Colourful Hydrangea to Decorate Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki for Ajisai Matsuri
13.April.2018 | SPOT
Ajisai Matsuri (‘Hydrangea Festival’) will take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from June 2 to July 1, showcasing 1,250 varieties of hydrangea.
In addition to popular outdoor spots like the Hydrangea Road, the Hydrangea Wall will also be set up where the wall of a room will be covered in vibrant hydrangeas. Here, you can take your time admire the gorgeous flowers. There’ll also be a market where you can buy varieties of plans you’re interested in, as well as a tour by a hydrangea expert, a hydrangea light-up show at night, and more.
Hydrangea Wall / Huis Ten Bosch Palace
The giant Ajisai Wall will tower 2 meters upward and 10 meters across, laced with brilliant hydrangeas of light blues, pinks and more. In the Hydrangea Herbarium, hydrangeas will be lit up in the water, and 700 hydrangeas will float in the palace rooms.
Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace
Price: ¥500 (Passport Ticket) / ¥700 (Walking Ticket)
Hydrangeas & Music
While being enveloped in the radiant rainbow hues of hydrangeas, you can enjoy the flowers together with music in the garden.
Location: Amsterdam Square
1,250 types of hydrangeas will line the palace. Japan’s longest 800m pathway will also be in full bloom, making it a popular spot to take photos.
Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace
The hotel lobby will also be filled with hydrangea colours. You will be greeted with concert timbres and beautiful hydrangeas.
Location: Hotel Europe
Price: Entry permitted with just a Hotel Restaurant Ticket (¥1,000). You do not have to pay to stay at the hotel to enter.
White Hydrangea Road
In the area near the welcome gate, you will be graced by white hydrangeas. Enjoy them together with the windmill and canal.
Location: Adventure Park
Lining the multitude of flowers will be a fantastic market. Not only can you admire an array of different hydrangeas, there will also be tours held every day by an expert who will guide you on the different varieties of plans, as well as a sale to pick and take home your own hydrangeas.
Location: Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace
Get up close and personal with the beauty of hydrangeas at Huis Ten Bosch!
Minatomirai Yokohama Opens ‘Purplish Flower Garden’ Summer Event Inspired by Hydrangea
Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama has opened a limited-time fair inspired by beautiful hydrangea! The ‘Purplish Flower Garden’ event is currently inviting guests to enjoy gorgeous sweets and drinks inspired by these spring and summer blooms until July 10, 2022.
Purplish Flower Plate
Purplish Flower Pain Perdu
Matcha Mont Blanc
Purplish Soda / Rainy Peach
Purplish Flower Stand Afternoon Tea
Purplish Flower Plate Afternoon Tea
The menu includes three desserts, two beverages, two afternoon tea plans, and one take-out dessert perfect for enjoying beside the sea. Come enjoy an elegant moment at the ‘Purplish Flower Garden’ event if you can!
Purplish Flower Garden
Running: May 20 – July 10, 2022
Venue: Anniversaire Cafe, Minatomirai Yokohama
Hydrangea Parfait Featuring Local Matcha Available at Itohkyuemon in Kyoto
Located in Uji, Kyoto, matcha shop Itohkyuemon was founded in the late Edo period. Three cozy locations have just launched a Hydrangea Parfait, perfect for spring.
The shop’s main location is headquartered in Uji, which is also home to Mimuroto Temple, known for its hydrangeas. The flowery location attracts thousands of tourists during the rainy season.
The Hydrangea Parfait has been offered since 2013, now celebrating its 10th year. The popular seasonal treat features matcha hydrangea mashed sweet potatoes, hydrangea-colored jelly, leaf-shaped matcha cookies, and blueberries. Those ordering a parfait will also receive a hydrangea coaster as a gift, so why not enjoy the rainy season with something sweet to lift your spirits?
Itohkyuemon Hydrangea Parfait
Release Date: May 13, 2022
Participating Locations: Uji store, JR Uji Stationfront store, Shijo-dori store
Hydrangea Afternoon Tea Available at Art Grace Wedding Hills in Kyoto for a Limited Time
Art Grace Wedding Hills, a wedding venue in Kyoto, will offer a hydrangea-themed afternoon tea service from May 1 until June 24, 2022. Guests can enjoy this dreamy event each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Come taste these delectable dishes to welcome the summer season.
BLOOM ~Blooming Hydrangea Afternoon Tea~
Running: May 1 – June 24, 2022 (Available Friday-Sunday)
Venue: Art Grace Wedding Hills, Kyoto
Global Creators to Screen Films for Peace at Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Nagasaki
08.April.2022 | SPOT
Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Nagasaki, will be screening ‘ENLIGHTENMENT,’ a film series for world peace from April 1 until April 28, 2022.
The event is taking place as a way to show support for the people of Ukraine and to pray for world peace by blending together short videos expressing love and compassion from video creators around the world. These videos are being projected on buildings and signage in countries around the world amidst the concerning current situation in Ukraine.
The film has already been shown in more than 16 countries around the world and is now coming to Huis Ten Bosch, which boasts the world’s largest illumination event with 13 million light bulbs.
Running: April 1 – April 28, 2022
Screening Times: Twice a day at 20:00 and 21:00
Location: Jardim da Arte ‘Waterfall of Light’
Nordisk Village Goto Islands Glamping Facility to Offer Tent Saunas
31.January.2022 | SPOT
The Nordisk Village Goto Islands glamping facility has started offering tent saunas to further heighten the guest experience.
This is the first time a tent sauna has been offered in a lodging facility in the Goto Islands. The main body of the sauna tent is made by MORZH, and sauna enthusiasts will appreciate the well-researched specifications and execution.
A wood-burning stove is used in the sauna, and guests can adjust the temperature while enjoying the view of the dancing flames. The facility also offers an original aroma oil scented with Camellia and herbs, perfect for relaxation.
Zero gravity chairs are also available for outdoor air bathing, and visitors can enjoy lounging under the starry sky and swaying trees. Why not travel to these islands in Nagasaki Prefecture for your next getaway?
Nordisk Village Goto Islands
Tent Sauna Available from 15:00-21:00 (Reservation Required)
Official Site: https://www.nordiskvillage.jp/
Job Live, who run the Unpopulated Island Project, opened bookings for the next location of their Survival Plan last month which places people on Tsumaga Island – an island home to not a single human being. This is the second island to make the project following Jino Island in Wakayama Prefecture.
Tsumaga Island is enveloped by the gorgeous blue ocean
The pier where guests are dropped off at Tsumaga Island
Shota Gima is challenging people to 30 days survival as part of the project
The island is only accessible via charter boat
You’ll have to catch and prepare your own food
There are traces of people who used to live here
There’s also a private beach available to one group per day
Tsumaga Island is part of the city of Iki in Nagasaki and can be reached in as little as 5-minutes from Indoji Port. It was formerly used for rice cultivation and people lived there peacefully, but in 2002, its final permanent resident left the island. The island is in a region where the Sea of Japan and Tsushima Current meet. The area is rich with sea life, home to many species of fish and abundant with plankton. It has long been known as something of a holy grounds for fishing amongst Japanese fishers. Campers on the island will catch and prepare their very own fresh fish.
30 Days Survival on a Deserted Island
The 30-day survival camping plan hopes to revitalise the city of Iki by using its unpopulated island. Shota Gima, a man from Okinawa, desired to be a part of this project and decided to move to Iki Island. He too is currently on a mission to survive on the island for 30 days and has been since May 13. He hopes to make it until June 30, and hopes that his efforts will spark people’s interest in getting involved.
Campers will arrive on the island and will need to prepare their own food, use bamboo to cook rice, and everything else that goes into surviving on an unmanned island. You can check Shota’s progress on the official Tsumaga Island social media pages below.
Capacity: 1 group per area
Where: Tsumaga Island
Tsumaga Island Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/tsumagashima (@tsumagashima)
Tsumaga Island Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tsumagashima_iki (@tsumagashima_iki)
Tsumaga Island Official Website: https://tsumagashima.mujinto.jp
Hydrangea Matcha Parfait Gets Served For Spring at Kyoto Tea Shop
Japanese Uji tea shop Itohkyuemon broughr back its seasonal Hydrangea Parfait to the menu at three of its stores last Monday.
Hydrangea Tea Party
Kyoto’s city of Uji, where Itohkyuemon’s main branch is based, is home to Mimuroto Temple which is famous for its hydrangea flowers. The temple always bustles during the springtime rainy season. It’s around this time that people can be waiting up to 3 hours for a seat at Itohkyuemon. Their Hydrangea Parfait is their most popular parfait, never failing to create a buzz on Japanese social media. It contains hydrangea-flavoured mashed sweet potato, hydrangea jelly, leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries, and more, all capturing the swaying hydrangeas during the downpour of the rainy season. They are limited in stock and are not re-added to the menu until the following year once they run out.
Customers can order the parfait on its own, with a cup of tea, or with both tea and warabimochi. The tea set and tea party versions come with a free hydrangea coaster.
Running: May 10, 2021 until sold out
Hydrangea Parfait (Single) | ¥1,390 (Tax Included)
Tea Set | ¥1,690 (Tax Included)
Hydrangea Tea Party | ¥1,990 (Tax Included)
*Drinks include hot or iced Uji matcha
Participating Branches: Uji / JR Uji Station / Gion-Shijo
Official Website: https://www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/corporate/
Experience Japan’s Rainy Season Hydrangea With This Special Hotel Plan
16.May.2021 | SPOT
Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone has announced a special hydrangea-themed hotel plan for Japan’s rainy season which will run from June 12 to July 4.
Hydrangeas bloom before guest room benches
At KAI Hakone, there is a special guest room with an outdoor bench seating area which looks out into the green forest. Hydrangeas will bloom, providing a gorgeous backdrop as guests enjoy the sounds of the Sukumogawa River.
Hydrangea accessory kit
Guests will be given an accessory kit in their rooms to make their own flower accessories from hydrangea leaves and wooden mosaics. These accessories can be fitted to yukata, used as piercings, and more to serve a Japanese summer vibe.
Enjoy hydrangea sweets and shaved iced
Guests can turn their rooms into a little tearoom with the wooden mosaic plaques provided on which they can tuck into a range of hydrangea-flavoured sweets and desserts along with a cup of matcha. The shaved ice is a KAI Hakone-original made with jelly and syrup coloured purple with hydrangea.
The hydrangea is perhaps the most celebrated flower in all of Hakone, arriving in early summer. It’s hailed in a variety of ways, one of the most popular being the Hydrangea Train, a nickname given to the train that runs from Odawara Station to Gora Station. Passangers are treated to an incredible view out the train window as their vision is filled with vivid hydrangea flowers.
This year marks the second that KAI Hakone is offering its seasonal hydrangea plan. If you’re able to visit during this time, don’t miss out.
Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone – Hydrangea Plan
Running: June 12, 2021 – July 4, 2021
Capacity: Max 2 people
Bookings: https://kai-ryokan.jp/hakone/ (Must be made 10 days in advance)
Stay at Nagasaki’s Hirado Castle as it Opens as a Hotel Site
09.April.2021 | SPOT
Hirado Castle in Nagasaki comes as the first castle in Japan to open as a permanent accommodation site. The service launched on April 1, 2021, at the ancient castle, which was listed as one of the 100 Fine Castles of Japan by the Japan Castle Foundation in 2006.
The Guest Rooms
A breathtaking art piece by Takahide Komatsu decorates the living and dining room
A jewel-inspired design in the living and dining room
Takahide Komatsu’s cherry blossom wall art blooms up the stairs leading to the guest rooms
Hirado Castle was built in 1559 by Matsura Shigenobu, a lord of the Hirado Clan. However, Matsura burned down the castle in 1613 to show his loyalty to the Tokugawa shogunate. The castle was rebuilt in 1718. Its gorgeous decor and incredible surrounding natural environment draw tourists and sightseers every year.
Guests at Hirado Castle will stay on the second floor which was rebuilt in 1977 after being formerly used as a storehouse. The decor is a fusion of the traditional and the modern, expressing not only the Japanese aesthetic but embodying Hirado. With this castle stay, guests can enjoy the cuisine of Hirado, get in touch with the local nature with spots like Hirado Bridge and Hirado Island, enjoy traditional music at the tea ceremony, and much more.
Hirado Castle – Castle Stay
Capacity: One group of up to 5 people
Address: 1446 Iwanouecho, Hirado, Nagasaki 859-5121
Official Website: https://www.castlestay.jp/en/
Nagasaki’s 112 Year Old Hotel Nampuro Opens Terraces With Panoramic Ocean and Sky Views
19.January.2021 | SPOT
The 112-year-old Hotel Nampuro in Nagasaki is set to open the new Sky Terrace and Ocean Terrace this month. These vistas offer breathtaking, unbroken views of the sea and sky that make it feel as if you’re floating on the ocean with rolling skies ahead that stretch to the horizon.
Observation Terrace (1)
Observation Terrace (2)
Infinity Pool-Style Open-Air Bath
Beautifying Bubble Baths
Jacuzzi Bath (Male Only)
Hinoki Sauna & Steam Sauna
Iyashi Onsen Cafe
Rental Open-Air Bath
The observation terrace offers an incredible panoramic view of the great Ariake Sea that offers a picturesque spectacle at all times of the day. Guests can enjoy seeing the morning, noon, and night skies which merge together with the ocean for an unbeatable result. There’s also a “no talking” rule on the terrace so guests can fully soak up what’s in front of them as they take a luxirous soak in the warm baths.
The infinity pool-style open-air bath offers a refreshing view while making it seem as if you are part of the ocean. The silky bath uses delicate micro bubbles which become an air cushion and promote good blood circulation using massage. The jacuzzi bath relaxes the entire body with stimulating bubbles, while the children’s bath allows kids to get in on the fun too. Both saunas are a change to unwind fatigue and the tired body. The steam sauna is set at a lower temperature than your usual high-temperature dry sauna which ensures it doesn’t have as much strain on the body so guests can sweat it out comfortably. The freshly-brewed coffee available at the hot spring is also exclusive to the hotel’s Onsen Cafe.
Hotel Nampuro Observation Terraces – Sky Terrace & Ocean Terrace
Address: 2-7331-1 Bentenmachi, Shimabara, Nagasaki
Official Website: https://www.nampuro.com/world/english/
Cute Miffy Merchandise Inspired by Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Released
Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Nagasaki which recreates the Netherlands with copies of Dutch-style buildings, is now selling a new line of Miffy merchandise in two different collections: “Kingdom Star Miffy” and “Kingdom Flower Miffy,” both of which are available until the end of December this year.
Miffy’s simple yet colourful appearance has won him love the world over. Dick Bruna, the Dutch creator of Miffy, has his ties to Huis Ten Bosch back when the area was known as Nagasaki Holland Village, the former theme park.
The Netherlands flag-holding Miffy is now an indispensable figure at Huis Ten Bosch.
Kingdom Miffy arrives as a new line of Miffy merchandise with a kingdom theme to it with such motifs as castles and crowns. The original collection comes in cute pastel colours.
The Kingdom Flower Miffy line-up features beautiful purples and pinks and is reminiscent of the tulips and roses planted at Huis Ten Bosch.
Kingdom Star Miffy is coloured in yellow and orange and features star motifs. Miffy is also wearing a crown.
The merchandise can be bought at Huis Ten Bosch’s Dick Bruna shop Nijntje, but the items are also available online for those unable to travel during the pandemic. The line-up includes everything from plush toys to pouches, stationery, and more.
Kingdom Miffy Plushies
Exclusive to Huis Ten Bosch, pick between the tulip Kingdom Flower Miffy or the crown-topped Kingdom Star Miffy.
Kingdom Miffy Towels
Made in Japan, these soft towels feature castle designs, with the Kingdom Flower towel in a cute pink colour and the Kingdom Star version dotted with stars.
Kingdom Miffy Mugs
The mugs, too, incorporate these designs. They are sold in special boxes.
Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv. 1953-2020 www.miffy.com
Kingdom Flower Miffy / Kingdom Star Miffy
Available: Until December 2020 (Online)
Online Shop: https://ec.shop-huistenbosch.jp/products/list?category_id=234
*The Kingdom Miffy series will also be available in 2021 directly at Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch Official Website: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp
Japan’s Pixar Bullet Train Project ‘GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with Pixar’ Details Announced
28.August.2020 | SPOT
JR Kyushu has signed a promotional license agreement with Walt Disney Japan to launch the “GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE with PIXAR” project, which will see the shinkansen bullet trains decorated in characters from the Pixar animated filmography starting on September 12, 2020.
The project comes at a time when Pixar celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Toy Story film, which released back in 1995 as the first entirely computer-animated feature film.
New details have been released for the upcoming project, including the unveiling of the key visual, the content of the collaboration, campaigns that will be held, and limited-edition merchandise which will be sold.
The key visual is a colourful Pixar creation which is shaped to look like the seven prefectures that make up Kyushu—Japan’s south-westernmost island where the JR Kyushu WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Shinkanen bullet train will run.
All major stations along the JR Kyushu Line display the key visual along with the above-pictured poster featuring various Pixar characters. Each of Kyushu’s seven major prefectural train stations listed below will also have additional posters for different Pixar films.
Hakata Station: Toy Story
Saga Station: Up
Nagasaki Station: Finding Nemo
Oita Station: The Incredibles
Kumamoto Station: Cars
Kagoshima-Chūō Station: Monsters, Inc.
Miyazaki Station: Wall-E
For illustrative purposes only. Distribution from September 12, 2020.
At all major stations running the JR Kyushu Line, commuters can get their hands on a free tabloid inspired by the “My Adventure Book” from the Pixar film Up. The content of the tabloid features information related to the collaboration and where you can find Pixar characters at stations throughout Kyushu, so you too can have your own adventure.
Cars photo spot
The seven JR Kyushu prefectural stations will also have their own photo spots where you can snap a picture. You’ll also spot Woody and Buzz dolls and Hakata Station and Sully and Mike ones at Kagoshima-Chūō Station.
Participating Stations: Hakata Station, Saga Station, Nagasaki Station, Oita Station, Kumamoto Station, Kagoshima-Chūō Station, Miyazaki Station
Special Site & Official Instagram
A special site opened which features the departure schedule for the JR Kyushu WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Shinkansen, details on campaigns, the latest details on the collaboration, and more. Waku Waku ADVENTURE now also has its own Instagram page which includes reports on event, pictures of merchandise, and other details.
A special collaborative movie will be released in September centred on the themes of Pixar’s movies such as bonds between people, family, friends, and adventure. It will be shown at JR Kyushu stations and the special site.
Campaign: Find the Pixar Ball
Original sticker designs
If you spot a station staff member at any of the JR Kyushu prefectural stations wearing a Pixar ball badge, call out to them and they’ll give you one of seven possible Pixar stickers as pictured above. All seven can be put into your “My Adventure Book,” so try collecting them all!
Participating Stations: Hakata Station, Saga Station, Nagasaki Station, Oita Station, Kumamoto Station, Kagoshima-Chūō Station, Miyazaki Station
*Depending on the time, platform staff may not be wearing the badges
*Stickers are available while supplies last
GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Digital Stamp Rally
A digital stamp rally will be held on the official JR Kyushu app. Board the JR Kyushu WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Shinkansen, visit JR Kyushu Stations, and get some original stamps.
1st Stamp Rally: September 12, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Limited Edition Merchandise
A special collection of merchandise has been created featuring designs of Kyushu and the Pixar characters. The items will be sold at shops around JR Kyushu stations and online in Japan.
Release Date: September 12, 20202
Merchandise List: https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/train/wakuwaku-adventure/goods/
Those who ride the very first departing train will receive an original Pixar design train ticket. The Tsubame 363 train bound for Kagoshima-Chūō Station will depart from Hakata Station at 12:19 on September 12, 2020.
JR Kyushu WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Shinkansen
Train: Kyushu Shinkansen (800 Series)
Running: September 12, 2020 to mid-May 2021
Official Website: https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/train/wakuwaku-adventure/