7 Recommends Cafés & Tourist Spots in Itoshima, Fukuoka

22.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Itoshima is a city situated in the northwestern part of Fukuoka Prefecture that’s currently gaining rapid popularity as a location for great Instagram photos. It boasts many gorgeous locations surrounded by the sea and nature. It’s also packed full of local gourmet restaurants and eateries and is known as a hugely popular tourist spot particularly with Japanese women. We have compiled a list of recommended tourist spots for you to check out if you’re travelling to Fukuoka.

 

Itoshima is about a 30-minute drive from central Fukuoka. The Itoshima Peninsula faces the Genkai Sea with the beautiful stretch of coastline graced by rich and plentiful nature. It’s here you will run into cafes sat against the radiant sunset, delicious food made with ingredients sourced in Itoshima, and many other things.

Sakurai Futamigaura

This holy place is home to Sakurai Shrine, which has been designated by the prefecture as cultural property. It is popular for its beautiful sunset. During the summer solstice, people admire the setting sun between the twin rocks which makes for a picturesque and romantic scene.

 

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Sakurai Futamigaura

Address: Shimasakurai, Itoshima, Fukushima Prefecture

 

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Palm Tree Swing

The photogenic palm tree swing of the Itoshima Peninsula looks out across the east coast. It’s a popular area that bustles in the summertime with BBQs and people swimming in the sea. The swing is free to use so people travel from all across the country to snap a photo on the swing for their Instagram pages.

 

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Palm Tree Swing

Address: 79-5 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture

 

 

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London Bus Café

The London Bus Café is a cute iconic café with a colourful and cute European appearance. Many people take photos with the sea and blue sky behind them. As evening starts to set in in it’s easier to get backlighting, so if you’re looking for better photos it’s best to go early after midday. Once you’ve taken a photo you can relax in the café on the second floor.

 

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London Bus Café

Address: 2289-6 Shimanogita, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture

Opening Hours: 11:00am – Sunset

No Fixed Holidays.

 

 

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Suginoya

Suginoya is a sake brewery with a lot of history in Itoshima. It even won the gold award in an international beer festival. Their beer has a distinct mild and mellow flavour and is the representative local beer of Fukuoka in name and reality. Their most popular food item are their freshly made croissants which are a satisfying balance of crunchy outside and a fluffy and buttery outside. They also serve pizzas and sausages among other light meals making it a great lunch location.

 

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Suginoya

Address: 1442 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture

TEL: 092-806-1186

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

 

 

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Angel’s Wings

The angel’s wings are gathering much attention with Instagram girls in Japan right now. Look out for the shopping complex known as PALM BEACH THE GARDENS. After arriving there, head down onto the sandy beach in front of you. Look for the road opposite the sea and you’ll find the angel’s wings painted on the wall.

 

The shopping center PALM BEACH THE GARDENS is decked out with a range of restaurants, cafes and general stores. It’s a place where you can look out across the beach while eating or enjoying yourself in a café. It’s a great spot to stop by once you’ve visited the angel’s wings and beach.

 

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PALM BEACH THE GARDENS

Address: 285 Nishinoura, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture

Website: http://pb-gardens.com

 

 

CURRENT

This cafe is a regular stop-off for people driving around Itoshima. Located along Shima Sunset Road, CURRENT is popular for its Italian inspired food and atmosphere. It’s situated slightly high up meaning you get to enjoy a full ocean view from the terrace seats. Their lunch plates come with generous servings with amazing flavours.

 

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CURRENT

Address: 2290 Shimanogita, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture

Opening Hours: 8:00am-9:00pm (Last Orders 8:00pm)

TEL: 092-330-5789

Website: https://www.bakeryrestaurantcurrent-2007.com

 

 

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Bistro&Cafe TIME

There are many cafés lining the coast in Itoshima but cafés actually on the beach are few in number. Bistro&Cafe TIME is stylish and has an open and spacious wooden deck terrace allowing for a relaxing café experience. Their authentic desserts looks so delicious you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo without realising. They have a lunch menu too.

 

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Bistro&Cafe TIME

Address: 4423-7 Shimasakurai, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture

Opening Hours

Morning – 8:30am-10:00am

Lunch – 11:00am-3:00pm

Café – 3:00pm-4:30pm

Dinner – 6:00pm-8:30pm

No Fixed Holidays.

TEL: 092-332-8607

Info: https://tabelog.com/fukuoka/A4009/A400901/40038082/

 

 

Did you enjoy this list? Make sure to take lots of wonderful photos if you visit Itoshima – there’s plenty of opportunities to do so!

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  • 6 Delicious Desserts in Sapporo ― The Gourmet City of Hokkaido

    14.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Sapporo is the fifth most populous city of Japan and the capital of Hokkaido. It’s a location bustling with tourists from around the world every year who come to enjoy its lush natural environment, fabulous food and amazing art.

     

    The city also has a whole range of popular sweets and desserts. Here’s our list of 6 of them you have to try when visiting Sapporo.

     

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    Saturdays Chocolate Factory Cafe

    Saturdays Chocolate Factory Cafe is a local chocolate brand that started in Sapporo. They delicately craft chocolate in chocolate using carefully selected ingredients from around the world. The shop interior is stylish like that of a general store, with chocolate decked out in cosmetic-like packaging. Enjoy a variety of chocolate and drinks sat at the counter or on the benches.

     

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    Saturdays Chocolate Factory Cafe

    Address: Salmon 1F, 2 Jōhigashi, 2-7-1 Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-6:30pm *Open Sundays

    Closed: Wednesdays

    TEL: 011-208-2750

    Website: http://www.saturdayschocolate.com

     

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    KANON PANCAKES

    KANON PANCAKES is a popular pancake cafe that opened in 2012. The cafe has a high ceiling and a relaxing space with table seats and window seats where you can enjoy yourself even on your own. Their pancakes will satisfy your belly and are the perfect picture for your Instagram feed. They have a range of different pancakes to try, so tuck in!

     

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    KANON PANCAKES

    Address: 3 Jō, 5-5-18 Kikusui, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm (Last Orders 4:00pm) *Open Sundays

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 011-556-0141

    Website: http://kanon-pancakes.com

     

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    WORLD BOOK CAFE

    This spacious cafe has huge bookshelves lining the interior just like a bookshop with books on world travel and more. Displayed on the walls are illustrations of famous figures. The cafe is so relaxing you’ll want to stay there for a lengthy period of time. Enjoy a cup of fragrant coffee and pick from a line-up of delicious sweets or something from the food menu. They also offer a book borrowing service that lets you keep the book for 2 weeks, so if you couldn’t finish the book you were reading in the cafe then take it with you!

     

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    WORLD BOOK CAFE

    Address: 5F, 1 Chome-2, Minami 1 Jonishi, Chuki-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

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

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 011-206-7376

    Website: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010102/1029784/

     

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    Rokkatei

    The Sapporo branch of Rokkatei is just a 5-minute walk from the south exit of JR Sapporo Station. They are famous for their crispy biscuit snacks called Marusei Butter Sandwich which they also have an ice cream version of. This version is made with vanilla ice cream, white chocolate and raisins. This dessert can only be eaten in the Sapporo and Obihiro branches.

     

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    Rokkatei (Sapporo)

    Address: 6 Chome-3-3 Kita 4 Jōnishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm

    TEL: 011-261-6666

    Website: http://www.rokkatei.co.jp/facilities/sapporo_honten/

     

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    Shiroya

    This mochi shop uses komochi from the city of Nayoro in Hokkaido, a white, chewy kind of mochi that doesn’t dry out and get hard easily. They are made with adzuki and black soy bean both from Tokachi. They stock a whole range of different mochi using ingredients from Hokkaido, with prices starting at a resonable ¥140. They also serve matcha for ¥200 when you eat in, meaning you can kick back and enjoy some authentic traditional Japanese confections.

     

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    Shiyoya

    Address: 1F Hokkai Bldg., Nishi 17, Minami 3 Jonishi 17, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm

    Closed: Every Monday / Every 2nd Tuesday of the month

    TEL: 011-633-9550

    Website: http://www.shiroyamochi.jp

     

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    Parfaiteria PaL

    This bar style shop is open until 2am where you can enjoy sake together with a parfait. Their sweet parfaits are irresistible, combined with pear and yogurt. It’s the sister shop to the restaurant Risotteria GAKU which has boasted popularity for 10 years in Sapporo and Asahikawa. If you’re a fan of parfait or even of Risotteria GAKU then you’ve got to eat at Parfaiteria PaL.

     

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    Parfaiteria PaL

    Address: 6F Minami 4 Jonishi 2 Bldg., Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Open: 6:00pm-2:00am

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 011-200-0559

    Website: http://risotteria-gaku.net/parfait

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which do you want to try the most? Be sure to check out these places if you’re in Sapporo!

  • 5 Popular Mint Chocolate Drinks & Desserts – 2018 Summer Chocolate Boom in Japan

    12.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Every year in Japan, the popularity of mint chocolate flavoured sweets, desserts and beverages increases, but this summer has seen the biggest boom so far. Here’s our Top 5 list of popular mint chocolate goodies you can get your hands on in Japan right now.

     

    Starbucks Chilled Cup – “Iced Mint Mocha”

    Starbucks are introducing an iced mint mocha to their popular chilled cup series for a limited time starting on August 14. This mocha is made with flavoursome coffee, rich chocolate and refreshing mint. The combination of the chocolate and fresh fragrance of the mint makes for a satisfying taste. Even the packaging looks refreshing.

     

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    Starbucks Iced Mint Mocha

    Price: ¥180

    Available: Convenience stores in Japan (*select stores not stocking)

     

     

    Cookie Time x Mint Chocolate

    Cookie Time in Harajuku are now selling a range of mint chocolate items for a limited time. Check out the list below.

    Half & Half (Cookie Dough x Mint Chocolate Ice Cream)

    Price: ¥850

     

    Enjoy everybody’s favourite cookie dough combined with pleasant mint chocolate ice cream. This fusion of soft cookie dough and cool mint chocolate is Cookie Time’s recommended menu item for summer 2018.

    Giant Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

    Price: ¥950

     

    Treat your taste buds to mint chocolate ice cream sandwiched between two giant freshly-cooked cookies. Cookie lovers and mint chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist this one!

     

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    Cookie Time Harajuku

    Address: 1F Napole Harajuku Bldg., 1-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm

    TEL: 03-6804-3779

    Website: https://cookiebar.jp/

     

     

    BARBARA a table – “Fuwatoro Mint Chocolate”

    Bakery and beer restaurant BARBARA a table, located on the seventh floor of Lumine Yokohama, have created a summer-only shaved ice menu. Their mint chocolate shaved ice is drizzled in cool mint syrup and topped with fluffy espuma cream and sweet chocolate sauce. Its refreshing taste makes it a perfect after-dinner desert!

     

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    BARBARA a table

    Address: 7F Lumine Yokohama, 2-16-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-10:30pm

    TEL: 045-453-4535

    Website: http://www.potomak.co.jp/shoplist/barbara-a-table/

     

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE – “Mint Chocolate Space Cake”

    The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Harajuku is celebrating its 3rd anniversary by holding a space-themed fair in the popular Mushroom Disco area of the café which is running until September 2. The theme of the fair is ‘a giant forest where colourful and toxic mushrooms and plants from space fly overhead.’ The mint chocolate cake takes on the form of a monster. It’s a mint chocolate roll cake topped with mint chocolate ice cream and fresh mint chocolate cream. Enjoy it together with the cotton candy cloud the monster is sitting on.

     

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    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Harajuku

    Address: YM Square Bldg. 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Access: 5-minutes on foot Harajuku Station via JR / 1-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jigumae Station via Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line

    TEL/FAX: 03-5413-6142/03-5413-6143

     

    Opening Hours

    Weekdays & Saturday:

    [Lunch] 11:30-16:30 (last entry 15:30 / last orders 16:00 – 90 min stay max)

    [Dinner] 18:00-22:30 (last orders 22:00)

    Sundays & Holidays:

    11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)

    *During busy times, a max stay time of 2 hours may be implemented.

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE: http://kawaiimonster.jp

     

     

    Mario Gelateria – “Shaved Mint Chocolate”

    Mario Gelateria are selling mint chocolate shaved ice desserts at three of their branches. At their Shibuya Hikarie branch they are selling their fluffy textured ‘Kezuri Mint Chocolate’ and at their Yokohama Bayside and Minato Mirai branches they’re selling their ‘Mint Chocolate’ which changes colour to pink, all for a limited period. The one to really try is the Kezuri Mint Chocolate which is topped with shaved frozen mint milk and a chocolate sauce that hardens when it gets cold. On top of the fluffy shaved ice is a mint chocolate gelato made with salt from the Uyuni Salt Lake.

     

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    Mario Gelateria Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs

    Address: 2FShibuya Hikarie ShinQs, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm

    TEL: 03-6434-1692

    Website: http://www.mariogelateria.com

     

     

    Which of these mint chocolate goodies do you want to try the most? Each one is available the summer season only, so don’t miss out!

  • 5 Summer Events in the Kanto Region – August 2018

    10.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Summer is still here in Japan, which means there’s still plenty of events to be enjoyed. Let’s take a look at events happening in the Kanto region in August 2018.

     

    Snoopy in Ginza 2018 – Ginza Mitsukoshi

    Snoopy in Ginza 2018 is a popular event currently ongoing at Ginza Mitsukoshi. This year marks the event’s 20th anniversary, so the department store has been completely taken over by cute and happy Snoopy decorations. At the entrance of the first floor you are greeted by Snoopy at the rest of the Peanuts posse celebrating the 20th run of the event. Roll on up for the ultimate Snoopy experience!

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/120299

     

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    Snoopy in Ginza 2018
    Location: Ginza Mitsukoshi 7F (4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
    Running: July 25, 2018 – August 12, 2018 (*Finishes at 6pm on August 12)
    Website: http://www.mitsukoshiguide.jp/ginza/snoopy2018/
    *Products are limited in quantity.© 2018 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

     

    Shinjuku Kabukicho Haunted House – inSPYre

    A haunted house attraction has made its way to inSPYre in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. When the event was first held tickets sold out within 30-minutes on Nico Nico Chokaigi, so in a bid to have more people enjoy the experience they have set it up once more. It is an upscaled version of the ‘Angel of Massacre’ developed by obakeyashiki producer Hirofumi Gomi.

    Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/120328

     

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    Angel of Massacre Horror House @inSPYre 6F

    Running: August 1, 2018 – August 14, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm

    Duration: 25-30 minutes

    Address: inSPYre, HUMAX Pavilion Shinjuku Kabukicho 6F, 1-20-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-5155-1481

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Seibu Shinjuku Station / 5-minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station

    Official Website: https://gamemaga.denfaminicogamer.jp/satsuriku/horror2018summer.html

     

     

    Pikachu Outbreak Parade in Yokohama

    Japan’s army of Pikachu is readying themselves to appear at the Pikachu Outbreak: Science Is Amazing event set to take place from August 10 to 16 in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama. Every year, packs of Pikachu march from Queen’s Square Yokohama to Grand Mall Park, bringing in countless spectators. For the first time ever this summer, an army of Eevee will join the march. Don’t miss out on meeting the cute Pikachu and Eevee this year♡

    Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118063

     

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    Pikachu Outbreak: Science Is Amazing

    Date: August 10, 2018 – August 16, 2018

    Location: Minato Mirai area

    Participating Facilities: Queen’s Square Yokohama, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Nippon Maru, Nippon Maru Memorial Park, Landmark Plaza, MARK IS Minato Mirai, JR Sakuragicho Station, Sakuragicho Station area, Minato Mirai Line of Minato Mirai Station, Yokohama World Porters, Yokohama Cosmo World, Shinko Chuo Hiroba, Pokémon Center Yokohama

    Event Website (Japanese): http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pika_event/

     

    Sony Technology Summer Festival in Shibuya

    Sony Square Shibuya Project is located on the first floor of Shibuya Modi and acts as an information hub for Sony’s products, and it’s there that the company are holding a summer festival until August 31. Meet aibo the robot, immerse yourself in VR and get up close with the latest technology from Sony.

    Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/117435

     

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    Sony de Asobu “Natsumatsuri”

    Location: Sony Square Shibuya Project, Shibuya Modi 1F (1-21-3 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo)

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

    *No fixed holidays. Closed on August 23 and January 1 and during event preparation.

    Website: https://www.sony.co.jp/square-shibuyapj/

     

    Gintama & Edo Wonderland Collaborative Event

    Cultural theme park Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is holding a special event in collaboration with Gintama this summer which is running until October 30. This event will have you seeking out hidden treasure as you are guided by the voices of popular characters from Gintama. Participants will go around the park to each designated voice system location while solving simple puzzles inspired by the world of the series. The voice story was recorded specially for this event and includes the voices of Gintoki Sakata, Kondo Isao, Hijikata Toshiro, Okita Sougo, and Kotaro Katsura.

    Full Details:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118666

     

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    Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

    Address: 470-2 Karakura, Nikko-shi, Tochigi Prefecture

    Website:  http://edowonderland.net/

    Event Page: http://edowonderland.net/summer2018/

     

     

    All of these events are easily accessible via the cities, so continue enjoying the Japanese summer by going to as many places you can!

  • Popular Character Cafés in Japan: August 2018

    07.August.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Each month, a new themed café or menu is introduced in Japan in collaboration with popular characters. There’s a whole list of kawaii ones that make an appearance every time.

     

    Let’s take a look at some character cafés you can look forward to in August 2018.

     

    ‘Over Action Rabbit’ x VANDALISM Shibuya

    Over Action Rabbit is a popular stamp series used on the LINE and Kakao Talk messenger apps that has gained much attention in Japan and particularly with young people in South Korea. The cute and lovable rabbit is getting his own themed café that will be open for a limited period between July 21 and August 26. This is the first time a café has collaborated with Over Action Rabbit in Japan. The kawaii café will take the form of his surreal world and be decorate in pastel-coloured decor. They also have a takeout menu.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118092

     

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    LINE Stamp “Over Action Rabbit” Character Café

    Running: July 21, 2018 – August 26, 2018

    Location: VANDALISM Shibuya

    Address: B1F Ota, 26-9 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

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

    Official Homepage: http://dk311.jp/Extremely-Rabbit/cafe/

     

     

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar x Marione Gate Ginza

    The internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar has its own café in Japan, and they’ve introduced some eye-catching new menu items for the summer. Everything delicious thing on the menu recreates the wonderful world of the story down to the finest of details that are sure to leave you smiling!

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

     

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café

    Address: Sunday Brunch, Marione Gate Ginza 1 (4F), 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Running: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018

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

    *Reservations must be made for those who want to visit the cafe before 5:30pm. Making reservation is unnecessary for those who are planning to visit the café after 5:30pm.

    TEL: 03-3567-3366

    Website: http://www.harapecocafe.com

     

     

    Gudetama x Dining Park Ikebukuro

    To celebrate Gudetama’s 5th anniversary, he’s launched into space to bring us a very special space-themed menu packed with dishes perfect for Instagram feeds, such as the Zero Gravity Gudetama Burger, Black Hole Jar Parfait, and much more. Drink and dine at the café to receive a limited edition Gudetama fan and coaster. Keep in mind these are limited in quantity, so you’ll want to visit quick!

    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

    ©2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S590710

     

     

    Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya

    Located down Takeshita Street, Harajuku’s iconic shopping spot, is Harajuku Kawaii-ya, a café that has teamed up with the kawaii otter mascot Chiitan☆. Running until September 9, the menu is filled with dishes with very unique names in Japanese which translate to things like “I’m Chiitan, the One Who Destroyed the Trampoline Someone Bought For Me… Hot Pie.” You don’t need to make any reservations. It’s first-come, first-served all day making it an easy place to get into if you’re unsure how to book in Japanese. Experience the world of Chiitan☆ in Harajuku!

     

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    Chiitan☆ x Harajuku Kawaii-ya (Produced by Animate Cafe)

    Running: August 8, 2018 – September 9, 2018

    Location: Harajuku Kawaii-ya (CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Official Page: http://kawaiiya.jp/collabo-chitan.html

     

     

    Cinnamoroll x Sapporo PARCO

    Sanrio’s popular character Cinnamoroll recently won the 33rd Sanrio 2018 Character Awards  so to celebrate, he received his very own themed café which is open at Sapporo PARCO until September 10. Enjoy the Soratobu Cinnamoroll Curry featuring Cinnamoroll flying through a green curry sky with his big ears. The dish is topped with cotton candy clouds which, when mixed with the curry, creates a unique flavour of sweet and spicy. There’s a whole list of cute dishes on the menu. Cinnamoroll and his pals will also be there to greet you as staff.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116613

     

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    Cinnamoroll Café

    Sapporo PARCO 4F・THE GUEST cafe&diner

    Address: Sapporo PARCO 4F – THE GUEST Cafe&Diner, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

    Running: July 27, 2018 – September 10, 2018

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm (Food Last Orders 7:00pm / Drinks Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Official Website: http://the-guest.com

     

     

    Cardcaptor Sakura x Sakura Fantasy Cafe

    The Sakura Fantasy Caf is a new collaborative café themed on the latest entry to the Cardcaptor series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, now open for a limited time in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Abeno) and Saitama (Koshigaya). The cafés have a photogenic themed menu as well as a photo spot and more, all with original illustrations. There’s even a line-up of original Cardcaptor merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. The menu includes a selection of cheese toast, roast beef, smoothies, pancakes and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/116035

     

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    Sakura Fantasy Cafe

    Tokyo: Harajuku Box Cafe&Space

    Osaka: DELASOUL CHARBON

    Saitama: Koshigaya Box Cafe&Space

     

    Dates

    Tokyo: July 12, 2018 – September 2, 2018

    Osaka: July 27, 2018 – August 28, 2018

    Saitama: September 6, 2018 – September 30, 2018

     

    Opening Hours

    Tokyo: 11:00am-9:40pm

    Osaka: 11:00am-9:20pm

    Saitama: 11:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:00pm)

     

    Entry

    Online reservations must be made (¥600 + tax) to access the Tokyo and Osaka cafes. 80 minutes allowed.

    Reservations not taken for Saitama cafe.

     

    Reservation Bonuses

    Free luncheon mat randomly selected from 3 designs.

     

    Menu Order Bonus

    Those who order from the themed menu will receive an original coaster randomly selected from 9 designs.

     

    Official Website: https://sakura-fantsy-cafe.jp

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get a chance to visit a character café while you’re in Japan.

  • Cheap Makeup & Accessories in Harajuku ― Showcased by “Harajuku girls” Yuna Yabe & MIOCHIN

    06.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Unique fashionista duo Yuna Yabe and MIOCHIN embarked on their third trip around Harajuku together. In the first trip we saw them visit 6 second hand clothing shops recommended by them, and in the second they went around finding different places to take photos.

     

    For their third entry they are showcasing places where you can buy inexpensive makeup and fashion accessories in Harajuku.

     

    “STYLENANDA” – The Cute Pink Shop

    “There’s actually I place I’ve always been curious about when walking around Harajuku. Please! I wanna go!” This was MIOCHIN’s enthusiastic request, and so they headed there – to STYLENANDA, the Harajuku flagship store, located along Takeshita Street. The pink exterior is very stylish.

    STYLENANDA is a South Korea-based fashion brand. Japan’s flagship store in Harajuku was the first branch to arrive and it attracted much attention. There are three floors decked out in cosmetic brands such as 3CE as well as a range of apparel.

    The cosmetic designs are of course flashy looking, but as cosmetic items they are also first-class quality. Additionally, because the store collaborates with so many times, you can always look forward to seeing something new no matter when you visit.

    Their hugely popular white milk cream is a must-check too. It’s a moisturising cream that naturally turns your skin white wherever you put it as pictured above. It comes in cute milk carton packaging too! The product is synonymous with the 3CE brand.

    MIOCHIN and Yuna began searching for items that best suited them. Yuna is a frequent customer at this store but this was MIOCHIN’s first time.

     

    What did the both of them end up buying? Find out at the end of the article!

     

     

    STYLENANDA’s Must-See Photo Spots

    STYLENANDA has a number of places for great photo opportunities. The store has a cute appearance wherever you look. You can see that it’s not only the cosmetic designs that look great, but every nook and cranny of the store has been tended to.

     

    If you go to then you’ve got to check out STYLENANDA!

     

    ■Information
    STYLENANDA HARAJUKU FLAGSHIP STORE

    Address: OM169 Bldg. 1-6-9, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm

    Website: http://jp.stylenanda.com

     

     

    “WEGO1.3.5…” – Kawaii Bargains

    “Sorry! There’s something I forgot to buy so can we go to Takeshita Street again?” asked MIOCHIN enthusiastically. Off they went to WEGO1.3.5…, a lifestyle store that sells cute and fun pop items in three prices: ¥100, ¥300 and ¥500.

    They have everything from apparel to fashion items and accessories, socks, travel goods, cosmetics, event and party goods, souvenirs and more all for the bargain prices of ¥100, ¥300 or ¥500. Some items cost a bit more but even those are super cheap!

    They stock plenty of items trending this summer like aurora and rainbow designs. The shelves are absolutely overflowing with things to choose from, and they’re all so cheap! You might end up buying too much…

    The store also has the photo spot above which makes for a great Instagram post. Visit and try to find it yourself!

     

    ■Information

    WEGO 1.3.5… – Harajuku Takeshita Street Branch

    Address: Jingumae Tower Bldg. 1F, 1-5-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6432-9301

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm

     

     

    Showing Off the Items They Bought!

    MIOCHIN

    MIOCHIN bought the white milk cream from STYLENANDA, something she’s always wanted. She also picked up the Sparkling Liquid Pigment which can be used to make up parts of your makeup. It’s a liquid type so it’s easy to spread but difficult to kink. Putting it just around your eyes leaves a gorgeous impression. It’s fine to use on your body too of course.

    At WEGO1.3.5…, she bought a unicorn boots keeper, a piggy bag, a rainbow coloured heart earrings, and a flower photo frame. Despite it all being so cheap everything really stands out and is eye catching. Will she use the unicorn in a YouTube video…?

    Yuna

    At STYLENANDA, Yuna bought some cosmetics… or so we thought, she actually got a hat and a bag! The summery material brings out that fresh vibe. The fact you can enjoy makeup as well as apparel at STYLENANDA is part of its appeal.

    She bought a heart-shaped mini dresser from WEGO1.3.5… and a pen case. She also got some cute glittery wrapping paper to use as a backdrop in her YouTube videos. With just this she can elevate her home interior aesthetic that much more!

     

    Did you enjoy their third trip to Harajuku? In this article the two of them visited two bargain stores that MIOCHIN wanted to go to. Harajuku has even more unique and appealing spots along its streets. Why not find them yourself this summer in Japan?

     

    This series can be enjoyed on their YouTube channels too, so be sure to check them out!

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Purin

    05.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a Totoro black sesame seed purin.

     

    1: Ingredients

    Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)

    Milk

    Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)

    Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)

    ☆For Decorating:

    Almonds

    Fresh Cream

    Fruits of your choice

     

    2: Cook the black sesame seed purin according to the box instructions and leave to cool.

     

    3: Cut the chocolate into eyes, a nose and stomach and decorate the features with a chocolate pen. Make a leaf with a green pura chocolate.

    ☆Cool each part in the refrigerator to fully harden.

     

     

    4: One the chocolate in step 3 has solidified, place it on the inner side of the jar as shown in the photo.

    Add whiskers with the chocolate pen.

     

    ☆Once everything is in position, leave it to cool in the refrigerator once more.

     

     

    5: After cooling again, pour in your black sesame seed purin mix from step 2.

    ☆If you do not leave the chocolate to completely harden it will fall off.

    ☆Place in the fridge once more to harden and you’re done!

    Finish off by decorating with fresh cream, add almonds for ears and top with a cherry.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    ■Profile
    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    21.September.2019 | SPOT

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  • Poop-Themed Exhibition to Teach People All About Poop in Fukuoka

    20.September.2019 | SPOT

    Fukuoka PARCO and Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to hold a poop-themed exhibition entitled “Poop Exhibition: Poop Academy Cultural Festival in Fukuoka” on floor B1F of the south building of Fukuoka PARCO from September 27 to October 27.

    There will be many elements to the exhibition. The first of these is the language section where sentences written in Japanese will be draped all across one room, each with references to poop.

    Above photo taken from the Ikebukuro exhibition

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    At the end of the exhibition there’s an exam room where you can take a test based on what you have learned from the exhibition.

     

    There’ll even be a range of original and exclusive merchandise.

    Postcard Set (5 Designs) – ¥400

    Folders – ¥300

    Toilet Roll – ¥348 / Character Tape Cutter – ¥700 / Leather Futon Books (2 Designs) – ¥500 Each

    Japan is having a poop craze right now, with the opening of the Unko Museum in Yokohama which is also set to arrive in Shanghai next month.

     

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Listed prices are pre-tax. Event content subject to change.

  • Top 5 Delicious Must-Eat Parfaits in Fukuoka

    19.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    From must-try desserts to the most fancy lunches, the best cute and stylish cafes and more, we have covered many unmissable locations in Japan’s prefecture of Fukuoka.
    This time, we’re here to present a sweet assortment of parfaits in Fukuoka that are sure to get your mouths watering. We are joined by Instagrammer moe who has provided us with photos and descriptions of this tasty line-up.
    green bean to bar CHOCOLATE in Imaizumi
     
    Chocolate Glass Parfait
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    ▼green bean to bar CHOCOLATE
    Address: Nishitetsu Tenjin CLASS 1F, 1-19-22 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    Official Website: https://greenchocolate.jp
    Patisserie Georges Marceau in Watanabedori
    You Kihi – ¥980
    A floral fragrance dances around this beautiful parfait, which one would expect the refreshing peach to be the centerpiece, only to find out that other fruits come through the flavour assortment too like lychee and raspberry. As well as fruits, the parfait includes sherbet, panna cotta, and other refreshing combinations.
    ▼Patisserie Georges Marceau
    Address: 1F, 5-8-19 Watanabedori, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on Sundays)
    No Fixed Holidays
    Oyatsu cafe Hibi to in Hirao
    Strawberry Parfait
    This classic strawberry parfait contains double-sized cornflakes. I would change nothing about its taste or appearance, which also matches the atmosphere of the cosy and beautiful cafe.
    ▼Oyatsu cafe Hibi to (Japanese: おやつcafe日々to)
    Address: Maison Sansou 2F, 2-17-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Kurasukoto in Hirao
    Left: Coffee Jelly Parfait / Right: Strawberry Parfait
    Coffee jelly is a bitter flavour more suited to the adult palate. It goes perfect with the condensed milk and caramel nut-topped smooth ice cream cake. Piled with juicy strawberries and blueberries, you’re sure to enjoy your fill with this strawberry parfait.
    ▼Kurasukoto
    Address: 2F, 1-11-21 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:30-18:00 (Food Last Orders 17:15 / Dessert Last Orders 17:30)
    Closed: Sundays & Mondays
    momotose in Hirao
    Seasonal Parfait
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    ▼momotose
    Address: 1F, 3-19-20 Hiaro, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00 / Tea 14:00-18:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: http://momotose-fukuoka.com
    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re looking for other sweet suggestions for must-try drinks and desserts in Fukuoka then be sure to follow moe on Instagram.
    Text & Photosmoe
    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
  • Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales

    17.September.2019 | MUSIC

    Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.

     

    The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.   

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    In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.

     

    The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode. 

  • 5 Must-Try Desserts On Fukuoka’s Beach-Lined City Of Itoshima

    15.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Itoshima is a city located in the western part of Fukuoka and is known for its many gorgeous and picturesque locations-especially its beaches.
    Today, we are joined once again by Instagrammer moe who is here to show us the best delicious drinks and desserts to enjoy while gazing out at Itoshima’s breathtaking beaches and rural landscapes.
    OYATSU-STAND in Nishi-ku
    Left: Tapioca Milk Ryokucha Green Tea / Right: Tapioca Milk Houjicha (¥600 Each)
    What better way to enjoy a refreshing green bubble tea than with a sun-kissed blue sky and ocean right in front of you? As well as ryokucha and houjicha, there are plenty of other thirst-quenching flavours to choose from as well, including Japanese tea latte.
    ▼OYATSU-STAND
    Address: 2198-3 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:30am until sunset
    No Fixed Holidays
    Itoshima Sabo in Nishi-ku
    Specially-Made Single Classic Pancake – ¥500
    You’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a picture of this Instagram-worthy pancake, branded with the cafe’s name Itoshima Sabo in Japanese. They serve everything from breakfasts to full course meals.
    ▼Itoshima Sabo
    Address: 2915-1 Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 10:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    KUROKI in Nijoishizaki
    Roll Cake
    KUROKI is a French restaurant that serves up a variety of courses. This fluffy homemade roll cake is filled with rich and smooth cream. You can order it as a set together with a meal too. Don’t forget, this place is reservation-only!
    ▼KUROKI
    Address: 459-3 Nijoishizaki, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: Lunch 12:00-17:00 (Reservation Only) / Dinner 18:00~ (Reservation Only)
    Closed: Sundays
    Official Instagram: @restaurantkuroki
    Sumi Cafe in Hon
    Salted Milk Houjicha Purin – ¥500
    Sumi Cafe is a long-standing cafe that can be found by following a narrow road along the countryside. This irresistible salted milk houjicha purin is combined with astringent chestnut and candied chestnut to make a luxurious dessert.
    ▼Sumi Cafe
    Address: 1454 Hon, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Business Hours: 12:00-17:00 (Lunch Last Orders 15:30 / Cafe Menu Last Orders 16:30)
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday
    Loiter Market in Shimakeya
    Left: Salt & Caramel / Right: Milk & Strawberry (¥400 Each)
    Made with organic ingredients, Loiter Market’s gelato is served in cute pastel colours. The salt and caramel is a must-try, it’s made with salt sourced in Itoshima.
    ▼Loiter Market
    Address: 166-3 Shimakeya, Itoshima, Fukuoka
    Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Official Website: https://loiter-market.com
    Did you enjoy these picks? If you’re looking for even more desserts to try in Fukuoka then be sure to check out moe’s Instagram page which is filled with just that!
    Photos: @amatou.fuk
  • Cruise by the Dazzling Blue Grotto Illuminations in Fukuoka

    10.September.2019 | SPOT

    As part of a project to vitalise and develop the town of Hakata in Fukuoka and promote its wonderful culture to the people of the world, the Blue Grotto FUKUOKA Executive Committee is set to hold a special illumination event titled Blue Grotto FUKUOKA at Nakasu Bridge from September 16 to October 6.

     

    This illumination event first began in Nakameguro, Tokyo back in 2014 where it enjoyed great success. The location was then moved in 2016 to Shibuya where over 2.8 million people attended. It was then held outside the Tokyo area for the first time in Sapporo in February 2018 and then in Osaka in September of the same year. This enabled it to become widespread across the country and has consequentially made it become one of the main illumination events of Japan.

    Blue Grotto will now make its way to Kyushu for the first time with Blue Grotto FUKUOKA. Boats will be prepared for the romantic and magical cruise which will take passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.

     

    As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared pasta meal made by Nisshin Foods using Blue Grotto brand products.

  • 5 Temples in Kyoto Announce Exclusive Viewings For Their Secret Cultural Assets

    05.September.2019 | SPOT

    The history of Yamashina dates back over 1,400 years when Kyoto, then known as “Heian-kyō,” was the official capital of Japan. Located in the southeastern part of Kyoto, Yamashina is rich in history, abound with nature, and has maintained a traditional industry that has gone unbroken since ancient times.

     

    This year, with the arrival of Japan’s new emperor and the opening of a brand new era, five of Yamashina’s great temples are set to unveil several cultural assets, which until now have never been shown to the public.

     

    They are as follows.

    Anshoji Temple’s Wooden Jūichimen Kannon Statue (Important National Treasure)

    Kajū-ji Temple’s Sliding Door Panel Artwork  – “Eight Views of Ōmi” & “Tatsuta River Autumn Leaves” (Important National Treasures)

    Zuishinin Temple’s Gold Lacquered Fan Inkstone Case & 4-Panel Folding Screen

    Bishamon-do Temple’s Imperial Prince Flag & Tortoise Shell Doors

    Honkokuji Temple’s Kyōzō (Important National Treasure)

     

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of central Kyoto and steep yourself in its history with this very special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  • Kobe Readies For Rugby World Cup With Hospitable Events

    03.September.2019 | SPOT

    The 2019 Rugby World Cup is set to take place in Japan from September 20 to November 2. Many stadiums are hosting the games across Japan this year, one of which is Kobe Misaki Stadium. It is predicted that there will be many people visiting the city of Kobe for the World Cup.

    The competing teams at Kobe Misaki Stadium, also known as Noevir Stadium Kobe, are as follows: England vs USA on September 30, Ireland vs Russia on October 3, and South Africa vs Canada on October 8. An estimated 120,000 spectators will be present across the four matches, around 30,000 of which arriving from overseas.

     

    In response to the many fans set to appear in Japan’s sixth-largest city, venues are shops across Kobe are set to serve up a classic plate of Japanese omotenashi―or “hospitality―with a line-up of events and tours. Let’s take a look at just some of the exciting things the city has planned for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

     

    1. Meriken Park Fanzone in Kobe

    Rugby fans can enjoy the thrilling atmosphere of the World Cup at one of the many Fanzones set to open across Japan for the games. Entry to all of the Fanzones is free. In Kobe, look forward to live screenings of the matches, food stalls serving local food, promotional booths and more. The fun doesn’t have to end at the matches: fans can continue to enjoy the excitement before and after too at a Fanzone.

     

    2. Hospitable Events

    The Kobe Tourism Bureau has teamed up with local business around the city to prepare what they are calling “Hospitable Events For Fans.” Taking place from late September to early October, these events will offer exclusive and unique Kobe experiences. There are 6 in total, but we will take a look at just 2.

    MUSIC&DANCE@KOBE PORTOPIA Night 2019

    From big disco hits to rock tunes, EDM beats and groove, enjoy a feel-good late-night dance and music party at the fancy Kobe Portopia Hotel. Soak up the warm summer evening while freestyle boogieing.

    YORU-BAR ~Night Food Festival~

    People of all ages are invited to the popular YORU-BAR at Sannomiya Center Gai which will run from late September to early October. They will serve up a tasty selection of Japanese seafood to Kobe cuisine.

     

    3. KOBE Experience Guided Tour

    Aimed at foreign tourists attending the Rugby World Cup in Kobe, the Experience Guided Tour is comprised of 25 unique programs for people to experience Japanese culture, Kobe’s local food culture, and more. The tours will not only be limited to Kobe either―some will also spread to neighbouring cities. Let’s take a look at some of them.

    *All programs available in English only

    Premium Kobe beef at the almost 150-year-old restaurant Oi Nikuten

    Kobe beef is one of the three top brands of high-quality Japanese Wagyu beef. It’s the most well-known and popular type of Wagyu in Japan. With this program, you will learn various ways to enjoy Kobe beef at Oi Nikuten, a long-standing restaurant that first opened back in 1871.

     

    ▼Bookings

    https://www.viator.com/tours/Kobe/Various-ways-to-enjoy-Kobe-beef-Long-established-store/d27432-165105P24

    Experience Zen Meditation at Tenjoji Temple in Kobe City

    Immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture with Zen meditation session at Tenjoji Temple. Learn all about the rich history of the temple with an incredible guided walk before sinking deep into meditation.

     

    ▼Bookings

    https://www.govoyagin.com/ja/activities/japan-kobe-experience-zen-meditation-tenjo-ji-kobe-city/11290

     

    There is lots to be discovered in Kobe, and the doors to its culture are open and ready to embrace all for the Rugby World Cup. Look forward to everything here and much, much more when the matches begin on September 20.

  • Adventure World Wildlife Theme Park in Wakayama Adopts SmaLingual Multilingual App

    03.September.2019 | SPOT

    Adventure World has announced that it has adopted SmaLingual to the park, a multilingual app designed for foreign tourists and travellers in Japan to help them get around.

     

    SmaLingual is a simultaneous multilingual interpretation service which uses a multilingual speech translation engine. Available in 10 languages including English and Brazilian Portuguese on both phones and browsers, the service translates and interprets both text and speech simultaneously, enabling people to have conversations with each other in different languages. The app’s functions also have a language level over TOEIC800, ensuring that you convey the right information correctly.

    Using this app means you will be able to read and understand descriptions and explanations written around the park, cautious on interacting with the animals, and so on.

     

    Now guests can enjoy Adventure World with friends and family to the fullest without making a mistake.

  • Himeji Castle Places Number 1 On Japan’s Top 20 Castles For 4th Year in a Row

    03.September.2019 | SPOT

    TripAdvisor® has just released its list of the top 20 castles in Japan from 2019 as reviewed by travellers and tourists.

    Himeiji Castle

    This is the 7th time the website has run this list. Coming in at No. 1 for the fourth year in a row is none other than Himeiji Castle, located in the city of Himeiji in Hyogo Prefecture.

    Matsumoro Castle

    Kumamoto Castle

    Moving up from 4th place to 2nd place this year is Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, and from not ranking at all last year to 3rd place this year Kumamoto Castle. These top three castles comes as a package as they are considered Japan’s three premier castles.

     

    Kumamoto Castle is set to re-open this autumn after reconstruction work is complete. The castle suffered damages after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. Although time is required for the full restoration, you can still see the majestic tower keep surrounded by paling. Japanese users on TripAdvisor have commended it as a symbol of restoration and their joy with the repairs being done.

    Hirosaki Castle

    For the first time in four years, Hirosaki Castle ranks on the list in 12th place. Situated in central Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture, the castle is a known living symbol of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Construction work has been taking place since 2015 to repair the base of the castle structure on the east side due to deterioration. In summer 2015, the castle tower was moved 70 meters without taking the castle apart to allow for work to be carried out. A moving castle is certainly a rare sight to see in Japan-and something you only imagine from a Studio Ghibli movie!

     

    The castle has been praised on TripAdvisor for how beautiful its surrounding nature is, from the cherry blossoms in spring to the red and yellow leaves in autumn. The castle can be enjoyed throughout all the seasons.

    Tsuyama Castle

    Making the list for the first time ever is Tsuyama Castle which can be found in the beautiful Kakuzan Park in Okayama. When you ascend the magnificent stone steps of the castle and turn around you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Tsuyama. In spring, the castle’s white watchtowers look picturesque next to the pink cherry blossom trees.

     

    From castles that have been maintained since they were first built to others that have been rebuilt from their former forms, there are countless sites to behold while in Japan. Be sure to use the Top 20 list as reference when travelling there!

  • A Magical Ice Village is Forming This Winter at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Hokkaido

    01.September.2019 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts Tomamu―one of Hokkaido’s leading snow resorts―is set to open a new area called the Ice Village this winter. It will run for a limited time from December 10 to March 14.

    The Ice Village spans coolly across 3.2 hectares of land and is home to 11 domes made entirely of ice. This winter-only experience has been running every year since 1998. Made to look like a real village, some of its iconic sights include the Ice Church and Ice Hotel which can be found at the very back. Everything from the towering ceilings to the walls are formed solely of ice.

     

    The main street, named fittingly the “Ice Street,” includes a cafe, gallery, shops and more, all enveloped in a chilly white world.

     

    Ice Crystal Park: A New Addition to the Ice Village to Gaze at the Sights and Scenery

    The Ice Crystal Park is frozen over with tables and chairs made of ice and has snowflakes dotted here and there, creating a true winter wonderland. Order a hot drink from the Ice Bakery & Cafe or munch on a tasty treat from the Ice Sweets Shop as you sit and gaze at the snow-covered landscape of the Ice Village while surrounded by towering white birch trees. And everyday at 19:30, a 5-minute firework show will warm up the winter sky which is best enjoyed while sitting in the park.

     

    Time: 17:00-22:00

    Price: Free

     

    Bite Down Frosty Treats at the Ice Sweets Shop

     

    It wouldn’t be a complete Ice Village without its own glacial cuisine. At the Ice Sweets Shop you can order ice cream which is made from liquid milk on an ice block. The temperature of the air coupled with the frozen coolness of the ice block causes the milk to freeze into a yummy dessert. There’s also chocolate ice bars made from hot chocolate, colourful macarons, toasted marshmallows, and more.

     

    Time: 17:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)

    Price: Milk Gelato – from ¥1,100 / Macarons ¥550 / Ice Bar ¥550 / Marshmallows ¥550 (*All prices include tax)

     

    Grab a Drink From the Ice Bar

    The village even has its own Ice Bar, complete with an ice counter and ice cellar for serving sake. This year, the bar will serve an all-new original gin drink made using snowmelt from Tomamu. There are over 50 drinks to pick from, including original cocktails, whisky, and more.

     

    Time: 17:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:45)

    Price: Original Gin – ¥1,650 / Drinks With Ice Glass – from ¥1,100 (*All prices include tax)

     

    There are many other exciting things to find at the ice village, including the Ice Hotel which you can sleep in, the Ice Atelier, and more. Have a reason to go out this winter by visiting the Ice Village in Hokkaido.

  • Transvaal Daisies & Wind Chimes Cool Down You This Summer at Kasuga Shrine in Fukuoka

    31.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Situated on the northern shore of Kyushu is Fukuoka Prefecture, a hot spot for tourists and travellers both Japanese and foreign, particularly those visiting from parts of Asia such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

     

    When it comes to delicious Japanese food, Fukuoka is high on the list, home to a bounty of incredible restaurants. It’s the same with shopping too―there are countless stores to rummage through with shelves lined with innumerable things you’ll want to buy.

     

    But your Fukuoka experience will not be complete without a trip to one of the prefecture’s breathtaking tourist spots. Today, we are visiting Kasuga Shrine (not to be confused with Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara), and we are joined by Japanese Instagram user Rie, who posts about her trips around Kyushu, and who has provided us with her experience visiting the shrine along with photos. You’ll find out how to get there and the must-see aspects.

    Kasuga Shrine is located in the city of Kasuga, Fukuoka. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Fukuoka city. But if you’re looking to catch the public transport, you’ll want to hop on the JR Line to Kasuga Station, or you can board the Nishitetsu Bus and get off at Kasuga (春日). The shrine is about a 7-minute walk from either of these stops.

     

    The shrine has a long history. Its origins are said to lie in Emperor Tenji enshrining the male deity Ame-no-Koyane-no-mikoto there.

     

    In the shrine grounds there is a camphor tree called “Kasuga no Mori” (The Grove of Kasuga) which is registered as a natural monument. The shrine is also home to a festival called “Kasuga no Muko Oshi” which has also been designated as an significant intangible folk cultural asset.

    But what’s been catching people’s attention recently is the flower-filled chōzuya. A chōzuya, also known as a temizuya, is a water basin placed at shrines and temples in Japan which visitors use to cleanse themselves before entering the shrine or temple.

     

    It’s more common in May and June to see hydrangeas placed in the basins, but at Kasuga Shrine they flutter in transvaal daisies♡

    The flowers were placed in there on August 19 and will remain there until September 1. During the same period, there are lots of beautiful wind chimes being strung up around the shrine ground. Their tranquil sound as the breeze blows, together with the watery flowers, are enough to make you feel cool this summer.

    If you’re looking to find more beautiful places to visit around Kyushu, Rie has plenty of recommendations on her Instagam page so be sure to give her a follow.

     

    Photos by Rie

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