Sakuraco Box Review – Traditional Japanese Snacks Delivered to Your Home

Sakuraco box review:This Japanese Snack Box is filled to the brim!

Are you a fan of Japanese culture and cuisine but unable to travel to Japan? No worries, you can now experience the flavours of Japan with a Sakuraco snack box delivered right to your doorstep. The snack subscription box specialises in seasonal and authentic Japanese snacks that allow you to enjoy delicious treats from the comfort of your home.

Japan has always been a captivating destination for travellers from all over the world. The stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, intriguing temples and shrines, as well as its mouth-watering cuisine, make Japan a must-visit place for many. Specialising in authentic and seasonal snacks, Sakuraco offers you the chance to enjoy delicious Japanese treats from the comfort of your own home.

If you’re unsure whether the Sakuraco box is the right fit for you, I suggest reading my comprehensive review. The article provides detailed information about the subscription, cost, and the contents of the box. Why not give it a try and experience the authentic and delicious taste of Japan?

Disclosure: I received this Japanese snack subscription box from Sakuraco in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sakuraco Box review: Japanese afternoon tea and Japanese snack selection

Sakuraco Review: What is the Sakuraco Box?

Sakuraco is a subscription snack service that is a sister brand to TokyoTreat. It allows people from anywhere in the world to experience the tradition of Japanese afternoon tea by sampling delicious snacks. Who wouldn’t want to have their own Japanese Tea Ceremony in the comfort of their own home? 

All the delicacies inside the box are carefully selected from local and regional Japanese snacks, so you cannot find them in regular stores. Each month features a different theme, giving subscribers a unique taste every time.

Both Sakuraco and Tokyo Treat focus on delivering Japanese snacks and treats to customers worldwide. However, Tokyo Treat seems to be more tailored for younger people or those who prefer sweeter snacks, such as KitKat. On the other hand, Sakuraco emphasises Japanese snacks that pair well with Japanese tea and suit people with a more refined palate.

Key specs

  • What you get: 20 snacks with a tea pairing, all within the same theme 
  • Starting Price: $32.50 per month
  • Delivery Area: Worldwide
  • Frequency: Variable
Sakuraco Box Review:Packed with 20 locally sourced Japanese teas, sweets, and snacks, the Sakuraco box is perfect for anyone who wants a taste of Japan.

How Does Sakuraco Work?

You will receive a Sakuraco box every month until you choose to cancel your subscription. Once you have selected a plan that suits you, you will receive a box with a theme that matches the current season. It’s important to note that you will have to pay for the entire plan upfront. For instance, if you opt for the 3-month plan, you’ll need to pay $106.50 in advance.

Please note that the subscription automatically renews, so make sure to cancel promptly if you want to stop receiving boxes. Also, the monthly amount doesn’t include delivery costs (see below). 

If you’re not interested in receiving a box for a particular month, you can pause your subscription or skip that month. You can also cancel your subscription anytime after your subscription time has ended. However, please note that you won’t receive any Sakuraco reminders, so you must remind yourself.

How much is the Sakuraco box?

If you’re interested in subscribing to the box, you have the option to choose between monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annual plans, depending on your preference. The price starts at $32.50 and varies depending on your chosen membership plan. You can save more by choosing to pay upfront.

Subscription prices in USD:

  • Monthly subscription: $37.50 per month
  • Three-month subscription: $106.50 ($35.50 per box)
  • Six-month subscription: $201 ($33.50 per box)
  • Twelve-month subscription: $390 ($32.50 per box)
Sakuraco Box review: Unboxing the Japanese snacks box

How much does Sakuraco shipping cost?

Although Sakuraco is based in Japan, they deliver boxes worldwide. Unfortunately, the shipping cost is not included in the price of the box, so you will need to pay for that separately. The delivery cost will be calculated based on the country where the box will be delivered. 

However, it’s essential to remember that delivery times can vary depending on factors such as your location, customs clearance, and other causes. Tracked delivery costs between $10.50 and $12.50 per box, depending on your location. As a guide, the delivery is $12.50 for the UK, France, the U.S. and Canada.

Please refer to the country list to find out the estimated Sakuraco shipping time for your specific location.

What is included in the Sakura Box

Unboxing video

Sakura unboxing

The Sakuraco unboxing is an exciting experience that offers a surprise every month. The box contains a variety of Japanese snacks that you might not be able to find elsewhere. The November treat box, for example, was called “Wonders of Saitama” and featured snacks inspired by autumn and from Saitama City, just outside of Tokyo.

When I unboxed my Sakuraco box, I saw a compact box with the company name and logo, a sakura flower in shimmering gold foil. The box was filled to the brim with snacks, a postcard, a bookmark decorated with traditional Japanese calligraphy, and a booklet with information about the snacks and Japanese culture. Inside the box, the words “Nice to meet you. Let’s have tea” is a little note to the tea ceremony.

Although I have visited Japan several times, I was surprised to find many snacks I had never tried. While I was expecting to see some of the snacks I was familiar with, apart from the mochi-type snacks and senbei, everything else was new to me. 

Sakuraco Information Booklet 

Sakuraco Box review: Japanese snack information booklet
Sakuraco. information booklet

The Sakura Information Booklet, a 24-page guide, came with the box of Japanese snacks. It contains helpful information about all the different snacks, sweets and items in the box, along with details about the artisans who made them. 

In addition to the snack information, the booklet provides essential details about allergies, which can be challenging to find on the packaging, primarily when they’re written in kanji and hiragana.

Japanese Wagashi

Wagashi is a traditional Japanese sweet that comes in various forms and features intricate decorations that reflect the season. They are typically enjoyed with a cup of matcha green tea and can be found everywhere in Japan, from snack shops and temples to convenience stores and food stands. Types of wagashi include dango, daifuku, manju (steamed or baked and filled with sweet bean paste), taiyaki (fish-shaped snack filled with red beans, custard cream, or chocolate), and mochi. 

Sakuraco Box review: Selection of Japanese wagashi

I have a fond memory of eating my first-ever dorayaki in Kyoto. However, I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any in the box as those pancake-like snacks filled with red beans are very popular. Within my November box, I received a Walnut Mochi and a Daifuku – a round mochi with sweet bean paste covered with a dusting of potato starch. The Walnut mochi, on the other hand, doesn’t have filling inside. When I saw both, I was transported back to my trip to Ehime, where I had a go at making mochi during a festival. Fun times! 

Rakugan is a dried confectionery made with rice flour and sugar that are moulded into various shapes and used in the tea ceremony. Although they look like hard candies, they quickly melt in your mouth. The sweetness of the rakugan goes well with matcha tea. Sadly, one of the candies didn’t make it in one piece during transit. It’s such a shame.

Japanese Dessert Cakes 

Japanese people love their cakes, especially sponge cakes, so it is normal to have different kinds of cakes served with tea. My box contained milk Castella cakes in ball shapes. They were fluffy, light, and delicious. I also received a Chesnut monaka filled with a creamy white bean paste generously infused with chestnut grains. As someone who loves chestnuts, I really enjoyed the nutty flavour of this one. However, I would have enjoyed this more if not for the wafer’s taste. Monaka wafers should be crispy, but this one wasn’t.

Sakuraco Japanese snack box - milk castella cakes
Milk Caslella cakes from Saitama

There was also a Sweet Potato Danish and a Strawberry Cookie. Although at first glance, I didn’t find these two snacks particularly Japanese, the Sweet Potato Danish, with its sweet potato filling, took me right back to my autumn trip to Japan. Sweet potato is a very autumnal food item in Japan, and this snack was perfect in every way. It felt like I was actually getting a taste of Japan’s autumn season with the inclusion of snacks with chestnut and sweet potato flavours. Furthermore, the pastry was delectable and did not taste stale at all.

Senbei – Japanese Rice Crackers 

Most of the snacks mentioned above are sweets, so if you are more of a savoury person, you will enjoy senbei. Senbei is a crunchy and savoury Japanese rice cracker. These popular snacks are flavoured with sesame seeds, nori (seaweed), soyu (soy sauce), ika (squid), and more. They make great souvenirs for when you visit Japan. I had some sent over to me by my Japanese friend, and they lasted for months without losing their crunchiness.

Sakuraco Box review: Daruma sesame senbei
Daruma sesame senbei

In the box were two small bags of Curry senbei infused with 15 different types of curry spice, one of Daruma sesame senbei and one of Black Karino. They were all extra crunchy and crispy. However, the curry senbei were bite-sized and really small. I wish they were a little bigger in size, especially since they were so yummy.

Sakuraco Box review: Black Karino
Black Karino

At first, the Black Karino snack didn’t excite me much. After reading the booklet, I found out that it was coated in molasses, which didn’t sound appealing to me. However, I decided to give it a try, and it turned out to be amazing! It was sweet but not too much, and the texture was crunchy. There was plenty of it in the bag, making it my favourite snack. I couldn’t stop munching on them, they were so addictive!

Japanese Home Goods

Each Sakuraco box has an authentic home goods item. My box had a pair of lacquered chopsticks featuring a picture of a crane bird. Other months had items such as plates, bowls, tea cups, or other homeware.

Sakuraco Box review: A packed Japanese snacks box

Sakuraco Overall Review – Is Sakuraco Box Worth It?

I have to say, after trying all of the snacks in the Sakuraco box, I believe it is well worth the $32.50 price. With this subscription, you get to enjoy a variety of delicious snacks, taste their unique flavours, and learn about different areas of Japan. It’s like discovering Japan through food! 

The box makes an excellent gift for anyone who appreciates Japanese culture and artisanal snacks. It’s a unique way to introduce others to the many small Japanese snack makers who deserve recognition for their products.

Sakuraco Box Pros

This is my first time trying the Sakuraco Box subscription, and I liked the concept. The box highlights local Japanese snack makers, and I enjoyed learning about the artisans and snack makers while sampling the treats. It felt like a snack-tasting class or tour rather than just a box of snacks to get through the month. The tea in the box is of premium quality, although I wish there were more than two tea bags.

The box design is beautiful, and the team at Sakuraco has done a great job with both the box design and content. All the snacks were neatly packed inside the box. It’s proper Japanese efficiency! 

Sakuraco Box Cons

Although I loved many things about the Sakuraco box, I felt some areas could be improved. Firstly, the delivery cost is extra and not included in the overall price, which is a shame. Additionally, you cannot order several boxes simultaneously to reduce the delivery cost, so you must pay the delivery cost per box.

Secondly, many snacks in the box are not vegetarian or vegan-friendly, despite seeming to be at first glance. You might struggle if you have strict dietary requirements such as gluten-free or dairy-free. Some items I assumed to be rice-based have wheat in them.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Sakuraco subscription box. The idea behind this service is fantastic – allowing subscribers to enjoy delicious Japanese snacks while promoting small businesses. It’s a win-win situation! 

Which treats from the box would you be interested in trying?

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