Enjoy a mystical night of relaxing fireflies and festival fun only this June at Higashi-Izu!
26.May.2019 | SPOT
Higashi-Izu Machi Kanko Kyokai tourism association is holding their 17th evening firefly-watching event to be held in a local hot spring village of Higashi-Izu. The Higashi-Izu Machi Onsenkyo Hotaru Kansho no Sakuya” will be held from Sunday 2nd to Tuesday 11th June. Free yourself from everyday life and watch the night light up as a mystical scenery filled with fireflies descends upon you. This experience will take your body and mind to a whole new world!
The event will be held at the natural Okawa Takegasa Koen; a park which is listed to have one of Shizuoka’s 100 top waterfronts. You can feel the seasons changing here, and during June, you can see a clear stream of fireflies dancing. The warm colours of their glow will put you at ease for hours.
Numerous other events will take place alongside the firefly-watching event, such as the “Chochin walk” where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll at night with a warmly lit paper lantern. You can also stop by the “firefly town” (Hotaru-shi) where you can browse lots of local goods during the night market, or take part in the “otanoshimi chusen kai” lucky lottery where many prizes can be won. Shizuoka DC has also planned a special prize-giving program, where visitors who arrive at the park in a Yutaka (summer kimono) on a weekday of the event will be given a small gift!
Enjoy a mystical and extraordinary night of nature at Higashi-Izu. This is your chance to relax under the light of fireflies and explore the numerous shops at the firefly town!
Firefly-watching evening, Higashi-Izu Hot Spring town
“Dai 17 kai Higashi-Izu Machi Onsenkyo Hotaru Kansho no Sakuya”
Location: Okawa Takegasa Koen park, Higashi-Izu Machi Ogawa Onsen (東伊豆町大川温泉 大川竹ヶ沢公園)
Running: Sun 02 ー Tues 11/06/2019
Times: 19:30 ー 21:00 (Subject to cancellation due to rain)
※ Last park entries: 20:25
Park entry fee：Please pay the “Hotaru Ikusei-kin” of ¥200 to help look after the fireflies.
Special edition website: http://www.e-izu-hotaru.org/
Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations 2020-2021 to Take Place at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika
15.September.2020 | SPOT
Toki no Sumika is set to host its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” from September 19, 2020 to March 21, 2021.
Forest of Trees Illuminations
The Forest of Trees was created together with locals and wraps visitors in a magical fantasy land of lights underneath the shimmer of stardust. This trail of trees leads visitors to the next area, the Royal Palace on the Hill.
Royal Palace on the Hill
The “Versailles Lights” water laser show entertains onlookers with a rhythmic show. A new spot has also been developed this year called “It’s a colorful world” where cuter balls of light change colour to the sounds that play. There’s also one of the world’s biggest “Bells of Love” clad in colours galore to radiate the dark night, “Slow House Twinkle,” and “Super Searchlight.”
Tunnel of Lights
Spanning 370m along, the “Tunnel of Lights” changes colours as time passes, enveloping people in a sparkling galaxy of illuminations. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities.
Twin Trees & First Dream Bridgeツインツリーと初夢の橋
The colour of the 120-year-old fir tree at the site this year will be white. The 20 meter-tall tree will be decorated simply and gently, with more LED lights than ever before, to enhance its beauty. The “First Dream Bridge” will give rise to the “Stardust Road” of countless illuminations that run along it.
Underwater Paradise Aquarium
Around 4,500 goldfish of 200 species, including rare kinds, from all around Japan are collected here. It continues to grow as Japan’s only goldfish aquarium both in name and reality. Enjoy seeing them swim while gorgeous lights light up the room.
Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
Car Park Spaces: 2,000
Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)
Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/
SOKI ATAMI: The New Hot Spring Hotel in Shizuoka’s City of Atami
05.September.2020 | SPOT
SOKI ATAMI is a new hot spring accommodation set to open in the town of Koarashicho in Atami, Shizuoka, on November 1, 2020.
The town of Koarashicho is considered the annex, as it were, to Atami. SOKI ATAMI can be reached in around 40 minutes by bullet train from Shinagawa Station. The accommodation takes into account the value of Atami’s hot spring resorts and what’s on offer there. It will serve a ‘sojourn style’ of accommodation that allows you to return to yourself as you are, without any stresses, something which is enhanced thanks to being situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city in nature.
Just being yourself
The accommodation, surrounded by nature, offers a panoramic view of the ocean, and consists of a reception wing, guest room wing, and restaurant wing. In the ‘Village Garden,’ there are trees growing citrus fruits and a variety of plants and crops, showcasing the regional lifestyle and natural features.
There are 54 guest rooms in total ranging from 40㎡ to 65㎡ which can fit up to 4 people. Guests can enjoy the hot springs with all room types. TONERICO:INC. is in charge of the inter design who have given it a natural feel.
Tea Salon & Bar
The Tea Salon & Bar on the top floor overlooks Atami Bay. Guests can enjoy sipping on tea grown in Shizuoka as well as tucking into seasonal meals made using Japanese ingredients. There’s also a terrace from which guests can enjoy the firework festivals held at Atami Bay throughout the year.
The public baths benefit from the changing seasons which changes up the bathing experience. The water is perfect for de-stressing, moisturising, and making your skin look beautiful.
In the restaurant wing is the dining room designed by age co.,ltd which has worked on many different ryokan and restaurants. Fish, vegetables, and other ingredients are all sourced locally and directly.
Grand Opening: November 1, 2020
Address: 4-36 Koarashichō, Atami, Shizuoka
Access: 10-minutes by car from Atami Station
Official Website: http://www.so-ki.jp/
Creamy Mami Ani-Art Pop Up Shop to Open in Ikebukuro and Shizuoka
Two Creamy Mami themed pop-up shops are set to open in Ikebukuro Marui on September 5 and in Shizuoka Marui on September 19. Fans can expect to get their hands on a range of exclusive and new merchandise themed on the popular anime series Creamy Mami, the Magical Angel, from pin badges and a parker hoodie to tote bags and more.
Pre-Sale Merchandise (Excerpt)
Trading Ani-Art Pin Badge (9 Designs) | Single: ¥430, Box: ¥3,870 (Before Tax)
Trading Ani-Art Acrylic Stands (9 Designs) | Single: ¥800, Box: ¥7,200 (Before Tax)
Back Print Zipper Parker (1 Design) | ¥5,980 (Before Tax)
Clear Pouch (1 Design) | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Fans who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on related merchandise and display their Epos cards will have the chance to enter a lottery to win a prize.
The pop-up shop is also currently holding a Twitter campaign in Japan until October 5, 2020. One lucky fan can receive a complete set of bromide photos by following AMNIBUS on Twitter and retweeting this tweet.
The pop-up shop is a chance for fans and newcomers to jump into the magical world of Creamy Mami.
Creamy Mami, the Magical Girl Ani-Art POP UP SHOP in Marui
Official Website: https://event.amnibus.com/mami-0101/
Running: September 5, 2020 – September 13, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Address: 3-28-13 Nishi-Iekbukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo, 171-0021
Official Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/048/
Running: September 19, 2020 – October 5, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:30 (until 19:00 on October 5, 2020)
Address: 6-10 Miyukicho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, 420-0857
Official Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/036
New Summertime Drinks and Desserts Released at Atami Purin in Japan
16.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese dessert shop Atami Purin introduced its Summer 2020 menu on July 7. Atami Purin is known for the visual aspect of desserts which it serves up at its four shops, all located in Atami, Shizuoka.
Midsummer Mango Pudding: ¥400 (Tax Included)
Enjoy that tropical vibe with the Midsummer Mango Pudding, a mix of rich mango Japanese-style pudding known as purin, and sweet and sour blood orange.
Atami Pudding Ice Cream: ¥450 (Tax Included)
Atami Colourful Soda: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Other treats on the menu include an ice cream that looks just like a Japanese purin dessert, colourful sodas made with lychee and salt, and plenty of other refreshing picks.
Atami Purin 1
Address: 3-14 Tawarahonchō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Atami Purin Cafe 2nd
Address: 10-22 Ginzachō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Nagisa no Atami Purin
Address: ATAMI BAY RESORT KORAKUEN, 10-1 Wadahamaminamichō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Drive-In Atami Purin Shokudo
Address: 10-1 Kamitaga, Atami, Shizuoka
Shizuoka’s City of Izu to Open New Glamping Hotel ‘ANDAPING’
13.July.2020 | SPOT
HOTEL ANDAPING is a new glamping hotel set to open in Izu, Shizuoka on July 18, 2020. This glamping hotel experience offers guests individual rooms, great food, a terrace that gives a panoramic view of the ocean and peninsula, and a lush and gorgeous natural environment home to the “yanmonoki,” a tree registered as a natural monument. The hotel price is all-inclusive, and guests can enjoy all the entertainment benefits of a glamping experience such as alcohol, karaoke, darts, billiards, and more.
Enjoy elegance on the forest terrace
When you step out of the hotel onto the terrace, your gaze is met with the expanse of the rolling blue ocean and the peninsula. And if you look to the side, you’ll spot the natural monument that is the Yanmonoki tree. Once you’ve checked into the hotel, you’re served tea, coffee, and desserts at either the Open Terrace or Yanmo Terrace. At night, warm up by the bonfire and toast some marshmallows in the middle of the forest atop the terrace.
Indulge in the hot spring of one of 7 open-air baths
From inside the hot springs and baths, guests can look out across the Izu Peninsula ocean and beautiful verdure. The water contains sodium-calcium and chloride which is kind to and feels nice on the skin. There large public baths as well as 7 rental open-air baths and 3 rental indoor baths. Guests can feel close to nature as they bathe.
An exciting glamping food experience
Food can be enjoyed both in guest rooms as well as on the terrace. On the terrace, guests can enjoy feasting on local food while watching the sky and sea.
Relaxing guest rooms give that camping vibe
Everything in the hotel is made with camping in mind, so that even indoors, guests can enjoy that outdoor vibe. Guest room ceilings are fitted with tarp, and guests can make their own drip coffee for an ‘indoor outdoor’ experience.
All-inclusive hotel service
The hotel is all-inclusive, where guests can enjoy cafe and bar drinks, play darts, billiards, go boldering and more all for free. There are also workshops, like making your own lanterns, as well as going stargazing, and much more.
Address: 1131 Yawatano, Itō, Shizuoka 413-0232
Official Website: https://www.andaping.jp/index.html
Learn About Ito City in Shizuoka Prefecture in This Breathtaking 8K PR Video
31.March.2020 | SPOT
A new PR video for Ito City in Shizuoka Prefecture was posted on the city’s official YouTube channel on March 2, 2020 as part of Ito City’s digital marketing efforts for 2020, and it’s already garnered over 21 million views in just over two weeks.
The video was directed and editor Yuki Eikawa who has gained much attention across Japan for his touristic PR video work. It captures the most famous sights across Ito including Mount Omuro and Jogasaki Coast, and showcases the city’s food, culture, and incredible natural environments. Check it out below.
ITO City, Shizuoka, Japan in 8K HDR
Learn more about Ito on the city’s official website which has a bounty of useful information for exploring everything Ito has to offer.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX: The New Luxury Hotel Opens in Shizuoka’s Resort Area Usami
09.March.2020 | SPOT
Usami is known as the resort area of Ito in Shizuoka Prefecture, and it’s here that the new luxury relaxation hotel UMI HOTEL ANNEX, which boasts a horizon-stretched ocean view, has openedーtogether with the new restaurant and bar known as The SEA.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX, a hotel for relaxation
UMI HOTEL ANNEX offers a breathtaking experience for guests with its ocean view, the sounds of the waves, and the natural scent of trees that envelop it. The hotel is on the small side, built with just six rooms, but this opens the door for greater hospitality, consideration, and comfort. If you want to wind down from a long day of travelling, need some adequate sleep, and wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s busy cities, then UMI HOTEL ANNEX has you covered.
Enjoy a sweeping ocean view
Upon entering a guest room, you are met with an unobstructed view of the sea. All rooms are also equipped with mirrorsーwhich span the entire wallーwhich bring the view of the ocean into your own room too. This means you can sleep soundly while surrounded by the sea, which is just 30 seconds from the hotel. *4 rooms of the rooms offer the ocean view
Rooms also have a pillar made from hiba cypress, a type of tree symbolic of Aomori Prefecture. The pillars not only serve to support the structure of the hotel, but also wrap the room with the natural scent of timber. Hiba is a strong antibacterial and pesticide wood, and its aroma also has a relaxing effect.
Open-air infinity pool baths with water flowing from the source
The roof is decked out with infinity pool baths with water flowing in from the source. Everything in and around the pools is made from the same Aoyama hibi cypress, including the pools themselves, meaning all rooms enjoy that warm smell of cypress. The pool joins together with Usami Bay, which stretches 1km, offering a feeling of openness like no other. There are even waterproof sofas in the pool rooms for more relaxation.
Amenities galore for a quiet night’s sleep
Amenities offered include items by Sansatia, a Bali-based natural cosmetics company. There’s also an original line of room wear made from a special Japanese gauze which can also be used in the surrounding area outside too. The linen is provided by Imabari Towel, and the beds by Simmons. There’s also bath salts, shoehorns, and more.
All guest rooms are equipped with pots, microwaves, refrigerators, irons, and trouser pressers. There’s also coin operated laundry machines, accommodating for those longer stays.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX
Address: 1746-2 Usami, Ito, Shizuoka
Official Website: https://tabinoya.net/annex/
Kissho Caren: Gaze at Shizuoka’s Moonlit Night Sky From Your Hot Spring With New Hotel Plan
28.January.2020 | SPOT
Kissho Caren is now offering a new hotel plan for women only which is available until the end of March 2020.
Kissho Caren is an incredible hideaway resort and inn located alone the quiet shores of Hokkawa Hot Spring in Shizuoka. All rooms offer a breathtaking ocean view, and all rooms, plus the restaurant and infinity pool open-air baths, offer a panoramic spectacle where the sky and sea meld together into one beautiful scene. Guests can also witness the “Moon Road,” a popular power spot of Hokkawa Hot Spring which was chosen as one of Japan’s “100 Moon Views.”
Kissho Caren boasts two of its own water sources for its flowing water. It houses 18 water spots, including hot springs in seven locations around the inn and its sister facility Tsuruya Kisshotei, as well as rentable baths, foot baths, and the beachside “Kurone Rock Bath.” All of these hot water spots are fully equipped with bath towels, face lotion, and other amenities. The inn’s hospitality is also well-praised, including its salon which offers barely tea, soft drinks, and tokoroten made in the city of Izu. In the evenings, it also offers beer amongst other things.
After checking in, guests choose a yukata and obi of their liking and enjoy a luxurious and tranquil afternoon tea. The seasonal pancakes are prepared in front of you by the chef and are topped with sweet and refreshing soft serve ice cream and served with beautiful tea. The pancakes are mixed with whey which has a lot of skin benefits, and the teas vary from Izu guricha tea to Izu aloe tea which have anti-ageing benefits and strengthen the immune system. All of this takes place at Aodake which is open 14:00-15:30.
At the Kissho Spa, one can spy the gorgeous ocean from the window. Guests can enjoy some relaxing thalassotherapy with the warm climate of the beach and seaweed, oils prepared in Izu Ōshima, guricha tea, and other local treatments, all of which are popular.
The French course dinner comes with a free drink and flambéed dessert. All rooms also come with lots of other hopsitable gifts too, including a free mini bar and snacks, 20% off from the Kisso Spa, and more.
If you’re looking for a place to stay with your girlfriends in Japan, then we recommend putting this place on your list. Don’t miss out on this limited-time, girls-only offer.
Girls-Only Amenity-Packed, Wine & Flambéed Dessert Plan
Running: January 6, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Prices (1 Night With Breakfast/Prices Per Person):
- From ¥26,500 (2 People/1 Room)
- From ¥24,500 (3 People/1 Room)
- From ¥23,500 (4 People/1 Room)
*An extra ¥5,000 on public holidays. An extra ¥2,000 from February 9, 2020. Includes tax and service charge.
- Dinner: French dinner course at “Four Season” restaurant
- Breakfast: Japanese breakfast at “Four Season” or teppanyaki breakfast at “Aodake”
- 1 free drink (White or Red Wine/Sparkling Wine/Soft Drink)
- Flambéed dessert after dinner
- Free mini bar in all rooms and confectionery set
- 20% off Kissho Spa (Discounted: ¥8,000 / Usual Price: ¥10,000): 60-minute body lymphatic drainage/60-minute facial treatment
Address: 1130 Naramoto Higashiizu, Higashiizu, Kamo District, Shizuoka
Official Website: https://www.kissho-caren.com/en/
Check Out The New Desserts in The Strawberry World of Ichigo BonBonBerry This Season
Strawberry Shop Izunokuni Shizuoka Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso ichigo BonBonBerry Izunokuni factory will be celebrating “ii ichigo no hi” (Good Strawberry Day) on January 15 by releasing new strawberry purin desserts which are full of strawberry goodness.
Committed to increasing love for strawberries, Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Ichigo BonbonBERRY Izunokuni factory sells a wide range of delicious strawberry-based foods as well as cute merchandise throughout the year. For example, strawberry-themed merchandise, jams, seasoning containing strawberries, desserts and much more.
Toge Toge Bonbon: ¥1800 (After Tax)
The Toge Toge Bonbon parfait is full of impact and full of strawberries. The glass is filled with homemade no-bake cheesecake, milk purin, homemade strawberry jam and much more. As strawberries are currently in season, the parfait currently enjoys a sweeter flavour. The fruitiness balances out with the mildness of the cheesecake and leaves a refreshing aftertaste.
Mix and Enjoy – Strawberry Pouch Pudding
Strawberry Pouch Pudding: ¥650 (After Tax)
A smooth strawberry purin is layered with slices of strawberry and fluffy whipped cream. The adorable purin pouch is packed with dried, crispy strawberry granola mix. Mix up the granola to enjoy a range of different textures. This can also be enjoyed on the go.
As strawberries are in season, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to one of Japan’s sweet and beautiful strawberry desserts.
Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Ichigo BonBonBerry Izunokuni factory
Address: 195-2 Takyo, Izunokuni, Shizuoka
・Souvenir Corner: 09:00 – 17:00
・Bonbon Berry Cafe: 10:00 – 16:00 (Last Orders: 15:30)
・Bonbon Berry Stand (Soft Serve Ice Cream and Drinks): 10:00 – 16:00
Phone Number: 0558-99-9300
Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Official Website: http://www.izunoheso.com
Ichigo BonBonBERRY Izunokuni factory Official Website: http://www.izu-ichigo.com
Rakuten Travel Reveals the Most Booked Onsen Regions of 2019
14.December.2019 | SPOT
Japan’s largest online travel site Rakuten Travel has announced the 2019 rankings for the most popular onsen spots in Japan. Having calculated the number of people staying at an onsen resort multiplied by the number of days they stayed, the rankings reveal that the winner has been the same for six years in a row now: Atami in Shizuoka.
Atami in Shizuoka has established its reputation as one of the leading locations for onsen in Japan. Its high quantity of hot spring water has earned the area top spot on Rakuten Travel’s rankings for six years in a row now. Along with easy access from Tokyo and its range of leisure facilities, this is a popular location for couples and even families with children.
In second place is Beppu Onsen, Ōita prefecture which has also made it into the rankings for six years in a row. Rakuten Travel’s customisable domestic travel package “Raku-Pack” has proven to be particularly popular among travellers to this region. “Raku-Pack” includes your airline ticket, access to all accommodations offered by Rakuten Travel across Japan, and free usage of rental services. Starting with Ōita prefecture’s first ever ANA InterContinental resort in Beppu (InterContinental – ANA Beppu Resort & Spa), more than 10 travel accommodations have opened this year and next year sees even more resort development.
In third place is Gunma Prefecture’s Kusatsu Onsen which has risen by one place since last year. This year, Sainokawara Open-air Bath (Sainokawara Rotenburo) received high amounts of praise for their mixed bathing day and changed this to be offered on a weekly basis as a result. A variety of events and tourist spots are constantly opening including the steepest zip line in Japan which will open in April.
For more information on places to visit in Japan, please visit Rakuten Travel’s website.
Izu Shaboten Zoo Opens New Hotel Izushaboten Village
Izu Shaboten Zoo in Ito, Shizuoka has opened its very own hotel Izushaboten Village Petit Hotel which is less than a minutes’ walk from the zoo itself, making it an ideal location for those looking to see the animals so they can take their time at their own leisure.
The hotel offers various different rooms, from modern and chic to the Izu Shaboten Zoo Room, Pirate Room and more. Each room has its own unique touch you won’t find anywhere else. The hotel also offers an accommodation plan that comes with entry tickets to the zoo.
For food, guests can enjoy dining at La Chic, a new restaurant that opened in spring this year that makes use of homegrown vegetables and produce sourced from contracted farmers. Food is served in a semi-buffet style in mornings and evenings so you can make up your own dish. Non-guests can eat here too if they make a reservation*.
*Reservations for non-guests are dependent on free tables and other conditions. The menu style and ingredients and subject to change without notice.
If you’re looking to visit Izu Shaboten Zoo, consider booking a room at their official hotel.
Izushaboten Village Petit Hotel
Address: 1317-584 Futo, Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture
Official Website: https://id-village.jp/petithotel/
Izu Shaboten Zoo
Address: 1317-13 Futo, Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture
Official Website: https://izushaboten.com/
Chilled Blue Chocolate Released by Shizuoka Matcha Sweet Makers Nanaya
12.May.2019 | FOOD
Nanaya, a producer of confections made using matcha from Shizuoka, is releasing a new line of blue chocolates. They will began rolling out at the Fujieda, Shizuoka, Aoyama and Kyoto Sanjo branches on May 9.
Blue chocolate is not something you see everyday. Nanaya make this melt-in-the-mouth chocolate by using the same original methods they developed to make white chocolate. It is more reminiscent of hard candy than the smooth velvety chocolate served in summer. It has a gentle sweetness brought about by the light brown sugar which is delicious until the last bite. It’s also seasoned with salt and pepper for accent and deeper flavours. The chocolate also uses butterfly pea which is popular in herbal teas in Thailand.
To further bring out the unique qualities of the herb tea, natural salt and three types of pepper are used: red, white and black. This adds a spicy kick to the sweetness of the chocolate. The chocolate is to be kept cool in the refrigerator and best enjoyed after leaving to come to room temperature before eating.
Try this exotic blue chocolate yourself this spring.
Available: At the Fujieda, Shizuoka, Aoyama, Kyoto Sanjo and Makinohara branches of Nanaya.
*Releasing at the Tea Museum in Shizuoka and online on May 12, 2019.
Nanaya Website: https://nanaya-matcha.com/?mode=f4&sid=10
Marushichi Group Website: http://marushichi-group.jp/