SORAMIDO BBQ: A Premium BBQ Serving at Kasai Rinkai Park in Chiba

28.March.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Kasai Rinkai Park in Chiba is set to open SORAMIDO BBQ April 16 where you can enjoy a higher grade BBQ with meat, seafood and more all made with fantastic ingredients on a top quality grill.


Kasai Rinkai Park is easily accessible from central Tokyo and looks out over Tokyo Bay and Umihotaru, an artificial island. The BBQ is situated at a wooden terrace deck which lets in the sea breeze and feels like a resort holiday. It can also be used for all kinds of parties.


Food will include top grade meat such as Angus beef, rib eye steaks, pork chops made from Iwanaka pork, vegetable skewers. Other treats include whole-fried broccoli, grilled al ajillo with jumbo mushrooms, tacos and more.

The grill used is by Weber. It’s easy to use and rarely overcooks ingredients, keeping the fish and meat juicy and the vegetables sweet and delicious.

SORAMIDO BBQ: ¥6,000 (Before Tax) *3-hour allocation

There are three food plans on offer: the standard “SEASIDE VIEW,” “SORAMIDO which comes with lobster, curry and more, and “PREMIUM” which comes with lobster, salmon and other items. Each BBQ course comes with all-you-can-drink soft drinks. You can upgrade to all-you-can-drink alcohol for an extra ¥1,500.


KID’S BBQ: ¥800 (Before Tax)

There’s also a kid’s option for families. Enjoy a comfortable yet luxurious BBQ surrounded by nature.


  • Tokyo Disney Resort Reveals Its Spooky Halloween Programme and Character Costumes

    20.August.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Get ready for some spooky fun as Tokyo Disney Resort® transforms for the 52-day-long horrifically exciting Disney Halloween from September 10 to October 31. Head to DisneySea to be captivated by the new harbor show Festival of Mystique, or get spooked out of your skin at the Spooky “Boo!” Parade at Disneyland. Today, we will be revealing the spooky looks of both parks.

    Tokyo DisneySea Festival of Mystique Costumes

    Working with the main theme of a medieval European halloween, inspiration has been taken from the living creatures and waves at the port town Porto Paradiso. 

    Mickey Mouse’s costume inspiration comes from the the bones and scaly body of a sea creature. He will also be seen wearing a broach decorated with beautiful jewels. 

    Minnie Mouse’s costume resembles that of a medieval princess. You will see her in a fancy hat that bears beautiful pearls. Her costume is covered in scales on the chest and on the back which really suits her.

    Tokyo Disneyland’s Spooky Boo! Parade Costumes

    Disney friends have joined forces with a group of spooky spirits. You just can’t miss out on this rare chance to see your favourite Disney characters disguised as ghosts and skeletons. The strange and unusual atmosphere is sure to send a chilling shiver down your spine. 

    Mickey and Minnie will be completely refreshing their colourful look. Mickey’s necktie and Minnie’s skirt are very mysterious and particularly intriguing.  Please come check them out!


    Enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun range of events this Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort.



  • Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 45th Anniversary at the Hello Kitty Collection Exhibition in Chiba

    07.August.2019 | SPOT

    Lovers of Sanrio and all things Hello Kitty won’t want to miss the 45th Anniversary Hello Kitty Collection Exhibition currently being held at Sogo Chiba until August 15.


    The event look backs at the kawaii history of Hello Kitty with a huge range of old and new merchandise. There’s also photo spots for taking cute photos, a wall of Hello Kitty plush toys, touch interactive digital videos, and much more.


    If you’re looking to stock up on your collection of Hello Kitty merch then you have around 850 items to choose from including goodies exclusive to the event, pre-sales of items to be released at a later date, and more. There’s even a pottery workshop as well as a chance to take your photo with the real Hello Kitty.

    Kawaii Chronicles: Hello Kitty Design Museum

    Get ready to witness a wide selection of Hello Kitty goods from across generations, including rare and vintage items no longer manufactured. Witness the history of Hello Kitty’s kawaii world and how things changed through the years to fit each generation.

    Digital Content & Plush Toy Wall

    Get interactive with Hello Kitty with the wall mapping – touch the wall and see the visuals change. There’s also another wall completely full of Hello Kitty toys which makes for a really cute photo opportunity.

    Photo With Hello Kitty

    Hello Kitty will be present on August 12 in a beautiful kimono ready to have her picture taken with you! Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before each session. Spaces are limited so make sure you’re on time!

    Date: August 12, 2019 at 11:00/13:00/15:00

    Location: Floor 6F Event Hall

    No. of People: 20 per shoot


    Paint your very own ceramic Hello Kitty ornament. You colouring it means that yours will be unique and the only one in the world♡

    Running: August 7, 2019 – August 15, 2019

    Time: 11:00-16:00

    No. of People: 30 per day

    Price: ¥1,296


    Hello Kitty Kawaii Market
    Get your hands one one of 850 pieces of Hello Kitty merchandise from plush toys to stationery, interior items and more. Many of these items are exclusive to the exhibition.

    Mascot Holder – ¥1,728 (400 Available – 1 Per Person) / Acrylic Key Ring – ¥648 / Mug – ¥1,080 / Hand Towel – ¥756

    Replica Classical doll – ¥17,280 / Mini Mascot Brooch (20 Designs) – ¥1,080 Each (1 Per Person) / A4 Folders (Includes 2) – ¥486


    Enter the adorable world of Hello Kitty this summer and help her celebrate her 45th anniversary.

  • Chibi Maruko-chan Store to Open at LaLaport TOKYO-BAY in Chiba

    10.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A new Chibi Maruko-chan store is opening for a limited time at the LaLaport TOKYO-BAY shopping park from March 15 to May 8.


    Around 400 pieces of Maruko-chan merchandise will be sold including pre-sale of 10 new items featuring cute honey designs of Maruko and her friends.

    Tin Candy: ¥800 (Before Tax)

    A whole bunch of original items will be sold including blueberry honey, tinned candy and more, all with adorable illustrations.

    Limited-edition postcards will also be given out for those who spend over ¥1,000 at the shop (tax included). These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t miss out!

  • Enjoy a BBQ at Nagoya Castle’s Kinshachi Yokocho

    09.March.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    A BBQ will open at the Kinshachi Yokocho commercial establishment of Nagoya Castle on March 15 to bring Japanese hospitality to the people of the world.


    Running until the end of September, visitors can look forward to dining in a beer garden where fresh seafood like oysters, caught in Japan, will be served alongside Kirin Ichiban beer. The BBQ will specialise in fresh shellfish shipped directly from Ise. Enjoy all-you-can-eat seafood such as bivalves of which they will have a good haul this year.


    There will also be a kid’s play zone making the BBQ a family-friendly option.

  • GEAR East Version Music & Dance Performance Show Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

    20.December.2018 | SPOT

    ‘Non-verbal performance’ show GEAR East Version has run its exceptionally unique show at a small theater in Japan over the past year and will pass its 1st anniversary on December 22, 2018. To celebrate, the cast have recorded messages that will be played in the lobby for a limited period, and limited-edition merchandise will be sold.

    GEAR East Version allowed free entry to children back in summer as well as offered a special ¥1,000 senior discount to those aged 60+ in autumn. It has become a new must-visit location in Chiba and enjoys popularity with both adults and children.

    Comment: Toshihito Kumagai (Chiba City Mayor)

    “I give my heartiest congratulations to GEAR East Version which has turned one-years-old. It has actively endeavored to carry out numerous measures in Chiba including expanding the opportunities for the people of the city to experience and appreciate the excellent culture of the arts. It is a wonderful occasion that this performance will continue to be held. I pray for the continued success of GEAR East Version and the good health and happiness to all of those involved.”


    Comment: Eimi Naruse ( / Fujisaki Ayane: Doll Character)

    “Congratulations GEAR East Version on one year! ☆ I went to see this show because Pinky from my group was performing in it. Just about everything was fresh and warm and sparkly. When it was over I just sat there for a while blown away. More than anything though Pinky’s doll’s hands and feet movements were beautiful and really cute! I definitely want to go and see it again! ☆Honestly, congratulations☆”


    Comment: Uki Satake (9nine / Hirona Murata: Doll Character)

    “Congratulations on the one-year anniversary! I was especially taken aback by the performance that used lights! It’s a show that deeply moves you despite there being no words, so I think it’s something that can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages as well as foreigners who don’t speak the language. I want everyone to see Hiroro [Murata’s] doll character, something you can’t see when you go to see 9nine [live] ♡ I want to go again, too!”


    Comment: Rika Mayama (Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku / Ayaka Yasumoto: Doll Character)

    “Congratulations, GEAR East on your one-year anniversary! Despite being in charge of talking [to the crowd during concerts for our group] Yasumoto stood up on stage for a non-verbal performance. In the dressing room we have a joke where she moves like a doll for us! So one day I want all of [the group] members to act like dolls at shows!

  • The Peak Season is Now for 9,000 Japanese Iris Plants Blooming in Sakura Castle Ruins Park

    09.June.2018 | SPOT

    The peak season for Japanese irises is about to arrive. 9,000 plants of all different colours including purple, yellow and white will decorate Sakura Castle Ruins Park.

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    Sakura Castle was built in the Edo Period in the city of Sakura in Chiba Prefecture. The Japanese iris is a symbol of the castle town, and you can enjoy them now at the castle ruins.

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    The irises will also battle for bloom with surrounding hydrangeas. The flowers that grow in the rainy season are a sight to behold whether on a clear day or a wet day.


    There’s also a festival taking place for the irises at the castle on June 9 and 10. The ruins will bustle with people enjoying the food and drink booths.


    Enjoy a day out with family and friends alongside Sakura’s famous Japanese irises at the site of Sakura Castle.


    Sakura Castle Iris Festival
    Location: Sakura Castle Ruins Park (Free Entry + Free Parking)

    Date: June 9, 2018―June 10, 2018

    Time: 10:00-16:00 (will take place even if it rains)

    TEL: 043-486-6000 (Sakurashi Sight Seeing Information Center)


  • Amandan Blue Kamakura: The Restaurant Closest to Kamakura’s Ocean

    01.June.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Amandan Blue Kamakura is a marriage facility directly facing the sea at Yuigahama beach in Kamakura. For summertime only, the facility will open for general entry with a BBQ and restaurant. The BBQ will run from June 1 to September 30 and the restaurant from July 1 to August 31.

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    At the BBQ is an outdoor deck with a pool with an ocean view so close you can almost touch it as you feel the sea breeze against your face. The restaurant will be located in the reception hall which is fitted with ceiling-high glass windows that look out to the great blue expanse.

    アマンダンブルー鎌倉 プール BBQ

    The BBQ will take place on the third floor with the outdoor pool which is in fact an infinity pool, so you can almost feel one with the sea. A luxurious experience is offered to you like that of a sea resort. The grill and everything will already be set up for you, so you can conveniently arrive empty-handed on the day!

    アマンダンブルー鎌倉 ドリンク

    There are four slots throughout the day, each lasting a relaxing two hours. The daytime slots begin at 11:30 and 14:00, and at night it’s 17:00 and 19:00. Each slot in the day is limited to four groups and the night slots are limited to two, allowing you to enjoy a positively private BBQ. Reservations are from 4+ people in the day and 6+ in the evening. The deck can also be reserved for 15+ people. It can accommodate for up to 60 people meaning it can be used for a small party too if you like.

    アマンダンブルー鎌倉 フード

    For food, as well as the BBQ grill (beef, pork and fried vegetables), you can also get chicken pie, a specially made curry, fries, and desserts for a total of 12 items. There are 20 kinds of alcoholic drinks including beer, high ball, lemon sour, cocktails and non-alcoholic beer, and 5 soft drinks. Everything is all-you-can-drink.


    They also serve food plans. In the evening, the chefs will stand at the grill and can cook your meat exquisitely to how you like it.


    Arrive during the day for a BBQ with a glimmering blue ocean view or in the evening for one with the sea illuminated by the light of the moon.



    Amandan Blue Kamakura

    Address: 5-2-25 Zaimokuza, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture

    Closed Days: None (Except on weddings)

    Access: 16-minutes on foot from Kamakura Station via JR Yokosuka Line and Enoshima Electric Railway / 9-minutes on foot from Wadazuka Station via Enoshima Electric Railway

    TEL: 050-5213-0724



    Running: June 1, 2018―September 30, 2018

    Slots: 11:30 / 14:00 / 17:00 / 19:00 (2 hours each)

    Price: Day (11:30/14:00) – ¥5,000 / Evening (17:00/19:00) – ¥7,000 *There’s also an upgrade plan at ¥9,000 in the evening

    Reservations: Day – 4+ people / Evening – 6+ people

    Groups: Day – 4 / Evening – 2



    Running: July 1, 2018―August 31, 2018

    Slots: 11:30 / 12:30 / 13:30 / 14:30 (90-minutes each)

    Price: ¥5,000 (7 items + drink course), ¥3,500 (6 items + drink course), ¥2,500 (appetisers, one plate with 8 items)

    Seats: 140

    Reservations possible.


  • Firefly Viewing Sessions to Take Place at Narita Dream Dairy Farm

    20.May.2018 | SPOT

    Chiba Prefecture’s tourist spot Narita Dream Dairy Farm (Narita Yume Bokujo) is holding four firefly exhibitions on June 2 and 3 and July 14 and 15.

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    成田ゆめ牧場 ホタルの夕べ

    The viewing sessions will take place in a specially set up pitch-black room where people can enter to see the magical glows of fluttering fireflies around them, creating an experience like that of being in space surrounded by stars.

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    ホタルの夕べ 4

    The name of the event is Hotaru no Yuube (‘Evening Fireflies’), and the days it will be held will see the farm specially open at nighttime where several other events will also take place, including sledging whole surrounded by illuminations, seeing a lit-up area filled with animals, and more.


    There are plenty of other events for kids to look forward to as well, including making light-up bouncy balls in June and a firefly research project in July. Enjoy these firefly-related events too before seeing the fireflies themselves.

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    成田ゆめ牧場 ホタルの夕べ3

    In the olden days it was common to see fireflies in places close to us like rivers and rice paddies. Now you can see them at a dairy farm―and Narita Dream Dairy Farm is the only place that offers that, giving you the chance to see fireflies up so close!


    Why not invited friends and family for this magical experience?



    Hotaru no Yuube (‘Firefly Evening’)

    Address: Narita Dream Dairy Farm, 730 Nagi, Narita, Chiba Prefecture

    Running: June 2, 2018 / June 3, 2018 / July 14, 2018 / July 15, 2018

    Time: 19:30-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30) *Open until 20:30 on June 3 (Last Entries 20:00)

    Price: ¥300 (For those aged 3+. Separate fee applies for entry to the farm.)


    Farm Entry Price (From 17:00)

    Adults (13+): ¥200

    Children (3+): ¥100

    No pet fee required for dogs.


    TEL: 0476-96-1001


    *Free parking from 17:00.

    *5-minutes for each person in the firefly room.


  • Enjoy a Girl’s Night Out Glamping at Rewild River Side Glamping Hill in Chiba

    13.May.2018 | SPOT

    Rewild River Side Glamping Hill is a glamping camp aimed at women that recently opened in Yoro-Keikoku, Chiba Prefecture.


    Since the camp is centred around female guests, it can be enjoyed even without taking any tools. If you stay there you don’t have to worry about entire families showing up as guests, enabling you to stay up late drinking and chatting. There’s no other glamping site like it.


    The grand opening was held on April 28, 2018.

    The glamping site is divided into 3 areas. There is a wooden deck set up on a slope by the river on the premises of the camp. The tents are fully furnished with beds and everything else you need. Two of the sites hold four people each while the other takes six.


    The camp site as a whole is built in an area that can hold around 20 sites. There is a rental plan for those new to camping who don’t need to take anything with them, and staff will be there on site for support.

    One of the best parts of the camp is the open-air fire pit in the middle of the site. It has been built so that it never goes out, allowing guests to enjoy it as they please.


    Additionally, along the dry river bed, there’s an outdoor theatre. You can sit on the slope of the lawn and roll around while sipping craft beer and enjoying the movie.

    There’s also a glorious barbecue as well as an agricultural experience – you can eat the vegetables you harvest straight away.

    If you need to freshen up, there’s the baths which about 1,000 people can visit in a day. Even if you stay one day you can have an opportunity to use these amazing baths. There’s also plenty of services that female guests will enjoy.


    There’s no doubt that guests will want to take photos of the famous Yamaneko shaved ice for their Instagram pages too.

    So―how about a girl’s night out camping at Rewild River Side Glamping Hill?


    Rewild River Side Glamping Hill
    Address: 183-1 Awamata, Otaki, Isumi District, Chiba Prefecture



  • Rental Go Kart Service BOSO KART Opens in Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture

    05.May.2018 | SPOT

    BOSO KART offers the chance to climb into a go kart and go riding around the streets of Minamiboso in Chiba. They have just launched a new set of courses for tourists. The kart at the front will act as a navigator, so even first-timers to go karting can get involved with the fun.


    The Minamibososhi Sight Seeing Information Center started up this new set of courses in responses to the large amount of foreigners using rental karts in the city.


    Go karting around the city is especially popular with foreigners there. But this go karting experience is a little different, instead serving as a tour where you can enjoy following the lead car up front to showcase places of scenic beauty.


    There are three courses in total, one of which begins with the Chikura Shiokazeokoku as the starting point. The only requirements to ride are a either a driver’s licence, ordinary motor vehicle license, or international driving permit.


    The service also operates on weekdays, with the starting point at Chikura Shiokazeokoku. You can also buy tickets in advance via Lawson Tickets.


    Experiencing riding around Minamiboso on a go kart while checking out the sights with a tour guide!




    No Fixed Holidays. (From Golden Week it will be closed every Wednesday, the same as Chikura Shiokazeokoku)

    Opening Hours: 10:00-15:00

    Departure Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00

    Reception: Designated booth at Chikura Shiokazeokoku

    Starting Point: Chikura Shiokazeokoku

    Lawson Tickets:



    Izu Islands & Ocean View Course (Approximately 2 hours) – ¥6,500

    ‘Southernmost’ Drive Course (Approximately 1 hour) – ¥4,500

    Nostalgia Course (Approximately 40 minutes) – ¥3,500


  • Enjoy a BBQ at Beer Garden on Rooftop in Roppongi

    18.April.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    A beer garden serving authentic BBQ cuisine will open for a limited period of time from April 23 on top of Ark Hills South Tower where a luxurious rooftop garden sits.


    Despite being in the middle of the big city, the garden has a freeing, spacious feeling with plenty of greenery and even sofa seats.




    Food includes filling T-bone steak that uses carefully selected Iwanaka roasted pork shoulder, as well as a selection of seafood and vegetables.


    In addition, downstairs in the same building, you can buy meat to take to the BBQ too. Choose your favourite ingredients and enjoy cooking it on the barbeque yourself. Of course, you can use it just for à la carte and drinks too.




    The plan includes the ‘Casual BBQ Course’ (¥4,800 for 2+ people) where you can enjoy beef, pork and chicken; the ‘Premium BBQ Course’ (¥6,500 for 2+ people) that includes a T-bone steak, seafood and more; and the cook-it-yourself option (¥3,300). There’s also drinks to be enjoyed with each course as well as all-you-can-drink wine.


    Step away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city a little and enjoy a top-tier BBQ atop a lush rooftop garden.





    Address: Ark Hills South Tower Sky Park, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

    *Please use the direct elevator on the path behind the B1F Ark Kitchen ‘Etsubo’ (笑壷)

    Running: April 23, 2018 – September 30, 2018

    Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00

    *[April-June] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00

    *[July-August] Saturdays 15:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 15:00-22:00

    *[September] Saturdays 12:00-23:00 / Sundays & Holidays 12:00-22:00

    TEL: 03-5549-1550 (*Reception opens April 20)

    No Fixed Holidays. (Except during bad weather.)





  • Dig into the Toro Nama Chocobaum by cake specialists Sennen no Ki!

    17.April.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sennen no Ki is a shop that specialises in Baumkuchen – a type of round cake that originates from Germany. There are currently three Sennen no Ki shops in Chiba prefecture and their best-seller is the Toro Nama Chocobaum, which sold more than 30,000 in just one year!

    In order to commemorate this, Sennen no Ki will be launching an all-you-can-eat plan at their shop in Kimitsu. The plan offers customers 60 minutes to eat as much cake as they like. There is a variety of 15 Baumkuchen. The plan is called the “Sweets Baumkuchen Tabehoudai Plan” and will start on Wednesday 18th April 2018.



    This luxurious plan allows customers 60 minutes to eat 15 different kinds of Baumkuchen. The variety includes, of course, their most popular cake “Toro Nama Chocobaum”, as well as the “Toro Nama Tiramisu”, which is a fusion of Baumkuchen and Tiramisu, and the “Toro Nama Matcha”, which is a matcha mousse Baumkuchen decorated with matcha sauce.



    Sennen no Ki’s famous secret lies in their original Baumkuchen. They use a special original two-step recipe. Their most popular product, the Toro Nama Chocobaum, of which more than 30,000 were sold, are prepared by hand and baked so that once it enters the mouth, the syrupy texture can be enjoyed along with melt-in-the-mouth mousse. Packed with luxury, there is a deep accent to the chocolate fondue coating.


    Check out the new items on the menu and the popular all-you can eat menu!



    Sweets Baumkuchen Tabehodai plan
    60 minutes all-you-can-eat in which you can enjoy your favourite Baumkuchen from the display case!
    Waffle Baumkuchen(One plate and one drink included)
    Address: Sennen no Ki Kimitsu, (Baumkuchen specialist shop) 5-28-5, Minamikoyasu, Kimitsu, Chiba
    Open: From 18th April (Closing date not determined)
    Opening hours: 10:00 — 15:00 (Last entries: 14:00)
    Price: ¥1,300 (tax included)
    ※ The all-you-can-eat menu is subject to change based on stock