Purple-Coloured Halloween Cat Bread Set Pouncing on Blue Jean Bakery in Osaka
For a limited time only, the Blue Jean cafe and bakery located in Hotel New Hankyu Osaka will sell its new ‘Iro Neko Halloween Set’ for 7 days from October 25.
Blue Jean has taken its popular cat bread, mixed it with more ingredients to make it even more delicious and made it purple. The set itself comes with the bread and some Halloween merch and goodies.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
The bread is grape flavoured and is mixed with dried cranberries and raisins. It comes decorated with bat and witch hat shaped sablé shortbread cookies. The set also includes pumpkin flavoured cat paw and financier baked desserts. It also comes with a cute blanket which will be very useful for the coming cold season.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
Running: October 25, 2018 – October 31, 2018
*30 available per day on weekdays / 60 available per day on weekends
Price: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Blue Jean Cafe & Bakery on floor B1F of Hotel New Hankyu Osaka
Selling Time: 8:00-22:00
Cute Cat Bread Loaf Now Available in Brown Bread Version!
22.July.2017 | FOOD
“Blue Jean”, a bakery and café located inside Hotel New Hankyu in Osaka, added a new companion to their hugely popular cat bread line on July 1st.
The “Iro Neko Shoku Pan” is a cute bread loaf that comes in the shape of a cat. It costs ￥350 for one bag of 5 slices. The bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The product is so popular that people line up early outside the shop nearly 30 minutes before it opens to get their paws on one.
A new friend has joined the clowder. Now you can get the well-cooked brown bread version which if you toast smells absolutely divine. You should definitely try packing in as many ingredients as you can for the ultimate sandwich feast.
How can you pass up the opportunity to get bread like this? If you’re around Osaka, be sure to arrive early to Blue Jean to get your fingers into this kawaii cat bread!
Miffy Sakura Kitchen & Bakery to Open in Arashiyama, Kyoto
The new takeout bakery Miffy Sakura Kitchen will open in Arashiyama, Kyoto on October 3, fusing traditional Japan with Dick Bruna’s cute bunny character.
The bakery faces the main street that runs from Togetsu-kyo Bridge through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the most iconic tourist spots of Arashiyama.
Vintage Mugs – ¥1,200 (Pre-Tax)
Lunch Bowls – ¥2,000 (Pre-Tax)
At the bakery you can get your hands on a range of Miffy licensed merchandise as well as a string of exclusive Miffy Sakura Kitchen made in the style of traditional Kyoto pottery and more.
Of course, there’s plenty of delicious goodies to get your fingers on too like anpan sweet bread, danish pastries, ice cream, drinks and more, all inspired by Miffy.
Miffy Anpan – ¥260 (Pre-Tax)
The Miffy anpan is shaped like Miffy’s face which is filled with sweet adzuki bean paste.
Miffy Fuku Daruma Bread – ¥350 (Pre-Tax)
This cute and round Miffy bread is made in the image of a daruma doll and is filled with rich matcha cream. Limited quantity available.
Carrot Bread – ¥310 (Pre-Tax)
Miffy loves carrots, so this one’s dedicated to her. It’s made with carrot puree and contains an egg salad.
Miffy Danish Pastry – ¥500 (Pre-Tax)
When you sink your teeth into this crunchy toasted pastry your mouth is filled with the sweet taste of butter. You can order it as French toast or enjoy it as a sandwich.
Miffy Cube (Matcha & White Chocolate) – ¥230 (Pre-Tax)
This cubed shaped bread bears the shop’s logo and Miffy on the front. You’ll get addicted to the sweet white chocolate and bitter matcha inside!
The bakery itself will also be decorated with all things Miffy, so if you’re a fan of the cute bunny yourself you’ll definitely want to go and visit.
McDonald’s Japan to Release Black & White Chocolate Pies Again This Year
23.October.2018 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan will release its two new triangular-shaped black and white chocolate pies again this year on October 26. The pies are made by adding layers upon layers of pie dough to create crunchy three-sided pie. These are filled with gooey chocolate cream that elevates the pie to the next level.
The black chocolate pies at McDonald’s boast unshaken popularity. This delicious treat is packed with a melty chocolate cream made with almonds. The level of sweetness is also on point.
The white chocolate pies contains a rich white chocolate cream made with sweet-smelling vanilla beans and almonds.
Ever since the triangular chocolate pies hit McDonald’s in Japan in February 2007 they have continued to be gain popularity for over 10 years. Every year people call out “the chocolate pie season is here!” and struggle with which to go for.
This year, they will be served in cute limited edition packaging. If you put both the black and white packages together they will even create a heart shape.
Other flavoured chocolate pies are set to be released this winter too, and there will be a commercial for them featuring Japanese actress Maika Yamamoto.
Which crunchy chocolate pie will you be warming yourself up with this winter?
Black Triangle Chocolate Pie
On Sale: October 26, 2018 – Late February 2019 (subject to change)
White Triangle Chocolate Pie
On Sale: October 26, 2018 – Late November 2018 (subject to change)
Available: At most McDonald’s branches across Japan
Chocolate Pie TV Commercial – “Am I the only one not eating these?!” (15 Seconds)
Initial Broadcast: October 25, 2018
Product Page: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/campaign/sankakuchocopie/
Tadanori Yokoo Releases Art Book Collection of His Late Beloved Cat Tama
04.April.2020 | FASHION
Since his cat Tama passed away in 2014, Japanese graphic designer and illustrator Tadanori Yokoo has drawn 91 pieces of his beloved feline companion. Those pieces have been compiled into a new art book entitled Tama, Kaetteoide (“Come Home, Tama”).
Tama was a famous cat amongst fans of Tadanori Yokoo, who would feature him on his Twitter page and blog from time to time. Yokoo’s love for Tama was also well-known amongst his followers. Tama was a stray cat and appeared in Yokoo’s garden. In the 15 years Yokoo took care of him, Tama’s affection warmed the hearts of both the artist and his family of fans.
The 91 pieces that Yokoo created of Tama since his passing were originally never going to be seen by anyone. But this year, on the seventh anniversary of Tama’s death, Yokoo has decided to publish them.
Tama, Kaetteoide – ¥2,200 (Before Tax)
The collection features not only art pieces, but diary and written entries too that Yokoo occasionally wrote about Tama. Yokoo’s Twitter page become a diary for the artist, where he expressed his sadness and loneliness after losing his cat, which has received much attention with his followers. The book includes the diary entries from when Tama was alive to his death and up to 2018.
When Yokoo met with Yoko Ono, he said of his work, “I didn’t draw this as artーI drew it as a love letter to my cat,” to which she responded, “And that’s exactly why it’s art.” I too believe that if a piece of art moves a person’s heart, then that in itself makes it art. Featured in this book are many of Yokoo’s diary and written entries about his beloved Tama. But it also begs the question to people what is love, what is life, and what is death? It’s a treasured illustrated collection for people, and above all one you can’t help adoring. I believe this book will add something to the lives of every art fan, of every cat lover, and every person who kindly buys themselves a copy.”
An exhibition showcasing all of the illustrations in the book is set to take place at Nishimura Gallery in the near future. The exhibition has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but you can check the gallery’s official website for when the event will next be rescheduled.
BAPE STORE® To Open in COMME des GARCONS in Osaka’s Luxury Brand Hotspot
Japanese fashion label COMME des GARCONS OSAKA has moved to Midosuji in Shinsaibashi, Osaka and is set for its grand opening on April 3, 2020.
The first floor will be occupied by BAPE STORE® (A BATHING APE®), making it the first ever COMME des GARCONS to house a BAPE STORE®.
COMME des GARCONS was founded by world-famous fashion designer Rei Kawakubo in 1969. Besides developing a number of world famous brands such as COMME des GARCONS HOMME PLUS, she also founded the multi-brand retailer DOVER STREET MARKET GINZA, becoming a key figure in the world’s leading fashion. As the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo and the largest in west Japan, Osaka has remained the economic and cultural epicentre of the Kansai region for centuries. Kawakubo’s latest step in the world of fashion is the brand new opening of BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS OSAKA along Midosuji street, Shinsaibashi – a main street of central Osaka which is a hotspot of luxury designer shops.
Last year, BAPE STORE® opened in Kyoto, marking a year since BAPE STORE® opened in the Kansai region. The interior of BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS OSAKA was done by Rei Kawakubo. This atmosphere and design is completely different to existing BAPE® stores and will also sell limited COMME des GARCONS and A BATHING APE® collaboration merchandise that are not available anywhere else.
If you’re in Osaka and love high-end fashion, the brand new BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS store and its limited merchandise is worth checking out.
BAPE STORE® COMME des GARCONS OSAKA
Address: Floor 1 COMME des GARCONS OSAKA, 4-4-21, Minamisenba, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Grand Opening: April 3, 2020
Items Release Date To Be Confirmed.
Special Edition Website: https://bape.com/pages/cdg_osaka/
Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe
Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.
A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever
The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.
Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.
Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)
The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.
Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.
Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts
Lunch Mat Design
Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.
And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.
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■Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
■Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama
Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR Line
■Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR Line
Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
mūya: Tokyo’s New Cafe Opening by ‘Bread, Espresso &’ Serving Fluffy Mū Bread
25.March.2020 | FOOD
Bread, Espresso & is a cafe chain with 17 branches in Japan, including Omotesando. The company is set to open an entirely new cafeーspecialising in Bread, Espresso &’s popular mū breadーcalled mūya on April 17, 2020 in Asakusa Mizumachi.
Bread, Espresso &: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/254815
Mizumachi is a new shopping centre also opening on April 17, 2020. It’s near Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town, and sits betwixt Kaminarimon and Tokyo Skytree.
Mū is an original bread recipe baked up by Bread, Espresso & that’s made with lots of butter, giving it a rich taste. The word means “soft” in French. When you break a piece off the fluffy loaf, that rich buttery smell fills your nose.
inside the cafe
The mū loaf is a cube shape, and the interior of the shop has cube designs all over it.
Customers sit at tables with chairs that stack up like cubes – a unique and original design.
Mū is the main dish at mūya, which can be served as it is, as a sandwich, as French toast, or even in a parfait.
When you’re passing through Asakusa, be sure to pop into mūya to try the famous mū bread of Bread, Espresso &.
Address: 1-2-12 Mukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0033
Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Cat-Shaped Bread Shop Neko Neko Shokupan Re-Releases Neko Neko Packs Due to High Demand
23.March.2020 | FOOD
Due to high demand from customersーselling out their previous limited stock in February in this yearーNeko Neko Shokupan re-released its popular “Neko Neko Packs” once more on March 20, again with limited stock.
What’s inside the Neko Neko Pack?
Neko Neko Pack A & B – ¥1,000 Each (Before Tax) / Available: From March 20, 2020 while supplies last
Neko Neko Pack is available in two versions, A and B. Both contain one piece of cat-shaped bread, jam, and an original folder.
The texture of the jams differ between both versions: ‘A’ is smooth sweet bean paste while ‘B’ is mashed sweet bean paste. The specific bread that is included in the pack is not sold separatelyーyou need to buy yourself a full Neko Neko Pack.
Quality flavour guaranteed at Neko Neko Shokupan
The shop’s “shokupan,” a style of bread loaf, is made with 100% milk, giving it rich and milky flavour and moist, chewy flavour. No water is used for baking this bread, only milk, which is sourced from Hokkaido. It also contains honey, fresh cream, and butter to give it a sweet, melt-in-the-mouth taste.
Their cute arrangements of the bread are super popular
Kids and adults alike can enjoy eating at Neko Neko Shokupan with the many variations the bread can be served in, like face decorations with a chocolate pen. You can see lots of different original arrangements on Japanese social media like Instagram.
Neko Neko Shokupan’s kawaii, high-quality bread is a must-try, so be sure to visit your closest branch when visiting Japan.
Neko Neko Pack
Release Date: March 20, 2020 (while supplies last)
Available: Most Neko Neko Shokupan branches in Japan
Official Website: https://nekoshoku.jp/
Dine in Luxury With Truffle Toast at Patisserie SATSUKI in Hotel New Otani Osaka
22.March.2020 | FOOD
If you’re looking to indulge yourself during your trip to Japan, and happen to be staying in Osaka, then Hotel New Otani Osaka’s pastry shop Patisserie SATSUKI has you covered with their new “Spring Truffle Toast” which is made with Bianchetto truffles. Only 5 servings are served per dayーand 10 on weekends and public holidays.
The arrival of Japan’s unprecedented bread boom
In recent years, Japan as a country has seen a boom in the baking and serving of bread. NOGAMI, a bread shop in Osaka, is credited with lighting the fire of the “shokupan” boom, a type of fluffy bread in Japan. This has resulted in many more shops opening selling shokupan. In spring 2017, Hotel New Otani Osaka decided it wanted the people of Kansai to buzz about high quality shokupan too, so it developed its French-inspired “Spring Truffle Toast.” Since releasing, the bread has continued to sell out, and if you don’t place an order for one you won’t be able to get your hands on it. Their tasty truffle toast has returned again this year.
Premium toast with loaded truffle
Spring Truffle Toast With Bianchetto Truffles – ¥1,500 Per Loaf (Before Tax)
The ambrosial Spring Truffle Toast lacks nothing when it comes to taste, texture, and smell. The ingredients used to make ordinary bread like eggs, milk, and butter aren’t used for the shop’s Spring Truffle Toast. Instead, strong flour, yeast, water, and finely chopped spring truffles are used. To bring out even more flavour, truffle butter, pure olive oil, and shortening is used.
The same goes for the crustーeggs and milk aren’t used like in ordinary bread. And to prevent the bread from drying out, more time and labour is put into kneading the dough. A lava pot is used to bake the dough. By using far infrared to heat it, it makes the finished bread nice and chewy.
The shop’s head chef wanted to ensure that the bread’s fragrant smell is preserved when you take the lid off, and so the entire loaf is lathered in truffle oil, which also gives it a moist taste.
The bread can be toasted and enjoyed on its own, and you’re guaranteed great flavour and smell, but you can take it to the next level by topping it with a fried egg or scrambled egg to create an extraordinary and filling meal.
These truffles can only be harvested in spring
Truffles are a delicacy in kitchens around the world. The types used for the Spring Truffle Toast are Bianchetto. They are a very popular traditional truffle of Italy and can only be harvested from mid-March to April. As a result, they are extremely rare in Japan, making the toast that much more special.
Spring Truffle Toast With Bianchetto Truffles
Location: Patisserie SATSUKI – Hotel New Otani Osaka Floor 1F)
Available: Until Mid-April 2020
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Price: ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Sales: Limited to 5 servings per day (10 on weekends and public holidays)
Reservations: 06-6949-3298 (Patisserie SATSUKI)
World’s Largest Athletic Tower Banpaku BEAST to Open at Expo ’70 Commemorative Park in Osaka
14.March.2020 | SPOT
Banpaku BEAST is set to open as the largest athletic tower in the world at Expo ’70 Commemorative Park on March 15, 2020, standing 24 meters tall.
The hexagonal tower was created by German-based amusement park attraction developers KristallTurm. It has four floors, each of which is its own “athletic area,” as well as an observation deck. It is a comprehensive workout tower, offering 120 different kinds of athletic activities such as climbing and slacklining, meaning the fun will never end in a single day, and will have you wanting to go back for more.
The tower makes use of its full height; expect to use your entire body during your ascension, ride barrels, bikes, and more. Safety is guaranteed while still offering a heart-racing experience for those thrill-seekers. The facility can be used by both kids and adults alike who want to test themselves and feel refreshed after a good workout.
See Banpaku BEAST in action in the official video above.
Location: Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, Suita, Osaka
Time: Reception 9:30-15:00 / Open 10:00-16:30
Price: General ¥3,500 / Elementary school children and below ¥3,000
*Separate fee charged for entry to Expo ’70 Commemorative Park’s Natural and Cultural Gardens (General ¥260/ Elementary school children and below ¥80)
Access: 5-minutes from Expo Memorial Park Station via Osaka Monorail
Official Website: https://www.se-amuse.jp/bampakubeast/
Tokyo & Osaka’s Pokémon Cafes Reveal 3rd Line-Up Of Sword and Shield Themed Food
The Tokyo (Nihonbashi) and Osaka (Shinsaibashi) branches of the Pokémon Cafe are releasing their third line-up of menu items in collaboration with Pokémon Sword and Shield which will be served between March 20 and May 29 this year. The second line-up is still available and will be served until March 19.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest games in the Pokémon video game franchise and were released for the Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019. The new menu line-up sees appearances from familiar faces including Pikachu, Eevee, Yamper, Zigzagoon (Galar form), and Eiscue.
*Dish names are translated from Japanese
Gigantamax Pikachu’s Naughty Octopous Rice Plate – ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
This hearty portion of octopus rice is made in the image of Pikachu in his Gigantamax form.
Gigantamax Eevee’s Smiley Hamburger Stew Plate – ¥2,178 (Tax Included)
A hearty stew made in the image of Eevee in its Gigantamax form.
Yamper’s Happy Sandwich Picnic Plate – ¥1,848 (Tax Included)
This picnic-on-a-plate meal features the adorable Yamper, who is served with a tasty salad.
Galar Zigzagoon’s Crunchy Cookie Tiramisu – ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
This crunchy cookie tiramisu features a cute recreation of Zigzagoon in its Galar form.
Ice Face Eiscue’s Shivering Panna Cotta – ¥1,628 (Tax Included)
As you fork through this cute Eiscue panna cotta, you’ll discover a special and delicious treat inside.
Jump into the video game world of Pokémon Sword and Shield at the hugely popular Pokémon Cafes in Tokyo and Osaka.
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Pokémon Sword and Shield – 3rd Menu Line-Up
Running: March 20, 2020 – May 29, 2020
Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)
Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)
Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Honkan 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00-21:30
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)
*Reservations available online only. Telephone reservations not available.
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN Exhibition Shows Off Dress Line-Up Inspired by Japanese Culture
The DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN exhibition at HANKYU Umeda Store in Osaka began on March 1 where it is set to run until March 22.
The collection features a complete line-up inspired by Japan’s rich culture, from dresses serving haute couture to exquisite Lady Dior bags re-interpreted by various artists. This exhibition is a coming-together of DIOR and Japan and expresses savoir faire the way a maison should.
The exhibition is also home to a gift shop selling a range of different items. It also has an audio guide presented by Japanese actress and fashion model Yuko Araki and actor and model Ryusei Yokohama, both of whom were selected as Japan Fashion Ambassadors for this exhibition.
See the worlds of DIOR and Japan collide at DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN.
DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN
Running: March 1, 2020 – March 22, 2020
Location: HANKYU Umeda Gallery (HANKYU Umeda Store Floor 9F)
Address: 8-7 Kakudacho, Kita, Osaka
Official Website: http://bit.ly/DiorFromParisToJapan
Osaka Hirakata Park’s ‘Time Travel Fantasy’ Illumination Event Extended to Spring
29.February.2020 | SPOT
Hirakata Park’s “Hikari no Yuenchi” illumination event, which has been running for the autumn and winter season and is set to finish on March 1, 2020, is being extended into the spring season due to its huge popularity. The spring period will run from March 20 to April 7.
The theme of this year’s Hikari no Yuenchi is “Time Travel Fantasy.” Dazzle your eyes with a bright selection of breathtaking illuminations inside the event’s four areas, such as the lights along Time Travel Fantasy Street where the symbol of the parkーa 10-meter tall treeーstands gloriously, or the Illumination Flower Garden. The blue and purple winter colours of the lights will change into springtime pinks, greens, and yellows.
Illumination Flower Garden
Flowering illuminations will twinkle atop the hill in spring pastel colours like cherry blossom pinks, fresh verdure green, and rape blossom yellows.
The dazzling delights of the winter season will continue into the spring period, like the 24 different night attractions, and the illumination food too like the “shining bubble tea.” We also recommend taking advantage of the “Night Fee,” which sees a special entry price open from 16:00.
Enjoy the cool spring breeze and gorgeous Japanese illuminations at Hirakata Park this March.
Hirakata Park Hikari no Yuenchi
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Address: 1-1 Hirakatakoencho, Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture
Illumination Times: 17:30-20:30
Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/
Event Page (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/illumination/
Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily
27.February.2020 | SPOT
A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.
Last Updated: February 28, 2020 at 00:51 (JST)
Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea®
Closed: February 29 – March 15, 2020
The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have purchased tickets valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds is provided on the museum’s official website.
Snoopy Museum Official Website:https://snoopymuseum.tokyo/s/smt/page/english?ima=0000
Sony Music Roppongi Museum
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds will soon be provided on the museum’s official website. The TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition will be extended until April 19, 2020.
TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition Official Website: https://type-moon-museum.com/
Sony Music Roppongi Museum Official Website: https://smrm.jp/
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.
Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.
Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.
Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/
Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020
Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.
Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.
Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/
Toei Animation Museum
Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020
The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.
Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/
Kyoto National Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.
Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html
ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020
Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan
Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/
Sanrio Harmony Land
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html
Universal Studios Japan
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 15, 2020
The park’s reopening will be determined after serious consideration of the current condition of the coronavirus situation. The announcement of the park’s reopening will be made on the USJ’s official website and social media. Information on handling of tickets during the break period will be posted on the official website on February 28, 2020 at 21:00 (JST).
Official Website (English): https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.usj.co.jp/
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 18, 2020
All planned events during the park’s closure have been cancelled and/or postponed until further notice. The park plans to reopen on March 19, 2020 subject to the current condition of the coronavirus situation. Updates will be posted on the official website. Refunds for winter season tickets will be announced at a later date.
Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/
Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.
BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka With a Spring Theme
The 6th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is here. The cafes will open at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi on February 28, 2020, and at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space on March 5, 2020.
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen five runs in Japan, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space
Kobu Salad & Baguettes – ¥1,690
Chef’s Crepe – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
“Springtime” is the theme this time around. TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space will be based around a spring party, and customers will be able to order a set menu with food or dessert.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
SHOOKY’s Brown Burger — ¥1,690
TATA’s Very! Berry! Sandwich – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Solamachi’s menu will be centred on the BT21 Baby Series, where all the characters have been turned into babies.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space – “Let’s Party With You” Original Stickers and Coasters
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi – “BABY” Original Stickers and Coasters
Customers can also get their hands on some original merchandise and bonus items too. Book a table and receive one of seven stickers, and order a drink to receive one of seven coasters.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando (6-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) / Running: March 5, 2020 – March 29, 2020
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi (Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 1F East Yard, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo) / Running: February 28, 2020 – March 23, 2020
UMEDA BOX cafe&space (16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) / Running: March 5, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Reservtions: ¥650 (Before Tax)
BT21 Cafe Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp/