See the Snapdragons at Tobu Zoo Park’s Flower Festival
18.May.2019 | SPOT
If you head to Tobu Zoo Park right now you will be able to see the snapdragons in full bloom. They are located in the Campus Garden which is part of Heartful Garden, a garden made up of five areas each with their own theme.
The Campus Garden is made up of over 6,600m² of flower beds. Planted on one side of the garden are winding rows of five different coloured snapdragons which will are now in the height of their bloom until early June.
You also won’t want to miss the Rose Garden where around 220 species of roses are bunched together. From late May to early June, you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of 16 species of roses which were inducted in the Hall of Fame by the triennial World Rose Convention, as well as rose arches and gazebos.
School students are set to perform a garden concert at the Welcome Garden and event stage too.
Enjoy a spring day out in Japanese nature this year at Tobu Zoo Park.
Tobu Zoo Park
Address: 110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama District, Saitama Prefecture
Ryusenji Temple Offering Gorgeous Paper-Cut Summer Goshuin Shrine Seals with a Wish for Peace
03.June.2022 | SPOT
Ryusenji Temple in Saitama is offering some exclusive summer goshuin! Goshuin are stamps or seals given to worshippers at shrines and temples around Japan, where somebody will stamp your goshuin-cho (stamp book) with the site’s unique seal along with the temple’s name and the day you visited handwritten in ink.
The two new goshuin feature summer fireworks and a cooling fan design. These will be available from June 1 until August. They might sell out, though, so be quick!
Summer Exclusive Paper-Cut Overlaid Goshuin: Fireworks and a Wish for Peace
The Fireworks and a Wish for Peace goshuin use five kinds of paper to depict fireworks in the summer night sky.
Fireworks are a popular summer tradition in Japan. It’s said that fireworks were born following the discovery of gunpowder and its use in guns when some decided to use the substance to make something beautiful rather than use it as a weapon.
Because of this, many see fireworks as a symbol of peace. The current war between Russia and Ukraine has seen gunpowder used as a horrific weapon used to end the lives of many innocent people, and this special goshuin was made in the hopes that the war will come to an end as soon as possible. Gunpowder should be used in fireworks to bring people happiness instead.
Summer Exclusive Paper-Cut Overlaid Goshuin: Refreshing Good Luck Charm
The Refreshing Good Luck Charm shows a traditional Japanese summer scene with a fan and goldfish swimming in clear blue water.
Fans are used by many Japanese to keep cool during the summer months, and some are even said to have the power to ward off illness and evil spirits. Goldfish are often seen during summer festivals, where visitors try to scoop them up using an easily-breakable net in a fun game with family and friends.
Goldfish became popular during the Edo period and were considered to be lucky creatures capable of bringing happiness into one’s home and bringing financial fortune.
If you’re heading to Saitama, why not add these intricate goshuin to your book?
Saitama Yakuyoke Kaiun Daishi
Address: 3712 Mikajiri, Kumagaya, Saitama
Official Site: https://yakuyoke-kaiun.jp/
‘Shirokuma Cafe’ Collaboration at EJ Anime Hotel Extended
Since January 2022, EJ Anime Hotel, an experimental hotel offering rooms in collaboration with various works of anime, comics, and games, has offered a Shirokuma Cafe room at participating Hotel Monterey locations around Japan. The collab is to celebrate the anime series’ 10th anniversary and is also available at Kurumayama Kogen Skypark Hotel in Nagano Prefecture. Due to popularity, the room will be available to book until May 31, 2022. This is the first collaboration room produced by EJ Anime Hotel to be developed for a resort hotel.
Guest Room (Hotel Monterey Sapporo)
Exclusive Take-home Goods – Shironuma Cafe Luncheon Towel
Original Picnic Basket Dinner (Hotel Monterey Only)
Bonus: Original Pin
In the collaboration room, guests can enjoy newly-drawn character panels, special voiceover messages for guests only, and collaboration goods that they can be taken home. Hotel Monterey locations will offer an optional picnic-themed dinner that can be brought to the room!
During the collaboration period, Hotel Monterey Ginza, Hotel Monterey Osaka, and Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka will be holding a giveaway event to celebrate the 10th-anniversary of Shirokuma Cafe, so don’t miss it!
*Actual products may differ from the above images.
Shorokuma Cafe Collaboration Room produced by EJ Anime Hotel
Hotel Monterey Sapporo / Sendai / Ginza / Osaka / Kobe
Hotel Monterey La Soeur Osaka / Hotel Monte Hermana Fukuoka
・Kurumayama Kogen Skypark Hotel
Available: April 1 – May 31, 2022
Kurumayama Kogen Skypark Hotel
Anime Series ‘Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo’ Inspires New Attraction at Seibuen Amusement Park
Seibuen Amusement Park in Saitama Prefecture is ready to open an attraction based on the popular anime and novel series Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo! The incredible experience will open on April 27, 2022.
Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo is a children’s novel series written by Reiko Hiroshima and illustrated by Jyajya. With 16 volumes currently in circulation, an anime series was adapted by Toei Animation in 2020. The story centers on the mysterious candy shop Zenitendo, which only lucky people can find. The shop’s owner is an old woman named Beniko who can recommend the perfect candy for each person’s troubles. But things might turn out as hoped if people eat the sweets in the wrong way…whether Beniko’s sweets bring fortune or misfortune is up to the people who receive them.
Guests visiting the park will be able to visit Zenitendo, which is located somewhere on Sunset Hill Shopping Street–but the exact location will not be revealed. Only lucky guests will be able to find its location, but once you do, it will feel as though you’ve been transported into the story!
Beniko will be handing out mysterious candy that has never appeared at the park before, so don’t miss out on this unique experience!
Mysterious Candy ‘Possibly Lucky Cookie’
Baku Baku Wafer / Dou-dou Donut
Along with this new attraction, visitors will be able to experience Zenitendo in plenty of other ways! Plenty of merchandise inspired by the series will be on sale, including apparel and sweets.
*The attraction is currently under development. The final product may differ from the above images.
Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendo: The Real
Opening Date: April 27, 2022
Location: Seibuen Amusement Park, Sunset Hill Shopping Street
Ride Admission: ¥110
*A separate one-day admission ticket is required to enter the amusement park.
Where to Buy: Online, on-site ticket booth
Official Site: https://www.seibu-leisure.co.jp/
Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival to Open at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama
Popular Rilakkuma and Sumikko Gurashi characters will be taking over Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama from April 16 until May 22 during the Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival! Guests will be greeted by the characters themselves, and will be able to participate in tons of fun activities, photo spots, and more!
The festival will have a full lineup of exclusive merchandise only available at Tokorozawa Sakura Town, from cute and useful items like clear folders to fans to use during the summer heat.
A limited collaboration menu with Kadokawa Shokudou will also be available during the event. The ‘Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival Picnic Plate’ is full of fun finger foods that are easy for both adults and children to eat and includes a special lunch mat. Guests can also participate in a commemorative photo session with the characters dressed in new costumes!
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Rilakkuma & Sumikko Gurashi Festival
Running: April 16 – May 22, 2022
Closed on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of each month (If Tuesday is a national holiday, the festival will be open on that date, and closed the following day.)
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing).
Venue: Tokorozawa Sakura Town, EJ Anime Museum (Kadokawa Musashino Museum 3F)
Official Site: https://www.ntv.co.jp/rilakkuma-and-sumikko-fest/
Tobu Zoo Saitama to Hold Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Event
The popular anime series Tokyo Revengers is coming to Tobu Zoo in Saitama! From March 12 until May 15, 2022, a limited collaboration event will bring everyone’s favorite characters to this gorgeous locale in Miyashiro.
The event will feature original illustrations of Tokyo Revengers characters in animal hoodies, as well as collaboration tickets with special offers, original merchandise, themed food, and mini-games. More details will be released soon, so stay tuned!
Tokyo Revengers x Tobu Zoo Saitama
Running: March 12 – May 15, 2022
Location: Tobu Zoo Saitama
Official Site: https://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1845/
Attack on Titan Collaborates with Tobu Zoo on New Sketchbook, Other Products
The online commerce site ARMA BIANCA has opened preorders for some collaborative products between Attack on Titan and the Tobu Zoo.
Tobu Zoo, located in Saitama, combines a zoo, an amusement park, numerous gardens, and more. A new sketchbook is available as part of this collaboration and is perfect for amateurs and professionals. The brand is one of the most popular art brands in Japan.
Collaborative Sketchbook: ¥935 (Tax Included)
Three designs are available, featuring Eren, Levi, and a group shot of Eren, Jean, Erwin, and Levi. Featuring a rough texture, the pages are rough and durable and are perfect for watercolor. Fans can use it as a notebook too!
Collaborative Sketch Book
Available in 3 varieties (Eren, Levi, Group)
Size: 113 x 165 x 16mm
Order Online: https://armabianca-shop.com/products/title/70,413
Two Capcom Cafe Locations Offer Limited-Time Haikyu!! Collaboration Menu
From January 7 until February 24, 2022, two Capcom Cafe locations will hold a special collaboration event featuring menu items and goods from the popular anime and manga series Haikyu!! The menu items have been announced, and the Capcom Cafe Aeon Lake Town in Saitama and the Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro locations will be posting more information on their official sites, so fans should be sure to check them out!
① Hinata’s Tamago Kake Gohan-Style Fruit Daifuku Parfait: ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
Sprinkle this dish with brown sugar syrup to give it a sweet kick!
② Kageyama’s Stamina Up! Indian Curry: ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
This Indian curry with banana chutney and yogurt sauce was inspired by Tobio Kageyama’s favorite dish, Poached Egg Curry.
③ Bokuto’s Owl Cake: ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
Baked with the image of Koutarou Bokuto in mind, this dome-shaped cheesecake is almost too adorable to eat.
④ Akaashi’s Original Galette: ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
This galette is covered in buckwheat flour dough and goes perfectly with a side salad.
⑤ Kuroo’s Strawberry Coke: ¥880 (Tax Included)
A drink made in Kuroo’s image. It was inspired by his school colors!
⑥ Kenma’s Pudding Parfait: ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
Inspired by the character’s hair color, this parfait is served with apple pie topping and cat cookies.
⑦ Atsumu’s Hot Caramel Cafe Latte: ¥880 (Tax Included)
This piping hot beverage was made with caramel sauce the color of Atsumu’s hair.
⑧ Atsumu’s Black Sugar Syrup and Black Sesame Seed Iced Latte: ¥880 (Tax Included)
This rich drink is perfect for those wanting something a little stronger!
Menu Order Bonus: 1 Original Placemat
Original Drink Order Bonus Coaster (1 selected randomly, 10 varieties)
For every ¥3,000 yen spent on the cafe menu (including tax), guests will receive one randomly-selected bromide-style postcard. (13 varieties)
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Running: January 7 – February 24, 2022
Capcom Cafe Aeon Lake Town
Address: Aeon Lake Town kaze 3F (4-2-2 Lake Town, Koshigaya-shi, Saitama)
Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro
Address: Q Plaza Ikebukuro 3F (1-30-3 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo) http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Capcom_Cafe/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capcomcafe/
Capcom Cafe Aeon Lake Town Reservations https://reserve.resebook.jp/resty/webrsv/rsv_vacants/vacant/s014341101/17014/1222?fixshop=1
Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro Reservations https://reserve.resebook.jp/resty/webrsv/rsv_vacants/vacant/s014341101/20190/1221?fixshop=1
Pokemon Manhole Cover Project Comes to Saitama for the First Time
On November 5, 2021, Tokorozawa in Saitama prefecture received three Pokemon-themed manhole covers as part of the ongoing Poke Lids project.
The new installations feature Dragonite, Dratini, Corviknight, Dragonair, and Skarmory. Each cover was designed to highlight Tokorozawa’s scenery, and these three are the first to be installed inside Saitama prefecture.
The Poke Lids project features completely original art, and each serves as a PokeStop in the mobile game Pokemon GO. Many are located in smaller towns and areas, and this has brought more tourism and attention to some of Japan’s more charming hidden gems.
The next time you’re in Japan, try to find ‘em all!
Poke Lid Locations in Tokorozawa
- Dragonite Poke Lid: 1-13 Namiki, Tokorozawa, Saitama
- Dratini and Corviknight Poke Lid: 143-3 Matsugo, Tokorozawa, Saitama
- Dragonair and Skarmory Poke Lid: 1 Hiyoshicho, Tokorozawa, Saitama
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Official Site: https://local.pokemon.jp/manhole/
Sengoku Basara Takes Over Capcom Cafe in Saitama for a Limited Time
From November 19 until December 23, 2021, the AEON Lake Town Capcom Cafe in Saitama will be taken over by the Sengoku Basara series!
The main visual for the collaboration shows life-size characters from the series rather than the chibi versions that have appeared at previous Capcom Cafe events. Six famous generals from the Sengoku period are featured: Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Ishida Mitsunari, Chosokabe Motochika, and Mori Motonari. More details about the menu and merchandise will be released soon, so stay tuned!
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Capcom Cafe AEON Lake Town Sengoku Basara Collaboration
Running: November 19 – December 23, 2021
Address: AEON Lake Town kaze 3F (4-2-2 Lake Town, Koshigaya, Saitama)
Goods Shop: 9:00-22:00
Cafe: 11:00-22:00 (Last Order at 21:00)
Official Site: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/
Villain-Themed Halloween Sweets Buffet Opens for One Day Only in Saitama
The Omiya ART GRACE Wedding Chateau in Saitama will hold an all-you-can-eat Halloween buffet on October 31, 2021. Guests can enjoy as many villain-themed treats as they like, all prepared and decorated by the skilled on-site wedding patissier.
In addition to sweets–like the sorcerer’s macaroon, pirate pudding, and cold-hearted chocolate mint ice cream–guests can also treat themselves to all-you-can-eat savory meals, including pirate’s seafood pizza and devil black curry. A photo spot will also be available in the main dining room, which will be entirely decorated for the occasion. This is the perfect event for a girl’s night out or for families with children, so be sure to make your reservation now!
Mischievous Villains Dessert Time ~Art Grace of Terror~
Open: October 31, 2021, *Reservations required.
First Seating: 11:00-12:30 Second Seating: 13:15-14:45
Address: Omiya ART GRACE Wedding Chateau/Guest House (1-816-7 Uetake-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama)
Access: 9-minute walk from JR Toro Station
Ace Attorney Celebrates 20th Anniversary with CAPCOM CAFE Collaboration, Releases Main Visual
Saitama Ion Laketown kaze’s CAPCOM CAFE will be holding an Ace Attorney collaboration cafe between October 8 and November 18 to commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary.
The never-seen-before main visual is themed around the 20th anniversary and features the Ace Attorney and Great Ace Attorney characters in their fanciest clothes! Look forward to the new collaboration menu and limited goods which will feature the new artwork.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is now on sale.
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CAPCOM CAFE x Ace Attorney Series Collaboration
Duration: October 8 ~ November 18, 2021
Location: CAPCOM CAFE Ion Laketown
Address: Ion Laketown Kaze 3F, 4-2-2 Laketown, Koshigaya City, Saitama
Official Site: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/
Kumagaya City, Saitama Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu Opens After Rebranding
13.September.2021 | SPOT
Cafe BIVOUAC, located in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, will reopen Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu on September 18, 21, after a full rebranding.
The space aims to be ‘a garden that clears a guest’s body and mind.’ Visitors can enjoy a full bath and sauna, freshly-picked vegetables at the Haruniwa Dining Room, and a lush green lounge in which to relax and unwind.
The Haruniwa Dining Room, run by The Farm, a resort in Chiba Prefecture, offers healthy dishes filled with fresh local vegetables from Kumagaya with carefully-selected main ingredients.
In addition, a collaboration with fashion brand ‘niko and…’ will also begin upon reopening, offering the perfect comfy clothes to wear while enjoying the property. The lineup includes an original bath bag and sauna hat, each sold exclusively at Hareniwa no Yu.
Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu (Cafe BIVOUAC)
Open: September 18, 2021
Address: 939 Kubojima, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama
Official Site: https://ofurocafe-bivouac.com/