5 Day-Trip Sightseeing Spots Close to Tokyo

08.May.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

For this article, we’ve compiled a Top 5 list of great places to visit in Japan within just one hour of Tokyo. The commute is short, so they’re perfect locations for day trips if you’re staying in Tokyo. We’ve also included the easiest routes to get to them.

 

 

日光東照宮

Nikko (Tochigi Prefecture)
Nikko is a popular site for tourism, home to the famous Toshugu Shrine which is a registered World Heritage Site. It has great access with Asakusa, making it a perfect location for shrine visits.

 

Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/nikko

 

■Asakusa Station (Tobu Nikko Line) → Nikko Station

Travel Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Price: ¥1,360

 

富士山

Mount Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture / Yamanashi Prefecture)
Mount Fuji was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013. Its graceful, sempiternal beauty has made it an unmistakable symbol of Japan throughout the world.

 

Be careful when traveling there, as the closest station to the mountain isn’t Fujisan Station (‘Mount Fuji Station’), but Kawaguchiko Station. There is also a direct bus there to and from Shinjuku.

 

Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87612

 

■Tokyo Station (JR Chuo Line / Ome Line / Itsukaichi Line) → Mitaka (JR Limited Express Kaiji) → Otsuki (via Fuji-Q)

Travel Time: 2 Hours 33 Minutes

Price: ¥3,560

 

■Shinjuku Bus Terminal (Express Bus) → Kawaguchiko Station

Travel Time: 2 Hours

Price: ¥1,750

 

鎌倉

Kamakura (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Kamakura is famous for its old-fashioned streetscape and shrines. It’s also close to other popular tourist spots such as Enoshima, a small island off the coast, so you can have a lot of fun there with plenty of things to do no matter how many times you visit. If you’re a travel lover, then we also recommend boarding the hugely popular Enoshima Electric Railway.

Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/kamakura

 

■Tokyo Station (JR Tokaido Main Line) → Totsuka Station (Yokosuka Line) → Kamakura

Travel Time: 57 Minutes

Price: ¥910

 

■Shinjuku Station (Odakyu Line) → Fujisawa Station (Enoshima Electric Railway) → Kamakura

Travel Time: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Price: ¥886

 

箱根

Hakone (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Hakone—Japan’s leading onsen, or ‘hot spring’ spot. Hakone Shrine is known for the red torii archways which sit on the bank of Lake Ashi. The town is also known for being home to countless nearby ryokan with hot springs, so you can enjoy hopping from one to the other. And to get there, you can take the direct Romancecar train from Shinjuku which goes straight to Hakone Station.

Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/hakone

 

■Shinjuku Station (Limited Express Romancecar) → Hakone-Yumoto Station

Travel Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Price: ¥2,080

 

■Shinjuku Station (Odakyu Line) → Odawara Station (Odakyu Line / Hakone Tozan Line)

Travel Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Price: ¥1,190

 

自然

Chichibu (Saitama Prefecture)
Chichibu is appealing for its rich natural environment. Those who love the outdoors will be enticed by this city. As will anime-lovers, since this is the place where Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is set. They even sell maps of where all the places in the series are located, as well as souvenirs of the characters.

 

■Ikebukuro (Seibu Ikebukuro Line) → Hanno Station (Seibu Chichibu Line) → Seibu-Chichibu Station

Travel Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Price: ¥770

 

 

Did you like this list?

You might enjoy stretching your legs and branching out to see what else Japan has to offer during your time in Tokyo.

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  • 【TRAVEL Q&A】From Shinjuku to Hakone Hot Spring via Odakyu “Romancecar” Line!

    14.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hakone, Kanagawa is one of the most popular “onsen” (hot spring) towns in Japan. The area is popular among both Japanese people and tourists from foreign countries since it is close to Tokyo and has many sightseeing spots such as Ahinoko (lake), Owakudani (valley) and Hakone Chokoku no Mori Museum.

     

    There are several ways to go to Hakone but I recommend using the “Odakyu Romancecar” (limited express train) run by Odakyu Dentestu which departs from Tokyo. It takes about an hour and 40 minutes and you can go to Hakone direct. In this article, I will inform you of how to ride on the “Odakyu Romancecar” to go to Hakone.

     

    1: How to ride Odakyu Romancecar?

    Let’s get tickets first. The tickets you must buy are “Joshaken (normal fare)” and “tokkyuken (limited express surcharge).” The “Joshaken” is an Odakyu Dentetsu limited ticket and the fare differs according to the station that you will get off at. “Tokkyuken” is a ticket you must buy when riding on a limited express train which means you must buy this ticket in addition to the “joshaken.” There are three ways to buy these tickets.

     

    1) Making a reservation/purchasing the ticket via the Internet

    2) Making a reservation/purchasing the ticket at a ticket counter/ticket vending machine

    3) Making a reservation on the telephone.

     

    Making a reservation by telephone is not recommendable for those of you from foreign countries since English-speaking staff are not available.

     

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    2: How to but a ticket via the Internet?

    Using e-Romancecar is recommended when using the Internet to buy a ticket. As a matter of course, you can use a credit card on this web site. You can ride the Romancecar by just by handing out the printed sheet or showing the screen of your smart phone to the staff at the ticket counter. If you are planning to just make a reservation (not paying the fare) on the web site, you must pay the fare by using the ticket vending machine or at the ticket counter before getting on the Romancecar. It is recommended that you buy your ticket beforehand if the date that you are going to Hakone is decided.

     

     

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    3: How to buy a ticket/make a reservation via the ticket counter at the station?

    The ticket counter is normally open from 6:30 to 21:00. The ticket vending machines can be used any time (except for when the trains are not running) but credit cards cannot be used. You can purchase tickets for up to 8 persons at once using the vending machine. So, those of you who are planning to go to Hakone with a group of more than 9 people you must purchase your tickets at the ticket counter.

     

     

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    4: Let’s get on to the Romancecar!

    Now let’s learn how to get on a Romancecar. There are several types of Romancecars available – MES (Type 6000), VSE (Type 50000), EXE (Type 30000) and LSE (Type 7000). The fares for all types are the same. You can eat a limited-“bento” (box lunch) if you make a reservation 3 days (AM) before you ride the Romancecar.

     

    Why not experience a ride on the “Romancecar” and enjoy the hot springs in Hakone. Wishing you a pleasant trip! MMN will introduce to you many kinds of “Q&As in Japan.”

     

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  • Japan Q&A: Get the most from your Tokyo sightseeing with a 1-Day Travel Pass

    09.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    When you’re in Tokyo, the main method of transportation for getting around the city’s 23 wards is via the subway – specifically, via JR, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway. Each of these services offer their own affordable 1-day travel tickets that can be used across all lines, making them a useful tool to have. Let’s take a look at some of the questions regarding 1-day passes.

     

    5 Must-Haves For Tokyo Sightseeing!

    To make the most of your Tokyo trip, we recommend one of the following five 1-day passes for efficient travelling. You and board and get off as many times as you like, so there’s no need to worry about extra fees – you can tour all of the sightseeing spots at your own leisure.

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    • JR East Japan – Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass (“Tokunai Pass”)

    The “Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass” is a day ticket that allows unlimited rides on local and rapid JR East trains around the 23 special wards of Tokyo. You are free to sit in any seats excluding reserved seating, and can even board the shinkansen within the designated area. The Tokyo Metropolitan District Pass can be purchased inside JR East Japan stations, ticket windows, the Travel Service Center (View Plaza), and travel agencies. It’s ¥750 for adults and ¥370 for children.

     

    • Tokyo Metro 24-hour Ticket

    This ticket enables unlimited rides on all Tokyo Metro lines. Costing just ¥600 for adults and ¥300 for children, tickets can be bought in advance or on the day at ticket vendors located in all stations. Not only can you visit Tokyo’s 23 special wards, but the ticket also covers the commuting distance of Saitama and Chiba too, making it convenient for amusement and business. With this in hand, you can travel to any of the major areas.

     

    • Toei One-Day Pass (“Toei Marugoto Kippu”)

    A Toei One-Day Pass gives you unlimited access to the Toei Subway, Toei buses, Toei Streetcar (Toden), and Nippori-Toneri Liner. It’s ¥700 for adult and ¥350 for children. An additional fee is required for night buses to make up the difference – ¥210 for adults (¥206 with IC Card) and ¥100 for children (¥103 with IC Card). Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day at a ticket vendor located inside all stations.

     

    • Common One-Day Ticket for Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro

    The Common One-Day Ticket allows unlimited use of the Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro Subway Lines for an entire day. It costs ¥900 for adults and ¥450 for children. Tickets are available to purchase from automatic ticket vending machines at all Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro Subway stations, as well as Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. This ticket allows free travel from Narita Airport and Haneda Airport to Tokyo’s 23 special wards and the commuting distance of Saitama and Chiba. This one’s a real bargain!

     

    • Tokyo 1-Day Ticket

    As well as the Toei Subway, Toei buses, Toei Streetcar (Toden), Nippori-Toneri Liner, and all Tokyo Metro lines, the Tokyo 1-Day Ticket can also be used on the JR Lines around Tokyo. You can ride and get off at all the major locations in Tokyo for one whole day. At just ¥1,590 for adults and ¥800 for children, this ticket is very affordable. Available at automatic ticket machines at all stations. We recommend this one for people looking to travel across a wide distance.

     

    Tokyo Sightseeing With Private Railways? Take These 2 With You!

    Private railway free passes are a super handy tool to have if you’re heading somewhere JR and subway tickets don’t cover. They’re convenient for access from the inner city to the Shitamachi areas, and are pefect for exploring those hidden, tucked-away gems.

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    • Tokyo Exploratory Ticket (Tokyo Tansaku Kippu)

    Not only does this ticket give discounts on round-trip ticket fares from Keio Line, Inokashira Line, Tobu Isesaki Line and Tsukuba Express to the inner city, it also offers unlimited rides with Toei all day. That includes Toei buses,  Toei Streetcars (Toden), Nippori-Toneri Liner, and of course the Toei Subway. If you hold a Tokyo Exploratory Ticket, you can also receive discounts and gifts from facilities along each Toei line. These services are located at all manned stations on all lines. Please be aware that prices and the system changes depending on which station you purchase the ticket from.

     

    • Tokyo 1DAY Kippu

    This ticket comes as a set: a round-trip ticket from all stations on the Keikyū Main Line to Shinagawa, and unlimited rides with Toei. If you hold a Tokyo 1DAY Kippu, prepare to receive discounts and gifts at popular facilities and spots around Tokyo. This ticket can be purchased at all stations on the Keikyū Main Line barring Sengakuji Station and costs ¥900 from Shinagawa, ¥1,130 from Yokohama, and ¥1,700 from Yokosuka-Chūō.

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    Was this article helpful? Be sure to get the most out of your Tokyo trip by getting the right ticket for you.

     

    MMN will continue to answer your questions about Japan in our “Japan Q&A” series. If you have any questions regarding Japan, then please be sure to get in touch with us on Facebook♪

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  • MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommends 6 Tokyo souvenirs!

    19.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Station is a station used by many tourists. When you visit Tokyo, of course, you will want to buy some souvenirs. But you may wonder, what souvenirs are “good” Tokyo souvenirs?

    In this article, the staff of MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center, who love to travel, will introduce to you some recommended souvenirs which can be bought in and around Tokyo Station.

    “Ohana no Babaroa Ball Cake”recommended by our Spanish staff, Luki.

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    I am sure that this gift is suitable to be given to women who loves flowers.

    The product uses eatable flowers and has a gorgeous looking/splendid taste.

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    Hana no Babaroa havaro

    Address: Tokyo Station Ichibangai (first shopping area) 1F TOKYO ME+, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 to 2:30, Saturday, Sunday, holidays 9:00 to 20:00

    Fixed holidays: None

    Access: Near the ticket-collecting area of North Yaesu Exit/Entrance, Tokyo

    TEL:03-3218-0051

    URL:http://www.hana-no-babaroa.com/

     

     

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    “Torotoro Yaki Cup Cheese” recommended by our Hong Konger staff, Minimal.

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    A very popular product where some days about 4,000 pieces are sold in a day! The combination of the melty cream cheese and crunchy cookie tart is awesome.

    You can enjoy the product by heating it or cooling it.

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    Fromage Terra

    Address: Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit/Entrance’s ticket collecting area, Keiyo Street 1F, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 8:00 to 21:00

    Access: Inside Keiyo Street, JR Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit/Entrance
    TEL:03-6256-0845
    URL:http://terraconfect.tokyo/fromageterra/

     

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    “Siretoco Doughnut”recommdend by our Chinese-speaking staff, Banako

    Many cute animals are place on top of a doughnut and of course, the doughnuts taste good.

    Each animal is very cute and there are Tokyo Station-limited variations!

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    Siretoco Factory Tokyo Station Keiyo Street Store

    Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Business hours: 8:00 to 22:00

    Access: Right side of Keiyo Street near JR Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit/Entrance
    TEL:03-3218-8022
    URL:http://siretoco23.com/

     

     

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    “Tokyo Banana – Banana Yogurt Flavor” recommended by the Miss ID Semi-Finalist, Midori.

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    Did you know that a new version of Tokyo Banana (a very famous sweets item of Tokyo), a collaborative item with the panda cub in Ueno Zoo called Xiang Xiang, was released!?

    The flavor of the product is banana & yogurt. Eating this item will feel a bit “mottainai”to eat. That is, it looks too cute to be eaten because the illustration of the panda cub is so cute!

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    Tokyo Banana – Panda Banana Yogurt Flavor “Miitsuketa”

    Price: 515 yen – 4 pieces / 1,080 yen – 8 pieces / 1,595 yen – 12 pieces (all prices include tax)

    Access: Tokyo Banana Aka Renga Building (inside the ticket collecting area)

    URL:http://www.tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_panda.html

     

     

     

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    “Gomatamago” recommended by our English-speaking staff, Ellie.

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    This sweets item is a standard souvenir of Tokyo. The black sesame paste, and black sesame jam are wrapped inside a castella sponge cake and the whole cake is coated with a white chocolate.

    The splendid harmony of the 4 layers is addictive. The shape of the product which looks like an egg is very cute♡ The name, Gomatamago means, “goma” = “sesame” and “tamago”=”egg.”

    ◼︎Information

    Address: Daimaru Tokyo Store 1F, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Business hours: <Monday to Friday> 10:00 to 21:00, <Saturday, Sunday and holidays> 10:00 to 20:00

    ※The business hours are as same as the Daimaru Tokyo Store

    Fixed holidays: as same as Daimaru Tokyo Store

    Access: JR Tokyo Station, near the north exit/entrance ticket collecting area
    TEL:03-3212-8011
    URL:http://www.tokyotamago.com/

     

     

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    “Tokyo Hiyoko” recommended by the director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Shiota.

    A standard Tokyo souvenir dessert comprised of a sweet bean jam wrapped in a soft dough.

    Don’t miss the various of flavors which are sold for a limited time offers!

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    Tokyo Hiyoko Tokyo Meika Hiyoko

    Available places: Souvenir stores in Tokyo including Daimaru Tokyo Store

    Price: 605 yen – 5 pieces / 1,080 yen – 9 pieces / 2,160 yen – 18 pieces (all prices include tax)

    URL:http://www.tokyo-hiyoko.co.jp/

     

     

    How did you like our MOSHI MOSHI BOX staff recommended Tokyo souvenirs? Please refer to this article when you are not sure which Tokyo souvenir to buy. Let’s have fun in Tokyo!

     

  • Extraordinary “experience nature” programs in 2018 summer offered by “Hoshinoya” throughout Japan

    30.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan’s first luxury hotel that offers extraordinary experiences “Hohinoya” is offering many kinds of programs. In this article, I will introduce to you some programs that they are going to offer from summer of 2018.

     

    星のや竹富島「西表島を熟知したガイドと行くパーソナライズドツアー」

     Hoshinoya Taketomi Island “personalized tour with guides acquainted with Iriomote Island.”

    “Hoshinoya Taketomi Island” located on Taketomi Island, Okinawa will offer activity tours where jungle butlers acquainted with Japan’s last treasure spot, Iriomote Island will arrange the tours. The contents and the schedule of the tour can be adjusted at your own will. On this tour, you can stay at Taketomi Island and enjoy the jungle of Iriomote Island and the rich nature of the Yaeyama Island Chain.

     

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    Iriomote Island Jungle Butler

    Period: throughout the year

    Fixed number: one group per day

    Reservation must be made 7 days before (by 17:00) via Hoshinoya Taketomi Ilsnad’s HP

     

     

    星のや軽井沢「森のほとりcafé&bar夏季限定の特別席」

    Hoshinoya Karuizawa “Summer-Season-Limited Special Seats of Morino Hotori café&bar”

    At “Mori no Hotori café&bar” lodgers of “Hoshinoya Karuizawa” located in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture can use offer summer-season-limited seats between the 1st of July, 2018 to the 31st of August. This spce will be prepared under the concept of “offering a roofless private space.” They are planning to offer 3 kinds of Japanese cocktails related to the Shinshu Area. Let’s enjoy the nature of Karuizawa which is known as one of the most famous summer retreats in Japan.

     

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    “Mori no Hotori café&bar Special Seats”

    Period: 2018/07/01 to 08/31 (fixed holiday is undecided)

    Time: 20::00 to 23:00 (L.O. 22:30)

    Fixed number: two groups (two persons per group)

    Only the lodgers of Hoshinoya Karuizawa can use the seats

    Fees: drink fee + charging fee (500 yen) (tax included, service fee (10%) not included) ※lodging fee is not included
    Making a reservation is unnecessary

    The seats cannot be used depending on the weather condition.

     

    星のや富士「夏の狩猟肉(ジビエ)ディナー」

    Hoshinoya Fuji “Summer Wild Game Dinner”

    Japan’s first grumping resort “Hoshinoya Fuji” located in Yamanashi Prefecture will offer an experience-based dinner plan named “Summer Wild Game Dinner” where you can enjoy eating special menus items cooked in a Dutch oven in the open-air dining space. The summer-season limited seasonal menu itmes use “venison” and “brawn.” They offer 5 kinds of courses that use rich flavored wild game combined with Yamanashi Prefecture’s (the prefecture is known as “the fruits kingdom”) seven kinds of summer fruits.

     

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     “Summer Wild Game Dinner”

    Period: 2018/07/01 to 08/31

    Time: 18:00~, 18:30~

    Fixed number: six groups (18 persons)

    Lodgers who are older than 13 years old can participate in this dinner program

    Fee: 15,000 yen per person (tax, service fee (10%) and lodging fee is not included)

    Reservations must be made one before (by 18:00)

    Reservations can be made via the official website

    ※Please note that the menu itmes and ingredients might be changed according to the buying situation

     

    星のや東京「日本旅館で養生する2泊3日のスパプログラム・深呼吸養生」

    Hoshinoya Tokyo “2 Days and 3 Nights Spa Program where you can rest at aJapanese accommodation / Shinkokyu (deep breath) Yojo (rest)”

    The spa program named “Shinkokyu Yojo” will start from the 1st of June 2018 at a Japanese accommodation in Tokyo. You can learn about how to maintain your health and a balanced mind and body by taking a deep breath. The program includes stretching lesson, an aroma experience, spa treatment, healthy meal and hot spring experience. Let’s learn about the method of breathing to become healthy.

     

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    Shinkokyu Yojo

    Starting date: 2018/06/01

    Fee: 147,000 yen per person (tax and service fee (10%) are not included)

    Fixed number: 1 group (2 persons) per day

    Please make a reservation via the website 14 days before

    Only the lodgers of the accommodation can participate in this program

     

     

    星のや京都「嵐山の夏の風物詩・鵜飼を間近で鑑賞するアクティビティ」

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Activity where you can observe cormorant fishing, a summer feature in Arashiyama”

    “Hoshinoya Kyoto” located in Kyoto, Arashiyama will hold “Private Ukai (cormorant fishing) Kanshobune (observing from the boat).” In this activity, you can observe the summer feature of Arashiyama “cormorant fishing” at “Oi River” which flows in front of the accommodation. Tea ceremony dishes using the motifs of Arashiyama’s views and histories will be served to the participants. You can also listen to the sound of Shamisen and drink Champaign.

     

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    “Private Ukai Kanshobene”

    Date: 2018/07/01 to 09/23 (except 08/16)

    Time: 19:00~ (18:30~ – 09/01)

    Departing/arriving place: Hoshinoya Kyoto

    Fee: 58,300 yen per person (tax and service fee (10%) are not included) ※lodging fee is not included

    Only the lodgers of Hoshinoya Kyoto can participate in this program

    Fixed number: 1 group per day (1 group – 2 to 4 persons)

    Reservation must be made 7 days before via the website

     

     

    星のや京都「奥嵐山の納涼滞在」

     Hoshinoya Kyoto “Staying Experience in Okuarashiyama”

    “Hoshinoya Kyoto” will hold 5 summer/waterfront activities named “Okuarashiyama Noryo Taizai (staying experience) from the 1st of July 2018 to the 31st of August. The activity includes events such as “Okuarashiyama’s Noryoyuka,” “Mizube no Yaza” where you can experience stretching/meditation lessons at nighttime and “Noryobune Lunch” where you can enjoy eating lunch on a boat. Why not avoid the summer heat and enjoy the culture of Okuarashima filled with maple trees.

     

    Why not participate in one of the events noted above this coming summer!

     

     

    ■Information

    Hoshino Resort official website;

    https://www.hoshinoresorts.com

     

     

  • MOSHI MOSHI BOX Questionnaire to 100 Foreigners: #2 “Where are you heading to next in Tokyo?”

    12.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX.

    This is the second entry to our already-popular series where we ask questions to 100 foreigners. We give questionnaires about Japan to foreign tourists that come into the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

    The 2nd question we asked people was “Where are you heading to next in Tokyo?” Let’s take a look at the answers!

     

     

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    1st Place: Shibuya (34 Votes)
    The most popular answer was Shibuya, which got more than double that of the 2nd place rank. It’s common to see lots of foreign tourists taking photos of Shibuya’s famous Scramble Crossing. In the questionnaire answers, a lot of people were planning to go there for fashion and shopping.

     

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    I really love shopping. ―Karymoon, Mexico

     

    ・I’ve always wanted to try going to 109! I love fashion. ―Brigitte, France
    ・I’m off to buy clothes. If you’re going from Harajuku you can walk there [Shibuya] and stroll while window shopping. ―liu, China

     

     

    浅草 

    2nd Place: Asakusa (13 Votes)
    Asakusa is popular for its traditional townscape. There was an overwhelming number of people on their way to Sensou-ji Temple. Asakusa is a great for accessing other great sightseeing spots too like Skytree and Ueno.

     

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    I want to see the beautiful, traditional streets. ―Anonymous, US

     

    ・I’m collecting goshuin from shrines, so I’m going to the famous temple of Asakusa. ―LEE SUU JUNG, Taiwan
    ・I like the traditional culture of Japan. I go to Asakusa every time I come to Japan. ―Anonymous, US

     

     

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    3rd Place: Ueno (12 Votes)
    Coming close to a tie with Asakusa is Ueno. Ueno is filled with lots of fun places to visit, like museums and the zoo, making it a great place to spend the day.

     

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    I heard that the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park are beautiful, so I’m going to go there. ―Celine, France

     

    ・I’m thinking about going to the zoo and Ueno Park. ―Kati, Australia
    ・I like pandas, so I’m going to go and see Ueno Zoo. ―Bianca, Italy

     

     

    Other Answers:

    Akihabara
    I love anime! If we’re talking anime merchandise, then it’s “Akiba,” right? ―Jackson, UK

     

    Ikebukuro
    Ikebukuro is the haven for female otaku. It’s also the best since there are so many cosplay events there. ―Anonymous, US

     

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    Ginza
    I like the stylish streets. I’m gonna go there to shop. ―Adre, Portgual

     

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    Tsukiji
    I love sushi! I’m going to go and eat delicious sashimi at Tsukiji. I want to experience the unique atmosphere too.

     

    新宿

    Shinjuku
    I’m going to the big UNIQLO, museum and Hanazono Shrine found only in Shinjuku. ―Anonymous, Australia

     

    東京タワー

    Tokyo Tower
    It looks fun. It’s a famous place in Japan, isn’t it? ―Sue, US

     

     

    MOSHI MOSHI BOX アンケート

    Did you enjoy this questionnaire? Travelers have a surprisingly similar mindset to that of Japanese people when it comes to having fun in Tokyo.

    If you have any questions about anything or topics you want us to cover then please send us a message on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/msmsnippon/

    We’ll continue to hold more questionnaires with foreign tourists at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, so be sure to drop by to see us if you’re in Harajuku!

     

     

    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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  • MOSHI MOSHI BOX Staff Recommends: 6 Tasty Souvenirs at Shinjuku Station

    10.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    It’s safe to say that a lot of people who travel around Tokyo use Shinjuku Station. There’s a lot of souvenir shops around there, but it can be difficult to know what to buy.

     

    In this article, the staff over at the MOSHI MOSHI BOX, Harajuku’s tourist information center loved by travelers, will introduce you to some places to pick up a great souvenir around Shinjuku station, all easily accessible via train lines and the shinkansen!

     

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    Ruki’s Recommendations (Spanish Staff) – “BAKE CHEESE TART”
    They have a crispy and fluffy texture! They’re sweet and really delicious.

    They’re tasty as they are, but I recommend eating them hot when the shop opens, that’s when they’re best♡

     

    ◼︎Information
    BAKE CHEESE TART – Shinjuku LUMINE EST Branch
    Address: LUMINE EST Shinjuku 1F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: [Monday-Friday] 11:00-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 10:30-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays. (Except when LUMINE EST Shinjuku is closed)
    Access: Inside JR Shinjuku Station
    TEL: 03-5925-8170
    Website: http://www.bake.co.jp/

     

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    Minimal’s Recommendations (Hong Kong Staff) – Cream Puffs at “Choux d’Enfer Paris”
    Cute, bite-sized cream puffs! The outside sugar is crunchy and the dough is light.

    They have regular flavours like custard and chocolate, but also Japanese-style flavours including cherry blossom and matcha.

     

    ◼︎Information
    Choux d’Enfer PARIS NEWoMan – Shinjuku Branch
    Address: NEWoMan (Inside Shinjuku Station at New South Exit), 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 8:00~22:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: Inside JR Shinjuku Station at New South Exit
    TEL: 03-3354-2181
    Website: http://choux-d-enfer-paris.jp

     

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    Banako’s Recommendations (Chinese-Speaking Staff) – “Ginza Cozy Corner”
    Ginza Cozy Corner sells delicious western-style confectioneries. I recommend their matcha flavoured yakikashi (baked sweets)! They’re made with carefully selected high quality ingredients such as Uji matcha and Uji houjicha that will make you feel relaxed. You can enjoy a combination of traditional Japan and western-style confectionery!

     

    ◼︎Information
    Ginza Cozy Corner – JR Shinjuku Station South Exit Grounds
    Address: JR Shinjuku Station South Exit Grounds, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 9:00-23:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: JR Shinjuku Station South Exit Grounds
    TEL: 03-3346-0192
    Website: http://www.cozycorner.co.jp/

     

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    Midori’s Recommendations (Miss ID Semifinalist) – Pochiokaki at “Hyouhyouan”
    These crunchy rice crackers come in decorative envelopes with beautiful Edo designs! They can of course be given as a New Year’s gift, and are a sign of good luck as a celebratory present. The rice crackers are also made of a rare mochi rice from Toyama Prefecture. They will satisfy kids and adults alike.

     

    ◼︎Information
    Hyouhyouan
    Address: NEWoMan SHINJUKU 2F, 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 08:00-22:00
    Access: 30-minutes’ on foot from JR Shinjuku Station South Exit
    TEL: 03-6380-1377
    Website: http://www.kakiyama.com/hyohyoan/

     

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    Ellie’s Recommendations (English-Speaking Staff) – Namasasara at “Yui”
    This shop sells cute bite-sized Japanese sweets. You can buy them from inside NEWoMan which is a shopping facility directly connected to Shinjuku Station. Each and every one of their fine confectioneries are carefully handmade by experts. They sell sweets individually too, so I recommend them as a little present!

     

    ◼︎Information
    Yui – NEWoMan Shinjuku
    Address: Yui NEWoMan Shinjuku 2F, 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 8:00-22:00
    Access: 30-minutes’ on foot from JR Shinjuku Station South Exit
    TEL: 03-3353-5521
    Website: http://www.ryoguchiya-korekiyo.co.jp/

     

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    Shiota’s Recommendations (Director of MOSHI MOSHI BOX) – An Chocolate at “L’OLIOLI 365”
    “An Chocolate” is a steamed dessert made with red bean and chocolate. The center has two layers and the bottom is a red bean and chocolate mousse. They have plenty of flavours including apricot jam, caramel, matcha and more.

     

    ◼︎Information
    L’OLIOLI 365 – Shinjuku Isetan Branch
    Address: Shinjuku Isetan B1F, 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 10:30-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays. (Except when Isetan is closed)
    Access: 4-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station via any line
    TEL: 03-3352-1111
    Website:  http://www.anniversary-web.co.jp/lolioli/text/top.html

     

    Did you enjoy the staff’s list?

     

    If you find yourself stuck on what to buy as a gift, then be sure to reference this article. Have a wonderful trip in Tokyo♫

     

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  • 7 Best Spots to Visit During Autumn in Ishikawa Prefecture’s City of Kaga

    27.September.2020 | SPOT

    Ishikawa Prefecture is generally split into two areas—Kaga and Noto—and these areas are home to six cities dubbed Kaga no Kuni, or “Kaga Country.” The cities include Kaga, Komatsu, Nomi, Kawakita, Hakusan, and Nonoichi. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the must-visit spots in these cities to visit during the autumn season.

     

    Kaga Country’s Autumn Colours

    Natadera Temple in Komatsu

    The beautiful Natadera Temple is a symbol of southern Kaga and even has a Michelin star in Michelin Green Guide Japan. It’s home to a large number of important cultural properties such as the picturesque Kigan Yusenkyo Rock Formations. Visitors can ross the Fugetsukyo Bridge to reach the observation deck from which their eyes are treated to all the fiery colours of autumn.

     

    Address: Yu-122 Natamachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa
    TEL: 0761-65-2111
    Natadera Temple Official Website: http://www.natadera.com/

     

    Kakusenkei Gorges in Kaga

    The Kakusenkei Gorges are located in a valley where the Daishoji River runs. Its autumnal beauty is said to be the most beautiful in all of Japan’s Hokuriku region. The 1.3km stretch of the valley has a public footpath which is perfect during autumn as you gaze at the red and yellow leaves overlooking the river below.

     

    Address: Kakusenkei Gorges, Yamanakaonsen Kajikamachi, Ho, Kaga, Ishikawa
    TEL: 0761-78-0330
    Information: https://www.yamanaka-spa.or.jp/global/eng/view2.html

     

    Matsusaki in Nomi

    Matsusaki is an onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn) that was built during the Edo Period. It’s enjoyed greatly for its open-air baths which boast their own water source as well as their kaiseki-ryori traditional Japanese multi-course dinner made using local ingredients. It’s also the setting for the Japanese novel Umi no Naru Toki. It boasts a gorgeous garden with an area that overlooks trees which blossom beautifully in autumn.

     

    Address: 3-1 Tatsunokuchimachi, Nomi, Ishikawa
    TEL: 0761-51-3111
    Matsusaki Official Website: https://www.matsusaki.jp/

     

    Jumoku Park in Hakusan

    The park located by the Ringyoshiken Center in Ishikawa Prefecture is home to a variety of towering regional trees. There are 900 trees of 130 different species, which give rise to beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring. It also enjoy incredible autumn scenery and is home to rolling fields and a Japanese-style garden too. It offers must-see views throughout all four seasons.

     

    Address: Ho-1 Sannomiyamachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa
    TEL: 076-272-0673
    Information: https://www.pref.ishikawa.lg.jp/ringyo/about/park.html

     

    Aramata Gorge in Komatsu

    Aramata Gorge is known as one of the Eight Views of Kano. The Osugidani River flows through this year, and there’s huge strangely shaped rocks and rolling trees which create an incredible sight to see. There’s a 400m path which bustles with people during the autumn months who flock to see the verdure.

     

    Address: Akazemachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa

     

    Bettou Suspension Bridge in Hakusan

    Bettou Suspension Bridge is the entryway to the highset peak of Hakusan. The discharge of rocks to the area in 2004 meant that the bridge had to be rebuilt. The towering bridge offers a panoramic view of autumnal trees and bushes.

     

    Address: Shiramine, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa

     

    Tedori Gorge in Hakusan

    The beautiful Tedori Gorge was created as a result of the flow of Tedori River. Along the 8km path, which runs from Komon Bridge to Taizan Bridge, is a 20m-30m precipitous cliff. The surroundings along the bridge are a must-see, bringing people together every year to see the autumn environment.

     

    Address: Kamashimizumachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa

  • YUEN BETTEI DAITA: Tokyo’s New Onsen Ryokan Opening in Shimokitazawa

    26.September.2020 | SPOT

    UDS HOTELS is set to open YUEN BETTEI DAITA, a new onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn), in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, on September 28, 2020. The hotel is just a 1-minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station and an 8-minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station.

    YUEN BETTEI DAITA sits in a quiet location surrounded by old, historical Japanese houses and is basked in nature. It houses 300 guest rooms and has open-air baths, a spa, and offers traditional Japanese food the tea ceremony.

     

    The inn is equipped with considerate facilities and has a relaxed atmosphere. It caters to modern day needs while still promising a traditional Japanese inn experience. And it doesn’t have to be just used as a hotel either – guests can just spend the day there in the hot springs if they like, allowing locals to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and their busy Tokyo lives.

     

    The Design

    YUEN BETTEI DAITA bases itself on the appearance of residences seen back in Tokyo back in the day. The hotel has taken in furniture and materials that were inherited in a thatched-roof residence in Setagaya which has over a 100 year history, which gives a nod to the history and culture of traditional Japanese architecture, while still incorporating more modern techniques in the wooden roofing and other areas. All of this combines to create a sophisticated Japanese culture-imbued space.

     

    Guest Rooms

    There are 35 guest rooms in total, each coming in one of seven types ranging from 19㎡-32㎡. The rooms open up into a tatami and seating area. Guests are provided with yukata and leather-soled geta shoes, and are treated to Japanese tea and confections from local shops.。

    Open-air onsen baths (1st Floor)

    The large open-air baths receive water from Odakyu Hotel de Yama’s own water source in Hakone. Guests can enjoy looking at a traditional Japanese garden while they bathe and listen to the sound of the water from Mount Fuji. The female baths also have scented mist saunas while the male baths have dry saunas.

     

    Cooking & Tea Ceremony (1st Floor)

    Kappou Tsukikage

    Enjoy seasonal vegetables harvested from the local farms in Setagaya as well as Japanese sake and wine chosen to pair perfectly with the dishes.

     

    Saryou Tsukikage

    Guests can also experience the Japanese ceremony with local tea. Daita was once rich with tea farms, and so guests can look forward to enjoying delicious and authentic tea.

     

    SOJYU spa

    If guests want to relax the hotel’s SOJYU spa offers full body massage, original essential oil treatments, and much more. The spa will also be open to non-guests from spring next year.

  • Ruriko Temple’s Five Story Pagoda to be Lit Up With Magical Illuminations

    22.September.2020 | SPOT

    The Five Story Pagoda of Ruriko Temple is a National Treasure of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The site is commemorating the 600th anniversary since the birth of Sesshū Tōyō, the Japanese master of ink and wash painting, with a special event on September 26 and 27 and October 10 and 11.

     

    The Five Story Pagoda was built in 1442 using skilful architectural techniques from the mid-Muromachi period. It is considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful pagodas.

    1,000 candles are set to be lit along the pathway to the pagoda, lighting up the way with enchanting light. The spectacle is set to be posted on the official Yamaguchi Prefecture PR YouTube page so that more people can enjoy the show.

     

    2020 marks the 600th anniversary of Sesshū Tōyō who is considered the most prominent master of ink and wash painting in Japan. In his mid 30’s, he visited Yamaguchi so that he could cross over to China on the Ōuchi clan’s mission to Ming China. He returned to 1483 where he based himself and worked until he passed away in 1506 at age 87.

  • RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park: The New Landmark of Nagoya Combines Shopping Experience With the Outdoors

    20.September.2020 | SPOT

    Hisaya-odori Park is a park and shopping complex which opened on Friday (September 18, 2020) in Nagoya, Aichi. It will serve culture, experience, and products next to the newly renovated Nagoya TV Tower.

     

    Hisaya-odori Park


    Hammock Day


    Park Wagons

    The park is split into five areas like Hammock Day where you can kick back in one of the hammocks while listening to music, pick up some produce at the Farmer’s Market, do some morning yoga, and more. The park will also have a line of trucks and wagons selling food, drink, items, and more.

     

    RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park

    RAYARD has also opened its second shopping complex at Hisaya-odori Park following the opening of RAYARD MIYASHITA PARK in Shibuya. The complex houses 35 restaurants and shops, 22 of which have never opened a branch in Nagoya before, which will deliver fashion, sports, food, communication, and so on.

     

    A variety of popular cafes in RAYARD are opening in Nagoya for the first time, like the Snoopy-themed PEANUTS Cafe, the the bakery and cafe ESPRESSO D WORKS which is known for its “100 one hundred” bread which is world’s first made with 100% water content, and Karuizawa’s very popular cafe and restaurant Eloise’s Cafe.

     

    There’ll be plenty of sweet treats to tuck into too, like crepes from ROCCA&FRIENDS CREPERIE to TEA which is so popular in Osaka that people can be waiting up to 2 hours in line, matcha desserts from Kyoto-based sweet shop Shimizu-Ippoen, and bonbons from South Korea’s number one cafe Cafe de paris.

     

    If you’re wanting a real meal, enjoy some casual Italian dining at Arcoba which is managed by the former head chef of Kyoto’s famous restaurant IL GHIOTTONE. Or perhaps yakiniku from Yakiniku Tokugawaen which uses Japanese black wagyu from Kyushu as the main meat on its menu. Kouji MARUTANI will also be there serving up local ingredients from Mikawa, food made with koji, a variety of craft sakes, and more.

     

    RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park will offer a wide range of interactive experiences too such as at the creative community cafe FabCafe Nagoya which makes use of 3D printing and digital fabrication, Snow Peak which provides a live view of nature, T4 NAGOYA where you can play ping pon indoors and outdoors, narifuri which sells bicycle apparel, and so on.

     

    There is much and more to see at RAYARD Hisaya-odori Park, so if you’re in Japan this year, head to Nagoya to enjoy the autumn atmosphere.

  • Experience a Stylish Picnic at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

    19.September.2020 | SPOT

    Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens is now taking bookings for its upcoming “Garden Picnic 2020 -Autumn Season-” event which is set to run from September 26 to November 23.

     

    The Gaden Picnic event began in spring last year, and this time around, they’re hosting a special autumn themed picnic. Visitors can expect to tuck into a seasonal food lineup while enjoying the cooling autumn weather.

    Garden Picnic 2020 offers a range of picnic rental necessities from food to drinks, desserts, picnic sheets, chopping boards, cutlery sets, dried flowers, garlands, alphabet letters, blackboards, bubbles, and more, so visitors can enjoy a proper and memorable picnic experience—one that will definitely be Instagram worthy—amongst the autumnal verdure of the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

    The garden paths, flower beds, and the Rokko mountains offer a beautiful outdoor experience throughout all four seasons. Autumn in particular, as the colours of the mountains transition into vibrant red and yellow hues and sway underneath the clear sky. From cosmos to gorgeous globe amaranth, colourful sage, and other autumnal flowers, it’s the perfect setting for an autumn aesthetic picnic.

  • Experience Old Time Kyoto in Autumn 2020 With Tea and Textiles

    18.September.2020 | SPOT

    Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is also called the birth place of Japanese culture, with a history spanning 1,200 years. Today, we’re going to take a look at a number of upcoming events and seasonal items on sale in Kyoto for autumn 2020.

     

    Celebrating 300 years of Tango Chirimen

    This year marks 300 years since Tango Chirimen was established, a company located in Tango in northern Kyoto that specialises in a Japanese textile of flat woven silk known as ‘chirimen.’ There are many local chirimen brands around Japan, but it is the chirimen from Tango that has stood above the rest these past 300 years. The brand is now looking to the start of a new era for itself during its triple century milestone.

     

    LIFE WITH THE QUALITY

    Tango Chirimen is currently displaying a collaborative art exhibit at NEWoMan Shinjuku in Tokyo. This includes the entry display made in collaboration with Japanese artist Saki Tanaka, wall art made from woven fabrics, and more.

     

    Running: Until September 30, 2020

    Location: NEWoMan Shinjuku

    Lineup: Display in collaboration with Saki Tanaka, wall art, and more

     

    United Arrows x Tango Chirimen

    United Arrows is also collaborating with the brand and incorporating their logo mark “TANGO OPEN” on a new men’s t-shirt.

     

    Product Name: BY Tango Broad Wide Form Tapered Shirt
    Buy Here: https://store.united-arrows.co.jp/shop/by/goods.html?gid=52838245
    Sold at: BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS stores and their official online store

     

    Taste tea from Uji on Japanese Tea Day

    It is generally considered that the first tea of the season in Japan is best enjoyed from the end of April and during May, but in fact Japanese tea is the perfect season to enjoy Japanese tea, specially since the country celebrates Japanese Tea Day (Nihoncha no Hi) on October 1 and 31.

     

    Ujicha, or tea from Uji in Kyoto, boasts some of the most famous kinds of teas in Japan. This includes matcha, sencha, and gyokuro, all of which were first grown in southern Kyoto. Because of this, it is said that Ujicha marks the origins of Japanese tea. So when you visit Japan during autumn, why not celebrate Japanese Tea Day with some authentic tea from Uji?

     

    Ujicha Tea Murie Online Course

    The Ujicha Tea Murie Course has been held since 2015 in Kyoto, and this year, the course is heading online for the first time as a result of the pandemic. Learn how to make and serve Uji tea from a professional tea instructor as well as its history and more.

     

    Running: Session 1: September 15, 2020 / Session 2: October 2, 2020 / Session 3: October 17, 2020

    Book: Online
    Requirements: Download and install Zoom
    Official Website: https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/yamashiro/ocha/

     

    Certified Ujicha tea cafes for an authentic experience

    Tsujiri Rihei Ginza | Tsujiri Rihei Senju

    Nakamura Tokichi Ginza

    Tsujiri Rihei Ginza, Tsujiri Rihei Senju, and Nakamura Tokichi Ginza are all cafes in Tokyo that are officially recognised for serving authentic Ujicha tea which also includes proper preparation as well as teaching the history and culture behind the tea. These three cafes are also holding an Ujicha tea stamp rally as well as a Twitter hashtag campaign.

  • teamLab’s Borderless Autumn Themed Digital Art Exhibition Arrives in Tokyo

    16.September.2020 | SPOT

    teamLab Borderless is a world of artwork without boundaries, a museum without a map created by art collective teamLab. Over at their museum in Tokyo, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless, they are exhibiting a range of autumn themed digital art in time for the changing seasons. Let’s take a closer look at what’s on show.

    September Flowers

    October Flowers

    Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year | teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year looks at the life cycle of flowers. Throughout the year, with the passing of time, flowers bloom and change. They bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity as the flowers propagate. When too many flowers grow, they scatter and fade all at once. When people touch them, the flower petals scatter and fall away

     

    A variety of autumn flowers will be recreated in digital art, such as Blackberry Lily (September) and Red Spider Lily (October). Visitors who touch these digital flowers will see them wither and decay, and subsequently bloom new flowers in their place.

    Rice Fields

    Autumn Colours
    Memory of Topography | teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    This artwork installation depicts a rural mountain landscape of varying elevations. The scenery instills in the viewer a feeling of eternal permanence, however with the flow of real time the scenery is continuously changing. In the spring, the rice fields are still small and lush. In summer, they begin to mature, and in fall, they turn a golden color.

     

    The colours of autumn will be depicted in its glorious combination of golds and reds for the exhibit.

    Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    When a person stands still close to a lamp at Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain, it shines brightly and emits a colour that resonates out. The light becomes the starting point, and it spreads to the two nearest lamps. The light from the two nearest lamps transmits the same colour to other lamps, spreading out continuously. The light transmitted always resonates out as a bright light once, passing to close lamps, until all lamps have shone brightly once, and then returns to the first lamp.

     

    For October, this exhibit will turn into Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain.

    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Make tea, and flowers bloom inside the teacup. If you pick up the teacup, the flowers scatter and spread outside of the cup. Flowers bloom infinitely as long as there is tea. The tea in the teacup becomes an infinite world in which the flowers continue to bloom. Drink in the infinitely expanding world.

     

    The exhibition hall’s tea house “EN TEA HOUSE” will see a variety of autumnal flowers used including safflower, dianthus, and Chinese aster for September and cosmos, osmanthus, and chrysanthemum for October.

  • Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations 2020-2021 to Take Place at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika

    15.September.2020 | SPOT

    Toki no Sumika is set to host its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” from September 19, 2020 to March 21, 2021.

     

    Forest of Trees Illuminations


    The Forest of Trees was created together with locals and wraps visitors in a magical fantasy land of lights underneath the shimmer of stardust. This trail of trees leads visitors to the next area, the Royal Palace on the Hill.

     

    Royal Palace on the Hill


    The “Versailles Lights” water laser show entertains onlookers with a rhythmic show. A new spot has also been developed this year called “It’s a colorful world” where cuter balls of light change colour to the sounds that play. There’s also one of the world’s biggest “Bells of Love” clad in colours galore to radiate the dark night, “Slow House Twinkle,” and “Super Searchlight.”

     

    Tunnel of Lights


    Spanning 370m along, the “Tunnel of Lights” changes colours as time passes, enveloping people in a sparkling galaxy of illuminations. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities.

     

    Twin Trees & First Dream Bridgeツインツリーと初夢の橋

    The colour of the 120-year-old fir tree at the site this year will be white. The 20 meter-tall tree will be decorated simply and gently, with more LED lights than ever before, to enhance its beauty. The “First Dream Bridge” will give rise to the “Stardust Road” of countless illuminations that run along it.

     

    Underwater Paradise Aquarium

    Around 4,500 goldfish of 200 species, including rare kinds, from all around Japan are collected here. It continues to grow as Japan’s only goldfish aquarium both in name and reality. Enjoy seeing them swim while gorgeous lights light up the room.

  • nol kyoto sanjo: Kyoto’s New Hotel Renovated From an Old Townhouse

    15.September.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyu Land Corporation are set to open the new hotel “nol kyoto sanjo” in central Kyoto on November 1, 2020. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station.

     

    A place where you can be yourself

    Hotels in Japan are more and more catering to a wide variety of guests’ needs as well as not only providing convenience and being affordable, but creating a space that really places importance on peoples’ stay experience. And nol kyoto sanjo follows suit, allowing people to both let their hair down where they can be themselves as well as enjoy the local area. This comes in response to peoples’ desire to have a stay experience that feels like it’s their own home.

     

    Clad in Kyoto, living in Sanjo

    The concept for the hotel’s design was conceived by Kyoto Vintage. Sanjo-dori is connected to Kyoto’s main street, making it a convenient location for reaching the city centre. It’s also home a variety of architectural examples from old, ancient buildings to more modern ones built during the Meiji Period. Surrounding the hotel is a whole selection of cafes famous for their breakfast menus, restaurants that use local ingredients, long-standing stationery shops, and more. The hotel sits in the perfect spot for coming in contact with the local people and city.

     

    The hotel lounge built from an old townhouse

    The hotel site is renovated from a townhouse that was built during the Edo Period. It was formerly used as a place for selling Kinshi Masamune sake. To ensure that old, quaint charm was preserved in the refurbishment, the hotel hired a Japanese designer and planner who is known for renovating these kinds of townhouses in Japan.

     

    The entrance to the hotel greets guests with the lounge which gives people a chance to kick back and relax in this authentic building. Guests are even given some Kinshi Masamune sake as a welcome drink.

     

    High grade guest rooms for medium to long stays

    There are three kinds of guest rooms including 2-people rooms, 4-people rooms, and rooms with an additional Japanese-style room attached to it, for a total of 48, all of which face the hotel gardens. The rooms were designed by Yukio Hashimoto who has made sure to preserve both the townhouse and feel of the materials which have only ripened with age while adding a high grade feel to them. The scent of hinoki leaf invites you to relax in your room. All rooms are equipped with microwaves, washing machines, and mini kitchens too, making it perfect for guests looking to stay a while. Pick up some local ingredients from town and get cooking.

     

    Old-time Kyoto served in a new style

    Old townhouses used since ancient times are on the decrease in Kyoto. By renovating and reusing, new life can be breathed into them while promoting that ancient culture. If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto, be sure to check out nol kyoto sanjo, opening November 1, 2020.

  • FUFU NIKKO: The New Hot Spring Hotel in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

    15.September.2020 | SPOT

    Kato Pleasure Group is set to open its 4th branch of FUFU NIKKO hotels in Nikko, Tochigi on October 2, 2020 following their Atami, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nara branches.

     

    A resort steeped in Japanese history and culture

    The site in which the hotel is located has a sacred air to it. It dates back to the Meiji Period and has continued into modern times. Upon entering the hotel, your ears are treated to the sound of classical music. Overhead you will spot high ceilings made from wood which give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere.The shadows of the outside walls, the warmth of the inviting lights, and the metallic decorations which catch the light present a calm and quiet mood.

     

    Classy and sophisticated cuisine

    Both the food and plates it is served on capture the essence and beauty of the Japanese way. Meals are prepared using seasonal ingredients from Tochigi as well as high quality foods like foie gras, truffles, and caviar. Each dish expresses elegance and refinement and combines both Japanese and Western flavours.

     

    Hot spring water sourced from Tamozawa

    All rooms at the hotel are fitted with hot springs or large baths which natural light from the outdoors shining through. In the open-air baths, guests get to experience the surrounding sights of nature coupled with the sound of the flowing stream and chirping birds.

  • Shibuya’s New Tourist Information Centre ‘SHIBU HACHI BOX’ Opens October 1

    12.September.2020 | SPOT

    Shibuya is set to welcome tourists to its all-new tourist information centre SHIBU HACHI BOX which will open on October 1, 2020.

    Conveniently located outside of Shibuya Station next to Shibuya’s iconic Scramble Crossing and Hachiko statue, SHIBU HACHI BOX, managed by PLAY! DIVERSITY SHIBUYA, will act as the hub for tourist and sightseeing information on events, food, shopping, hotels, and more.

    The centre will also house a PR space for its supporting partner NTT Docomo which will offer entertainment and video content related to the latest in technology and more.

     

    SHIBU HACHI BOX will be ready waiting to welcome the people of the world to Shibuya as they step outside of the famous Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station.

  • 6 Best Spots to Visit in Japan’s Oita Prefecture During Autumn – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    10.September.2020 | SPOT

    Oita in Kyushu has been nicknamed “Hot Spring Prefecture Oita” due to having the largest number of hot spring water sources and outputs in Japan. Oita welcomes many visitors every year who flock to the prefecture’s many famous hot spring locations like Beppu and Yufuincho Kawakami.

     

    But the charm of Oita doesn’t lie solely in its hot springs. It’s also a location that offers breathtaking scenery during autumn. We’ve picked 6 spots around Oita Prefecture that are must-visits during autumn.

     

    Keiseki-en

    The gorge of Yabakei is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty in Japan. Keiseki-en is a beautiful Japanese garden that was built to commemorate the completion of the Yabakei dam. It’s home to over 31,000 individual trees of around 100 species as well as a lake, waterfalls, and crags. It’s a place that boasts natural beauty throughout all four seasons.

     

    Address: 2286-1 Yabakeimachi Ōaza Ōshima, Nakatsu, Oita

     

    Kinrin Lake

    Kinrin Lake is one of Yufu’s most famous sightseeing spots for the mysterious torii gate that sits within the lake. Spring water and hot spring water flows through the lake, and because the temperature of the water is warm throughout the year, you can see steam rising from the surface in the early hours of winter days. Tenso Shrine also sits on the bank of the lake which is home to a sacred tree that’s designated as a natural monument.

     

    Address: 1561 Yufuinchō Kawakami, Yufu, Oita
    Access: 20 minutes on foot from Yufuin Station (JR Line)

     

    Kyusuikei

    Kyusuikei’s scenery spans through the prefectural road that connects the Kokonoe IC to Yamanami Highway. Its 2km expanse is made up of sheer cliffs which create the valley that is known for its autumn colours. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the maple and ginkgo trees from the observation deck that runs along the cliff. There are other nearby sightseeing spots too like Kokonoe Yume Otsurihasi Bridge and Kyusuikei Onsen hot springs.

     

    Address: Tano, Kokonoe, Kusu District, Oita
    Access: 20-minutes by car from Kokonoe IC

     

    Hakubakei

    The valley of Hakubaki was designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty of the city of Usuki. In autumn, surrounding trees are dyed in reds and yellows, bringing people from all over to witness the spectacle. And because the valley it at a high altitude, the gradation of the colourful trees changes as you go further in.

     

    Address: Badai, Usuki, Oita
    Access: 5-minutes by car from Usuki IC

     

    Fukiji Temple

    Fukiji Temple was built in the Heian Period for the high priest of Usa Jingu. The temple is a national treasure, and the Amida-Nyōrai contained inside is designated by the Japanese government as an Important Cultural Property.

     

    Address: 2395 Tashibufuki, Bungotakada, Oita
    Access: 30-minutes by car from Usa Station

     

    Mount Kuju

    Mount Kuju stands as the highest mountain in Kyushu Island at nearly 1,800-meters tall, which has also led to to be nicknamed the “Rooftop of Kyushu.” Its has many peaks, the highest being Mount Nakadake at 1,791-meters. One peak in particular draws mountain climbers, and that’s Mount Taisen. At its apex one can enjoy the breathtaking autumn colours together with the sight of the rolling mountains.

     

    Address: Tano, Kokonoe, Kusu District, Oita
    Access: 40-minutes by car from Kokonoe IC.

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