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!

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  • Rainbow sweets are now trending. As well as being very popular overseas, a large variety of shops that sell rainbow sweets have also been opening in Japan. Today we’ll be looking at rainbow sweets that you can eat in Tokyo! The impact of their vivid colours makes them perfect for an Instagram shot!

     

     

    LE SHINER (Takeshita Street, Harajuku)

    This shop has appeared many times on TV for its Instagram-worthy aesthetics. The pink bear is a real eye-catcher! The exterior is also cute ♡

     

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    The shop’s speciality is the rainbow soft serve ice cream. Colourful rainbow ice cream spirals around the base of pink ice cream.

     

     

    Their colourful menu also includes rainbow cake sticks, rainbow sandwiches and much more!

     

    Further information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/93444

     

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    LE SHINER (レ・シヤナー)

    Address: COXY176 Building 1st floor, 1-7-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Weekdays – 11:00 — 18:00 / Weekends & national holidays – 10:30 — 19:00

    Access: 3-minute walk from Harajuku station Takeshita Street exit (JR Yamanote line)/ 4-minute walk from the 5th exit of Meiji-Jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line)

    TEL:070-1361-8686

     

     

     

    Totti Candy Factory (Takeshita Street, Harajuku)

     

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    Totti Candy Factory has cute petit cakes, cotton candy and much more. There must be so many people who have tried this! Whatever you may have heard about this place, their showstopper is definitely the huge colourful cotton candy!

    Totti Candy Factory

    If you’re looking for a present or souvenir, we recommend you get one in a cup!

     

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    Totti Candy Factory

    Address: RYU Apartment 2nd floor, 1-16-5, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Weekdays – 11:00 — 20:00

    Weekends & national holidays: 10:00 — 20:00

    Access: 3-minute walk from Harajuku station Takeshita Exit (JR Yamanote line)

    TEL:03-3403-7007

    URL: http://www.totticandy.com/

     

     

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, HARAJUKU

    The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is a new famous spot in Harajuku that has attracted many from all over the world.

     

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    One of their specialities is the colourful poison parfait, which is a photogenic masterpiece that is topped with ice cream, fruit, and even a piece of roll cake.

     

    KAWAII MONSTAR CAFE

    There are even rainbow cakes, rainbow pasta dishes, and much more!

     

    Further information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/64096

     

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    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE(カワイイモンスターカフェ)

    Address: YM Square 4th floor, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Lunch: 11.30 — 16:30 (last orders: 16:00 ), dinner: 18:00 — 22:30 (last orders: 22:00) (Monday — Saturday and the day before national holidays

    ※ 90-minute seating slots, last entry: 15:30

    Sundays & national holidays 11:00 — 20:00(Last orders: 19:30)

    No regular closing days. It is possible that customers will not be allowed to enter the cafe when certain events take place.

    Access: 1-minute walk from the 5th exit of Meiji-Jingumae station (Subway)/ 5-minute walk from JR Harajuku station Omotesandō exit

    TEL: 03-5413-6142 ※It is possible to make reservations(Excluding Weekends and national holidays)

    URL:http://kawaiimonster.jp/day/pc/

     

     

     

    LOLA’S Cupcakes (Roppongi, Harajuku)

     

    It is possible to say that LOLA’S Cupcakes are the instigators for the rainbow sweets trend. Their cupcakes may be famous, but their rainbow cakes are also a popular choice!

     

    Seven different colour layers of cake are sandwiched together with buttercream.

     

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    LOLA’S Cupcakes

     

    Harajuku

    Address: Cascade, 2nd floor, 1-10-37, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 — 20:00

    Access: 2-minute walk from 3rd exit Meiji-Jingumae station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line/ Chiyoda line), 2-minute walk from Harajuku station Omotesando exit (JR Yamanote line)

    TEL:03-6447-1127

     

    Roppongi

    Address: Roppongi Hills Metro Hut floor B1, 6-4-1, Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 11:00 — 21:00

    Access: Direct access from the concourse of Roppongi station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya line), 4-minute walk from Roppongi station (Toei Ōedo Line)

    TEL:03-3475-1127

     

    URL:http://lolascupcakes.co.jp/Default.aspx

     

     

     

    A WORKS (Gakugei-daigaku Station)

     

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    What makes this cafe appear so Instagram-worthy is its resemblance to a traditional Japanse-style house. In this popular cafe, all the cakes are made by hand. Sales end once all the cakes are gone.

     

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    This place has more to offer than just a rainbow-coloured cheesecake — there are also unicorn cakes, Cheshire cat cakes and much more ♡

     

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    Address: 3-3-7, Takaban, Mguro, Tokyo

    Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday Friday & Sunday:  11:30 — 22:00

    Thursdays:  11:30 — 16.00

    Saturdays:  11:30 — 23:00(Last orders: 22:00)

    Regular closing days: Wednesdays

    Access: 2-minute walk from Gakugei-daigaku Station (Toyoko line)

    TEL:050-5570-3475

    URL:http://aworks.m-cobo.com/menu.html

     

     

     

    NEW NEW YORK CLUB (Azabu-Jūban/ Jiyūgaoka station)

     

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    This shop was built for those who want to experience and taste New York culture in a New York atmosphere. Their signature treat is the rainbow-coloured bagel. However, they are only available on the weekends!

     

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    NEW NEW YORK CLUB

     

    Azabu-Jūban

    Address: 3-8-5, Azabu-Jūban, Minato, Tokyo

    Opening hours: 9:00 — 18:00 (Sales will end once all have been sold)

    No regular closing days

    Access: 3-minute walk from the A1 exit of Azabu-Jūban station (Tokyo Metro Namboku line)

    TEL:03-6873-1537

    Jiyūgaoka

    Address: TF 2-15-14, MidorigaokaMeguro, Tokyo 

    Opening hours: 11:30 — 20:00

    Regular closing days: Tuesday

    Access: 5-minute walk from Jiyūgaoka station

    TEL:03-6459-5669

     

    URL:http://newnewyorkclub.com/

     

     

    What are you waiting for? Get your hands on some rainbow sweets!

     
  • A photogenic dreamland, “TOKYO ICE CREAM LAND” which offers photogenic ice creams suitable to be uploaded on your Instagram!

    14.October.2017 | SPOT

    Tokyo Photogenic Team will hold a most-advanced, dreamy photogenic ice cream event which will offer ice creams suitable to be uploaded to your Instagram called “TOKYO ICE CREAM LAND” for a limited time offer from the 15th of December to the 17th.

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    Young females using Instagram (16 to 24 years old) often visit various photogenic spots to upload photos and videos to their SNS. Many young females are requesting for information RE: sightseeing spots and restaurants which are popular with Instagramers. One can create an “ideal timeline” by uploading quality contents to SNS. One of the most popular photogenic items is ice cream.

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    The event will set up many kinds of photo spots created under the theme of “ice cream,” not just offering ice cream to the customers.

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    It can be said that the event is a dreamy kingdom of “ice cream” with many photogenic spots which young females will love. A lecture tour of teaching how to take photos will also be held.

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    Let’s upload nice photos to SNS in the most advanced photogenic dreamland.

     

    ■Information 
    Event name: TOKYO ICE CREAM LAND

    Date: 12,15 to 17

    (15th – 19:00 to 21:00, 16th to 17th – 9:00 to 21:00)

    Venue: Omotesando SO-CAL LINK GALLERY.

    Address: 〒150-0001 4-9-8, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

    Access: 3 minutes by walk from Tokyo Metro “Omotesando” Station, 7 minutes by walk from “Meiji Jingumae” Station

     

    Fees: Pre-ordered ticket 2,000 yen, normal ticket 3,000 yen (the quantity of the ticket is limited)

    First-come-first-serve-basis, limited time offer – 45 per session (the time might differ according to the situation of the reservation)

     

    Ticket can be bought from here↓

    http://ptix.at/HWlsJi

     

    ※Please enter the discount code (TIC7) if you want to purchase a pre-order ticket so that you can receive a discount. (pre-order ticket must be purchased before 10,31. The number of the tickets is 1,000)

     

    Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/TILofficail

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ice_land2017/?hl=ja

  • Fukuoka Castle becomes a photo spot! –“Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins”

    28.December.2017 | SPOT

    “Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins”is now being held inside the grounds of Maizuru Park / Fukuoka Castle ruins in Fukuoka Prefecture. Fukuoka Castle is famous for its beautiful stone walls. The castle’s stone walls have now become an

    light-art space. Light projections onto the wall move as people get close to and touch the stone wall.

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    teamLab is a creation group comprised of programming, CG, mathematics and other specialists. They are an ultra-technologist group of creators. Setting their aims on exploring a new relationship between man and nature, they cross over the boundaries of art, science, technology and creativity.

    The venue for this festival, Fukuoka Castle was built in 7 years starting in 1601. It is the biggest castle in Kyushu and is a nationally designated historic site. The castle is comprised of the main enclosure, the second enclosure and the third enclosure. The stone walls are a prominent part of this castle and so it is sometimes called a “stone castle.”This castle’s stone walls are very beautiful and they are constructed in four layers making of a large-scaled castle.

    teamLab is calling this a “Digitalized Nature, Digitalized City” project. Why not come and view and experience this festival!
    AFnlFlowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins

     

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    <Resisting and Resonating Ovoids and Trees>

    The light-emitting ovoids scattered throughout the castle ruins and the trees.

    The light-emitting ovoids and the light on the trees are independent of each other. Yet, as the lights become brighter and then become dimmer, it looks as though they are breathing. The propagating lighting creates a resonating sound which spreads out and disappears. In other words, if a wave of light resonates towards you it means that there is a person over there. By entering this art space you will become more fully aware that there is another person entering your same space.

     

    <Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins>

    Ruins of Daitenshudai – a stone wall 60 meters in length and 8.5 meters in height. In various animal bodies, flowers are born, bloom then scatter and fade away. Furthermore, if people touch the animals the flowers scatter. When all the flowers have scattered, the animal fades away.

     
    <Breathing, Resonating Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins>

    All of the 630 meter stone walls of Fukuoka Castle are lit up. The lights on the stone walls flicker as if they are breathing. Furthermore, the lighting on the main stone wall looks as though it is responding to the artwork, “Resisting and Resonating Ovoids and Trees.” It shines brightly, spreads and then fades.

    <Stone Steps of Oblivion – Fukuoka Castle>

    The stone steps leading up to Shoten Shukaku of Fukuoka Castle are lit up. When people come close to the steps the lights get brighter and sound is emitted.

    <Spatial Calligraphy in a Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins>

    Fukuoka Castle is sometime referred to as the“Stone Castle.”On the stone walls of Fukuoka Castle’s Daitenshudai Ruins, is an open space for “spatial calligraphy.”Here a never-ending calligraphy work appears on the stone walls.

    “Special calligraphy” means to write on an open space. The depth and speed of the strokes create a special power. One can gain a new insight into the power of calligraphy by viewing this artwork.

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    Here is an experience-based art project that both adults and children can enjoy. Why not go and visit this “Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins.”

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    “Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins” 2017-2018

    Address: Fukuoka Castle Ruins 1 Maizuru Park Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
    Festival duration: 2017 December 1st (Fri.) ~ 2018 January 28th (Sun.) *no holiday during this period

    Open: 18:00 – 22:00 (last entry 21:30)

    Admission: Adults 1000 yen  Junior and senior high students 600 yen   children 300 yen  * 3-years and younger are free

    Sponsored by “Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins Planning Committee”

    URL:https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/fukuoka-castle/

     

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    14.September.2021 | SPOT

    A special exhibition titled ‘Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World,’ showcasing a private collection of Meiji era paintings, is now on display at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto until October 31, 2021.

     

    Inside the Exhibit

    Inside the Exhibit

     

     

    This exhibition is designed to take visitors on a journey through the Meiji period (1868-1912), the beginning of Japan’s modern era, through oil and watercolor paintings of the time, and through the landscapes and customs depicted in these pieces of art. During this time, many foreign painters visited Japan, and were inspired to paint the country’s beautiful landscapes and unfamiliar customs, bringing these creations back to their countries of origin. Japanese artists studied these unfamiliar painting techniques, and made their own culturally-inspired paintings, often selling them to foreign visitors as souvenirs.

     

    Many works on display in this exhibition have never been shown publicly, with many being brought back to Japan from locations abroad. These include long-lost oil paintings by Kuroda Seiki and a massive newly-discovered work by Tamura Soryu. Other Japanese artists inspired by Western-style on display include Hiroshi Yoshida, Jirokichi Kasagi, Shotaro Koyama, and Ioki Bunsai.

     

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  • Enjoy Contemporary Art in Nature with the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘

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    The Kobe Tourism Bureau will be opening the limited time ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘ tour on Kobe City’s Rokko Sanjo between September 11 and November 24 2021.

     

    Rokko Mountain was developed as a leisure spot by foreign residents during the Meiji Era, and is still beloved to this day for its magnificent views and abundant nature.

     

    The ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ tour opened in 2010 in order to convey the charms of Mt. Rokko to as many people as possible while introducing them to contemporary art. Over 400 artist groups have exhibited since its opening, with visitors being able to enjoy the innovative works and scenery which changes with the art.

     

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  • Famous Oil Blotting Paper Brand’s Yojiya Café Reforms Three Popular Parfait Flavors

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    Kinako Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

    Matcha Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

    Milk Tea Parfait: ¥1,200 (Tax Incl.)

     

     

    The Yojiya Café is currently open in two locations, Gion and Sagano Arashiyama, offering a relaxing space to rest between shopping and sightseeing.

     

    The café has renewed their iconic Kinako Parfait, which combines Japanese Kinako and Western Maple Syrup, along with the Matcha Parfait, which is packed full of matcha ice cream, jelly, and cookies. The Milk Tea Parfait is made with a rich Japanese Tea and Earl Gray ice cream.

     

    Take a trip to Yojiya and find out which parfait is your favorite!

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    eXcafe currently has three store locations in Kyoto: Kyoto-Arashiyama, Gion-Shinbashi, and the newly opened Gion Yasaka.

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    Morning walks in Gion are particularly refreshing at this time of year, making a perfect break from the intense Summer heat. It is also ideal for visiting the Yasaka Shrine.

    You’ll feel even cooler as you listen to the flowing Shira River, the water gently bubbling under the cobblestones of the famous Tatsumi Bridge. Although it is located in a trendy area, the eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi is a welcome break from the bustle of the city, surrounded by cobblestone alleys and wooden townhouses.

     

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    The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto will begin offering Autumn Harvest Afternoon Tea for a limited time starting on September 13. This seasonal menu was designed by pastry chef Reiko Yokota, who has experience at Michelin Star restaurants and Four Seasons Hotels around the world. The menu is filled with healthy treats for both mind and body, utilizing fall ingredients like sweet potato, pumpkin, persimmon, and apple. 

     

     

    Autumn Harvest Afternoon Tea

     

    Five-sweets collection using fresh autumn ingredients to present the true flavor of local fruits and vegetables

     

    Four savory treats presented in a bowl made to look like an autumn field, inviting guests to dig up autumn’s bounty

     

    Luxurious western and Japanese chestnuts compliment these premium autumn parfaits

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    Halloween cupcakes, available for a limited-time, are the perfect souvenir

     

    Guests can overlook the Sekisuien Gardens while dining from the terrace, a unique experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

     

    Afternoon tea begins with a collection of sweets, including jellies, tarte tatin, and crème brûlée, each bringing out the complex flavor of local Japanese fruits and vegetables. The featured jalapeno cornbread, inspired by Chef Yokota’s childhood in Texas, is one of the more unique dishes. 

     

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  • Hoshinoya Kyoto Hotel Holds Special Tale of Genji Event

    30.August.2021 | SPOT

    Located deep in the mountains of Arashiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, Hoshinoya is a traditional resort in which every room has a magnificent river view. On November 29 and 30, the hotel will hold a limited autumn leaf viewing event exclusive for guests. The event itself draws inspiration from the dance of autumn leaves from the classic book The Tale of Genji, and will take place in Hoshinoya’s garden, home to a 400-year-old Japanese maple tree. The area of Arashiyama was beloved by aristocrats during the Heian period for its natural landscapes and deep red leaves on display in autumn. 

     

     

    Feature 1

    During the Autumn Leaf Viewing in The Tale of Genji, Hikaru Genji dances among the falling autumn foliage. Arashiyama has also been the subject of many poems through the ages, including one by Emperor Shirakawa, who famously wrote “Follow the Oi River, and you will soon see the maple trees of Arashiyama.” The 400-year-old maple tree in the back garden of Hoshinoya Kyoto majestically spreads its branches during the autumn months, and looks like something pulled from a painting. Visitors can imagine Hikaru Genji’s graceful dance as they look out into the elegant scenery. 

     

     

    Feature 2

    Hikaru Genji’s elegant ‘Dance of the Blue Sea Waves,’ described in the classic book, is said to be so graceful and impressive that it brought tears to the audience’s eyes. As traditional instruments are played in the back garden, dancers will sway in traditional costumes, each spectacularly embroidered and detailed. The Old Japanese Court Music to be performed was originally established during the Heian period (794-1185), and is registered by UNESCO as a piece of intangible cultural history. 

     

     

     

    How would you like to experience a piece of classical literature brought to life before your very eyes?

     

  • Uji, Kyoto-based Anime Sound! Euphonium To Collaborate With Keihan Railway

    30.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Keihan Holdings and Keihan Railway have announced a collaboration with anime Hibike! Euphonium, titled Keihan x Sound! Euphonium 2021. The collaboration will start on September 1, 2021.

    Keihan x Sound! Euphonium 2021 STAGE TOUR Map (Sample)

    Life-size Character Panel (Sample)

    Commemorative Name Plate (Sample)

    A: September 1 ~ September 30, 2021
    B: October 1 ~ October 31, 2021
    C: November 1 ~ November 30, 2021

    Commemorative Ticket Sales

    Sound!! Euphonium tells the story of the brass band members of a fictitious school in Uji City. Many real-life sights and events from the city are featured in the series, including some of the stations on the Keihan Uji line. The series, which has released a total of six works including a TV anime and movie, celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2020 and announced that a sequel was in production. This exciting collaboration will add to the excitement for the new series while boasting the charms of the Uji area!

    A STAGE TOUR MAP listing the spots visited in the anime will be distributed, featuring a selection of major Keihan Railway stations and other locations throughout the city. The new STAGE TOUR app will allow you to take photos with your favorite characters using AR technology. A digital stamp rally will be held throughout the locations.
    There are plenty more exciting projects too, including life-sized character panels and name plates throughout the railway stations. In addition, three commemorative name plate designs will be installed throughout the Keihan Line vehicles along with the release of special commemorative tickets.

    Enjoy a scenic trip around Kyoto on the Keihan Line with Sound!! Euphonium!

  • Kyoto Tower Announces New Collaboration Event with Anime Series Sound! Euphonium

    30.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A special Sound! Euphonium collaboration event is coming to the Kyoto Tower observation deck from September 1 until November 30, 2021!

     

     

    Tickets

     

    Rubber Coaster (5 varieties): ¥990 each (Tax Included) / Mini Framed Magnet (5 varieties): ¥660 each (Tax Included) / Commemorative Medals (5 varieties): ¥700 each (Tax Included) / B2-size Paper Poster: ¥770 (Tax Included) / Mouse Pad: ¥550 (Tax Included)
    *Merchandise to be released in mid-September

     

    Mini Name Plate (10 varieties): ¥2,000 each (Tax Included) Releasing September 1

    Special Purchase Gifts (5 varieties)

    Train Accessories

    Life-sized Panels

     

     

    The designs used for this collaboration will also make an appearance in a special Sound! Euphonium hotel room at the Kyoto Tower Hotel. The room will have scenes from the anime series on display, life-sized portraits of the characters, and handwritten messages from the band members on the wall. 

     

    The Kyoto Tower event takes place in conjunction with a Sound! Euphonium x Keihan Electric Railway collaboration, in which travelers can use a special map to visit the locations of scenes from the Sound! Euphonium series. Life-sized panels, commemorative train tickets, and model trains will also be on display! Guests can also see the trophy and award certificate given to the Kitauji Brass Band.

     

    Those purchasing over ¥2,000 yen (including tax) on merchandise will receive one of five original posters. 

  • Introducing Ramen Muraji, a Popular Ramen Store in the Backstreets of Kyoto

    26.August.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Gion’s Tatsumi Bridge, a picturesque area plucked straight from a painting. From there, continue south and into the backstreets, you’ll find the popular Kyoto Ramen store, Ramen Muraji.

    The bridge takes you over the Shirakawa River which flows into Lake Biwa, with the connecting street spanning a distance of only 180m, with paths the width of three adults. Once you head into the alley, the scenery will completely change. 

     

    The asphalt becomes cobblestone, surrounded by Kyoto-style lattice windows. Here you’ll find Ramen Muraji, located in a renovated 100 year old Kyoto-style building, perfectly blending into its surroundings. 

    At first glance you wouldn’t believe it to be hiding a ramen shop,  with many people calling their discovery of the shop a once-in-a-lifetime encounter as they wander the streets of Gion.

    The back alleys of Gion retain the history of Kyoto, with hidden shops shrouded by curtains, gently glowing lanterns, and carefully handwritten signboards. Each spot has been crafted to become a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with those who visit.

     

     

    Ramen Muraji was built in the alley

    Tatsumi Bridge, an area famous for retaining the distinctive Gion look.

    Muraji’s Speciality White Chicken Ramen

    Gion has been popular with Kyoto tourists for years, surrounded by attractive buildings and cityscapes. Located here is the Yasaka Shrine, a world heritage site which hosts the annual Gion Summer Festival. 

    While the locals rarely explore the area, Gion is full of traditional beauty that has inspired many novels, maintaining the culture and history that has been passed down for generations. 

    Why not relive the splendor of Gion at Ramen Muraji, a shop that was born 、

    With its long history and culture that weaves towns, humans, and spirits together, why not relive the splendor of Gion with a historical cup of Muraji ramen? 

     

    Ramen Muraji is a space where anybody can enjoy ramen, surrounded by Kyoto-style interior decor and Japanese-style decorations. 

    Their chicken ramen, boiled in a plain water soup, boasts a selection of carefully selected ingredients that condenses the taste of Kyoto’s unique food culture. Kyoto Sake matched to the flavor of the ramen is also available.

     

    Enjoy the charms of Kyoto’s food for yourself at Ramen Muraji.

     

  • ‘átoa,’ Part Art Museum and Part Aquarium, Opening in Kobe

    12.August.2021 | SPOT

    Blending living creatures with art, átoa, a new urban aquarium, will open in Kobe’s Shinkocho on October 29, 2021. New images have just been revealed, and we now have an idea of what the interior will look like!

     

    ‘átoa’ comes from a combination of the words ‘aquarium’ and ‘art,’ and as the name suggests, the space will blend over 100 pieces of digital and performance art with 3,000 ocean creatures to provide a never-before-seen experience.  

     

     

     

    The exterior of the Kobe Port Museum looks like a contemporary art gallery

    The stairway leads guests to a cave entrance, making the visit feel more like an adventure

    ‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life’ embodies underwater life 

    ‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits’ welcomes you to a foggy sea of trees

     

    Light cutout show by famed cutout artist Atsumi Sakai

     

    A mysterious walk through a traditional Japanese garden

    ‘PLANETS,’ a journey through the darkness of outer space and the deep sea

    Food & drink offerings worthy of posting on social media

     

    A spectacular view of the Kobe Bay area
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    átoa original products on sale

     

     

    Rokko, the land on which Kobe City sits, is said to have been formed over one million years ago by the upheaval of the Earth and consistent water erosion. The Kobe Port Museum (KPM), where átoa is located, has long attracted visitors with its unique exterior, embodying the ancient origins of the surrounding lands.

    átoa will be divided into eight different zones, each with its own theme and distinctive presentation. Visitors will first enter the ‘Cave of Beginnings,’ where fish-shaped lights reflected on the walls and floor lead you deeper into the space, as if through a kaleidoscope. 

     

    After emerging, ‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life,’ a visual embodiment of underwater life, will greet you. The sound and scents of the sea will surround guests, with a cylindrical water tank at the center of the room filled with zebra sharks, spotted garden eels, and many more underwater creatures. 

     

    On the second floor, enter ‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits,’ a foggy sea of trees straight out of a fairy tale. This is where you can find freshwater fish, amphibians, and adorable tree-dwelling animals not typically found in aquariums, like woodchucks! This is another highlight of átoa: you might find more animals you wouldn’t expect!

     

    The third floor houses both ‘MIYABI’ and ‘PLANETS,’ where guests can enjoy a ‘theatrical aquarium experience.’ Discover Atsumi Sakai’s famed cutout art in the ‘MIYABI’ area, meant to simulate a Japanese garden. Enjoy the magical experience of fish swimming just beneath your feet as you stroll along a glass-covered floor. 

     

    The ‘PLANETS’ area houses AQUA TERRA, one of Japan’s largest spherical water tanks, with a diameter of 3 meters. Guests are welcome to ponder the vastness of both outer space and the deepest stretches of the sea. The area is bathed in the light of countless stars thanks to optical fibers embedded in the floor, while mist will continuously pour from above. 

     

    Housed on the fourth floor, an outdoor exhibit, the ‘SKYSHORE Sky Garden,’ will soothe your soul as you play with only the most adorable marine life, from penguins to otters. This is also where visitors can enjoy the átoa cafe, offering a lineup of Instagram-worthy food and drink. 

    The observation deck ‘ROOF TOP’ also provides a breathtaking view of Kobe. Whether you visit during day or night, take in the views of Kobe Harborland and Meriken Park to your heart’s content. A full museum shop will be stocked with adorable plushies and other original products. 

     

  • Go Glamping Under the Stars Indoors with New Sega Toys x RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto Collab

    12.August.2021 | SPOT

    ​It may seem like a strange collaboration, but RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto is teaming up with Sega Toys to offer a limited-time hotel stay guests will never forget. From August 12, 2021 to March 31, 2022, visitors can stay in a tropical jungle-themed room beneath the stars. Sega Toys is well-known for their ‘Homestar’ series of home-use planetariums, and the new ‘twinkling stars’ functionality will make its debut in this magical room. 

     

     

    Starry Sky Glamping Room

     

    Sega Toys ‘Homestar,’ On Sale August 12, 2021: Guest Room


    ‘Galaxy Ttungcaron,’ created by RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto’s Chef Pâtissier

     

    Red Ring Solar Eclipse Ttungcaron

     

     

    This unique ‘Starry Sky Glamping at the Hotel’ plan will commemorate the launch of a new ‘Homestar’ home-use planetarium, set to go on sale August 12, 2021. These popular items have sold over 1.7 million units, and those who book this jungle-themed room will be able to go stargazing while in the comfort of their hotel room. Originally, this plan was concocted by female staff at the hotel as a way to provide comfort and happiness to those who have been unable to travel easily, or who have experienced lifestyle changes due to the current situation around the world.

     

    A reservation won’t have guests walking into just any hotel room: one room has been completely stripped of furniture, and is completely decorated with imitation greenery to create an immersive jungle atmosphere. Tents, rugs, and lanterns are all provided, making it feel like you’re really in the great outdoors. When it’s time to sleep, feel free to use the Dream Switch, which projects moving picture-books onto the ceiling–perfect for children! If you have a sweet tooth, try the scrumptious ttungcarons developed by the hotel’s Chef Pâtissier and currently hugely popular on social media. The outer space theme continues with the limited ‘Homestar’ ttungcaron set, featuring a Red Ring Solar Eclipse sweet, and the Sega Toys collaboration ttungcaron, with images of the Earth, the Moon, and Jupiter!

     

    This hotel glamping experience is the perfect way to refresh and recharge. Would you give it a try?

     

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