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Popular Japanese Food Stalls Sakura Edition!

Bianca BacheBianca Bache
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Posted on April 12, 2023

Join us as we take a journey through the bustling Japanese food stalls, known as yatai, and explore the unique sakura twist that makes these popular Japanese food stalls even more exciting.

From savory to sweet, we’ve got the scoop on must-try treats that will leave you craving more. So, get ready to indulge in the flavors of Japan’s sakura season and satisfy your taste buds with some of the most delicious street foods in the world.

Vibrant cherry blossoms over the signs of traditional Japanese market stalls ( Yatai) in the Cherry Blossom Festivals
Experience Japan like the locals by visiting festival food stalls. Image via Shutterstock

Yatai – but with a sakura twist

If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese food experience, then yatai stalls or food stands are the places to be. These traditional street food vendors are a staple of Japanese culture, serving up tasty dishes to locals and tourists alike. During the cherry blossom season, yatai stalls take on a new life with unique cherry blossom-themed treats that will leave you drooling.

The aroma of grilled meats, savory sauces, and steaming hot soups wafts through the air as you peruse the various yatai stalls. But the sakura twist takes things to a new level with pink and cherry blossom-themed dishes that are almost too beautiful to eat. Each stall has its own unique twist on traditional Japanese food, but some dishes are absolute must-tries.

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Popular Japanese food – sakura flavors

If you have a sweet tooth, then the sakura season is the perfect time to indulge in some delicious treats that are uniquely Japanese. From fluffy mochi to soft and chewy dango, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! These limited-time sakura treats can be found in popular destinations like Nakameguro and Ueno Park. Just follow the crowds, and you’ll be sure to find the popular Japanese food stalls! 

Sakura Dango: These sweet and chewy dumplings are made with rice flour and infused with Sakura flavor. The three pink balls are skewered on a stick and served as a delightful snack.

Wide closeup of multiple street food stalls, Yatai, among the crowds and Sakura trees
You can find a variety of sweet and savory food stalls. Image via Shutterstock

Sakura Mochi: These delicate, pink rice cakes are wrapped in a cherry blossom leaf and filled with sweet red bean paste. They’re a beautiful and tasty treat perfect for enjoying under the sakura trees.

Sakura Manju: These soft, sweet buns are filled with sweetened bean paste and flavored with Sakura. They’re a great snack to enjoy while wandering through the streets of Japan.

Sweet popular Japanese food treats

Although fear not if you’re craving something sweet that isn’t necessarily sakura-flavored! The world of Japanese street food has got you covered with some mouthwatering treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth. From candied strawberries to chocolate bananas, Japanese street food vendors offer a wide variety of desserts that are sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

Bananas covered with dark chocolate with rainbow sprinkles
Choco bananas are a favorite amongst festival goes. Image via Shutterstock

Candied Strawberries and Candied Apples: If you’re looking for something crunchy and refreshing, then these candied fruits are a must-try. The juicy stacked strawberries and crispy apples are coated in a crunchy sugar glaze, making them the perfect snack for a warm spring day and walking the streets to view sakura. 

Japanese Chocolate Banana: These delightful treats are a childhood favorite in Japan. As the name sounds, a banana is coated in chocolate and then rolled in colorful sprinkles! This classic festival snack is a fun and tasty treat that’s perfect for kids of all ages and adults too. 

Flavorful savory stalls 

Now, if you’re in the mood for something savory to balance out all the sweet treats, look no further than the flavorful savory stalls found at Japanese festivals. From crispy fried chicken to savory octopus balls. These savory dishes offer a unique taste experience that will leave you wanting more.

Closeup of a man selling freshly-cooked Okonomiyaki, also known as Japanese pizza, at a food stall
One great thing about street stalls is that you can watch your food being made! Image via Shutterstock

Takoyaki: Another favorite amongst locals are these savory octopus balls! The small, round balls are made with a batter of flour, egg, and dashi. They are filled with small pieces of octopus, tempura, and green onions. They’re topped with a sweet sauce, mayonnaise, and bonito flakes, creating a mouthwatering flavor explosion. This classic festival food often comes in a boat-shaped plate, making it very easy to stand and eat. 

Karaage: Although this Japanese fried chicken is a popular dish all year round, it’s a much loved addition to festivals. But it’s incredibly delicious during the cherry blossom season. The chicken is often marinated in soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Then coated in potato starch before being fried to crispy perfection. Just make sure to grab a wet tissue to wipe off your fingers! 

Drinks to sip on

No food adventure is complete without something to wash it all down. Fortunately, Japanese festival-goers have access to some genuinely delicious drinks that perfectly complement the various street foods on offer. From crisp and refreshing beers to elegant champagne with strawberries, there’s something for every taste preference.

Champagne with Strawberries: What better way to celebrate the sakura season than with a glass of bubbly and some fresh strawberries? This refreshing and elegant drink is the perfect way to toast the beauty of the sakura trees!

japanese girls are taking selfie pictures on smartphone near sakura tree cherry blossom with champange and strawberry in glasses
Cherry blossom trees and strawberry champagne are the perfect pairing for sakura viewing. Image via Shutterstock

Sake and Beer: No Japanese food stall experience would be complete without a glass of sake or beer. The refreshing and crisp taste of these drinks pairs perfectly with street food’s savory and sweet flavors.

Sakura season in Japan is a feast for all the senses. From the beautiful cherry blossoms to the delicious street foods and drinks, there’s so much to see, taste, and enjoy.

Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a first-time visitor. These popular Japanese food stalls are a must-visit during the sakura season. And with so many unique flavors and taste experiences to discover, you’re sure to find a new favorite treat.

What sakura flavored food would you try? Let us know in the comments.

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