As I’m writing this, a roundtrip fare from New York to Tokyo will run you a minimum of $2,355 — a hefty price to pay, to be sure. In the likely event that you don’t have three Gs to toss around, one brand is making it easier to enjoy Japan’s extremely next-level snack game from your home: Sakuraco, whose seasonal Valentine’s Bliss Box is the tastiest Valentine's Day gift we've seen yet. (And you know what they say: The way to someone's heart is through their stomach.)
While you won’t find matcha Kit-Kats in the box (leave that to Sakuraco’s sister brand, TokyoTreat), Sakuraco is going old school with authentic Japanese snacks like pastries, senbei crackers, and more as well as teas, home goods like ceramics and chopsticks, seasonal items, and exclusives from local artisans, making a Sakuraco box the unexpected Valentine's Day gift for the foodie lover in your life.
Each 20-piece box can be purchased à la carte, or you can sign up (or gift) subscriptions in denominations of three, six, and 12-month increments. Each box also comes with an informative booklet with details about the snacks included, plus a mini history lesson on your box’s Japanese cultural context. Sakuraco's vibe is similar to Bokksu, another popular Japanese snack subscription box that I love, but is slightly less expensive. (Yay!)
A single Sakuraco box retails for $37.50, a three-month subscription is $106.50 ($35.50 per box), a six-month is $201 ($33.50 per box), and an annual subscription is $390 ($32.50 per box). We know that's pricey, so Sakuraco is sweetening the deal with a promo code to get a free ceramic plate gift set with your subscription. All you need to do is enter promo code TRUELOVE23 at checkout and wait for the box to arrive at your doorstep. All that's left is to say "itadakimasu" and enjoy the epic snax — that is, until you can actually do so while walking through the streets of Tokyo.
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