The New Kaga Onsen Hot Spring Town-Inspired Purin Shop Kaga no Yu Purin
29.June.2019 | FOOD
Kaga no Yu Purin is a new shop specialising in Japanese custard puddings, known in Japanese as ‘purin,’ that is inspired by Kaga Onsen―a collection of hot spring towns in Ishikawa Prefecture. It will open on June 29.
The shop encourages people to experience Kaga Onsen’s ancient hot spring culture while enjoying their desserts made with fresh ingredients from Kaga such as milk and eggs. The shop itself too has that Japanese hot spring atmosphere to it.
One of their standout purin is the Awa Purin (Bubble Pudding), the first purin in Japan to be inspired by the bubbles of hot springs. Not only is its appearance bubbly, the texture is too so it just melts on your tongue. Other purin flavours include strawberry, which are made with local strawberries, Kaga-bocha tea, and pumpkin.
If you’re passing through the hot spring region of Kaga Onsen then be sure to treat yourself to one of these special purin.
Kaga no Yu Purin
Address: 1-55 Kosuganamimachi, Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture
Business Hours: Weekdays 10:00-16:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-17:00
Access: 1-minute on foot from Kagaonsen Station
Official Website: https://kaganoyupudding.com/
7 Best Spots to Visit During Autumn in Ishikawa Prefecture’s City of Kaga
27.September.2020 | SPOT
Ishikawa Prefecture is generally split into two areas—Kaga and Noto—and these areas are home to six cities dubbed Kaga no Kuni, or “Kaga Country.” The cities include Kaga, Komatsu, Nomi, Kawakita, Hakusan, and Nonoichi. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the must-visit spots in these cities to visit during the autumn season.
Kaga Country’s Autumn Colours
Natadera Temple in Komatsu
The beautiful Natadera Temple is a symbol of southern Kaga and even has a Michelin star in Michelin Green Guide Japan. It’s home to a large number of important cultural properties such as the picturesque Kigan Yusenkyo Rock Formations. Visitors can ross the Fugetsukyo Bridge to reach the observation deck from which their eyes are treated to all the fiery colours of autumn.
Address: Yu-122 Natamachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa
Natadera Temple Official Website: http://www.natadera.com/
Kakusenkei Gorges in Kaga
The Kakusenkei Gorges are located in a valley where the Daishoji River runs. Its autumnal beauty is said to be the most beautiful in all of Japan’s Hokuriku region. The 1.3km stretch of the valley has a public footpath which is perfect during autumn as you gaze at the red and yellow leaves overlooking the river below.
Address: Kakusenkei Gorges, Yamanakaonsen Kajikamachi, Ho, Kaga, Ishikawa
Matsusaki in Nomi
Matsusaki is an onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn) that was built during the Edo Period. It’s enjoyed greatly for its open-air baths which boast their own water source as well as their kaiseki-ryori traditional Japanese multi-course dinner made using local ingredients. It’s also the setting for the Japanese novel Umi no Naru Toki. It boasts a gorgeous garden with an area that overlooks trees which blossom beautifully in autumn.
Address: 3-1 Tatsunokuchimachi, Nomi, Ishikawa
Matsusaki Official Website: https://www.matsusaki.jp/
Jumoku Park in Hakusan
The park located by the Ringyoshiken Center in Ishikawa Prefecture is home to a variety of towering regional trees. There are 900 trees of 130 different species, which give rise to beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring. It also enjoy incredible autumn scenery and is home to rolling fields and a Japanese-style garden too. It offers must-see views throughout all four seasons.
Address: Ho-1 Sannomiyamachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa
Aramata Gorge in Komatsu
Aramata Gorge is known as one of the Eight Views of Kano. The Osugidani River flows through this year, and there’s huge strangely shaped rocks and rolling trees which create an incredible sight to see. There’s a 400m path which bustles with people during the autumn months who flock to see the verdure.
Address: Akazemachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa
Bettou Suspension Bridge in Hakusan
Bettou Suspension Bridge is the entryway to the highset peak of Hakusan. The discharge of rocks to the area in 2004 meant that the bridge had to be rebuilt. The towering bridge offers a panoramic view of autumnal trees and bushes.
Address: Shiramine, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa
Tedori Gorge in Hakusan
The beautiful Tedori Gorge was created as a result of the flow of Tedori River. Along the 8km path, which runs from Komon Bridge to Taizan Bridge, is a 20m-30m precipitous cliff. The surroundings along the bridge are a must-see, bringing people together every year to see the autumn environment.
Address: Kamashimizumachi, Hakusan, Ishikawa
Kaga Country: https://allkaga.com/
YUEN BETTEI DAITA: Tokyo’s New Onsen Ryokan Opening in Shimokitazawa
26.September.2020 | SPOT
UDS HOTELS is set to open YUEN BETTEI DAITA, a new onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn), in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, on September 28, 2020. The hotel is just a 1-minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station and an 8-minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station.
YUEN BETTEI DAITA sits in a quiet location surrounded by old, historical Japanese houses and is basked in nature. It houses 300 guest rooms and has open-air baths, a spa, and offers traditional Japanese food the tea ceremony.
The inn is equipped with considerate facilities and has a relaxed atmosphere. It caters to modern day needs while still promising a traditional Japanese inn experience. And it doesn’t have to be just used as a hotel either – guests can just spend the day there in the hot springs if they like, allowing locals to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and their busy Tokyo lives.
YUEN BETTEI DAITA bases itself on the appearance of residences seen back in Tokyo back in the day. The hotel has taken in furniture and materials that were inherited in a thatched-roof residence in Setagaya which has over a 100 year history, which gives a nod to the history and culture of traditional Japanese architecture, while still incorporating more modern techniques in the wooden roofing and other areas. All of this combines to create a sophisticated Japanese culture-imbued space.
There are 35 guest rooms in total, each coming in one of seven types ranging from 19㎡-32㎡. The rooms open up into a tatami and seating area. Guests are provided with yukata and leather-soled geta shoes, and are treated to Japanese tea and confections from local shops.。
Open-air onsen baths (1st Floor)
The large open-air baths receive water from Odakyu Hotel de Yama’s own water source in Hakone. Guests can enjoy looking at a traditional Japanese garden while they bathe and listen to the sound of the water from Mount Fuji. The female baths also have scented mist saunas while the male baths have dry saunas.
Cooking & Tea Ceremony (1st Floor)
Enjoy seasonal vegetables harvested from the local farms in Setagaya as well as Japanese sake and wine chosen to pair perfectly with the dishes.
Guests can also experience the Japanese ceremony with local tea. Daita was once rich with tea farms, and so guests can look forward to enjoying delicious and authentic tea.
If guests want to relax the hotel’s SOJYU spa offers full body massage, original essential oil treatments, and much more. The spa will also be open to non-guests from spring next year.
YUEN BETTEI DAITA
Grand Opening: September 28, 2020
*Baths and eating facilities are open to non-guests from October 12, 2020
Address: 2-31-26 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute on foot from Setagaya-Daita Station / 8-minute on foot from Shimokitazawa Station
Official Website: https://www.uds-hotels.com/yuenbettei/daita
Tokyo’s Pokémon Café Adds Eevee Frappe to the Menu
Eevee Apple Pie Frappe
The sweet tang of the apple combines with the caramel to create a tasty dessert drink, topped with whipped cream, crunchy piece bits, and a cute Eevee tail cookie.
Buy the separate Eevee sleeve to put on your drink to make a fully complete and adorable Eevee frappe♡
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Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Address: Sunshine City Specialty Shop Area Alpa Floor 2, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn
20.September.2020 | FOOD
The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020
Fantastically fluffy pancakes
Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.
The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.
A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake
Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)
Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.
Strawberries for winter
For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.
Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Tokyo Main Lobby
Address: 4-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Bookings/Enquiries: 03-5275-3177 (10:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Makuhari
Address: 2-120-3 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 043-299-1848 (07:00-21:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/makuhari/restaurant/satsuki/
Hotel New Otani Osaka
Location: SATSUKI, Hotel New Otani Osaka
Address: 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Bookings/Enquiries: 06-6949-3234 (07:00-20:00)
Official Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/satsuki/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Winnie the Pooh Pumpkin Soft Cookies
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Halloween in closing in, so for this recipe I’ll be using pumpkin to make delicious cookies—crunchy on the outside and moist in the middle. This recipe rolls the dough into a ball, so it’s a great alternative for people who aren’t good with shaping or cutting cookies.
50g pumpkin (mashed and skin removed)
20g-25g sugar (I used sanonto sugar to bring out the sweetness of the pumpkin, but white sugar is fine too)
30g unsalted butter
A pinch of salt
60g weak flour
Combine and mix the steamed pumpkin, room temperature butter, and sugar. Then incorporate the salt and flour and mix again.
Now to shape everything. For pumpkin decorations, roll the pumpkin together and create a little depression in the top. Use a toothpick or something similar to create five indents around the outside as pictured above.
To make Pooh Bear, simply roll round and add the ears.
Bake at 150℃ for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool, then decorate Pooh’s facial features with a chocolate pen.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Starbucks Japan Unveils Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed the second beverage in its Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® series of drinks. The “Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®” will be released at Starbucks branches in Japan on September 23, 2020.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino® | Tall Size Only – ¥590
Each drink is made using a whole chopped and blended Japanese daigaku imo candied sweet potato to serve those autumn flavours, with its marbled golden colour also reminiscent of the autumn leaves. It’s topped with whipped cream, black sesame seeds, and sweet potato syrup.
Truly the perfect dessert drink to sip on for the changing seasons.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
Serving: September 23, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan (select branches not participating)
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Halloween Doughnuts Creep Their Way Into Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Halloween arrived at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan on September 16 with the “monster HARVEST” collection of themed doughnuts. Available until November 1, the spooky lineup incorporates a selection of Japanese autumn flavours like pumpkin and purple sweet potato.
The doughnut collection is here to put us in the Halloween spirit nice and early. Krispy Kreme Japan’s popular jack-o’-lantern doughnuts are back this year, as are the new black cat doughnuts which first arrived last year. A completely new purple sweet potato flavour was also introduced to the menu on September 1.
Pumpkin Pudding Jack-o’-lantern | ¥240 (Before Tax)
The jack-o’-lantern doughnuts have been made even more delicious for Halloween 2020 by using pumpkins from Hokkaido and filling them with velvety pumpkin Japanese-style pudding. Add to that the chocolate facial features and you’ve got yourself a tantalising treat for the spooky season.
Black Cat Caramel | ¥250 (Before Tax)
A black cat made with big white chocolate eyes and a dark chocolate face topped with crunchy almond pieces and stuffed with caramel cream.
Muchimochi Purple Sweet Potato Mont Blanc | ¥240 (Before Tax)
The tasty, chewy, and hot purple sweet potato doughnut is made with sliced sweet potato and coated in powdered sugar. It’s served hot which makes the flavour even more intense.
Halloween Dozen (12 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
Share a dozen with friends this Halloween which includes not only two of each of the ones already shown, but Krispy Kreme’s popular “Chocolate Sprinkle” and “Original Glazed®” too.
Halloween Mini Box (20 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
There’s also a colourful box of 20 mini versions of the doughnuts too.
Running: September 16, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Official Website: https://krispykreme.jp
Pastel Coloured Halloween Served Up at Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama’s Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
17.September.2020 | FOOD
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama is a new hotel which opened on July 1 this year. Easily spotted by its pink exterior, the hotel offers Grand Nikko’s brand concept of guests releasing all of their sense to enjoy a relaxing and sophisticated time while providing a refreshing resort-like experience.
This Halloween, the hotel’s all-dining restaurant Le Jardin will serve up its “Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet” from October 10 to 16.
There will be 20 different desserts to pick from all in pastel colours, offering a different kind of Halloween vibe. Desserts are decorated with cute Halloween motifs like Jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, and pumpkins. The chefs will also be certain desserts in front of guests like pumpkin mont blanc, praline mille-fuille, and pavlova.
There will also be a savoury menu too like roast beef in onion sauce, seafood acqua pazza, bread, salad, soups, and more, as well as soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails.
The restaurant will be restricting the number of people allowed in the dining area at once to protect diners during the pandemic.
Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
Location: Le Jardin – Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama Floor 3F
Running: October 10, 2020 – October 16, 2020
Time: 12:00-14:30 (Last Orders 14:00)
Prices: General ¥4,500 / 9-12 years old ¥2,780 / 4-8 years old ¥1,580 / 3 years old and below – Free
Enquiries/Bookings: 047-711-2427 (10:00-18:00)
Official Website: https://bit.ly/325uwjt
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama
Address: 1-7 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba
Official Website: https://tokyobay.grandnikko.com
Luxurious Shine Muscat Grape Parfait Served Up at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo For Autumn
16.September.2020 | FOOD
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, a museum and hotel combination, is home to New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE,” the hotel’s restaurant popular for its food grilled in the open kitchen, its afternoon teas made with seasonal ingredients, and cocktail lineup.
This autumn, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is serving up its new “Shine Muscat Parfait,” an richly-sweet and elegance-scented dessert made using Shine Muscat grapes.
Shine Muscat Parfait ¥2,800 | With Champagne ¥3,600 (Before Tax & Service Charge)
The parfait is layered with Kyoho grape and shampagne jelly, crémet d’Anjou which is made from fresh cheese, and maqui berry granola. It’s topped with blackcurrant sherbet and tuile.
Shine Muscat Parfait
Serving: October 1, 2020 – November 20, 2020
Location: New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” (Hotel Gajoen Tokyo)
Serving Hours: 14:30-17:30 everyday
Official Website: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/archives/54655
Tangled Inspired Disney Princess Cake Revealed by Ginza Cozy Corner
15.September.2020 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner has revealed its new Disney princess cake based on the 2010 animated film Tangled which will be available to order at all branches in Japan from October 1, 2020.
Tangled Dress Cake | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
The cake is centred on the golden-lock beauty Rapunzel, with her dress as the foundation for the cake. The cake is made with cream chess, strawberry jam, and blueberries, while Rapunzel’s iconic hair is lemon flavoured.
Decorate the cake yourself
The cake comes with the parts for you to decorate yourself. This adds a whole new level of fun to parties!
Exclusive Rapunzel design box
This cake was actually sold earlier this year during the Hinamatsuri festival in Japan, with all 1,000 cakes being sold out. It is now returning on October 1 and is made-to-order only.
Sweet Potato Milk Bubble Tea Pours Into Chun Shui Tang For Autumn
15.September.2020 | FOOD
Chun Shui Tang, a chain of Taiwanese bubble tea stores, is adding a new limited-time drink to the menus of all branches in Japan on September 16: the “Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.”
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea | ¥650 (Before Tax)
The beverage is made with annouimo sweet potatoes grown on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture. The potatoes are known for their high sugar content, adding a delicious natural sweetness to the tea. It’s blended with a high grade sugar syrup and topped off with whipped cream and sweet potato chips to create a dessert drink.
Those who order the drink via the Smatapi (スマタピ) app from September 9 can get the drink early before its general release on September 16.
In Japan for the autumn season? Enjoy the tasty autumn flavour of sweet potato with the Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea
Release Date: September 16, 2020
*Mobile pre-sales available from September 9 to those who order using the Smatapi (スマタピ) app
Available: All Chun Shui Tang shops in Japan
Chun Shui Tang Japan Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp/
FUFU NIKKO: The New Hot Spring Hotel in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
15.September.2020 | SPOT
Kato Pleasure Group is set to open its 4th branch of FUFU NIKKO hotels in Nikko, Tochigi on October 2, 2020 following their Atami, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nara branches.
A resort steeped in Japanese history and culture
The site in which the hotel is located has a sacred air to it. It dates back to the Meiji Period and has continued into modern times. Upon entering the hotel, your ears are treated to the sound of classical music. Overhead you will spot high ceilings made from wood which give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere.The shadows of the outside walls, the warmth of the inviting lights, and the metallic decorations which catch the light present a calm and quiet mood.
Classy and sophisticated cuisine
Both the food and plates it is served on capture the essence and beauty of the Japanese way. Meals are prepared using seasonal ingredients from Tochigi as well as high quality foods like foie gras, truffles, and caviar. Each dish expresses elegance and refinement and combines both Japanese and Western flavours.
Hot spring water sourced from Tamozawa
All rooms at the hotel are fitted with hot springs or large baths which natural light from the outdoors shining through. In the open-air baths, guests get to experience the surrounding sights of nature coupled with the sound of the flowing stream and chirping birds.
FUFU NIKKO JAPAN
Grand Opening: October 2, 2020
Address: 1573-8 Honcho, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Official Website: https://www.kpg.gr.jp/