Japanese summer = Fireworks! 2018’s most popular firework festivals summed up here!

20.July.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

As we cruise our way through the summer, firework festivals are just over the horizon ♩ Large-scale firework festivals will spring up all over the country, so it can be difficult to decide which one to attend – but don’t worry – this article will lend a helping hand, as we’ll be introducing the most popular and most unique large-scale firework festivals in the Kanto region!

 

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Adachi Fireworks (Adachi Ward, Tokyo)

Date/time: Saturday 21st July 2018 (19:30  20:30)

This is one of the earlier firework festivals that takes place in Tokyo. In just one hour, approximately 13,600 fireworks lift off into the sky. The true charm of the show is that a high density of fireworks explodes in a condensed and organised manner. This is the first ever fireworks display to have used Niagara-style fireworks and Star Mines that explode to fit a dramatic piece of music. This display is special because it incorporates a variety of colours that you won’t get bored of!

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URL:http://adachikanko.net

 

 

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Katsushika mild evening firework festival (Katsushika, Tokyo)

Date/time: Tuesday 24th July 2018 (19:20 – 20:20)

This festival has been running for more than half a century and is much-loved by the locals! From the river, you can see the fully-loaded impact of the fireworks launch into the sky at point-blank range. The “Mount Fuji Niagara” allows spectators to enjoy fireworks from their launch at ground level to when they explode in the sky. During this programme, classic and Japanese instruments are fused for the “Digital Star Mine” performance. Niagara fireworks falling from the heavens is the masterpiece of this event.

 

 

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Kamakura Firework Festival (Kamakura, Kanagawa)

Date/time: Tuesday 24th July 2018 (19:20 – 20:10)

This firework festival unfolds on the coast of Kanagawa. This festival is famous for its fireworks that blossom in the water! Fireworks are thrown into the sea from a moving boat and explode with passion above the sea. As Kanagawa is also a famous touristic location, you should definitely go sightseeing during the daytime.

 

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URL:http://www.kamakura-info.jp

 

Makuhari Beach Fireworks Festival 2018 (Mihama Ward, Chiba)

Date/time: Friday 27th July 2018 (19:30 – 20:30)

This will be the 40th anniversary of the Makuhari Beach Fireworks festival, displaying approximately 20,000 fireworks as the largest fireworks festival in the country. You can only experience such an intense display over the sea at Makuhari. The theme for this event is “Makuhari seaside fireworks spreading across the globe”. From the opening to the finale, this hour-long event will open with approximately 3,300 musical Star Mines. To commemorate 40 years of running, this year, “THE MAKUHARI HANABI” programme will also feature a large round fireworks display of approximately 4,400 fireworks as the main attraction. For the grand finale, around 7,500 fireworks will glisten under the full moon, turning the entire night sky silver with Niagara fireworks.

 

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URL:http://chiba-hanabi.jp

 

 

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Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Taito, Tokyo)

Date/time: Saturday 28th July, 2018 (19:00 – 20:30)

This is said to have originated in the year 1733 with the purpose of praying for those who died from famine the previous year. Due to its formality and tradition, this is the greatest fireworks festival in the whole Kanto region. After being suspended several times throughout history, in 1978 it was brought back to life as the Sumida River Firework Festival. The one venue spans from downstream the Sakurabashi bridge to the Kototoibashi bridge. This is where pyrotechnicians with excellent reputations gather and have a showdown! Spectators view their passion, as their pride booms in the sky. You mustn’t miss out on the new fireworks that each company has to offer! This is the place to enjoy historic tradition!

 

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URL:https://www.sumidagawa-hanabi.com

 

 

Edo River Fireworks Festival (Edo River, Tokyo)

Date/time: Saturday 4th August 2018 (19:15 – 20:30

This is a large-scale fireworks display that takes place at Edo River (Tokyo) and Ichikawa (Chiba) at the same time. There are eight different themes of fireworks, each with a different image to compliment the background music. As is tradition, 1,000 fireworks are launched in the first five seconds to open the show, and after 75 minutes, the exploding fireworks form streams of gold and silver to create the image of a gold crown for the finale. The images that are constantly changing in the sky with every explosion is certainly the most fascinating feature of this event!

 

 

So how about it? This summer, gather your family, lovers and friends and create a night to remember at a fireworks festival you have never been to! Japanese firework festivals are overflowing with creativity, so please enjoy them!

 

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  • Top 5 Summer-Only Desserts in Japan 2018

    19.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Summer has arrived, and that means so have the sweet seasonal desserts in Japan. There are many places now selling delicious treats for summer only.

     

    Let’s take a look at 5 of them!

     

    “Butter” – Pancake Shop

    Pancake shop Butter have been selling a seasonal menu for the Brooklyn Lemon Summer Fair since June 27. Tuck into their fluffy Brooklyn Lemon White Tower Special, a pancake topped with refreshing lemon flavoured whipped cream and heaps of summer fruits like melon and mango.

     

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    Brooklyn Lemon Summer Fair

    Participating Stores:

    Butter – Yokohama Bay Quarter

    Butter – Tama Minami Osawa

    Butter – LaLaport Yokohama

    Butter – LaLaport Toyosu

    Butter – Chayamachi

    Butter – Abeno  Hoop

    Butter – Kobe Harborland

    Butter – LaLaport Koshien

    Butter – Aeon Mall Itami

    BUTTER & DEL’IMMO CAFÉ DINING – Shiga Ryuo

     

    Butter Official Website: http://www.butter-pancake.com/

     

    Sushiro Cafe Omotesando Sweets Terrace

    This pop-up cafe will be open for a limited period of time from July 20. Managed by Sushiro, a popular conveyor belt sushi chain in Japan, it will be the world’s first conveyor belt sweets cafe, serving a range different goodies including Sushiro’s most popular classic desserts made even better, sold-out sweets made by famous stores making a revival for this time only and more. Enjoy drink and dessert sets with just one coin.

     

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    Sushiro Cafe Omotesando Sweets Terrace

    Address: Harajuku Piazza Bldg., 4-26-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Running: July 20, 2018 – July 29, 2018
    Opening Hours: 10am-7pm

    Website: http://www.akindo-sushiro.co.jp/cafebu/sweets_terrace/

     

    Wicked Snow – Watermelon & Melon Shaved Ice

    Wicked Snow is a desserts cafe who are bringing back their three popular summer-only shaved ice flavours – pick from watermelon, melon, or a combination of both. The shaved ice is Wicked Snow’s own unique blend, made to look like powdered snow that melts in your mouth. Topped with plenty of watermelon and melon, this is the kind of dessert you’d expect to see on Instagram.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/113471

     

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    Wicked Snow Harajuku

    Address: Shanzerize Harajuku B1, 4-28-14, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11am-9pm (Last Orders 8:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3405-7605

    Access: 1-minute on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Chiyoda Line or Fukutoshin Line / 5-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR Yamanote Line

    Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130601/13207127/

     

    LEGOLAND Japan – Colourful Dessert Menu

    LEGOLAND Japan is bringing an exciting food menu to the theme park inspired by the colours of LEGO bricks. Choose from an eye-catching selection with desserts such as Watermelon Parfait, Watermelon Ice Crepe, Watermelon Roll Cake and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/112216

     

    ■Information

    LEGOLAND Japan

    Address: 2-2-1 Kinjofuto, Minato, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

    Website: https://www.legoland.jp/

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only and may differ from the actual products.

    *The name, price and release date of the items are subject to change without prior announcement.

     

    Chun Shui Tang – Tapioca Watermelon Milk Tea

    Chun Shui Tang, the Taiwanese cafe that invented tapioca milk tea, has released this original summer-only beverage in Japan. The fusion of fragrant jasmine tea, milk and slightly salty taste of the watermelon all bring out a rich, sweet flavour.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/112130

     

    ■Information

    Tapioca Watermelon Milk Tea
    On Sale: June 13, 2018
    Available: Chan Sui Tang stores in Japan (Takeout option available)
    Line-Up:
    Tapioca Watermelon Milk Tea (Iced) – ¥600 (pre-tax)
    Tapioca Mango Milk Tea (Iced) – ¥650 (pre-tax)
    Chun Sui Tang Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp

     

    Don’t miss out on all of the summer desserts in Japan available this season only!

  • Senbero: Get Drunk in Tokyo Izakaya for Just ¥1,000!

    18.July.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Have you ever heard the Japanese word senbero? It’s a combination of the words sen meaning ‘1000’ and berobero meaning ‘drunk.’

     

    Recently, izakaya in Japan, especially in the Tokyo area, have been offering senbero services that let you get drunk for just ¥1,000. Let’s take a look at some of the best cost performance locations in Tokyo so you can get your money’s worth!

     

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    Motsuyaku Ban (Yutenji)

    This place is known for having invented lemon sour, a standard Japanese cocktail made with shochu, soda and syrup. The lemon sours here cost ¥300 while the motsuyaku, or grilled giblets cost just ¥100. They serve a range of other items too such as innards stew, pig tail and more. You can get full quickly with just ¥1,000 here. We recommend this place if you want to eat a lot while drinking.

     

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    Motsuyaki Ban

    Address: 2-8-17 Yutenji, Meguro, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Friday] 4:00pm-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:15pm), [Saturday] 3:00pm-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:15pm), [Sunday] 3:00pm-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:15pm)

    Closed: New Year’s Holiday, Obon

    TEL:050-5869-3577

    Website:http://www.motsuyakiban.com

     

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    Iseya (Kichijoji)

    This yakitori restaurant is can be found in Kichijoji. You’ll know it by the red lanterns that dangle around the outside of the building. It’s famous with both locals and those outside the neighbourhood. You can enjoy grilled chicken skewers from ¥80 each. A lot of izakaya sell skewers in sets of two, but Iseya offers a range of sets. The cheapest alcohol they sell is shochu at ¥220, so this place it for those who wants to drink little by little while enjoying some delicious yakitori.

     

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    Iseya

    Address: 1-2-1 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 12:00pm-10:00pm

    Closed: Tuesdays

    TEL:0422-47-1008

    Website:http://www.kichijoji-iseya.jp

     

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    Sakaba Fukuro (Ikebukuro)
    This famous pub has been open for more than 50 years. Their lemon highballs are ¥200 each and their Hoppy are ¥220 each. They serve izakaya classics like innards stew and chicken cartilage karaage as well as other dishes like whale. Food prices range from ¥300 to ¥800 so it might be a good idea to order several dishes with people and share.

     

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    Sakaba Fukuro

    Address: 1F-3F, 1-14-2 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 2F ・3F

    Opening Hours: 8:00am-2:30pm (Last Orders 1:30pm), 3:00pm-12:00am (Last Orders 11:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL:03-3986-2968

    Website:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13003957/

     

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    Oojiro (Shinbashi)

    This place is popular for its super thick cut ham cutlet. Food and drink both average at around ¥300. You can also get shochu highballs and sours for ¥300 each too, making this easy on the wallets of those who want to drink a lot. If you make this your second stop on your drinking crawl you can make drinks within ¥1,000 easily!

     

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    Oojiro

    Address: 3-10-6 Shinbashi, Minato, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Closed: Weekends & Holidays

    TEL:03-3431-0708

    Website:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13007106/

     

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    Sake Tachinomi Kitaya (Akabane)
    You’ll spot Kitaya by its deep blue entrance curtain and glowing red lanterns. They offer plates upon plates of creative dishes at the first floor counter. The food menu changes daily too, so you can look forward to enjoying a different experience each time. They sell fresh tuna straight from the famous Tsukiji fish market every morning at a mind-blowing ¥160!

     

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    Sake Tachinomi Kitaya

    Address: 1-8-1 Akabaneminami, Kita, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Friday] 9:00am-11:00pm, [Saturday] 7:00am-11:00pm, [Sunday] 7:00am-10:00pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL:03-3901-4767

    Website:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1323/A132305/13055579/

     

    Senbero isn’t only cheap, it also offers up a very satisfying izakaya experience. Be sure to try out lots of different izakaya while in Japan while looking for the best value for your money.

  • Interview: Yuna Yabe discusses why people attend music festivals

    18.July.2018 | FEATURES / MUSIC / SPOT

    In our previous article, we considered the appeal of FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL in the run up to this year’s event and looked over our past coverage of it. In this article we interviewed Yuna Yabe, a model and DJ who made her real festival debut last year and who is a festival fanatic. We asked her what attracts young girls to festivals, her personal experiences attending them, and her advice to those who have never been to a festival but are thinking about going.

    ■Yuna Yabe – Profile

    Born: October 30, 1997
    Origin: Shizuoka Prefecture
    Hobby: Shopping

    Speciality: Dancing

     

    Yuna Yabe has appeared in magazines, events and even music videos as a model, making full use of her unique fashion sense. Her love for music has taken her on the path of being a DJ. The moment she began her DJ career, she performed at EDJ JAPAN 2018.

     

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    —You love music and are often perceived as someone who has been attending festivals for a long time, but I heard you actually started going only last year.

     

    Yes, last year’s ITADAKI Festival was my first proper experience at a festival. Up to then I never had much interest in them and had never thought about going, but ITADAKI is in my hometown of Shizuoka and there were a lot of artists playing that I like. I thought wow, Shizuoka is going for it, so I decided to attend. EBIS BEATS and Tavito Nanao were the best!

     

     

    —So, how was it actually going and experiencing one?

     

    I was able to see so many of my favourite artists in one day, it was amazing! There was one on every hour, so I felt it was one of the fullest days of my life! I was guaranteed a front row spot for my favourite artists. I went all out, had the best time ever and came to be completely crazy about festivals.

     

    One of the reasons I had never gone to one before was because I perceived them as being like a continuous riotous party, but I was glad to find out it was chill and open.

     

    —Are there any memories or incidents from the festival that have stuck with you?

     

    It wasn’t an incident per se, but I met a lot of acquaintances by chance. That’s one of the most fun things about a festival! Although it was a local festival I bumped into people I know from Tokyo. That moment when you see them and say “Huh!? Why are you here!?” is so much fun.

     

    —If you were to choose the best act or performance you’ve seen so far which would it be?

     

    I can’t pick just one! But Tavito Nanao of GREEN ROOM this year and Sakanaction at ROCK IN JAPAN FES last year are unforgettable.

     

    —You’ve already been to several festivals this year, correct? And you also performed at EDC. What festivals do you plan to go to or want to go to next, and which artists do you want to see?

     

    I’ve been to JAPAN JAM BEACH, GREEN ROOM and KAMIKANE3000 this year.

     

    The ones I’m planning to go to are FUJI ROCK and Summer Sonic. I want to go to RINGO FES at the start of summer too. I definitely want to see Kendrick Lamar at FUJI ROCK and Jorja Smith at Summer Sonic!

     

    —You performed at EDC JAPAN very early in your DJ career. That’s an incredible achievement, congratulations! How was it performing there?

     

    I thought to myself all I can do is practice. There’s a studio in front of EDC so I practiced there! The set was going to be a continuous hour with no changeovers, so I wondered to myself whether the real performance would turn out alright. My hands were sweating and I was very anxious, but the moment it started everybody put their hands up and danced. It was so much fun! In my set I moved from track to track while DJing, and I saw a lot of foreigners on board the entire time, so that made me extremely happy. Before I knew it I was having a lot of fun too, and the hour went by in an instant. It was my first time as a DJ experiencing the thrill of so many people listening to your favourite songs. I felt that if I get even better and play more boldly it’ll be the best thing ever!

     

    —How’s your enthusiasm for this year’s festivals?

     

    I’m having fun knocking them down one by one!

     

     

    —I’d now like to ask if you have any advice for people your age who are interested in attending a festival but have never gone before, or who want to try it out. What kind of preparation do you need in terms of fashion or things to take?

     

    For fashion, I see a lot of people coordinating flashy colours, like reds and yellows. A lot of people wear baggy clothing too because it’s easier to move around.

     

    I take a cap and sunglasses to protect myself from the sun. Sunglasses make you look pretty in photos too (laughs). Most people wear their hair up. Also, a towel is a must!

     

    I’m short, so I recommend sandals with thick soles if you’re short too, since you want to be able to see the stage properly! You’ll also be walking around a lot and spend long hours there, so it’s important to wear something that your feet are used to and won’t  get tired in!

     

    Only wear small bags on your back that aren’t going to be a nuisance to other people, and only take the absolute essentials. But I never fail to take my phone charger! (laughs)

     

    —Are there any mistakes you’ve made at festivals?

     

    I came down with heatstroke by only drinking alcohol despite it being so hot! It’s very important to drink water so you don’t get heatstroke.

     

     

    —Is there any other advice you have for festival beginners or tips on how they can have fun?

     

    Be weary of going to the toilet when travelling! Make an effort to know where the toilets are. You’ll be in very long lines, so don’t go the second you need it. Go well in advance and find windows of opportunity to go. Going in advance is very important!

     

    Also, it’s good not to meet up with a lot of friends or move around in big groups. I recommend moving around on your own or with just a few people. Seeing artists I didn’t know or unexpected artists is great. Encounters like that are fun.

     

    —Finally, what’s the appeal of festivals for you?

     

    There are many, but if I was to sum it up in a word, it would be the sense of openness! It’s like taking off your shell. Everybody there is a lover of music and you can feel their excitement, so there’s a sense of unity too which can be enjoyed!

     

     

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    Be sure to reference Yuna Yabe’s advice and go and enjoy Japanese pop culture at a festival!

     

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    FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’18

    Running: July 27, 2018 – July 29, 2018

    Venue: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture

    Time: Doors 9:00am / Start 11:00am / Finish 11:00pm

    Official Website: http://www.fujirockfestival.com/

  • Making good summer vacation memories! 6 recommended events which will be held in July 2018 in Tokyo

    05.July.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Summer vacation starts in July and many kinds of events for both children and adults will be held in the Tokyo area. In this article, we will introduce to you some recommended events which will be held in July.

     

    Photogenic Art Exhibition ‘Vinyl Museum’ to Take Place at BALLY Ginza

    Vinyl Museum―a participation-based art exhibition―will make its return at BALLY Ginza, running from July 21 to August 5.

    We previously covered the first holding of this event which brings together a variety of art displays specifically intended for people to take photos of for their Instagram pages. Last year’s event in Omotesando drew in 5,500 people and over 7,000 posts were posted on Instagram.

     

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    2nd Vinyl Museum

    Running: July 21, 2018―August 5, 2018

    Address: BALLY Ginza 2F, Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Access: 1-minute on foot from Exit C2 / C3 of Ginza Station via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, or Hibiya Line

    Entry Price: ¥1,800

    Website: http://vinyl-museum.com/

     

    TV Asahi & Roppongi Hills Natsumatsuri Summer Station 2018

    It’s been 15 years since Roppongi Hills first opened, which is set to welcome summer again this year with exciting events running from July 14 to August 26. Look forward to live music performances, shows, food, VR sessions, photo spots, exhibitions and more. The popular life-sized Doraemon will make a return at 66 Plaza where there’ll also be artists performing as well as anime inspired food.

     

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    Roppongi Hills:http://www.roppongihills.com/

     

    Edo Cat Café: Enjoy the World of Ukiyo-e and Cats at Edo Neko Chaya

    Edo Neko Chaya is a new Edo-style cat café opening in Tokyo on June 15 for a limited period (until August 31) where you can enjoy the world of ukiyo-e while playing with real cats. The café is located at “Ryogoku Station Hirokoji.” Ukiyo-e paintings and models will decorate inside and bring to life the street and atmosphere of the Edo period. There will be several zones inside building, including the cat tea room, cat ‘red light district,’ cat bath, cat nagaya, and cat plaza. Each area will be furnished with ukiyo-e that fit the scene, bringing to life the world of Edo.

     

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    Website:https://edonekochaya.com

     

    MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM

    MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless will open on June 21 (until August 31) and is co-managed by Mori Building Co., Ltd. and teamLab. This never-before-seen new world is created in an expansive and complex three-dimensional 10,000 square meter space by 520 computers and 470 projectors. Dive into a mesmerising 3D world and get lost amongst the borderless art.

     

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    Official website:http://borderless.teamlab.art/jp

    Teaser movie:https://youtu.be/y3quanO4bKw

     

     

    Jump Shop 2018

    Aqua City Odaiba is set to welcome the summer with a host of exciting events, including Jump Shop 2018. Jump Shop 2018 will stock a heap of merchandise from some of the most popular manga series out there from Shonen Jump’s arsenal, including One Piece, My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!, Gintama, and more. This event is held every summer and brought in around 20,000 attendees in 2017. Mark your calendars for the upcoming events happening in Aqua City Odaiba this summer, from anime to food.

     

    ■Information

    Jump Shop 2018

    Location: Aqua Arena, Azone 3F, Aqua City Odaiba

    Running: July 13, 2018―September 2, 2018

    Entry: Free (*Cost of merchandise is the actual price)

    TEL: 03-6436-3061 (Weekdays 10:00-18:00)

     

     

    Attack on Titan Collaborates with Tobu Zoo

    An event will be held at Tobu Zoo from July 22 with popular anime series Attack on Titan, which will enter its third season on July 14 and air to October 8. The theme of the event is Survey Corps members from the series taking on the role of biological researchers to conduct biological research. Giant life-sized panels of familiar faces from Attack on Titan will be displayed, in addition to animal panels with original designs. Two of the show’s main characters, Eren Jaeger and Levi, will make an appearance dressed as animal handlers.

     

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    Tobu Zoo

    Address: 110 Suka, Miyashiro-machi, Minamisaitama-gun, Saitama Prefecture

    TEL: 0480-93-1200

    Website::http://www.tobuzoo.com/

     

    ©諫山創・講談社/「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

     

     

    How did you like our article? Why not participate in some of these events with your family and friends?

  • The popularity of character cafés in Japan never lets up, where cafés transform their menu and interior design to fit the theme of popular characters from anime, games and so on.

     

    Here are some of the best character cafés hitting Japan in July 2018.

     

    Gudetama Café x Keroppi

    The Gudetama Café is a character café themed on the hugely popular Sanrio character Gudetama. To celebrate his 5th anniversary, Keroppi is stopping by too, another character from the franchise. The menu will be transformed into kawaii dishes inspired by the two lovable characters, something fans absolutely can’t afford to miss out on.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/110060

     

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    Gudetama Café – HEP FIVE

    Address: HEP FIVE 7F, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita, Osaka

    Running: June 1, 2018-July 31, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30 (Last Orders 22:00)

    No Fixed Holidays (Except where HEP FIVE has them)

    TEL: 06-6366-3694

    Website: http://gudetama.createrestaurants.com/

     

    Gudetama x Pom Pom Purin Café

    The Yokohama and Nagoya branches of the Pompompurin Café―themed on the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin―is teaming up with Gudetama to introduce a collaborative cute summer menu. It includes lots of kawaii dishes like the ‘Wahhoi! Summer Festival Bibimbap Don’ which features Pompompurin surrounded by beef karubi, kimchi, three kinds of namul, and a soft boiled Gudetama egg for a perfectly complete bibimbap don.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/111621

     

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    Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama

    Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi

    Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR

    TEL: 045-311-6750

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Nagoya

    Address: BECOME SAKAE 2F, 3-32-6 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 19:30)

    Access: 1-minutes on foot from Sakae Station via the Meijo Line

    TEL: 052-249-8320

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

     

    Keroppi x Pompompurin Café

    This is a collaborative menu being introduced at the Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café. The menu is a revamped version of a menu that was seen back in March which was praised as being ‘way too cute.’ There’s plenty to choose from, like the adorable ‘Sleeping Together♪ Keema Curry’ which has both characters sleeping soundly under a bed made of egg.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/110315

     

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    Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

    Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station

    TEL: 03-5786-0770

     

    Pompompurin Cafe Umeda

    Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi

    Opening Hours:

    – 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) Until March 27th

    – After March 28th 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    – Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR

    TEL: 06-6292-7140

     

    Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café

    Based on the internationally beloved children’s picture book of the same name, this café in Ginza has introduced all-new menu items. Everything on there is refreshing and perfect for the season. Not only is it all delicious, they really went far to get every little detail on the plate. Once you see the menu you’ll become very hungry yourself!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107654

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café

    Address: Sunday Branch Maronie Gate Ginza 1 4F (2-14-2, Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo)

    Running: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    *Reservations must be made if coming before 5:30pm. Reservations not required after 5:30pm.

    TEL: 03-3567-3366

    Website: http://www.harapecocafe.com

     

    Gudetama Café – 5th Anniversary Space Theme

    Gudetama is celebrating his 5th anniversary by launching into space. The menu and décor at the café will take on this theme, offering plenty of great photo opportunities for Instagram. There’s so many fun things on the menu. Better yet, customers who dine in the café will receive presents. Those who eat there will get a fan, and those who order a drink will get a coaster. Be sure to get yours quick as they won’t be available again!

     

    Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/112954

     

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    Gudetama Café – Ikebukuro

    Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 8F, 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

    Running: June 26, 2018 – September 4, 2018

    Opening Hours: 11am-11pm (Open from 10:30am on weekends & holidays)

    *Last Food Orders: 9:30pm / Last Drink Orders 10pm

    No fixed holidays except where Seibu Ikebukuro is closed.

    TEL: 03-5949-5675

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    Did you enjoy this list? There’s lots of fun character cafés to stop by in Japan this July, so pick your favourite and go!

  • 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.

     

    星野リゾートOMO5 東京大塚(オモファイブ)

    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/

     

    MAYU TOKYO WOMAN2

    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

     

    変なホテル 銀座

    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/

     

    SAKU REN JIMBOCHO:サクレン神保町

    SAKU REN JIMBOCHO

    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/

     

    ホテル1899 東京

    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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  • Travel Japan: Turtle Rock, Oshinkoshin Waterfall & Other Must-Visit Sites in Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula

    18.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Shiretoko Peninsula was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and is the northernmost location in Japan to have been so. Even in a place such as Hokkaido, which strikes all with its marvellous natural landscape, Shiretoko is said to be home to many secluded locations. Many of these have not been touched by the hands of man―they have been left as they are―and so one can discover sights, animals and much more that they cannot anywhere else.

     

    We are joined by Mirina, an Instagrammer who posts her experiences travelling to Hokkaido’s many sightseeing spots located in pockets of nature. She has provided us with photos of her trip to the Shiretoko Peninsula and its must-see spots.

     

    The Shiretoko Five Lakes

    The Shiretoko Five Lakes are situated inside an old-growth forest from which you can admire the grand Shiretoko mountain range in the back. Many wild animals live here such as the brown bear and black woodpecker. The view is one would expect from a World Heritage Site, with gorgeous scenery to soak up in every direction.

     

    ▶︎The Shiretoko Five Lakes

    Address: Onnebetsumura, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

    Shiretoko Shari Machi Sightseeing Website: https://www.goko.go.jp/multilingual_eng/index.html

     

    Turtle Rock (Cape Chashikotsu)

    Cape Chashikotsu, located on the Utoronishi side, can be seen from Shari and looks just like a giant turtle which is where it gets its nickname “Turtle Rock” from.

     

    ▶︎Turtle Rock (Cape Chashikotsu)

    Address: Utoronishi, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

     

    Oshinkoshin Waterfall

    Oshinkoshin Waterfall is listed as one of Shiretoko’s “8 Sights.” This towering waterfall rolls down the rocks and splits into two separate waterfalls halfway down which has given it the nickname “Two Beautiful Falls.” The are stairs that enable you to walk beside the waterfall halfway up, letting you get nice and close to the water. There is also an observation deck atop the waterfall from which you can see many sights such as the Sea of Okhotsk and Shiretoko mountain range. The waterfall is also listed as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls.

     

    ▶︎Oshinkoshin Waterfall

    Address: Utoronishi, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

    Shiretoko Shari Machi Sightseeing Website: https://www.goko.go.jp/multilingual_eng/index.html

     

    The Road To Heaven

    This long stretch of road spans 18km and has been dubbed the “Road To Heaven” as when observed from uphill looks like it disappears into the clouds. Situated on one side of the farmlands, one can enjoy a quiet and breathtaking view of the road. It’s also a popular road with bikers and travellers riding bicycles. It’s also a must-see from the observation deck close by.

     

    ▶︎The Road To Heaven (Japanese Name: 天に続く道)

    Address: Minehama, Shari, Shari District, Hokkaido

    Shiretoko Shari Machi Sightseeing Website: https://www.goko.go.jp/multilingual_eng/index.html

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? There are countless places to visit in Japan, and some of the best are the quiet, secluded ones. If you get the opportunity to visit Hokkaido, put the Shiretoko Peninsula on your list of must-visit places.

  • Top 4 Must-Visit Places in Ishikawa to Keep Cool This Summer – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    17.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Ishikawa Prefecture was formerly split between Kaga Province and Noto province and is still sometimes thought of as two peas in a pod. What was once Kaga Province in the now southern part of Ishikawa consists of six cities and towns including Kaga, Komatsu, Nomi, Kawakita, Hakusan, and Nonoichi.

     

    Kaga Province is home to many waterfall spots widely known as great places for keeping cool in the hot sun. Providing as great sightseeing experiences, one can bask in the negative ions of the waterfalls and overcome the summer scorch.

     

    Watagataki Waterfall

    Watagadaki gets its name from its appearance which is likened to falling torn cotton (wata being the Japanese word for the material). You will arrive right next to the waterfall when you descend down the path beside it, at which its great tumbling sound will fill you with a feeling reminding you that you are enveloped in nature.

     

    ▶︎Watagataki Waterfall (綿ヶ滝)

    Address: 1-4 Shimoyoshitanimachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture

    Enquiries: 076-274-9544 (Hakusan Tourist Centre)

    Access: 50-minutes south of Japan National Route 157 via Hakusan Interchange / 60-minutes from Kanazawa Station

     

    Nanatsudaki Falls

    Nanatsudaki Falls is comprised of seven smaller waterfalls which it gets its name from. It has long been a place of worship. Six of the waterfalls are found upstream, where the water rolls beautifully over the rocks which have formed over tens of thousands of years as a result of the movement of the earth’s crust. The surrounding trees boast lush green verdure or red and yellow autumnal leaves depending on the season, offering different spectacular sights to behold whatever time of the year you visit. There’s a path you can walk along where the upper six waterfalls are so you don’t have to worry about falling in!

     

    ▶︎Nanatsudaki Falls (七つ滝)

    Address: Nagatakimachi, Nomi, Ishikawa

    Enquiries: 0761-51-2308 (Nomi no Satoyama Fan Club)

    Access: 25-minutes by car from Nomi-Neagari interchange

     

    Tsuruga Falls

     

    The water at Tsuruga Falls flows down five levels, and the biggest waterfall at the back splits into two separate waterfalls. Collectively the waterfalls tower up 30 meters high which is an incredible sight to see when up close. Tsuruga Falls gets its name from the splitting waterfall at the back which is said to look like the legs of a crane.

     

    ▶︎Tsuruga Falls (鶴ヶ滝)

    Address: Yamanakaonsen Aratanimachi, Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture

    Enquiries: 0761-78-0330 (Yamanaka Onsen Tourist Association)

    Access: 15-minutes by car from Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal

     

    Junigataki Waterfalls

     

    The name origin of Junigataki Waterfalls lies in its twelve separate falls which flow from the Gotani River. The incredible crashing sound of the water cannot be put into words; it’s an overwhelming spectacle that will have you wanting to go back more than once. In summertime it’s common to see families and young people playing in the water from up at the top of the waterfall down to the lake below. The waterfalls are a quite a distance from the city of Komatsu, but there are roads that lead right to it so it’s very accessible.

     

    ▶︎Junigataki Waterfalls

    Address: Nunohashimachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture

    Enquiries: 0761-22-4111 (Komatsu City Hall)

    Access: 45-minutes by car from JR Komatsu Station

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this summer visiting Ishikawa then be sure to pay a trip to one of Ishikawa’s many waterfalls to cool yourself off.

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

    13.August.2019 | FOOD

    XFLAG STORE + HANEDA is a small branch of XFLAG STORE and is located in Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport. On August 13th, they released three energising bubble tea flavours served in a bottle that you can take on board with you when travelling along domestic air routes. The three bubble tea flavours are; MILK TEA, HOJICHA (a type of green tea) and MATCHA. 

     

    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. 

  • Seafood Heaven at Shizuoka’s New Restaurant Atami Ginza Osakana Shokudo

    11.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Atami Ginza Shopping District in Shizuoka’s seaside city of Atami is enjoying a new boom of bustling customers this year, and they’re sure to continue pouring in with the opening of its new seafood entertainment restaurant Atami Ginza Osakana Shokudo. The eatery opened its grand doors on August 8, offering fresh, flavourful seafood dishes. In the evenings, the restaurant turns into Osakana Sakaba where they serve gorgeous sake.

    Atami is home to many fishing harbours, including those in Ajiro, Izuyama, and Hatsushima. Atami’s waters are a treasure trove of sea life, offering a bounty of seafood such as mackerel, salmon, shrimp, Splendid alfonsino, shellfish, and more.

    The restaurant uses a previously vacant building which has been renovated for the opening. Their menu concept is “Atami nostalgia” which will fuse together traditional Atami food with new spins. Food is prepared in an open kitchen in a variety of ways including sashimi, grilled, steamed, and so on.

    Splendid Alfonsino Rice Bowl – ¥2,780 (Before Tax)

    The absolute must-try on their menu is their Splendid alfonsino rice bowl. It’s topped generously with huge cuts of horse mackerel, mackerel, and Splendid alfonsino, all caught fresh from neighbouring harbours.

    The restaurant also serves the ginormous Japanese spider crab which is a local speciality in the city of Izu. They are kept fresh in tanks in the restaurant. In the evening, when the restaurant turns into a bar, you can have this crab served however you like: as sashimi, grilled, or even steamed. As well as fresh seafood, they also serve vegetables and other meat, all sourced locally. Tofu, desserts and other food is too.

     

    Japan is known for its exquisite seafood. If you’re travelling to Shizuoka this summer, be sure you pay a visit to the new Atami Ginza Osakana Shokudo.

  • 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.

  • Stay Cool This Summer in Kyoto at These 4 Nature Spots

    09.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    When talking about seasons in Kyoto, a lot of people are sure to point towards autumn when the leaves turn fiery red and sun yellow. But did you know that in Kyoto enjoys cool and truly beautiful summers?

     

    If you’re in the old capital this summer, or are planning to catch the sun there with a trip next year, then you’ll want to add the 4 spots in this list into your schedule, each abloom with magical foliage and verdure.

     

    We are joined by Macchan, a Japanese Instagrammer who snaps photos of sightseeing spots around Kyoto lush with greenery.

     

    Giouji Temple

    Giouji Temple is a modest thatched hut wrapped in a bamboo thicket and maple trees. The temple is detailed in the epic The Tale of the Heike in which the dancer Gio fled to the temple from her home in the capital with her mother and sister after falling out of love with Taira no Kiyomori.

     

    A visit here ensures you can enjoy the summer with more than just your eyes as you listen to the dancing of the bamboo thicket and the cries of the cicadas.

     

    Giouji Temple
    Address: 32 Sagatoriimoto Kozakachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.giouji.or.jp/en

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji is a Buddhist temple with a history spanning 1,200 years. A memorial service for those who died without kin is taking place on August 23 and 24 at the riverbed of the temple’s west wing where candles will be lit in their honour. Lanterns are also lit in the surrounding area along the streets.

     

    Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

    Address: 17 Saga Toriimotoadashinocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto

    Official Website: http://www.nenbutsuji.jp/index.html

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Fushimi Port Park is a huge park home to a gymnasium and sumo area. They also have a hiking course. The sea does not reach here, but there is a canal which boats go up and down, and this is where the park gets its name. It has a bounty of trees and plants, so if you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful stroll in nature then be sure to visit.

     

    Fushimi Port Park

    Address: Yoshijima Kanaidocho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
    Official Website: http://www.kyoto-park.or.jp/fushimi/

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    This residence was built for and used by the Kan’in-no-miya family in 1710, with Prince Naohito as its founder―the son of Emperor Higashiyama. The family lived in the house until 1877 after which they moved to Tokyo. Following the war, it was liberated and became a park, and today it is used to exhibit photography and paintings. The residence is famous for its peach trees, making it a popular spot in spring. However, in summertime, it’s much quieter, adding grace to the tranquillity of the surrounding green landscape. What’s more is that despite it being such a prestigious location, it’s free to enter! Don’t tell too many people about this secret spot.

     

    Kan’in-no-miya Residence

    Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo War, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: https://kan-in-nomiya-teiato.jp/eng/

     

     

    Macchan has visited many incredible spots around Kyoto, so if you’re in need of recommendations be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Photos: @macchan358

  • Become Poop and Travel Through the Body in Kyoto’s Bizarre Exhibition

    05.August.2019 | SPOT / Uncategorized

    The Toei Kyoto Studio Park―a theme park in Kyoto modelled after the Edo period of Japan―is set to hold an exhibition from next month titled “A Bizarrely Great Adventure Through the Body” in which you can travel through a giant model of a body to learn all about faeces.

    The event is themed on the best-selling children’s book series Grossology by Sylvia Branzei which gives humorous but straightforward descriptions of bodily functions and various medical conditions.

    Stinky Poop (Unchi Kusai), the ninja mascot of the event, will join visitors on their adventure as they experience the gross potential of the human body: burps, farts, bodily odours, and more.

     

    A total of fifteen attractions will make up the event where kids and adults can discover the “secrets” of the human body.

    Sneeze Shutter

    At the Sneeze Shutter you will learn why we sneeze by firing balls―the “foreign substance” entering the nose―into the giant nostrils which will cause it to become itchy. If you can get five balls into the nose it will let out a sneeze and blown out the balls.

    The Kidney Game

    At the Kidney Game you will help deliver urea, sugar, and other materials necessary for the kidney to the blood vessels to understand how the kidney functions.

    Poop Fortune Telling

    Sit on a real toilet and a poo character will appear on the monitor to tell you your fortune that day.

    Poo Exhibition

    Learn all about poo at the display board which features lots of interesting information.

    Burp Kid

    Why do we burp when we drink fizzy beverages? Burp Kid will explain it to you.

    Take a photo with the giant poo

    At the end of your trip to the event, take a commemorative photo next to the giant poo pile and butthole.

     

    This is just a snippet of what there is to see at Kyoto’s bizarre poo exhibition. Visit to learn all about something we all do but don’t talk about!

  • 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

  • Once Every 33 Years a Secret Door at Tenjō-ji Temple in Kobe is Opened

    04.August.2019 | SPOT

    The Buddhist temple Tenjō-ji is located on Mount Maya at the heart of the mountainous area of Mount Rokko. This month, something very special is happening at the temple. An elusive door housed there is opened only once every 33 years, and this month from August 1 to 15, it is open.

    Tenjō-ji is the only temple in Japan that has a building dedicated to Maya-bunin, the mother of Buddha. Its long history begins with Hōdō Sennin, an Indian high priest who build the temple at the behest of Emperor Kōtoku. In Japan, Maya-bunin is worshipped as as symbol of easy childbirth and child-rearing. Mount Maya, the mountain on which Tenjō-ji sits, is named after her.

    Mount Maya, located in Kobe’s Nada ward, is a 702 meter tall mountain and one of the major peaks of Rokkō Mountains. It is close to the town areas of Kobe, and from the mountain peak one can see Kobe, Osaka, the Kii Peninsula, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and more, making it a popular tourist destination. It’s also frequented by Kobe locals who visit with their families to eat bento, as well as couples looking to catch a glimpse at the gorgeous nightscape atop the mountain apex.

    Inside the secret door now open at the temple until August 15 are three hidden Buddhist idols: the Eleven-Faced Avalokitesvara, Acala, and Vaiśravaṇa. This is very much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so if you’re lucky enough to be in Japan right now, you won’t want to miss this extremely special occasion. If you do, you’ll have to wait another 33 years!

     

    While it is open there will be talks and faith healing by the priests three times a day (10:30/12:00/14:00), exclusive celebratory merchandise, limited-time goshuin stamps, and more.

  • Stay in a Traditional Japanese Hotel in Kosuge Village Where the Population is Just 700

    04.August.2019 | BUSINESS / SPOT

    NIPPONIA Kosuge Genryū no Mura is a new hotel opening in the village of Kosuge in Kitatsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture on August 17. The hotel is renovated from an old Japanese-style house that was originally used for local personages and was constructed over 150 years ago.

    Kosuge is about two-hours from Tokyo and is completely enveloped in the natural environment with 95% of the land occupied by trees and nature. Its population is around 700 which is a mere third of its peak population. It is currently faced with a serious depopulation problem due to its ageing population.

    The hotel will open in an effort to pass on the beautiful landscapes and culture of the village to the next generation. It hopes to aid in solving the problem of its declining population and empty houses while acting as a means to bring in tourism and sightseeing.

    The hotel serves as just the first part of this village revitalisation project. It features 4 guest rooms called OHYA as a restaurant that seats 22.

    There are three rooms in the main building and one in the basement. Each is designed with privacy in mind and each has its own concept.

    OHYA 1

    From the rooms guests can enjoy the view of the gorgeous Japanese-style gardens surrounding the hotel.

    The restaurant menu concept is titled 24 Sekki, which denotes the twenty four seasonal turning points of the old Japanese calendar, and is made using carefully local ingredients so that guests can enjoy an authentic Kosuge experience.

    All the staff at the hotel are local villagers. The majority of the ingredients used in there are grown and produced by the farmers of Kosuge. The hotel also offers other services for guests to  get to know the area better such as nature walks and bike rides through the village. You are made to feel like one of the locals.

     

    A second building will be renovated in May 2020 to accommodate two more rooms. There are 70-100 vacant buildings in Kosuge, so there are plans in place to receive permission from landlords to make further repairs, improvements and renovations.

     

    If you’re travelling to Japan and are looking for a truly remote experience then why not visit the quaint little village of Kosuge in Yamanashi Prefecture?

  • Gaze at Shooting Stars at Akiyoshidai in Yamaguchi Prefecture with New Night Tour

    31.July.2019 | SPOT

    Akiyoshidai is located in Mine, Yamaguchi. It is Japan’s biggest karst plateau and is designated as a natural monument. If you love the stars in the night sky then you’ll want to hear about the new shooting star night tours that have been announced by the Mine City Tourism Information Center.

     

    Cities, towns and villages across Japan are seeking to cater tourist and travelers needs to experience something that only that place can offer which can be enjoyed by simply by ‘looking.’

    Akiyoshidai is a very popular site with photographers as it offers a clear and unbroken view of the stars. Mine City Tourism Information Center is capitalizing on this by offering more tours to visitors.


    This series of tours will make it easier for people to travel to Akiyoshidai from the town area while taking advantage of a location where there is little artificial light.

     

    Check the official website for more details on how you can witness the incredible Japanese night sky.

  • Visiting Hakone? Pick Up A Freshly Baked Hakone Basque Cheesecake

    29.July.2019 | FOOD

    A brand new Basque Cheesecake shop called Hakone Cheese Terrace opened on July 26th. The carefully balanced rich flavour and smooth texture of these cheesecakes makes them the perfect Hakone souvenir! Basque cheesecake is a type of burnt cheesecake that originated from Basque, Spain.

    Hakone is home to a large number of Japan’s popular tourist spots as well as relaxing hot springs and beautiful nature. Located just 1.5 hours from Tokyo, Hakone has an extraordinary atmosphere which will heal both your body and mind. Hakone Cheese Terrace opened to enhance the appeal of the nature surrounding Hakone resorts and to contribute to the fascinating culture of the area. 

    The basque cheesecake comes in a mini cup so customers can enjoy this delicious treat while on the go exploring the local area. This is also the perfect souvenir size.

    The cheesecakes at Hakone Cheese Terrace are made mostly from locally sourced ingredients. For a creamy, fresh taste, milk sourced from the south of Hakone is combined with high-quality cream cheese. An original recipe blend is used for a rich flavour and smooth texture.

    The cheesecakes are baked fresh at the shop so you can enjoy your cheesecake at its most delicious stage. Rock salt, black pepper and soy sauce are available as toppings for customers to discover a new flavour.

     

    Come enjoy the flavours of Hakone to your heart’s content at Hakone Cheese Terrace

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