[Tokyo] Ueno Park 上野公園 is one of central Tokyo’s most popular public park (ie admission is free), and attracts many visitors during the end March and early April period for cherry blossoms.
If you are a Starbucks fan, and want to indulge in some sakura viewing while having your Frappuccino, this is probably the place to head to. (Also read Star Bucks Omotesando Tokyo)
Starbucks is located right inside Ueno Park, somewhere near the entrance of the Ueno Zoo – Japan’s 1st zoological gardens.
For first time visitors, Ueno Park is about a 8 to 10 minute walk from JR Ueno Station (from Park Exit), and Starbucks is another 8 minutes’ stroll in.
You can choose to sit inside to keep yourself warm, or outside for a view of the white hanami. Enjoy the cooling weather and view, though occasionally you would be amused at what people do when they need to take selfies.
During peak seasons, the friendly Japanese staff will also be setting up a coffee cart right outside the café to help process takeaway orders quickly.
Drinks such as Drip Coffee, Soy Latte, Caffe Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, White Mocha, Caffe Misto (this is a Café au lait), to Dark Mocha Chip Frappuccino and Matcha Frappuccino Blended Cream are available.
Perhaps it is psychological, but I often find Japan’s Starbucks just better, from service, food to coffee.
Japan’s Sunshine Mandarin Mango Tea Frappuccino (570 Yen) is probably one of the best Starbucks drink I had. It had a layered taste, starting with tropical tasting mango and mandarin, to a more mellow coconut milk cream.
Actually both beautiful, and delicious.
For sweet treats, there are three types of donuts available – old fashion Sugar Glazed, Strawberry or Earl Grey Milk Cream (230 – 250 Yen). Surprisingly, not overly sweet as I would have expected, but not the best around – could be fluffier and was kind of dry.
Or a Matcha Pudding. This deserves your calories more.
The Matcha Puddings are sold together with chocolate (in pink container) and custard flavours, though the green cute ones are sold out the fastest.
I liked that each cup is emblazoned with one of three sweet inspirational quotes: “It’s time to start!” “Make someone’s day,” or “Each day is a gift.”
Plus the taste was not too bad, smooth with slight bitter, not overly sweet.
While you are at Ueno Park, make our way to the various museums such as the Tokyo National Museum or Ueno Zoo.
Starbucks Coffee Ueno Onshi Park スターバックスコーヒー上野恩賜公園
〒110-0007 Tokyo, 台東区Uenokoen, 8−22 Japan
Tel: +81 3 5834 1630
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm Daily
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