Hot spring trip in the mountains of Ishikawa Prefecture recommended by sommeliers
24.April.2018 | SPOT
“Kissho Yamanaka” will sell the hot spring lodging plan named “Kissho TOUJI” from April of 2018 to the 30th of September.
Yamana Onsen (hot spring) which was opened about 1,300 years ago is a hot spring area where the famous Japanese poet Basho Matsuo stayed for 9 days.
The plan that they are going to sell offers the experience of enjoying the view/forest of Kakusen Valley, Kaga Area’s delicious foods and hot springs. This hot spring is known to be effective for relieving stress and healing illnesses.
“Yuge Kaido Machi Aruki Ticket” where you can enjoy 10 hot springs in the mountains, local sakes, Daiginjo (sake variety) Soft Served Ice Cream and famous crocket is included in the plan as well as the Jiwamon Onigiri (rice ball) lunch menu/Teppanyaki (pan fried meat and vegetables), sauna, hand-massage service, rental cycle and bus tickets.
Persons who are interested in this plan must visit Kissho TOUJI since you can obtain an onsen textbook from the onsen sommeliers.
Kusatsu Onsen’s Emerald Green Pudding is a Must-Try After a Dip in the Hot Springs
Kusatsu Onsen is a hot spring resort in Gunma Prefecture that is one of Japan’s three principle hot spring locations. The site opened its new Japanese custard dessert (known as ‘purin’) shop, Kusatsu Onsen Pudding, on August 24, which serves the most incredibly smooth purin you have ever tried, each inspired by the hot springs.
Once you’ve stepped out of the nice warm hot springs of Kusatsu Onsen you can refresh yourself with a delicious purin packed full of love from the shop which has created a flavour you can only try by travelling to Gunma and going there. Each and every dessert is made fresh in the shop to further elevate its exclusivity as a local speciality.
Kusatsu Onsen Pudding also makes sure to use local and regional ingredients where it can to help support manufacturers and producers. Their purin is also made with a special type of milk sourced from in Gunma known as Haruna milk. The milk is made as delicious as can be by ensuring cows are raised on a healthy natural diet of grass on green pastures in Gunma bathed in plenty of sunlight.
The Yuhata purin is inspired by the hot spring areas where mineral deposits are harvested, its jelly taking on a gorgeous emerald green colour. It’s lemon and lime flavoured, the perfect flavour to enjoy when stepping out of the hot water, and one which goes surprisingly well with purin.
The staple purin of the store, this purin is based on yumomi, a method used for cooling the hot water with paddles from which cold water gushes forth. This velvety delight is made with lots of fresh cream and high-quality vanilla beans from Madagascar for added punch.
A pun on the word fromage, with furo in Japanese meaning “bath,” the Furomage purin uses a rich cream cheese base which has a seriously smooth texture. It’s topped off with strawberry jelly for the perfect combination, packing a perfect balance between sweet and sour.
Yuhata Soft (Milk/Yuhata/Mixed)
Choose from the Yuhata soft serve ice cream which is ramune flavoured and inspired by the flowing water of the hot springs or the Haruna milk-mixed vanilla flavoured Milk soft serve. If you can’t pick, then choose mixed for a bit of both. A satisfyingly refreshing pick for when you’re done in the hot springs.
The shop has plans to sell purin made using bamboo steamers in the near future, so you’re pudding can be steamed like yourself after a dip in the water! The wooden spoons used to eat the desserts are also made in the image of the paddles used in yumomi too.
Kusatsu Onsen Pudding
Address: 407 Kusatsu, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
Official Website: https://www.kusatsuonsen-purin.com
Mitama Hot Spring in Yamanashi Ranks in Japan’s Top 100 Night Views & Registers as Night View Heritage
07.September.2019 | SPOT
Located in the beautiful little town of Ichikawamisato in Yamanashi Prefecture is Mitama Hot Spring, a “day-trip” type hot spring, which has just received a double award: it has been listed as one of Japan’s Top 100 night views for the first time, and as a Night View Heritage of Japan.
Mitama Hot Spring is built on the southern tip of the Kōfu Basin―Kōfu being Yamanashi’s capital city－which can be viewed in a breathtaking 180 degree panoramic view from the northern side of the open-air baths. The majority of the hot spring also faces the south which means a breathtaking nighttime view of the city, picturesque against a resplendent sky, as you soak in the warm embrace of the hot spring.
During the day, one’s eyes can roll their gaze across the Yatsugatake Mountains at the front, and in the direction of west is Mount Kita, the second tallest mountain in Japan after Mount Fuji.
Mitama Hot Spring should absolutely be on your bucket list of things to do when visiting Yamanashi Prefecture.
Mitama Hot Spring
Address: 2608 Ōtsuka, Ichikawamisato, Nishiyatsushiro District, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00 (Last Entries 22:00)
*Closed around 5 days a year for inspection and maintenance
Price: General ¥700 / Elementary School Children ¥500 / Toddlers – Free
*General price set to increase to ¥780 this October
Official Website: http://www.mitamanoyu.jp/
Top 4 Must-Visit Places in Ishikawa to Keep Cool This Summer – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
Ishikawa Prefecture was formerly split between Kaga Province and Noto province and is still sometimes thought of as two peas in a pod. What was once Kaga Province in the now southern part of Ishikawa consists of six cities and towns including Kaga, Komatsu, Nomi, Kawakita, Hakusan, and Nonoichi.
Kaga Province is home to many waterfall spots widely known as great places for keeping cool in the hot sun. Providing as great sightseeing experiences, one can bask in the negative ions of the waterfalls and overcome the summer scorch.
Watagadaki gets its name from its appearance which is likened to falling torn cotton (wata being the Japanese word for the material). You will arrive right next to the waterfall when you descend down the path beside it, at which its great tumbling sound will fill you with a feeling reminding you that you are enveloped in nature.
▶︎Watagataki Waterfall (綿ヶ滝)
Address: 1-4 Shimoyoshitanimachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture
Enquiries: 076-274-9544 (Hakusan Tourist Centre)
Access: 50-minutes south of Japan National Route 157 via Hakusan Interchange / 60-minutes from Kanazawa Station
Nanatsudaki Falls is comprised of seven smaller waterfalls which it gets its name from. It has long been a place of worship. Six of the waterfalls are found upstream, where the water rolls beautifully over the rocks which have formed over tens of thousands of years as a result of the movement of the earth’s crust. The surrounding trees boast lush green verdure or red and yellow autumnal leaves depending on the season, offering different spectacular sights to behold whatever time of the year you visit. There’s a path you can walk along where the upper six waterfalls are so you don’t have to worry about falling in!
▶︎Nanatsudaki Falls (七つ滝)
Address: Nagatakimachi, Nomi, Ishikawa
Enquiries: 0761-51-2308 (Nomi no Satoyama Fan Club)
Access: 25-minutes by car from Nomi-Neagari interchange
The water at Tsuruga Falls flows down five levels, and the biggest waterfall at the back splits into two separate waterfalls. Collectively the waterfalls tower up 30 meters high which is an incredible sight to see when up close. Tsuruga Falls gets its name from the splitting waterfall at the back which is said to look like the legs of a crane.
▶︎Tsuruga Falls (鶴ヶ滝)
Address: Yamanakaonsen Aratanimachi, Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture
Enquiries: 0761-78-0330 (Yamanaka Onsen Tourist Association)
Access: 15-minutes by car from Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal
The name origin of Junigataki Waterfalls lies in its twelve separate falls which flow from the Gotani River. The incredible crashing sound of the water cannot be put into words; it’s an overwhelming spectacle that will have you wanting to go back more than once. In summertime it’s common to see families and young people playing in the water from up at the top of the waterfall down to the lake below. The waterfalls are a quite a distance from the city of Komatsu, but there are roads that lead right to it so it’s very accessible.
Address: Nunohashimachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture
Enquiries: 0761-22-4111 (Komatsu City Hall)
Access: 45-minutes by car from JR Komatsu Station
Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this summer visiting Ishikawa then be sure to pay a trip to one of Ishikawa’s many waterfalls to cool yourself off.
Komatsu City Official Website
The New Kaga Onsen Hot Spring Town-Inspired Purin Shop Kaga no Yu Purin
29.June.2019 | FOOD
Kaga no Yu Purin is a new shop specialising in Japanese custard puddings, known in Japanese as ‘purin,’ that is inspired by Kaga Onsen―a collection of hot spring towns in Ishikawa Prefecture. It will open on June 29.
The shop encourages people to experience Kaga Onsen’s ancient hot spring culture while enjoying their desserts made with fresh ingredients from Kaga such as milk and eggs. The shop itself too has that Japanese hot spring atmosphere to it.
One of their standout purin is the Awa Purin (Bubble Pudding), the first purin in Japan to be inspired by the bubbles of hot springs. Not only is its appearance bubbly, the texture is too so it just melts on your tongue. Other purin flavours include strawberry, which are made with local strawberries, Kaga-bocha tea, and pumpkin.
If you’re passing through the hot spring region of Kaga Onsen then be sure to treat yourself to one of these special purin.
Kaga no Yu Purin
Address: 1-55 Kosuganamimachi, Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture
Business Hours: Weekdays 10:00-16:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-17:00
Access: 1-minute on foot from Kagaonsen Station
Official Website: https://kaganoyupudding.com/
Goldfish Art Exhibition Begins at Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari in Tokyo Odaiba
26.June.2019 | SPOT
Onsen theme park Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba, Tokyo launched its biggest event of the year Kingyo Matsuri Art Exhibition on June 24. The festival feature a range of exciting exhibits including Japan’s biggest terrarium developed by aquarium creator Masanori Miyazawa.
Aquarium ①: Japan’s biggest Japanese-style Terrarium
A terrarium is a sealable glass container inside which soil is placed to grow plants. Aquarium creator Masanori Miyazawa, who goes by the artist name GA☆KYO, has built Japan’s biggest Japanese-style terrarium which represents the change from the old generation into the new. Standing at 5-meters tall and stretching 1.5-meters wide, the terrarium makes use of bonsai, moss and driftwood.
Aquarium ②: Yukata x Aquarium x Photo Spot
Inspired by the ladies of Edo Castle, beautiful cylindrical fish tanks with kimonos wrapped around them act as a great photo opportunity together with the goldfishes.
Aquarium ③: Meet the 1 Million Yen Ryukin Goldfish
This innovative art installation pairs the Ryukin, a type of Japanese goldfish that has been sold in long-standing fish shops for more than 200 years, with onigawara decorative tiles that have been used to ward off spirits since ancient times, bonsai and more. Also in the exhibit is the “Pre-Edo Goldfish Tearoom” and “Large Round Fish Tanks.”
Summer Festival Drinks & Desserts
From Left: Blue Goldfish Shaved Ice: ¥550 @ Kuranoe / Goldfish Blue Hawaii Soda: ¥580 @ Yumeakari / Blue Mojito: ¥850 @ Ooedo Cafe
Feel the festive spirit with these summery drinks and desserts.
The souvenir store Ryokokuya is selling a range of goldfish themed merchandise perfect as gifts and souvenirs or for taking on summer trips with you.
RAKU SPA 1010 is a new spa located in Kanda, Tokyo that had its grand opening on March 1, 2019. With its concept of “an oasis in the city,” the bath house perfectly balances relaxation, work and social interaction.
Reisei Otsumami (Cold Light Meals): ¥480 (Before Tax)
The facility also serves light food and refreshments. And as part of the grand opening, the first 5,000 people to use the bath house will receive an original RAKU SPA 1010 towel with the facility’s logo on it.
There are 3 different spa plans on offer at RAKU SPA. This includes a 10-hour option which allows full use of the facility, a 3-hour option for use of the bath house, and a sauna option. Each plan offers long stay periods which can be utilised in many ways whether to simply use the sento or sauna or to make use of the co-working space, eat at the pub and diner, and so on.
Enjoy a long and luxurious sojourn at RAKU SPA 1010.
RAKU SPA 1010 Kanda
Address: 2-9-9 Kanda Awajichō, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00am-8:00am (the following day)
Grand Opening: March 1, 2019
Prices (Tax Included)
・RAKU SPA Course (10 Hours): ¥1,460
・Sauna Course (3 Hours): ¥890
・Sento Course (3 Hours): General ¥460 / Children ¥180 / Infants ¥80
*General: 12+ years / Children: 6-12 years / Infants: 6 years and below
Official Website: http://rakuspa.com/kanda/
Hot Spring Theme Park Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower to Open in 2019
25.December.2018 | SPOT
The Kansai region’s biggest hot spring style theme park Solaniwa Onsen, spanning 16,500m², is set open on floors 2 to 5 at Osaka Bay Tower North on February 26, 2019.
Osaka Resort City 200 (ORC 200) changed its name to Osaka Bay Tower on March 27, 2018. Following that, Hotel Osaka Bay Tower―which welcomes all guests from business people to families―underwent a re-branding and re-opened on March 29. The tower is now set to expand its facilities even further with the grand opening of Solaniwa Onsen.
The hot spring theme park is themed on “Beauty, Healing, Taste.” It will be decked out with natural hot springs, stone saunas, relaxation facilities, restaurants, stores and more. Based on the concept of the Azuchi–Momoyama period of Japanese history, the park fuses traditional Japan with the modern to offer a unique and exceptional experience.
The area in which the park is being set up is where an already hugely popular theme park is based. A world fair is set to take place there in 2025 which will bring more international attention to the Osaka Bay area.
There will be many types of bathing experiences on offer at Solaniwa Onsen such as a natural hot spring with low alkalinity for beautiful skin, an open-air bath with the water source running into it, a bath that overlooks an immense Japanese-style garden, a bath with carbonic acid water, another that changes daily, and more. There are also baths that can be booked for 2-5 people for a more private bathe.
The female locker room at the park is home to Japan’s biggest powder room which spans close to 100m². There they have a range of beauty equipment, cosmetic rental services and more. The menu includes a combination of traditional food crafted by Tsubouchi Sekisai―who is said to have been a chef to Oda Nobunaga―and modern cuisine.
Step back into the Azuchi–Momoyama period at Solaniwa Onsen.
Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower
Address: 1-2-3 Benten, Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Grand Opening: February 26, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00am (next day)
Price: Weekday ¥2,400 / Weekends & Holidays ¥2,600 / Special Day ¥2,800
Access: The closest station is Bentenchō Station which is connected to the Osaka Loop Line and Osaka Metro Chūō Line. You can also access the station by boarding the Rapid train on the JR Line at Kansai Airport Station (ETA: 60-minutes).
Official Website: http://www.solaniwa.com
Embrace Japan’s 4 Seasons with Luxurious Treatments at YU, THE SPA by L’OCCITANE
25.August.2018 | SPOT
YU, THE SPA is a new spa being developed by L’OCCITANE that will open in the sophisticated Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo on October 1, 2018.
Spa L’OCCITANE is one style of spa run by French skin care and body product company L’OCCITANE. As of July 2018 they have 70 establishments worldwide and are found only in 5 Star hotels.
YU, THE SPA offers two kinds of facial treatments, two hotel treatments and an original treatment limited to Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. Pick your favourite treatment from the menu and enjoy the experience in a comfortable and tranquil environment.
They will offer a 150 minute facial and body care treatment service called “Garden Secret Signature Treatment” which can only be experienced at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. The service makes use of different body care items used themed around spring, summer, autumn and winter to offer customers Japanese omotenashi, or hospitality, which revolves around the seasons. March to May will be cherry blossoms and June to August will be verbena.
Before getting your treatment done you can warm up your body in the hot springs, and after you’ve received your treatment you can enjoy tea time in the lounge.
The spa will be taking bookings at the start of October for a 60-minute body treatment with a stay plan which will be effective from November 15.
Indulge in a luxurious experience at YU, THE SPA by L’OCCITANE.
Fujiyama Onsen: The Hot Spring Facility With a Mount Fuji View Undergoes Renovation
12.July.2018 | SPOT
Fujiyama Onsen is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen on July 14. Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, the site sits at the foot of Mount Fuji.
The facility is being fitted with a new stone sauna where you can have a clear view of Mount Fuji. There’s also a new hammock resting spot as well as hot yoga classes amongst other things. All of these changes transform Fujiyama Onsen from a simple natural hot spring site into a full-day experience.
The fourth and highest floor now has a relaxation area with a picturesque view. There’s also other stone saunas in a quiet area with the lights dimmed for winding down, as well as break rooms called ‘hot rooms.’
Hot rooms are equipped with heated flooring and there’s a reading corner with manga and magazines as well as cushions. Everyone is free to move between the sauna area and hot rooms.
*A separate fee of ¥600 is charged for use of the stone sauna area and hot room space.
The third floor resting area has rooms with tatami flooring and a wide view of Mount Fuji as well as hammocks and a kid’s room. There are 6 hammocks – three chair types and three for laying down.
The menu of the site’s restaurant, Fujiyama Dining, has also been updated. You can look forward to specially made Yamanashi Prefecture chicken and lots of locally source ingredients as well as beer.
Hot Yoga classes begin from July 21. By exercising at high temperatures, you’ll be able to stretch your muscles much easier as well as get rid of any waste in your body. It’s also good for dieting and your skin.
Gaze at Mount Fuji while having a relaxing time at Fujiyama Onsen.
Hotel Nampuro in Nagasaki Introduces an Infinity Pool Overlooking the Ariake Sea
18.June.2018 | Uncategorized
Hotel Nampuro is located in Shimabara Onsen in Nagasaki Prefecture and has been around for 110 years. The hotel recently held the grand opening two infinity pools. One gives an unbroken view of the Ariake Sea and the other a lush garden.
The concept behind the pools is to get people closer to Shimabara’s natural environment. Guests can enjoy feeling the sea breeze from ideal locations close amongst Shimabara’s abundance of lush greenery and the Ariake Sea while offering an exquisite resort experience you can’t get in the city.
The unique design of the open-air infinity pool makes it seem as if it flows into the sea itself. There’s also an observation deck next to the pool too where people can gaze across the gorgeous waters.
The location also makes for a great power and energy spot as one can see the morning sun rise from Kumamoto across the shore. Guests can enjoy the sight in the morning, daytime and nighttime.
The other infinity pool is built by the garden restaurant deck terrace and blends in with the surrounding nature. Beyond the horizon lies Shimabara’s waters, sky and nature which becomes one with the edge of the pool. The sky and trees also reflect on the surface of the water, making it feel like you’re floating on top of a cloud in the sky.
The pool is around 50cm deep so children can enjoy themselves too. There are also jets fitted on the sides of the pool.
The poolside wooden deck is fitted with tables and sofas to enhance that resort feel. They also serve breakfast and there’s a BBQ too.
Guests can look forward to the 300+ trees in the garden being lit up in a magical and mystical performance, giving the air a touch of romance. It offers an experience like no other as you’re wrapped in a forest of lights under a starry sky.
Consider Hotel Nampuro if your trip to Japan is taking you to Nagasaki Prefecture.
Gear Up with Bathhouse Fashion and Community Goods at Tokyo Kaihoku in Isetan Shinjuku
28.April.2018 | FASHION
The second floor of Isetan Shinjuku home to Tokyo Kaihoku, an unrivalled, innovative department store that brings together fashion and art. The store is currently selling fashion items for going to public bathhouses in Japan, made by numerous brands spearheaded by famed creators and designers. The inventory includes lots of items for going in and getting out of the communal baths.
Additionally, they are now accepting early orders for t-shirts made by two brands: Musare Hito, a creative group made up of a community of bathhouse and sauna lovers and Get Yu! who are hot with Japan’s street culture movement. Let’s take a look at the brands set to liven up bathhouse fashion.
MIYANISHIYAMA / ミヤ ニシヤマ
This brand thrives on their concept of wanting people to wear one-of-a-kind items, easily and freely, rather than them desiring to look cute every day. They wish for people to wear the clothes they like no matter what within their lifetime.
Melissa / メリッサ
Established in Brazil in 1979, this brand has built popularity and gained support for their forms and patterns with great designability made using plastic materials.
ACCOMMODE / アコモデ
From this brand comes a photogenic pouch with a milk bottle motif.
VL BY VEE / ヴイエルバイヴィー
This brand is run by Vee, a designer residing in Bangkok.
nana-nana / ナナナナ
An accessory brand supported by people of all ages as well as artists around the world for their unique outlook and innovations.
igor / AVALON / proef / Shin-Yoshiwara Souvenir Gift Shop / and more…
Get Yu! / ゲッチュウ
Get Yu! is an event co-planned and managed by Vou (棒), a shop and gallery in Kyoto, Sauna no Umeyu, a bathhouse in Kyoto, and Ron LONESOME Samu, a cultural spot in Atami. Together with artists who absolutely love bathhouses, Get Yu! aims to enliven the bathhouse experience and its surrounding culture.
Musare Hito / 蒸され人
This 22-member LINE group is formed of sauna lovers who stretch the point of saunas. They are now taking orders for t-shirts with an original Musare Hito logo print and are also selling a compilation album themed on saunas.
If you’re thinking about trying public bathhouses in Japan then consider getting your hands on some of these cute and practical items and merchandise!
Experience-based, gold-leaf museum “Hakkokan” was renewed!
23.April.2018 | SPOTJapan’s largest “experience-based museum,” “Hakkokan” was renewed on the 20th of April 2018.The museum was built about 20 years ago and it was renewed to become “an experience-based gold-leaf museum” using the latest technologies such as projection mapping. Museum staff will entertain and introduce the beautifulness and charms of “gold-leaf” to their customers.The panels that include directions written in 8 languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, French, Spain and German) were installed. They will also offer various contents related to gold-leaf such as an entertainment spot named “Taikangata Kinpaku Museum,” “Taikendokoro” where both children and adults can play together.The largest gold-leaf specialized shop in the Hokuriku Area, “Hakuichi Café” where they will sell very popular menu items named “Kinpaku no Kagayaki Soft Cream.”And “Sozo Kogei,” a gallery which was opened last winter.Let’s visit Hakkokan to learn about gold-leaf.