Here in Japan, with the official start of spring just around the corner, many people's thoughts are turning to cherry blossoms.

In Osaka, the beautiful pink sakura flowers are forecast to bloom in the week between March 25th and April 1st, so anticipation is high. If you happen to be visiting Osaka any time between February 27th and May 31st, you can have an advance taste of sakura in a very stylish way if you visit the Hankyu International Hotel.

Sakura Parfait

At the Parterre Tea Lounge on the second floor, Hankyu International Hotel is offering a very special sakura parfait sure to delight your senses and put you in a good mood.

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Featuring very spring-like ingredients such as sakura ice cream, cherries and sakura gelee, this parfait strikes just the right balance between sweetness and freshness. Break the meringue layer and sprinkle caramel chips to enhance the textures.

  • Name: Sakura Parfait
  • Price: 2,000 JPY
  • Location: Parterre Tea Lounge, 2nd floor, Hankyu International Hotel
  • Hours: 10:30- Last order: 19:00
  • Tel (direct): 06-6377-3631

Sakura Cocktail

On the other hand, if you prefer your sakura sipped and savored in a cocktail, stroll over to the Ceres Bar (also on the 2nd floor) and try this elegant sakura cocktail:

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Made with a base of white wine and lightly sweet sakura liqueur, this cocktail also features orange liqueur and an accent of strawberry syrup to create just the right sakura color. The cocktail is made very special with the addition of Belvedere vodka.

  • Name: Sakura Cocktail
  • Price: 1,900 JPY
  • Location: Ceres Bar, 2nd floor, Hankyu International Hotel
  • Hours: 17:30- Last order: 23:45 (22:45 on holidays)
  • Tel (direct): 06-6377-3630

Hankyu Hotel International

  • Address (JP): 〒530-0013 大阪府大阪市北区茶屋町19-19
  • Address (EN): 19-19 Chayamachi Kita Ward Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 530-0013
  • Tel: 06-6377-2100
  • Website: Hankyu Hotel International

By - Ben K.