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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    21.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Mino region of Gifu is famous for its traditional pottery called Mino Ware, its Gifu lanterns, and much more. Recently, an empty building located in front of Minokamo station in Gifu prefecture was renovated by a company called IDENTITY, who transformed it into a community building called MINGLE. MINGLE is now home to the Japanese tea shop Minokamo Chapo. This tea shop proudly represents the culture of tea and pottery that still remains in the Mino region. In order to share this wonderful culture, they are now offering a new accommodation plan to provide guests with the chance to experience the world of Japanese tea and the rich culture of Mino.

    You can also experience tasting and comparing different Japanese teas that are offered by Minokamo Chapo. During your stay, you will also encounter lots of Mino Ware, and be surrounded by a traditional Mino interior decorated with Mino washi paper.

     

    1st floor: Café and Bar

    You can order the Japanese tea tasting selection at the counter. This space is used as the Minokamo Chapo tea shop from 11 am to 4 pm on weekends and national holidays.

     

    2nd floor: Rooms


    The rooms are approximately 22m2. On top of this space, there is also a shower room and toilet in their own separate rooms.

     

    3rd floor: Lounge

    This is an area of free space for the guests. There are future plans to decorate this space with paintings and pottery according to the season.

     

    The interior of the guest rooms are also packed with the wonders of the Mino region, so we are going to introduce you to a few of its special features. 

    Upon entering your room, you will be greeted by the warm light of an Akari lantern. This is a kind of lantern which is recognized as a traditional craft of Gifu prefecture. This lantern design was created by famous artist Isasmu Noguchi, who named it Akari which means “light”.

    In the bathroom, you will spot a few stylish mugs which belong to the brand “3rd-ceramics”.  

     The rooms are affixed with paper sliding doors (shoji) and bear beautiful Mino washi paper that is a traditional turquoise-blue colour. 

     

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  • Tokyo Disney Resort Reveals Its Spooky Halloween Programme and Character Costumes

    20.August.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.

    Tokyo DisneySea Festival of Mystique Costumes

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    Mickey Mouse’s costume inspiration comes from the the bones and scaly body of a sea creature. He will also be seen wearing a broach decorated with beautiful jewels. 

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    Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Boo! Parade Costumes

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    Mickey and Minnie will be completely refreshing their colourful look. Mickey’s necktie and Minnie’s skirt are very mysterious and particularly intriguing.  Please come check them out!

     

    Enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun range of events this Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort.

     

    ©️Disney

  • New Hotel Renovation Hakone Yutowa in Gora Caters to Millennials and Families

    17.August.2019 | SPOT

    Hakone Yutowa is a new hotel in the town of Gora, Hakone that opened on August 11, 2019. This hotel renovation is aimed at millennials (those in their 20s and earlier 30s) and families, offering various different rooms include your typical hotel-type as well as condos. There are also multiple shared public spaces full of fun and relaxation.

     

    Part of the enjoyment at Hakone Yutowa is getting to walk around the site leisurely finding all the little things it has to offer, from the hot spring with its own hot spring source to a communal room so stylish you can’t help reaching for your camera to snap photos. The hotel aims to offer guests “an experience in remote Hakone you can’t get anywhere else” and it does so by presenting a new style of hotel accommodation.

     

    Hakone Yutowa is about a five-minute stroll along a flat-level path from Gora Station, which is accessed via the Hakone Tozan Railway, meaning it can be accessed easily by those without a car. “Yutowa” is has a combination of meanings: the yu in Japanese means “hot water” which conjures up not only the hot springs but also a warm and welcome stay at the hotel. It is also word play with the word “you.” The to means “and” in Japanese and wa is “circle” like a circle of friends. In other words, at Hokone Yutowa, you’ll be spending a nice time together with someone special.

     

    The hotel is split into three buildings: the East Wing, West Wing, and Condominium Wing. Each offers “a new style of travel accommodation.”

     

    New Style ①

    Spa Lounge Nakaniwa and Lively Lounge are two public spaces in the hotel that anyone is free to use at their leisure. Nakaniwa is home to a footbath at the outdoor wooden deck which makes use of the hotel’s natural spring source, as well as an open-air fire. Lively Lounge houses around 700 books which guests can pick from before finding a little spot to sit down and relax.

     

    New Style ②

    There are two types of rooms: Hotel and Condominium. The Condominium rooms are the first hotel rooms of their kind to be offered in the Gora area. These fancy rooms have their own hot spring bath with a beautiful view. The water in the bath flows directly from the hot spring source.

     

    New Style ③

    The all-inclusive plan includes breakfast and dinner as well as free drinks and free use of the communal spaces. Guests do not need to worry about any extra fees as everything is included. There are also other baths available in the hotel including one that makes use of colourful lights.

     

    If you’re looking for a hotel with freedom in Japan then take your family, friends or loved one to Hakone Yutowa.

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #11 – ‘Hatoya’ in Asakusa

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Hatoya which is located in Asakusa Shin-Nakamise Arcade.

     

    The streets of Tokyo’s historical district of Asakusa are packed to end with cafés. You can be spoiled for choice, but Hatoya stood out to me in particular as it’s an especially old café. Business there began back in 1927 but the actual building was built back in the Taisho period, meaning its history spans more than 90 years ago!

     

    The outside appearance of the shop is smart and chic so it’s very easy to spot. I couldn’t tell by looking from the outside, but the inside is full of old decorations and odds and ends which make you feel the history of the café.

    One reason why I wanted to visit this place so much is because I was drawn to their logo. It’s really retro-kawaii so I just couldn’t resist!

    You should take some photos too if you visit.

    It was time to head inside. It’s really comfy and cozy in there; the atmosphere was nice and relaxed.

    Framed on the wall is a map of the Asakusa area during the Taisho era. Hatoya became famous back then because people could buy coffee for a mere 5 sen (a single sen is one-hundredth of a yen).

     

    When business first began at Hatoya, because the café was opposite the stage door of a theatre, all of the famous actors and actresses would pop in. Some include famous Japanese comedian Roppa Furukawa and film actor Kiyoshi Atsumi who played Tora-san in the film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo.

    I ordered the café’s popular hotcakes which cost ¥600. They have been making these same hotcakes since before the war.

    They were nice and fluffy and had a deliciously gorgeous brown colour. The flavour was out of this world when the butter melted from the heat of the hotcakes and mixed together with the syrup.

     

    The portion might look like a lot but they are fluffy and have a light flavour so can be finished with no problem.

    And is the café’s signature milkshake (¥500).

     

    It’s so refreshing that you can knock it back all in one go. It has a simple flavour but it tasted so good!

    I also ordered the ¥600 cream soda, my favourite beverage.

    I’ve been to many cafés, and have covered many in this series, but this is the first I have dined at with such a deep history. I found myself enthralled by the stories of the owner who has continued to treasure the café and maintained it all the same since it opened. I feel like I have learned about a world I never knew about. The next time I go to Hatoya with a friend I’ll be sure to let them in on its history. I encourage you to visit too!

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

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  • Haneda Airport Releases First Bubble Tea Which Passengers Can Enjoy as They Fly

    13.August.2019 | FOOD

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    These bubble tea flavours are limited to XFLAG STORE + HANEDA and were created with the intention of providing a splash of energizing fun to tiresome travels. 

    As long as you screw the lid on properly, you can store your delicious drink in your bag and even carry it onto your flight so you can enjoy it whilst soaring through the clouds. This is the first time a shop at Haneda airport has ever sold a bubble tea drink with the intention of flight passengers taking it on board with them.

     

    *Drinks and liquids are usually permitted on domestic flights in Japan. Please check the specific rules of your flight by referring to the official website of your airline. 

     

    To commemorate the release of the new bubble teas, XFLAG STORE + HANEDA has launched an Instagram campaign with the chance to win an Amazon gift card worth ¥10,000 (approx. 80GBP/95USD). 

     

    To take part in the Instagram campaign for the chance to win a ¥10,000 Amazon gift card, be sure to take a photo with your XFLAG STORE + HANEDA bubble tea drink and then post the picture on Instagram with the following three hashtags:

    #旅タピ #タピオカ #空の上で飲めるタピオカドリンク

    Four winners will be selected.

     

    Get your summer holidays off to a soaring start with a beautiful bottle of bubble tea. 

  • STRAWBERRY MANIA: Harajuku’s Cutest & Tastiest Strawberry Ice Cream | Food Review

    13.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hey, readers. It’s Midori again, from MMN’s editorial team.

     

    Summertime in Harajuku means the cafes and ice cream shops start serving up some seriously kawaii and tasty ice creams. It’s always nice to grab a cone to enjoy while walking around shopping, but relaxing in a cafe to enjoy it is fun too♡

     

    If the latter sounds like your kind of thing, then I’ve got a new recommendation for you. I visited STRAWBERRY MANIA recently, cafe located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku that specialises in strawberry desserts.

    You’ll find it right above the 7-Eleven on Takeshita Street. Look for the strawberries!

    There’s also a sign outside showing a few of the desserts. Go up the staircase right next to it and you’ll come to the cafe entrance.

    No matter where you turn while you’re here, your eyes will be met with strawberries. It looks so cute♡

    The shopfront showcase is shelved with lots of succulent strawberry treats. The chef whips up other desserts to order besides these too. Everything’s almost too cute to eat!

     

    For the strawberry soft serve ice cream you can pick between three flavours: milk, strawberry or mixed. I couldn’t pick between them so I went for mixed.

    The combination of the bright red strawberry ice cream and pure white milk ice cream makes for a beautiful colour contrast.

    It’s also topped with a huge fresh strawberry.

     

    I took no time at all in taking a spoonful. The strawberry ice cream has a really rich flavour. It’s sweet but has that sour kick too, like you’re eating a real strawberry. The milk ice cream has a milder sweetness and a real milky taste, the kind you’d imagine if it was sold at a farm with cows.

    Everything is packed snug into the cone right down to the bottom, making it a filling treat. It can be ordered for takeout if you like, and if you do that you can get your ice cream straight away so you don’t have to wait for seats.

     

    They serve other things besides soft serve too, like shaved ice and parfaits. There’s so much to choose from, I think you’ll be spoiled for choice! Be sure to visit if you’re in Harajuku.

  • 4 Must-Visit Fireworks Festivals in Kyoto This Summer

    10.August.2019 | SPOT

    Kyoto―also known as the “old capital” and said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. In its 1,200 year history, this ancient city has given rise to much of what can be considered quintessential Japanese culture. Fireworks are a monumental feat of summer in Japan with countless festivals up and down the country dedicated to them, and Kyoto is no exception.

     

    If you’re in Kyoto this summer then you mustn’t miss these 4 fireworks festivals.

     

    Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks Festival – A Magnificent Arsenal of 8,000 Beauties

    This long-running event is held every year to pray for world peace. Its spectacular display features a lineup of fireworks specially selected by the Japan Fireworks Artist Association which aims to evolve the tradition of firework culture. Expect to see the night sky illuminated with a rainbow of colours from the festival’s launch of 8,000 fireworks, including the Starmine which shoots a cloud of bright stars into the overhead abyss, as well as some original fireworks crafted for the festival such as the “Kamemaru Hanabi.”

     

    ▼Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival (Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks Festival)

    Date: August 11, 2019

    Time: From 19:30
    Location: Hozubashi Bridge
    Official Website: http://kameoka-hanabi.jp/

     

    Kyoto Nantan City Fireworks Festival – The Spectacular Starmine

    Held by the riverbed of the Katsura River, the fireworks festival in Nantan makes use of the opposite shore from the viewing point which makes the fireworks look like they are raining down from the sky like a waterfall. The finale of this festival welcomes the behemoth of all Starmine fireworks which rips across the night sky in a blazing spread. The festival is also held as part of the Bon Festival and so lanterns are let loose down the Ōi River, creating a sight of subtle grace and beauty.

     

    ▼Kyoto Nantan City Fireworks Festival

    Date: August 14, 2019

    Time: From 19:30

    Location: Katsura River
    Official Website: http://www.yagi-hanabi.com/

     

    Miyazu Toronagashi Fireworks Festival – Floating Lanterns & Fireworks For 400 Years

    Held in the city of Miyazu, this festival combines fireworks with floating lanterns and shoryobune―boats adorned with tanzaku paper slips that are sent out to light the way for the deceased as part of the Bon Festival.  Floating lanterns on the water (known as toronagashi in Japanese) in Miyazu began 400 years ago. This year, it was counted as one of Japan’s three biggest toronagashi events.

    Together with the boat, around 10,000 lanterns are sent into Miyazu Bay, creating a beautiful and majestic atmosphere. Close to 3,000 fireworks are set to illuminate the sky above, leading to an indescribable beauty as the fireworks and lights give off their own light.

     

    ▼Miyazu Toronagashi Fireworks Festival

    Date: August 14, 2019

    Time: From 19:30

    Location: Shimasaki Park
    Official Website: https://www.kyo.or.jp/miyazu/hanabi/

     

    Ine Fireworks – Fireworks Galore Envelop Ine Bay

    Around 1,200 fireworks climb up and over Ine Bay, lighting the calm water surface and the funaya boat houses of Ine with their brilliance. The boat houses themselves are also strung and lined with hanging lanterns.

     

    ▼Ine Fireworks

    Date: August 24, 2019

    Time: 20:15

    Location: Ine, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.ine-kankou.jp/inehanabi/

     

     

    Did you enjoy our pick? It isn’t summer in Japan without fireworks. If you’re travelling to Kyoto to catch some sun this year, finish the day off with one of its many fireworks festival―from traditional Kyoto-esque events to large-scale ones with 8,000 fireworks ready to be deployed.

  • Tokyo Station Top Souvenir and Bento Rankings 2019

    09.August.2019 | Uncategorized

    Tokyo Station is a hive of thriving shops and restaurants. If you are wondering where to start, exit the ticket barriers and head to GRANSTA Marunouchi to discover a new world of bento lunches, souvenir gifts and much more. Still stuck on where to go? Lucky for you, GRANSTA Marunouchi shoppers have voted for their favourite bento meals, sweet souvenirs and general souvenirs. We have summarised the top three winners of each category.

     

    A total of 69 shops have risen to the challenge, submitting a total of 73 of their top items. This year, a total of 4,500 voters took part in the survey, which is 2,000 more than last year. There were 10 winners in each of the three categories of Bento Meals, Sweet Souvenirs, and General Souvenirs. Today, we are presenting you with the top three of each category. (The prices below are the prices after tax has been applied)

     

    ▶︎Bento Meals Category

    1st place: Asakusa Imahan Sukiyaki (Tokyo-limited)

    Asakusa Imahan was founded in the 28th year of the Meiji era (1895) and still serves delicious traditional Japanese food. The Sukiyaki Bento is filled with a range of nutritious vegetables and luxurious Japanese Black wagyu beef, which is a shop specialty. Enjoy the wonderful sukiyaki flavouring of the vegetables and meat. 

    Price: ¥1,450 Shop: Asakusa Imahan (浅草今半)

     

    2nd place: Salted Salmon Roe and Salmon Belly Bento 

    *Limit of 150 sold per day.

    Price: ¥1,280 Shop: Ekibenya Matsuri (駅弁屋 祭 )

    Salmon belly flavoured with natural fat is fried and topped with salmon roe coated in a soy sauce dressing. This exquisite bento is full of flavours that go well together.

     

    3rd place: Shoro Sando

    *Limit of 200 sold per day 

    Price: ¥648 Shop: Tsukiji Shoro (つきぢ松露 )

    The faintly sweet flavour of the tamagoyaki seasoned and flavoured egg is the perfect match with the mayonaise.

     

    ▶︎ Sweet Souvenirs Top 3 

    1st place: Maple Pie Sandwich Biscuit (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,944 (box of 8) Shop: The Maple Mania  

    Maple cream is combined with maple sugar and sandwiched between two delicious and crispy pie crusts. The box takes on the appearance of a red brick, making it the perfect Tokyo Station souvenir. 

     

    2nd place: Tokyo chocolate Sablé (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 12) Shop: Marché du Chocolat 

    The packaging features a beautiful illustration of Tokyo Station. There are two chocolate sablé flavours: raspberry and hazelnut.

     

    3rd place: My Captain Cheese Set (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 8 packets)  Shop: MY CAPTAIN CHEESE TOKYO 

    Although having just opened in April 2019, this shop quickly made the rankings. From the outer packaging to the flavour, the efforts put into the making of this souvenir are clear. This brand new sweet cheese-flavoured treat is a new GRANSTA-limited souvenir.

     

    ▶︎ General Souvenirs

    1st place: Karuizawa Royal Blend

    Limit of 30 made per day 

    Price: ¥1,122 (whole loaf)/ ¥ 561 (half loaf) Shop: BOULANGERIE ASANOYA 

    The recipe used to bake this bread was deeply loved by the Kazoku; the rich and noble family class that existed during the Showa Era of Japan. This thick and fluffy loaf is made with lots of fresh cream for a rich flavour.

     

    2nd place: Suica Penguin Mamegui Wrapping Cloth and Suica Baumkuchen cake (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Prices: Mamegui Wrapping Cloth: ¥648/ Baumkuchen: ¥ 540  Shop: Mamegui (まめぐい)

    The Suica penguin, who is the mascot on the Suica smart travel card, is printed on this round Baumkuchen cake. Wrap it in the hankerchief-sized tenugui cloth and it will be the perfect petit present for your friend.  

     

    3rd place: Lemon and Shiikuwasha Lemon Vinegar (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,728 (250ml) Shop: Nomusu Ekisupuresu Tokyo (飲む酢エキスプレ・ス・東京)

    This dessert vinegar has a refreshing lemon flavour. The slight bitterness of the Shiikuwasha vinegar makes it a wonderful dessert flavour. 

     

    If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection of bento lunches or souvenirs, referring to these rankings is a safe option. Have fun shopping at Tokyo Station!

  • Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji

    07.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.

     

    If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.

     

    While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.

    Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.

     

    Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.

    There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.

    Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!

    White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800

    This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.

    Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250

    This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.

    This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.

    Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400

    The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.

    Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350

    The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.

    You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.

    Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240

    If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.

    The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.

    Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.

     

    Model: Ririka Satsuki

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert

    05.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.

     She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time. 

    Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:

    “I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”

    What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise. 

    She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room. 

    Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes. 

     

    Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba 

    The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.  

    Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively. 

     

    The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates. 

     

    Photos: ©美澄

  • Experience Kyoto at Night: 5 Must-See Spots – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    05.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The ancient city of Kyoto enjoys waves of tourists and sightseers from around the world throughout the year. It is particularly hot during the summertime because it’s situated in a valley. If you’ve never walked around Kyoto’s towns at night then we invite you to add it onto your list of sightseeing experiences.

     

    We have compiled a list of 5 must-visit locations to best enjoy Kyoto’s nightscape. We are joined by Taka, a Japanese Instagrammer who conveys the beauty of Kyoto through his picturesque photographs which has has provided us today.

     

    Kyoto Station & Kyoto Tower

    The modern architecture of Kyoto Station is a juxtaposition against the traditional image of Kyoto. There are lots of great places inside the station where you can get up high and gaze down at Kyoto’s streets, but the absolutely unmissable nighttime spot are the mirrored windows. When evening sets in, you can see Kyoto Tower―which is opposite the station―reflected on the outside. Of course, you can enjoy the tower during the day too, but at night they light it up, making for a truly magical sight.

     

    ▼Kyoto Station

    Address: Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Kyoto Station Building Official Website: https://www.kyoto-station-building.co.jp/

     

    ▼Kyoto Tower

    Address: 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:40)

    *Opening hours subject to change without notice

    Official Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/

     

     

    Yasaka Shrine

    Yasaka Shrine is an easy sightseeing spot to reach being just a 5-minute stroll from Gion-Shijo Station. The shrine is a power spot said to provide good luck when it comes to marriage ties. It bustles with visits from people from around the world and is in fact open 24-hours a day.

    Paying a visit at night provides you with an entirely different look at Yasaka Shrine. Why not dine out along Shijō Street and take a walk to the shrine when the sky turns dark?

     

    ▼Yasaka Shrine

    Address: 625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/

     

     

    Kyoto Minamiza Theatre

    Minamiza is the oldest theatre in Japan and is officially registered as a Japanese Tangible Cultural Property. Like Yasaka Shrine, the closest station to the theatre is Gion-Shijo Station. Leave through Exit 6 and it’s right outside.

     

    Minamiza has a long history spanning back to 1610 when it was founded. In May this year, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed a special concert there entitled Kyary Kabuki Kabuki which made use of projection mapping, fusing history and tradition with the latest cutting-edge technology to provide a concert like no other. The theatre is becoming a new sightseeing spot as it is lit up at nighttime. All of the lights are turned on until 10pm after which just the roof lights are kept on.

     

    ▼Kyoto Minamiza Theatre

    Address: 198 Nakanocho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: https://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/theater/minamiza/

     

     

    Ninenzaka

    Ninenzaka is a long winding road that leads up to Kiyomizu-dera temple and is also a very famous tourist spot. It is registered under the Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings. In the daytime, the street bustles with locals and tourists dipping in and out of the souvenir shops, but the dark evenings of Ninenzaka are another kind of wonderful. The number of tourists drops significantly at night meaning you can have the street all to yourself and take plenty of photos, warm lanterns lighting your way.

     

    ▼Ninenzaka

    Address: 2 Kiyomizu, Masuyacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: http://www.2nenzaka.ne.jp/

     

     

    Kiyomizu-dera

    Kiyomizu-dera is a 25-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojō Station which is reached via the Keihan Main Line. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient Buddhist temple is a very popular tourist destination. What we want those of you to see when visiting in the evening is the beautiful sunset which can be seen from the temple, colouring the streets of Kyoto a gorgeous orange.

     

    ▼Kiyomizu-dera

    Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/access.php

    Official Website: https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/

     

    Taka has visited so many incredible locations in Kyoto, so if you’re planning a trip there and need some recommendations be sure to follow him on Instagram.

     

    Photos: Taka

  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Luxurious Accommodation Plan & Tea Ceremony Experience For Families

    05.August.2019 | SPOT

    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a highly prestigious and magnificent 4-star hotel located in Shinjuku, is now serving an all-new “luxurious” family package which includes a tea ceremony experience and much more. It is currently running from July 20 to September 1.

    The rooms offered in the accommodation plan are the hotel’s popular Wide Twin Rooms located on the Premier Grand club floor. Use of the Club Lounge is included in the package. The Wide Twin Rooms include two roomy queen-size beds which span 1.53 meters wide which allow parents to sleep comfortably with their children. Rooms also feature their own bathroom facilities.

     

    The package also includes a check-in simulation for children aged 6-12 years where they can get a feel for what it’s like to check-in. They will fill in their own check-in cards with parents and receive a ticket for the tea ceremony experience. They will be able to take their card home with them and take a commemorative photo.

    The tea ceremony experience will be held on the hotel’s 10th floor in the “Shofuan,” an authentic tearoom that has been in the hotel since it opened in 1971. Parents and children will receive proper instruction from the tea ceremony teacher before pouring their own tea, allowing them to learn about traditional Japanese culture and etiquette. They will receive a special certificate of completion at the end.

     

    If you’re travelling to Japan as a family this summer then enjoy it in luxury at Hotel Keio Plaza Tokyo.

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