Witness the ‘Queen of Lilies’ the Golden-rayed Lily Blooming at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

30.July.2019 | Uncategorized

The golden-rayed lilies (Lilium auratum) are now in bloom at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden in Hyogo.

 

Known as yamayuri in Japan, the golden-rayed lily is the most ornate lily in the world. It is native to Japan and has a white form with golden streaks which it gets its nickname from. It has a potent fragrance which fill your nose if you visit the Rokko Alpine Botanical right now where you can witness close to 200 of these magnificent flowers.

 

The flowers are in bloom until early August so if you’re in Japan, don’t miss this chance to see this queen of lilies.

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  • Witness the Vibrant Yellow Nikkōkisuge Flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

    11.July.2019 | Uncategorized

    The high season to catch a glimpse of the beautiful nikkōkisuge (Hemerocallis esculenta) flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden is happening right now.

     

    The nikkōkisuge blooms in the high plains and is recognised as a sign of summer. The full bloom period for the flower in the subalpine zone is June, but the best time to see them in high plains is July where 2,000 clusters of the bright yellow beauties sprout their vibrant leaves. The yellow beds make for some seriously summery Instagram posts.

    They live a fleeting life as they only bloom for a single day, opening in the morning and closing in the evening. A single stem is home to abundant flower buds, and they are long so they can bloom from one to the next. If you are in Hyogo this July we highly recommend witnessing this ephemeral sight.

  • teamLab Blooms Digital Sunflower Art at teamLab Planets TOKYO

    03.July.2019 | SPOT

    teamLab Planets is a museum in Tokyo’s Toyosu area that will celebrate one year since opening on July 7. At this museum, visitors move through water and traverse its four vast exhibition spaces.

    The museum is set to showcase its new digital art piece Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity for a limited time from July 7 to 21. Koi swim on the surface of the water that stretches to an infinite horizon. The koi fish are influenced by the movement of people in the water and turn into flowers when they collide.

     

    As well as this, the museum will serve up new summertime foods at its restaurant The Bowl Steakhouse, where it will serve shaved ice, and its food stand Everything Is In Your Hand, where it will sell sandwich wraps.

    Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity

    teamLab, 2016-2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Three shaved ice desserts will be sold from July 20. In the picture from the left the flavours include strawberry, matcha adzuki and mango. Each is served with velvety fresh cream in each respective flavour.

    Five wraps will be served from July 13. These include Mexican Chili Con Carne, Chicken Salad, Salmon & Cream Cheese, Avocado & Shrimp, and Vegan Salad.

     

    Cool yourself down this summer by stepping into the waters of teamLab Planets and enjoying some refreshing seasonal food.

  • 20,000 Pink Flowers to Adorn Fuji-Q Highland For ‘Pink Garden’ Event

    16.June.2019 | SPOT

    The free-to-enter theme park Fuji-Q Highland is set to hold an event entitled Pink Garden at Lisa & Gaspard Town where around 20,000 pink flowers are set to bloom.

    The event is being held as a way for both local and foreign tourists to Mount Fuji to enjoy the beautiful scene of flowers with the mountain in the background. The event will follow the ongoing Yellow Garden event which is ongoing until June 23. During the full bloom period, the town’s symbolic 13 meter tall Eiffel Tower will be surrounded by 4 types of summer plants including petunias and impatiens for a total of 20,000 flowers. The best time to see them will be at the end of July.

    As well as that, a fruit-themed event entitled Fruits Festa will also be held in Lisa & Gaspard Town from June 29 to September 6. The town will be decorated in colourful flowers and fruits, and visitors can look forward to cooling down with some decorative shaved ice made by the hotel, or one of the refreshing drinks. There will also be some adorable looking fruity desserts too.

    Enter Fuji-Q Highland for free if you’re visiting Japan this summer and enjoy the gorgeous flowers with Mount Fuji as the backdrop.

  • Witness The Refreshing False Anemone In Full Bloom At Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, Hyogo

    25.July.2019 | SPOT

    The beautiful false anemone flowers of Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden are currently in full bloom. 

    False anemone can be found scattered from the south to the central part of the Tohoku region. In the Kansai region, it can only be found growing wildly among the limestone rocks of Mount Omine. Each flower blooms facing downwards and has a diameter of up to 3cm. The petals are a translucent light purple colour. This is a very popular species, especially amongst photographers.

     

    This is the perfect opportunity to take beautiful photos of the refreshing flowers as they are shaken by the gentle breeze, swaying under the pure light that filters through the trees towering above them. The false anemone are predicted to be in full bloom until mid August, so please come see them.

  • Don’t Miss The Beautiful Blooming of Karuizawa Lake Garden This Summer

    22.July.2019 | SPOT

    Over the summer, Karuizawa Lake Garden is holding a range of events for parents and children to immerse themselves in the beautiful nature, smell the fragrant lilies, and experience the popular false anemone, water lilies and many more gorgeous flowers. Approximately 33,000m2 of space is covered with the Karuizawa’s most beautiful plants and even a lake.  

    At Karuizawa, roses are particularly beautiful during the summer O-Bon festival season, flourishing more than ever in Karuizawa’s unique climate. As the roses bloom for the second time in the year during mid august, this is a particularly beautiful sight. ♪

     

    The entire garden consists of eight areas where you can enjoy different sceneries. The rose garden, for example, consists of roses and a whole range of plants that flower at different times of the year, so you can enjoy the variation in appearance of the garden throughout the year. Different flowering plants and roses surround a waterfront in the rose garden. You must come witness just how beautiful it looks during the summer. 

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  • Hello Kitty Themed Restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE Launches 3rd Year Anniversary Event

    22.March.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Hello Kitty-themed media art venue and restaurant HELLO KITTY SMILE is celebrating 3 years since its opening on Awaji Island back in April 2018 with a special anniversary event that’s running from March 20 to May 31.

     

    Challenge yourself to puzzles in the Princess’s Palace of the Dragon King

     

    Enjoy a musical performance with the Smile Parade

     

    Win Hello Kitty freebies

     

    Tuck into the anniversary menu

    Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea | ¥3,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Acrylic photo frame with every menu order

     

    Acrylic photo frame with every menu order

     

    HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX

    There are many exciting things happening to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of HELLO KITTY SMILE, from performances and events to exclusive merchandise, a themed menu, and more. But that’s not all, as visitors have the chance to win tickets to the HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX theatre restaurant. Only ten groups can win per day for the duration of the celebrations.

     

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  • Sweet Strawberry Desserts Get Baked Up at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets

    16.February.2021 | FOOD

    Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping centre in Hyogo, is having a strawberry-loaded time with a selection of desserts made with strawberries harvested in Sanda as well as a market themed on strawberries. The event is taking place from February 12 to March 21.

     

    The line-up doesn’t shy away from strawberries in anyway, with the sweet and succulent red gems being used for crepes, pancakes, pizzas, drinks, and more.

     

    The Sandai Ichigo Marche arrives for the first time at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets where visitors can buy whole bunches of strawberries of different types directly from the harvesters. It is being held on February 13 and 14 and March 13 and 14. And you can’t have a strawberry festival in Japan without enjoying a strawberry daifuku either, kindly provided by the old-time Sanda-based confectionery store Matsuedo.

     

    Sanda Strawberry Menu (Prices Include Tax)

    The menu features a line-up of desserts made with numerous strawberry varieties gathered in Sanda, such as the akihime and benihoppe. Each is made by different participating shops.

     

    Tana Forno

    Sanda Benihoppe Chocolate S’mores Pizza – ¥748 / Strawberry Squash – Single ¥550, Set ¥495

    The dessert pizza is a perfect combination of benihoppe strawberry and chocolate.

     

    Delifrance

    Kobe-Sanda Strawberry Anpan – ¥300

    Moist sweet bread with low-sugar coarse sweet bean paste, whipped cream, and strawberries.

     

    Canvas

    Sanda Strawberry Mixed Berry Crepe – ¥649

    A triple whammy of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries decorate this crepe.

     

    Kua’aina

    Strawberry Pancake Brûlée – ¥930

    A pancake brûlée loaded with strawberries.

     

    Crazy Crepes

    Sanda Strawberry Crazy Ichigo – ¥750

    Enjoy the natural flavours of the strawberries as they are without any additions like chocolate.

    Sandai Ichigo Marche

    At the Sandai Ichigo Marche, visitors can buy strawberries, vegetables, strawberry daifuku, and more. It’s a celebration of all things Sanda.

     

    Running: February 13, 2021 / February 14, 2021 / March 13, 2021 / March 14, 2021
    Time: 11:00-15:00 (While supplies last)
    Location: Garden Court (Will move under the galleria in front of the food gallery if it rains)

    Enjoy the delicious taste of seasonal strawberries grown in the lush environment of the Rokkō Mountains.

  • Rapeseed Flower Festival Offers a View of 100,000 Plants With Mount Fuji in the Background

    12.December.2020 | SPOT

    The Rapeseed Flower Festival is set to bloom on Soleil Hill, a park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, from December 18 when around 100,000 bright yellow rapeseed flowers will shine across the flower beds.

    Turnip Rape (Photo taken December 1, 2020)

    Soleil Hill is a 5,000㎡ rolling expanse in the Miura Peninsula in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. The turnip rape is an early springtime flower that is blooming around a month earlier this December due to there not having been many typhoon disasters in the area this year, which will welcome the flower’s peak blossom.

    Photo taken last year with 100,000 turnip rapes, Sagami Bay, and Mount Fuji in the shot

    The flowers bloom for a long period from December to March, around 100 days, and the incredible view can be enjoyed with Sagami Bay and Mount Fuji in the background.

     

    Rapeseed Flower Festival

    Photo taken last year at the of December with the rapeseeds in full bloom

    The Rapeseed Flower Festival will run from December 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020 in line with the turnip rape’s peak blossom. Visitors can enjoy a selection of food inspired by the flower beds and view as well as take part in a variety of programs.

    Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry | ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    The Mount Fuji & Rapeseed Curry is inspired by the view of Mount Fuji and the flower beds during a sunset as represented by the red curry.

    Rapeseed Herbarium Workshop | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

    Visitors can try making their own rapeseed herbarium in a bottle at the crafts workshop too.

  • Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji: The World’s First Large-Scale Godzilla Attraction Opens at Nijigen no Mori

    01.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Nijigen no Mori, an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo, Japan, is now home to a towering 120m tall Godzilla statue. The park’s new Godzilla area, which features a host of attractions from zip-lining to shooting, will open on October 10, 2020.

    In line with the opening of the new area, Nijigen no Mori is now offering free Godzilla postcards with tickets when bought online. Check out the official promotional video for the area below.

     

    The new attraction imagines Godzilla landing on Awaji Island, ready to display his immense size and power to the people living there. Those brave enough to go head-to-head with the giant monster can look forward to a variety of missions, including zooming along a zipline straight through a detailed recreation of Godzilla’s insides, a shooting game, and more.

     

    Theatre

    Guests who participate in the attraction become a member of the National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster. They will watch a video created by Toho which explains the attraction.

     

    Zipline

    Guests will be strapped into a harness and zipline on one of two courses: a 162cm course which goes straight through Godzilla’s insides, and a 152m one which lets you zoom past Godzilla to see him from the outside.

     

    Shooting

    After getting up close and personal with Godzilla, guests can have a hand at shooting down the monster.

     

    Godzilla Museum

    The park will also be home to the world’s first permanent Godzilla Museum which will showcase dioramas of scenes from the films, over 100 figures, and lots of other material related to the franchise that fans won’t want to miss.

     

    Museum Shop / Mori no Terrace

    The museum will also have its own shop selling exclusive Godzilla merchandise you can’t find anywhere else. There will even be a restaurant called Mori no Terrace serving 14 different dishes themed on Godzilla, like the black and red Godzilla Curry.

  • See Japan’s Autumn Colours on a Bus Tour to the Chapel of the Wind and Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

    09.September.2020 | SPOT

    The Mount Rokko Cable Car & Tourism Company has announced a special bus tour which will take passengers to the Chapel of the Wind and Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden. Running on weekends and public holidays between October 24 and November 15, the bus will depart from Kobe Sannomiya, and will also include a special lunch at the Rokko View Palace inside Rokko Garden Terrace.

     

    What to look forward to

    Chapel of the Wind, known as Kaze no Kyokai in Japanese, was built by internationally-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It’s open for the autumn season only, and the bus tour will give you a chance to go inside and take in one of Ando’s early works.

    The lunch offered on the tour will be served at Rokko View Palace inside Rokko Garden Terrace, a staggering 880m above sea level. The menu includes roast chicken and beef, salad, bread, and dessert.

     

    Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden will be in full autumn bloom during the bus tour, with reds, yellows, and oranges presented by the beeches and maples. There’s also an exhibition taking place at the garden centred on Persian cyclamens and diamond lilies. You will stroll leisurely through the garden as the garden staff take you on a tour to see the beautiful autumnal sights.

  • Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Announces New Naruto & Boruto Event

    28.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori—an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture—with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The park has released information on an upcoming new event in the Naruto and Boruto themed area.

    The event in question will celebrate the character Kakashi Hatake’s birthday with a special Kakashi and Obito themed escape game. The game will have park guests running around the park looking for panels with hints on how to progress through the game. Just 30 minutes are needed to complete it, and it’s not too difficult, so anyone can join in.

    Guests who buy a ticket will receive one of four limited-edition mini acrylic stands (pictured above) chosen randomly. Exclusive merchandise will also be sold for the event, and there will be photo spots where Naruto and Boruto fans can take a photo next to Kakashi and Obito panels.

  • Awaji Island’s Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Announces NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO Summer Events

    17.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori—an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture—with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The park’s website has posted information about the ninja themed arena’s summer events.

     

    Naruto Shippuden Puzzle Solving Game

    To celebrate the birthdays of Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha, which fall on July 23 and June 9 respectively, a Sasuke and Itachi themed puzzle solving game will be held at NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO.


    The 30-minute game has guests running around the area to find hints written on panels. There are lots of words and illustrations related to Sasuke and Itachi for the game, so it’s a must-experience for fans. Additionally, fans who purchase a ticket will receive one of four possible mini acrylic stands. These are available while supplies last.

     

    Running: July 4, 2020 – August 31, 2020
    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Reception closes 20:00)
    Price: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)
    *Separate ticket to enter the park required

     

    Boruto’s Ennichi

    An Ennichi festival will be held themed on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. There will be six Japanese festival-style yatai carts, traditional Japanese festival games like hitting the target and fishing for water balloons, a workshop to make your own Boruto uchiwa fan, lots of booths for friends and families to have fun, and more. Each booth also is giving out its own unique character stick to visitors. Those who buy a ticket to the event will also receive a Boruto sun visor.

     

    Running: July 23, 2020 – September 30, 2020

    Business Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Reception closes 20:00)

    Price: ¥500 for 1 turn / ¥1,200 for 3 turns / ¥1,800 for 6 turns (Tax Included)

    *Separate ticket to enter the park required

     

    If you’re in Japan this summer, why not spend your time together with the characters from Naruto and Boruto at Nijigen no Mori?

     

    ©Masashi Kishimoto Scott / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot

  • Hello Kitty Greets Fans with Song and Dance Every Day at the HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX

    03.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island saw a grand opening full of excitement and emotion in August 2019. Hello Kitty is now greeting fans with song and dance every day at the new event HELLO KITTY GREETING SHOW which started on December 1. 

    Hello Kitty, who realised her dream of becoming a pianist, will perform on stage, showing off her beautiful voice and flawless dancing. The show is interactive and invites the audience to join her fun world. 

    After the show, there is the chance to have your photo taken with the star herself in the greeting event.

     

    If you’re a fan, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get closer to Hello Kitty.

     

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G603369

  • Starbucks to Release Two Anniversary Drinks in Kyoto and Hyogo for Only 10 Days

    06.November.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan is commemorating 20-years since opening their Kyoto and Hyogo Prefecture branches with a 10-day-limited anniversary project which will run from November 12 to November 21. The barristers of both prefectures rose to the challenge to come up with three anniversary drinks and a vote took place to decide on a winning drink for each prefecture. The winners were announced as the Kyoto Erai Matcha Matcha Frappuccino® and the Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino®.  

    *  Update: Starbucks Coffee Japan has just announced that the 20-year commemoration drink sales period has been postponed. The new drink launch date and limited period is yet to be announced. For more information, please follow this link (Japanese only) : https://www.starbucks.co.jp/press_release/pr2020-3224.php 

    One sip of the Kyoto anniversary drink will send your taste buds on a journey to Kyoto. The ideas for the drink originated from the Kyoto Porta West branch. The barristers of Kyoto took it in their hands to interpret the culture of Kyoto in the form of a Starbucks drink by infusing the essence of Kyoto’s historical temples and elegant flavours. The taste of Starbucks’ popular Matcha Cream Frappuccino® can be tasted in the drink. Just seeing the green colour is enough to trigger memories of the Zen Buddhist temple Saiho-ji, which is famous for its moss garden to the extent that it is even called “Koke-dera”, meaning “moss temple”.

     

    The whipped cream creates a contrast with the green matcha which will definitely spark memories of Ryoan-ji Zen temple in some keen Kyoto travellers. The drink is dusted with matcha and dark mocha powder, creating the image of green and brown leaves. The milk base fully enhances the matcha flavour. A creamy cloud of whipped cream and dusting of bitter matcha are layered to create a wonderful flavour adventure which is bound to take your taste buds on a journey off the beaten track.

    Stretching from the north to the south of the Japan, Hyogo Prefecture is the largest prefecture in the Kinki region and is home to many towns which are bursting with originality. Hyogo’s barristers created their drink based on the concept of increasing love for Hyogo Prefecture’s unique towns. The idea for the Hyogo Bari Choco Haittou Frappuccino® came from the barristers of the Himeji Minami branch. 

     

    The Port of Kobe opened in 1868 and has since flourished as the gateway to the world. Foreign culture including western confectionary has since spread across Japan with Kobe as its starting point. Considering Kobe’s history with western culture and the cold winter days that lie ahead, chocolate was chosen as the main flavour. Chocolate chips, chocolate sauce and chocolate whipped cream decorate the drink in diversity. The drink is even topped with chocolate sauce and dark mocha powder, making the perfect luxury Frappuccino® to tempt all chocoholics. After just one sip, you will immediately fall in love with the top-class chocolatey flavour. 

     

    If you’re in Kyoto or Hyogo, make sure to stop by a Starbucks to get your fill of cultural flavours.

  • Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX Opens its Kawaii Doors to the Public

    14.August.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island had its grand opening on August 12.

     

    Related Article: Stunning Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX to Open On Awaji Island

     

    New photos have emerged giving us a peek inside the restaurant and at the menu.

    The restaurant itself is situated in the farmlands of Awaji Island. Hiding on top of the building is an adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    At the back of the restaurant is a giant screen spanning 6 meters wide and 16 meters tall. The stage in front will give rise to a whole new kind of Hello Kitty entertainment with song, dance and performances.

    The menu was conceived by Japanese chef Hal Yamashita and uses healthy, organic ingredients to make incredible dishes that both taste amazing and are fun to look at. As well as vegan dishes, there will be a dessert buffet which also uses healthier alternatives. Everything look delicious!

    The interior is both cute and high class, offering the ultimate Hello Kitty restaurant. With its doors now open to the public, fans of Hello Kitty are set to flock to Awaji Island.

     

    Ⓒ1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. 

  • Witness The Refreshing False Anemone In Full Bloom At Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, Hyogo

    25.July.2019 | SPOT

    The beautiful false anemone flowers of Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden are currently in full bloom. 

    False anemone can be found scattered from the south to the central part of the Tohoku region. In the Kansai region, it can only be found growing wildly among the limestone rocks of Mount Omine. Each flower blooms facing downwards and has a diameter of up to 3cm. The petals are a translucent light purple colour. This is a very popular species, especially amongst photographers.

     

    This is the perfect opportunity to take beautiful photos of the refreshing flowers as they are shaken by the gentle breeze, swaying under the pure light that filters through the trees towering above them. The false anemone are predicted to be in full bloom until mid August, so please come see them.

  • Don’t Miss The Beautiful Blooming of Karuizawa Lake Garden This Summer

    22.July.2019 | SPOT

    Over the summer, Karuizawa Lake Garden is holding a range of events for parents and children to immerse themselves in the beautiful nature, smell the fragrant lilies, and experience the popular false anemone, water lilies and many more gorgeous flowers. Approximately 33,000m2 of space is covered with the Karuizawa’s most beautiful plants and even a lake.  

    At Karuizawa, roses are particularly beautiful during the summer O-Bon festival season, flourishing more than ever in Karuizawa’s unique climate. As the roses bloom for the second time in the year during mid august, this is a particularly beautiful sight. ♪

     

    The entire garden consists of eight areas where you can enjoy different sceneries. The rose garden, for example, consists of roses and a whole range of plants that flower at different times of the year, so you can enjoy the variation in appearance of the garden throughout the year. Different flowering plants and roses surround a waterfront in the rose garden. You must come witness just how beautiful it looks during the summer. 

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