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Right in Season! Top 10 Spring Strawberry Fairs of 2017 Held in Japan Now

Image of spring in Japan brings cherry blossoms to our minds, and if it comes to spring fruits, it is strawberries without doubt. Every year in Japan from Christmas season to April, various types of strawberries fill the supermarkets and fruit shops.

Taste of Japanese strawberries is highly rated worldwide, and many tourists, particularly from Asia, visit Japan when the season arrives to experience strawberry picking.

And we cannot forget about strawberry fairs where we can enjoy various sweets that utilize strawberry in season. These are popular events held in hotels throughout Japan during this season every year.

This time I am introducing 10 great strawberry fairs being held currently, particularly in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, where you can drop by casually along your sightseeing trips. Please enjoy delicious strawberries in the midst of the season to the fullest!

 

1. Hilton Tokyo (Shinjuku)

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The Strawberry Dessert Buffet held in Marble Lounge of Hilton Tokyo is widely known for the difficulty of obtaining reservations year after year due to its popularity. You can enjoy about 30 kinds of dessert dishes featuring strawberries as much as you like.

This year, in 2017, the Strawberry Dessert Buffet is enormously popular again and unfortunately seats are already fully reserved until the last day of the fair.

However, the same dessert dishes as in the fair are offered continuously at the following restaurants in Hilton Tokyo. If you are interested, how about enjoying dining there and trying the strawberry desserts?

<Restaurants where Strawberry Dessert Buffet is offered>
Marble Lounge: From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Chinese Cuisine “Ocho”: Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Bar & Lounge “Zatta”: From 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM

<Hilton Tokyo (Shinjuku)> Map
Access: 10 minute walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station. If you use Nishi-Shinjuku Station of Subway Marunouchi Line, walk for 2 minutes from C-8 exit. 3 minute walk from Tochomae Station of Subway Oedo Line.
Period: December 26, 2016 through middle of May, 2017.
Event Website

 

2. Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku)

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Finally the season of Sweets Buffet with plenty of ripe strawberries has arrived this year again, held at “Jurin” for all day dining experience in Keio Plaza Hotel.

Also available in March are sweets featuring the sakura (cherry), which are symbolic of announcing the coming of spring in Japan.

<Keio Plaza Hotel (Shinjuku)> Map
Access:  5 minute walk from the west exit of Shinjuku Station (JR, private railways and subways). If you use Tochomae Station of Toei Oedo Line, the hotel appears immediately after you climb up the stairs from B1 exit.
Period:  February 1 through March 31, 2017 from 3:00PM to 5:30 PM
Event Website

 

3. Hilton Tokyo (Odaiba)

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Seascape Terrace Dining has just opened its restaurant on December 31, 2016 in Hilton Tokyo at Odaiba. “Strawberry Forest – Enveloped in the Scent of Strawberries” is currently being held here and enjoying a huge success. Here you can enjoy strawberry desserts in season while overlooking a beautiful garden from spacious large windows.

<Hilton Tokyo (Odaiba)> Map
Access:  The hotel is directly connected to Daiba Station of New Transit Yurikamome. Or walk for 10 minutes from Tokyo Teleport Station of Rinkai Line.
Period:  December 31 2016 through April 30, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Guest stay is limited to 90 minutes each.
Event Website

 

4. Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers (Kanagawa)

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Shuji Muto has worked as an executive pastry chef at various famous hotels, and he was appointed the pastry chef of Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers in May 2016. Here he produces “Afternoon Sweets Buffet – Strawberry Fair” for the first time.

In particular, crepe suzette with strawberry ice cream and marinated Amao (a brand of strawberry) among the choice on menu is highly recommended. An outstanding pastry chef brings the best quality strawberry sweets for you.

<Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers> Map
Access:  1 minute walk from the west exit of Yokohama Station (JR, private railways and subways).
Period:  January 10 through May 7, 2017, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Event Website

 

5. Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa (Kanagawa)

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“Strawberry Moment Dessert Buffet” is currently ongoing and very popular again this year. This dessert buffet utilizes colorful dishes and strawberry themed goods and decorations that allow you to take great eye-catching pictures for SNS. Please take photos of the most delicious looking pretty desserts that you would like to share. Of course great taste is guaranteed, not just the great looks!

<Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa> Map
Access:  From JR Odawara Station (west exit) or Nebukawa Station of Tokaido Main Line. Use the free shuttle bus or taxi.
Period:  December 31 2016 through April 23, 2017, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only. Two periods of 2:30-3:50 PM or 4:00PM-5:20PM are available.
Event Website

 

6. Hotel New Otani Makuhari (Chiba)

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The very popular plan of “Strawberry Picking at the Hotel” has gathered a record 20 thousand visitors last year. Not only do they offer many attractive strawberry dessert dishes, but also they offer three kinds of fresh strawberries that you can enjoy as they are.

Due to the great success, the period has been extended to include the golden week holidays in May. Don’t miss this opportunity!

<Hotel New Otani Makuhari (Chiba)> Map
Access:  5 minute walk from the south exit of JR Kaihinmakuhari Station. Or use Keisei bus for Kaihinmakuhari from the south exit of Makuharihongo Station for 10 minutes and get off at Kaihinmakuhari stop. Walk for 5 minutes. Or ride on a bus for Makuhari Messe for 12 minutes, get off at Makuhari Messe east entrance, and walk for 1 minute.

Period: 
Lunch is offered from January 6 through May 7, starting at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM for 90 minutes each.
Dinner is available every Saturday in March and April in addition to March 19, April 28, April 30 and May 2 through May6, between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM or 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM. Guest stay is limited to 90 minutes each.

On March 31, “Premium Friday” or the last Friday of the month, dinner is served between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM, and there is no limit for the length of stay.
Event Website

 

7. The Ritz Carlton, Osaka

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This year the theme of Strawberry Collection, an afternoon buffet, is “fashion”. Chef Oriana Tirabassi has experience as a fashion designer, and she has supervised production of luxurious and gorgeous strawberry sweets to arouse your aesthetic senses.

This year the theme of Strawberry Collection, an afternoon buffet, is “fashion”. Chef Oriana Tirabassi has experience as a fashion designer, and she has supervised production of luxurious and gorgeous strawberry sweets to arouse your aesthetic senses.

<The Ritz Carlton, Osaka> Map
Access: 5 minute walk from the west exit of Hanshin Umeda Station. Or 5 minute walk from the north ticket gate of Nishi-Umeda Station on Subway Yotsubashi Line.
7 minute walk from Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station. 7 minute walk from the west ticket gate of Kitashinchi Station on JR Tozai Line.
Period:  January 5 through May 31, 2017 between 2:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Guest stay is limited to 90 minutes each. And February 3 through May 31, 2017 between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM. Guest stay is limited to 120 minutes each.
Event Website

 

8. Grand Prince Hotel (Kyoto)

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Strawberry Sweets Buffet is very popular every year, and the pastry chef perfected many sweets to fine detail, using stringently selected special strawberries. You can enjoy the best strawberry sweets that use seasonal strawberries in luxurious abundance as much as you like.

In addition this fair comes with playfulness, too!
When you are seated at the table, a cupcake is first served. Try testing your luck with it.
Every time a prize is hidden for one person only. When you find a hit, you will receive a gift of a special dessert decorated with candy prepared by the pastry chef. Please look forward to it!

I’d recommend visiting this restaurant with an empty stomach as the menu is packed with great food other than sweets, too.

<Grand Prince Hotel, Kyoto> Map
Access:  Take subway from JR Kyoto Station to Kokusaikaikan Station and walk for 7 minutes. If you take 4-2 exit, the hotel is 3 minutes away.
Period:  February 1 through March 31, 2017, at 12:00-1:30 PM, 2:00-3:30 PM, or 4:00-5:30 PM.
Event Website

 

9. Kyoto Century Hotel

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The keyword of “Super Strawberry Fair” in 2017 is “princess”. Sweet strawberries, lovely strawberries or cute strawberries, they have all transformed into glamorous dessert like princesses, waiting for the coming of spring. How about trying strawberry sweets here that are different and one notch above what you’ve experienced already?

All the strawberry sweets served here are made with “Amao” brand strawberries. They have an exquisite balance of sweetness and tartness and its taste captivates many people. Please enjoy!

<Kyoto Century Hotel> Map
Access:  2 minute walk from the central ticket gate of JR Kyoto Station.
Period:  January 27 through April 30, 2017 between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM.
Event Website

 

10. Biwako Hotel (Shiga Prefecture)

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The sweets buffet at Biwako Hotel has been reborn. This fair is its first part and many sweets will welcome you, featuring plenty of the themed fruit, strawberries. Type of strawberry used here is an exclusively a premier brand called Akihime, all ordered and transported from Shizuoka Prefecture. Its characteristics are a hint of tartness and tender sweetness.

In addition, sweets are aimed to be low-calorie, low-fat, and low-carbohydrate. A particularly notable example is “Tiratis”, which is served when you get seated, and it is made from soy milk. Delicious sweets which are also healthy, what more can you ask for?

<Biwako Hotel> Map
Access:  5 minute walk from Keihan Hamaotsu Station. Or 5 minutes by shuttle bus from JR Otsu Station.
Period:  January 14 through April 30, 2017 between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Guest stay is limited to 90 minutes. Reservations to be made by 3:00 PM on the day before.
Event Website

 

If you have heard rumors of Japanese strawberries but not tried them yet, I suggest you pick an event from what’s introduced this time.

I hope you will take this opportunity and join us as a fan of Japanese strawberries!

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Azuki

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Favorite genres are various aspects of Japanese otaku culture. Having been away from Japan for some time, there are many scenes where Azuki realizes the differences between international culture and Japanese culture. Through her own experience and knowledge, she hopes to deliver useful information to the international community who are interested in Japan.

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