Make Your Own Okonomiyaki at OKOSTA in Hiroshima Station

23.August.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

OKOSTA is a new studio opening at the north entrance/exit of Hiroshima Station on October 4, 2018 where you can have a go at making your own okonomiyaki. It is being opened to get more people liking okonomiyaki, both Japanese and foreigners, by letting them get hands on. They are now taking reservations both online and via telephone (082-277-7116).

 

The number of inbound foreign tourists to Japan has been on the increase in recent years, and the Japan Tourism Agency predict 40 million to arrive in Japan in 2020. The number of tourists visiting Hiroshima has also been increasing year by year, both Japanese and foreign.

Otafuku Sauce Co., Ltd. is an okonomiyaki and okonomiyaki sauce maker who have carried out activities to spread the word of okonomiyaki―the soul food of Hiroshimia―including its history, culture and nutritional value. They opened Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Kan in 2008 as a facility to do just this. As of July 2018, a total of 162,921 people from both Japan and overseas have visited the information center.

 

This is where OKOSTA comes in, a new experience that aims to have okonomiyaki leave a lasting impression on the many people visiting Hiroshima.

Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima piles on a huge range of different ingredients onto batter including fish meal, cabbage, tenkasu, spring onions, bean sprouts, pork, noodles, eggs and more. They’re also known in Japanese as kanaseyaki (‘fried layers’ i.e. layers of food).

OKOSTA gives you the chance to fry and prepare your own okonomiyaki using a hot iron plate and spatula just like at an okonomiyaki shop in Hiroshima.

Inside OKOSTA there will be four iron plates available to use. Up to 40 people can try out at once. They also cater for vegetarians by offering options without meat and fish.

 

Have a hand at making your own okonomiyaki at OKOSTA.

 

■Information
OKOSTA
Address: ekie DINING TERRACE, 1-2 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)
TEL: 082-207-1277
Website: https://www.otafuku.co.jp/laboratory/event/okosta.html
Reservations: Telephone & Online

Cooking Times:
[Slot 1] 11:00am-12:30pm
[Slot 2] 1:00pm-2:30pm
[Slot 3] 7:00pm-8:30pm
Evening Set: 7:00pm-9:00pm

 

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    ■Information

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    http://fun-create.jp

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    Information

    BonVelo

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    ・Mount Fuji Downhill Subaru Line Course

    High Grade Mountain Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires

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    Electronic Sports Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires OR High Grade Mountain Bike

    Time Required: 4-5 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 60km

    Price: ¥10,000 per person (e-bikes are an additional ¥5,000)

    This plan is a round trip course from the shop to the Subaru Line on Mount Fuji.

    ・Lake Kawaguchi Pottering Course

    Electronic Sports Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires OR High Grade Mountain Bike

    Time Required: 2-3 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 24km

    Price: ¥3,000 per person (e-bikes are an additional ¥5,000)

    This course plan is a cruise cycle from the shop around Lake Kawaguchi at Mount Fuji.

    Website: http://bonvelo.jp

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    This is the sixth edition of this ranking. 759 famous locations throughout the world with cultural and historical backgrounds were selected. Taking the top spot this year once again was Angkor Wat in Cambodia. From Japan, Fushimi Inari-Taisha ranked in at number one for the fourth year in a row for the Japanese selections. It also placed 24th worldwide and 5th in Asia.

     

    Seven brand new locations made it into the ranking, including Old City (Switzerland) and London Bridge (UK). In the Asia category, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (India) and Supertree Grove (Singapore) appeared for the first time. Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture made its debut in the list for Japan.

     

    Let’s take a closer look at the most popular tourist landmarks that ranked from Japan.

     

     

    Top 10 Landmarks in Japan

    (*Numbers in brackets denote their position last year.)

    1st (1) – Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto

    2nd (2) – Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

    3rd (6) – Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima

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    8th (10) – Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

    9th (9) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo

    10th (First Time Ranking) – Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima

    *Source:

    https://www.tripadvisor.jp/TravelersChoice-Landmarks-cTop-g294232

     

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    Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto placed number one once again for the fourth year in a row. The red ‘floating’ torii gate is truly a beautiful spectacle.

     

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    Kinkaku-ji placed second again with its dazzling and gorgeous yellow appearance.

     

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    In third place was Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a symbol of peace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history

     

    Full details can be found over on TripAdvisor, so be sure to reference it during your Japan travels!

     

    ■Information

    TripAdvisor Official Website – Japan

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g294232-Activities-c47-Japan.html

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    Go karting around the city is especially popular with foreigners there. But this go karting experience is a little different, instead serving as a tour where you can enjoy following the lead car up front to showcase places of scenic beauty.

     

    There are three courses in total, one of which begins with the Chikura Shiokazeokoku as the starting point. The only requirements to ride are a either a driver’s licence, ordinary motor vehicle license, or international driving permit.

     

    The service also operates on weekdays, with the starting point at Chikura Shiokazeokoku. You can also buy tickets in advance via Lawson Tickets.

     

    Experiencing riding around Minamiboso on a go kart while checking out the sights with a tour guide!

     

    ■Information

    BOSO KART

    No Fixed Holidays. (From Golden Week it will be closed every Wednesday, the same as Chikura Shiokazeokoku)

    Opening Hours: 10:00-15:00

    Departure Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00

    Reception: Designated booth at Chikura Shiokazeokoku

    Starting Point: Chikura Shiokazeokoku

    Lawson Tickets: http://l-tike.com/sports/bosokart/

     

    Courses

    Izu Islands & Ocean View Course (Approximately 2 hours) – ¥6,500

    ‘Southernmost’ Drive Course (Approximately 1 hour) – ¥4,500

    Nostalgia Course (Approximately 40 minutes) – ¥3,500

     

  • Extraordinary “experience nature” programs in 2018 summer offered by “Hoshinoya” throughout Japan

    30.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan’s first luxury hotel that offers extraordinary experiences “Hohinoya” is offering many kinds of programs. In this article, I will introduce to you some programs that they are going to offer from summer of 2018.

     

    星のや竹富島「西表島を熟知したガイドと行くパーソナライズドツアー」

     Hoshinoya Taketomi Island “personalized tour with guides acquainted with Iriomote Island.”

    “Hoshinoya Taketomi Island” located on Taketomi Island, Okinawa will offer activity tours where jungle butlers acquainted with Japan’s last treasure spot, Iriomote Island will arrange the tours. The contents and the schedule of the tour can be adjusted at your own will. On this tour, you can stay at Taketomi Island and enjoy the jungle of Iriomote Island and the rich nature of the Yaeyama Island Chain.

     

    ■Information

     

    Iriomote Island Jungle Butler

    Period: throughout the year

    Fixed number: one group per day

    Reservation must be made 7 days before (by 17:00) via Hoshinoya Taketomi Ilsnad’s HP

     

     

    星のや軽井沢「森のほとりcafé&bar夏季限定の特別席」

    Hoshinoya Karuizawa “Summer-Season-Limited Special Seats of Morino Hotori café&bar”

    At “Mori no Hotori café&bar” lodgers of “Hoshinoya Karuizawa” located in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture can use offer summer-season-limited seats between the 1st of July, 2018 to the 31st of August. This spce will be prepared under the concept of “offering a roofless private space.” They are planning to offer 3 kinds of Japanese cocktails related to the Shinshu Area. Let’s enjoy the nature of Karuizawa which is known as one of the most famous summer retreats in Japan.

     

    ■Information

     

    “Mori no Hotori café&bar Special Seats”

    Period: 2018/07/01 to 08/31 (fixed holiday is undecided)

    Time: 20::00 to 23:00 (L.O. 22:30)

    Fixed number: two groups (two persons per group)

    Only the lodgers of Hoshinoya Karuizawa can use the seats

    Fees: drink fee + charging fee (500 yen) (tax included, service fee (10%) not included) ※lodging fee is not included
    Making a reservation is unnecessary

    The seats cannot be used depending on the weather condition.

     

    星のや富士「夏の狩猟肉(ジビエ)ディナー」

    Hoshinoya Fuji “Summer Wild Game Dinner”

    Japan’s first grumping resort “Hoshinoya Fuji” located in Yamanashi Prefecture will offer an experience-based dinner plan named “Summer Wild Game Dinner” where you can enjoy eating special menus items cooked in a Dutch oven in the open-air dining space. The summer-season limited seasonal menu itmes use “venison” and “brawn.” They offer 5 kinds of courses that use rich flavored wild game combined with Yamanashi Prefecture’s (the prefecture is known as “the fruits kingdom”) seven kinds of summer fruits.

     

    ■Information

     

     “Summer Wild Game Dinner”

    Period: 2018/07/01 to 08/31

    Time: 18:00~, 18:30~

    Fixed number: six groups (18 persons)

    Lodgers who are older than 13 years old can participate in this dinner program

    Fee: 15,000 yen per person (tax, service fee (10%) and lodging fee is not included)

    Reservations must be made one before (by 18:00)

    Reservations can be made via the official website

    ※Please note that the menu itmes and ingredients might be changed according to the buying situation

     

    星のや東京「日本旅館で養生する2泊3日のスパプログラム・深呼吸養生」

    Hoshinoya Tokyo “2 Days and 3 Nights Spa Program where you can rest at aJapanese accommodation / Shinkokyu (deep breath) Yojo (rest)”

    The spa program named “Shinkokyu Yojo” will start from the 1st of June 2018 at a Japanese accommodation in Tokyo. You can learn about how to maintain your health and a balanced mind and body by taking a deep breath. The program includes stretching lesson, an aroma experience, spa treatment, healthy meal and hot spring experience. Let’s learn about the method of breathing to become healthy.

     

    ■Information

     

    Shinkokyu Yojo

    Starting date: 2018/06/01

    Fee: 147,000 yen per person (tax and service fee (10%) are not included)

    Fixed number: 1 group (2 persons) per day

    Please make a reservation via the website 14 days before

    Only the lodgers of the accommodation can participate in this program

     

     

    星のや京都「嵐山の夏の風物詩・鵜飼を間近で鑑賞するアクティビティ」

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Activity where you can observe cormorant fishing, a summer feature in Arashiyama”

    “Hoshinoya Kyoto” located in Kyoto, Arashiyama will hold “Private Ukai (cormorant fishing) Kanshobune (observing from the boat).” In this activity, you can observe the summer feature of Arashiyama “cormorant fishing” at “Oi River” which flows in front of the accommodation. Tea ceremony dishes using the motifs of Arashiyama’s views and histories will be served to the participants. You can also listen to the sound of Shamisen and drink Champaign.

     

    ■Information

     

    “Private Ukai Kanshobene”

    Date: 2018/07/01 to 09/23 (except 08/16)

    Time: 19:00~ (18:30~ – 09/01)

    Departing/arriving place: Hoshinoya Kyoto

    Fee: 58,300 yen per person (tax and service fee (10%) are not included) ※lodging fee is not included

    Only the lodgers of Hoshinoya Kyoto can participate in this program

    Fixed number: 1 group per day (1 group – 2 to 4 persons)

    Reservation must be made 7 days before via the website

     

     

    星のや京都「奥嵐山の納涼滞在」

     Hoshinoya Kyoto “Staying Experience in Okuarashiyama”

    “Hoshinoya Kyoto” will hold 5 summer/waterfront activities named “Okuarashiyama Noryo Taizai (staying experience) from the 1st of July 2018 to the 31st of August. The activity includes events such as “Okuarashiyama’s Noryoyuka,” “Mizube no Yaza” where you can experience stretching/meditation lessons at nighttime and “Noryobune Lunch” where you can enjoy eating lunch on a boat. Why not avoid the summer heat and enjoy the culture of Okuarashima filled with maple trees.

     

    Why not participate in one of the events noted above this coming summer!

     

     

    ■Information

    Hoshino Resort official website;

    https://www.hoshinoresorts.com

     

     

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