Gaze at Shooting Stars at Akiyoshidai in Yamaguchi Prefecture with New Night Tour

31.July.2019 | SPOT

Akiyoshidai is located in Mine, Yamaguchi. It is Japan’s biggest karst plateau and is designated as a natural monument. If you love the stars in the night sky then you’ll want to hear about the new shooting star night tours that have been announced by the Mine City Tourism Information Center.

 

Cities, towns and villages across Japan are seeking to cater tourist and travelers needs to experience something that only that place can offer which can be enjoyed by simply by ‘looking.’

Akiyoshidai is a very popular site with photographers as it offers a clear and unbroken view of the stars. Mine City Tourism Information Center is capitalizing on this by offering more tours to visitors.


This series of tours will make it easier for people to travel to Akiyoshidai from the town area while taking advantage of a location where there is little artificial light.

 

Check the official website for more details on how you can witness the incredible Japanese night sky.

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  • Traditional Japanese Fireworks Fuse With Cutting-Edge Technology for STAR ISLAND 2019 in Tokyo & Singapore

    29.May.2019 | SPOT

    This year marks the third year of STAR ISLAND, a firework festival set to take place at Toyosu Gurui Park on July 20, 2019. Tickets are now on sale.

    STAR ISLAND will collapse together traditional Japanese fireworks with the latest in cutting-edge technology including 3D sound, lighting and show performances. This immersive entertainment experience will stimulate all five senses of attendees as they enjoy the show with against panoramic backdrop of Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers.

    Past STAR ISLAND event

    The tickets for STAR ISLAND sell out every single year. 2019 will be its fourth run and it promises to scale things up to greater heights as the event is moved to Toyosu Gururi Park for the first time.

    Past STAR ISLAND event

    The event will now house two children’s areas for families which have proven popular each year as well as new BBQ seats.

    Past STAR ISLAND event

    This year, STAR ISLAND is expanding its experience overseas. Up to now, the event has been held at Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo for two years in a row since its inception in 2017. At the end of 2018, it embarked to Singapore for the New Year’s event “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019” where it was the main attraction, showcasing its wondrous and moving content to people from 86 different countries.

     

    STAR ISLAND will return to Singapore for the same event for the 2020 countdown. Before that, it will make its way to Saudi Arabia for Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 on September 23, 2019, the same date the kingdom was founded.

    If you get the chance, make sure to book your tickets to witness STAR ISLAND 2019 for yourself.

  • Little Twin Stars Themed Hotel Room Opens at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala).

     

    This year’s Sanrio Character Awards were held earlier this month. Both My Melody and the Little Twin Stars proved their popularity with fans as they came in 4th and 6th place respectively. With that in mind, what does Keio Plaza Hotel Tama have in store for fans of the characters in their new guest rooms? I’m here to let you in on the full scoop.

    Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

     

    There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Little Twin Stars Room.

     

    For the My Melody Room, click here here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/225795

     

    Little Twin Stars Room

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The door to the Little Twin Stars Room bears a cute ☆ above the room number.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Stepping into the magical room you will see Kiki and Lala on the wall riding a unicorn and making their way to the amusement park in the clouds. Floating around the entire room are pink stars and white, fluffy clouds.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The star-shaped cushions are inspired by the star on the back of Kiki. Guests can fall into a magical dream together with Kiki and Lala who are sleeping with their unicorn atop a cloud on the foot throw at the bottom of the bed.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The curtains in all of the rooms are blackout curtains so you can have a peaceful, undisturbed sleep until morning.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    When you flip on this floor lamp at nighttime you’ll be greeted by an illuminated illustration of Kiki and Lala.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The hotel has left no part of this fairy tale-like room untouched, with its pink bath tub and drawing of the Little Twin Stars on bathroom mirror too.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    And don’t forget the Little Twin Stars Room amenities either, exclusive to guests. The plush toys are branded with an original Sanrio Character Room logo.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The designs of the toothbrushes are different in each room.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Even the cup coasters that come with the room feature original desgins exclusive to Keio Plaza Hotel Tama.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The adorable door signs feature Kiki and Lala sleepy for guests to not be disturbed and energetic for the room to be cleaned.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Be sure to snap photo of the framed cute Kiki and Lala picture too before you leave.

     

    The Little Twin Stars Room was a world full of pink dreams.  It’s sure to be popular with children♡

     

    Next time we will look at the renovated Hello Kitty Room, so stay tuned!

     

    Writer: Ellie (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • You Must Try These Tanabata Star Festival Desserts And Delicious Drinks

    24.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department.

    We are approaching the Tanabata season!

     Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional annual festival in Japan which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year on July 7. During this festival, many people celebrate by writing their wishes on a small, rectangular strip and then attaching it to bamboo grass. It is also the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful night sky with friends and family. What really makes Tanabata extra fun is the Tanabata-limited sweets and desserts that are decorated with Tanabata-themed designs and look very appealing. Today, I will be introducing you to those delicious, must-try desserts and drinks!

     

    TOKYO STRAWBERRY PARK: Tanabata-Limited Parfait And Handmade Jelly

    Tanabata-Limited Strawberry Parfait ¥1,200 (after tax) ※ Limited stock

    Tokyo Strawberry Park will launch its first ever Tanabata event from June 22 to July 7. They will be selling the Tanabata-Limited Strawberry Parfait which is made using Japanese strawberries; a rare fruit to be seen around summer.

    Simple Tanabata Strawberry Jelly

    Tokyo Strawberry Park will also be selling fresh and colourful Tanabata strawberry jelly which was handmade. Make sure to pour all your wishes into every mouthful. ♡

     

    ▼ Tokyo Strawberry Park

    Selling Period: June 22 ー July 7

    Address:  11-1 Daikokucho, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa

    Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11:00 ー 16:00/ Weekends & Holidays: 10:00 ー 18:00

    Website: https://tokyo-strawberry-park.jp/

     

    Hello Kitty and My Melody Cakes at Odakyu Department Store Fair, Shinjuku

    Patisserie Mon Cher, Summer Friendly: ¥1,404/18cm

    Head to basement floor 2 of the department store’s main building where the traditional Japanese wagashi sweets are usually sold to discover the Hello Kitty and My Melody Tanabata cakes that are too beautiful to eat. This popular Dojima Roll Cake is decorated with Hello Kitty and My Melody mousse.

    Tsuruya Yoshinobu Co.,Ltd., Tanabata: ¥1,296/1 block

    The fair is full of a wide range of other unmissable Tanabata sweets that you should also check out.

     

    Odakyu Star Festival (Odakyu no Tanabata)

    Event Period: July 1 ー July 7, 2019

    Location: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku (main building ) and HALC

    Address: 1 Chome-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3342-1111

    Special Edition Website: http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/shinjuku/

     

    Cafe Comme Ca Orihime and Hikoboshi Tanabata-Limited Cakes

    Specially-selected fruits have been used to create these artistic cakes. The cakes are themed around Orihime and Hikoboshi.

    Orihime 〜 Peach, Fig and Sato Nishiki Cherry Cake with Cream Cheese Base (Comme ca stage, Ginza branch): ¥1,100 per piece (after tax)  

    The Orihime cake is a luxuriously creamy cheesecake topped generously with sweet peaches, figs and sweet and sour Sato Nishiki cherries. The cake even contains jelly that takes on the appearance of the milky way.

     Hikoboshi 〜 Muskmelon and Mango Cake With Fromage Blanc Base  (Comme ca stage, Ginza branch:¥1,100 per piece, ¥1,026 at other Cafe comme ca branches,  prices after tax)  

    The Hikoboshi muskmelon and mango cake has a wonderful fruity fragrance. The fruit pieces rest on top of a bed of fromage blanc. This dessert is also made with jelly that takes on the appearance of the Milky Way.

     

    ▼ Cafe comme ca

    Official Website: http://www.cafe-commeca.co.jp/

     

    BOTANIST Tokyo’s Orihime and Hikoboshi Drinks Chosen By 5,000 Instagram Fans

    Approximately 5000 people voted on BOTANIST Tokyo’s Instagram in favor for the release of the High Viscosity Milk Tea and Butterfly-Pea Milk Tea to be sold for Tanabata. Both include silver leaf that reflects light beautifully, creating the image of stars twinkling in the Milky Way. Order this Tanabata-limited drink for a Tanabata Tanzaku card for writing your Tanabata wishes.  

    Viscous Milk Tea: ¥800 (after tax)

    The High Viscosity Milk Tea is a Tanabata-limited drink themed around Orihime. The deep flavour of sweet amaretto syrup can be tasted with the milk tea. The sweet yet sour, viscous tea consists of two layers and is topped with melty whipped cream for an even stronger flavour.

    Butterfly Pea Milk Tea: ¥800 (after tax)

    The Butterfly Pea Milk Tea is themed around Hikoboshi. The milk is accented with the fresh sweetness of Jasmine syrup . The drink also has two layers of refreshing, blue butterfly pea tea. The silver leaf glimmers like stars in the night sky, making it the perfect drink to enjoy on a summer’s night.

     

    ▼BOTANIST Tokyo Tanabata-Limited Drinks

    Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    BOTANIST Tokyo Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/

     

    Royal Park Hotel X Calpis Collaboration Milky Way Fair

    As soft drink Calpis celebrates its 100th anniversary and Royal Park Hotel celebrates its 30th anniversary, both parties have teamed up during the Tanabata season.

    Milky Way Afternoon Tea Set: ¥4,752 (after tax)

    The July-limited Milky Way Afternoon Tea Set uses gold leaf to create the image of the moon and stars and the Milky Way in a nighttime scenery. The intricate white bag crafted from fresh white chocolate located on the top tier will immediately catch your attention. The Panna cotta made from calpis is layered with jelly to balance the overall flavour. This is served in a glass. Other treats include Calpis marshmallows, Calpis sour cheesecake, and many other special treats.

    Calpis Collaboration Wishes Cocktail Fair

    いまSNSで人気の青いお茶「バタフライピー」とタピオカで、“天の川”をイメージしたノンアルコールカクテルなど、七夕に想いを馳せながら、お気に入りの1杯を見つけてみて。

    The collaboration fair sells four varieties of cocktails and two non-alcoholic cocktails. The bartender will use Calpis to create an imaginative cocktail themed around the Milky Way or Tanabata. The Kyoho Grape Calpis, and the Orihime, which is coloured a distinctive, fresh red colour with cranberries, are just a couple of items on the menu. Other drinks include the White Peach Calpis and the Milky Pêche, which is made from white peaches. Non-alcoholic drinks include bubble tea cocktails, and cocktails made from Butterfly Pea tea, which is currently trending on social media for its blue colour. All these drinks are specially prepared to take on the appearance of the Milky Way.

     

    The Royal Park Hotel will also have a Tanabata-limited photo spot. Come explore the range of Tanabata drinks and join in the anniversary celebrations with Calpis and the Royal Park Hotel. 

     

    ▼ Milky Way Fair in Royal Park Hotel 

    Running: July 1 ー July 31, 2019

    Address: 2-1-1, Nihonbashikakigaracho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://www.rph.co.jp/

     

    Tanabata is a wonderfully unique experience in Japan, so make plenty of wishes, try your favourite sweets and drinks and have the time of your life. ♡

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  • Fall Into Autumn With an Enchanting Boat Ride Through Arashiyama in Kyoto

    08.August.2020 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Kyoto has announced a special new serving for one group a day that lets them bask in the autumn colours of Arashiyama. The service, entitled “Asa no Momiji Bune” (Morning Autumn Colours Boat), will run from November 20 to December 6 this year.

     

    A cosy autumn morning boat ride all to yourself

    Sail down the tranquil Oi River, which runs right beside HOSHINOYA Kyoto, and bask in the surrounding sights of Arashiyama and Ogurayama as they burn aflame with autumnal colours. Wrapped in reds and yellows in every direction, this morning experience is a rare opportunity witness Japan’s fall season like never before as you gaze at the crisp leaves of the trees and their reflection from the water’s surface.

     

    Sweet wagashi treats just for you

    While on the boat, guests are treated to a cup of matcha and some seasonal Japanese wagashi confections, like hard candies shaped like HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s logo and other colourful sweets made to look like maple leaves, ginkgo leaves, and more. These confections are made exclusively for the boat ride by Kameya Yoshinaga, a Japanese sweets shop that has been around since 1803, while the matcha is provided by Rishouen Chasho, a tea shop in Uji, Kyoto who have picked out specially selected leaves just for HOSHINOYA Kyoto.

     

    The roofed Kingfisher boat

    The boat guests will ride is owned by HOSHINOYA Kyoto and is called “Hisui” (Kingfisher). A switch can change the rooftop colour from white to transparent so you can look up and see the gorgeous blue sky.

     

    If you’re in Japan this autumn, and still need to find a hotel, why not treat yourself to a luxurious morning boat ride at HOSHINOYA Kyoto?

  • Premium Hotel MGallery to Open New Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle This November

    03.August.2020 | SPOT

    MGallery, a collection of over 5,000 luxury boutique hotels in 110 countries worldwide, landed in Japan for the first time last year with the opening of the 5-star KYOTO YURA HOTEL MGallery in Kyoto. Now, the brand has announced the opening of the new “Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle MGallery” (Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo-jo Bettei) which will open on November 28, 2020.

    Situated just a short 1-minute stroll from Njio Castle Station, this small, 25 room hotel, aims to offer luxury at the highest level.

    Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle MGallery was designed by Yukio Hashimoto, who has worked on countless hotels and facilities around the world. The hotel lobby and all guest rooms face a gorgeous Japanese-style garden where guests can enjoy its beautiful sights through all four seasons.

     

    The hotel takes inspiration from Nijo Castle, a structure which has seen both the end of the shogun as well as the start of modern Japan. As you enter the hotel, from the front door through and through the main entrance, guests will find themselves in their own private domain before they reach the breathtaking Japanese garden in front of them. All 25 of the guest rooms are crafted with high quality, sophisticated interiors.

    On the first floor of the hotel, guests will find a restaurant and bar. The restaurant cooks up creative French dishes made delicately with seasonal ingredients while the bar serves up MGallery’s iconic “mixology” cocktails.

    Kyoto Yura Hotel Nijo Castle MGallery also offers a range of activities which can’t be experienced anywhere else, including private trips to local shrines and temples that the hotel has connections with.

  • Shibuya’s New Hotel sequence MIYASHITA PARK Connects the People to the City

    01.August.2020 | SPOT

    sequence MIYASHITA PARK is a new mixed-use hotel set to open inside MIYASHITA PARK on August 1, 2020.

    sequence’s concept is to connect the people with the city. It offers a space for everyone whether they want a quiet time alone, whether they are sightseeing, having a work-do, celebrating a party or festival, and more. This is centred around the hotel’s three notions: “SMART,” “OPEN,” and “CULTURE.”

    The hotel is inspired by the local concept of “PARK MIND” which offers guests a place to relax after a long, busy day, like in a park. It has collaborated with Tokyo-based designers and creators to bring this to life in room designs. Furniture and fittings are simple while still being of high quality.

    The fourth floor entrance connects seamlessly to Miyashita Park and is home to a lobby lounge as well as the new VALLEY PARK STAND cafe and bar. Up on the fifth floor is the breakfast dining restaurant Dōngxī Restaurant & Sakaba. Up on the 18th floor, guests can enjoy a panoramic view of Shibuya, as well as dine at the entertainment restaurant SOAK whose design and concept mixes together history and the future, the West and the East. There is also art from artists coordinated by The Chain Museum.

  • Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku: Go Glamping With Hot Springs and Kobe’s Night Sky

    25.July.2020 | SPOT

    The new glamping facility Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku is set to open inside Minotani Green Sports Hotel in Kobe, Hyogo on August 7, 2020.

     

    Located in the lush green abyss of Kobe’s Minotani area, Glamp Dome is just 20-minutes from Kobe-Sannomiya. Guests can look forward to a glamorous camping experience inside on of the huge dome tents set up on site from which they can enjoy Kobe’s sunset and subsequent night sky. The facility promises a luxury camping experience like no other.

     

    Your dome tent and a private BBQ space

    The half-dome tents are 7 meters in circumference. They are fitted with air conditioning and can be used throughout all four seasons. Each one has its own private BBQ space too so you can enjoy a close-knit meal together with friends and family without having to interact with other guests.

     

    The Ginga Hot Spring’s water is directly from the water source

    Ginga Hot Spring’s water spurts out from 1,200 meters underground. The facility offers a variety of bathing experiences, from the open-air hot spring to utaseyu where water falls onto your back, and more, as well as a resting area, sauna, and so on.

     

    It is said that if water pH levels are over 7.5 then it is good for your skin. The water at Ginga Hot spring is 8.5, making the water quality very high.

     

    The unique foot bath bar

    At Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku, guests can enjoy a bar experience with pouring their own drinks while getting a foot bath from the facility’s hot spring water sauce. Open from 19:00-21:00, there’s also campfires, fire pits for private domes, and other services.

    Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku also offers high quality ingredients for a gourmet camping BBQ experience, from premium Japanese black wagyu steak to seafood and more.

    Menu
    ・Japanese black wagyu steak
    ・Domestic smoked beef
    ・Skillet of the day日
    ・Acqua pazza
    ・Dessert skillet
    ・Baguette

     

    Hotel amenities

    Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku also offers hotel-style amenities like towels, toothbrushes, hair dryers, gowns, and more. All domes are also fitted with Wi-Fi and plug sockets.

     

    When Glamp Dome Kobe Tenku opens, it will also be bookable on Resort Glamping, a booking website for glamping facilities and resort villas across Japan. If you’re ever travelling to Kobe, why not stay there in style with this very special glamping experience?

  • teamLab’s Interactive Digital Art Exhibition to Open at Takeo Hot Springs in Kyushu This July

    21.July.2020 | SPOT

    teamLab’s annual digital art exhibition teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live, which is held every year from summer to autumn at Mifuneyama Rakuen’s Takeo Hot Springs, is collaborating with Rakan no Yu, a new sauna facility which opened at the Kyushu-based hot spring facility and won first place in Sauna Chelan 2019.

     

    The exhibition will open in the 500,000 square meter Mifuneyama Rakuen Park on July 22, 2020 to both guests and non-guests of Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel, Onyado Chikurintei, and other surrounding accommodations. Set tickets to enjoy both Rakan no Yu and the teamLab exhibition went on sale on July 20 and are limited to 40 people per day.


    Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond​
    teamLab, 2015, Interactive Digitized Nature, 13min 24sec, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    The water of Rakan no Yu is pure, low-alkali hot spring water with no colour, smell, or taste. It’s known for its superior moisturising effect, leaving the skin nice and smooth. Rakan no Yu won first place in Sauna Chelan 2019. Sauna Chelan is considered the “Michelin” ranker of the sauna world.

    In June 2020, a dry sauna and new baths were added to Rakan no Yu’s women’s open air baths. Guests can enjoy the meditation sauna, indoor and outdoor baths, hot springs, and more in both the men’s and women’s sections.

    Ever Blossoming Life Rock
    teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Universe of Water Particles on a Sacred Rock
    teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature

    This year marks teamLab’s sixth collaboration with Mifuneyama Rakuen. Their teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live is held every year at the site, and this year they have 22 art pieces to showcase. Takeo Hot Springs opened in 1845 and is registered as a national monument.

    Life is Continuous Light – Azalea Valley

    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Floating Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Fire
    teamLab, 2019, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    teamLab’s incredible interactive digital art will react to people’s presence and movement throughout the 500,000 square meter space.

     

  • Japan’s Best Hot Springs and Spas For 2020 Ranked by Tripadvisor

    19.July.2020 | SPOT

    Tripadvisor® has posted its list for this year’s most popular hot springs and spas in Japan for day trips as ranked by its users over the past year.

     

    This is the 9th run of this particular list, which is normally announced each winter, but due to the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers have been looking to find somewhere to relax, and so the website decided to release the list earlier this time. Tripadvisor® also ranked the best hot spring regions as well as foot baths.

     

    This year’s list has a diverse line-up of locations, from huge new facilities to old ones with history. Half of the places in the list are situated in the Kanto region of Japan—more than the previous lists. Those in the ranking are listed not only for the hot springs, but for the services on offer like massage, dining, rest, and more, all of which adds to them being great for day trips.

     

    Hot Springs & Spas Popular With Japanese People For Day Trips – 2020 Edition

    1st Place: Busshozan Onsen (Takamatsu, Kagawa)
    2nd Place: Miharashi no Yu (Hashijo-machi, Tokyo)
    3rd Place: Hōheikyō Hot Spring (Sapporo, Hokkaido)
    4th Place: Shika no Yu (Nasu, Tochigi)
    5th Place: Tenzan Tohji-kyo (Hakone-machi, Kanagawa)
    6th Place: Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-yu (Karuizawa, Nagano)
    7th Place: Lamune Onsen (Taketa, Oita)
    8th Place: Spadium Japon (Higashikurume, Tokyo)
    9th Place: Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro (Itabashi, Tokyo)
    10th Place: Miyazawako Onsen Kirari Bettei (Hanno, Saitama)
    https://tg.tripadvisor.jp/news/ranking/best-public-bathes/

     

    8th Place: Spadium Japon (Higashikurume, Tokyo)

    Spadium Japon is a large-scale public bath facility with 15 different types of baths and saunas. It has transparent onsen, which is rare in the Kanto region, and the water is known for its sodium salt. Tripadvisor® users praise the facility for offering all-day services and how big it is, likening it to a theme park.

     

    Special Mentions

    Tripadvisor® also listed some special mentions of popular hot spring “chiku,” or districts, where you can walk around and try out lots of different types of hot springs, as well as foot baths. The foot baths in Oita Airport and Kagoshima Airport are free to use, making them a great way to kill some time while waiting for departure.

     

    Top 5 Hot Spring Chiku Popular With Japanese People

    1st Place: Kinosaki Onsen (Toyooka, Hyogo)
    2nd Place: Yu no Mine Onsen (Tanabe, Wakayama)
    3rd Place: Kurokawa Onsen (Minamioguni, Kumamoto)
    4th Place: Ginzan Onsen (Obanazawa, Yamagata)
    5th Place Gero Onsen (Gero, Gifu)

     

    Top 3 Foot Baths Popular With Japanese People

    1st Place: Oita Airport Foot Bath (Kunisaki, Oita)
    2nd Place: Lake Kussharo Sunayu (Teshikaga, Hokkaido)
    3rd Place: Kagoshima Airport Foot Bath (Kirishima, Kagoshima)

  • HIKES IN JAPAN Releases Information Page For Foreign Travellers Climbing Japan’s Mountains

    18.July.2020 | SPOT

    Yama-kei Publishers, a Japanese media company which reports on nature in Japan, has posted an information page over on the English version of “HIKES IN JAPAN” for foreigners to read if they’re thinking of climbing mountains in Japan. It has also added 11 new courses to its mountain climbing and hiking guide, bringing the number of courses up to 100.

    Before the Hike: Trip Plan and Travel Accident Insurance

    The website offers a trip plan that’s required when hiking in the Japanese mountains and gives information on travel accident insurance you should sign up for in case of emergency.
    https://hikesinjapan.yamakei-online.com/information/l.php

     

    Manners and Precautions While Hiking

    There are rules and proper manners that need to be followed when climbing mountains in Japan. Read and follow these 11 simple steps, including some that might be different to mountain climbing in your own country.

    https://hikesinjapan.yamakei-online.com/information/m.php

     

    Dangers on the Trail and Emergency Measures

    Hiking is a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous. There may also be dangers unique to Japan that you won’t be able to anticipate from home. This section summaries the dangers of hiking in Japan that you need to be aware of, as well as what to do in case of an emergency.
    https://hikesinjapan.yamakei-online.com/information/n.php

     

    100 Mountain Climbing & Hiking Courses

    HIKES IN JAPAN lists specially selected courses for hikers and mountain climbers with necessary information including when to travel, distances, how difficult a climb is, and so on.

    If you’re thinking of tackling Japan’s mountains, then HIKES IN JAPAN will prove indispensable in your trip planning.

  • teamLab’s Acorn Forest Exhibition to Open in Saitama’s Higashi-Tokorozawa Park

    17.July.2020 | SPOT

    teamLab’s upcoming new digital art exhibition teamLab: Resonating Life in Acorn Forest is set to open in Higashi-Tokorozawa Park in Saitama on August 1, 2020. The interactive display will react to and change from the presence of people.

     

    The Kadokawa Culture Museum calls the collection of oaks and other deciduous broadleaf trees of Musashino the “Musashino Woods.” These Musashino Woods transition through the greens of spring and summer, display beautiful autumnal leaves from fall until early winter, and are home to ripe acorns in autumn.

     

    Deciduous broadleaf forests were widespread in Japan during the Jomon Period. These forests were home to acorn-bearing trees, and acorns were a major food source for the Jomon people. During the Jomon Period, many people existed alongside the acorn forests, living easily with this abundant food source.

     

    teamLab’s Digitized Nature art project uses non-material digital technology to transform nature into art without having a physical impact on it.

     

    teamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest will transform the acorn forests of Musashino into an interactive art space which changes due to the presence of people.

    Autonomous Resonating Life – Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset / teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    With sunrise, the ovoids begin to reflect the world around them. When pushed down by a person or blown by the wind, the ovoids fall back and then rise releasing a resonating tone. The ovoids around it also respond one after another, continuing to resonate with the same tone.

     

    As the sun sets, the ovoids shine by themselves. When an ovoid is pushed by a person or blown by the wind it falls down and then rises, a sound resonates out, and it emits a light color specific to the sound.

    Resonating Trees / teamLab, 2014, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    The trees shine brightly. The light of each tree is autonomous, slowly blinking.

     

    The light transmitted from Autonomous Resonating Life – Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset causes the trees’ lights to change color, and a tone specific to that color resonates out. The light of a tree is transmitted to the surrounding trees one by one, as the sound is continuously emitted.

     

    When a light resonates from the trees in the distance, it signifies the presence of people. Perhaps people will become more aware of the existence of others in the same space.

  • Gaze at Japan’s Setting Sun Over the Horizon at Oedo Onsen Monogatari Shiomiso

    13.July.2020 | SPOT

    Oedo Onsen Monogatari Hotels & Resorts reopened “Oedo Onsen Monogatari Shiomiso” on July 10, 2020 after the hot spring hotel underwent some revamps.

    To commemorate the reopening, the hotel is now holding a dinner buffet and all-you-can-drink plan until August 31, 2020.

     

    Take a dip in the famous Senami Onsen

    Oedo Onsen Monogatari Shiomiso is home to Senami Onsen, a hot spring which first opened back in 1904 after the area was excavated for oil and the hot water shot out from the ground. Also known by the name “Netsu no Yu” (Hot Water), the hot spring has continued to offer rich quantities of water for over 100 years. Japanese poet and pioneering feminist Yosano Akiko wrote a poem about the place in 1937.

    The water is thick and transparent, and also has chloride in it, which helps prevent sweat from evaporating, leading to moisturised skin. You also don’t feel cold after leaving the water, and the water has sterilising properties. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing experience while gazing out across the Japanese sea at the evening  setting sun.

     

    Choose the right room for your trip

    There are a number of different rooms to pick from that cater to all kinds of travels, such as the ocean view Japanese-style rooms which accommodate 2-5 people, rooms with a terrace, Japanese-style rooms with open-air baths, and more.

     

    All-you-can-drink summer drinks and a gourmet buffet

    The new restaurant serves up a menu by legendary Japanese chef Takaharu Takashina, with seasonal ingredients sourced in Niigata Prefecture. The restaurant serves a Japanese and Western fusion buffet, a diverse breakfast assortment, and more. There’s sushi, fried foods, fish from the Japan sea, exquisite rice, and much more to enjoy.

     

    Affordable summer all-you-can-drink

    The all-you-can-drink plan comes with evening buffet as a set and is running until August 31, priced at just ¥1,500. Cool down from the summer heat with a refreshing beer, highball, or other beverage to enjoy with your meal.

     

    All-You-Can-Drink Plan

    Running: Until August 31, 2020

    Time: 60-minutes max in the evenings

    Menu: Beer, Shochu, Highball, Sours, and more.

  • Take a Summer Trip to Karuizawa in Style at Hoshino Resorts BEB Karuizawa

    12.July.2020 | SPOT

    “BEB” is a brand of hotel established by Hoshino Resorts which aims to support young people travelling by being cost-effective as well as make travelling more fun for the younger generation. This year, BEB5 Karuizawa is promoting a spending a fun and stylish summertime.

     

    Enjoy the outdoors in a wide, open space

    The indoor “Yagura Room” is fitted with spacious sofas and bed spaces where people can chat together, read a book, and enjoy their free time. There’s also “TAMARIBA,” a 24-hour public space with a garden, lounge, cafe, and library. A cool breeze sweeps through the tall windows, letting in cool air on a hot summer’s day. Guests can kick back and enjoy some relaxation. The cafe even sells wine so guests can treat themselves to an evening drink or have a little drinking get-together with friends.

     

    Summer resort rental items

    Guests can experience the true thrill of summertime in Karuizawa with a selection of rental items including straw hats, a bug catching net, portable speakers, electric fans, and more. These can be rented from July 13, 2020 to August 31, 2020.

     

    The lush green outdoors surrounds the hotel

    BEB5 Karuizawa is located in one corner of the Karuizawa Hoshino Area which is home to a bright green forest. Located laong the bath is Harunire Terrace which is home to 16 unique shops, and there’s even a hot spring which flows directly from the water source.

    Hoshino Onsen Tonbo no Yu

    There are plenty of things for guests to do outside, including participating in a nature tour hosted by wild flora and fauna specialists Picchio, having a picnic at the benches by the flowing water, and more.

     

    Karuizawa is one of Japan’s best places for a summer retreat. Just a one hour bullet train ride from Tokyo, it’s an easy place to access from the country’s capital.

  • Wine and Dine at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto’s Luxurious New ‘Champagne Garden’

    11.July.2020 | SPOT

    Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto opened its limited-time “Champagne Garden” on July 3 at its first floor outdoor terrace restaurant Brasserie. Running until September 6, customers can enjoy free-flow French Bollinger champagne and cocktails.

    Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto opened back in October 2016 as a luxury hotel, home to the famous Sekisuien Gardens which have a history spanning back 800 years and are mentioned in the The Tale of the Heike epic. The hotel’s first floor restaurant Brasserie has towering 9-meter tall windows that look out onto these gardens, while inside customers can enjoy dining in a stylish environment.

    The champagne served in the Champagne Garden is produced by the French Champagne house Bolligner, a company that started by Jacques Bollinger in 1829. Fermented in oak barrels, the champagne has sophisticated and complex flavours. In 1884, Bolligner received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.

    At the Champagne Garden, guests can enjoy four different types of canapé made by the restaurant’s head chef Koga together with a glass of Bolligner. They can also order rosé wine, cocktails, or soft drinks too, all of which are free-flow. And since the restaurant faces the garden, guests can enjoy the view of the greenery throughout all four seasons, in central Kyoto.

    Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto reopened on July 1 after closing temporarily due to COVID-19. The hotel has launched its “Lead With Care” program which ensures guests and staff are at the top of the priority list for safety against the coronavirus.

  • Hoshinoya Tokyo Ranks Number One On ‘World’s Best Awards 2020 Top Hotels in Tokyo’

    11.July.2020 | SPOT

    Travel + Leisure published their “World’s Best Awards 2020 Top Hotels in Tokyo” list on July 8, 2020 on which Hoshinoya Tokyo, managed by Hoshino Resorts, placed No. 1.

     

    “World’s Best Awards” is a list of the top hotels as ranked by travel magazine Travel + Leisure’s user ratings. The hotel category takes into account the facilities, location, service, food, and more offered at each hotel.

    Established in Otemachi, Tokyo in July 2016, Hoshinoya Tokyo is a ryokan-style hotel which has two basement floors and 17 upper floors. It has a traditional Japanese ryokan vibe to it with its tatami mats, sliding doors, bamboo materials, and more, plus guests must take their shoes off at the entrance. And while it has traditional elements, it caters to the modern lifestyle, combining the best of both worlds. It offers guests a chance to easily experience Japanese culture and what it’s like to stay in a ryokan.

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