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Starbucks Japan Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary!

By Oliver McMahon
July 23, 2021

From the awesome and unique tumblers to the crazy and cool flavors of Frappuccinos – there is no end to the awesome things you can find at your local Starbucks Japan store! The flavors of Starbucks, such as matcha green tea and sakura are only matched by monthly Japanese snack box TokyoTreat!

And this year, the Japanese branch is celebrating its 25th birthday! From humble beginnings as a coffee shop in the fashionable Ginza area of Tokyo, Starbucks Japan has grown to become one of the most unique franchises in the entire worldwide Starbucks empire! From crossovers with traditional Japanese cuisine all the way to convenience store collabs, there are so many unique drinks Starbucks Japan has to offer, no matter when you're visiting!

To celebrate this milestone, we’re celebrating by doing a deep dive into everything Starbucks Japan has to offer! 

TokyoTreat's Top 5 Starbucks Japan Frappuccino Flavors

Many people in Japan look forward to each spring's Sakura (or 'Cherry Blossom') Frappuccino, as it's updated & improved yearly!

If you head to your local Starbucks Japan coffee chain, without looking at the menu online beforehand, what awesome Frappuccinos do you think you’ll come across? It's fun to imagine! Some places might have some regional goodness on offer that isn't offered at locations in other areas, while certain stores may be experimenting with some crazy Japanese flavors (which if that’s what you’re in the mood for, make sure to check out Japanese snack subscription box TokyoTreat)! 

But Japan is famous for its experimentation with unique drinks that its populace enjoys tasting, testing, and comparing. And Starbucks Japan is no different from what you'd expect with this type of drink experimentation culture. But with the continuously rotating flavors Japan has to offer in different seasons, it’s hard to pick which is our favorite. So, we decided to choose 5 of our top Japan exclusive Starbucks Frappuccinos that will make your mouth water – check them out!

Starbucks Japan Just Launched 47 New Frappuccinos?!

Who's ready for a road trip?! It's the only way possible to try all 47 Starbucks Japan Jimoto Frappuccinos!

Starbucks Japan just took limited edition Frappuccinos to the next level! They've launched 47 brand new Frappuccinos, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics and to celebrate their 25th birthday! And 'jimoto' means 'local' in Japanese.

But, why 47 though? Are they 47 'local' drinks? Yep, that's right! That's because Japan has 47 separate prefectures (similar to US/Australian states or Canadian provinces). And naturally the only way to try all 47 drinks is to visit every single prefecture in Japan! But hey, we'd love a good road trip!

Each of the 47 Japanese prefectures’ Starbucks stores worked within their prefectures to study what flavors are unique or popular in their regions, and have concocted delicious results! Each unique drink that's been released is limited to their stores in their local regions. They even feature famous specialty ingredients that are grown or processed locally!

Let’s discover some of our favorites from this new collection! 

Just like Starbucks Japan's amazing variety, there's no end to the interesting flavors and discoveries available year-round in a TokyoTreat Japanese snack box!

TokyoTreat Reviews: Starbucks Japan Tokyo Jimoto Frappuccino

How do you think Tokyo's exclusive coffee jelly Frappuccino looks?

Speaking of which… we couldn’t help but taste test the Tokyo Jimoto Frappuccino at our own favorite local Starbucks shop!

The Tokyo Jimoto Frappuccino that we tried was inspired by Tokyo’s cafe culture, and in particular, the somewhat old-school but always satisfying summer dessert: coffee jelly. This is used as a base of the drink, combined with an icy espresso coffee blend, finally being topped off with plenty of caramel syrup and whipped heavy cream. The drink captures the refined and elegant feeling of Tokyo coffee culture. 

Find out what we had to say about it in this article!

5 Tokyo Starbucks Stores with the Coolest Vibes!

Tokyo's Starbucks Reserve Roastery is truly a destination not to be missed! With 4 floors there's something for everyone.

Grabbing your favorite coffee drink or Frappuccino isn’t just about the drink itself. Enjoying it in style and within a cool atmosphere is important, and Starbucks Japan has style in spades! When Starbucks first arrived in Japan, it was just a simple coffee shop. But Starbucks Japan 25 years later is getting increasingly creative with the solid effort that they put into both their locations and architecture. 

Tokyo alone has over 300 Starbucks to choose from, so there's always one nearby when you're craving a bit of caffeine! Whether you're looking for a refreshing nature break in a park, or the buzz of the downtown core, or searching for a mecca to coffee gourmands, the capital has got an amazing selection of cool Starbucks locations that you'll love checking off your bucket list.

Let’s discover TokyoTreat’s top 5 cool Starbucks stores in Tokyo!

Awesome Starbucks Japan Drinks You Won't Find Anywhere Else!

The' Daigaku Imo' flavored Frappuccino, which has a stewed sweet potato & syrup base, is one to write home about!

Nowadays, it’s not unusual for Starbucks to release new latte and Frappuccino flavors twice a month (and quickly sell out everyday before lunch in highly populated areas). Not to mention, some flavors will only be available in certain regions, and accordingly, a handful of super fans will make the effort to travel across the country in order to keep up with all the latest releases.

With so many Japan-limited flavors popping up all the time, it was hard to narrow it down, but we did a deep dive into some of our favorites and the biggest hits from recent years!

QUIZ: Which Starbucks Japan Frappuccino Are You?

Take our quiz to find out if you're a Sakura Frappuccino like the one pictured above, or something totally different!

POV: You’ve just finished munching your tasty Japanese treats from your TokyoTreat box when suddenly you get hungry for something more frosty. You head out to your local favorite coffee shop chain Starbucks. 

You take one look at the menu and you’re struck with the inevitable problem… What to choose?! Which of Starbuck’s many Frappuccinos should you be picking!?

It’s a good thing the TokyoTreat team is here to solve any Frappuccino selection problems!! With our highly accurate and scientific quiz, we’ll help you to determine the answer to the age old question, namely, which Starbucks Japan Frappuccino speaks to your very soul?! Take our quiz to find out!

Starbucks Japan, an Awesome Innovator!

And that was TokyoTreat’s deep dive into the wonderful world of Starbucks Japan! With the ever changing roster of drinks and food available, we’re waiting to see what they come out with next!

But while we wait to the updates for their next monthly roster, you should check out another monthly lineup to look forward to – monthly Japanese snack box TokyoTreat! Score the most delicious seasonal snacks with unique Japanese flavors from your favorite brands! Take yours home today and enjoy!

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