Kamakura Igloo Event to Take Place at Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru & Alps

09.January.2019 | SPOT

KAI―a line of hot spring hotels produced by Hoshino Resorts―is set to hold an event that makes use of kamakura igloos at Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru and Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps.

Each branch of KAI offers the chance to experience the full charm of the local area to guests. The event taking place at KAI Tsugaru and KAI Alps will celebrate 2019 being a good new year with lots of lucky decorations adorning the area, sake offerings to the gods and more.

During Japan’s Koshogatsu―or “Little New Year”―which takes place from January 14 to 16, altars are set up inside kamakura igloos where people offer sake and rice cakes to the god of water. The event taking place at KAI too will follow this tradition and make it even more festive by catering it to Tsugaru traditions like “zuguri” spinning tops and aburidashi which is writing done in invisible ink that appears when heated.

KAI Tsugaru

Going into more specifics of the events, over at KAI Tsugaru people will offer Joppari sake from Rokka, a local sake brewery, inside the igloos. A 2-meter all fan with a nebuta design will also decorate inside as it is said waving it will ward off evil. People will also be able to play with wooden zuguri spinning tops on top of the snow outside their igloo. This tradition is said to bring good fortune.

 

When night falls magical golden lamps will line the snow and path to the igloos.

 

Running: March 1, 2019 – March 7, 2019

Time: 15:00-17:00

 

KAI Alps

Over at KAI Alps, decorative cocoons will be put up at the igloos in the courtyard to pray for abundant harvest. These cocoon decorations are generally spherical but at Alps they are changing things up by bringing in colourful waving cat and daruma designs.

 

Omikuji―slips of paper that tell your fortune―will be given inside the kamakura. But these aren’t any regular omikuji. When taken out of the box they will appear blank. You must hold the paper close to the flame inside the igloo to see your fortune.

 

At night, Hokuan Daikoku from a local sake brewery will be served to the gods from inside the igloos lit up with lanterns made from Japanese paper from Shinshu Matsusaki Washi.

 

Running: February 4, 2019 – February 11, 2019

Time: Omikuji – 15:00-17:00 / Sake Offering – 19:30-20:30

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    Coaster (For illustrative purposes only)

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    Tsukihitei is separated from the hustle and bustle of the city which is perfect for those looking for a quiet and tranquil time. It’s limited to three groups per day and is sits within Kasugayama Primeval Forest which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can open the sliding doors to reveal an unbroken view of autumnal woods. Food served here is served as authentic Japanese-style kaiseki-ryori made with carefully-selected seasonal ingredients. (User Score: 9.6/10)

     

    Sanso Tensui in Hita, Oita

    If you’re talking seeing the autumn colours the popular Hita area of Kyushu then Sanso Tensui is a must-mention. There are various room types available such as the Special Rooms which are limited to three groups per day, single buildings, and more. Sanso Tensui is another place that serves up meals with abundant seasonal ingredients. After strolling around to see the red and yellow hues, guests can take a dip in the hot springs to enjoy a soak under the autumn colours.

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