Sit on Cloud Beds and Gaze Over the Sea of Clouds at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Hokkaido

02.September.2018 | SPOT

Hokkaido’s luxury hotel resort Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is home to the Unkai Terrace where guests can witness the gorgeous ‘sea of clouds.’ The establishment has just added a new observation spot to gaze over the white landscape – Cloud Beds.

 

The resort has a project called Cloud9 which offers new and exciting ways to enjoy the Unkai Terrace by adding different observation spots. The Cloud Beds are the 5th instalment. 1,089 guests showed up to the Unkai Terrace during this new spot’s first introduction on August 28 where they viewed the clouds while sat on cushions designed to look like cloud seeds.

As its name suggests, the Cloud9 project was set up to make guests really feel like they are on cloud nine – not just figuratively, but literally on top of a cloud. In front of the Cloud Beds are four further observation spots to enjoy such as the Cloud Walk which lets you feel like you’re actually walking across the clouds.

The Cloud Bed observation area is 15 meters long, with each cloud seed cushion spanning 40-60cm. The cushions are coated in urethane foam developed by furniture brand sixinch and are also water resistant making them perfect for the outdoors. While you’re there, you’re free to walk and sit as you please as you soak up the panoramic sight before you.

The next instalment to look forward to from Cloud9 is the Cloud Bar arriving in autumn 2018.

 

Feel on top of the world atop the clouds for yourself at the Unkai Terrace.

 

■Information

Cloud Bed

Opened: August 28, 2018

Price: Free to use. Free to observe. Fee charged for access to the Unkai Terrace.

 

Unkai Terrace

Open: May 12, 2018 – October 15, 2018 (Subject to closure weather permitting)

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm (Subject to change depending on the season)

Price: Adults ¥1,900 / Children ¥1,200 / Pets ¥500 (All prices include tax and service charge)

No Reservations Needed.

Guests only. Can be used on final day of stay.

 

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu The Tower / Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu

Address: Nakatomamu, Shimukappu, Yufutsu District, Hokkaido

TEL: 0167-58-1111

Website: https://www.snowtomamu.jp

 

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  • Hoshino Resort will hold a tour called “Mt.Hiei Enmusubi Sanpo”

    04.February.2018 | SPOT

    An auberge (inn) standing on the Hiei mountain (Hieizan) “Hoshino Resort L’Hotel de Hiei” will hold an activity called “Hieizan Enmusubi Sanpo” where participatants can experience offereing a pray at Hiyoshi Taisha and walking around the Hieizan area from the 1st of April 2018.

     

    Spring is the season when many women visit shrines/temples to wish for a good match for themselves. This activity was planned to support women who want to offer prayers to the god of marriage while traveling.

     

    1: Collecting red seals of Hieizan Enryaku Temple

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    Hieizan Enryaku Temple has 12 red seals. For those who want to make a wish to the god of marriage they must visit the east tower area which includes Daikokudo and Konponchudo (the main building). Many kinds of Yaezakuras (cherry trees) can be seen in the east tower area during spring season (until the mid-May).

     

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    They also offer an original red seal related to the god of marriage.

     

     

    2: Special worshipping event can be enjoyed at Hiyoshi Taisha

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    Hiyoshi Taisha located at the base of Hieizan is the main shrine of about 3800 Hiyoshi/Hie/Sanno Shrines. The protective god of Hieizan, Hiyoshi Taisha which was built about 2,100 years ago will offer a special worshipping event where you can make a wish to the god of marriage. First, you will receive a prayer at the praying building of Nishi Hongu which is designated as a national treasure. Then, you will worship the spiritual tree called “Hiyoshi Menagi/Onagi” inside Higashi Hongu. After worshipping the tree, you can get a commemorative gift which includes “Nagi no Hamamori” that brings good luck to couples.

     

     

    3: Let’s eat “Enmusubi Soba” at Honke Tsuruki Soba which was opened 300 years ago.

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    Monks in the past ate soba (buckwheat noodles) so as to prepare their stomachs for food intake after finishing a fast training. This time, a L’Hotel de’s limited menu called “Enmusubi Soba Set” will be sold at Honke Tsuruki Soba which has been supporting the temple. Soba is loved by Japanese people and is thought to be a food that brings luck for marriage. The set which includes spring ingredients such as cherry blossom powder and tied kelp can be eaten after worshiping at the temple.

     

     

    4: Spa treatment using “Hida no Reisui (Hida’s spiritual waters)” will be offered. (option)

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    The fountain of Hieizan has been called “Hida no Reisui.” L’Hotel de Hiei will offer an original spa treatment using Hida no Reisui called “Hida no Reisui Treatment” which will bring luck for marriage.

     

    Let’s participate in the “Hieizan Enmusubi Sanpo” to wish for a good match.

     

    ■Information

    Date: 2018,04,01 to 05,31

    Time: 9:30 to 14:00

    Price: 5,500 yen (tax and service fee are included), worshiping fee, soba set price and original red seal’s price are included

    Reservation must be made when checking in.

     

    Additional information

    ・It costs 700 yen to offer a worship at Enryaku Temple and an additional 300 yen must be paid to get a red seal.

    ・Someiyoshino (a variety of cherry blossom) will be in bloom from early April. Yaezakura can be viewed at Enryaku Tempe from late May.

     

    URL:http://hr.hotel-hiei.jp/

     

  • Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Otsuka―A Tourist-Oriented Hotel―Now Open

    12.May.2018 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts’ new tourist hotel Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Otsuka opened on May 9, 2018.

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    ‘OMO’ is one of four brands developed by Hoshino Resorts, the other three being ‘Hoshinoya,’ ‘KAI’ and ‘Risonare.’ At OMO, they focus on tourism, offering not simply rooms, but a travel experience. They aim to elevate the excitement of travel for users by letting people fully enjoy towns and cities and the tourist spots connected to them.

     

    OMO is a resort that focuses on the entire city that it is located in, wishing for guests to not confine themselves to the hotel  but to go out and explore the local area.

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    Go-KINJO is a service offered at the hotel that helps guests discover the entertaining and fantastic things available within walking distance of the hotel, allowing them to deepen their knowledge of the city.

     

    Additionally, they offer a map of the neighborhood, have a team of OMO rangers that know all there is to know about the neighborhood, offer a guide course for searching for recommended places, and local workshops. This offers the chance for guests to immerse themselves in and experience the full appeal of Otsuka.

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    There’s also the OMO Base, a space that acts as the center for sightseeing in the city, as well as the YAGURA Room, a 19 square meter guest room where guests can feel like they’re in a secret hideout.

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    Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Otsuka promises to offer guests the greatest travel experience, so why not consider staying there while in Tokyo?

     

    ■Information

    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/

  • Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa Renovates and Reopens for 2018

    06.May.2018 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa, one branch of Hoshino Resorts’ hotels for tourists opened rebranded and reopend from Asahikawa Grand Hotel on April 28. ‘OMO’ is one of four brands developed by Hoshino Resorts, the other three being ‘Hoshinoya,’ ‘KAI’ and ‘Risonare.’ At OMO, they focus on tourism.

     

    OMO7 Asahikawa is within 500 steps from the best location for the city’s tourism where backstreets littered with the feeling of old-fashioned Japan sit. The facility maintains the excitement of trips by focusing on accessibility for tourists and being within public spaces.

     

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    Go-KINJO, a service aimed at curious city sightseers, have staff that support guests’ entire trip by helping them discover new things in the city and ensuring they make the best of their time. They offer a map of the neighborhood, have a team of OMO rangers that know all there is to know about the neighborhood, offer a guide course for searching for recommended places, and local workshops.

     

    Additionally, the OMO Base is a public space that ties together travelers with locals, packed with numerous fun activities for walking around the town. The décor takes on the image of a Hokkaido forest and uses furniture from Asahikawa which can be said to be the best furniture made in Japan. The attic-like rooms have a ‘book tunnel’ that collects documents which have a connection to Hokkaido and Asahikawa. There’s also the OMO Café & Bar where one can enjoy the transition from morning to day and night.

    The DANRAN Room is a fun and compact guest room introduced with the rebranding where everybody can sit together around the table and plan their activities for their day on their trip. The tabletops come in a green colour inspired by fresh lawns.

     

    How about staying at OMO7 Asahikawa during your trip to Hokkaido?

     

     

    ■Information
    Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa
    Address: 9-6 Asahikawa, Hokkaido
    Hotel Price: From ¥5,000 (2 people per room / tax and service charge included)
    Facilities: Guest Rooms, Lobby Lounge, Restaurant, Café & Bar, Banquet, Bridal
    Room: 237 Available (Check-In 15:00 / Check-Out 11:00)
    Access: 13-minutes on foot from JR Asahikawa Station
    TEL: 0166-24-2111
    URL:https://omo-hotels.com/asahikawa

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    A true Okinawan cafe experience


    Bubbly Jelly Soda

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    Chulato

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    Witness the magnificent sunset during business hours


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    Hoshino Resorts Olu Grill


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    Entrance Lobby

    Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Kawaramachi Jokyoji’s design concept is “Hotel Temple.” Nikken Space Design crafted the hotel’s interior design, which makes use of Jokyoji Temple’s preserved wood, gold leaf-covered folding screens and other features, while adding a modern white and black colour scheme throughout, giving a sense of comfort and high quality. From the lobby, guests can glimpse the main area of the temple and feel one with it.

     

    Spacious rooms and baths

      

    Guest rooms, even the standard room types, are a spacious 24m². All rooms can accommodate 2+ people, and there are even triple rooms which can house 3 people. Every room also comes with separate toilets and showers. Up on the second floor are the baths where guests can wind down after a day of travelling and sightseeing.

     

    Restaurant

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    Experience Jokyoji Temple

    Jokyoji Temple was founded in 1171 by Taira no Shigemori. In 1591, the temple was moved to Teramachi-dori where it has stayed to this day. When the hotel opens its doors, it will offer various activities to guests. Those who take part in the morning activity will receive a goshuin stamp from the chief priest.

     

    Experience a hotel and a temple like never before as both are fused together at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Kawaramachi Jokyoji.

  • FUNATSURU Kyoto Kamogawa Resort Opens Rooftop ‘KAMOGAWA Tenku Terrace’

    21.June.2020 | SPOT

    FUNATSURU Kyoto Kamogawa Resort, the administrative building of VMG HOTELS & UNIQUE VENUES, has opened its 4th floor rooftop terrace ‘KAMOGAWA Tenku Terrace’ for a limited time. It will remain open until August 31, 2020.

    VMG HOTELS & UNIQUE VENUES uses historical buildings to open new brands, like hotels and unique venues, while offering historical and cultural experiences of the buildings’ local areas.

     

    FUNATSURU Kyoto Kamogawa Resort originally opened as a traditional inn priding itself on its cuisine back in 1870. It was renovated and reopened as FUNATSURU Kyoto Kamogawa Resort in 2008. Its historical and artistic value has been highly acclaimed as a time-honoured work of architecture and was registered as a tangible cultural property of architecture by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. It has banquet and ceremony spaces, and in the summer you can enjoy its restaurant on the riverbed. The building is also used for parties and wedding ceremonies.

     

    Like all businesses, FUNATSURU Kyoto Kamogawa Resort too has suffered at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the facility wants people to enjoy the summer nighttime skies of Kyoto and so while observing the necessary coronavirus precautions it has opened its rooftop terrace which can be used as a bar.

  • KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS: Asakusa’s New Artist Lounge and Hotel Fusion

    20.June.2020 | SPOT

    KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS is set to open on July 15, 2020 as the 8th branch of THE SHARE HOTELS, a chain of renovated hotels which aim to find and share new beauty of the local area.

     

    KAIKA TOKYO is renovated from a 7-floor 1966 warehouse building and is comprised of an artist lounge and a hotel. It aims to become a new hub for contemporary art in Japan.

     

    The name “KAIKA” is derived from several Japanese words, all of which are read as kaika: “開架” which means open-access i.e. giving open access to the warehouse, “開化” which means enlightenment i.e. to spread and make known Japan’s art culture, and “開花” which means blossom, i.e. to bring out the talent of future artists.

     

    Sumida is a city popular amongst local and foreign tourists for its many art and cultural facilities. It is a promoter of art and culture in many ways, and KAIKA Tokyo aims to be a part of that process. One way in which it will do this will be with the new “KAIKA TOKYO AWARD.” The judge for awarding the prize is Yūji Akimoto—the director of and lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts—and Japanese artist Noritaka Tatehana. The prize itself will be having your art piece displayed inside KAIKA TOKYO. To commemorate the grand opening, an exhibition by Noritaka Tatehana himself entitled FORM AND COLOR will be displayed until August 16, 2020.

    The downstairs lounge which is accessible to guests will include the art storage area as well as the KAIKA TOKYO AWARD winning pieces. There are also appliances and amenities for guests to freely use too, like kettles, microwaves, plates, cutlery, washing machine, and a vending machine.

    Rooms have a relaxed vibe to them thanks to the colours and materials used. There are 73 rooms in total split across 10 different types which can cater to 2, 4, and even 6 people.

    The 1st floor bar lounge is open to non-guests during the evenings where they sell Japanese tea cocktails, coffee, Japanese finger food, and more. The coffee served uses single-origin beans from a local cafe in Sumida, Tokyo. The bar is open 19:00 to midnight, with last orders ringing in at 23:30.

  • Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki: A Luxury Ryokan Renovated From a Traditional Townhouse Alleyway

    18.June.2020 | SPOT

    Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki St. is a new inn that recently opened in Kyoto which is made up of 23 machiya (townhouses) and two restaurants. It was co-developed by Nazuna and Kiraku and offers an accommodation experience like no other.

    Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki St. is renovated from an entire 110-year-old L-shaped alleyway of machiya spanning 1,400 square meters. The reception building sits on an unassuming streetand  serves as both an entrance to welcome guests, as well as a passage from the outside world into Tsubaki St. On the other side, guests are greeted by a world reminiscent of the historical geisha districts of Kyoto known as Hanamachi. In the evening, guests can experience the luster of Tsubaki St. as the Japanese paper lanterns and paper lamps illuminate the stone-cobbled path.

     

    All guest rooms enjoy private semi open-air baths

    All 23 guest rooms are named and decorated based on the elements of nature that have long been enjoyed in the ancient city of Kyoto: TAKE (bamboo), MIZU (water), IWA (stone), HANA (flower), and HA (leaf). And since each guest room is its own building, guests can enjoy the entire space to themselves. There is also a large open area between the reception and guest rooms to reduce the chance of running into other guests, offering a more private experience.

     

    Chisao Shigemori’s modern rock garden greets guests at the reception

    The first floor of the reception building features a rock garden created by landscape architect Chisao Shigemori which fuses the traditional and the modern. His grandfather was Mirei Shigemori, a famous Japanese landscape architect who is known for having designed the Tofukuji Hojo Temple gardens in Kyoto, amongst other projects. Chisao himself has produced numerous works both inside and outside Japan, such as at Matsuo-Taisha Shrine.

     

    The reception building’s second floor is a lounge space where guests can enjoy tea and confections made by d:matcha after checking in. It’s a chance to try Kyoto’s famous Uji matcha. At nighttime, this are is free for people to use where they can enjoy friendly soft drinks and alcohol.

     

    Unforgettable food at two different restaurants

    Behind a secret door located somewhere inside Tsubaki is “q,” a six-seated chef’s table produced by Hiroshi Sasaki, who is the owner of the Michelin three-star restaurant Gion Sasaki, and TOROMO PRODUCE. A roster of chefs will rotate for service, with Hiroshi Sasaki in the line-up. The restaurant will open officially on July 2, 2020 and is now taking enquiries via mail@toromi.co.jp. Group and family bookings are available. The restaurant will serve special courses the likes of which cannot be experienced anywhere else.

    The other restaurant, “Wagyu Ryotei bungo” will serve courses made with specially-selected high quality Japanese wagyu beef. There are counter seats as well as 7 private and semi-private rooms which house 2-8 people.

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