Enjoy Hanami With Eimei the Giant Panda at Adventure World in Wakayama
30.March.2019 | SPOT
Adventure World in Wakayama is holding a special springtime event from March 28 to April 3 called Hanami With Eimei.
A hanami flower-viewing area will be set up in front of the outdoor breeding centere where Eimei the giant panda lives meaning you get to enjoy the cherry blossoms together with her. The cherry blossoms at the park are scheduled to be at the height of their blossom on March 30.
Bask in the warm spring sun while gazing at the beautiful pink flowers with Eimei.
Hanami With Eimei the Giant Panda
Address: 2399 Katata, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
Running: March 28, 2019 – April 3, 2019
Adventure World Official Website: http://www.aws-s.com/
Adventure World Wildlife Theme Park in Wakayama Adopts SmaLingual Multilingual App
03.September.2019 | SPOT
Adventure World has announced that it has adopted SmaLingual to the park, a multilingual app designed for foreign tourists and travellers in Japan to help them get around.
SmaLingual is a simultaneous multilingual interpretation service which uses a multilingual speech translation engine. Available in 10 languages including English and Brazilian Portuguese on both phones and browsers, the service translates and interprets both text and speech simultaneously, enabling people to have conversations with each other in different languages. The app’s functions also have a language level over TOEIC800, ensuring that you convey the right information correctly.
Using this app means you will be able to read and understand descriptions and explanations written around the park, cautious on interacting with the animals, and so on.
Now guests can enjoy Adventure World with friends and family to the fullest without making a mistake.
Adventure World – SmaLingual
・Park Services Using App: 45
・Adventure World currently accepts 10 languages including Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian, Myanmar, Vietnamese, and Brazilian Portuguese
How to Use
①Scan the QR code provided on the park staff’s tablet
②Translate your own text or voice using your own smart device
*Guests do not need to install the app if they do not wish. The app can be used online.
Address: 2399 Katata, Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.aws-s.com/
Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji
ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.
If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.
While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.
Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.
Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.
There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.
Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!
White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800
This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.
Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250
This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.
This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.
Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400
The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.
Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350
The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.
You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.
Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240
If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.
The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.
Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.
Model: Ririka Satsuki
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)
Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen
Address: 4-7-3 Tsukiji, Chuo Ward, Tokyo (Along Harumi-dori)
Opening Hours: 10:00-14:00 / 17:00-22:00 (Last orders at 22:00)
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Ginza Station / 7-minutes on foot from Higashi-Ginza Station / 5-minutes on foot from Tsukiji Station
Official Website: http://onakapecopeco.com/
Giant 5-Meter Tall Dinosaur Panda Stomps Into Ueno Station
The Dinosaur Expo 2019 began at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo on July 13, and in promotion of the exhibition, a thrilling dinosaur themed event is set to take place at the Atre Ueno shopping mall from August 1 to September 30.
Atre Ueno is located inside Ueno Station, and if you roll into the station right now you’d best be careful of the bipedal, carnivorously cute 5 meter high panda-saur. You’ll find it on display at the station’s Grand Concourse (it’s pretty hard to miss!)
You might be wondering why there’s a giant panda dressed as a fluffy dinosaur. The reason is that Ueno Zoo has its very own giant pandas which have become a symbol of the town. And the dinosaur our station panda is dressed as is the Deinocheirus, the main showpiece of The Dinosaur Expo.
In promotion of the museum’s exhibition, 19 restaurants and cafes at Atre Ueno are serving up their very own dinosaur-inspired meals―both meat for the carnivora and vegetarian for the herbivores―as well as desserts.
Head to Ueno this summer break for your fill of dino fun!
The Dino Expo 2019
Running: July 13, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Location: National Museum of Nature and Science
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Official Website: https://dino2019.jp/
Address: 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-22:30
*Select stores have different opening hours
Official Website: https://www.atre.co.jp/store/ueno
Celebrate Ueno Zoo Panda Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday With ecute Ueno’s Panda Sweets & Merchandise
Shopping centre ecute Ueno has announced that it is holding a campaign entitled “Pandaful Party” from June 3 to June 30 to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Ueno Zoo’s popular panda Xiang Xiang. Panda themed desserts, food and merchandise will be sold at various stores throughout ecute Ueno.
Panda Rolled Sushi Set – ¥648 (Tax Included) @ Wakahiro (ecute Ueno)
Sushi-lovers won’t want to miss this set of rolled sushi. The three cute pandas all come with three different flavours: fried salmon, minced chicken and egg. Available at the ecute Ueno branch of Wakahiro only.
Panda Baked Sweet Potato (100g) – ¥324 (Tax Included) @ Rapoppo (ecute Ueno)
Aged potatoes are used to make this popular baked sweet potato treat, and these ones have a cute panda design♡
Parent & Child Panda Eclair (1 Eclair) – ¥380 (Tax Included) @ Dolce Felice (ecute Ueno)
These adorable eclairs feature a panda parent and cub on them. They are filled with chocolate custard and a crunchy biscuit.
Panda Case Beans – ¥972 (Tax Included) – Mameya Bankyu (ecute Ueno) *Serving June 3 – June 16 only
Inside these panda cases are black soybeans covered in chocolate and houjicha tea chocolate.
Ueno Assorted Cookies (1 Tin) – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Juchheim (ecute Ueno)
Grab a cup of tea and tuck into these tin of cute assorted cookies with panda motifs on them.
Panda Cocoa (Hot/Iced) – ¥400 (Tax Included) @ UP CAFE (ecute Ueno)
This cup of hot panda cocoa can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
Merchandise includes cute panda salt, fortunes, a squishy and more.
People can also get their hands on this exclusive Pandaful Party shopping bag on June 12, the day of Xiang Xiang’s birthday. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to start your shop nice and early!
Running: June 3, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Location: ecute Ueno (JR Ueno Station)
Address: JR Ueno Station Floor 3F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00 (*Different for some stores)
Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo to launch the perfect panda-themed cake for Children’s Day!! ♡
24.April.2019 | FOOD
From Saturday 27th April to national holiday Sunday 5th May, Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo’s Melissa Cake Shop will be selling the Oyako de panda furu cake, which is perfect for parents and children to celebrate Children’s Day!
Every year on the 5th of May, Japan celebrates Children’s Day to wish children good health and good luck for the future. As pandas have become particularly popular in 2019, this cake has incorporated this theme, creating the perfect Children’s Day cake. The Oyako de panda furu cake is made with careful attention to detail. Even the speed that the mixture is beaten and the resulting texture arising from the fineness of the batter is carefully considered. A melt-in-the-mouth sponge cake filled with strawberries was the ultimate goal.
The smooth and deep-flavour of the cream and chocolate and the overwhelmingly happy baby panda with its parent is an image that is just too cute ♡.
“May the child who eats this cake enjoy days full of happiness and grow quickly to lead a happy and healthy life” is the intention that the patissier holds close to their heart whilst making each individual cake. This rare cake is perfect for wishing happiness upon a child so make sure to get one!
Oyako de Panda Furu Cake (親子でパンダフルケーキ)
Price: ¥2,200 (price includes tax)
Available at: Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo (1st floor) Takeout Melissa
Opening hours: 10:00 ー 20:30
Selling: Sat 27/04 ー National holiday Sun 05/05 2019
※ There is only a limited number of these cakes.
Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo official website: https://www.rihga.co.jp/tokyo/shopping/melissa
See 2,600 Cherry Blossom Trees at the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
02.April.2019 | SPOT
Taking place in the city of Hirosaki in western Aomori Prefecture, this year’s Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival will run from April 20 to May 6.
This annual festival is the biggest in Hirosaki bringing in over 2 million people every year. Visitors will once again to be treated to a visual spectacle of 2,600 cherry blossom trees of 52 different species blooming their beautiful pink flowers in Hirosaki Park.
Various events and activities will take place throughout the festival such as boat rides, a tour carried out by the one of the gardeners, and more.
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Celebratory Lantern Parade
The festival will hold a parade on May 3―the date on which the first flower-viewing party event in Hirosaki was first carried out. It will ring in the start of Japan’s new era following Emperor Akihito’s abdication with a lantern parade
Running: May 3 from 10:00am
Where: From Hirosaki Park Otemon Gate to Inner East Gate
Flower-Viewing Party in Traditional Japanese Dress
This flower-viewing party was so popular last year that it is making a return in 2019. Dress up in traditional Japanese clothing and receive a special ticket to enter the Hirosaki Castle botanical gardens for free.
Running: April 20, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Ticket Location: Ninomaru / Shinomaru Information Centre
Hirosaki Park Boat Ride
Enjoy the cherry blossoms from a different angle with a boat ride along the moat.
Running: April 20, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Time: 9:00-17:00 (Last rides at 16:30) *Subject to change depending on weather and number of boarders
Special Cherry Blossom Tour
The park’s gardeners will carry out a tour of the cherry blossoms and provide interesting explanations.
Running: April 30, 2019 & May 2, 2019
Time: From 13:30 (90 minute tour)
No. of People: 40 people per tour (first-come, first-served)
During the cherry blossom’s full bloom season thousands of petals will fall into the moat, creating a gorgeous pink carpet on the water surface. This will make for some great photographs.
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
Running: April 20, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Location: Hirosaki Park (1 Shimoshiroganechō, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture)
Honmaru/Kita no Kuruwa Area – 7:00-21:00 (9:00-17:00 from April 20 to 22 and May 6)
Botanical Garden – 9:00-18:00
Illuminations – Sunset until 23:00 (subject to change)
*Some locations in the park will charge a fee. This includes the Honmaru/Kita no Kuruwa Area. It costs ¥310 for adults and ¥100 for children.
Enjoy cherry blossoms from theme park rides at Osaka’s Hirakata Park! ♡ Over 300 trees about to bloom!
18.March.2019 | SPOT
From the end of March to the beginning of April, sakura will bloom at Hirakata amusement park. There are approximately 300 sakura trees and eight varieties of tree including Yoshino cherry blossoms. Amongst the park attractions is the “Skywalker”; a giant ferris wheel that overlooks the park. The path to the ride is hilly and lined with sakura trees, so during full bloom, the path is completely covered in a bed of pink petals!
This theme park is unique in that you can enjoy the cherry blossom view and the rides simultaneously! The roller coaster ride “Red Falcon” is also located near a road lined with sakura trees, so you can enjoy an even more wonderful sakura-viewing experience! Plus, you can take your cherry blossom viewing to a whole new level on the “Skywalker” as the carriages of the ride overlook the park from the sky and remain in mid-air for approximately 10 minutes. ♡
Thanks to the arrival of spring, you can enjoy Hirakata Park sakura to the max!
Weekdays: 10:00 ー 17:00
Weekends & national holidays:
・ Monday 25th March ー Friday 5th April 10:00 ー 18:00
Saturday 27th April ー holiday Monday 6th May: 10:00 ー 19:00
Entry prices: Adults: (Middle school+) ￥1,400, children: (2 y/o ー elementary school): ￥800
Top 6 Cherry Blossom Events in Japan’s Kanto Region for This Year’s Hanami
The cherry blossoms are slowly blooming flower by flower in the Kanto region of Japan―which encompasses the Greater Tokyo Area and six other prefectures.
What kind of hanami, or “flower blooming” season can we expect to enjoy this year? We have compiled a list of six must-attend events celebrating Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms of the Kanto region this year.
Yozakura Jewel Illuminations at Yomiuri Land
Japanese amusement park Yomiuri Land is set to hold its first ever Yozakura Jewel Illumination event from March 21 to April 7. It will combine evening-time cherry blossoms with a range of different gorgeous illuminations. The 180-meter long Sakura Promenade will be lined with bright lights in the evening, creating a memorable and must-see display. The Ferris wheel, too, will be lit up with colourful lights in the image of cherry blossoms, creating a romantic spectacle.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/182255
Tenkuu no Ohanami 2019 at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck
The Tokyo City View Observation Deck at Roppongi Hills is holding a hanami event this spring titled Tenkuu no Ohanami 2019 (“Flower Viewing From the Sky 2019”) which will run from March 15 to April 7. From the observation deck you can glimpse the cherry blossoms dotted around some of Tokyo’s most famous sites and landmarks including Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and elsewhere, each of which will be a sight to behold from up high in the sky.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/182366
Sakura Matsuri 2019 at Ark Hills
Sakura Matusri 2019 will run from April 5 to 7 at Ark Hills in Tokyo. The 1km long tunnel of cherry trees―a symbol and landmark of the surrounding area―will decorated with beautiful illuminations. The bridge that runs from Ark Hills’s south tower to the main building is a secret hanami spot that overlooks the row of trees that run up Spain-zaka Slope. This means you can enjoy the flowers from different angles, whether down below and up close or up high overhead.
Tokyo Disney Resort’s® Kawazu-zakura
Make sure to stop by Minnie’s House in Tokyo Disneyland’s® Toon Town which is home to a Kawazu-zakura tree. These trees typically bloom faster than Yoshino cherry trees and are known for their deep pink colour. The pink house and pink cherry blossoms are such a cute match! A range of cherry blossom- and spring-themed items will also be sold to be enjoyed together with the hanami season.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/180825
Rickshawing Through the Meguro River Cherry Blossoms With Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
For a three-day limited period from March 29 to 31, you can thoroughly enjoy Japanese hospitality as Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will be running a rickshaw service around Meguro River for guests to enjoy the cherry blossoms. When booking a room at the hotel you can select a plan that includes this rickshaw ride around Tokyo’s foremost-leading cherry blossom viewing hot spot for 30 minutes. During the ride, guests can enjoy the spring breeze as they sweep around the cherry blossom trees of Meguro River. The plan includes a springtime cherry blossom menu and more, so if you’re looking for luxury then look no further!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/173973
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Cherry Blossom Festival
The Lake Sagami Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest in Kanagawa Prefecture from March 21, 2019. Just an hour’s distance from Tokyo, this hanami festival is a chance to enjoy 2,500 cherry trees―the biggest collection in the Kanto region―from many different angles. Board the “Pair Lift” and glide over the gorgeous cherry blossom trees for a skybound hanami experience. Soar even higher in a hot-air balloon and see the pink landscape and evening illuminations.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/?p=183232
Did you enjoy this list? When visiting Japan for the cherry blossoms be sure you get to experience them in lots of different ways and from different angles.
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Cherry Blossom Festival Begins March 21
12.March.2019 | SPOT
People are gearing up to enjoy the cherry blossoms at the upcoming Lake Sagami Cherry Blossom Festival which will take place at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest in Sagamihara, Kanagawa from March 21, 2019.
Just an hour’s distance from Tokyo, this hanami festival is a chance to enjoy 2,500 cherry trees―the biggest collection in the Kanto region―from many different angles.
Climb aboard the Pair Lift to glide over the gorgeous strip of trees and enjoy hanami from up high.
Nighttime illuminations of all the trees will also run until April 7, 2019. A whopping 6 million illuminations will light up the trees to create a magical evening spectacle.
Hot-Air Balloon Hanami
Soar even higher and gaze across the pink landscape inside a hot-air balloon.
Hanami Photo Spot
Snap a photo at the fun photo spot located halfway up the rows of cherry trees. Countless white lights and bright white trees will provide a beautiful ground to your picture.
Wild Dining, a restaurant in the heart of the park, will serve up a festive menu which can be enjoyed while viewing the cherry blossoms from the giant open windows.
After admiring the flowers and illuminations, why not take a dip in the resort’s hot springs? There is also a special ticket set that includes a free entry pass to the park when travelling there from Yokohama Station.
Enjoy the cherry blossoms in the daytime and evening at this year’s cherry blossom festival at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest.
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Cherry Blossom Festival
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture
Running: March 21, 2019 – April 21, 2019 (Closed April 11 & 18)
*Evening illuminations from March 21 to April 7.
Until April 7 – 9:00-21:00
From April 8 – Weekdays 10:00-16:00 / Weekends & Holidays 9:00-17:00
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Daytime Entry Prices (10:00-16:00)
Entry: Adults ¥1,700 / Children, Seniors & Pets (Dogs) ¥1,000
Free Pass: Adults ¥3,900 / Children, Seniors & Pets (Dogs) ¥3,100 Adults
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Evening Entry Prices (16:00-21:00) *Last entries 20:30
Entry: Adults & Seniors ¥1,000 / Children & Pets (Dogs) ¥700
TEL: 0570-037-353 (Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest)
Hot-Air Ballon Event
Date: March 23, 2019
Price: Adults ¥2,500 / Children ¥2,000
*Tickets sold at the park’s Pleasure Station souvenir shop
*Illuminations from 18:00
Hanami 2019: Cruise Down Meguro & Sumida River With a Glass of Rosé This Cherry Blossom Season
10.February.2019 | SPOT
SPICE SERVE, which manages the rental cruising service Anniversary Cruise, opened its Meguro River and Sumida River flower-viewing service yesterday in collaboration with Chandon wine. The service began in 2015 and has taken close to 3,000 people on cruises.
The Meguro River plan comes with all-you-can-drink Chandon. Enjoy a crisp and fruity glass of rosé as you make your way down the river to enjoy the cherry blossoms.
Attendees can enjoy a luxurious hanami cruise by climbing aboard a pontoon boat or the “Quest Gou,” a premium boat that’s like a floating lounge.
The Sumida River cruise comes with a special hanami bento prepared by TORA DELI, a popular restaurant that opened in Toranomon last year. If you order the Sweets Plan you can also enjoy a series of delicious sweets made by the patisserie SAKURA. These were serve last year and were a huge hit with cruisers.
Take your special someone on a romantic hanami boat ride this year down two of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom rivers.
Meguro River Cruise
Sumida River Cruise
Cherry Blossoms & Hanami to Hit Tokyo Midtown For ‘MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019’
25.January.2019 | SPOT
Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi is beckoning the spring once again this year with MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019 which is set to run from March 15 to April 14.
This will be the 12th time this event has taken place which is held to celebrate springtime. The annual event brings in many people every year to one of Tokyo’s many famous cherry blossom sites. Much is planned for this year’s event as the 200 meter long street Sakura-dori will be decked out with outdoor lounges and illuminated cherry blossom trees. The spring vibe will be felt both indoors and outdoors too with a range of beautiful decorations.
The 200 meter row of cherry blossom trees line the garden area of Tokyo Midtown. In the daytime their pink hues can be looked at from down below inside the building while at night the trees will be lit up, calling you to stand and gaze from underneath them.
Cherry Blossom Light-Up
The illuminations will take place during the full bloom of the cherry blossoms. Before the full bloom however pink coloured lights can be enjoyed earlier during the evening for people to get a feel of what’s to come when the blossoms bloom. When they do come out, the lights will switch to white to create a magical scene. The row of trees can even be enjoyed from some of the restaurants in Tokyo Midtown, so why not enjoy a romantic dinner while gazing down at Japan’s cherry blossoms?
Location: Tokyo Midtown Garden along Sakura-dori
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Chandon Blossom Lounge
Enjoy luxurious and sophisticated service carried out by the staff at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo with the Blossom Lounge. This experience is taking place once again in collaboration the premium sparkling wine brand Chandon. A special menu has also been prepared exclusively for MIDTOWN BLOSSOM. The fantastic food and striking desserts were chosen by The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo’s Chef de Cuisine William Khala. Enjoy a glass of rosé in the outdoor lounges or warm yourself in the Chandon Suite, the popular tent area returning from last year.
Location: Tokyo Midtown Garden area along Sakura-dori
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019 (*Will close during bad weather)
Time: 12:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
*Open until 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and during the full bloom of the cherry blossoms. Last Orders: 20:30.
Spring Flower Display
There are still cold days leftover during this season and so a vivid display of flower art is being prepared to ring in the springtime warmth. Enjoy a range of striking artwork inside the warm building with pieces also by the past winner of the Flower Art Awards.
Location: Galleria Floor 1F, Tree Shower, Tokyo Midtown
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Basks in the sights of the nighttime cherry blossoms as the spring sunshine dims and turns to evening.
MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019
Running: March 15, 2019 – April 14, 2019
Location: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Directly connected to Exit 8 at Roppongi Station via the Toei Oedo Line.
Directly connected to Roppongi Station via the Hibiya Line.
3-minutes on foot from Exit 3 of Nogizaka Station via the Chiyoda Line.
10-minutes on foot from Exit 1 of Roppongi-itchōme Station via the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
Kyoto Botanical Garden’s Cherry Blossom Illumination Event Begins March 25
23.January.2019 | SPOT
Kyoto Botanical Garden’s Sakura Light-Up 2019 will run from March 25 to April 7 followed by the Sakura Sanpo cherry blossom strolling event from April 19 to 21.
Located by the Kamo River, Kyoto Botanical Garden is a large botanical garden and conservatory home to countless valuable plants that can’t been seen anywhere else. They currently have close to 200 species of plants. General guests are allowed to see 140 of these.
The garden boasts a long cherry blossom season. In many famous cherry blossom spots in Japan the Yoshino cherry trees bloom for one week at the beginning of April, but at Kyoto Botanical Garden they sprout early in mid-March and stay until the end of April.
Old Yoshino Cherry Tree
Period: Early April
The garden houses an old Yoshino cherry that was planted in 1961 during the Showa era. Gazing upon its beautiful old trunk that sprouts new branches evokes the history of the garden.
Turmeric has a recorded history in Japan since the middle of the Edo period where it has gone by many names such as kizakura (yellow cherry blossom), koganezakura (golden cherry blossom) and asagizakura (light yellow cherry blossom).
Ninna-ji Temple in Ukyō, Kyoto is home to both single and double-flowered omurozakura cherry blossom trees. Amongst these is the ‘half-flowered’ cherry tree called omuroariake. It’s a ancient variety of cherry blossom in Kyoto that has been around since the Edo Period.
Nakai, a gardener at Kyoto Botanical Garden who watches over the cherry blossoms, comments: “Cherry trees respond to you just by touching them. They bloom beautifully when you do things like improve the soil. So that people can see them at numerous periods of time, we extend the opening hours of the garden during the cherry blossom season and are open in the evening and at night. We’re still have work to do but we are aiming to become a garden that plants and preserves many different species. We’re a little-known good place where you can enjoy cherry blossoms you can’t at over well-known places.”
Enjoy hanami this year in Japan through March and April at Kyoto Botanical Garden.
Kyoto Botanical Garden
Address: Shimogamo Hangicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Price: General ¥200 / High School Students ¥150 / Junior High School Students and below – Free / 70+ Years and Disabled – Free
Sakura Light-Up 2019
Running: March 25, 2019 – April 7, 201
Time: After Sunset (Around 6:30PM) to 9:00PM (Last Entries: 8:00PM)
Price: The price of entry only
*The park hours are extended from the usual 5:00PM closing time to 9:00PM
2019/4/19 @ 1:00PM-1:45PM
2019/4/20 @ 1:00PM-1:45PM, 5:00PM-5:45PM
2019/4/21 @ 5:00PM-5:45PM
Price: The price of entry only
*Due to opening hour extensions form April 8 to May 19 the usual 5:00PM closure time will extend to 6:30PM (Last Entries: 6:00PM)
*Those wishing to participate at either 1:00PM or 5:00PM must meet in front of the Shokubutsuen Kaikan.