Christmas Candle Night 2018 to Take Place at Karuizawa Kogen Church
07.November.2018 | SPOT
Countless candles are set to illuminate Karuizawa Kogen Church from December 1 to 25 for Christmas Candle Night 2018. The church, located in the town of Karuizawa which was opened by missionaries, is open to all people and loved by many people.
The church, encased tranquilly amongst the trees and nature, has a long history dating back to 1921. It initially began in the Taisho Period as a place where highly educated people gathered including Japanese author Tōson Shimazaki and poet Hakushū Kitahara. It continues today as a church that welcomes anybody who visits it.
Warm Glowing Lantern Candles in the Holy Forest and the Illuminated Crossroads
Candles stood in lanterns will light up the forest surrounding the church, and a 6 meter tall fern tree will glow against the night sky. The illuminated crossroads that run through the forest will transform the area into a magical and mysterious marvel as gentle lights flicker before you.
Date: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Lantern Strolling Through the Holy Forest
Just as the missionaries paved the way for Karuizawa, so too will you be able to stroll through the forest lit only by the lantern you carry and the candles surrounding you. This is a chance to make some Christmas memories you wouldn’t be able to in the city.
Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25
Christmas Song & Prayer
A musical ensembles of hand bells and harps will be carried out as will song and music with a gospel choir and pastor. Enjoy praying, singing and feeling with music.
Hand Bell & Harp Ensemble
Date: Saturdays and December 24
December 1 and 8 – 19:00/20:00
December 15, 22 and 24 – 18:30/19:30/20:30
*20 minutes per session
Christmas Song & Prayer
Date: Sundays and December 25
December 2 and 9 – 19:00/16:00
December 16, 23 and 25 – 18:30/19:30/20:30
*20 minutes per session
The Holy Night’s Gentle Melody
The gentle tune of a music box will calm people’s hearts just as the sounds heard in Karuizawa’s forests do, like the cries of birds and trees rustling in the wind.
Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25
December 1, 2, 8 and 9 – 19:20/20:20
December 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 25 18:50/19:50/20:50
*5 minutes per session
Binding Thoughts & Feelings Into Christmas Letters
The church treasures the time it takes to put together a letter to send to someone. Write a special letter to that special someone.
Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25
Enjoy a calm and peaceful Christmas this holiday season at Karuizawa Kogen Church.
Karuizawa Kogen Church
Address: Hoshino Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
17 Restaurants in Karuizawa That Appear in the Netflix Reality TV Show “Terrace House”
Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture has been seeing an increase in the number of foreign visitors thanks to the ongoing Netflix reality TV show Terrace House: Opening New Doors. We have covered numerous must-visit places that have appeared in the show including tourist spots, cafes and winter spots locations.
In this article we have compiled a list of 17 restaurants that make an appearance in the show.
TRATTORIA RIPOSO has become talked about as the restaurant where Yuudai did some training in cooking. The meals served there use the best meat and vegetables farmed in Nagano. As well as single menu items like pizza and pasta they also served courses. Pizzas there are made in an authentic pizza oven ordered from Naples in Italy and the pasta is homemade by hand.
CERCLE at Harunire Terrace
CERCLE is where Yuudai enquired about a part-time job. They serve French deli and over 250 varieties of wine from France and Italy to be compared and enjoyed. The ingredients are carefully selected by the chefs in the restaurant who go to the production areas. Meals are a mix of French and Italian styles.
trattoria il sogno at Harunire Terrace
trattoria il sogno is where Mayu invited the new member of the group Noah for lunch. It’s an Italian style restaurant that offers authentic tasting food. They serve Roman-style pizza carefully made one by one by the pizza chefs in the restaurant’s stone oven. Afterwards you can enjoy desserts such as tiramisu.
TOMY, where Shohei invites Ami on a a date, is a stylish restaurant and the only one in Karuizawa where you can enjoy live jazz music. The owner uses fresh pesticide-free vegetables picked in the morning that they grown themselves. The owner’s recommended dish is the Tomato Sauce & Tuna Spaghetti. Enjoy delicious food while listening to some chilled-out jazz tunes.
The concept behind La Luce, where Shohei and Mayu enjoyed a spot of lunch together, is local production for local consumption. The restaurant serves Italian food made with seasonal vegetables from Nagano and Karuizawa. Their popular organic sorghum soup offers the sweet original flavour of sorghum. One spoonful fills your mouth with the delicious sweetness of nature.
Taka and Mayu dined at this Italian restaurant. It’s a place so popular that it has people lining up waiting for a seat. From the giant windows of the restaurant there’s plenty of nature to look at, so much so that it feels like you’re eating inside a forest. They serve hot pizza made on iron plates, authentic tomato based pasta and more.
This is where Shohei celebrated Seina’s birthday. The restaurant is especially popular with female customers for its delicious vegetables. The vegetables are carefully chosen by the restaurant’s vegetable sommeliers who visit farms across the whole of Japan. They don’t only use vegetables of course – they have dishes with plenty of other ingredients too all flavourful with the great taste s of Nagano.
This restaurant, where Mayu and Yui had lunch together, offers everything from a casual Italian-style lunch to special dishes and even wedding plans. The restaurant also goes by the name “restaurant in the forest” due to it being located right in the middle of a gorgeous forest. It also offers courses based on your budget too making it the perfect place to plan a birthday.
Kitchen is an izakaya loved by the locals and where Shohei told Taka about his departure. They have lots of popular Chinese dishes including dandan noodles where you can adjust the spiciness to your liking. The servings are nice and big but the prices are favourable. It’s nice to eat at a stylish restaurant at a villa but it’s also nice to go to a place that locals frequent too.
Sajilo Cafe Forest
Sajilo Cafe Forest is the curry house where Noah and Seina ate lunch together. Authentic Nepal cooking with lots of spices is served here, made by a chef from Nepal who trained at a high-end hotel in their home country. You can pick from a rotor of curries such as chicken, vegetable and mutton can be enjoyed with chewy naan bread. The outside of the restaurant looks cute with its completely white coat.
This izakaya where Taka and Shion went drinking serves food with carefully selected ingredients. They are particular about local production for local consumption. There’s lots to choose from including meat dishes, fried food, a variety of rice bowls and more. One of their popular dishes is the Ganso Karuizawa Sauce Katsudon Enisha Ryu which is served with soft pork cutlets drizzled with Enisha’s secret Nagano apple-based sauce. It goes perfectly with soft boiled egg!
This is an oyakodon (chicken and egg rice) restaurant where Ami went with her friend from university. The “Kyukoku no Oyakodon” dish is made with a breed of chicken from Nagano which is cooked with charcoal. Added to that is bonito and mackerel amongst other ingredients as well as an original stock and lots of egg. It’s best eaten together with their homemade seasoning!
Three members of the show cast go to eat here. During the day they serve a range of meals with tofu as the main ingredient, and at night it becomes a popular izakaya where you can enjoy local sake. All of the tofu used is from beans in Karuizawa and Nagano none of which have been genetically modified. The water used in making the tofu is from Karuizawa and the nigari is from the natural seawater in Sado. It’s an izakaya serving the kind of food you can only get in Karuizawa which is also healthy and delicious.
This restaurant is managed by Tsubasa’s father where you can enjoy delicate and eye-catching Japanese-style food for a reasonable price. Their noodles are made by hand from soba flour produced in Karuizawa and are popular with both the locals and foreign tourist. Their menu is also available in English and Chinese.
This is an izakaya where Tsubasa ate with his hockey friends. They serve a range of à la carte as well as lots of seasonal menus. Their exquisite beef tendons go together well with sake. Try eating your meal with one of the many types of sake they have in stock.
This yakitori restaurant where Taka worked a part-time job is famous for its chicken thighs and has been around since 1960. It’s one of Karuizawa’s most iconic locations where you can enjoy eating tender fried chicken served with high quality seasoning. The secret sauce that coats the chicken is a flavour you will never forget!
Aya and Taka ate lunch together at this soba noodle restaurant. There’s a line that runs down the middle of the restaurant that sits between Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture, meaning you can walk between the two completely different places in Japan. The restaurant is also close to Kumano Shrine, a famous tourist spot, so you can stop by for food once you’ve paid a visit!
Each and every restaurant in this list is a much-talked about place! Which do you want to visit the most?
6 Winter Sports Locations in Karuizawa – Where the Netflix Reality TV Show “Terrace House” is Filmed
In this article we’re taking a look at 6 locations picked up by the show where you can experience and enjoy winter sports in Karuizawa.
Karuizawa Kazakoshi Park Ice Arena
This is the ice ring where Tsubasa from the show trains for ice hockey. You can rent ice skates there and enjoy free time where all people can slide around the arena or you can get involved in any of the ongoing events. They even hold figure skating and ice hockey tournaments there.
Kerachi Skate Rink
This is where Shion and Tsubasa go on a date together. An outdoor ice rink surrounded by a forest, Kerachi Skate Rink is managed by Hoshino Resorts and is open only during wintertime. Since the skate rink is enveloped by trees, you can enjoy the chirping of the birds and the view of Mount Asuma as you skate. The cafe there serves hot drinks which you can sip on the round benches on top of the ice to warm yourself up.
Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort
This is the ski resort where Taka and Yuudai had fun snowboarding. It’s rife with outdoor activities so you can get your fill of nature. As well as skiing and snowboarding, they also bring out the zip-lines, lifts and four-wheeler buggies during the green season. You can also enjoy a spot of shopping, bowling and other thing after skiing, making it a great day out for the family.
Yunomaru Ski Area
This is the ski resort that Shohei took Ami to. Enjoyed for its powder snow, Yunomaru Ski Area boasts a wide location where you can gaze at the Northern Alps. They also have sleds and a boat park. As well as this, there are hot spring facilities and a roadside station in the surrounding area which are great places to stop by on your way back.
Resort Lodge Suzumoto
This is the lodge that Taka visited, situated 1300m high with the fresh air. Here you can enjoy activities throughout the year while surrounded by the lush environment that Sugadaira Kogen has to offer. It’s well known to people as a ski resort with a history spanning 75 years. After activities you can enjoy a handmade meal from the owner with Kogen’s famous vegetables. There’s also a convenience store within walking distance if you need a nighttime snack or some quick shopping.
Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort is where Taka and Ami had their date. The site is split into two main skiing and snowboarding areas: the “Davos Area” and the “Taro Area.” The Taro Area is surrounded by trees and is home to the Taro Long Course. It’s a wide and the slope is steep so it’s recommended to advance skiers and snowboarders. The Davos Area on the other hand can be enjoyed even by beginners with its 1,000m long run. Guests can also enjoy trekking in snow shoes, taking the back country tour or getting involved with a lesson that suits your level.
Try challenging yourself to one of the many exciting winter sports available in Karuizawa!
7 Must Visit Cafes in Karuizawa – Where the Netflix Reality TV Show “Terrace House” is Filmed
We previously covered 10 popular tourist spots to visit in Karuizawa where the Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, available on Netflix, was filmed. We’re continuing this theme by showcasing 7 popular cafes in Karuizawa that also featured in the show.View this post on Instagram
This is the cafe that cast members Yuudai, Shion, Ami and Mizuki visited. A long-standing pasta house that has been around for over 40 years, it’s a western-style building entwined with rich, green ivy and has a retro Showa era-style atmosphere. We also recommend their sweets made with classic Karuizawa ingredients like apricot, Asama berries, cowberry and more.View this post on Instagram
Natural Cafeina is where Yuudai visited with his mother. The cafe’s “Açaí Bowl” is packed full of rich açaí berries. When you enter the cafe there’s a roofed terrace on the other side where pets are allowed making it a great place to stop by while you’re out walking.
Tenku Cafe Aura
Taka and Ami visit this cafe. It’s a popular dating spot that offers a grandstand view of Karuizawa. The “Majo no Kuro Curry” the two of them ordered is packed with nuts and easy on the body. Whatever season you visit you can expect a gorgeous view while enjoying a relaxing time.View this post on Instagram
AU DEPART is where Seina bought wine from. She is a returning member to Terrace House. The cafe makes use of a station platform no longer in use at Karuizawa Station. It has an industrial vibe to it. All the wine sold there is from Nagano, all of which can be described and explained to customers a kind and easy-to-understand manner. You can also enjoy meals at their cafe/bar which are made using ingredients grown in Nagano.View this post on Instagram
This cafe is where Taka and Seina visited. The cafe’s name comes from Norwegian and refers to the fire lit to burn wood. You can feel the warmness of the wood in the interior. This is coupled with the fire stove in the middle which heats up the cafe. Their handmade cakes go perfect with the coffee they serve.View this post on Instagram
Coffee House Shaker
Coffee House Shaker is where Shion and Tsubasa visited. The cafe is decked out with furniture seen in the houses of the Shakers, a sect of Christianity. They have lots of books and magazines available. Their hearty French toast and hamburgers are especially popular.View this post on Instagram
Taka and Aya roll up to this shop which sells ice cream and gelato. Aya gives huge praise to this place, exclaiming, “From everything I’ve eaten so far this is the most delicious!” The reason she says this is because what she had was made using milk fresh from that morning and fresh fruits. You can always expect freshness when you eat there. Their products also have low sugar content and use no powdered milks or preservatives meaning you can fully enjoy the quality of real ingredients. They also use no eggs so those with allergies can have peace of mind.
Did you enjoy this list? If you visit Karuizawa, be sure to hit up one of their cafes after checking out some of the sites.
Japanese Illustrator Mai Yoneyama Releases Limited-Edition T-Shirts
09.April.2021 | FASHION
To commemorate her exhibition “EGO” exhibition currently taking place at Anicoremix Gallery in Harajuku, Japanese illustrator Mai Yoneyama has released a collection of limited-edition t-shirts in collaboration with the sneaker brand atmos. The exhibition, which is showcasing many of Yoneyama’s works, is running until April 14.
Wear Mai Yoneyama’s iconic pop style wherever you go with these limited-edition tees.
MAI YONEYAMA x Anicoremix Gallery s atmos
Released: April 3, 2021
Exhibition Details: https://monokomono.com/events/mai-yoneyama-ego-2021/
Karuizawa’s New Apple Farm Opens in Collaboration With Hoshino Resorts and Local Farmers
The Karuizawa-based hotel and hot spring complex Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-yu joined hands with local apple farmers last year to help support apple cultivation for their apple hot springs. This is now being taken to the next level with the opening of Ringo Tsuchi, an apple farm that Tombo-no-yu staff helped to build. The farm opened on March 19, and locals will be able to visit part of the farm for free starting on April 26.
The project ties in with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative, specifically the 12th goal: “Responsible Consumption and Production,” which looks to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Karuizawa is located in Nagano Prefecture which is ranked as the 2nd biggest producer of apples in Japan. When growing apples, those fruits which incur any kind of damage or grazing isn’t shipped to the country’s supermarkets or stores. It’s these not-so-perfect apples that Tombo-no-yu uses for its apple hot spring experience. Though it may just be a small step towards that goes, it still goes a small incremental way towards achieving it.
Free entry to Ringo Tsuchi
The main raw materials at Ringo Tsuchi (“Apple Earth”) are the apples used in the apple hot springs and fallen leaves from around the Hoshino area. In addition to compost and water, the materials are fermented, which adds the necessary nutrients to growing apples and creates soft and breathable soil. And since compost is added, it creates an environment where gardening tools can be used in the earth without any prior preparation.
The completion of Ringo Tsuchi
In the mid-October last year, work was carried out at Nomoto Kajuen Orchards in Mimakigahara Okubo, Nagano, to carefully select picked apples and not-so-perfect apples. These apples were used for the apple hot springs at Tombo-no-yu over a three day period from October 23 to 25. The apples are placed in both the male and female hot springs to float on the water.
After that three-day period, the apples were collected, washed, and cut to be used for compost. Since fermentation removes water content, the staff also had to add water twice a month to manage the compost.
Working with the locals
Katsuya Nomoto is a representative of Nomoto Kajuen Orchards, a farm that grows apples, prunes, and more. The farm takes advantage of the area’s high altitude and takes pride in its work to cultivate produce that is healthy to the body and environment using soil microbes as an organic fertiliser. It’s also officially recognised as a farm dedicated to supporting Nagano’s environment, and carries out school trips for children to visit, creating ties with the local community.
Official Website: http://www.hoshino-area.jp
Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Releases Video of Magical Beachside Illuminations
19.January.2021 | SPOT
The incredible beachside Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, released a video on the official Hoshino Resorts YouTube page showcasing the cafe’s ongoing illumination event, “Illumi Banta,” which is running until February 28, 2021. Guests can enjoy some limited-time menu options and then take a romantic stroll along the beach with a warm lantern in hand.
Okinawa is known for its warm climate, rarely dipping below 15°C in the chilly season of winter. There are many celebratory days enjoyed every year around Christmas and New Years, and so BANTA CAFE decided to get in on the action with Illumi Banta, which has been running since December 1 last year—while following the necessary precautions against COVID-19 to ensure everyone stays safe. The spacious cafe is mostly outdoors so visitors can enjoy their time without worry.
A seat at the cafe in on a clear evening guarantees a front row seat to a beautiful orange sunset that sinks into the horizon. Normally, the cafe closes as sunset arrives, but for this event, opening hour have been extended into the night.
BANTA CAFE is located in the village of Yomitan where the beautiful ocean is surrounded by coral reef, enormous rocks, and a rich natural environment. It’s a must-visit if travelling to Okinawa.
Running: December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021 (Except February 1st-5th)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
Address: 560 Gima, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa
Opening Hours: 10:00 to one hour after sunset (from 08:00 on weekends and holidays)
Official Website: https://banta-cafe.com/en/
Kyoto’s Shinto Shrine Iwashimizu Hachimangu Announces Light-Up Event
16.January.2021 | SPOT
Iwashimizu Hachimangu, a Shinto Shrine in Yawata, Kyoto, has announced that a 5-day light-up event will take place from February 10 to 14 at the site’s main shrine which is listed as a national treasure of Japan.
Following government guidelines in response to COVID-19, the event will feature LED illuminations, glowing exhibits from craftsmen, lights made by locals from materials such as bamboo, and more, all in the hopes of creating a bit of evening-time sightseeing in the area. The event will also be streamed live online for those unable to attend where viewers can also enjoy watching ceremonial dance by shrine maidens.
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Inori no Tomoshibi ~Wa no Kokoro~
Event Name in Japanese: 国宝・石清水八幡宮 祈りのともしび～和の心～
Running: February 10, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Light-Up Times: 17:00-20:00
Location: Iwashimizu Hachimangu (30 Takabo, Yawata, Kyoto)
Note: Face masks and COVID-19 Contact Confirming Applications required
Event Page: https://ochanokyoto.jp/event/detail.php?eid=569
Official Website: https://newnormaltourism.jp/
2021 New Year’s in Japan: 5 Must-Visit Illumination Spots
27.December.2020 | SPOT
Illumination and light-up events are a huge part of winter and the holiday season in Japan, but when Christmas ends, many of them are turned off until next year. But there are still some that run through the New Year holidays and into early spring, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 must-visit illumination and light-up spots to visit over the next couple of months.
Please note that the times and dates of these events are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Tochigi: The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~
Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi, is holding an illumination event for winter called “The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~” until February 7, 2021. Held for the 19th time this year, the event was ranked among the Top 3 biggest light-up events in Japan in 2017 alongside Sapporo White Illuminations and Huis Ten Bosch Illuminations. It was also ranked top by night view critics in Japan as the best illumination event for four consecutive years.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366535
▼The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~
Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi
Running: October 17, 2020 – February 7, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2020/en/index.html
▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
Tokyo Midtown’s winter season event ‘MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS’ is running until February 28, 2021. “ANOTHER WORLD” is the concept for this year’s rendition of the annual event, which is enjoying new winter illuminations, Christmas decorations, an ice rink, and plenty of other fun experiences for people to enjoy throughout the entire day, right into the evening. A highlight of the event is the “MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS,” warm illuminations to light fires in hearts during the cold winter season that will create a dazzling spectacle the likes of which cannot be missed.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366420
▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com
Kanagawa: SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION’s ‘Pokémon Illuminations’
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest’s annual SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION winter event is taking place until April 4, 2021, and this year, it has brought that a new Pokémon with Pokémon illuminations. Wild Pokémon illuminations roam everywhere and there are plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/375427
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Running: November 14, 2020 – April 4, 2021
Illumination Times: 16:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
*Illumination times to begin from 17:00 starting in February
Official Website: https://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/
Nagano: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Shiraito Highland Way is holding this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up until February 14, 2021. Karuizawa Shiraito Falls is a 3-meter tall waterfall that spans 70-meters in length. The lights add a warmth to the cool evening and glow under a starry night sky. The event creates a different atmosphere from the summer light-up, allowing visitors to enjoy the enveloping nature in a way that they normally can’t and see beauty they may not have noticed in the area before.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/379120
▼Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Location: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
Running: December 19, 2020 – February 14, 2021
・Christmas Session: December 19th-20th, 24th-27th (17:00-19:00)
・New Year Session: January 2nd-3rd, 8th-11th (17:00-19:00)
・St.Valentine Session: February 11th-14th (17:30-19:30)
*Please see the website for the latest information
*Entry restrictions may be made depending on the number of visitors
Official Website: https://karuizawa-shw.com/
Shizuoka: Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations
Toki no Sumika is hosting its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” until March 21, 2021. There are many different illumination areas to enjoy at the event, like the Forest of Trees Illuminations, the 370m-long Tunnel of Lights, and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/359381
▼Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
Car Park Spaces: 2,000
Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)
Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/
Illumination Island Odaiba 2020: Tokyo’s Artificial Island Begins Winter Illuminations Up to Christmas
13.December.2020 | SPOT
23 facilities including shopping centres, hotels, parks, and more in Odaiba are participating in Illumination Island Odaiba 2020, a large-scale illumination event that opened on Friday and is set to run up to Christmas Day.
This year’s event is bigger than the last, with only 10 facilities having taken part in 2019. The main park in Odaiba will also be lit up for the first time this year. The event is taking place to express gratitude towards those facing hardship during the pandemic – to connect everyone via gorgeous lights for a brighter tomorrow.
*Please note that illumination dates and times differ for each facility
Participating Facilities (Excerpt)
DECKS Tokyo Beach
The third-floor seaside deck faces Odaiba Marine Park and offers a gorgeous view of Tokyo Bay. Winter illuminations will serve cosy vibes around the rest area and plants, and serves as the perfect site to gaze at the lit-up Rainbow Bridge against the backdrop of Tokyo’s nightscape.
Running: November 14, 2020 – February 14, 2021
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
The Festival Hiroba’s staircase will be colourfully lit up from 16:00 every day until January 31, 2021. After that, it will be lit up from 17:00.
teamLab – “The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life” ©チームラボ
teamLab’s towering digital art installation The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life is running at Odaiba until February 7, 2021. The 8-meter tall three-dimensional tree is created from an accumulation of light spheres.
Palette Town Daikanransha
The Daikanransha Ferris wheel is a symbol of Odaiba and offers a panoramic view of famous sights around Tokyo up 115-meters in the sky.
Winter Illuminations: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Statue of Liberty
Odaiba’s Statue of Liberty will be lit up with rainbow colours, changing the atmosphere in the area completely.
Running: December 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Japanese artist Takahiro Matsuo is also getting in the the action with the prism art at his PRISM/GLOW exhibition.
Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station
A 5-meter tall Christmas tree is decorating Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station.
Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020 (Not running select days)
Illumination Island Odaiba 2020
Running: December 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/illumination2020/
Shizuoka’s Strawberry Cafe Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. Releases Winter Menu
07.December.2020 | FOOD
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE. is the first cafe to open in Atami specialising exclusively in strawberry desserts. This Christmas, the cafe is serving up a new Christmas cake, winter afternoon tea set, and strawberry milk beverage, all of which hit the menu on Friday (December 4).
Hitorijime Christmas Cake | ¥1,000 (Before Tax) *Comes with drink
A dreamy Christmas cake for one loaded with cream and sweet strawberries. There’s a strawberry on top and more in the middle squished between soft sponge.
Winter Afternoon Set | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The cafe has turned its popular afternoon tea into a wintertime version for Christmas, served with a mini bavarois in the shape of a strawberry, strawberry ice cream, melty fondant chocolate, and a rum raisin chocolate tiramisu. A delightful combination of sweet, tangy, and rich flavours.
Hot Strawberry Milk | ¥400 (Before Tax)
A hot strawberry milk to feel cosy in the cold winter weather, topped with plenty of cream and a sprinkling of strawberry powder. Enjoy it as it is or mix together for a creamier beverage.
The winter menu is seasonal and so will only be available this wintertime.
Ichigo BonBonBERRY ATAMIHOUSE.
Address: 3-16 Tawarahonchō, Atami, Shizuoka
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Access: 2-minutes from Atami Station (JR Line side)
Official Website: http://www.atami-bonbonberry.com
Sarutahiko Coffee Releases Pistachio and Mixed Berry Coffee Beverage For Christmas
03.December.2020 | FOOD
Sarutahiko Coffee released a Christmas-exclusive seasonal flavour of its popular Jellatte dessert drink on Tuesday (December 1) which it’s calling the “Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte.”
Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The beverage is the second in this year’s Christmas themed drinks to be released by Sarutahiko Coffee. It uses a coffee jelly base made from Ethiopian coffee beans and contains layers of mascarpone cheese from Italy, a chocolate sauce made from Cacao Hunters chocolate, milk pudding, four kinds of mixed berry jellies, pistachio milk pudding, milk foam, and to top it all off, chocolate pieces and pistachios.
The pistachio and mascarpone bring a richness to the dessert drink which blends deliciously with the freshness of the berries and full-bodied coffee for a combination that’s like a warm and cosy Christmas hug.
Maroron Merry Pudding Jellatte
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Available: Sarutahiko Coffee in Japan
Official Website: https://sarutahiko.co
Golden Island Zipang 2020 Illumination Event Lights Up Matsue in Shimane
03.December.2020 | SPOT
The splendid Yuushien Garden in Matsue, Shimane, is now hosting a dazzling winter illumination event titled Kogane no Shima Zipang 2020 (Golden Island Zipang 2020) until January 11, 2021.
Golden Island Zipang 2020
Yuushien Garden is located on the eastern side of Matsue on Daikon Island, a volcanic island in Nakaumi. The garden has been called the most beautiful Japanese-style garden in all of Japan, which makes it the perfect setting for the illumination event. 50 projectors at the garden are using projection mapping to create a flurry of flashy illuminations.
It’s a full pixel illumination display coupled with music that’s sure to dazzle all who visit. this winter.
Golden Island Zipang 2020 (Japanese: 黄金の島 ジパング 2020)
Autumn Illuminations: November 14, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Christmas Illuminations: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
New Year Illuminations: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Event Page: https://www.kankou-matsue.jp/rehappy/feature/illumination
Address: 1260-2 Yatsukachō Hanyū, Matsue, Shimane
Closed: December 30-31
Official Website: https://www.yuushien.com
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala Light Up Shinjuku With TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS Illumination Event
Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are hosting a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights, as part of their 45th anniversary.
Kiki & Lala’s twinkling Christmas tree magical in the daytime and night time
The towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree is decorated in countless mirror balls which reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. A special light show is also taking place from 16:30 each day with Christmas songs.
Decorated around the tree are Kiki & Lala neon signs and pastel-coloured adornments.
Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.
Kiki & Lala treats at the Sanrio Cafe Wagon
Limited time menu
45th Anniversary Items
On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.
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Little Twin Stars x Shinjuku Southern Terrace TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tree Light-Up Schedule: December 1 = 17:00-24:00 / December 2-24 = 16:30～24:00 / December 25 = 16:30-21:00
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-odakyu-twinkle-color-christmas-20201119/
Japan’s Moomin Cafe Releases Christmas Takeout Food For the 2020 Holiday Season
02.December.2020 | FOOD
Moomin Cafe branches around Japan, which are themed on the Swedish fairy-tale Moomin books, released their Christmas menu on November 20.
Moomin Cafe Winter Season Menu | ¥4,800 (Before Tax) *Photo is a portion for 2
The seasonal menu is a very special set containing a burger, chicken, salmon milk soup, raspberry juice (which is adored by the Moomin family), and more, so you can eat heartily like the Moomins this winter.
Souvenir Cup (2 Designs)
Visitors can also order a dessert and choose from two different mugs. Takeout is available at each of the cafes so you enjoy a Moomin Christmas at home.
Table reservations are available via the Moomin Cafe website so customers can ensure they can get booked in during the busy holiday season.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas then don’t miss out on a visit to the Moomin cafe.
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Cheese Tea Shop machi machi Showcases Christmas 2020 Beverage
30.November.2020 | FOOD
Taiwanese cheese tea shop machi machi is releasing a new drink in Japan this holiday season on December 1: the ‘Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée.’
machi machi is an extremely popular cheese tea chain in Taiwan that has been called the ‘king of cheese tea’ by Taiwanese news outlets. Each and every cup poured is made fresh with tea from Taiwan to which rich cream cheese is added for a salty kick, creating a new kind of dessert drink.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée | ¥750 (Before Tax)
The new Christmas beverage being served in Japan uses fresh strawberries which adds a delightful sweetness to the milk. It’s topped with crushed Oreos and combined with crème brûlée for a variety of layered flavours. The Oreos add crunch to the dessert drink so that it’s a delicious experience down to the last sip.
If you’ve never had Taiwanese cheese tea, and are in Japan this Christmas, don’t miss out on this seasonal drink, available for the whole month of December.
Flurry Strawberry Milk With Crème Brûlée
Serving: December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Available: machi machi stores in Japan
Official Website: https://machimachi.baycrews.co.jp