Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

05.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

The warm spring is rolling through and bringing us closer to the hot summer, and you know what that means in Japan? Barbeques and beer gardens!

In this article we take a look at some BBQ and beer garden events taking place in the Kansai region this year.

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

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“Kyoto Tower Beer Garden” – Kyoto
Kyoto Tower Beer Garden is located on the 10th floor rooftop of Kyoto Tower Hotel and recently underwent renovation. At the drink counter, people can make their own Instagram-worthy drinks, and a new chef’s corner has also been built where you can watch the chef prepare food right in from of you.

There’s close to 50 drinks to choose from, and a huge menu spanning cuisine from Japan, the West and China. They also have tents prepared in case of rain or if customers wish to stay out of the hot sun. The beer garden is in perfect view of the Kyoto Tower too, so why not make a trip?

 

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Kyoto Tower Beer Garden
Address: Kyoto Tower 10F, 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Running: April 28, 2018 – September 24, 2018
*Reservations only. Reserve by 12:00 the previous day.
Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30)
Price: Adults ¥3,900 / Elementary School Students ¥2,400 / Children (Aged 3+) ¥1,500
TEL: 075-343-9090
Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/

 

 

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“Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto” – Kyoto
The beer garden as an amusement spot is a summer pastime that has continued for over 100 years and always bustles with happy faces. Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto brought it back to life last year where it was held on a rooftop, and once again this year, it will be held on the roof of Daimaru Kyoto. It was a hit last year and will be bigger and better this year, returning as a ‘traditional’ style of BBQ. The buffet will also feature obanzai, which is a traditional type of Kyoto cuisine. It’s also open during the day, so it’s a perfect place to stop by during your Kyoto sightseeing.

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/106189

 

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Daimaru Beer Garden Kyoto
Location: Daimaru Kyoto rooftop
Address: 79 Shijo Street Takakura Nishiiri Tachiurinishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Running: May 22, 2018―September 24, 2018
*The event will close if it rains.
*Closed on August 16.
Time: 5pm-10pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)
*Open from 4pm on Weekends & Holidays

Telephone Booking: 075-746-5067
*Phone bookings being taken from 1pm-8pm on May 16. Bookings taken from 11am-8pm from May 17 onwards.

Website Booking: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/kyoto/
*Website bookings available on the Daimaru Kyoto homepage from May 9 at 1pm.

 

 

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“Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ” – Osaka
This BBQ festival is aimed at adults and takes place in a spacious private area. It is currently serving food and drinks themed on Hokkaido and will switch to Kyushu & Okinawa later in August. For the Hokkaido slot, they are offering 3 plans that includes food such as juicy beef and pork, ramen salad which originates in Hokkaido, buttered jacket potatoes from Hokkaido, and more.

For drinks, they recommend yubari king melon sour and haskap berry sour. For the Kyushu & Okinawa slot, look forward to tucking into some tartar chicken which is a famous food of Miyazaki, amongst a range of dishes and ingredients from both Kyushu and Okinawa. For drinks they are also serving sweet potato shochu, strong Okinawa liquor, mango sour and flat lemon sour.

 

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Riverside Beer Garden 2018: Matsuri BBQ
Running:
Hokkaido Cuisine: May 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018
Kyushu & Okinawa Cuisine: August 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018
*Will close temporarily or fully in case of bad weather or natural disasters.
*The rooftop seats (120 seats) will be open even during rain.
Address: Keihan City Mall Rooftop, 1-1 Tenmabashikyomachi, Chuo, Osaka
Opening Hours: 16:00-22:30 (Last Entry 20:30)
TEL: 06-6450-6640 (Reception 12:00-22:00)
Website: https://www.matsuri-bbq.com

 

 

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“Beer 300” – Abeno Harukas Beer Garden – Osaka
Abeno Harukas is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. The beer garden on the Harukas 300 observation deck has been held three times, and this year will be the fourth. It has received praise for its tall view atop 300m, as well as its immensely satisfying menu. On this year’s “BBQ Menu” you can tuck into thick-cut beef harami, roast pork shoulder, and spicy piri chicken (which goes perfect with beer), each of which can be matched with a variety of different ingredients. Drinks are self-service, so there’s no obligation to wait around, so you can enjoy the beer garden to its fullest!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/100551

 

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Harukas 300
Address: 1-1-43
Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka
Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00
TEL: 06-6621-0300
Website: https://www.abenoharukas-300.jp

 

 

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“Poolside Beer Garden” – Osaka
The Poolside Beer Garden will open at Senri Hankyu Hotel on June 1. This year, they’re serving freshly made pizza and pasta which you can see made in front of you! The drink’s menu is leveling up to 34 beverages, includes local Hokusetsu sake, and colourful cocktails that remind you for being a resort.

There’ll even be performances like samba to enhance the resort atmosphere. Enjoy this cool, refreshing beer garden by the poolside!

 

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Poolside Beer Garden
Running: June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Address: 2-1 Shinsenri Higashimachi, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka (Senri Hankyu Hotel Poolside)
Opening Hours:
[Monday-Saturday] 17:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
[Sunday & Holidays] 17:30-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00)
Price: Adults ¥4,500 / Children (3+) ¥2,000
TEL: 06-6871-2416
Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/hh/senrihh/

 

 

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“Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba: Terrace BBQ Beer Garden” – Osaka
‘Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba’ is a casual Italian restaurant where they have open a BBQ beer garden on the terrace, which looks out onto the lawn.

The roast beef shoulder, thick cut roast pork and organic vegetables with the BBQ can come with rotisserie chicken cooked on the terrace or an all-you-can-eat buffet!

 

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Sorairo Kitchen in Tenshiba
Address: Tenshiba Entrance Sequare, 住所:5-55 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (Food Last Orders 22:00 / Drinks Last Orders 22:30)
*Lunch menu available until 16:00
No Fixed Holidays.
TEL: 050-5286-3794
Website: http://www.iconet.co.jp/shop/brand/06.html

 

 

Are you hungry yet? Make sure to try a Japanese BBQ and beer garden during your trip this summer and make some nice memories!

 

Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kanto Region for 2018

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  • The warm spring season is almost over, and summer is coming soon. BBQ parties and beer gardens are the two most exciting events of the hot summer season. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended BBQ parties and beer gardens.

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

     

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    Saitama Prefecture – Light & Music Beer Garden
    The theme of the event is a “Japanese summer festival” (Natsumatsuri) and it will take place in a traditional Japanese-style beer garden. As you come through the bamboo lantern-lit entrance, you will be engulfed by soft lights in a wide, open green space.

    Ordering the special offer Roast Beef Sushi (1 person 3 pieces) gives you the chance to see the expert chef put on a fiery flambe show. There’s also a buffet with a mix of around 20 Japanese and Western foods such as skewered and grilled food, savory egg custard, sushi wrapped in fried tofu, juicy sausages and much more as well as a line-up of close to 15 drinks served free flow style including beer and Japanese cocktails.

     

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/102961

     

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    Light & Music Beer Garden (Japanese: 光と音のビアガーデン~彩涼夏舞~)
    Running: July 6, 2018―August 31, 2018 (*Reservations to be made 3 days in advance)
    Time: 1st Slot 17:00-19:00 / 2nd Slot 19:00-21:00
    Price: ¥6,000 (Price includes consumption tax and service charge)
    Location: Omiya Rikyu Guest House
    Address: 1-816-7 Uetakechō, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
    Access: 9-minutes walk from Toro Station via the JR Line.
    TEL: 048-614-0811
    Website:http://www.bestbridal.co.jp/guestparty/saitama/rikyu_omiya/beer-9/

     

     

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    Tokyo- ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~ROPPONGI BBQ BEAR GARDEN~
    A beer garden serving authentic BBQ cuisine was opened on top of Ark Hills South Tower where a luxurious rooftop garden sits. Despite being in the middle of the big city, the garden has a freeing, spacious feeling with plenty of greenery and even sofa seats. Food includes filling T-bone steak that uses carefully selected Iwanaka roasted pork shoulder, as well as a selection of seafood and vegetables. In addition, downstairs in the same building, you can buy meat to take to the BBQ too. Choose your favorite ingredients and enjoy cooking it on the barbeque yourself.

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103521

     

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    ARK HILLS SOUTH TOWER ROOFTOP LOUNGE ~Roppongi BBQ Beer Garden~
    Address: Ark Hills South Tower Sky Park, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
    *Please use the direct elevator on the path behind the B1F Ark Kitchen ‘Etsubo’ (笑壷)
    Running: April 23, 2018 – September 30, 2018
    Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00
    *[April-June] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
    *[July-August] Saturdays 15:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 15:00-22:00
    *[September] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00
    TEL: 03-5549-1550 (*Reception opens April 20)
    No Fixed Holidays. (Except during bad weather.)

    Website: http://arkhills.beergardens.jp/
    Booking: https://www.tablecheck.com/shops/

     

     

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    Tokyo – LUGAR HA AMOR
    LUGAR HA AMOR is a beer garden where you can enjoy an extraordinary space, foods, videos and music on the rooftop of MACHIDA MODI. The word LUGAR HA AMOR means “a place filled with love” in Portuguese. The space created under the key word of “luxury beer resort” has three kinds of comfortable sofas that are couple sofa, bed sofa and low table sofa. You can also enjoy the video show projected on the wall of the building and project a message to your precious person.

     

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    LUGAR HA AMOR
    Address: 6th Avenue, 2-6, Haramachida, Machidashi, Tokyo
    Period: 2018/4/27 (Fri.) to 9/30 (Sun.)
    Price: 3,000 yen~

    Website:https://www.lugar-ha-amor.com

     

     

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    TOKYO – Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β
    The rooftop beer garden, Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu β was opened on the 16th floor of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten. The theme of 2018’s bear garden is “wellness.” Healthy spinach and pea sprouts are added to the Bulgogi pot as well as vegetables. The spiciness of the bulgogi pot including eight kinds of vegetables, meat, bean starch vermicelli, kimchi, toppogi can be adjusted at your own will. They also offer beer/sour/whisky servers and a gin server!

     

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    Hono no Bulgogi Densetsu βAddress: 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo (16th floor (rooftop) of Tobu Hyakkaten Ikebukuro Honten)
    Period: 2018/4/25 (Wed.) to 9/2 (Sun.)
    ※The whole building will be closed on 8/22 (Wed.)
    ※The beer garden will be closed when the weather condition is bad
    Business hours: (Mon. to Thurs.) 17:00 to 23:00 (Fri., Sat., Sun. and holidays) 16:00 to 23:00
    ※Last order (a la carte and drink) – 22:00
    ※Please note that the business hours noted above might be changed
    TEL: (direct) 03-6912-5955

    Website:http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/

     

     

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    Kanagawa Prefecture – Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
    Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel opened their popular beer garden, Umi no Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer! The terrace is very close to the ocean, so you can enjoy eating and drinking in the beer garden while feeling the breeze from the ocean.

    The theme of the dishes this year is “American-style BBQ.” Gorgeous meat dishes and American-style dishes using special spices and sauces which go well with beer, are offered. As a main dish, you can enjoy a big steak (100g.). Let’s enjoy full-fledged hotel dishes at this beer garden♡

     

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    Umino Mieru Beer Garden Hama Beer!
    Period: 2018/6/15 (Fri.) to 9/17 (Mon, holiday)
    ※Except the days when events are held such as the fireworks festival
    Reservation: 2018/5/15 (Tue.) 10:00~
    Address: 1-1, 1st Avenue, Minatomirai, Nishiku, Yokohamashi, Kanagawa Prefecture
    Business hours: Mon. to Thurs. 18:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
    Fri. to Sun, holidays 17:00 to 21:30 (L.O.)
    Fees: 6,000 yen (same day) / 5,500 yen (pre-sold ticket)
    (free drink – 120 minutes, table foods)

    Website:http://www.interconti.co.jp/yokohama/

     

     

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    Kanagawa Prefecture – BAYSIDE BEER GARDEN 2018
    Three kinds of BBQ beer gardens are offered at tables cook & LIVING HOUSE in Yokohama. The first BBQ is NEW YORK BBQ where you can enjoy juicy and thick smoked pork with a special BBQ sauce. You can also make your own customized burger at your own will! They are also offering many countries’ BBQs including seafood BBQ and grilled steak! Fruits cocktails and plum wines are also available!

     

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    BAYSIDE BBQ BEER GARDEN 2018 NEW YORK/MEXICO/GERMANY
    Address: NEW YORK: 20184/16 (Mon.) to 2018/6/30 (Sat.)
    MEXICO: 2018/7/1 (Sun.) to 2018/8/31 (Fri.)
    GERMANY: 2018/9/1 (Sat.) to 2018/10/31 (Wed.)
    BBQ – business hours: 17:00 to 23:00 (last entrance 20:00)
    TEL:045-620-8970

    Website:https://www.tablescook-livinghouse.com

     

     

    Top Picks for BBQs & Beer Gardens in the Kansai Region for 2018

  • Top 7 Places to Eat Curry in Harajuku Not Known by Many People

    08.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Did you know that there are lots of places to eat irresistibly delicious curry in Harajuku, but not that many people know about them yet? Now you can get in on the secret.

    From standard Japanese-style curry to more unique flavours, here’s our list.

     

     

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    YOGORO

    This spinach-based chicken curry (¥900) is a reputable item on YOGORO’s menu, made in a tetsunabe pot! There are two types to choose from: one with spicy tomato as the base and fresh cream, and a milder version made with spinach. You can pick from pork and chicken for the meat to enjoy an original combination. We also recommend it topped with the soft-boiled egg!

     

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    YOGORO
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    Address: Komatsu Bldg. 1F, 2-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Friday] 11:30-16:00 / 18:00-20:00
    [Saturday] 11:30-16:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3746-9914
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13076645/

     

     

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    Minoringo

    This Keema curry (¥900) looks just like a decorative cake. The top of the curry is flooded with cheese. Its rich flavour is simply irresistible! We also recommend the standard Keema curry without the cheese too♡

     

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    Minoringo
    Address: West Bldg. 1F, 1-22-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Toyko
    Opening Hours:
    [Tuesday-Friday] 11:30-15:00 / 18:30-21:30
    [Weekends & Holidays] 11:30-19:00
    Closed: Mondays
    TEL: 03-6447-2414
    Website: http://www.minoringo.jp

     

     

    Curry Up
    This curry house is produced by ‘A Bathing Ape’ founder NIGO. The beef & butter chicken curry (¥1,100) has a distinct mild yet rich taste to it. It’s enjoyable to enjoy two different flavours in one as seen in the picture. You can also combine your own flavours to your liking.

     

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    Curry Up
    Address: 105, 2-35-9 Jinguae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours:
    [Monday-Saturday] 11:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
    [Sunday & Holidays] 11:30-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5775-5446
    Website: http://www.curryup.jp

     

     

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    SHANTi
    If we’re talking soup curry, then where else to go than SHANTi. The spice is on point and there’s a hearty serving of vegetables. There’s also many varieties of curry to choose from, so expect to be spoilt for choice. During lunchtime you can get a large serving of rice for free, and you’re free to enjoy a second helping, so if you’re a big eater, look no further.

     

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    SHANTi
    Address: Honorary Harajuku Bldg. 2F, 3-26-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-00:00 (Last Orders)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 03-5772-6424
    Website: http://www.shanticurry.com

     

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    You wouldn’t think that this is a curry house, with its landmark stylish red wall. They serve Indian curry made the way the British do. Their popular butter chicken curry mixes together honey and fresh cream to give it its distinct sweet flavour. The faint spiciness and milk sweetness has made it a particularly popular dish with female customers. The softness of the tandoori chicken is great too. Being British-style, the curry goes well together with black tea.

     

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    BRITISH INDIAN CAFE 1930
    Address: 3-27-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5590-0486
    Website: http://cafe-1930.com

     

     

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    HENDRIX
    You could call the chefs at HENDRIX spice masters. They’re extremely thorough and attentive with the timing of when they put their spices in the curry. A popular dish on their menu is their pork curry. It’s cooked gradually with a large amount of spice and has a deep flavour that doesn’t just simply scream ‘hot.’ They’re also particular about their saffron rice which complements the curry. They use only koshihikari rice from the city of Inzai in Chiba Prefecture. The fact they’re even particular about the rice means you can look forward to some truly layered flavours!

     

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    Address: 2-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 18:00-23:00
    Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays
    TEL: 03-3479-3857
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A130901/13007422/

     

     

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    MOKUBABZA

    This keema curry restaurant is located on the corner of a secluded street. It originally used to open only as a night bar, but keema curry became the talk of the town for being delicious, so it came to be open during lunchtime too. The most popular item on their menu is undoubtedly their ‘Cheese Keema Curry.’ It offers a large serving of rice topped with keema curry and melty mozzarella cheese. Placed again on top of that is a perfectly round egg yolk, giving it a unique appearance. This exquisite dish is cooked thoroughly with carefully selected spices.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38757/2

     

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    CURRY & BAR – “MOKUBAZA”

    Address: 2-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00 (Lunch Time) / 19:30-23:30 (Bar Time)

    Closed: Sundays & Holidays (Only closed for lunch on Sundays)

    TEL: 03-3404-2606

    Website: www.mokubaza.com/

     

    Drooling yet? You’ve absolutely got to try the exquisite curry hidden away in Harajuku. Tuck in during lunchtime or dinnertime!

     

  • Introducing AFURI—Harajuku’s Michelin-Starred Ramen Restaurant

    25.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the Director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    Foreigners coming to Japan love ramen, as shown in our questionnaire where it ranked 2nd place. I’m sure there’s a lot of you reading those who like it too.

     

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    Did you know, there’s actually a famous ramen place in Harajuku listed by Michelin? Today, I’ll introduce you to AFURI Harajuku, a ramen shop recognised worldwide.

     

    It’s easy to get to. Just take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station and it’s a 3-minute walk from there. Head left out of Takeshita Exit and make a right when you come to Nescafe Harajuku. You’ll be able to see it on your left.

     

    AFURI 原宿 ラーメン ベジタリアン

    The restaurant itself has a very stylish and modern exterior. You’ll actually wonder whether it’s really a ramen shop when you see it. It has a welcoming atmosphere even if you go by yourself. When we went, despite it being 3pm on a weekday, most of the seats were taken up. And half of the customers were non-Japanese! As expected of such a popular restaurant.

     

    The smell of citrus hits your nose upon entering the restaurant, something you wouldn’t expect in a place that sells ramen.

     

    The inner section of the U-shaped counter is in fact an open kitchen, giving the whole restaurant a feeling of openness, and the background music that plays is calm. It feels like you’re in a fancy café.

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    I ordered the Yuzu Salt Ramen (¥980).

     

    The toppings are simple. It comes with juicy mizuna, a boiled egg, bamboo shoots, char siu chicken fillet, and refreshing yuzu skin. You can choose from a boiled char siu packed with the chicken’s good flavour or a light and healthy chicken char siu.

     

    Infatuation Denverさん(@infatuation_den)がシェアした投稿

    The noodles are thin and a healthy mix of wholewheat flour from Hokkaido and rye. The soup is made with carefully selected ingredients such as roast chicken,  seafood and potherbs that have been carefully cooked in natural spring water from Mount Afuri. The flavour is both full-bodied and light and will have anybody who’s tasted it addicted.

     

    Maria Eduarda Costaさん(@duudacostaa)がシェアした投稿

    There’s also a vegan ramen (¥1,350) option too made with seasonal vegetables for vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters. It’s made with freshly-harvested Kamakura vegetables. No animal products are used in the dish, whether that’s in the noodles, soup or toppings. The salted soup goes perfectly with the vegetables. This option is also recommended for people who aren’t good with thick ramen.

     

    AFURI in Harajuku is celebrated not only by worldwide fans of ramen, but healthy eaters and vegetarians too. There’s no doubt you’ll become hooked once you give their food a try.

     

    ◼︎Information

    AFURI Harajuku

    Address: Grande Foresta 1F, 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10am-3am (following day)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    3-minutes on foot from Takeshita Exit for Harajuku Station

    TEL: 03-6438-1910

    Website: http://afuri.com/

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

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  • Travel Q&A: 10 Rules & On-the-House Services at Japanese Restaurants

    19.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Restaurants in Japan have a very different list of rules, on-the-house services and etiquette standards compared to other countries. If you enter a restaurant when in Japan without knowing some of these things you might make a mistake!

     

    We’ve put together a list of 10 important points to learn before dining out in Japan.

     

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    1.Don’t give tips

    The fact that you don’t need to give tips as restaurants in Japan can be bewildering to some foreign tourists. In Japan, there’s normally no service charge, unless it’s a high-end restaurant, in which case it’s possible that a service charge will be added. If you force a tip on the staff, they will get told off by their superiors later, so keep that in mind.

     

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    2.Watch out for ‘Otooshi’

    Otooshi, also known as tsukidashi, are small appetizers served at bars and establishments that sell alcohol, particularly izakaya. They will be served event if you didn’t order them, and you can be charged for them. There are numerous reasons they give for serving ootoshi, such as ‘proof that we have taken your first order’ and ‘something to eat while you wait for the first food to come out.’ Lots of tourists not accustomed to this practice have felt cheated.

     

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    3.Water is free

    When you sit down at a restaurant in Japan, you’ll be served water. Many tourists are surprised at the fact that cold water is served all year round the majority of the time in Japan. There are also establishments that serve free hot green tea instead of water.

     

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    4.The unexpected things are expensive (or cheap)

    It’s not rare for things like delivery pizza or Korean pork belly BBQ, which are extremely cheap and common foods in other countries, to be expensive in Japan. On the other hand, you can eat Japanese foods like sushi, tempura and ramen at a very cheap price.

     

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    5.You order alcohol first at an izakaya

    It’s not a set rule, but generally when you go to an izakaya, ordering a drink gives you plenty of time to read through the menu. Beer is often ordered before anything else. There’s even a set phrase for it, toriaezu biiru (‘[I’ll have] beer for now’). Try saying it in Japanese when you’re at an izakaya.

     

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    6.All-you-can services

    Restaurants in Japan often have all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink services. If you pay a set price, you can eat or drink as much as you like. Many places offer this service, including, but not limited to, izakaya, yakiniku restaurants, and sushi bars. We recommend this to people who want to pay a little to get a lot!

     

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    7.Oshibori are free

    Oshibori, or moistened towels, are given for free at Japanese restaurants. They are wet towels used to wipe your hands and face before a meal. Depending on the restaurant, you may be given a cold or hot towel. Staff at izakaya will also hand them to you. A lot of tourists praise this service as high quality.

     

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    8.Rules and menus are different at fast food restaurants

    International restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Subway are of course in Japan too. If you’re a tourist bored of Japanese food, you’ll probably want to eat something familiar like fast food. In those times, you’ll be baffled by the differences between a fast food joint in your own country and in Japan. For example, in the case of McDonald’s, the Japanese large-sized drinks are smaller than the medium-sized drinks in the US. There’s also no self-service. Instead, the staff will pour the drink for you.

     

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    9.You cannot take food into restaurants (though there are exceptions)

    One rule that puzzles a lot of people from Asia that come to Japan is the rule that states you cannot enter a place with food or drink. However, select establishments, such as food courts in large shopping malls, will permit you to do so. Be sure to do some research beforehand.

     

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    10.Take your shoes off on tatami

    At izakaya and traditional Japanese restaurants, they implement customary Japanese style seating and tatami flooring. If you’re dining at a place with tatami mats, you must take your shoes off before stepping on it. The table seats and tatami are split into different areas even if it’s the same restaurant, so even if it’s OK to wear your shoes at table seats, you’ll need to take off your shoes when using tatami in most cases.

     

     

    Did you learn something new? Sit alongside the locals when you come to Japan and enjoy some delicious Japanese cuisine!

     

    If you have any questions you want answering about Japan, then please be sure to get in touch with us on the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Facebook page!

    https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

  • 6 Best Spots to Visit in Odaiba: Gundam, Ramen, Shopping and More!

    05.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    As well as being a hub for shopping, Odaiba is a popular sightseeing destination. It’s seen as being a little far from central Tokyo, but you can in fact arrive there in about 20 minutes from Shibuya and Shinjuku.

     

    Here are 6 locations in Odaiba that we recommend for foreign tourists. Be sure to take note if you’re planning a trip there!

     

     

     

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    AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

    This is Odaiba’s huge shopping complex. There’s a huge range of facilities to be found there, including a shrine, ramen, 4DX® and much more. One place you mustn’t forget to visit is Odaiba’s “Statue of Liberty” which has become a famous photo spot. It’s relatively smaller compared to the one in New York and the replica in Paris, but you’ll still see a lot of people snapping pictures.

     

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    Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
    Access: 1-minute on foot from Daiba Station via all lines / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-4700

    Website:www.aquacity.jp

     

     

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    Odaiba Tourist Information Center
    At this information center you will find a realistic looking android by the name of Chihira Junko. She is 26-years-old, was born on June 1st and comes in at 165cm tall. This is the only place in the world with an android permanently set up at a tourist information center. She speaks Japanese, English and Chinese.

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    Odaiba Tourist Information Center
    Address: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA 3F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
    Access: 1-minute on foot from Daiba Station via all lines / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-4700

     

     


    Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai
    Ramen is a popular food in Japan as we discovered in our questionnaire held at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX on people’s favourite Japanese food. Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai is a collection of six famous ramen restaurants from around Japan that are popular both in Japan and overseas. They serve up an original menu that you can’t taste anywhere else.

    ◼︎Information

    Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai
    Address: AQUA CiTY ODAIBA 5F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato
    Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
    Access: 1-minute on foot from Daiba Station via all lines / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-4700

    Website:http://www.aquacity.jp/tokyo_ramen_kokugikan/

     

     

    Hello Kitty Japan
    This shop serves up a compelling collaboration between the Japanese style and Sanrio characters. It’s lined with merchandise of popular characters from Hello Kitty to Gudetama and beyond. They also sell kawaii sweets inspired by the characters in the sweets corner of their eat-in section♡

    ◼︎Information

    Hello Kitty Japan
    Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 2F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Daiba Station via Yurikamome / 3-minutes from Tokyo Teleport Station Exit B via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3527-6118

    Website:https://www.sanrio.co.jp/shop/sh6204120/

     

     


    Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam – THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO
    THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO is an official Gunpla store aimed at Gunpla fans worldwide. You can enjoy Gunpla to the absolute max by buying, using, looking and learning. On the first floor there’s also a gigantic life-sized Unicorn Gundam towering at 19.7m high. Its knees and shoulders move, and it even lights up. In the evening, the statue and screen at the back showcase scenes from the anime series.

    ◼︎Information
    THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO
    Address: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 7F, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
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    TEL: 03-6426-0780
    Website:https://www.gundam-base.net/

     

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    Madame Tussauds Tokyo
    Madame Tussauds Tokyo is home to over 60 realistic life-sized statues of world famous stars and celebrities from Hollywood stars to musicians, historical figures, sportsmen – the list goes on. You can take a picture with the figures on show and you can also make a giant figure of your own hand.

    ◼︎Information

    Madame Tussauds Tokyo
    Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach Island Mall 3F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Odaiba-Kaihinkōen Station via Yurikamome / 5-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-5231

    Website:https://www.madametussauds.jp/ja/

     

    Did you like our pick?

    Odaiba has so many things for you to see in one day, so make sure to visit all its great spots!

     

  • Harajuku’s artistic okonomiyaki restaurant: Reporting from Sakura Tei!

    07.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi! I’m Ellie from MOSHI MOSHI BOX Tourist Information Centre. At MOSHI MOSHI BOX, we get a lot of people asking us to recommend a place where they can eat authentic Japanese food in Harajuku. That’s why I’ve decided to take a trip to “Sakura Tei”. Sakura Tei is a restaurant not far from MOSHI MOSI BOX that serves a typical Japanese dish – onokomiyaki. Half of Sakura Tei’s customers are tourists from outside of Japan, so I would really recommend this place to foreigners.

     

    What exactly is okonomiyaki? Its basic form is a savoury pancake made from water, wheat flour, shredded cabbage and fried batter pieces. The name okonomiyaki means grilled (yaki) as you like it (onkonomi). Therefore, it can be customised with seafood or meat. The ingredients are mixed together and then grilled in a cast iron pan. This is one of the most popular dishes in Japan.

     

    Look out for the artistic exterior and bamboo

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    Walk down Meiji-dori in the direction of Murasaki Sports (ムラサキスポーツ) . Meiji-dori is the street on which MOSHI MOSHI BOX is also located. Once you are at Murasaki Sports, walk down the street between Murasaki Sports and New Balance (NB) and then turn left at the Family Mart. You will immediately notice that the road splits off into two directions. From this point, take the thin pathway on your left. You will see a white building on your left called “DESIGN FESTA GALLERY”. The restaurant Sakura Tei is on the left of this building. Look out for the vivid wall art and bamboo exterior – this is a sign you are in the right place. If you get lost and don’t know the way, don’t hesitate to ask us for help at MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

     

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    The interior is also photogenic! Each wall is painted with beautiful artwork. A new design is painted on the walls every half year, so you might see something different if you come back later in the year! Some paintings were offered by a solo exhibition artist from the “DESIGN FESTA GALLERY” next door. Other designs were even painted by the restaurant staff! The restaurant seats more than 200 people, making it perfect for even large parties.

     

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    Being hit by a wave of beauty, it was fun to take pictures of the interior even before having entered.

     

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    What caught my attention the most were the trees that are growing inside the restaurant. I was told that they were growing here before this place became a restaurant, and rather than cutting them down, the owner nurtured them, incorporating them into part of the restaurant. From this dynamic and unique idea, an atmosphere of freedom formed. You wouldn’t even believe you are still in Harajuku. The atmosphere is so relaxing.

     

     

     

    Order an original Okonomiyaki at Sakura Tei!

    Besides okonomiyaki, the menu includes an abundant range of dishes such as monjayaki (similar to okonomiyaki), yakisoba (fried noodle dish) gyoza (dumplings) and teppanyaki (grilled food served on an iron plate). There is also an English menu available and many foreigners belong to the team of staff. They can speak many languages including English and Korean. You can order vegetarian, vegan and halal food too so if you have any questions, feel free to talk to the staff!

     

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    I ordered Sakura Tei’s most popular item off the menu – the “Sakura yaki” (¥1,400). All the prices on the menu are the prices including tax. Pork, squid, shrimp, matsutake mushrooms, welsh onions, pork belly slices and egg are the eight ingredients mixed into the batter of this okonomiyaki. Each table has a hot teppanyaki plate fitted into it so you can make your own okonomiyaki yourself.

     

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    It’s ok even if you’ve never made one before! Easy instructions on how to make it are provided on each table.

     

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    I immediately took up the challenge of making one. First, you have to mix the ingredients with the batter with all your might – that’s the key to making it so delicious. After mixing well, place the batter onto the grill plate and form it into a round shape. Then, place the pork belly slices on top and cook until golden brown. (Approx. 6-8 minutes)

     

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    Once the underside is golden brown, it’s time to flip it over! It’s heavier than I thought… I wasn’t sure if I could do it…

    I drew up all my courage and went for it!!

     

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    I did it! Whenever customers flip their okonomiyaki particularly well, there is always a mini celebration. It’s all about celebrating the process of making okonomiyaki and having fun here. A staff member even mentioned: “I love seeing the customers having fun while making okonomiyaki”.

     

    After flipping, cook for another 6 minutes.

     

     

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    When your okonomiyaki is cooked, place your egg on top (that you lightly cooked on the teppanyaki grill) and then add the original sauce and mayonnaise.

    Sprinkle on some katsuobushi (dried skipjack tuna flakes), some more mayonnaise and you are done!

     

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    I immediately took my first bite while it was still piping hot. Normally, okonomiyaki is slightly thinner than this one…but what about the flavour..?

     

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    …Super delicious!!! The batter is packed with ingredients that taste great with the seafood stock. The slightly sweet sauce makes it into a delicious specialty that can only be experienced at Sakura Tei! Normal okonomiyaki uses wheat flour that makes you full very quickly, however Sakura Tei’s okonomiyaki is soft and thick – you will hungrily eat it all up! ♡

     

     

    A fried parfait?! My first dessert experience here

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    After having okonomiyaki, you always want something sweet in your mouth! Skimming the menu, the one thing that caught my eye was the “ama-imonja yaki banayan” (¥550). Monjayaki uses wheat flour that is lightly mixed with water amongst a range of ingredients and then fried on the pan. It resembles okonomiyaki but is thicker. I quickly gobbled up the ama-imonja yaki.

     

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    It was easy to make! Just mix all the parfait ingredients together and then cook it. Just looking at this dessert made feel like an excited child. I had never tasted anything like this before!

     

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    It tasted a bit like a banana muffin and the caramelised golden-brown areas were sweet – I just couldn’t stop! You should try making this one too!

     

     

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    There is one more thing I would like to recommend you to have after your meal. The homemade “Sakura Lemonade” (¥500 ). Their lemonade includes a Sakura-salted flavor that is popular among foreigners. The fresh flavor and taste of sakura brings back memories of spring. You can enjoy this drink at any time of year, so please check it out!

     

     

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    That was my first visit to Sakura Tei. It wasn’t just the okonomiyaki, dessert and drink that I enjoyed, but also the way the restaurant makes the customers laugh and smile. If you’re ever in Harajuku, make sure to check this place out!

     

     

    Model & Writer Ellie

     

     

    ■Information

    Sakura Tei (さくら亭)

    Address:3-20-1, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours:11:00 — 23:00 Lunch: 11:00 — 15:00

    No regular closing days

    TEL:050-5872-5426

    URL:http://www.sakuratei.co.jp/wp3/

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center

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    MOSHI MOSHI BOX is a tourist information center located at the cross road of Takeshita Street, Meiji Street, and Harajuku Street. The staff there are experts on the Harajuku area. You can get the most up-to-date news of Harajuku from the site.

     

    Services:

    Service list

    ・free wi-fi

    ・free water

    ・free PC & charge

    ・baggage room

    ・gift shop

    ・currency exchange

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: The year-end and New Year holidays

    Contact: 03-2225-6447

    Twitter・Instagram @mmb_harajuku

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    At MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have introduced a lot of kawaii bubble tea drinks you can in enjoy in Kyoto. However, we have much more to offer you than just bubble tea news! Today we have summarised the top soda drinks you can enjoy in Kyoto which both look and taste amazing. With the help of kyoto cafe life tiara ‘s phenomenal photos, we will be introducing you our top six picks.

     

    SHIN-SETSU /Nakagyō-ku

    Blood Orange (left)  Blue Curaçao (right): ¥690

    With a variety of 24 colourful cream sodas on the menu, this café offers a rainbow of flavours to enjoy. Your aesthetic soda is best enjoyed within the the picturesque American-style interior of the café, which is filled with antiques and cute pink decorations.
    ▼SHIN-SETSU
    Address: 277 Enpukujimaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours:

    Weekdays: 12:00-19:00(L.O)

    Saturdays 13:00-19:00(L.O)

    Sundays 12:00-19:00(L.O)

    No fixed holidays

    Official Instagram: @shinsetsu.kyoto

    Rhône(ローヌ)
    Cream Soda: ¥600

    On top of the refreshing blue ocean of soda floats a scoop of ice cream ー what a nostalgic image. The bright red cherry accents the flavour. Rhône serves not only delicious sodas but also homemade pudding and many other delicious desserts which are sure to leave your stomach satisfied. 

     

    ▼Rhône
    Address: 645-1, Sanjoinokumacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
    Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays
    Official Instagram: @rhone_kyoto
    Kissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)
    Cream Soda: ¥550
    After becoming a big hit in Nagoya, Kissa Zou opened a new branch in Kyoto earlier this year in April. An adorable elephant (zou) can be seen riding the very top of your scrumptious soda. It is just too cute to eat!
    ▼ Kizza Zou 
    Address:440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto,
    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00(L.O 17:00)
    No fixed holidays
    Official Instagram: @kissa_zou
    NOTTA CAFE
    Cream Soda with Oiri Sweets (left) :  ¥600 Custard Pudding (right): ¥500
    NOTTA CAFE’s cream sodas have decorated the front pages of magazines before. A large crowd of oiri (Japanese-style round sweets) of a variety of colours can be seen huddled together riding the ice cream float on top of this cream soda. This ice cream soda is one of a kind and full of a variety of textures and flavours so you must try it.
    ▼NOTTA CAFE
    Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 11:30-20:00 (Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00)
    Closed: Mondays (additional irregular holidays)
    Official Instagram: @nottacafe
    Kissa Soirée (喫茶ソワレ)
    Blue Sky Cream Soda (left) Strawberry Cream Soda (right): ¥700 each
    This soda is topped with vanilla ice cream and a sakuranbo cherry. When the ice cream mixes with the soda, it becomes creamy. The interesting interior of this café is the perfect place to enjoy your luxurious sparkly cream soda.
    ▼Kissa Soirée
    Address: 95, Nishikiyamachidori Shijo Agaru Shincho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours
    1st floor: 13:00-19:00 (L.O.18:00)
    2nd floor: 14:00-19:30 (L.O.18:45)
    Closed:Mondays
    Maeda Coffee (前田珈琲)
    Colourful Lemonade: ¥600
    This butterfly pea herb tea has minty aroma and a refreshing taste.  When you mix it, it gradually turns pink so you can enjoy the flavour as well as the changing appearance of your drink.
    ▼Maeda Coffee
    Address:  236 Takoyakushi Dori Karasuma Nishi Iru Hashibenkeicho, Nakagyo- ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 7:00-19:00
    Open all year round.
    Official Website: https://www.maedacoffee.com

     

    If you are ever in Kyoto, make sure to check out these cafés. If you are looking for more inspiration, look no further than kyoto cafe life tiara’s Instagram, which is full of delicious desserts in the Kansai region.

     

    Text and photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

  • Halloween at HEP FIVE Osaka: Horror Ferris Wheel, Guillotine Photo Spot & More

    06.September.2019 | SPOT

    Osaka’s landmark shopping centre HEP in Umeda is just a short 3-minute walk from Umeda Station, meaning you don’t have to worry so much about looking over your shoulder to see if Michael Myers or Dracula is following this Halloween as you make your way to “HEP FIVE HORROR×HORROR AUTUMN.”

     

    This bone-chilling event is set to deliver horror, beauty and fashion all in one place.

     

    Junji Inagawa’s Horror Ferris Wheel

    The Horror Ferris Wheel was such a hit last year that it’s set to return again this Halloween, better and scarier than ever. There will be two Ferris wheels, each inspired by two of ghost story writer Junji Inagawa’s masterpieces. Incorporating an all-new horror system, the Ferris wheels will take riders up 106 meters high for a hair-raising experience they cannot escape. Once you’re in, you’re in until the end.

     

    Monster Food

    Of course, no Halloween party is complete without some fang-tastic food. HEP FIVE’s restaurants have each whipped up their own unique dishes for the holiday.

     

    Lulu Hashimoto’s Doll World

    Lulu Hashimoto has garnered attention both in Japan and overseas as the “living doll” for her doll costume. She will be present at HEP FIVE where you can get a photo with her at the first floor entrance atrium.

     

    Date: October 12, 2019

    Time: Slot ① 13:00 (Floors 5F-6F), Photos at 13:30 / Slot ② 15:00 (Floors 3F-4F), Photos at 15:30 /  Slot ③ 17:00 (Floors B1F & 2F), Photos at 17:30

    Locations: The initial fan greeting will take place at various places across the shopping centre, and photos will take place on the first floor atrium

    Getting a Photo: Tickets will be handed out from 11:00 on the day. 15 people per slot on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    Horror Show Time

    Ghost performed Sadawo is set to take on the form of Japan’s most famous horror icon Sadako from Ringu while riding a Segway. Look forward to a whole host of terrifying performances.

     

    Date: October 19, 2019

    Times: ①12:00 (Floots 6F-7F) / ②14:00 (Floors 4F-5F) / ③16:00 (Floors 2F-3F) / ④18:00 (Floors B1F-1F)

    Locations: Various places across the shopping centre

     

    Guillotine Photo Spot

    Get your photo taken at the guillotine photo spot at the first floor atrium and look like something straight out of a slasher movie. Make it even better by dressing up in cosplay or Halloween outfits with friends!

    Enjoy a horror experience like no other this Halloween at HEP in Umeda, Osaka.

  • Go Grape Picking, Buy Fresh Fruit and Veg & More at Hills Marche in Tokyo This Autumn

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hills Marche is a market held every Saturday at ARK Hills in Tokyo, and on September 28, it is set to hold the Hills Marche 10th Anniversary “Great Harvest Festival.”

     

    Hills Marche began in September 2009 as the first project of Marche Japon which is run by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It has become one of Tokyo’s representative markets, with more than 740,000 people having attended since its establishment.

     

    The 10th Anniversary Great Harvest Festival brings together farmers from all across Japan, with fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from that morning. There will also be various events including a grape-picking session. Lots of lunch options will also be served using fresh vegetables used as the market.

     

    Farmers Band Together

    A total of 44 sellers from both Japan and overseas will set up shop for the Marche. The first 100 people to shop at over 5 stalls and collect the stamps will also receive a festival tote bag.

     

    Taste and Compare 10 Varieties Of Grape

    From popular varieties such as Shine Muscats to rarer, hard-to-find varieties, choose from 10 different types of grapes to enjoy. You’ll be surprised at how different their sweetness and sourness is!

     

    Go Grape Picking

    Have even more fun by picking your own grapes at Karayan Square. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this experience. Bring friends and family and relish in the flavours of the autumn harvest.

    Time: From 11:00

    Price: ¥500
    Anyone can join, but the grapes are limited in stock, so it’s first-come, first-served!

     

    Bistro Marche with Ark Hills Cafe

    The Ark Hills Cafe is also celebrating its 10th anniversary alongside Hills Marche and will collaborate with the market for the occasion. Tuck into a healthy buffet made with ingredients from Hills Marche and enjoy a saxophone performance by Japanese musician Shunosuke Ishikawa. There will also be discount lunches using the ingredients from the market from September 24 to 27.

    Price: General – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) / Elementary School Children & Younger – ¥500 (Tax Included)
    Time: 10:00-15:00 (Last Entries 14:00)

    Jazz Performances: ①11:15 / ②12:15 (subject to change)

    There’s plenty more to look forward to as well, including lots for parents and children to enjoy together such as workshops.

  • Warm The Cockles Of Your Heart This Christmas at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    This holiday season, Hoshino Resorts is set to hold a Christmas event at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area, a place managed by the company which brings together people who love culture and nature. It will run from November 16 to December 25.

     

    The event’s theme is “A Town Where Happiness Shines.” From mistletoe illuminations to xmas desserts and more, you’re sure to have the cockles of your heart warmed this year at this happiness-filled festival.

     

    Mistletoe Illuminations

    At Harunire Terrace, where 16 shops line the cosy wooden terrace, the columns and overhangs will be adorned in Christmas garlands, and mistletoe-shaped illuminations will dangle from tree branches.

     

    You can spot a lot of mistletoe in Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary. Even in wintertime the plant does not wither, instead keeping its green leaves, which in folklore has led it to be viewed as a symbol of immortality.

     

    Mistletoe is known in many cultures as a symbol of happiness. In the Western world, lovers who stand under mistletoe are expected to kiss. The warm illuminations are set to light a warm and romantic atmosphere to all those who attend.

     

    Mistletoe Lanterns

    As well as the illuminations, there will also be mistletoe lanterns hiding in the trees to celebrate romantic love this Christmas. Get ready to count down with everybody at the event as when you reach zero, all of the lanterns will turn on at the same time. There will even be mini live performances where you can sing along to Christmas songs.

     

    Christmas Sweets at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court

    Order the “Episode de Noel” at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court for a delicious Christmas sweets dessert course of 4 treats.

     

    This is just a peek inside the stocking of what’s to come at the festival. There will be a hot chocolate bar, fresh s’mores, kids events, photo spots, a Christmas market, and more. Ride your sleigh into HOSHINO Karuizawa Area this winter.

  • The Little Mermaid Themed Cafes Set Sail to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya & Hokkaido

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Ariel is swimming to Japan this September as four branches of OH MY CAFE turn into cafes inspired by The Little Mermaid. The Tokyo and Osaka branches will open on September 21, the Hokkaido branch on September 22, and the Nagoya branch on September 27. The collaboration is being carried out by LEGS COMPANY, LTD.

     

    Disney’s The Little Mermaid was released back in 1989 as the 28th Disney animated feature film. It tells the story of the internationally-beloved Disney mermaid princess Ariel and her curiosity about the world above the sea.

     

    The cafe’s concept is “independent girl.” Each cafe will take on a stylish look and be inspired by Ariel’s unwavering heart and her strength to make her dreams come true.

     

    Menu Line-Up

    <Ariel> Veggie-Packed Pesto Pasta – ¥1,990

    If you’re vegetarian, you won’t be disappointed with this healthy, vegetable-packed pasta dish. The plate it is served on features an illustration of Ariel swimming elegantly in the ocean.

    Seaside Cream Risotto – ¥1,990

    Based on sandy beaches is this creamy risotto. If you look closely you’ll see one of Ariel’s priceless treasures from her endless collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs. Sebastian is hiding on the plate too, can you spot him?

    <Kiss The Girl> Romantic Fruit Bowl – ¥2,190<Kiss the girll>

    This romantic dish speaks for itself. Inspired by the breathtaking boat date between Ariel and Eric, the bowl includes assorted fruit, a cookie with the two lovers on it, and a side of jelly with Flounder cheering them on.

     

    Drinks Line-Up

    <Flounder> Stripey Yogurt Drink – ¥1,090 / With Coaster – ¥1,890

    Flounder is Ariel’s closest friend, so he had to be included on the menu. This cute yogurt-flavoured smoothie takes on the same colours as our stripey fish companion.

    <Sebastian> Strawberry Smoothie – ¥890 / With Coaster – ¥1,790

    Servant of King Triton and music composer, everybody’s favourite Jamaican crab Sebastian gets his very own yogurt smoothie too. Mix the strawberry sauce in well for the best flavour.

     

    Exclusive Original  Merchandise

    Acrylic Badge (5 Designs) – ¥800

    Lunch Mat (Set of 2) – ¥800

    Bag – ¥1,500

     

    Bonus Items

    Every person that books a table in advance (¥500) and orders something from the food menu will receive one of 30 possible A5 folders.

    Additionally, if they spend over ¥1,000 at the merchandise corner of a cafe, they’ll receive the above-pictured The Little Mermaid 30th shopper bag. These are limited in stock and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    There are lots of other character-themed food and drinks to be enjoyed at the cafes besides these ones too. To see everything, you’ll need to visit yourself! Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Little Mermaid with cafe decorations featuring Instagrammable illustrations drawn exclusively for this collaboration.

     

    *All listed prices are pre-tax.

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ.

    ©Disney

  • Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW

    05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition. 

    This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year. 

    On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.

     

    For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering. 

    On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights! 

     

    On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on. 

     

    Schedule:

    September 14 (Sat)  From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway  From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

    September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

    The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.

     

    Schedule:

    September 14  13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering  14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering 

    September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering

    More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out. 

     

    There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!

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