Alice on Wednesday Pop-Up Shop to Open in Kobe LOFT

24.October.2018 | FASHION / FOOD

A new Alice on Wednesday pop-up shop is set to open at LOFT in Kobe on November 20. Alice on Wednesday is a concept shop that recreates the world of Alice in Wonderland. There are branches in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Shinsaibashi), Nagoya (Osu) and Fukuoka (Daimyo) where they sell Alice themed sweets, accessories and miscellaneous fashion items.

 

Although the pop-up shop will be situated in a limited space, that isn’t stopping Alice on Wednesday from bringing the world of Wonderland to life. Tables will be propped up by the Playing Cards where you’ll get to sit on the queen’s chair to feel like the Queen of Hearts, there will be a photo opp area, and much more. Cameras are also allowed meaning you can snap as many pictures as you need to. Not only will you be shopping but you’ll feel like Alice too.

The pop-up shop is an upgrade from last year’s and will make use of all the possible space. Dive into Wonderland with Christmas-y desserts as well as a whole range of accessories and brand new items.

Caramel Roll: ¥1,000 (Pre-Tax)

Tuck into a long and fluffy roll cake filled with sweet caramel flavoured Japanese bean paste. The package design is available at this pop-up shop only.

Box of 6 Illustrated Cookies: ¥600 (Pre-Tax)

This box of cookies makes for a great gift. Hand them out one by one for people to enjoy the illustrations which feature classic designs from Wonderland. Both the cookies and packaging are available at this pop-up shop only.

Stickers: Small ¥180 (Pre-Tax) / Large ¥300 (Pre-Tax)

These stickers feature original designs. Available at this pop-up shop only, you’ll want to collect all of the stickers in this line-up.

 

Enter the cute and curious world of Wonderland in Kobe.

RECOMMENDED ENTRIES

  • Alice in Wonderland Halloween Themed Dessert Buffet to Arrive at Hilton Tokyo

    09.August.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    A new dessert buffet dubbed ‘Aice in Halloween Trick’ is arriving this fall from September 14 at Hilton Tokyo’s first floor Marble Lounge.

    In the run up to the start of the buffet, the hotel’s Marble Lounge has undergone its first renovation in 30 years. The room now holds more entertainment value to welcome story-driven dessert buffets together with decorations.

     

    The new buffet includes close to 20 desserts with the themes Alice in Wonderland and Halloween as well as 10 light foods. The buffet is also ornamented with small decorations. Not only does everything promise to be delicious, it also looks beautiful too, so much so that you’ll be left wondering what’s a dessert and what’s a meal. This is the chefs’ little ‘trick.’

     

    The hotel’s dessert buffets were first showcased with projection mapping back in 2017. That is set to return with some new realistic trick art.

    The chic red and black imagery of the desserts, decorations and autumn fruits are inspired by a more mature Alice.

    The above dessert, called “Her Majesty Queen Alice,” is made with chestnut bavarois, wild strawberries and red currents and is coated in chocolate powder. It has a crunchy cookie texture.

    The above dessert is a refreshingly sweet tart made with high quality Valrhona chocolate, a Valrhona Manjari ganache, raspberries, and aniseed.

    The selection of items you’ll be left wondering whether they’re a dessert or a meal includes the above plates made in collaboration by head chef Thomas Jacoby and executive chef Osamu Harita which line up together like Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The “Dum Open Face Cake” is a chocolate sponge cake topped with berries and the “Dee Open Face Cake” includes black olives, smoked salmon and curry flower mousse.

    There’s a range of elegant and scary desserts and light meals in the Halloween area too in addition to the Alice desserts.

     

    If you’re an Alice fan and love desserts you won’t want to miss out on this special buffet this fall.

     

    ■Information

    Alice in Halloween Trick Dessert Buffet

    Location: Marble Lounge, Hilton Tokyo 1F

    Address: 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Running: September 14, 2018 – November 4, 2018

    Time: 2:30pm-5:30pm

    Price: ¥3,800 per person (¥3,920 on Weekends & Holidays)

    *Price includes tax and service charge.

    Booking: www.hiltontokyo.jp

     

  • Girls’ Sweets Coffret Christmas Buffet to be Held at Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

    17.October.2018 | FOOD

    Christmas is loved particularly by girls in Japan as it’s the season when all the sparkly items begin to fall and flicker. Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is bringing a Christmas buffet this year which it is calling the Girls’ Sweets Coffret. It’s inspired by the “Christmas Coffret” cosmetic sets that are sold during the Christmas season only and tickle the hearts of girls across the country.

     

    Coffret is a French word that refers to a small jewel box. Searches for the term “Christmas Coffret” have been on the increase in Japan since 2015 and in 2016 and 2017 ranked in the top 10 most searched Christmas related terms by women. Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is responding to this by packing everything a girl could want into their Christmas buffet.

    The buffet is overlooked by a bright pink Christmas tree under which are all presents a girl could hope for including a dress, jewel box, flowers and more―all edible. A cute Santa Claus, reindeer and snowmen also decorate the table in all their delicious dessert glory. The colour palette is girly but stylish, with pink as the main colour and blacks and whites everywhere else.

     

    There will also be a photo spot decked out with a pink Christmas tree, huge life-sized presents and other Christmas motifs. What’s more is that guests who attend during the event dressed in something pink or wearing ribbons will receive a special drink.


    The line-up of desserts all have some very enticing names. Translated from Japanese, some to look forward include the “Going Out With Your in My Best Dress – Princess Tart,” “Like a Romantic Bride – Pink Dress Strawberry Chiffon Cake,” “What I Want the Most: Jewellery – Yogurt Panna Cotta Jelly,” “Drag Me Away – Pink Pearl Cupcakes,” and more.

    Also on the list is a cake made to look like Santa’s belly called “I’ll Start My Diet Tomorrow – Cranberry Mascarpone Santa Cake.” There’s also the the “Santa’s Happy Helpers – Reindeer Chocolate Cake.”

    There’s a range of Christmas classics too like the yule log and stollen as well as a tree-shaped mohn plunder. If you’re looking for Christmas treats this year then look no further!

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Inspired Lunch Course Available in Odaiba For 4 Days!

    17.March.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Italian restaurant Mangiare in Odaiba has announced that it will serve up a limited-edition Alice in Wonderland themed lunch for 4 days. The Alice Sweet Palette Lunch Course will be available on April 29th, April 30th, May 5th and May 6th for ¥3,500.

     

    main-2

     

     

    sub3
    Mangiare is popular for its ocean window view where you can glimpse Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and Odaiba’s Statue of Liberty.

     

    sub4
    The three-course meal is made up of an hors d’oeuvre containing plenty of organic vegetables grown in mineral-rich red soil, a selection of entrées including seasonal soup and one of either pasta, meat or fish, and a specially made Alice-inspired photogenic dessert palette to top it all off.

     

    sub2
    Your tummy is sure to be satisfied with the course’s cute dessert that’ll have you thinking you’ve stepped right into the tea party in Alice in Wonderland

     

    ■Information

    Alice Sweet Palette Lunch Course
    Available: 29 April 2018 / 30 April 2018 / 5 May 2018 / 6 May 2018
    Serving Time: 11:00-15:00 (last orders 14:00)
    Price: \3,500 per person (*price is consumption tax and service charge inclusive)

    Mangiare Odaiba
    Address: Palazzoemare, Aqua City Odaiba 5F, 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 11:00-15:00 / 17:00-23:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 1-minutes on foot from Daiba Station via the Yurikamome / 6-minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line
    TEL: 03-3599-1899

    Website:http://www.bestbridal.co.jp/restaurant/daiba_mangiare/

RELATED ENTRIES

  • See the Ten Million Dollar Night View of Rokko Arima While Staying at Hot Spring Town

    11.October.2019 | SPOT

    The Mt.ROKKO CABLE CAR & TOURISM COMPANY has announced a 25-day bus tour which will run on weekends and holidays only from October 12 to December 22 offering a bus tour to see the amazing nightscape of Rokko Arima in Kobe.

    Arima Onsen is known as one of Japan’s leading hot spring locations. In order for more people to catch a glimpse of Rokko Arima’s incredible nighttime scenery, a new tour service has been created in collaboration with hotels and accommodation services throughout Arima for guests staying in the town to see what has been dubbed the “ten million dollar night view” from Mount Rokko.

     

    The tour will last two hours and will take guests on an enchanting journey to several locations. They will get to see the night view from Rokko Garden Terrace, gain entry to Rokko Shidare Observatory, and visit the East Rokko Observatory which is only accessible by car. The entire thing costs just ¥2,800 per person.

     

    Schedule

    20:00 Depart Arima Onsen

    20:30 Nighttime view from Rokko Garden Terrace and Rokko Shidare Observatory with tour guide

    21:30 Nighttime view from East Rokko Observatory

    22:00 Arrive back at Arima Onsen

    Discover the tranquillity of Japan’s winter nights and gaze up at the starry sky using the Rokko Arima Night View Bus Tour.

  • 2019 Kobe Luminarie Winter Illuminations to Light Up Kobe This December

    09.October.2019 | SPOT

    The 25th Kobe Luminarie light festival will take place from December 6 to 15. The theme of this year’s festival is “25 Years, Guided by the Light of Hope” (Original Italian title: Da 25 anni, guidati dalle luci della speranza).

    Kobe Luminarie is an illumination festival that has been held annually since 1995 in commemoration of the Great Hanshin earthquake which hit Kobe that year on January 17. The event has continued as a symbol of hope for Kobe and has also become a festival associated with the winter season. Last year’s festival saw around 3.43 million people in attendance.

    The “Light Bulbs” make a comeback radiating their warm light

    Formerly the doorstep to foreign culture, Nakamachi-dori, lined with countless tasteful stores, will be lined with around 270 meters’ worth of decorations. The entrance decoration, named Frontone, stands almost 22 meters tall with three towering gates each connected to each other. The Sparri Ara is a wide wall of lights which runs 50 meters from Frontone all the way to Kyomachisuji Crossing. And as a special instalment to the 25th run of the festival, the light bulbs used at the first festival will be strung up to create another wall illumination from Itomachi to the East block which will be dubbed the “Memorial Zone.”

    The event’s largest light dome

    In the eastern amusement park plaza, Cassa Armonica―an illuminated church structure set up every year―will be enveloped in a large 21 meter high dome featuring an arch for the first time standing 4 meters tall in the memorial area

     

    Over in the floral clock area, the Sparri Ara wall lights twinkle beside the wisteria trees. The lights will change and transform to the sound of the music. Attendees will also be able to pick up small gifts too as well as take pictures at the various photo spots.

     

    Earthquake Talk Booth

    Talks will be held discussing the origins of Kobe Luminarie and why it started. Earthquake survivors will also talk about their real experiences.

    International Creative Director and Executive Producer Daniel Monteverde, who has been working with Luminaire for 20 years, made the following comment: “The city of Kobe will bustle once again this year, which will mark 25 years. People will fill the streets and look to the sky while they wait for the chime of the bell to signal the illuminations. We hold the memories of the people we lost 25 years ago close to our hearts. I hope we can convey our hopes and dreams and our story to our children and the young people who will bear the next generation. I hope people will be proud of Kobe which has recovered from the earthquake.”

     

    He continues: “The Kobe Luminarie lights will shine once more for Hyogo, for Japan, and for the world. These lights are a symbol of each and every person’s devotion, their efforts, and their love. I pray that the Luminarie lights will send a message of hope to the world and continue shining in our hearts for the rest of time.” * Full comment translated from Japanese

  • 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.

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

    04.August.2019 | SPOT

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

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

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

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

     

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

  • Snoopy Themed PEANUTS HOTEL Celebrates 1st Anniversary

    03.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the PEANUTS HOTEL, which opened on August 1, 2018, the hotel has released a collection of original commemorative merchandise.

    The PEANUTS hotel is home to 18 rooms each with its own unique design. The merchandise collection is themed on each of these rooms.

    PEANUTS HOTEL “Happiness is a warm puppy..” (Room 64) – ¥3,500

    The theme of Room 64 is “Happiness is a warm puppy,” so the PEANUTS HOTEL has made that a reality by creating a huggable Snoopy plush toy which is so cute and soft you’ll never want to let him go. He is a smaller version of the big Snoopy you can hug in Room 64, meaning you can take him anywhere with you!

    PEANUTS HOTEL 1ST ANNIVERSARY Postcards (5 Designs / 2 Included With Each) – ¥2,200

    The hotel’s postcard sets are popular with guests, and to celebrate the 1st anniversary, it is selling limited edition designs. Using special manufacturing methods, the hotel has released sets themed on Rooms 44, 57, 61 and 62. They are packaged in a beautiful box that looks like the outside of the hotel and its windows. They are great for both sending to someone with a message or for simply using them as decoration in your own room.

    PEANUTS HOTEL x tegoto “solarsystem” (Room 42) – ¥49,000 (Only 30 Available)

    PEANUTS HOTEL has teamed up with the internationally popular product brand tegoto to release mobiles inspired by Astronaut Snoopy which is the theme of Room 42. Each mobile is handcrafted individually and features Snoopy, Woodstock and the planetary system. Perfect for both kids and adults alike!

    *Only 30 available. Each comes with its own unique handwritten serial number.

     

    PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro and PEANUTS DINER Yokohama are also joining in the celebration with their own pop-up corner which will run for the whole month of August. For this limited time only, they will sell items which are usually exclusive to the PEANUTS HOTEL.

    “Lila” Aroma Essential Oils – ¥2,300 / Aroma Air Mist – ¥2,200 / Aroma Stone Diffuser – ¥2,200 / PEANUTS HOTEL Bath Towel – ¥3,200, Face Towel – ¥1,800, Amenity Set – ¥3,400 / Compression Bag (Contains 5) – ¥1,500

    These items are also available over on the PEANUTS Cafe Online Shop. Join Snoopy and his friends in celebrating the 1st anniversary of the PEANUTS HOTEL by picking up some cute merch!

     

    *All listed prices are pre-tax.

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • Witness the Vibrant Yellow Nikkōkisuge Flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

    11.July.2019 | Uncategorized

    The high season to catch a glimpse of the beautiful nikkōkisuge (Hemerocallis esculenta) flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden is happening right now.

     

    The nikkōkisuge blooms in the high plains and is recognised as a sign of summer. The full bloom period for the flower in the subalpine zone is June, but the best time to see them in high plains is July where 2,000 clusters of the bright yellow beauties sprout their vibrant leaves. The yellow beds make for some seriously summery Instagram posts.

    They live a fleeting life as they only bloom for a single day, opening in the morning and closing in the evening. A single stem is home to abundant flower buds, and they are long so they can bloom from one to the next. If you are in Hyogo this July we highly recommend witnessing this ephemeral sight.

  • Snoopy Master of Disguise Themed Fair Kicks Off With Space Theme at PEANUTS Cafe & Diner

    05.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    This summer, all branches of the PEANUTS Cafe and PEANUTS DINER are holding a fair to celebrate Snoopy and his many disguises. The first theme is “Astronaut Snoopy.”

     

    IT’S A BEAGLE’S LIFE “I DID IT!” is the official catchphrase tied to this first theme which will see lots of space themed merchandise sold. And from July 17, a very special drink will be sold inspired by the Milky Way shimmering in space.

    Astronaut Lemonade: Have-In ¥730 (Before Tax) / Takeout ¥600 (Tax Included) *On sale July 17, comes with original coaster

    A beautiful spacey gradation is achieved by combining Blue Curacao syrup to a purple Blue Mallow tea. You might even catch a glimpse of a moonbound Snoopy in there. If you order this to have in the drink will be served over refreshing soda flavoured marble ice. It also comes with a limited-edition coaster you can take home. This one’s sure to be an Instagram contender!

     

    Participating Branches
    PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro: Have-In/Takeout
    PEANUTS DINER Yokohama: Have-In/Takeout
    PEANUTS Cafe Kobe: Takeout Only
    PEANUTS DINER Kobe: Have-In Only

     

    PEANUTS Cafe×Thermo Mug <Astronaut> ¥3,500 (Before Tax)

    From the cafe’s popular tumbler collaboration series comes a new thermo mug. It’s bright red and features Astronaut Snoopy on the front. The mug keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold so you can take out your beverage of choice during any season. It also comes with a lid to ensure it does not spill when tipped or knocked. Perfect for work or when you’re reading♡

     

    POPSOCKETS GRIP Red/Blue <Astronaut> ¥2,400 (Before Tax)
    PopSockets are a must-have item for your handheld device, and these ones come with the Astronaut Snoopy design. Until now the PopSockets sold at the cafes and diners have been monochrome but you can grab these ones in red or blue! The red one is sold at the Nakameguro, Yokohama and Kobe branches while blue can be bought on the online shop. Both are available while supplies last.

     

    Original Sticker <Astronaut> ¥850 (Before Tax) *On sale from July 17
    This set of four large stickers also come in red and blue colours with Snoopy in his astronaut disguise. Stick them on your PC or laptop, suitcase and anywhere else so you can be with Snoopy all the time.

     

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • Visit the Abandoned Hotel, Tenjō-ji Temple & More at Mount Maya in Kobe

    11.June.2019 | SPOT

    A new category added to the Cool Japan Award―which is run by the Cool Japan Association―is “National Park,” which was claimed by Mount Maya in Kobe in May this year for its nighttime scenery.

     

    Mount Maya is one of the major peaks of the Rokkō Mountains in Nada, Kobe and stands at a towering 702m high. Located close to the main city of Kobe, those who reach its apex will be able to see many different sights such as Kobe, Osaka, the Kii Peninsula, and Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. Maya is popular not just with tourists and sightseers, but Kobe locals too who visit it with families to eat bento, or those who take their special somebodies to observe the nightscape.

     

    Located on Mount Maya is Tenjō-ji, a temple which the mountain’s name has its origins in. This year marks the run of a special event which is held at the temple once every 33 years. Visitors can also go on a guide walk to an abandoned hotel which is normally off limits to the public.

     

    Let’s take an in-depth look at all the exciting things one can do at Mount Maya.

     

    Tenjō-ji Temple, Mount Maya

    The originator of Mount Maya’s name

    Tenjō-ji can be found wrapped in nature at the peak of Mount Maya in its National Park. Visitors can enjoy all weathers atop the mountain as the seasons change, but if you go on a clear day, you’ll be able to observe as far as Awaji Island, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, and Shōdoshima. The history of this temple―the only one in Japan to have been built by Maya-bunin―dates back to the year 646 when the high priest of India accepted Emperor Kōtoku’s request to build it. Maya-bunin, the mother of Buddha, is prayed to as a guardian of safe childbirth and child rearing. This is where Mount Maya gets its name.

    The door to three hidden Buddhist statues opened once every 33 years

    Once every 33 years, a door is opened at the palace to reveal three hidden Buddhist idols: the Eleven-Faced Avalokitesvara, Acala, and Vaiśravaṇa. For the duration of its opening this August, Buddhist sermons will be given three times a day (10:30/12:00/14:00), and visitors will be able to obtain an exclusive goshuin stamp.

     

    Running: August 1, 2019 – August 15, 2019

    Time: 10:00-16:00 (Until 17:00 for this event)

     

    Tour guide walk to Mount Maya’s historic ruins

    ~Stroll around and trace the history of Mount Yama~

    As well as the temple, Mount Yama formerly bustled with people looking to dine and as well as stay in the accommodation there. After the war and earthquake disasters, a campaign began to restore life to Mount Maya, one part of which is a tour guide walk to the historic ruins.

    This includes a trip to the former Tenjō-ji temple site as well as the abandoned hotel which is off limits to the general public.

     

    Mount Maya’s Nightscape

    ~An internationally recognised landscape~

    Mount Maya has been awarded the Cool Japan Award 2019 in the new National Park category for its gorgeous evening view from which one can see Kobe’s streets, the port and more.

     

    If you’re planning a trip to Kobe be sure to use this article as reference!

  • Tanabata Sky Lantern Festivals to Take Place in Tokyo and Kobe

    09.June.2019 | SPOT

    Last year, Starry Night Company (SNC) brought the Tanabata Sky Lantern Festival to Osaka. This year, they are set to host it in Tokyo and Osaka simultaneously on July 6 and 7. A total of 20,000 individual lanterns will be released over the two-day period in an even bigger and better festival than before.

     

    Most lantern events held around the world use lanterns lit with fire, but for this event LED sky lanterns will be used to ensure safety. All lanterns are also fitted with a cord. One of Japan’s major lantern festivals, the event is made possible by SNC who developed the world’s first LED sky lantern.

    Japanese actors Sho Aoyagi and Tsubasa Sakiyama will feature as guest speakers at the events.

     

    Sky lanterns offer an entirely different kind of experience from other Japanese cultural traditions, such as summer fireworks. Those in Japan this summer won’t regret taking their special someone to this sky lantern festival.

  • Japan’s Top 10 Instagram-Worthy Locations

    13.December.2018 | SPOT

    Snaplace is a website that analyses posts on social media they they deem ‘Instagrammable.’ They have close to 6,000 spots listed on their website, and they have selected the very best from their data this year to make two Top 10 lists for 2018 – one for Instagram and one for Twitter.

     

    Instagram Top 10


    1st Place: Yasaka Kōshin-dō (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
    Coming in at No. 1 is Yasaka Kōshin-dō, a small temple in Kyoto dedicated to Shomen Kongo, a guardian warrior, and three wise monkeys. The temple is known by locals for the colourful cloth balls that decorate the site called “kukurizaru” on which worshippers write their wishes and hang them. There is a rental kimono place close to this temple, making it the perfect spot to snap some photos.

     

    2nd Place: Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (Kawagoe, Saitama)
    Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is a popular spot with Japanese women for being a shrine of love. There, you can get your hands on special charms and fortunes based on the East Asian concept of the ‘red string of fate’ which binds together two people destined to meet. There’s a stylish cafe and in summer they set up a corridor of wind chimes as shown in the photo. There’s lots of places to take pictures here.

     

    3rd Place: BE KOBE (Kobe, Hyogo)
    The “BE KOBE” sign was built in April 2017 and was seen much across student social media during its first year. You can see lots of high school students take photos here on school trips to Kobe from October to March. This spot was initially popular with just students but its recognition began to spread amongst the masses and today taking a picture there is a must-do when visiting Kobe. On a busy day you can be waiting over 30 minutes to get one.

     

    4th Place: La Collina (Omihachiman, Shiga)
    La Collina is a confectionery factory that sells a range of exclusive sweets and confections including baumkuchen. This cute place looks like something out of a fairy tale and is noted for its post-worthy treats and chic, otherworldly architecture. Its spread on social media came from the fact that the building can easily make it look like you’ve been transported to another world. It has a real Studio Ghibli vibe to it with its grassy roof and surrounding natural environment.

     

    5th Place: Sakushima (Nishio, Aichi)
    6th Place: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Ishikawa)
    7th Place: Sarushima (Yokosuka, Kanagawa)
    8th Place: Sankoinari Shrine (Inuyama, Aichi)
    9th Place: Site Of Reversible Destiny (Yoro, Gifu)
    10th Place: Shima Mediterranean Village (Shima, Mie)

     

    Twitter Top 10

    1st Place: Ōkunoshima (Takehara, Hiroshima)
    Ōkunoshima is sometimes called “Poison Gas Island” for its role in World War II as a poison gas factory. But it is more known for being called “Rabbit Island” due to the number of feral rabbits living there. Around 700 roam the island, so it’s become a popular spot for taking photos.

    2nd Place: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (Katsuyama, Fukui)
    This museum is the biggest dinosaur museum in Japan and is renowned across Asia for its dinosaur fossil and specimen display. The gigantic realistic dinosaur models have hit it big on Japanese social media.

     

    3rd Place: Ushiku Daibutsu (Ushiki, Ibaraki)
    Ushiku Daibutsu was originally the tallest statue in the world from 1993-2002, even making it into the Guinness World Records. As of 2018 it is now one of the five tallest statues in the world. A photo of this Buddha looks like something from another world which led to its surging popularity on social media.

     

    4th Place: Yasui Konpiragu Shrine (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
    The Yasui Konpiragu Shrine is home to a large stone which is associated with binding good relationships tighter and severing bad ones. You first write your wishes on a piece of paper. If you want to initiate a good relationship then you must crawl through the hole in the stone from front to back while holding the paper. To end a bad relationship you crawl from back to front. The ritual is completed by sticking the paper onto the stone.

     

    5th Place: Shimizu Koen (Noda, Chiba)
    6th Place: Sand Museum (Tottori, Tottori Prefecture)
    7th Place: Mikane-Jinja Shrine (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
    8th Place: Nanzo-in (Kasuya District, Fukuoka)
    9th  Place: North Safari Sapporo (Sappoto, Hokkaido)
    10th  Place: Momotaro Shrine (Inuyama, Aichi)

     

    Use this list as reference when in Japan to get the very best photos for showing off your trip!

  • Fried Apple Crepes Cooked Up at Popular Shaved Ice Shop Shukugawa Sakuraan

    26.November.2018 | FOOD

    Shukugawa Sakuraan is a shaved ice cafe located in Aioicho, Nishinomiya that is well-known creating long lines of customers. It is changing things up from its usual summertime shaved ice this year and instead serving up its new Marugoto Yaki Ringo fried apple crepes from December 1.

    It is being released as one of many “ASMR crepes” in Japan for the sound it makes when bitten into. ASMR stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response” whereby visual and audio stimulation trigger tingling sensations on people’s neck, shoulders and skin. Videos attempting to trigger ASMR have become a popular trend on YouTube in recent years.

    Marugoto Yaki Ringo: ¥1,180 (Tax Included)

    When sliced into with a knife, the Marugoto Yaki Ringo makes a crunching sound like you’ve never heard before. The fluffy souffle and crunchy nuts offer layers of textures to enjoy. It’s also served with high quality fresh cream and a homemade custard cream before being crowned with a whole apple. The crepe itself is sprinkled with sugar and fried once more to create delicious caramelisation.

     

    To eat this crepe is to eat with all five of your senses, so be sure to hit up Shukugawa Sakuraan!

  • Take in the Ocean View With a Night at Villa Mon Temps Awaji on Awaji Island

    30.October.2018 | SPOT

    Villa Mon Temps Awaji is a holiday house establishment located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture where guests can rent out an entire building to themselves. Building work on the site’s new “all glass terrace” has finally been completed, offering people the luxurious opportunity to enjoy taking in the oceanic sites while enjoying a meal.

    Villa Mon Temps Awaji has been open for half a year – since March 17, 2018. This high grade accommodation houses a maximum of 10 people. The total site area spans 1,336m² and the floor space 550m². It’s surrounded by Awaji Island’s beautiful natural environment, with every single room in the villa having an ocean view.

     

    Awaji Island floats south of Hyogo in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. It boasts a warm climate throughout the year and is home to many tourist spots including, but not limited to, Akashi Kaikyō Bridge which connects Honshu to Awaji Island; Awaji Yumebutai which was built by world-famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando; and the whirlpools of Naruto Strait.

    Villa Mon Temps Awaji is situated near both Awaji Yumebutai as well as Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park where many types of gorgeous flowers are enjoyed throughout the seasons. Guests can expect to tuck into a range of delicious seafood including sea bream and fugu, not to mention octopus. There’s also Tajima beef sourced from cows on the island, Awaji’s famous onions, local sake and much more.

    The all-new all-glass terrace opens up to a stunning view of the sea. Guests can expect to enjoy BBQs and hot pot parties all season at the terrace which is even equipped with air con.

    To celebrate the completion of the glass terrace, discounts are now being offered. The usual price starts at ¥240,000 for one night which includes tax and accommodation for up to 10 people, but they are knocking 20% off. They are also offering an 8-person plan from ¥192,000, 6-person plan from ¥168,000 and 4-person plan from ¥144,000, all with tax included.

     

    Experience a private, luxurious and comfortable time at Villa Mon Temps Awaji.

RANKING

  • DAILY
  • MONTHLY

FOLLOW US