus made with spring ingredients such as sea bream, cherry blossom-flavored udon noodles, and wakame seaweed.
The Italian restaurant Il Teatro offers dishes that recreate the image of the sea of clouds and the cherry blossoms through seasonal ingredients, while the casual dining restaurant The Bistro delights patrons with a menu inspired by the fragrances and colors of spring. The main bar of the Hotel, Le Marquis, offers a series of stylish, sakura-flavored cocktails during this season.
Last but not least, at the lobby lounge Le Jardin, visitors can enjoy a luxurious spring afternoon tea menu full of delicious confections made with fragrant berries until March 17. From March 18 until April 11, Le Jardin offers its famous Sakura Afternoon Tea, with seasonal sweets and savory items such as cherry blossom salt lemon jelly, cherry blossom sables, and cherry blossom Mont Blanc.
Special Events! Sakura Lunch and Sakura Dinner Selection
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo holds a series of cherry blossom-themed lunch and dinner events at the Banquet Hall between March 8 and April 11. They provide an excellent chance to enjoy exquisite dishes along with a stroll through the garden.
The Sakura Lunch is a festive French cuisine course consisting of appetizers, main dishes, and dessert. A beverage, alcoholic or nonalcoholic, is included. The flavors and the colors of this menu reflect the bright, majestic atmosphere of spring. This lunch menu can be enjoyed from 11:00 to 12:30 or from 13:00 to 14:30 on specific days (*1) during the cherry blossom season, and the participation fee for an adult is 6,500 yen.
The Tokyo Sea of Clouds and Sakura Dinner Selection consists of delightful dishes representing spring at its height. Risotto cooked in a Grana Padano cheese vessel, roast beef, and sushi — these are just some of the menu highlights. A wide range of drinks, from sparkling cocktails and wines to whisky, shochu distilled alcohol, and soft drinks can be enjoyed freely. Patrons are welcome to enjoy a walk in the garden before or after dinner and take in the views of the cherry blossoms and the sea of clouds illuminated in the evening. The Sakura Dinner Selection can be enjoyed in the 18:00 – 20:00 or 19:00 – 21:00 intervals, and the participation fee for an adult is 10,000 yen on weekdays and 11,000 yen on weekends.
Both the Sakura Lunch and Sakura Dinner Selection require prior reservation by phone at 03-3943-1140.
*1 Please note that the events will be held only on certain days between March 8 and April 11, 2021. Check the date of your preference when making your reservation.
A Spring-Themed Treatment at YU, THE SPA
YU, THE SPA, the excellent spa facility at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, has launched a spring-themed “Happiness” body treatment. This 60-minute head-to-toe treatment uses aroma oils with flower fragrances that bestow a sense of deep relaxation. A blissful treatment complemented by a leisurely walk under the cherry trees in full bloom at Chinzanso Garden is the perfect way to prepare for the change of seasons.
Cherry Blossom-Inspired Sweets at the Hotel Shop
The sweets lineup available at the shop of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo features three new limited-time items until April 11. The delicate Meringue Chantilly was inspired by the image of cherry blossoms and the sea of clouds. The second confection is a contemporary take on Sakura-mochi, traditional Japanese glutinous rice cakes wrapped in sakura leaves.
The Cherry Blossom Mont Blanc is made with sakura-flavored cream combined with strawberries and matcha green tea cream.
These sweets are ideal as souvenirs of your visit at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo during the cherry blossom season, but also make great gifts to family and friends.
A Gorgeous Season! Welcome Spring at Chinzanso Garden
Thanks to its splendid garden, home to over 20 varieties of sakura trees, and its location by the Kanda River, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is the best place to relish the beauty of the cherry blossoms.
Chinzanso Garden, with its century-old monuments and lush scenery, is a place where you can connect with nature in Tokyo. We recommend staying at the hotel in order to enjoy the seasonal views, events, and features introduced above at leisure and turn this spring into a truly unforgettable memory.