Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden: Witness the Colours of Autumn Illuminated by Lights at Night

15.September.2018 | SPOT

The maple trees at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden are set to be lit up at an event that will run from October 19 to November 11. The event will enable people to walk the gardens at night to gaze at the illuminated red leaves. Additionally, as part of the 2018 Rokko Meets Art project, another display titled ‘The Night Museum’ will be held simultaneously where art pieces around the garden will also be lit up.

The hills and mountains in Japan turn into a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and oranges when autumn comes and the maple trees bloom. Mount Rokkō is at a high altitude and it’s here that maple trees blossom almost one month earlier than other town areas including Kyoto. There are numerous varieties of maple tree at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden for people to see. You can look forward to seeing the trees change colour from mid-October through mid-November. These bright and beautiful trees will be made even more vivid when they are lit up together with the art installations around the gardens.

 

Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden boasts a diverse range of tree species and plants including the maple variety like the Japanese maple and oomomiji as well as the Japanese beech, Japanese larch, shiromoji, rhododendrons and more, all of which come to life in autumnal colours. It is also home to several species that grow in high altitudes like the chinguruma.

The lit-up trees will create a starkly different, more mysterious atmosphere than during the daytime. There is also much anticipation for the exhibition of an art installation by Takahashi Kyota.

You’ll also have the opportunity to use seeds fallen from trees in the garden and dried hydrangeas to make your own wreath. Tools and items will all be prepared for you so you can go hands-free.

A photo seminar will also take place under the refreshing sky of Mount Rokkō. You’ll be led around the garden by lecturers of the Japan Alpine Photographers Association and learn how to take photos of the hills and fields. You will observe medicinal plants and learn the charms of plans you would never know by just looking at them.

Enjoy the gorgeous colours of autumn this year at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden.

 

■Information

Maple Tree Night Stroll / The Night Museum

Running: October 19, 2018 – November 11, 2018 (*Will be cancelled during storms)

Time: Weekdays 5:00pm-6:30pm / Weekends & Holidays 5:00pm-7:30pm

Guide: From 5:30pm (*Weekends & Holidays only. 30 minutes. Free to participate.)

Location: Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden (Kitarokkō-4512-150 Rokkōsanchō, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture)

Price: Free to participate but you must pay the garden entry fee (Adults ¥620 / Children ¥310 / Seniors ¥520)

 

Wreath Workshop

Running: October 13, 2018 – November 25, 2018

Open: 10:00am-4:30pm (Reception closes at 4:00pm)

Time: 30 minutes

Location: Alpicola

No. of People: 12 people max per session. No reservations necessary.

Price: From ¥650 (Doesn’t include garden entry fee)

 

Photo Seminar

Date: September 23, 2018 (*Will be postponed to September 30th if it rains)

10:30am-11:00am ― Class on photography

11:00am-3:00pm ー Photography around the garden

Price: Free (Doesn’t include garden entry fee)

No. of People: 30 *Now taking telephone reservations

 

Guide

Dates: October 13 and November 10

Time: 11:00am / 2:00pm (1 hour each)

Price: Free (Doesn’t include garden entry fee)

 

Mount Rokkō Portal Webite: http://www.rokkosan.com

 

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    “Sanyabori Park” in Asakusa, Tokyo used to be a channel connecting Oji’s Otonashi River and Sumida River. People during the Edo Era passed through the channel by riding on chokibune (traditional boats) to go to Yoshiwara (licensed quarters) and many ukiyoes (Japanese style paintings) depict the sceneries of Sanyabori Park in the Edo Era.

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    “Sanyabori Koyo Kairo”is a light-up event where the cherry trees in the park are lit up. This event will be held from the 17th of November 2017 (Fri.) to the 26th of November (Sun.).

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    The committee of the event will install decorated rickshaws and chokibunes inside the park so that visitors can take photos of the cherry trees while riding on these Edo period modes of transport.

    “Sanyabori Koyo Kairo” is a popular photo-taking spot where many tourists from both home and abroad gather.

     

    Let’s enjoy these cherry trees at nighttime at Asakusa’s best-kept-secret-spot.

     

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    Sanyabori Koyo Kairo

    Address: Sanyabori Park, area between 7-4, Asakusa, Taitoku (Imadobashi) to 7-8, Asakusa, Taito (Seitenbashi)

    Time: 2017,11,17 (Fri.) to 11,26 (Sun) ※ 10 days

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    11,17 (Fri.) to 11,26 (Sun.) ※10 days

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    Forgot about the time and enjoy the scenery with few people around

     

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    Peak Autumn Time: Mid to Late November
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    Viewing Times: 09:00-17:00
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    Peak Autumn Time: Mid to Late November

    Light-Up Period: Fridays, weekends, and holidays from November 3, 2020 – November 29, 2020

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    Address: 3-1-1, Kudankita, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

     

    National Diet Building

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    Address: Nagatachō 1 Chōme, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

     

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    Address: Kokyogaien, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

     

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    Address: Kitanomaru Park 1-1, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

     

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    Address: Kioicho 2-1, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

     

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    BBQ and camping facilities

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    The coffee chain revealed three seasonal drinks for the holiday season this week including the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte. Now they’re showcasing the “Berry x Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Frappuccino®” and “Berry x Berry White Mocha” which will also be added to the seasonal menu.

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    If you’re looking for a hot beverage during the autumn and winter season, then the Berry x Berry White Mocha has you covered. This too contains the mixed berry sauce and is also laced with a white chocolate sauce. To finish, a shot of espresso and steamed pink for a rich kick to the sweetness. The espresso adds a deep flavour akin to caramel.

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    With less than two months to go before Christmas, the coffee chain is set to release a variety of seasonal beverages including the Starbucks® Christmas Blend, Gingerbread Latte, and Macadamia Toffee Latte. It will also release the first range of holiday season merchandise on November 6.

     

    Hot and cosy drinks for the holiday season

    Macadamia Toffee Latte: Short ¥440 | Tall ¥480 | Grande ¥520 | Venti ® ¥560

    Gingerbread Latte: Short ¥420 | Tall ¥460 | Grande ¥500 | Venti ® ¥540

    Winter White Chocolate: Short ¥400 | Tall ¥440 | Grande ¥480 | Venti ® ¥520

    The spicy Gingerbread Latte is a must-have on the menu during the holiday season at Starbucks, one that latte lovers look forward to every year. And this year, coffee consumers in Japan have two new drinks to look forward to: the Macadamia Toffee Latte which is a crunchy combination of macadamia nuts and sweet toffee, and the snowy powdered sugar-topped Winter White Chocolate.

     

    Starbucks® Christmas Blend and Cranberry Bliss Bar Pairing

    From Left: Starbucks® Christmas Blend Espresso Roast | Starbucks® Christmas Blend | Starbucks® Christmas Blonde Roast – ¥1,520 Each (Before Tax)

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    Each cup is a complex mix that brings to mind herbs and spices, and hidden within all that a subtle sweetness.

    Cranberry Bliss Bar | ¥270 (Before Tax)

    Starbucks Japan is bringing back its signature Cranberry Bliss Bar dessert for the holiday season and pairing it with the Christmas Blend. The cake has orange in it which brings a tangy but fresh kick that matches heavenly with the spicy notes.

     

    The First Merchandise Batch

    The first batch of holiday season merchandise to drop at Starbucks Japan incorporates Christmas motifs like ribbons, candy canes, and reds and white colouring. The line-up includes a stainless steel bottle with a gingham checked pattern and gold dots to a stainless TOGO cup with a classic design reminiscent of a candy cane, notebooks, and more.

     

    The holiday season is shaping up to be another cosy welcoming again this year at Starbucks Japan.

  • Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival 2020 Begins This November

    19.October.2020 | SPOT

    The Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Association will host this year’s Fujikawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival, which will be the 22nd run, to help support the tourism industry in the northern region of Fuji which has seen a great impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    With much less people travelling to Japan during the pandemic, and the virus having continued for a long time, the Fujikawaguchiko Tourism Association is instead focusing on travellers within the country by hosting various events that can be enjoyed at Fujikawaguchiko.

     

    All the necessary precautions will be taken at this year’s festival, including taking people’s temperature upon arrival, the mandatory wearing of face masks, alcohol gel being available at the site, and more. This will protects not only the locals but sightseers too, and so cooperation is being asked of everyone visiting.

    At this year’s festival, visitors can look forward to the popular Momiji Tunnel of maple trees which will be lit up at sunset until 10:00pm. The beautiful autumn colours can be enjoyed with Mount Fuji in the background. There will also be food, souvenirs, and a variety of activities to be enjoyed.

    The Momiji Tunnel is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Yamanashi during autumn and is nothing less than Instagram-worthy.

  • Halloween Food Served Up at Meiji Jingu Shrine’s Constitution Memorial Hall

    10.October.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Meiji Kinenkan, also known as Constitution Memorial Hall, has announced that its beer terrace Sekirei will open up for October to serve up a Halloween themed menu.

     

    Meiji Kinenkan is a unique and premium venue at Meiji Jingu Shrine that serves as a host to many different kinds of gatherings. It was designated as an important cultural property of Tokyo for its architecture in March of this year.

     

    Sekirei normally opens during the summertime each year, but this year they’ve decided to open up for business for the autumn season too. Guests can enjoy a line-up of over 40 different food items in the beautiful autumn-kissed gardens along with beer and a selection of other beverage.

     

    Halloween Menu

    The Halloween menu arrived on Monday and features a colour arrangement of tasty bites, with an original line-up of foods and desserts conceived by Meiji Kinenkan’s chef who specialises in French cuisine at the site.

     

    Other Autumn Options

    Autumn is a very pleasant season in terms of weather, and so as well as the Halloween menu, Sekirei has cooked up a separate seasonal assortment too including Japanese roast beef with vegetables, fried masutake mushroom and salmon, and more.

     

    Sekirei has a special indoor all-you-can-drink plan as well in case it rains, so guests don’t have to worry about the weather and can keep warm indoors if the occasion calls for it.

  • Autumn Lights Set to Illuminate Kyoto’s Konkai-Komyoji Temple This November

    04.October.2020 | SPOT

    Autumn illuminations are set to shine on Konkai-Komyoji Temple in Kyoto from November 13.

    Konkai-Komyoji Temple is a Buddhist temple that was founded in 1175. It is one of the eight temples of the Jodo sect of Buddhism and his home to numerous treasures including a painting by Edo period painter Itō Jakuchū, folding screen paintings by Tomioka Tessai, and more. There are many wonders to behold at the temple, such as the Tora-no-ma which has sliding doors that depending on how they are open or closed display a different number of tigers, or the Shiun Gardens which have a stream that reflects the beautiful autumnal colours of the overhead trees.

    The temple is also home to the Goko Shuyui Amida Butsu statue, which has been picked up by the Japanese media on many occasions and referred to as the “Afro Buddha” due to its afro hairstyle.

     

    There will be Japanese music performances with traditional instruments like the koto and shinobue three times an evening for the illumination event. If you’re in Kyoto this autumn, this is one event to not miss.

  • Taiko-en: Osaka’s Oasis in the City Begins 2020 Autumn Illumination Event

    01.October.2020 | SPOT

    Taiko-en is an enormous site spanning 250,000 square feet and is home to a breathtaking garden, restaurant, and more. This year, the site is giving host to a special illumination event for autumn this year which began on Saturday.


    Since July 2019, Taiko-en has been lighting up its garden with illuminations for people to enjoy the beautiful garden in the evening, bringing together nature with the history of the site.


    The illuminations begin with projection mapping at the entrance of the garden which rolls out an autumn colour carpet. As visitors walk along the projected path, the lights and colours dance beneath their feet.

     

    Further in they will come to the “Night Museum” area where they will find stone statues collected by Denzaburō Fujita lit up, as well as paper lanterns, and more, offering a magical atmosphere different from that during the daytime. There’s also a path home to moso bamboo as well as acrylic bamboo with LED lights in it which lead visitors into a mystical world of dazzling radiance. In the main area, there’s a lake with a sea of clouds above it, and the trees of the garden coloured bright red.

     

    The restaurant and banquet area are open for business, so after enjoying a gourmet meal, visitors are encouraged to go and see the light show.

  • Kyoto’s Rokuo-in Temple to be Illuminated in the Autumn Evenings

    25.September.2020 | SPOT

    Keifuku Electric Railroad is lending its strength to Rokuo-in Temple in Kyoto this autumn to light up the ancient site in the evenings from November 14 to December 6.

    Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)


    Temple path (Photo taken in 2019)

    This year marks the 5th run of the autumn evening light-ups. The temple, just a four minute walk from Rokuoin Station, is known for its beautiful maple trees which blossom breathtaking autumnal colours during the fall season.

    Temple reception hall with fusuma images


    Fusuma image example

    The temple is selling new goshuin temple stamp books this year for the light-up event. Visitors will also be able to see 56 fusuma images drawn by contemporary Japanese artist Takaya Fuji.

     

    Rokuo-in Temple will close early next year for approximately 2 years and 9 months for repairs. The temple is also currently limiting the number of people allowed at once, making this year the best time to see the autumn leaves.

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