5 Tokyo Hotels a Little Different From the Rest

18.May.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Do you ever first yourself stuck for choice when it comes to choosing a hotel to stay at during your trip? Since you’re making the effort to travel, you want your hotel destination to be an enjoyable experience too, right?

 

We’ve compiled a list of hotels in Tokyo that are a little different from the rest and opened, or are set to open in 2018.

 

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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Otsuka

At OMO, they focus on tourism, offering not simply rooms, but a travel experience. They focus on elevating the excitement of travel for its guests by giving them the chance to fully enjoy towns and cities and the tourist spots connected to them. The hotel offers a service that helps guests discover the entertaining opportunities available to them all within walking distance of the hotel, allowing a deepening of knowledge of the city.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107128

 

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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Otsuka

Address: 2-26-1 Otsuka, Toshima, Tokyo

Price: From ¥7,000 (2 People Max. Per Room / Tax & Service Charge Included)

Access: 1-minute on foot from Otsuka Station via the JR Line

TEL: 0570-073-022 (Hoshino Resorts Booking Center 9:00-20:00)

Website: https://omo-hotels.com/otsuka/

 

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Capsule Hotel「MAYU TOKYO WOMAN

Compared to existing capsule hotels, MAYU TOKYO HOTEL has simplified the administration process, reduced the noise level, and is committed to efficient operation. It has considered the current image of capsule hotels and changed the design process in order to increase the private atmosphere. To ensure that guests can enjoy peace of mind, their design changes started from the stairs. MAYU TOKYO HOTEL only employs female staff, which is a large change from the conventional style, and being a female-exclusive hotel,  also makes is a great option for women looking to stay somewhere.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/105495

 

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MAYU TOKYO WOMAN

Address: 1-12-10 Minato, Chuo, Tokyo, 104-0043

Access: 8-min walk from exit B2 of Hatchōbori Station (JR Keiyo Line) or 6-minute walk from exit A2 (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)

TEL: 03-5117-2018

Website: https://www.mayuhotel.jp

 

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Henn-na Hotel Ginza

Henn-na Hotel in Ginza incorporates robots and the latest cutting-edge equipment around. Two humanoid robots are installed at the front desk. A bar is also situated on the first floor that serve 300 types of alcohol including the rum produced at Bar Lamp in Ginza. During the daytime, the bar transforms into a lounge where guests can chat casually. The hotel is very comfortable to stay in, offering equipment such as the iRemocon, ChromeCast and mobile devices, and the rooms are even cleaned by an auto cleaning machine. Why not experience the latest in technology with robots while in Tokyo?

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/91425

 

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Hennna Hotel Ginza

Address: 2-2-1, Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo

TEL: 050-5894-3771 (10:00-18:30)

Website: http://www.hennnahotel.com/ginza/

 

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This hotel fuses retro tastes with modern elements. The reception area features an old 1926 Victrola Credenza gramophone by JVC USA, giving the room a nostalgic and retro feel. Rooms come with big bathrooms, high quality mattresses co-manufactured with Simmons that promise a peaceful sleep, beauty products, massage chairs and more. Consider this hotel―with its nostalgic atmosphere―if you’re looking for some real relaxation.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89240

 

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SAKU REN JIMBOCHO 

Address: 2-5-13 Jinbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

TEL:03-6261-0340

Website: https://saku-ren.com/

 

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Hotel 1899 Tokyo

This hotel is truly Japanese, with ‘tea’ as its core theme. Opening later this year, there will be four types of rooms to choose from, each of which are inspired by Japanese tea shops. The first floor will be home to a restaurant/delicatessen offering dishes and desserts made using tea. The second floor is where the reception will be, and the third floor upwards will be the guest rooms. At the front will be a counter where you can taste test teas, and there’l even be a shop selling tea-related products. The hotel is about a 20-minute taxi ride from Haneda Airport which is super convenient for when you land in Japan.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/79790

 

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Hotel 1899 Tokyo

Address: 6-4 Shinbashi, Minato, Tokyo

Opening: December 1, 2018

Access:

9-minutes on foot from Shinbashi Station via JR Lines, Tokyo Metro Lines, Toei Lines, and Yurikamome

13-minutes on foot from Hamamatsucho Station via JR Lines and Tokyo Monorail

10-minutes on foot from Daimon Station via Toei Lines

6-minutes on foot from Onarimon Station via Toei Lines

20 minutes taxi ride from Haneda Airport / 60 minute taxi ride from Narita Airport

Website: http://1899.jp/hotels/tokyo/

 

We hope this list proves useful when considering your accommodation opens when travelling to Tokyo. Be sure to enjoy your Tokyo trip to the absolute fullest.

 

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    22.April.2018 | SPOT

    Travel booking service Rakuten Travel have listed the top hotels popular with couples for their nightscape view.

     

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    1st Place: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier (Tokyo)

    Placing top for the second year in a row is Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier. With 16 lobby floors, a restaurant, and all guest rooms fitted with huge bedroom windows, this establishment lets you soak up the captivating view of Tokyo at night. There are rooms where you can enjoy the sight from a bathtub, rooms with a guaranteed view of Tokyo Tower, and more.

     

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    2nd Place: Hotel Okura Kobe (Hyogo)

    Standing tall in Hyogo Prefecture, Hotel Okura Kobe is a 35-storey building soaring above Kobe’s waterfront. As well as a look at Osaka Bay rolled out before your very eyes, and the towering Rokko Mountains, guests can look forward to an unbroken view of Kobe Bay, Kobe Port Tower, and other landmarks. Kobe’s night scenery is ranked amongst Japan’s top, and this hotel monopolises its grand view.

     

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    3rd Place: Navios Yokohama (Kanagawa)

    Navios Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture is a hotel with a unique appearance built in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama which is home to countless tourist spots. Here, you can gaze at many famous locations like Yokohama Bay Bridge and Yokohama Bay not only from the guest rooms but the restaurant and bar lounge too.

     

    Did you enjoy this list?

     

    If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, Hyogo or Kanagawa at any point and are looking for hotels, then definitely consider this list as reference in your search!

     

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  • 6 Recommended Hotels in Asakusa Within 5-Minutes’ Walking Distance From Station!

    23.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    At the heart of Tokyo’s shitamachi is Asakusa, a district that lives and breathes history and tradition with its pronounced Edo spirit. It’s also a popular sightseeing location for tourists. Every year, 30 million people roll up to see the symbolic sights of Tokyo’s ancient district, including the Sensō-ji temple and Kaminarimon, or “Thunder Gate.”

     

    In this article, we’re going to recommend 5 hotels within 5-minutes’ walking distance from Asakusa Station. Be sure to find the perfect and most convenient hotel for you.

     

     

    THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon by HULIC

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    This hotel is just 2-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station’s exit. Its stylish design is truly eye-catching. You can see Tokyo Skytree – the tallest tower in the world – from the glazed front floor lobby on the 13th floor. You can also get a full view of the Asakusa’s neighbourhood from the rooftop terrace, as well as Skytree, while enjoying a meal. We recommend this one for people looking for a good view from their hotel.

     

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    THE GATE HOTEL Kaminarimon by HULIC

    Address: 2-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-5826-3877

    Website: https://www.gate-hotel.jp/english/

     

     

    Richmond Hotel Asakusa

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    This is business hotel is located about 3-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station’s A1 exit. The hotel won first place in SPRING’s 2015 business hotel category. The entire building is fitted with Wi-Fi and there are ethernet ports and printers that can be used for free, and every room has electrical outlets. The front desk operates 24-hours a day and there is also baggage storage, as well as microwave ovens on the 6th floor that can be used for free. This one’s recommended for people seeking out a hotel with lots of amenities.

     

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    Richmond Hotel Asakusa

    Address: 2-7-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-5806-0255

    Website: https://richmondhotel.jp/asakusa/

     

     

    Asakusa View Hotel

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    The Tsukuba Express Line and Asakusa Station are directly connected to this sleek, high-rise hotel which stands 28 stories high and has 3 basement floors. Choose from a wide range of different rooms including traditional Japanese rooms, rooms with a fantastic view, rooms with luxurious bedding and amenities and more. The 26th floor is home to the Sky Grill Cafe & Bar where you can tuck into a delicious breakfast while overlooking the town. If you’re searching for a top grade hotel in Asakusa then look no further.

     

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    Asakusa View Hotel

    Address: 3-17-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3847-1111

    Website: https://www.viewhotels.co.jp/asakusa/

     

     

    Asakusa Hotel Hatago

    Feel the charm of traditional Japan at Asakusa Hotel Hatago, situated about 2-minutes by foot from Asakusa Station via the Toei Asakusa Line. All rooms are fitted with traditional tatami flooring, allowing you to relax barefoot in a room that will heal your mind and body. The Japanese style beds are manufactured by Simmons and rooms are equipped with a humidifier and air purifier. The real treat of staying at this hotel is sleeping in a Japanese-style room with traditional bedding. There’s even sliding doors and Japanese-style writing desks, as well as traditional wallpaper, which will give you that Edo feeling. Those looking to stay traditional on their Japanese trip should consider this option.

     

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    Asakusa Hotel Hatago

    Address: 2-6-8 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6802-7277

    Website: http://www.asakusahotel.org

     

     

     Hotel Kaminarimon

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    Hotel Kaminarimon is a long-standing 4 story hotel just 1-minute from Asakusa Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. The hotel is right beside Asakusa’s famous sightseeing spot Kaminarimon – the “Thunder Gate”. From the hotel, you can also see the lights of Nakamise-dori’s shops. There’s plenty of English guidance provided by the hotel, making it a popular destination for foreigners. The rooms are a little small, but they have a real at-home vibe, and you can feel the owner’s care that has gone into the hotel. We recommend Hotel Kaminarimon for people that want to be close by the sightseeing spots.

     

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     Hotel Kaminarimon

    Address: 1-18-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3844-1873

    Website: http://www.kaminarimon.co.jp

     

     

    Khaosan Tokyo Laboratory

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    This cheap hostel is aimed at backpackers, offering a stylish space and based around the concept of being Japan’s most affordable and comfortable hostel. You’ll find it just 5-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station. They have a diverse selection of rooms including rooms perfect for families of 3-4 people, female dormitories with bunk beds, and shared male and female dormitories with bunk beds. It’s cheap to stay there and it’s super clean. You don’t need to worry about your wallet drying up here.

     

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    Khaosan Tokyo Laboratory

    Address: 2-1-4 Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6479-1041

    Website: http://laboratory.khaosan-tokyo.com/ja-jp/

     

     

    Was this list helpful? Be sure to pick out the best option for you so you can conveniently spend a nice relaxing time in Asakusa after a day out.

     

  • Top 10 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Japan for Travelling with Your Pets

    22.December.2017 | SPOT

    Let’s face it, travelling with your pet, whether a cat, dog or some other fluffy critter, leads to a lot of worry, like your pet’s physical condition, causing nuisance to those around you – the list goes on. Well, have no fear when coming to Japan. Rakuten Travel have ranked a list of the top 10 highly-received and accommodating places that will cater to you and your pet when traveling, delivering a hospitable service and coming equipped with all pet amenities.

     

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    1st Place: “Murphy” – Stay over with your pet and reserve a place at the natural hot springs

    The “dog-friendly relaxing spa hotel” Murphy is located in Shizuoka Prefecture and offers a 1-day overnight stay for up to 4 people, and you can take your cat, dog or other small animal with you. Every room has a living room with plenty of space for big dogs and comes prepared with amenities for your pet. Besides the bedrooms, you can also eat in the dining room and spend time with your pet on the terrace with an unbroken view of the ocean. The hotel even has open-air natural hot springs that you can reserve, and guests can use the available pet bath tubs at the washing area if they so wish. Both you and your pet can take a dip together, or if your pet isn’t too good with baths they can sit and wait in the changing room.

     

     

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    2nd Place: “Kominka Shokudo Rokudaime Heiji”

    Kominka Shokudo Rokudaime Heiji can be found in Tochigi Prefecture, just a 15-minute walk from Yunishigawa-Onsen Station. This facility accommodates one person for one night and provides an earthen floor for pets to sleep on. They have a plan available where you can walk together with the site’s two front of house dogs, Ikari Musume-chan and Damu-kun, which has proven popular. Those that have used the plan comment how much fun it is to walk and run together with Damu and Ikari Musume who are very lively.

     

     

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    3rd Place: “Brand-new Day” – A tiny tucked away lodge in Izu-Kōgen

    Brand-new Day is in Shizuoka Prefecture and comes with four ocean-facing rooms. Guests can stay in the same room as their small dog, and this place also has rentable open-air hot springs and doggy bath tubs. People comment how although they were worried about travelling with their dogs for the first time, choosing Brand-new Day was the absolute right way to go, and compliment the lodge for their kind consideration.

     

     

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    4th Place: Hotel Resta

    Situated in Tochigi Prefecture, Hotel Resta is another dog-friendly location. If guests use a cage they can enter the lounge without worry. One person praised the accommodation, saying “I stayed for a couple of days with my chihuahua and family. It was my first long-distance trek with my dog, so I was a little anxious, but there was a dog enclosure I could use at nighttime, so my mind was put at ease. My dog also become accustomed to the room and relaxed well.”

     

     

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    5th Place: “Ashiato no Mori” – A rentable overnight pet villa

    Ashiato no Mori is in Shizuoka Prefecture and was revamped and reopened in July 2016 to accommodate 3 people per night without meals. As well as their ‘dog run’ where your beloved dog can enjoy playing to the fullest, each room caters not only to the owner, but the pet too, filled with dog amenities to make the stay for both the dog and the owner a pleasant experience. The villa has been praised for its attentiveness and amenities for both parties, as well as the hospitality towards pets and consideration of guests.

     

     

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    6th Place: “Maure Sanso” – Maruseppu Hot Spring

    Maure Sanso is a North American style hotel that sits in the middle of a quiet forest in Hokkaido. A cottage complete with hot springs, Maure Sanso is another pet-friendly site that enables guests to stop over with their pets. There’s facilities to cook for yourself making it perfect for long stays. And because there are large public baths where you can enjoy simple alkaline hot springs, it’s a great opportunity for people that want to travel with their pets but also want to enjoy a relaxing time in the onsen.

     

     

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    7th Place: “Guest House Bern”

    Guest House Bern is located atop Kurumayama 1,600m above sea level in Nagano Prefecture. It caters not only to small dogs but bigger ones too thanks to the large spaces available. Guests can enjoy spending precious time with their dogs on a fun dog run or during dinnertime where your dog can join you.

     

     

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    8th Place: “Hamadoraku” in Nishiizu

    If you have a cage or crate available, then you can get an overnight room with a small dog at Hamadoraku in Shizuoka Prefecture. If the weather is good you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji while you ease your fatigue in the open-air baths. One guest said, “We went as a husband and wife with our dog. It’s not a new hotel, but we were pleased with the immaculate state of the rooms and futons.”

     

     

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    9th Place: “Daikokukan”

    Gunma Prefecture’s Daikokukan not only has bedrooms, but a food area too where you can go with your dog. There’s a playroom that can house up to around 20 dogs, so they can have fun even if it’s raining. As well as cats and dogs, the site can also lodge various birds such as parrots and Java sparrows. The hotel has been praised by guests for stocking necessary amenities for pets as well as the pet playroom, the dog run and open-air baths. They also compliment the site for creating a space where dogs can still enjoy themselves even if it’s raining, and for providing rooms where you can take your pets and have fun talking with the other guests.

     

     

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    10th Place: “Ishinoue” – A villa with rooms all equipped with open-air baths

    The final site is in Shizuoka Prefecture, which welcomes dogs, rabbits, ferrets, cats and more. It’s a particularly cat-friendly hotel as it comes with “cat rooms” too. Ishinoue has been commented for the staff’s attentive interactions and communication and as a wonderful experience for people staying overnight with their pets for the first time. The food has also been applauded for being delicious and the cat rooms as a welcome addition for spending a pleasant time with pet cats.

     

     

    If you’re thinking of travelling to Japan with your pet, then be sure to make use of this top 10 list to make your trip a comfortable and stress-free one.

     

     

     

  • Five unique “concept hotels” to make your travels in Japan more exciting.

    22.October.2017 | SPOT

    Choosing a hotel is not easy and everybody wants to stay in a nice hotel. In this article, I will introduce to you some unique “concept hotels” in Japan.

     

     

    SAMURAIS HOSTEL ikebukuro (Tokyo / Ikebukuro)

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    The concept of the hotel is “Samurai/Ninja × Art.” The hotel can be enjoyed as an entertainment facility which offers rooms created under the theme of “wall art” and “castle.” Various events using open spaces, body-armor-wearing/photo-taking experience can be experienced. The fee differs depending on the season but the price range per person is 3,000 yen to 6,000 yen per night. It is a hostel where visitors can enjoy the culture of Japan at a reasonable price.

     

    Detailed information:Enjoy a relaxing stay at the new samurai and ninja-themed hostel which has just opened in Ikebukuro

     

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    SAMURAIS HOSTEL ikebukuro

    Address: 3-52-12, Ikebukuro, Toshimaku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-5904-8384

    URL: http://www.samurai-s.co.jp/

     

     

    BOOK AND BED TOKYO(Tokyo / Asakusa)

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    This is hostel that has two different sections that is, “a book shop where you can sleep” and “a bar where you can sleep.” Full-fledged café bar menus such as original cocktails and coffees will be offered to guests staying overnight and to daytime guests.

    Also, cool original pajamas can be rented. It is a special space where you can read books and sleep.

     

    Detailed information: A book store where you can stay overnight, “BOOK AND BED TOKYO” will open in Asakusa

     

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    BOOK AND BED TOKYO Asakusa (BOOK AND BED TOKYO ASAKUSA)

    Address: 6F of Pagoda Asakusa, 2-16-9, Kaminarimon, Taitoku, Tokyo

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Toei Asakusa Line, Asakusa Station

    URL:http://bookandbedtokyo.com/

     

     

    Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal (Hokkaido/Hakodate)

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    A facility that includes a guest house, a share house and a music bar. The music bar has a stage where performers can hold live concerts. Sound engineers, light engineers and DJ booths are installed and they offer craft beers and wines produced in Hokkaido from 500 yen. They also offer organic vegetables and low-sugar menu items. A cheap accommodation which music fans will love.

     

    Detailed information: Vacant building undergoing renovation in Hokkaido’s Hakodate city will reopen as accommodation for travelers

     

     

     

    Hoshino Resort Tomamu (Hokkaido)

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    Hoshino Resort will offer “Kohri no Hotel (Ice hotel)” for a limited time offer (2018,01,13 to 02,28). The size of the Kohri no Hotel (dome-shaped) is 8.5m in diameter and 3.5m in height, with a wall thickness of 15 to 20cm. The beds, chairs and tables installed inside the hotel are all made of ice. They have sleeping bags which can be used in temperatures of up to minus 30 degrees so you don’t have to worry about the coldness. The hotel is very quiet and therefore you can enjoy a unique stay.

     

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     “Kohri no Hotel”

    Time: 2018,01,13 to 02,28

    Venue: Kohri no Hotel inside Ice Village

    Detailed information: http://www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/topics/1701/

    URL:http://www.snowtomamu.jp/

     

     

    Hotel New Otani (Tokyo)

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    A new room with a whole new concept “Shin Edo Single” was opened. In this room, you can experience a superb stay with a cypress bath which heals and warms your body with its fresh smell and soft texture. The Japanese garden which is 400 years, used to be the compounds of Kiyomasa Kato who is known as a general during the Sengoku Era, the compounds of the Ii family and  Fushimi Palace.

     

    Detailed information:“Shin-Edo Single Rooms” to be offered at Hotel New Otani. Let’s experience a traditional Japanese bath

     

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    Hotel New Otani “Shin Edo Single” room

    Address: 4-1, Kioicho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Fee: one night/one room – 45,344 yen (including tax and service fee)

    Reservation/contact: TEL 03-3234-5678 (direct TEL number to room reservations)

    URL:http://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/stay/room/main/me26/index.html

     

     

    Did you find a hotel you are interested in? If so, why not make travel plans and visit one of these unique hotels.

    Please check the following article, “Manners you must keep to enjoy hotels in Japan.”

     

    Have a nice trip!

     

  • 5 Affordable & Stylish Capsule Hotels and Hostels in Tokyo

    03.October.2017 | SPOT

    We all know that staying in a hotel can be pretty expensive. But if you’re looking to stay somewhere that is stylish and clean with the benefit of being cheap, then look no further. Here are 5 affordable hostels and capsule hotels located in Tokyo.

     

    BOOK AND BED TOKYO (Asakusa)

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    “BOOK AND BED TOKYO” is a hostel designed around the concept of being able to stay in a bookshop. There are 4 branches of BOOK AND BED TOKYO, with the fourth and latest set to open in Asakusa. The hostel comes with an authentic cafe bar menu serving original cocktails, coffee and more from bookshelves to both overnight and daytime guests. From just ¥3,800, you can look forward to the pleasure of books and rest in the very special experience of staying overnight at a book store.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/67896

     

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    BOOK AND BED TOKYO (Asakusa)

    Address: 6F of Pagoda Asakusa, 2-16-9, Kaminarimon, Taitoku, Tokyo

     

    Hours:

    Check In – 16:00 to 23:00

    Check Out – By 11:00

     

    Access:

    3 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

    5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station via the Toei Asakusa Line

    7 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station via the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station

     

    Homepage: http://bookandbedtokyo.com/

     

     

    IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL

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    IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL is located 10 minutes from Shinjuku station and 3 minutes from Shinjuku-Sanchome Station by foot, right by the Hanazono Shrine. The hostel has both normal rooms and traditional Japanese style rooms. A big highlight of the hostel is the cafe & bar on the first floor. (Cafe – 8:00-17:00 / Bar – 18:00-23:00). Accommodation prices from ¥3,500.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/34372

     

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    IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL / CAFE&BAR

    Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku ward, Shinjuku 5-12-2

     

    Hours:

    Check-In – 16:00-23:00

    Check-Out – By 11:00

    Open all year.

     

    Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station / Shinjuku Sanchome Station via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Fukutoshin Line, Toei Shinjuku Line / Higashi Shinjuku Station via the Toei Oedo Line.

    Access:

    9-minute walk from Shinjuku Station East Exit.

    3-minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station Exit E2.
    8-minute walk from Higashi Shinjuku Station Exit A2.

     

    Telephone: 03-5362-7161

    Official Homepage: IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL / CAFE&BAR

     

     

    IMANO TOKYO GINZA HOSTEL

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    “Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel” is also located in Shinjuku. The hostel features a comfortable lounge for guests staying the night where they can enjoy chatting together. It’s a place that recognises and seeks to preserve that “one-in-a-lifetime encounter” while on a trip. As well as a female-only floor, Imano Tokyo Ginza Hostel offers a wide range of different bedding types and room types, from family rooms which the whole family can enjoy together to cost-effective dormitory rooms. Accommodation prices begin at ¥3,400.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/59036

     

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    IMANO TOKYO GINZA HOSTEL
    Address: 1-5-10 Shintomi, Chuo, Tokyo

    Access:

    Located 2-minutes’ walk from Exit 2 or 6-minutes’ walk from Exit 6 of Shintomichō Station via the Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line.
    Located 7-minutes’ walk from Exit A1 of Takaracho Station via the Toei Asakusa Line.
    Located 5-minutes’ walk from Exit A3 of Hatchōbori Station via the JR Keiyō Line.
    Located 10-minutes’ walk from Exit A3 of Hatchōbori Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

     

    Facilities: Café & Bar

     

    Official Website:  https://imano.jp/ginza

     

     

    GLANSIT AKIHABARA

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    “GLANSIT AKIHABARA” is a capsule hotel located just 3 minutes’ walk from Akihabara Station, making it easily accessible, standing at 10 stories high. At every turn of the hotel, from the earthen-coloured bedding area and lounge, is placed materials associated with nature, showing the hotel’s hospitality not just in its functional aspect but its make up too. Beds are fitted with original mattresses provided in joint development with bedding manufacturer Tokyo Nishikawa. Accommodation prices start at ¥3,500.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/58782

     

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    GLANSIT AKIHABARA~COMFORT CAPSULE HOTEL~

    Grand Opening: October 17, 2017
    Address: 4-4-6 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021
    Closed: Never
    TEL: 03-3526-3818
    ※Until the rooms are prepared and the hotel opens, please enquire at the number below.
    03-6858-6090 (available weekdays 10am-5pm)

    Official Website: http://glansit.jp

     

     

    FromScratch TOKYO

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    “FromScratch TOKYO” is an accommodation aimed at foreigners located close by Sumiyoshi Station, a 20 minute train journey from Shinjuku Station via the Toei Shinjuku Line. It includes a shop that rotates services – during the daytime it’s a cafe that serves Japanese tea, while at nighttime it turns into a bar serving Japanese alcohol. Artists are invited to display their latest works and live events are also hosted. FromScratch TOKYO enables guests to immerse themselves in Japanese culture with Japanese tea and alcohol served with with art, music, or on its own.

     

    Full Details: http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/60179

     

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    FromScratch TOKYO

    Address: 2-4-4 Ogibashi, Kotoku, Tokyo, 135-0011

    Access: Board the Toei Shinjuku Line and alight at Sumiyoshi Station. Located 7-minutes’ walk from Sumiyoshi Station.

    Telephone: 03-6666-3534

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/fromscratchtokyo/about/?ref=page_internal

     

    Do any of these hotels and hostels peak your interest? Each one of them serves up their own slice of originality, promising a unique experience to whichever you visit. Pick which one suits your needs most during your travels to Japan!

  • “Shin-Edo Single Rooms” to be offered at Hotel New Otani. Let’s experience a traditional Japanese bath

    18.October.2017 | SPOT

    Since 2017 October 14th Hotel New Otani is offering its guests redecorated rooms with a new concept, that is the “Shin-Edo Single Room.” Anticipating a great increase in the number of foreigners visiting Japan up to the year of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and to meet the needs of such foreigners who want to experience true Japanese hospitality, Hotel New Otani has redecorated rooms with the theme of “traditional Edo culture.” These rooms will also be equipped with state of the art technology that Japan can be very proud of.

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    The Japanese Garden inside the Hotel New Otani grounds has been ranked at No. 6th in TripAdvisor’s top 20 list of “Best Free Attractions in Japan” following “Katsurarikyu” in Kyoto which ranked in at 5th place. In addition, this same garden was also selected at as one of the “Top 10 ‘oasis’ sites in Tokyo.”

    With a history of more than 400 years, the garden had been the property of various samurai lords such as, Kiyomasa Kato’s compound, Ii family’s compound and Fushimi Court.

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    The 10-acre garden is known to be a power spot where a spring wells up and it features antique stone lanterns which convey the tradition and heritage of this garden. In addition, the tea ceremony house, “Waraku-an” is also located in the garden. This tea ceremony house was built by Kimura Seibei to hold a tea ceremony to commemorate the Crown Prince’s (present Emperor) returning from his attendance at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation ceremony.

     

    The night time lighting of the garden has been undertaken by Motoko Ishii, a leading Japanese lighting designer. She designed the lighting of the garden to express Japan’s spirit of hospitality and the garden can be enjoyed from the guest rooms. She comments on this project as follows, “I wanted to express the lighting culture of Japan. To do this I took particular attention to the various graduations of light and shadow, and I have designed the lighting so that it is changed by season. I wanted the foreign guests of the hotel to feel the history of Japanese garden culture.”

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    For foreign visitors to Japan, of course visiting tourist sites, going shopping and eating Japanese cuisine is very popular but another favorite is visiting a spa or having a traditional Japanese bath.

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    One of the Japanese bath experiences and food experiences is the one glass of alcohol after taking a bath.

    Chilled sake selected by the hotel sommelier – or a premium non-alcoholic beverage – is offered as a complimentary amenity exclusively in this room type. The selected sake is called “Jinmai Ginjyo Hakkaisan.” This sake is a highly acclaimed sake getting 94 points out of 100 points in the Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2017 held in the US.

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    The Japanese have pursued perfection from a limited space from long ago like a Sado and Bonsai arts.

    “Shin-Edo Single Room” is advocated as a concept that the fact that the space alone is not proportional to the richness and convenience, that the necessary space is available in a limited space, and convenience brings true comfort.

    These redecorated rooms are equipped with the necessary elements for a pleasant stay, strategically laid out in its 26 square meter space. Exclusive amenities, along with the Japanesque theme, offer a stay enriched with tradition, comfort, and technology.

    It was designed by a Japanese designer living in Kyoto, who depicted old Japanese patterns and lanterns.

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    Why not experience a traditional Japanese bath at Japanese historical building?

     

    ■Information

     “Shin-Edo Single Room”

    Starting from: October 14th, 2017

    Rooms: 26 rooms

    Price: 1 day stay, 1 room ¥45,344(tax and service fee included)

    TEL: 03-3234-5678

     

    ※Please book a room from following website:

    http://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/stay/room/main/me26/index.html

     

    Hotel New Otani – Tokyo

    Address: 4-1 Kiyoi-cho, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    TEL:03-3265-1111

    URL:http://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/access/

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  • Enter Virtual Shibuya: The New Ghost in the Shell Digital Platform

    20.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project launched its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” with an opening event on May 19. The event Virtual Shibuya helped promote release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE—all of whom are fans of Ghost in the Shell.

     

    Officially recognised by Shibuya City, Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities. The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.

     

    The guests joined over 50,000 users for the first event which went down a storm. Chinatsu Wakatsuki said: “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! I can’t go to Shibuya right now, so it felt like I got to visit home again after so long.”

     

    Shibuya was fully recreated a virtual space for people to visit

    Lots of Ghost in the Shell fans gathered in the city

    Everybody in this virtual world jumped into their avatar skins, including the diverse range of guests who probably would never have come together had it not been for the Ghost in the Shell theme, as well as DJ LOVE, Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki, and Naohiro Ukawa.

    The real world and the world of Ghost in the Shell collide

    The four performers, who were coming face to face with each other for the first time, talked to guests about what they love about Ghost in the Shell while strolling around Virtual Shibuya and having fun with fans on equal terms.

     

    Comments from the performers

    ・Chinatsu Wakatsuki (Future Design Shibuya)
    “I was amazed how much it looked like Shibuya! Shibuya is a place I hold near and dear to my heart. There were a lot of ‘firsts’ for me, like my first time using an avatar, and meeting new people for the first time, so I thought it was going to be difficult at first, but I found myself not nervous at all and had fun with everyone in there using this futuristic entertainment. Looking forward, au 5G will grow and the number of things we can do will as well. I hope to challenge myself as a tarento and a mum in many different things and have fun with this Virtual Shibuya!”

     

    ・“DJ LOVE” (SEKAI NO OWARI)
    “It felt like I had dived right into the world of Ghost in the Shell, my favourite series. It was a wonderfully fun event which expanded on my dreams. I’m looking forward to seeing it evolve and I hope to perform live there at some point. I want to make stuff that people who haven’t been physically able to go to venues up to now can enjoy. I think it would be fun to communicate with people who participated.”

     

    ・Ange Katrina
    “The streets of Shibuya I know were completely transformed into the world of Ghost in the Shell, and my favourite Tachikoma made an appearance too. For a Ghost in the Shell fan like myself it was a whale of a time! Right now we have to battle with staying indoors. Me having disappeared has caused a bit of trouble, but the thrill of this virtual event has lifted my nerves. I had a lot of fun.”

     

    You can check out footage from the event in the video below which was posted on Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project’s official YouTube channel.

    The world of Ghost in the ShellVirtual Shibuya in can be experienced until May 31, 2020, so sign up while you still can.

  • Experience Kyoto Culture in Arashiyama With HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s New Hotel Plan

    19.May.2020 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Kyoto has introduced a new hotel plan in an attempt to bring a little luxury into people’s lives and lift their spirit during this stressful time. The plan will have people going to Arashiyama to experience a bit of Kyoto culture and hospitality to lift their mood.

    You will board a small boat located at the port near the hotel entrance and be taken to your private room. During your sail, you will be able to soak in the gorgeous sights of nature all around. Check-in is being carried out in guest rooms, meaning you won’t have to come into contact with other guests.

    You have arrived at your room. HOSHINOYA Kyoto is located in Arashiyama which was formerly a holiday home destination for the Heian aristocrats. There are 25 rooms inside the garden, all of which look out onto the Ōi River. When you slide the window open, you can feel the gentle wind sweep through the valleys. Guest room walls are plastered with beautiful traditional kyokarakami wallpaper and fitted with HOSHINOYA Kyoto-original tatami sofas. Each and every part of the rooms are imbued with Kyoto culture. The rooms are not only comfortable and provide you with everything you need, but also offer a luxurious stay.

     

    Inside your room, there are sutras which can be used for sutra copying, known as sakyou in Japanese, as well as equipment for making matcha to enjoy your own private tea ceremony without having to worry about the tradition’s strict rooms. It’s your very own private Kyoto cultural experience without having to worry about other people.

    Dinner can be enjoyed in the main dining hall or in your room. The dining hall is fitted with semi-private booths where you can enjoy a seasonal Arashiyama 9 course kaiseki-ryori dinner with rice, vegetables, a special bento assortment, and more. For breakfast you can enjoy a morning hot pot which uses a special dashi stock packed full of seasonal veggies.

    There are also activities to enjoy Kyoto’s breathtaking green outdoors. Mosquito nets made from Japanese red cedar are provided under which you can take part in a stretch routine which uses breathing techniques and meditation.

     

    Outdoor activities are severely restricted right now as a result of COVID-19, but HOSHINOYA Kyoto has made it so you don’t have to do much moving around at all while still enjoying the fruits of nature.

  • Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project to Launch Virtual Shibuya Platform

    17.May.2020 | SPOT

    Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project is set to launch its new digital platform “Virtual Shibuya” on May 19, 2020. The platform is officially recognised by Shibuya City.

     

    Virtual Shibuya comes in response to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought tight restrictions to the economy and people’s way of life. It will enable people to continue enjoying entertainment from the comfort of their homes by participating in a whole host of virtual events and activities.

    The project aims to deliver content from Shibuya with live performances from artists, art exhibitions, talks, and more. The use of 5G and the latest cutting edge technology will connect the real Shibuya to a virtual space, combining the realms of the digital and real world.

     

    1: Online Events

    A variety of online events will be held inside the virtual event space. People tune into Virtual Shibuya while at home by connecting with their smartphones, PCs or VR devices. They will have their own avatar and be able to traverse the area together with other people who are connected while participating in different interactive online events. The events will also be streamed on video streaming services.

     

    2: XR Art

    Experience XR (cross reality) content which will connect both Virtual Shibuya to the real Shibuya. Those in either Shibuya will be able to experience the same content and entertainment.

    The opening event for the grand opening of Virtual Shibuya will promote the release of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with talks and performances from SEKAI NO OWARI’s DJ LOVE, who is a fan of Ghost in the Shell, as well as virtual YouTuber and member of Nijisanji Ange Katrina, Chinatsu Wakatsuki of Future Design Shibuya, and Naohiro Ukawa of S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE.

  • Tokyo’s New Sake Ice Cream Shop Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Ship Ice Cream Around Japan

    03.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    SAKEICE is an ice cream shop that offers a new kind of ice cream experience, combining Japanese sake and alcohol together with the frozen treat. The shop opened in Akusaka, Tokyo in March this year.

     

    However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store has had to close temporarily. SAKEICE wants to cheer people up during these turbulent times with their ice cream, and has therefore announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign so they can set up a website where people can order ice cream in Japan and have it delivered to them.

     

    I tried out their ice cream

    Otokoyama / Nihonshu Ice

    SAKEICE’s ice cream is laced with lots of Japanese alcohol. I tried the Otokoyama and the Nihonshu Ice, the latter of which is an original ice cream flavour exclusive to SAKEICE. They both contains around 4% alcohol. I were curious exactly how they would taste.

     

    I started with the Nihonshu Ice. The moment the ice cream hits your tongue, your taste buds are met with its smooth texture, and your nose is filled with the full bodied flavour of nihonshu. The velvety texture on your tongue as it melts is to die for. The Otokoyama has a refreshing kick to it when compared to the Nihonshu Ice. It’s creamy, but the aftertaste is refreshing, so we recommend it for people who aren’t a fan of sweet treats. Both are sure to leave you feeling satisfied, and maybe a little flushed afterwards.

     

    These ice creams contain alcohol, so keep that in mind when coming here with minors, kids, pregnant women, or if you’re driving.

     

    They have non-alcoholic flavours too!

    Matcha / Cherry Blossom

    Of course, they have non-alcoholic options too. I tried out the matcha and cherry blossom flavours.

     

    The matcha one has an irresistible bitterness layered inside the sweetness. You get that real rich matcha taste too. The cherry blossom ice cream is a cute light pink colour and has a subtle sweetness to it. If you don’t like alcohol then you’ll definitely want to try one of delights.

  • Japan Coronavirus: Room for Rescue Project Provides Free Accommodation to Foreigners Who Can’t Get Home

    01.May.2020 | SPOT

    With flights cancelled around the world, it is becoming increasingly harder for foreigners to return home from Japan, resulting in them being forced to change their plans, extend their stay, and live every day in stress and uncertainty. To lend a helping hand to foreign travellers in this stressful time, three accommodation companies Slacktide Co., Ltd, Shared Value Co.,Ltd. and Life Bonds, LLC, who manage Kaname Inn Tatemachi, Sakura Cross Hotel and BONDS HOUSE respectively, have launched a joint accommodation project called “Room for Rescue” which provides free accommodation to international visitors who cannot return home as a result of the current travel restrictions.

    This collaborative project was launched to ensure that foreign travellers don’t feel like their trip to Japan was a bad experience, which could be a reason to avoid visiting Japan again in the future and heavily impact the tourism industry.

    Tokyo:BONDS HOUSE

    Tokyo:Sakura Cross Hotel

    Kanazawa: KANAME INN

    Currently, three accommodations in Tokyo and one in Kanazawa have opened their doors to stranded foreigners.

     

    Room for Rescue: Request a Room

    https://kaname-inn.com/room-for-rescue/

     

    To apply for a room, you need a valid visa and a cancelled flight ticket which meets Room for Rescue’s criteria. For more information, please refer to the application page. The Room for Rescue project is also looking for more accommodations to join the fight against coronavirus and open their doors to stranded foreigners. If you own an accommodation in Japan and want to help foreign travellers, please apply using the link below.

     

    Become Part of Room for Rescue (for accommodation owners)
    https://kaname-inn.com/room-for-rescue/contact/

     

    If you are an individual who wants to support this project, please consider donating via their crowdfunding page mentioned in the information section below.

  • Kanucha Resort in Okinawa Announces Spring and Summer Activity Program for 2020

    06.April.2020 | SPOT

    Located in the city of Nago in Okinawa lies Kanucha Resort, a hotel resort which boasts 2.6 million square meters of land. The resort has revealed its spring and summer program which invites guests to enjoy everything Okinawa has to offerーnot just its breathtaking oceans.

     

    What is Kanucha Resort?

    Kanucha Resort sits on the east coast of Nago on the northern part of the Okinawa mainland. It’s surrounded by the vast rolling sea and mother nature, and also faces Oura Bay, which is known for its coral reefs, which includes blue coral. Guest rooms come in nine styles, all of which incorporate gorgeous wooden decor. The resort has a bounty of restaurants, its own golf course, the beach, and over 70 activities to choose from, all of which makes Kanucha Resort a little town of its own. In the past winter months just gone, it also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Okinawa’s largest illumination event, Stardust Fantasia.

     

    Buggy Ride Tours & Buggy Adventure Tours

    Experience a different side of Okinawa away from the beaches with an off-road ride through Yanbaru no Mori Forest on a quad bike.


    Running: All Year

    Time: 9:00-17:00

    Meeting Locations: Buggy Ride Tour @ Dokidoki Yambarunture / Buggy Adventure Tour @ Matayoshi Coffee Farm

    Ages: 4 years and older

     

    Coral Snorkeling Tour in Banana Boats

    Witness the tropical fish swimming around you, and gaze upon the gorgeous coral reefs, as you explore the waters below when you climb off the banana boat.

    Running: July 23, 2020 – August 31, 2020

    Time: 60 minutes

    Ages: 5 to 65 years

     

    Mangrove Kayak Tour Along the Kesaji River

    The Okinawan mainland is home to many mangroves. See them together with the expand of Yanbaru’s nature with a kayak ride along the Kesaji River.

    Running: All Year

    Time: Subject to change each day depending on how busy it is – please enquire directly

    Courses: 150 Minutes (5 years and older) / 90 Minutes (3 years and older)

     

    Star Sommelier to Space Walk

    Hear about the moon and space with talks from Hoshi no Somurie® (“Star Sommeliers”) and use a telescope to observe the stars at the planetarium.

    Running: Monday-Thursday

    Time: 20:00-20:50

    Meeting Point: Leisure Counter

     

    Oura Mangrove Kayak

    Enjoy a round trip kayak ride around the Oura Mangrove which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Nago.

     

    Running: All Year Round

    Time: Please enquire directly

    Ages: 3 years old and above (*For guests only)

    Meeting Point: Wansaka Oura Park

     

    For more details on the activities available at Kanucha Resort, visit their website here.

  • Ornament-Like Cake Parfaits Now Being Baked Up at Pascal Le Gac Tokyo in Akasaka

    05.April.2020 | FOOD

    Pascal Le Gac Tokyo is the first overseas branch of internationally-recognised French-based chocolate company Pascal Le Gac which released some breathtaking new desserts to its menu on Wednesday.

    Chocolate Parfait Flurry / Phrase Parfait Flurry

    The original Parfait Flurry desserts are made in the image of a bloomed flower. When they were released back in April 2019, they instantly garnered attention across social media and news websites for their gorgeous design. Pascal Le Gac Tokyo has brought them back to the menu, this time in the form of cakes.

     

    Cakes that are like parfaits

    The new desserts take the same concept of the original parfaits, but instead turns them into cakes. But that doesn’t simply mean taking the parfait ingredients as they are and turning them into a cake. Rather, the cakes recreate the taste of the parfaits, so it’s like eating the real thing. The wine glass that the parfaits were served in have been recreated using icing to give that shiny effect, and the chocolate flowers have been cut thin so they are easy to eat.

    Chocolate Flurry – ¥864 (Tax Included)

    Starting from the bottom upwards, the Chocolate Flurry is layered with chocolate cookie pieces, chocolate flavoured almond sponge, chocolate cream, chocolate mousse, cacao flavoured vanilla cream, more chocolate cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and chocolate glaçage. Every part of this art piece is made with cacao.

    Phrase Flurry (Tax Included)

    Starting from the bottom upwards, the Phrase Flurry is layered with pistachio cookie pieces, almond sponge, pistachio mousse, strawberry mousse, lychee jelly, strawberry compote, raspberry flavoured fresh cream, strawberry chocolate, and red glaçage. The marriage of strawberry, lychee, and pistachio flavours is nothing short of heavenly.

     

    *Please note that opening hours and closures are subject to change depending on the situation of the coronavirus outbreak. Check the cafe’s official website for the latest details.

  • Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi: Rent An Entire Kyoto Townhouse to Yourself

    01.April.2020 | SPOT

    Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi is set to open in the Goshominami area of Kyoto on April 25, 2020. The single-accommodation hotel is a complete renovation of a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse.

    Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi comes as the 7th branch of hotels from Kyo no Ondokoro. It’s a single building to rent for up to 4 people, who can enjoy taking a soak in the man-made carbonated spring bath which is kind to the skin and hair, using the soft water shower, and getting ready in the spacious makeup corner. It’s the perfect getaway for girl groups travelling together.

    The hotel is in a convenient location for sightseeing in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The building has been completely renovated to adapt to modern lifestyle while still retaining those traditional elements of a Kyoto townhouse that was built during the Meiji Periodーand in an area that’s rich in traditional scenery.

    The lounge space sofa seats are inspired by Japanese rock gardens

    The lounge space, which connects the second-floor bedrooms and the washitsu Japanese-style room, are furnished with unique round sofas. All the rooms open up to each other so guests can enjoy the company of each other during their travel stay.

    Hinoki cypress artificial carbonated spring bath

    Amenities

    The round bath is made from hinoki cypress, and the carbonated water lets you stay glowing and nice and warm after you step out of it. The bathroom is also stocked full of amenities like shampoo courtesy of popular brand THREE.

    Up to four people can apply their makeup together in the makeup corner

    The makeup corner is big enough to sit four people so they can get ready for their day or night out together while chatting.

    Colourful art pieces also adorn the walls of the makeup room, Japanese-style room and elsewhere to add a touch of beauty to them.

     

    If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto with the girls then why not book at Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi when it opens on April 25?

  • See 3,000 Rhododendrons in Full Bloom at the Tsutsuji Garden by Lake Ashi in Hakone

    29.March.2020 | SPOT

    May is the most colourful time of the year at Hotel de Yama near Lake Ashi in Hakone, when a total of 3,000 rhododendronsーcomprised of 30 different typesーbloom their beautiful flowers in the large Tsutsuji Garden, where one can enjoy a great view of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi.

     

    Tsutsuji Garden at Hotel de Yama

    “Tsutsuji” is the Japanese word for rhododendron. The Tsutsuji Garden at Hotel de Yama was once the villa of Koyata Iwasaki, “the fourth and last president of a unified Mitsubishi.” During that time, numerous varieties of rhododendrons were planted in the garden, which have since been maintained. There are plants amongst them that are over 100-years-old, ones that tower over the human stature, and more; with petals that bloom pink, red, purple, and white.

     

    A combined view of the kaleidoscopic rhododendrons and Mount Fuji

    The staff who are experts on the garden have set up two photo frame stands in two of the best spots in the garden for taking picturesque photos. Snap some Instagrammable and memories with the colourful rhododendrons and Mount Fuji together.

    Rhododendron Desserts: Saison a colorier – ¥1,634 / Tea Set – ¥2,360 (Before Tax)

    Salon de thé Rosage, the dessert restaurant that sits in front of the hotel, is serving up a new special dessert called “Saison a colorier” in line with the full bloom of the rhododendrons. It captures the colourful pink, red, white, and purple appearance of the flowers, and looks like a mini version of the hotel’s garden on your plate. The main part of the dessert is the tea mousse, which has a bright red colour as it is coated beautifully in a strawberry puree nappage. The tea used in the mouse is an original rhododendron blend exclusive to the restaurant.


    The white rhododendron dessert is a macaron that’s filled with raspberry sorbet. The red which contrasts with the white is a rhododendron milk tea cream and fresh raspberries. The rest of the plate is adorned with pink jelly and edible flowers. The perfect afternoon tea to finish off your time at Tsutsuji Garden.

  • Coronavirus in Japan: Kaname Inn Tatemachi in Kanazawa Offers Free Accommodation to Foreigners Who Can’t Get Home

    29.March.2020 | SPOT

    Kaname Inn Tatemachi, a hotel in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, has announced a project named “Room for rescue” which will offer free accommodation to foreigners unable to travel back to their home countries from Japan due to lockdowns and restrictions from going outside as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

    With flights cancelled around the world, there is no way for foreigners to return home from Japan, resulting in them being forced to change their plans and extend their stay. They are living their days in constant worry, both financially and mentally. To ensure that foreign travellers don’t feel like their trip to Japan was a bad experience, free accommodation is becoming available to those who meet certain prescribed conditions.

     

    In response to the decreasing number of tourists, Kaname Inn Tatemachi opened its doors to Japanese citizens through Facebook for free accommodation to help support businesses like local restaurants that could no longer make a living. They received a lot of guests, as well as a request from a friend who asked if someone from the Netherlands could stay there because they couldn’t get back to their country. This sparked the “Room for rescue” project for stranded foreign tourists to stay at Kaname Inn Tatemachi for free too.

     

    Kaname Inn Tatemachi is using its own funds to pay for the project and allow free stay. However, doing this long term will put strain on the business, so to help pay for hotel use and staff’s wages, the hotel has opened up a crowd funding page which you can find here.

  • Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    “HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.

     

    The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.

     

    Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

    Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.

     

    Food

    Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590

    Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.

    Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690

    A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690

    The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

     

    Desserts

    Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590

    Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

    For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.

     

    Drinks

    Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990

    Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890

    Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items

    Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.

    Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!

     

    You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.

     

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  • Feel Like You’re Living On Okinawa’s Taketomi Island With HOSHINOYA’s New ‘Workation’ Hotel Plan

    27.March.2020 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island in Okinawa rolled out a new hotel plan on March 18 that’s set to run until June 30 this year.

    Taketomi Island can be said to be home to landscape of what Okinawa used to be, with the Ryukyuan red roof tiles of its buildings, stone walls, and alleys spread with coral sand. Someone plucks away at a three-stringed sanshinーthe Okinawan precursor to the mainland shamisenーas time flows with gentle ease on the island. Taketomi Island is rich in traditional culture which can be felt throughout.

     

    The guest rooms at HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island emulate the island’s traditional architecture. All guest rooms have south-facing windows that can be opened to let in the southern winds, which the local islanders say are lucky. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island developed its new workation plan in response to the current situation when more people are having to do remote work and work from home. It enables people a private abode where they can work and relax simultaneously. And all the necessary amenities have been prepared for a workation.

    The guest rooms at HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island are known as guest pavilions, which allow for you feel like you’re living like a real islander. They are equipped with Wi-Fi, printers, pand photocopiers too, making it the perfect work environment. And you don’t have to worry about hay fever as there are no Japanese cedar or cypress trees around.

    The pavilions offer a beautiful view of the bright blue sky and sea. The beaches are also open from March, so you can take a dip in the springtime sea too while basking in the warm climate.

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