‘Otaku House’ Guest House to Open for Foreign Akihabara Tourists
Otaku House is an exciting new project opening for foreign tourists in Japan interested in anime, manga, games and cosplay.
Taking the form of a guest house, the establishment is aiming to open in Spring 2019 in the holy land of anime and games, Akihabara. They are seeking support through crowdfunding which will begin at the end of this month.
The project is being carried out by SouthWorks, a company who distributes Japanese games overseas. This will be the first guest house in Japan aimed at foreign tourists. Their website officially opened on July 3. With Otaku House, they hope to offer foreigners a space to enjoy what Japan has to offer in terms of otaku culture.
On their website you can see the kind of facilities they have to offer, and they’re even taking requests for ideas on what people would like to see there to improve the site.
Their crowdfunding page will open on Kickstarter at the end of July. Prospective crowdfunders can look forward to a range of different awards, including an Overnight Stay Ticket, Daytime Experience Ticket and more. Further details about the crowdfunding will be made available on the official OTAKU HOUSE Facebook page.
It’s time to embrace your inner otaku. Be sure to support Otaku House!
Hotel Made Entirely of Ice Opens in Tomamu, Hokkaido
19.January.2022 | SPOT
Hoshino Resort Tomamu, one of the largest stay-and-go snow resorts in Hokkaido, will open a hotel made entirely of ice from January 20 until February 28, 2022. The ceiling, walls, and furniture will all be made of ice, and guests can also enjoy an outdoor ice bath! In addition, a new Ice Dinner will be on offer, where visitors can enjoy a beautiful table surrounded by ice overlooking a forest of white birches while staring up at the starry winter sky.
The seamless dome-shaped ice structure is about 8.5 meters in diameter and 3.5 meters high. Sleeping bags will be provided to guests to keep them warm and comfortable until morning.
Visitors can enjoy a hot spring in the open winter air in Shimukappu Village’s Scan Portopia Yunosawa Onsen.
The aforementioned Ice Dinner features three ice-themed dishes and welcomes guests to sit at a table made entirely of ice surrounded by majestic nature.
The appetizer includes iced vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, and cauliflower. Each is dipped in a warm garlic sauce, balancing the sweetness of the veggies, which become more sugary when cold.
The main course, Iceberg Bouillabaisse, is covered with ice. This begins to melt as the soup pot is slowly heated in front of the guests, revealing gorgeous seafood like cod and shrimp. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
The frozen fruit dessert mixes strawberries and kiwis with hot wine and a touch of cinnamon. Sweet and sour flavors come together to end the night on a high note.
Running: January 20 – February 28, 2022
Price: ¥28,000 per person, per night (Includes tax, service charge)
Check-in: 21:40-22:00 / Check-out: 8:00
Capacity: 1 group per day (Minimum 1 guest, maximum 2 guests)
Eligibility: Must be elementary school age or older and staying at Tomamu The Tower or Hoshino Resort RISONARE Tomamu
*Must be made at least 1 week in advance.
‘It’s My Color! ~Rouge Red Room~’ Concept Room Allows Guests to Surround Themselves with Red
13.January.2022 | SPOT
Strings Hotel Nagoya will open a new concept room from January 15 until April 14, 2022. Those who love the color red won’t want to miss it!
‘It’s My Color’ is a room completely dedicated to a person’s favorite shade. Imagine dressing up in red and spending time taking photographs in this completely red room. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!
While the room may be red for now, the color may change in the future. Guests can also enjoy a special strawberry afternoon tea set in their room during this event period.
It‘s My Color!～Rouge Red Room～
Limited to 2 Groups per Day
Running: January 15 – April 14, 2022
Address: 4-60-7 Hiraike-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Oriental Hotel Universal City, the Official Hotel of Universal Studios Japan, Holds Grand Opening
13.January.2022 | SPOT
After a soft opening in July 2021, the Oriental Hotel Universal City has spent the last six months remodeling its entrance, lobby, restaurant, and guest rooms. The property has now officially held its grand opening and will be welcoming guests in 2022.
Croffle Eggs Benedict
Guest rooms feature earthy color tones and are spacious and functional, with beds provided by popular brand Simmons, promising a good night’s sleep. A variety of room types are available, including double rooms, twin rooms, triple rooms, and connecting rooms, allowing for a flexible stay depending on the number of guests. Until March 31, 2022, the hotel is offering the ‘New Room Stay Plan,’ a long-stay luxury holiday plan that allows guests to stay up to 23 hours on departure day to enjoy shopping and other leisure activities.
The hotel’s restaurant has been reimagined with a buffet concept and welcomes guests with high ceilings and large windows for a refreshing morning experience. The interior is accented with a green wall to conjure images of nature, and the breakfast menu is based on the concept of ‘Charge from Nature,’ offering a wide variety of dishes to help visitors recharge both body and mind.
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Boutique Hotel TRUNK to Hold Winter Market with Outdoor Comfort Concept
15.December.2021 | SPOT
From December 20 until December 26, 2021, TRUNK, a boutique hotel in Jingumae, Shibuya, will hold the TRUNK Winter Market 2021. The theme of the event will be ‘outdoor comfort,’ and carrying on last year’s tradition, the hotel will deliver content aiming to warm the body and soul during the cold winter season. The public terrace will be decorated with fire pits and lanterns, creating a space where visitors can fully enjoy the cozy atmosphere. The limited-time event will offer workshops, food, and drinks to be enjoyed with family and friends.
The food menu includes ‘Chicken and Mushroom Pan Stew,’ served in a bread bowl and made with fresh ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a ‘Cheddar Cheese Crepe with Homemade Roast Ham,’ along with plenty of scrumptious desserts. Perfect for the Christmas season, warm eggnog and mulled wine will be served, and kids will love the organic hot chocolate!
Four different workshops will be set up at tents in the public terrace. Kids Gabbeh Painting will teach kids how to design their own Gabbeh, a traditional small fabric woven by nomads in southwestern Iran. After drawing their design, artisans will weave the Gabbeh, and will send it to your home. The ‘Socializing Flower Swag’ workshop allows visitors to make swag using dried flowers that were upcycled from fresh flowers that would otherwise be thrown away. These will be silk-screened and wrapped for a great souvenir. Outdoor Candle is a workshop where visitors can create original leather candle holders.
At Campfire Roast Coffee, guests can roast coffee over an open fire pit. Imagine how good it smells! Afterwards, you can take home your spoils.
There will also be a TRUNK Vintage Store on-site, where hotel staff will sell decorations and furniture no longer needed in the hotel, as well as clothes and other goods.
Nagoya Tokyu Hotel’s Newly Upgraded Sylvanian Families Room is Now Available
Nagoya Tokyu Hotel has launched its second plan in collaboration with the Sylvanian Families.
This plan allows you to enjoy the world of the Sylvanian Families, a series of dollhouse toys that have been loved by many fans since their launch in 1985. Following on from the first plan, which was very popular, the new plan allows guests to enjoy the hotel’s original fruit sandwiches with Sylvanian Families characters imprinted on them at breakfast, as well as the opportunity to dress the dolls in a custom dress that can be freely decorated with lace and accessories to create your own Sylvanian Families.
In this plan, the space with sofas and tables in the room has been converted into a kids’ space with play mats so that even small children can play safely. The kids’ space is filled with houses and buildings from the “Sylvanian Families” series that kids can actually touch and play with, such as the “Big House with a Red Roof (Classic Color),” the “Doki Doki Tree House in the Forest”, and the “Dreamy Amusement Park in the Castle”, as well as the chocolate-covered rabbit girl “Flare” and many other friends. There will also be a red and white polka-dot dress (size 110 only) that kids can try on to match with “Flare”.
The number of adult fans who enjoy taking pictures of cute Sylvanian Families scenes and posting them on social media is also increasing very quickly. Let’s enjoy the world of “Sylvanian Families” to the fullest!
Family Plan with Kids Space to Play with Sylvanian Families
Runnning: Until February 28, 2022.
Room: Superior Twin Room
Hoshinoya Karuizawa Unveils Special Anniversary Plan on the Ice
08.December.2021 | SPOT
Each Hoshinoya location has its own unique theme, and all offer an extraordinary experience. Hoshinoya Karuizawa, a resort in Nagano Prefecture, has opened reservations for the Starry Winter Anniversary Plan, allowing couples to celebrate their love away from the hustle and bustle of the city beneath the dazzling winter sky. The staff at the resort will assist couples in celebrating the special day at various locations around the resort, and a custom-made photo tour will also be included!
Surrounded by rich nature at the foot of Mt. Asama, Karuizawa reaches low temperatures in winter, creating beautiful scenery dotted with icy trees and snow glistening in the sunlight. This plan is perfect for those who want to escape the stresses of the current pandemic.
A Special Seat on the Ice
The Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary is located directly beside Hoshinoya Karuizawa and houses the Kera Pond at the entrance. Used as an outdoor skating rink during the winter months, a large two-person seating area is erected on the ice which can only be reserved for couples. Lovebirds can enjoy champagne, dried fruits, and cheese as they gaze up at the starry sky.
Guest Rooms Decorated for the Celebration
With rooms offering spectacular nature views, couples can enjoy herbal tea, sweets, and flower arrangements only included in this special plan. The flowers may be taken home, and the sweets include florentines made with miso, a specialty of the Shinshu area. They are said to be ‘sweets that bring happiness,’ and may be the key to many more happy years together!
Custom-Made Photo Tour
The landscape around the resort pays homage to traditional Japanese landscaping and includes terraced rice paddies, rivers, and unique vegetation. The custom-made photo tour is a private tour limited to one group, in which couples stroll around the grounds with a photographer to take photos at these spectacular locations. These will be made into an album with the Hoshinoya Karuizawa logo.
Hotel MIMARU Offering Christmas Room in Collaboration with Awesome Store
Lifestyle shop Awesome Store is collaborating with the MIMARU hotel chain to create a secluded and supremely cozy Christmas Room. The special room will only be available from December 1 until December 25, 2021. Each spacious room features a kitchen and is decorated with plenty of holiday goodness, making it the best place to spend the Christmas season with family and friends.
Original tableware from Awesome Store will be left in each room, so guests can easily throw a Christmas party by having food delivered or grabbing takeout. There’s no need to decorate, as the space will be completely overrun by ornaments and garlands. How would you like to spend Christmas here?
Awesome Store Christmas Room
Available: December 1 – December 25, 2021
MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka
MIMARU Tokyo Nihombashi Suitengumae
MIMARU Tokyo Ueno Okachimachi
MIMARU Tokyo Ueno Inaricho
Reservations/Official Site: https://mimaruhotels.com/
OMO7 Asahikawa Resort in Hokkaido Offers Polar Bear Valentine’s Day Girls’ Party Package
17.November.2021 | SPOT
Not a fan of Valentine’s Day? Want to get away from all the in-your-face romance and just have a good time with your gal pals? OMO7 Asahikawa by Hoshino Resort in Hokkaido is offering a limited-time polar bear-themed Valentine’s Day Girls’ Party package for all of February 2022. The single polar bear room, opened in November 2020, will be transformed into its Valentine’s Day version.
Valentine’s Day has been popular in Japan for many years and is a day when women give gifts to men to express their feelings. However, in recent years, it has also become a less romantic event for some–people are buying chocolate for themselves, or giving candies to friends. The polar bear room is perfect for girlfriends who just want to relax and have a good time. Why a polar bear? The Asahikawa Zoo is nearby and is an incredibly popular attraction.
The Polar Bear Valentine Room, Only Available for One Party per Day
Decorated from top to bottom in cute bears, guests can also wear matching polar bear loungewear, perfect for those Instagram shots. This will be a girls’ gathering you’ll never forget!
Polar Bear-inspired Snacks for the Perfect Girls’ Night
When girls get together, they just love to chat. But talking so much can make you hungry, so plenty of snacks will be waiting in the guest room! If you’re not in the snacking mood, they also make wonderful souvenirs.
Polar Bear Desserts, A Must-Have in Asahikawa
The area around OMO7 Asahikawa is lined with stylish cafes where you can take a break from your daily life. After enjoying the Valentine’s Room, head out into the nearby neighborhood to Fukuyoshi Cafe for some polar bear sweets. The treats are included with the price of the room, so there’s no reason to miss it!
Polar Bear Valentine’s Girls’ Party
Available: February 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
Akihabara Maid Cafe Idol Group Maidin! to Release Major Debut Single
03.November.2021 | MUSIC
One of the most popular maid cafes in Akihabara, @home cafe is celebrating 17 successful years. With eight stores in both Tokyo and Osaka, a collection of maids have come together to form a new idol group, Maidin! The girls have announced that they will make their major music debut under the Purple One Star label on December 22, 2021.
Maidin! Debut Single – Kimi to Hareruya!
The group’s first track Kimi to Hareruya is available on streaming platforms now, and the girls announced their major debut during a live stream on October 23. They also let fans know that the CD will include three songs, and a huge 51-day release event will also be taking place!
Kimi to Hareruya is a bright and cheerful song, and the music video features the members dancing in their maid outfits while showing off their skills. The First Edition single will include a Blu-ray featuring the making-of video for the music video, as well as one random trading card (17 varieties) featuring one of the members.
Hoshinoya Tokyo Offers New Safe & Mask-Free Dining Experience Using ‘Lantern Partitions’
Hoshinoya hotels each offer a unique experience with their own theme. The Otemachi-based Yoshinoya Tokyo has announced the new “Tokyo Lantern Dinner,” which has been proposed to suit the ‘New Normal’ of the Covid-19 generation. The new dining option was opened to customers from October 13 2021 and blends the new rules of restaurant partitions and mask wearing with Japanese culture, using lantern partitions to allow customers to enjoy their food with peace of mind. Customers can remove their mask as they sit under the lantern partition, which lights up your face and meal with a soft glow, meaning you can safely enjoy conversation and see your partner’s face as you talk and eat. Conveniently, the lantern also prevents splashing, making eating out in the Covid-19 era even easier!
The Lantern Partition was Developed with a Long-Established Lantern Company
Nippon Cuisine ~Fermented~
The partition lanterns were created by Kojima Shoten, a long-established lantern shop based in Kyoto which was founded in the Kansei-Edo period. The original lantern-shape was crafted by the professionals, from the structure all the way to the painting. The unique shape of this elastic lantern allows customers to enter and exit freely, and part of the lantern has been made using a 0.15mm transparent vinyl meaning that face-to-face conversations can be held with ease. In addition, the lantern is equipped with a light that gently illuminates the face and food of the person seated beneath it.
Yoshinoya Tokyo usually only accepts dining reservations from those staying at the hotel, but customers can now invite non-guests specifically to enjoy the main meal together. They have prepared a variety of options for meetings and events that previously couldn’t meet up due to the Covid situation, such as meetings between families before marriage, anniversaries, birthdays, business dinners, and more.
Hoshinoya Tokyo is a Japanese Inn that respectfully combines the comforts of the modern day with traditional Japanese culture. The dining room, located on the first basement floor, offers ‘Nippon Cuisine’ made using a combination of Japan’s historical fermentation culture and French cooking techniques. The menu includes a wide variety of ever-popular fermented foods and seasonings, such as soy sauce and miso, along with preserved foods such as pickles and salted fish. The lactic acidosis bacteria found in these foods is referred to as a “Good Bacteria,” known for its positive effects on the body and its ability to regulate gut bacteria.
The taste and nutritional value of each meal has increased due to fermentation and aging, using seasonal ingredients from around Japan and French cooking techniques to bring out the flavor, resulting in a new and original taste.
Why not check out Hoshinoya Tokyo and experience this new-era Japanese dining experience for yourself?
Tokyo Lantern Dinner
Available From: October 10 2022
Reservations: https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo (Must be made at least five days in advance)
Capacity: One group per day
‘Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery’ New Halloween Menu Features Adorable Monster Motifs
The ‘1F Lounge & Bar 1867’ at the Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery will be hosting a Halloween themed afternoon tea from October 1 2021, with tea sets and cocktails available. The premium hotel is owned by Accor, a Paris, France based group that owns over 5,000 hotels and resorts in 110 countries.
The Halloween-themed afternoon tea has been made by Jennie Chiu, a pastry chef who grew up in America, the home of Halloween. The afternoon tea features cute and playful monster motifs, including a witch-hat Mont Blanc, a Cassis and Chestnut Cake topped with a small ghost, and a spider-web topped Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse. For savory treats, Chef Nishimura Niki has prepared Foie Gras soaked in Salted Koji, plus two luxurious lobster dishes.
The creative Halloween cocktails were brainstormed by Yamazaki Sousei, who ranked in the Japan Top 10 category of bartending competition ‘WORLD CLASS 2021.’ The Halloween and apple pie inspired lineup was inspired by Scotland and the Celtic people, looking back to when Halloween was first celebrated.
Enjoy some adult-only time in this retro-modern “family mansion” themed space.
Halloween Afternoon Tea Set
Availability: October 1 ~ October 31 2021
Location: Lounge & Bar 1867
Serving Hours: 12:00 and 15:00 *Please reserve your table by 17:00 on the day prior to your arrival
Availability: October 1 ~ October 31 2021
Location: Lounge & Bar 1867
Serving Hours/Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)
Official Site: https://kyotoyurahotel-mgallery.com/ja
New ‘Uramichi Oniisan’ Collab Hotel Room Designed Using ‘URA’ and ‘OMOTE’ Motifs
Sunshine City Prince Hotel has revealed a new “Uramichi Oniisan” themed plan, available to reserve for a limited time between October 2 and December 31.
Hotel Staff Costume Illustration
Pajama Costume Chibi Illustration
©Kuze Gaku・Ichijinsha / Uramichi Oniisan Production Comittee
Star Can Badge / Hotel Keychain / Mask Case (URA & OMOTE ) / Original Notepad / Hotel Key Card
Cafe & Dining ‘Chef’s Palette’ Original Drink with Bonus Coaster
‘URA-Room’ with Chibi Character Illustration
The ‘Uramichi Oniisan’ anime became a hit in Summer 2021, known for its cast of famous voice actors.
The new artwork produced for the hotel features the characters in hotel staff uniforms and pajamas, perfect for the hotel-themed collaboration. The ‘OMOTE ROOM’ is designed using the new illustrations, while the ‘URA ROOM’ uses the chibi characters. Each room features a sound clip from Uramichi Omoteda (CV: Kamiya Hiroshi). Original merchandise and drinks are available to guests, plus the famous “Bird Finding Game” is available to play in each room, making it a must-see for fans!
Dive into the ‘Uramichi Oniisan’ world with this new collaboration hotel room!
‘Uramichi Oniisan Collaboration Plan’
Availability: October 23 2021 ~ January 22 2022
*Not available to book on January 22 2022.
Advance Reservations: October 11 2021 from 12pm onwards: https://www.princehotels.co.jp/sunshine/plan/contents/uramichi/