Okinawa’s World Heritage Site “Shuri Castle” Opens New Areas

30.January.2019 | SPOT

The area surrounding Shuri Castle has come to be known as “Shuri Castle Park” where more and more of its sites have become open to the public such as the temple which was reconstructed and opened in 1992. Guests can now look forward to peeking into the world of the castle even deeper with the opening of the Ouchibara Area on February 1, 2019.


This new area will require a fee to enter, but free access is now running from January 28 to 31.

Shuri Castle was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom between 1429 and 1879 where it boasted dignified politics, diplomacy and culture. The castle is home to three areas that encapsulated these three elements. The first is the Gyousei Kuukan which centers around the main temple and imperial garden. The second is the Saishi Kuukan which centers around the Kyo-no-Uchi area which is revered as a place of worship. The last is the newly opened Ouchibara, the place where the king, his family and the court ladies lived.


“Ouchibara” is the name given to the area on the east side of the temple. A residential area of the citadel, the place was forbidden to all males except those in the royal family. Only the king, his family and the many court ladies who supported them could be there. Despite the west side being a world of politics and diplomacy, this eastern side was operated entirely by women. The area is home to the tallest structure in the citadel and looks onto the East China Sea and town of Shuri. When the weather is clear, you can also see Kudaka Island in the east and the Kerama Islands in t he west.


The Ouchibara offers a real look into the lives of the king and court ladies. Learn about the deeper history of Shuri Castle and Okinawa by visting.

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  • Experience Okinawa’s Breathtaking Scenic Views at ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE

    03.October.2018 | SPOT

    IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE is located at Shigira Resort on the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. The site received a name change on October 1, 2018 and now goes by the name ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE.

    The site has undergone a “brush up” to better exhibit the charms that Imgya has to offer including the staff uniforms, amenities and more. Their concept is to offer individuals a great journey in a blue and green paradise.

     

    The Miyako Islands sit approximately 300km southwest of mainland Okinawa. Direct flights depart from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka throughout the year and from Fukuoka for limited periods. Its easy access makes it a very popular resort destination. Shigira Resort boasts 3.3 million square meters on the island. This is where the Imgya area is located, home to newly-named ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE which is surrounded by lush nature.

    The beachfront park Imgya Marine Garden makes use of the inlets on the premises, offering the best location to enjoy the beautiful sea and sights. The calm ocean is home to schools of tropical fish of all colours such as the yellowtail clownfish which you can see yourself by snorkelling. The parkside path is also ideal for a stroll during marine leisure time. During the day guests are surrounded by the sound of sea waves, and at night, they can enjoy gazing at the starry sky while wrapped in remote nature.

    There are 72 rooms spread across 18 villa buildings. All rooms come with a living room, bedrooms, loft and a terrace with a Jacuzzi. The buildings have colourful and modern interiors. Rooms are decked out with wood which give them a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The terrace and Jacuzzi are sure to make for some Instagrammable photos.

    The site’s restaurant Coral Blue offers breakfast and dinner in the form of a buffet that rotates from Japanese food to western and Asian. The colourful menu uses ingredients from the island and Okinawa. You can even pick from an optional BBQ in the evening.

     

    Whether it’s a refreshing vacation with friends and family or an anniversary trip, why not visit ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE?

  • HOTEL LOCUS Grand Opening on Okinawa’s Miyako Island—All Rooms Have Ocean View

    23.January.2018 | SPOT

    The luxurious HOTEL LOCUS situated on the island of Miyako in Okinawa, where every room has an ocean view, held its grand opening on January 22, 2018.

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    A dream beach location and a great destination for snorkeling and diving to see the coral reefs, the number of tourists visiting Miyako Island in Okinawa has been increasing in recent years. In the northwestern region of  Miyako Island, just 10 minutes by car from Miyako Airport and facing Hirara port is HOTEL LOCUS, where every room has a view of the ocean. The hotel is positioned in the ideal location to take in the regional characteristics and charm of Miyako Island and aims to be an “experienced-based resort” where guests can fully enjoy everything that the island has to offer through numerous different experiences.

     

    HOTEL LOCUS has selected a range of activities for guests to enjoy characteristic of Miyako Island, including food, culture, spots, people, and of course marine sports.

     

     

     

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    To ensure guests can enjoy the rich natural environment of Miyako Island to the fullest, the hotel space is made warm and simple with handmade furniture, fabrics, artwork and more. Traditional Okinawan crafts and materials are also used for people to take in the regional characteristics while enjoying some quality, stress-free relaxation time.

     

    Rooms are complete with rugs and cushions made with an original textile that transmits the charm of local Miyako craft. This textile was developed in collaboration with Eri Shimatsuka, a textile designer who formerly resided in Okinawa and currently works with international brands.  There are four designs themed on spinning thread (“UMU”), braiding plants (“AMU”) and high quality Miyako kasuri fabric (“KASURI”).

     

     

     

    Ocean-view rooms

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    There are 100 rooms in HOTEL LOCUS, and all of them have an ocean view. There are 6 types of rooms to choose from, from compact and simple to twin rooms with a terrace, rooms with a private pool and hot tub, and more.

     

     

     

    See Miyako Island’s gorgeous ocean and the sunset from the restaurant

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    On the second floor of the hotel is “LOCUS TABLE,” a restaurant that serves up fresh Miyako ingredients using island vegetables, herbs and spices from the hotel’s own vegetable garden. The menu is brimming with delicious food. Feel the refreshing ocean breeze against your cheeks on the terrace with breakfast, and gaze at the beautiful sunset with dinner.

     

     

     

    Concept shop

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    On the first floor next to the reception is a shop called “Concept Shop by su+”. su+ is a new project by UDS who aim to bring forth new value in a room through materials. They promote the handiwork of Miyako by stocking handicrafts that elicit the warmth of the island.

     

    Appreciate the beauty of Miyako Island at HOTEL LOCUS with an ocean view, local food and charming crafts.

     

     

    ■Information

    HOTEL LOCUS

    Address: Hirara Shimozato, Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa Prefecture, 906-0013

    Grand Opening: January 22, 2018

    Rooms: 100 (Check-in from 3pm / Check-out by 11am)

    Facilities: Restaurant “LOCUS TABLE” / Shop “Concept Shop by su+” / Outdoor Pool / Sunset Terrace / Activity Lounge

    Website: https://www.hotellocus.com/

     

  • DMM.com will opened an aquarium in Okinawa

    05.January.2018 | SPOT

    DMM.com will open “DMM Kariyushi Aquarium (provisional name).” The aquarium will be opened sometime during the first half of 2020.

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    Upholding the main theme of, “the world’s first augmented reality entertainment aquarium which uses the latest projection technologies,” the aquarium will combine the latest projection technologies and various kinds of animals/fish in a sea based in the settings such as “Okinawa’s clear sea,” “evergreen forest of an island” and “wonderful nature in subtropical zone.”

    The aquarium will offer an exciting and relaxing experience to the visitors.

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    The venue where the aquarium will be built will include a shopping center which will be built beside Chura SUN Beach. The venue is close to the entrance of Okinawa, “Naha Airport.” A 20-minute car ride will get you to this venue.

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    In addition, the aquarium will offer some exhibits combining “real×virtual” using the latest projection technologies in addition to exhibiting fish tanks. They will create spaces which do not look like a commercial establishment using dynamic visuals representing seasons, time and the beauty of nature.

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    Updates of details will be uploaded on their website subsequently.

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    Don’t miss this new spot – “DMM Kariyushi Aquarium (provisional name)” which will be opened in Okinawa.

     

    ◼︎Information
    DMM Kariyushi Aquarium (provisional name)
    URL:https://www.dmm.com/top/special/aquarium

     

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  • Mango Drinks Cafe CAFE MANGOSIX Opens First Japan Branch in Okinawa

    15.August.2019 | FOOD

    MANGOSIX Japan opened its first ever CAFE MANGOSIX branch in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, on August 10.

     

    CAFE MANGOSIX is a hugely popular cafe in South Korea which serves healthy drinks and desserts themed on its 6 S’s concept: Sensual, Slim, Sweet, Social, Sexy, and Style.

    Their must-try beverage is the Mango & Coconut Juice which combines rich mango with sweet coconut milk. The cafe even has some drinks exclusive to Japan so you won’t find them anywhere else!

    The popular Blue Lemonade from South Korea is also being sold.

     

    Cool yourself off after sunbathing on the beaches of Okinawa by grabbing a drink from the new CAFE MANGOSIX!

  • Yasutaka Nakata, EXILE MAKIDA & More to Perform at ASOBEACH!!! in Okinawa

    16.April.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    The popular long-running outdoor music festival ASOBEACH!!! is heading to Okinawa this summer with two shows at Umisora Park in the capital city Naha on June 1 and 2. The festival is taking place as the finale of Okinawa E-motion which is a collection of events centred around food, music and art that will bring an early summer to locals and tourists in Okinawa.

    The line-up includes Japan’s leading music producer and DJ Yasutaka Nakata, his main band CAPSULE, ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo), EXILE MAKIDAI (PKCZ®), TeddyLoid, Yoshikazu Mera, DJ Ichiro Yatsui and more. Concertgoers can expect to enjoy a multitude of genres while feeling the cool sea breeze of Okinawa. Tickets are now on sale via Japanese ticket vendors.

     

    Other events taking place as part of Okinawa E-motion include Magic Beach & Beach Bar Walk (May 18-19) which combines food with magic, the concert show KPP Camp (May 25) which is being produced by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bar Walk Naha (May 25) which is bringing together famous Naha restaurants, and more. ASOBEACH!!! will be held at the same time as the popular food festival OKINAWA FOOD FLEA on June 1 and 2 so don’t miss out.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s KPP CAMP & Other Events in Okinawa for May and June

    05.April.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    During the hot summer season and spring break, tourists from both Japan and overseas flock to enjoy the sunny beaches of Okinawa.

     

    Tourists tend to steer away from the island from early May to June because of Japan’s rainy season, but in fact on Okinawa there aren’t many long spells of rain, and the temperature is at a comfortable warmth. Not many people know that it’s also the best season for saving money when travelling there.


    With that in mind, a new campaign entitled Okinawa E-Motion has been set up this year. Various resort events will take place for people to enjoy what they are calling a “flying summer”―or experiencing the earliest summer in Japan.

     

    This first annual Okinawa E-Motion will take place from May 18 to June 2 with a host of events themed around food, music and art. It will begin with the opening event “Magic Beach & Beach Bar Walk” which combines food with magic. This will be followed by a string of exciting events including KPP CAMP organised by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Bar Walk Naha hosted by several restaurants in Okinawa’s capital of Naha, ASOBEACH!!! where artists and DJs will come together to hold an outdoor music festival, the popular food festival OKINAWA FOODO FLEA and more. There will also be marine activities, the Art Spot―the list goes on.

    May 25th – KPP CAMP

    KPP CAMP is a music event organised by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. This is the second time she has held the event, the first being back in June last year at Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall. The theme this year is “unique combinations.”

    Artists performing at the event include the genius singer-songwriter Shota Shimizu and the bear-masked female singer Koresawa who’s voice can be described nothing short of addictive. Enjoy this one-night-only special event outdoors in Okinawa on the first ever summer of Japan’s new Reiwa period!

     

    Ryukyu Nissan DAYZ Presents KPP CAMP in OKINAWA ~Renai tte Issei Muzukashii Desu yo ne Hen~
    Date:  May 25, 2019
    Time: Open 15:00 / Start 16:00
    Venue: Ginowan Seaside Park, Okinawa
    Line-Up: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Shota Shimizu, Koresawa
    Ticket Price: Reserved Seating ¥5,000 (Tax Included) / Student Reserved Seating ¥4,000 (Tax Included) *Student ID required
    Ticket Release Date: April 26, 2019

    Pre-Sale Ticket Window: April 5, 2019 at 18:00 – April 9, 2019 at 23:59 (via KPP Fan Club and KPP CAMP)
    KPP Fan Club: https://kyary.net/
    KPP CAMP Official Pre-Sale: https://pia.jp/v/kppcamp19hp/

    *Applications for an exclusive JTB Entertainment access tour open on April 12 when buying pre-sale tickets on KPP CAMP via: https://jtb-entertainment.net/tour/2019/kpp/ (Link available from April 12 at 17:00 JST). Please note that concert tickets are not included with the access tour plan.

    *Those aged 4+ years must hold a valid ticket. Those aged 3 years and under must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. However, where a seat is required, a valid t icket must be held

    *Event will go ahead if it rains but be cancelled during stormy weather.

    Enquiries: PM AGENCY – TEL: 098-898-1331 (Weekdays 10:00-18:00) / https://www.pmnet.co.jp

     

     

    May 25th – Bar Walk Naha

    Bar Walk Naha is a popular food event that has been held 6 times to date. The team behind it came up with the concept of bringing together famous restaurants people have always wanted to visit as well as great restaurants people never knew about. Attendees are given a guide map to five restaurants for this bar-crawl-like event. Experience the culture of Naha while chowing down on new gourmet delights!

     

    June 1st & 2nd – ASOBEACH!!! / OKINAWA FOOD FLEA

    ASOBEACH!!! is an outdoor music festival that has garnered huge reception as a long-running event. It will serve as the main event to wrap up Okinawa E-Motion. It will be held alongside OKINAWA FOOD FLEA at Nami no Ue Umisora Park.

    Plenty of other events are lined up on the scheduled too. For full details of everything going on check the campaign’s official website.

  • TripAdvisor Ranks Okinawa’s Top 20 Hotels for 2019

    29.March.2019 | SPOT

    TripAdvisor has released its list of top twenty most popular hotels to visit with the family as ranked by users.

     

    The website carried out a survey recently and found the top three most popular places for families to travel to in Japan were Okinawa, Tokyo and Kyoto. Okinawa proves to be a popular travel destination for families both inside and outside Japan.

    1st Place: Hotel Nikko Alivila Yomitan Resort Okinawa (Yomitan, Nakagami)

    The number one hotel in Okinawa for families as ranked by TripAdvisor is Hotel Nikko Alivila Yomitan Resort Okinawa in the village of Yomitan. Guests comment on the hotel’s indoor and outdoor bools, the beach right next door with the beautiful ocean, a restaurant that serves baby food, and more. Their service was praised for catering to entire families.

     

    The results for the other nineteen hotels can be found at the link below. If you’re considering travelling to Okinawa be sure to use it as reference.

  • Starbucks to Open First Northern Okinawa Branch in Motobu

    25.March.2019 | SPOT / Uncategorized

    Starbucks will open a new branch in Okinawa’s northern town of Motobu on March 22, 2019 in an effort to promote sustainable development of companies and to establish a place to promote that effort to people around the world who will visit.

     

    The branch itself will be a permanent drive-through coffee shop at the Ala Mahaina Condo Hotel located near Kaiyohaku Park. The shop’s design concept is “Coffee Yuntaku.” Yuntaku is an Okinawan word which means to sit and chat together. Starbucks aims to create a place that establishes lots of communal ties to the region and its people by opening this new branch for both locals and tourists to enjoy.

     

    As customers walk up to the two-storey concrete building they are greeted by Shisa, Okinawan gods of protection. Decorating the outside wall are panels made in the image of the threads woven in the Ryukyu Kasuri style of weaving. The foundation of the building is Ryukyu limestone made from the ocean and coral reefs. These adornments give this Starbucks branch a more local and regional.

    Starbucks announced in July last year that it aims to abolish the use of plastic straws at all of its branches by the end of 2020. Plastic is used and thrown away in Japan too, so to cut the amount of plastic, Starbucks Motobu is arranging to contribute to the development of sustainable development companies. As part of the action to combat plastic waste, the branch will use plastic that has found its way into the ocean as material for creating original art.

     

    Japanese artist Yodogawa Technique creates art from rubbish and driftage from both inside and outside Japan. Under his wing, the Okinawan baristas will work together with the locals to clean the beaches of plastic.

    Yodogawa carried out a workshop with elementary school kids in Motobu to create little art pieces from plastic which were used to form one giant piece of fish art.

     

    The tables on the first floor of the coffee shop are also made by Okinawan artisans using Okinawan pine.

     

    If you’re ever in Okinawa, be sure to stop by the community-driven Starbucks in Motobu.

  • Travel Japan #8: An Early Afternoon at Okinawa’s Beaches in Winter

    15.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Okinawa’s ocean was transparent. It was early afternoon at a small beach in the middle of town.

    It was outside swimming hours, but I couldn’t help but step in. It was like a scene from heaven.

    The white sand glistened in the ray of the sun. I wonder what kind of happiness I would find myself in if I were to live in a place like this.

    The boundary between the sea and sky was unclear. It felt like if I were to keep walking I would arrive at the clouds.

    This beach exists among the ordinary lives of the people of Okinawa.

     

    I wake up in the early morning and take a stroll across the sand, visiting each place. When evening comes I will see the sun set on this beach before returning home.

    I believe that just having the ocean by you in your everyday life you can live a very  luxurious one.

    I’m not even bothered about getting my pants wet. I feel like a child seeing the sea for the very first time.

    The sea is calm and quiet. The waves washing ashore, too, are gentle. I feel released from anything and everything.

    I lay out my vinyl sheet onto the sand and sit before the water, listening to the sounds of the waves.

    I have with me the necessities for when conversing with the sun. Today’s sunrays are light but one mustn’t forget their sunscreen.

    If I close my eyes I can see myself in the middle of the ocean and can walk across it.

     

    If I dive into the transparent waters it’s an emerald green. The view of the outside world from the bottom of the sea looks magical. If I grab ahold of the fish I’m sure to see an unknown world.

    70% of the earth’s surface is made up of water. The sea, which has given rise to infinite lives, has taught me the breadth of the world―too vast to comprehend―how small I am and how grand nature is.

    I enjoy my alone time on the beach. I wash down my potato chips with sparkling water which bubbles in my mouth like the sea waves.

    This pure sea, with no murkiness, elucidates my feelings. I head back to land and walk the beach once more.

    My throbbing heart, which cannot be captured in a photo, is left in the footprints on the sand.

     

     

    Model / Mala Morgan

     

     

    All the beach necessities you need are right there

    After arriving at the beach I first went shopping. I go to AEON Chatan, a 5-minute walk from Chatan Sunset Beach. You can get your hands on just about everything: from a hat and sunscreen to food and drinks. It’s convenient because it means there’s no need to pack lots of things before your trip.

     

    AEON Chatan

    Address: 8-3 Mihama, Chatan-cho, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture

    Business Hours: Food 7:00-Midnight / Cosmetics & Daily Necessities 10:00-Midnight

    *Select stores have different opening hours.

    TEL: 098-982-7575

     

    TOPVALU Free From UV Cream  ¥980 (Before Tax) / ¥1,058.40 (Tax Included) – 30g

    TOPVALU’s UV Cream protects your skin from ultraviolet rays and dryness. Even when it’s out of season Okinawa’s sunrays are like that of summer, so it’s important to look after yourself during your trip. This slightly hard cream feels soft and dissolves on your skin. It’s those moments of caring for your skin I like.

     

    TOPVALU Green Eye Free From – Salted Fried Potato Chips  ¥78 (Before Tax) / ¥84.24 ― 55g
    TOPVALU Best Price Lemon Sparkling Water ¥68 (Before Tax) / ¥73.44 (Tax Included)– 500ml

    Sparkling water, potato chips and a break on the beach. The chips are seasoned simply with salt to bring out the flavour of the potatoes. They have a satisfying crunch.

     

    When eating potato chips there’s no better complement than sparkling water. This water has strong carbonation. The refreshing taste of the lemon and fizzy bubbles made it feel like summer again.

     

    *Tax-inclusive prices are displayed up to the second decimal point.
    *In the case that multiple items are purchased, the fraction below the decimal point will also be added to calculate the consumption tax.

     

    We are handing out coupons for the products mentioned here. Be sure to use them the next time you visit ÆON for great discounts.

     

    5% Coupon:https://www.welcome-aeon.com/coupon/web_coupon.html

    ÆON Store Search: https://www.welcome-aeon.com/storesearch/index.html

  • Experience Okinawa’s Breathtaking Scenic Views at ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE

    03.October.2018 | SPOT

    IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE is located at Shigira Resort on the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. The site received a name change on October 1, 2018 and now goes by the name ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE.

    The site has undergone a “brush up” to better exhibit the charms that Imgya has to offer including the staff uniforms, amenities and more. Their concept is to offer individuals a great journey in a blue and green paradise.

     

    The Miyako Islands sit approximately 300km southwest of mainland Okinawa. Direct flights depart from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka throughout the year and from Fukuoka for limited periods. Its easy access makes it a very popular resort destination. Shigira Resort boasts 3.3 million square meters on the island. This is where the Imgya area is located, home to newly-named ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE which is surrounded by lush nature.

    The beachfront park Imgya Marine Garden makes use of the inlets on the premises, offering the best location to enjoy the beautiful sea and sights. The calm ocean is home to schools of tropical fish of all colours such as the yellowtail clownfish which you can see yourself by snorkelling. The parkside path is also ideal for a stroll during marine leisure time. During the day guests are surrounded by the sound of sea waves, and at night, they can enjoy gazing at the starry sky while wrapped in remote nature.

    There are 72 rooms spread across 18 villa buildings. All rooms come with a living room, bedrooms, loft and a terrace with a Jacuzzi. The buildings have colourful and modern interiors. Rooms are decked out with wood which give them a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The terrace and Jacuzzi are sure to make for some Instagrammable photos.

    The site’s restaurant Coral Blue offers breakfast and dinner in the form of a buffet that rotates from Japanese food to western and Asian. The colourful menu uses ingredients from the island and Okinawa. You can even pick from an optional BBQ in the evening.

     

    Whether it’s a refreshing vacation with friends and family or an anniversary trip, why not visit ALLAMANDA IMGYA CORAL VILLAGE?

  • RYUBO has started exhibiting/selling Japan’s quality products in Hong Kong

    01.February.2018 | SPOT

    RYUBO Industry is now exhibiting/selling 135 “Japan’s quality products” at Hongkong’s K11 Design Mole (Hongkong/Chimusachoi) from the 27th of January 2018 to the 20th of February 2018.

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    Department store, RYUBO agreed to tie-up with Nihon Hyakkaten on July 2017. In addition to products produced in Okinawa, RYUBO is now selling quality products of Japan with Nihonhyakka targeting foreign tourists whose numbers have been increasing in recent years.

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    In addition to selling “Japan’s quality products,” they have gathered artisans from Japan to offer experience-based events showing the making-process of Japanese traditional arts such as “Tokyo Momengatazome,” “Aichi Erosoku,” and “Aichi Fragrance Dukuri.”

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    In addition to popular items such as “Fujisan Oroshi Jiki” and “Utagawa Kuniyoshi Ukiyoe no Tenugui,” they selected many kinds of quality products such as Japanese desserts using glit and beauty products.

     

    Japan is known as a country which produces quality products. Japanese everyday products are fun to use and are created in a delicate manner. Such products will help you enjoy the changing of the season, wrapping small products and enjoying alcoholic drinks. This is an event where you can enjoy the culture of Japan.

     

    Don’t miss this chance to enjoy the culture of Japan in Hong Kong.

     

    ■Information

    Nippon Standard Market by.RYUBO × Nihon Hyakkaten

    Date: 2018,01,27 (Sat.) to 2018,02,20 (Tue.)

    Venue: K11 Design Store Event Space

    18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon,Hong Kong

     

    Event: 1/27,28 Tokyo, Asakusa, Ponpindo, dying demonstration

    2/10,11 Aichi Prefecture, Matsui Honwa Rosoku, coloring demonstration

    2/17, 18 Aichi Prefecture, Fragrance making workshop

     

  • Club Med Ishigakijima Places Number One in TripAdvisor’s “Best Hotels for Families” Category

    28.January.2018 | SPOT

    Club Med Ishigakijima in Okinawa has earned itself a high reputation. It placed number one on TripAdvisor’s “Travellers’ Choice Awards” for 2018 in Best Hotels for Families in Japan, and also ranked in tenth place in All Inclusive Resorts for the whole of Asia.

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    The Travellers’ Choice Awards is an annual award based on millions of reviews and opinions written by traveller’s around the world. Only the best of the best are chosen for an award; only 1% of the accommodations listed on TripAdvisor are chosen for the Travellers’ Choice Award. This year marks the 16th run, with a total of 8095 properties from 94 countries around the world listed on TripAdvisor.

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    Club Med opened as the world’s first hotel and resort to have a daycare service for children in 1967. It celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The staff position of G.O at Club Med is a qualified and full-time job, devising programs for children based on their age to create an environment where both adults and children can enjoy themselves. A review from one traveller stated, “This is my first stay here in 4 years. My child was 2-years old then and is now 6. She really enjoys the mini club and can use it fully every day. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to enjoy a comfortable time as husband and wife” (*translated from Japanese).

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    Tadahiro Inoue, Marketing Director at Club Med, spoke about the honour of receiving the Travellers’ Choice Award for the category of Best Hotels for Families: “Club Med has created a facility and service so that we can continuously offer the best child care as a pioneer of daycare services. The Ishigakijima resort has the ‘Baby Welcome’ service in place for 1-2 year old children and directs great effort into guarantees for millennial families. We will continue to work vigorously so that we can become the number one travel destination for families in the future.”

     

    If you’re heading to Okinawa with the family, then how about considering Club Med Ishigakijima as your destination?

     

    ■Information

    Club Med Official Website: https://www.clubmed.co.jp

     

  • HOTEL LOCUS Grand Opening on Okinawa’s Miyako Island—All Rooms Have Ocean View

    23.January.2018 | SPOT

    The luxurious HOTEL LOCUS situated on the island of Miyako in Okinawa, where every room has an ocean view, held its grand opening on January 22, 2018.

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    A dream beach location and a great destination for snorkeling and diving to see the coral reefs, the number of tourists visiting Miyako Island in Okinawa has been increasing in recent years. In the northwestern region of  Miyako Island, just 10 minutes by car from Miyako Airport and facing Hirara port is HOTEL LOCUS, where every room has a view of the ocean. The hotel is positioned in the ideal location to take in the regional characteristics and charm of Miyako Island and aims to be an “experienced-based resort” where guests can fully enjoy everything that the island has to offer through numerous different experiences.

     

    HOTEL LOCUS has selected a range of activities for guests to enjoy characteristic of Miyako Island, including food, culture, spots, people, and of course marine sports.

     

     

     

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    To ensure guests can enjoy the rich natural environment of Miyako Island to the fullest, the hotel space is made warm and simple with handmade furniture, fabrics, artwork and more. Traditional Okinawan crafts and materials are also used for people to take in the regional characteristics while enjoying some quality, stress-free relaxation time.

     

    Rooms are complete with rugs and cushions made with an original textile that transmits the charm of local Miyako craft. This textile was developed in collaboration with Eri Shimatsuka, a textile designer who formerly resided in Okinawa and currently works with international brands.  There are four designs themed on spinning thread (“UMU”), braiding plants (“AMU”) and high quality Miyako kasuri fabric (“KASURI”).

     

     

     

    Ocean-view rooms

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    There are 100 rooms in HOTEL LOCUS, and all of them have an ocean view. There are 6 types of rooms to choose from, from compact and simple to twin rooms with a terrace, rooms with a private pool and hot tub, and more.

     

     

     

    See Miyako Island’s gorgeous ocean and the sunset from the restaurant

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    On the second floor of the hotel is “LOCUS TABLE,” a restaurant that serves up fresh Miyako ingredients using island vegetables, herbs and spices from the hotel’s own vegetable garden. The menu is brimming with delicious food. Feel the refreshing ocean breeze against your cheeks on the terrace with breakfast, and gaze at the beautiful sunset with dinner.

     

     

     

    Concept shop

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    On the first floor next to the reception is a shop called “Concept Shop by su+”. su+ is a new project by UDS who aim to bring forth new value in a room through materials. They promote the handiwork of Miyako by stocking handicrafts that elicit the warmth of the island.

     

    Appreciate the beauty of Miyako Island at HOTEL LOCUS with an ocean view, local food and charming crafts.

     

     

    ■Information

    HOTEL LOCUS

    Address: Hirara Shimozato, Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa Prefecture, 906-0013

    Grand Opening: January 22, 2018

    Rooms: 100 (Check-in from 3pm / Check-out by 11am)

    Facilities: Restaurant “LOCUS TABLE” / Shop “Concept Shop by su+” / Outdoor Pool / Sunset Terrace / Activity Lounge

    Website: https://www.hotellocus.com/

     

  • DMM.com will opened an aquarium in Okinawa

    05.January.2018 | SPOT

    DMM.com will open “DMM Kariyushi Aquarium (provisional name).” The aquarium will be opened sometime during the first half of 2020.

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    Upholding the main theme of, “the world’s first augmented reality entertainment aquarium which uses the latest projection technologies,” the aquarium will combine the latest projection technologies and various kinds of animals/fish in a sea based in the settings such as “Okinawa’s clear sea,” “evergreen forest of an island” and “wonderful nature in subtropical zone.”

    The aquarium will offer an exciting and relaxing experience to the visitors.

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    The venue where the aquarium will be built will include a shopping center which will be built beside Chura SUN Beach. The venue is close to the entrance of Okinawa, “Naha Airport.” A 20-minute car ride will get you to this venue.

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    In addition, the aquarium will offer some exhibits combining “real×virtual” using the latest projection technologies in addition to exhibiting fish tanks. They will create spaces which do not look like a commercial establishment using dynamic visuals representing seasons, time and the beauty of nature.

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    Updates of details will be uploaded on their website subsequently.

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    Don’t miss this new spot – “DMM Kariyushi Aquarium (provisional name)” which will be opened in Okinawa.

     

    ◼︎Information
    DMM Kariyushi Aquarium (provisional name)
    URL:https://www.dmm.com/top/special/aquarium

     

  • Let’s enjoy early spring in Okinawa at “Okuma Private Resort Beach & Resort”

    31.December.2017 | SPOT

    Okuma Private Beach & Resort will hold “Hanakaji Campaign” from the 1st of January 2018 (Mon.) to the 31st of March (Sat.) where you can enjoy “spring flowers” of Okinawa.

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    The mainland of Japan is still cold between January to March but spring comes to Okinawa earlier and many flowers start to bloom.

    During this flowery season, Okuma Private Beach & Resort will hold the event titled, “Hanakaji.” They will greet their customers with campaigns under the theme of “flowers.”

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    Season-limited eco tour “Yanbaru Noyama no Ohanameguri”

    The staff of the resort will guide tourists to spots where flowers like cherry blossoms, azaleas and mountain grasses can be viewed. It is a unique eco-tour where you can enjoy the spring forest of “Yanbaru.”

     

    Date: 2018,01,09 (Tue.) to 03,18 (Sun.)

    Departure time: 13:00

    Required time: 2 hours

    Price: adult – 3,500 yen / child (3 years old ~ elementary school students) – 1,500 yen (tax included)

    TEL:0980-41-2231

    Business hours: 9:00 to 20:00

    ※the tour will be held when more than two persons can participate.

    ※reservations can be made until 20:00 (one day before the day you are planning to participate in the tour)

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    Let’s go to see the miracle sea which is nominated as the world’s natural heritage. “Snorkeling Tour.”

    Guides will take you to points in the sea where you can view stands of corals. The stands of the coral living underneath the surface of the sea looks like a flower garden. Let’s enjoy the transparent sea of this season.

     

    Date: 2018,01,01 (Mon.) to 03,31 (Sat.)

    Departing time: 9:30 / 13:30

    Required time: an hour and half

    Prices: adult – 5,000 yen / child – (older than six years old ~ elementary school student) – 2,500 yen (tax included)

    TEL:0980-41-2400

    Business hours: January / February 9:00 to 17:00

    March: 9:00 to 18:00

    ※the tour will be held when more than two persons can participate.

     

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    Teppanyaki Adan “Kafu Pair Course”

    This restaurant will offer a special season-limited dinner course. Let’s enjoy this superb dinner course cerebrating the arrival of spring including the appetite decorated with flowers and the main dish using Saga Beef which is known as a premium brand of beef.

     

    Date: 2018,01,05 (Fri.) to 03,31 (Sat.)

    Price: 25,000 yen (two persons – tax included)

    Time: 17:30 to 22:00 (L.O. 21:30)

    ※an advance reservation must be made to eat at this restaurant.

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    Restaurant Beach Side’s “Hanakaji Course”

    A season-limited BBQ menu where you can enjoy both meat and sea foods. Amazing American foods like chili con carne and chowder soup are also available (semi-buffet). Let’s enjoy these limited menus which will make you warm both inside and out.

    Date: 2018,01,05 (Fri.) to 03,31 (Sat.)

    Price: 4,800 yen (tax not included)

    Time: 17:30 to 21:30 (L.O. 21:00)

    Content: US beef fillet (150g), Churashima sausage, red shrimp from Argentina, daily fish

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    Japanese Restaurant Iju “Sagagyu no Shabushabu” “Agubuta no Shabushabu”

    You can enjoy high quality seasonal ingredients as shabushabu (Japanes hot pot). New menus are also available.

     

    Date: 2018,01,05 (Fri.) to 03,31 (Sat.)

    Price: Sagagyu no Shabushabu – 5,093 yen (tax not included)

    Agubuta no Shabushabu – 3,240 yen (tax not included)

    Time: 18:00 to 21:30 (L.O. 21:00)

    Content: Saga beef (about 120g) or Agu pork (150g), appetizers, vegetables (white Chinese cabbage, shiitake mushroom, enoki mushroom, spinach, tofu), rice or udon noodles, dessert (seasonal fruits)

    Reservation (TEL): 0980-41-2274

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    Shop “Hanakaze Fair”

    The gift shops, Bougainvillaea and Boutique Plumeria will hold “Hanakaze Fairs” where they will offer flower-related souvenirs.

    They will sell Okuma’s original eco bag with the illustrations of Yanbarukuina which is the natural treasure and Okuma Beach covered with white sand starting from New Year’s Day.

     

    Date: 2018,01,01 (Mon.) to 03,31 (Sat.)

    Time: 8:00 to 22:00 (both shops)

    Price of eco bag: 1,200 yen (tax not included)

    Available colors: canvas and gray

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     Let’s enjoy early spring in Okuma, a resort surrounded by flowers and greenery.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Okuma Private Beach & Resort

    Address: 913, Okuma, Kunigamimura, Kunigamigun, Okinawa Prefecture

    TEL:0980-41-2222

    URL:http://okumaresort.com

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