Starbucks has grown from a small Seattle coffee company to a massive global chain, and while you can get the Starbucks classic drinks all over the world, there are a few items that are exclusive to one country - and some of the best are found in Starbucks Japan! Sure, you could stop off in Tokyo and pick up a plain old Caramel Macchiato or Pike Place, but why would you, when there are delicious treats like a cherry pie frapp, or a watermelon passion iced tea? Whatever your Starbucks favorites are, make way for some new ones on your next trip to Japan... and keep hoping that some of these might eventually make their way to the United States.
Taking the next step to making a Frappucino a full-blown dessert is this cherry pie offering... topped with a dome of actual pie! This cream based Frapp includes cherry syrup and cherry compote, and the pie on top is filled with whipped cream. It might be a little harder to eat through a straw, but the effort is entirely worth it, as it tastes just like a delicious cherry pie in a cup! Now, if only they sold those little topper pies on their own, as well... we bet it would taste delicious with just a cup of coffee.
This may be one of the most famous Japan-only Starbucks drinks - and while select other locations get similar blossom lattes from time to time, this is the original (and some would surely say the best). The Sakura latte is inspired by the cherry blossoms of Spring, and is a hot creamy drink flavored with cherry blossom and topped with a rice cracker and pink strawberry chocolate. Light, sweet, and delicious! (And there's a Sakura frappuccino, too!)
More cherries! This is certainly a popular flavor in Japan, although it's surprising that it isn't available in the United States. Imagine a chocolate chip frapp, but with cherry compote blended in to create a delicious cherry flavor to balance out that chocolatey goodness. This may be a simple option, but for cherry fans who love the strawberries and cream or chocolate chip frappuccinos, this could be a perfect Japanese treat.
Yet more American favorites... that you can't get in the United States, for some unknown reason! Forget the Starbucks breakfast muffins that exist on this side of the world, and treat yourself to an incredible little buttermilk biscuit topped with whipped cream. Yes, it's sweet, but it's absolutely delicious, and just perfect for anyone feeling a little bit homesick.
It's not just a pie that you can get on top of your drink in Japan - you can even get a mini chocolate cake! Two almond frapps come with a flavor drizzle and a chocolate cake on top, but it's up to you if you would like your drizzle to be matcha or just plain coffee flavored.
The matcha one does seem a little more Japanese, and is definitely something that will look stunning in your travel Instagram pics! Either way though, enjoy this thick, rich chocolate cake as a little frappucino extra.
When you think of Japanese flavors, chances are that Teriyaki is going to come pretty close to the top of that list! It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, then, that Starbucks Japan offers a Teriyaki chicken sandwich on their food menu. These are pretty straightforward, of course, just bread, lettuce, tomato, and of course, teriyaki chicken. Simple, but absolutely delicious, and a great snack to grab on the go.
More frappucino options! These aren't available year-round in Japan, but have been a valentine's day exclusive option in the past. For the most part, these are just like a regular mocha frappucino, but there's a little bit extra in the topping - chocolate whipped cream, crushed chocolate almond chips, and pretzel pieces (as well as one whole pretzel).
The crunch and saltiness is a great way to offset the sweetness of the drink. It may not be as out-there or adventurous as some of the other options on this list, but sometimes you just want something a little bit different.
Key Lime, like Cherry Pie, might feel like a deeply American flavor, but it turns out that this is actually a Japan exclusive... go figure! Perhaps this is one of the 'American' drinks around the world that are available because the clientele go to Starbucks for an American experience. The drink is a yoghurt based frapp with lime and custard flavors blended in, and of course, it's topped with whipped cream. This is a perfect refreshing summery drink for anyone craving a taste of home.
Passion Ice Tea is available in North America, of course, but the watermelon mix is only available in Japan. If you've been wondering what's in that passion tea, the official ingredients include "hibiscus flowers, papaya, mango, and lemongrass", and this option includes watermelon too! This shaken ice tea is a perfect refreshing option for anyone who isn't into the super sweet and creamy frappucino options, and just wants something a little lighter as a summer refresher. And who knows, maybe this one will eventually make its way over here, if the other passion ice tea options remain popular as a summer beverage.
Finally (although there are so many great Japan-only options that this list could easily be twice as long!), we've got this interesting frappucino option... which is half frapp, and half coffee jelly! The coffee jelly (made with Starbucks beans, of course) is a sweet treat on the bottom, with a caramel frappuccino layer on top, and of course, whipped cream and caramel sauce to top it all off. This is definitely one for coffee and caramel lovers, and has inspired plenty of copy cat recipes since its launch, so even if you aren't planning a trip to Japan, you may be able to make something almost as good at home.