Japan is big on seasonal eating, especially when it comes to fresh produce. If you're a strawberry fan, the best time to pick them here is usually from the January to March timeframe, and a number of strawberry-themed events also take place for fruit lovers to enjoy.
This guide covers some of the strawberry high tea events you can enjoy during the 2021/2022 season.
Strawberry and Pistachio Afternoon Tea
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between January 8th - April 30th 2022, ¥ 5,500 per head
The Westin Tokyo combines both strawberries and pistachios in their high tea event, with goodies on offer including strawberry and pistachio Mont Blancs, strawberry and pistachio trifle, and pistachio macarons. There are even themed drinks available, such as strawberry tea and pistachio white chocolate. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel's Lobby Lounge by phone on 03-5423-7287.
Strawberry Sweets Buffet
From December 28, 2021 (Tuesday) - February 28, 2022 (Monday), weekdays ¥ 5,200 per head, weekends ¥ 5,800 per head
Commencing in late December, the Hilton Tokyo's Strawberry Sweets Buffet is perfect for sweet-toothed visitors – the event includes a whopping 30 types of strawberry-based desserts. Even the savory dishes incorporate strawberries in innovative ways, including soups served with strawberry croutons, and a Coq au Vin stewed in strawberries and red wine. Reservations can be made on the Hilton Tokyo website.
"Bee My Honey" Strawberry Afternoon Tea
From December 27, 2021 (Monday) - February 28, 2022 (Monday), ¥ 6,500 per head
If in-season strawberries weren't sweet enough, the Bee My Honey afternoon tea event at the Conrad Tokyo adds honey into the mix. Adorably presented chocolate brownies topped with a honey 'jar', a honeycomb-topped Graham cracker tart filled with strawberry and lemon mousse, and strawberry, honey and passion fruit jellies are just some of the delicious desserts on offer. Reservations can be made on the Conrad Tokyo website.
Strawberry Dessert Buffet
From December 31, 2021 (Friday) - May 8, 2022 (Sunday) 2022, ¥ 4,900 per head
Hilton Nagoya's Strawberry Dessert Buffet takes on the theme of 90s American pop culture, and includes an impressive 24 different strawberry-based sweets along with 7 savory dishes. Strawberry cake in the shape of a cassette tape, skateboard-shaped chocolate brownies topped with strawberries, plus strawberry tarts, tiramisu, and even donuts are just some of the sweets available to enjoy. Reservations for the event can be made online here.
Hyatt Regency Osaka
Bella Strawberry Afternoon Tea
Weekends only from January 8th (Saturday) - May 8th (Sunday), 2022, ¥ 4,356 per head
This Italian-inspired strawberry event has a menu packed with a variety of sweet and savory dishes, including strawberry tiramisu, strawberry panna cotta, and even mini Caprese salads featuring strawberries. Reservations are required, and they can be made via the Hyatt Regency Osaka website.