Fujiyama Onsen: The Hot Spring Facility With a Mount Fuji View Undergoes Renovation
12.July.2018 | SPOT
Fujiyama Onsen is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen on July 14. Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, the site sits at the foot of Mount Fuji.
The facility is being fitted with a new stone sauna where you can have a clear view of Mount Fuji. There’s also a new hammock resting spot as well as hot yoga classes amongst other things. All of these changes transform Fujiyama Onsen from a simple natural hot spring site into a full-day experience.
The fourth and highest floor now has a relaxation area with a picturesque view. There’s also other stone saunas in a quiet area with the lights dimmed for winding down, as well as break rooms called ‘hot rooms.’
Hot rooms are equipped with heated flooring and there’s a reading corner with manga and magazines as well as cushions. Everyone is free to move between the sauna area and hot rooms.
*A separate fee of ¥600 is charged for use of the stone sauna area and hot room space.
The third floor resting area has rooms with tatami flooring and a wide view of Mount Fuji as well as hammocks and a kid’s room. There are 6 hammocks – three chair types and three for laying down.
The menu of the site’s restaurant, Fujiyama Dining, has also been updated. You can look forward to specially made Yamanashi Prefecture chicken and lots of locally source ingredients as well as beer.
Hot Yoga classes begin from July 21. By exercising at high temperatures, you’ll be able to stretch your muscles much easier as well as get rid of any waste in your body. It’s also good for dieting and your skin.
Gaze at Mount Fuji while having a relaxing time at Fujiyama Onsen.
Goldfish Art Exhibition Begins at Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari in Tokyo Odaiba
26.June.2019 | SPOT
Onsen theme park Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba, Tokyo launched its biggest event of the year Kingyo Matsuri Art Exhibition on June 24. The festival feature a range of exciting exhibits including Japan’s biggest terrarium developed by aquarium creator Masanori Miyazawa.
Aquarium ①: Japan’s biggest Japanese-style Terrarium
A terrarium is a sealable glass container inside which soil is placed to grow plants. Aquarium creator Masanori Miyazawa, who goes by the artist name GA☆KYO, has built Japan’s biggest Japanese-style terrarium which represents the change from the old generation into the new. Standing at 5-meters tall and stretching 1.5-meters wide, the terrarium makes use of bonsai, moss and driftwood.
Aquarium ②: Yukata x Aquarium x Photo Spot
Inspired by the ladies of Edo Castle, beautiful cylindrical fish tanks with kimonos wrapped around them act as a great photo opportunity together with the goldfishes.
Aquarium ③: Meet the 1 Million Yen Ryukin Goldfish
This innovative art installation pairs the Ryukin, a type of Japanese goldfish that has been sold in long-standing fish shops for more than 200 years, with onigawara decorative tiles that have been used to ward off spirits since ancient times, bonsai and more. Also in the exhibit is the “Pre-Edo Goldfish Tearoom” and “Large Round Fish Tanks.”
Summer Festival Drinks & Desserts
From Left: Blue Goldfish Shaved Ice: ¥550 @ Kuranoe / Goldfish Blue Hawaii Soda: ¥580 @ Yumeakari / Blue Mojito: ¥850 @ Ooedo Cafe
Feel the festive spirit with these summery drinks and desserts.
The souvenir store Ryokokuya is selling a range of goldfish themed merchandise perfect as gifts and souvenirs or for taking on summer trips with you.
RAKU SPA 1010 is a new spa located in Kanda, Tokyo that had its grand opening on March 1, 2019. With its concept of “an oasis in the city,” the bath house perfectly balances relaxation, work and social interaction.
Reisei Otsumami (Cold Light Meals): ¥480 (Before Tax)
The facility also serves light food and refreshments. And as part of the grand opening, the first 5,000 people to use the bath house will receive an original RAKU SPA 1010 towel with the facility’s logo on it.
There are 3 different spa plans on offer at RAKU SPA. This includes a 10-hour option which allows full use of the facility, a 3-hour option for use of the bath house, and a sauna option. Each plan offers long stay periods which can be utilised in many ways whether to simply use the sento or sauna or to make use of the co-working space, eat at the pub and diner, and so on.
Enjoy a long and luxurious sojourn at RAKU SPA 1010.
RAKU SPA 1010 Kanda
Address: 2-9-9 Kanda Awajichō, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00am-8:00am (the following day)
Grand Opening: March 1, 2019
Prices (Tax Included)
・RAKU SPA Course (10 Hours): ¥1,460
・Sauna Course (3 Hours): ¥890
・Sento Course (3 Hours): General ¥460 / Children ¥180 / Infants ¥80
*General: 12+ years / Children: 6-12 years / Infants: 6 years and below
Official Website: http://rakuspa.com/kanda/
Red Mount Fuji Curry Inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e Painter Hokusai
15.January.2019 | FOOD
The Mount Fuji Lava Cafe, located in the Fujisan World Heritage Center in Yamanashi Prefecture, released a new Red Mount Fuji Curry on January 12 inspired by the woodblock print Fine Wind, Clear Morning from Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series of landscape prints.
Red Mount Fuji Curry: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
This red hot lava curry gets its vibrant colour from its picante spices and red chili oil. But it’s not simply a bowl of spiciness – it also has typical Japanese flavours like a dashi made from skipjack tuna and kombu. It’s also mixed with grape juice made from grapes grown in Fuefuki, Yananashi for deeper flavour.
Upon ordering this curry you can pick from three different levels of spiciness. Those who order the highest level, dubbed “Mount Fuji’s Peak,” are offer to take part in an eating challenge. If you’re able to devour the hottest version of this curry within 22 minutes and 30 seconds the price of your bill will be wiped and you will receive a free ice cream.
The Red Mount Fuji Curry serves as a follow up to the cafe’s original Blue Mount Fuji Curry which erupted in popularity on Japanese social media.
Red Mount Fuji Curry
Price: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
Blue Mount Fuji Curry
Price: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)
Address: Fujisan World Heritage Center North Block 2F, 6663-1 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
Opening Hours: 09:30-16:30 (Last Orders 16:00)
No Fixed Holidays.
Hot Spring Theme Park Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower to Open in 2019
25.December.2018 | SPOT
The Kansai region’s biggest hot spring style theme park Solaniwa Onsen, spanning 16,500m², is set open on floors 2 to 5 at Osaka Bay Tower North on February 26, 2019.
Osaka Resort City 200 (ORC 200) changed its name to Osaka Bay Tower on March 27, 2018. Following that, Hotel Osaka Bay Tower―which welcomes all guests from business people to families―underwent a re-branding and re-opened on March 29. The tower is now set to expand its facilities even further with the grand opening of Solaniwa Onsen.
The hot spring theme park is themed on “Beauty, Healing, Taste.” It will be decked out with natural hot springs, stone saunas, relaxation facilities, restaurants, stores and more. Based on the concept of the Azuchi–Momoyama period of Japanese history, the park fuses traditional Japan with the modern to offer a unique and exceptional experience.
The area in which the park is being set up is where an already hugely popular theme park is based. A world fair is set to take place there in 2025 which will bring more international attention to the Osaka Bay area.
There will be many types of bathing experiences on offer at Solaniwa Onsen such as a natural hot spring with low alkalinity for beautiful skin, an open-air bath with the water source running into it, a bath that overlooks an immense Japanese-style garden, a bath with carbonic acid water, another that changes daily, and more. There are also baths that can be booked for 2-5 people for a more private bathe.
The female locker room at the park is home to Japan’s biggest powder room which spans close to 100m². There they have a range of beauty equipment, cosmetic rental services and more. The menu includes a combination of traditional food crafted by Tsubouchi Sekisai―who is said to have been a chef to Oda Nobunaga―and modern cuisine.
Step back into the Azuchi–Momoyama period at Solaniwa Onsen.
Solaniwa Onsen Osaka Bay Tower
Address: 1-2-3 Benten, Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Grand Opening: February 26, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00am (next day)
Price: Weekday ¥2,400 / Weekends & Holidays ¥2,600 / Special Day ¥2,800
Access: The closest station is Bentenchō Station which is connected to the Osaka Loop Line and Osaka Metro Chūō Line. You can also access the station by boarding the Rapid train on the JR Line at Kansai Airport Station (ETA: 60-minutes).
Official Website: http://www.solaniwa.com
Mount Fuji Pancakes Made in Lava Furnace Now Available in Yamanashi Prefecture
These ‘Mount Fuji Pancakes’ are cooked in lava furnaces at Mount Fuji. They’re being sold at The Noborisaka Hotel.
Mount Fuji Pancakes
Price: ¥980 (Tax Included)
Cooking the pancakes in a lava furnace causes the molecules to vibrate due to the far infrared effect. This means it cooks at a high temperature in a short period of time. Because of this, the necessary moisture ceases to evaporate, resulting in a soft, fluffy and deliciously cooked pancake. They’re made with mascarpone which leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth
Strawberry Chocolate Fondue Pancake
Price: ¥1,880 (Tax Included)
Mount Fuji European Style Curry (only 30 served per day)
Price: ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
There’s other dishes cooked in the furnaces too including pizza, steak and fried vegetables. It’s different from cooking in an ordinary furnace. The surface doesn’t burn but the heat, juices and flavour remain inside.
Try this ultimate Mount Fuji meal for yourself.
Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station Rest House Fujikyu Unjokaku Introduces Foreign Currency Exchange
30.June.2018 | SPOT
Fujikyu Unjokaku is a rest house located at Mt Fuji’s 5th station up Fuji Subaru Line Road, which goes to the highest point of the mountain that’s accessible by transport. The start of this summer’s mountain climbing season begins on July 1, and in conjunction with this, new measures are coming into place.
The number of climbers to Mt. Fuji increases year by year. A survey that was conducted showed that there are around 50 nationalities of people who climb the mountain, and that 1 in 3 people taking the Yoshida Trail are foreigners.
Despite bringing in so many foreign tourists and visitors, many people are unsure of how to book reservations to stay in the mountain lodges and have highlighted how they cannot use their credit or debit cards up there, amongst other things. To tackle these issues, Fujikyu Unjokaku is introducing several services catered toward foreigners climbing Mt. Fuji.
・Foreign Currency Exchange Center – 158 Currencies
Starting from July 1, a manned exchange center will be introduced onto the first floor of Fujikyu Unjokaku which will handle 158 different currencies. If you suddenly realise you need Japanese yen while you’re climbing, then you can have your money exchanged, meaning you no longer need to worry about not having cash on you for shops that don’t take card or if you want to shop up the mountain. They offer superior rates, and you don’t need to present your passport or fill out any documents either making it a very useful and convenient service.
Running: July 1, 2018 – September 10, 2018 (No holidays during mountain climbing season)
・Mobile Payment Service ‘WeChat Pay’ Introduced
WeChat Pay is a mobile payment service that will enable you to book accommodation with Fujikyu Unjokaku and can be used in restaurants and shops.
・Online Accommodation Bookings Now Available
Fujikyu Unjokaku’s capsule hotel service Mt. Fuji Lodge is introducing an online booking system. It’s a popular capsule-style hotel that guarantees privacy with semi-double size individual rooms, a women’s-only space, and more. Bookings will take place on the Fujikyu Unjokaku website and can be made in Japanese or English – with credit and debit cards too. Bookings are also possible via Japanese travel agents as well as non-Japanese online travel agents such as Expedia and Agoda. This will allow easier hotel booking for foreign travelers climbing Mt. Fuji.
Running: July 1, 2018 – September 10, 2018
Booking Page (English): https://goo.gl/PwW2dA
Booking Page (Japanese):https://goo.gl/QzYnFx
・Cyclist Services Improved
There has been a recent demand for more cycling accessibility around the Fuji Five Lakes area. The Mt. Fuji 5th station wants to be recognised as the holy ground for cyclists and so is introducing services aimed at cyclists including free bicycle tool rentals, merchandise related to bicycles and original bicycle safety omamori charms, bicycle stands, a photo spot, a photo panel exhibition of winners of the Mt. Fuji Hill Climb, and more.
Plenty of other services have been revamped for climbers and travelers too, including the restaurant, more souvenirs, increased guarantee of rental spaces for mountain climbing tools and more.
Why not take the challenge of climbing Mt. Fuji this summer?
Hotel Nampuro in Nagasaki Introduces an Infinity Pool Overlooking the Ariake Sea
18.June.2018 | Uncategorized
Hotel Nampuro is located in Shimabara Onsen in Nagasaki Prefecture and has been around for 110 years. The hotel recently held the grand opening two infinity pools. One gives an unbroken view of the Ariake Sea and the other a lush garden.
The concept behind the pools is to get people closer to Shimabara’s natural environment. Guests can enjoy feeling the sea breeze from ideal locations close amongst Shimabara’s abundance of lush greenery and the Ariake Sea while offering an exquisite resort experience you can’t get in the city.
The unique design of the open-air infinity pool makes it seem as if it flows into the sea itself. There’s also an observation deck next to the pool too where people can gaze across the gorgeous waters.
The location also makes for a great power and energy spot as one can see the morning sun rise from Kumamoto across the shore. Guests can enjoy the sight in the morning, daytime and nighttime.
The other infinity pool is built by the garden restaurant deck terrace and blends in with the surrounding nature. Beyond the horizon lies Shimabara’s waters, sky and nature which becomes one with the edge of the pool. The sky and trees also reflect on the surface of the water, making it feel like you’re floating on top of a cloud in the sky.
The pool is around 50cm deep so children can enjoy themselves too. There are also jets fitted on the sides of the pool.
The poolside wooden deck is fitted with tables and sofas to enhance that resort feel. They also serve breakfast and there’s a BBQ too.
Guests can look forward to the 300+ trees in the garden being lit up in a magical and mystical performance, giving the air a touch of romance. It offers an experience like no other as you’re wrapped in a forest of lights under a starry sky.
Consider Hotel Nampuro if your trip to Japan is taking you to Nagasaki Prefecture.
Ride Down Mount Fuji on a Bicycle with the New Activity Service BonVelo
30.May.2018 | SPOT
The new bicycle activity shop BonVelo will open on June 1, offering a range of exciting activities including ‘Mount Fuji Downhill‘ and ‘Mount Fuji Hill Climb.’
Mount Fuji Downhill has mountain bikes delivered all the way up to Mount Fuji’s 5th station so you can ride down without stopping. This new activity is aimed at people who’ve made the effort to go to Mount Fuji and want to have some fun. Daisuke Imanaka, the first Japanese person to compete in Tour de France, was appointed as the project adviser of this activity, which is sparking much attention.
The shop’s name bon velo is French and means ‘good bicycle.’ Each activity they have on offer makes use of high grade mountain bikes and electronic sports bikes that can ride for you.
For example, if you take on the Mount Fuji Downhill Subaru Line course, a mountain bike will be delivered to the 5th Station at the entrance of the Yoshida Trail on Mount Fuji. From there, you will cycle down to the bottom, offering a truly special experience that you can’t easily get anywhere else.
In some other courses, like the Hill Climb course, you’ll get to use an e-bike. Since they are equipped with a motor, you won’t have to exert yourself, meaning even bike beginners or novices can enjoy themselves. You can even enjoy your ride as a couple or with friends.
Another great aspect is that there are plenty of activities for people of all levels, as well as people of all ages.
Experience the thrill of cycling down Mount Fuji yourself!
“Mount Fuji Curry” Arrives at Lava Cafe in Fujisan World Heritage Center
11.May.2018 | FOOD
The Lava Cafe, located in the north block of the Fujisan World Heritage Center in Yamanashi Prefecture, has introduced the new Mt. Fuji Curry to its menu.
The blue coloured curry dish is made to look just like Mount Fuji while the pickles represent the surrounding forest at the base of the mountain Aokigahara, also known as the ‘Sea of Trees.’ This Instagrammable meal is aimed at both Japanese and foreign tourists.
There have been many curry dishes on the market with rice formed in the shape of Mount Fuji, but this dish not only maintains the shape, but the colouring too. It took them over half a year to perfect the dish.
The cafe will also begin serving a ‘mega size’ version of the blue curry from June 22 to bring it closer to the size of Mount Fuji. They also plan to release a spicy red version in autumn to bring to life the scene when Mount Fuji appears red when the sun’s rays shine over it. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one either.
Head to the Lava Cafe to try eating this stunning curry that you can’t get anywhere else!
5 Day-Trip Sightseeing Spots Close to Tokyo
For this article, we’ve compiled a Top 5 list of great places to visit in Japan within just one hour of Tokyo. The commute is short, so they’re perfect locations for day trips if you’re staying in Tokyo. We’ve also included the easiest routes to get to them.
Nikko (Tochigi Prefecture)
Nikko is a popular site for tourism, home to the famous Toshugu Shrine which is a registered World Heritage Site. It has great access with Asakusa, making it a perfect location for shrine visits.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/nikko
Mount Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture / Yamanashi Prefecture)
Mount Fuji was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013. Its graceful, sempiternal beauty has made it an unmistakable symbol of Japan throughout the world.
Be careful when traveling there, as the closest station to the mountain isn’t Fujisan Station (‘Mount Fuji Station’), but Kawaguchiko Station. There is also a direct bus there to and from Shinjuku.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87612
Kamakura is famous for its old-fashioned streetscape and shrines. It’s also close to other popular tourist spots such as Enoshima, a small island off the coast, so you can have a lot of fun there with plenty of things to do no matter how many times you visit. If you’re a travel lover, then we also recommend boarding the hugely popular Enoshima Electric Railway.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/kamakura
Hakone—Japan’s leading onsen, or ‘hot spring’ spot. Hakone Shrine is known for the red torii archways which sit on the bank of Lake Ashi. The town is also known for being home to countless nearby ryokan with hot springs, so you can enjoy hopping from one to the other. And to get there, you can take the direct Romancecar train from Shinjuku which goes straight to Hakone Station.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/hakone
Chichibu (Saitama Prefecture)
Chichibu is appealing for its rich natural environment. Those who love the outdoors will be enticed by this city. As will anime-lovers, since this is the place where Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is set. They even sell maps of where all the places in the series are located, as well as souvenirs of the characters.
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You might enjoy stretching your legs and branching out to see what else Japan has to offer during your time in Tokyo.
Gear Up with Bathhouse Fashion and Community Goods at Tokyo Kaihoku in Isetan Shinjuku
28.April.2018 | FASHION
The second floor of Isetan Shinjuku home to Tokyo Kaihoku, an unrivalled, innovative department store that brings together fashion and art. The store is currently selling fashion items for going to public bathhouses in Japan, made by numerous brands spearheaded by famed creators and designers. The inventory includes lots of items for going in and getting out of the communal baths.
Additionally, they are now accepting early orders for t-shirts made by two brands: Musare Hito, a creative group made up of a community of bathhouse and sauna lovers and Get Yu! who are hot with Japan’s street culture movement. Let’s take a look at the brands set to liven up bathhouse fashion.
MIYANISHIYAMA / ミヤ ニシヤマ
This brand thrives on their concept of wanting people to wear one-of-a-kind items, easily and freely, rather than them desiring to look cute every day. They wish for people to wear the clothes they like no matter what within their lifetime.
Melissa / メリッサ
Established in Brazil in 1979, this brand has built popularity and gained support for their forms and patterns with great designability made using plastic materials.
ACCOMMODE / アコモデ
From this brand comes a photogenic pouch with a milk bottle motif.
VL BY VEE / ヴイエルバイヴィー
This brand is run by Vee, a designer residing in Bangkok.
nana-nana / ナナナナ
An accessory brand supported by people of all ages as well as artists around the world for their unique outlook and innovations.
igor / AVALON / proef / Shin-Yoshiwara Souvenir Gift Shop / and more…
Get Yu! / ゲッチュウ
Get Yu! is an event co-planned and managed by Vou (棒), a shop and gallery in Kyoto, Sauna no Umeyu, a bathhouse in Kyoto, and Ron LONESOME Samu, a cultural spot in Atami. Together with artists who absolutely love bathhouses, Get Yu! aims to enliven the bathhouse experience and its surrounding culture.
Musare Hito / 蒸され人
This 22-member LINE group is formed of sauna lovers who stretch the point of saunas. They are now taking orders for t-shirts with an original Musare Hito logo print and are also selling a compilation album themed on saunas.
If you’re thinking about trying public bathhouses in Japan then consider getting your hands on some of these cute and practical items and merchandise!
Hot spring trip in the mountains of Ishikawa Prefecture recommended by sommeliers
24.April.2018 | SPOT
“Kissho Yamanaka” will sell the hot spring lodging plan named “Kissho TOUJI” from April of 2018 to the 30th of September.
Yamana Onsen (hot spring) which was opened about 1,300 years ago is a hot spring area where the famous Japanese poet Basho Matsuo stayed for 9 days.
The plan that they are going to sell offers the experience of enjoying the view/forest of Kakusen Valley, Kaga Area’s delicious foods and hot springs. This hot spring is known to be effective for relieving stress and healing illnesses.
“Yuge Kaido Machi Aruki Ticket” where you can enjoy 10 hot springs in the mountains, local sakes, Daiginjo (sake variety) Soft Served Ice Cream and famous crocket is included in the plan as well as the Jiwamon Onigiri (rice ball) lunch menu/Teppanyaki (pan fried meat and vegetables), sauna, hand-massage service, rental cycle and bus tickets.
Persons who are interested in this plan must visit Kissho TOUJI since you can obtain an onsen textbook from the onsen sommeliers.