Stay in a Traditional Japanese Hotel in Kosuge Village Where the Population is Just 700

04.August.2019 | BUSINESS / SPOT

NIPPONIA Kosuge Genryū no Mura is a new hotel opening in the village of Kosuge in Kitatsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture on August 17. The hotel is renovated from an old Japanese-style house that was originally used for local personages and was constructed over 150 years ago.

Kosuge is about two-hours from Tokyo and is completely enveloped in the natural environment with 95% of the land occupied by trees and nature. Its population is around 700 which is a mere third of its peak population. It is currently faced with a serious depopulation problem due to its ageing population.

The hotel will open in an effort to pass on the beautiful landscapes and culture of the village to the next generation. It hopes to aid in solving the problem of its declining population and empty houses while acting as a means to bring in tourism and sightseeing.

The hotel serves as just the first part of this village revitalisation project. It features 4 guest rooms called OHYA as a restaurant that seats 22.

There are three rooms in the main building and one in the basement. Each is designed with privacy in mind and each has its own concept.

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From the rooms guests can enjoy the view of the gorgeous Japanese-style gardens surrounding the hotel.

The restaurant menu concept is titled 24 Sekki, which denotes the twenty four seasonal turning points of the old Japanese calendar, and is made using carefully local ingredients so that guests can enjoy an authentic Kosuge experience.

All the staff at the hotel are local villagers. The majority of the ingredients used in there are grown and produced by the farmers of Kosuge. The hotel also offers other services for guests to  get to know the area better such as nature walks and bike rides through the village. You are made to feel like one of the locals.

 

A second building will be renovated in May 2020 to accommodate two more rooms. There are 70-100 vacant buildings in Kosuge, so there are plans in place to receive permission from landlords to make further repairs, improvements and renovations.

 

If you’re travelling to Japan and are looking for a truly remote experience then why not visit the quaint little village of Kosuge in Yamanashi Prefecture?

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    15.January.2019 | FOOD

    The Mount Fuji Lava Cafe, located in the Fujisan World Heritage Center in Yamanashi Prefecture, released a new Red Mount Fuji Curry on January 12 inspired by the woodblock print Fine Wind, Clear Morning from Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series of landscape prints.

    Red Mount Fuji Curry: ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    This red hot lava curry gets its vibrant colour from its picante spices and red chili oil. But it’s not simply a bowl of spiciness – it also has typical Japanese flavours like a dashi made from skipjack tuna and kombu. It’s also mixed with grape juice made from grapes grown in Fuefuki, Yananashi for deeper flavour.

    Upon ordering this curry you can pick from three different levels of spiciness. Those who order the highest level, dubbed “Mount Fuji’s Peak,” are offer to take part in an eating challenge. If you’re able to devour the hottest version of this curry within 22 minutes and 30 seconds the price of your bill will be wiped and you will receive a free ice cream.

    The Red Mount Fuji Curry serves as a follow up to the cafe’s original Blue Mount Fuji Curry which erupted in popularity on Japanese social media.

  • Mount Fuji Pancakes Made in Lava Furnace Now Available in Yamanashi Prefecture

    30.July.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    These ‘Mount Fuji Pancakes’ are cooked in lava furnaces at Mount Fuji. They’re being sold at The Noborisaka Hotel.

    Mount Fuji Pancakes

    Price: ¥980 (Tax Included)

     

    Cooking the pancakes in a lava furnace causes the molecules to vibrate due to the far infrared effect. This means it cooks at a high temperature in a short period of time. Because of this, the necessary moisture ceases to evaporate, resulting in a soft, fluffy and deliciously cooked pancake. They’re made with mascarpone which leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth

     

    Strawberry Chocolate Fondue Pancake

    Price: ¥1,880 (Tax Included)

    Mount Fuji European Style Curry (only 30 served per day)

    Price: ¥1,280 (Tax Included)

    There’s other dishes cooked in the furnaces too including pizza, steak and fried vegetables. It’s different from cooking in an ordinary furnace. The surface doesn’t burn but the heat, juices and flavour remain inside.

     

    Try this ultimate Mount Fuji meal for yourself.

     

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    Mount Fuji Pancake

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Orders 8:00pm)

    Address: The Norisaka Hotel 1F (6832 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture)

    TEL: 0555-28-5310

    Website: http://hotel-noborisaka.jp

     

  • Spend some quality relaxation time at an old Japanese residence—4 lodging rooms recommended by Airbnb

    04.September.2017 | SPOT

    Autumn will soon be upon us as we gradually approach the end of summer. Today, we will take a look at several private rooms recommended by Airbnb located in old Japanese residences where you can stay and spend some leisurely time while immersing yourself in the tail end of summer.

     

    Kyoto: Step back in time to the Taisho and Meiji periods to a 100-year-old townhouse

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    This townhouse was build 100 years ago and was renovated back in 2013. It is located in the heart of Kyoto and is conveniently accessible during a sightseeing trip.

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    This traditional townhouse was built by Japanese artisans and is a very impressive-looking building indeed! Part of the charm can also be accredited to the small garden which you can view from the 1st floor.

     

    Fukushima: Reserve a registered tangible cultural property 330m2 Japanese-style house

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    “Nihon Kaoku Hibiki no Yado” is a reconstructed lodging that was officially selected as a tangible cultural property. The grounds have spanned 13223m2 since the end of the Edo period and are home to trees that are more than 300 years old, allowing you to truly feel the history of the place.

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    There is no doubt that your soul will grow warm if surrounded by lots of people around a saucepot at the hearth.

     

    Gunma: Moments away from hot springs! A house hidden away in the boundless expanse of mountains

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    “MAYUDAMAHOUSE” was built 134 years ago at the prefectural boundary of Gunma and Nagano. It is surrounded by many hot springs, including Shima Tamura which became the model for Kusatsu Onsen and Spirited Away.

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     The back of the house is dotted with edible wild plants which you can eat as they are with things like tempura. Another highlight of this locations is the freedom to enjoy as much nature to your heart’s content.

     

    Saitama: A former rice dealing townhouse situated in Kawagoe aka “Little Edo”

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    Located in Kawagoe, also known as “Little Edo,” this townhouse is a designated important scenic structure of the city. It’s a long-standing machiya-zukuri, or traditional wooden townhouse.

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     You can kick back and relax under the hori-gotatsu, an earlier version of the modern kotatsu, or unwind in a bathtub made from granite and cypress.

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    It’s the perfect lodging to destress and remedy fatigue. There’s also a room tucked away upstairs, meaning you can sneak off for a while on your own little adventure.

     

    How about spending your trip discussing your summer memories while feeling like you’re living in an old time Japanese house?

     

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    Airbnb Official Website: https://www.airbnb.com/

     

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    23.September.2021 | SPOT

    Hotel Gracery Taipei, which can be found inside Taiwan’s TOKYU HANDS Tailung, have opened the new ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM’ which offers the experience of visiting Japan without having to get on a plane.

     

    ‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ Room

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    TOKYU HANDS Tailung have created two new concept rooms, the ‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ room and the ‘Go Camping at HANDS’ room. While it is difficult to visit Japan at the moment, these rooms provide an authentic Japanese experience which allows guests to experience the culture and feel the charms of Japan.

     

    The ‘Take a Vacation to HANDS’ room is based on Mount Fuji, Japanese railways, and vending machines, which are popular even in Taiwan. Popular tourist spots are also recreated using famous characters. 

    The ‘Go Camping at HANDS’ room is inspired by glamping, which has become popular in Taiwan, using outdoor equipment to create a fun, indoor camping experience.

     

     

    The guest-limited service also offers guests two 10% coupons, one that can be used while shopping at TOKYU HANDS Tailung and one that can be used for accommodation. During the campaign period, guests who spend over 5,000 Yuan at TOKYU HANDS Tailung will be entered into a lottery to win a one-night stay in the new themed rooms.

     

     Try Japanese-inspired indoor camping with the new ‘HANDS CONCEPT ROOM!’

     

     

  • Hotel New Otani Announces Second PAUL & JOE Collaboration

    17.September.2021 | FASHION / SPOT

    Hotel New Otani Tokyo has collaborated with PAUL & JOE for the second time to offer a new accomodation plan, which will be available for one-night stays between December 1 2021 and January 4 2022.  The rooms will not be available between December 31 and January 2.

     

    This collaboration room will allow you to surround yourself in the world of PAUL & JOE, a Parisian brand PAUL & JOE that is extremely popular with young women in their 20s and 30s. The initial collaboration was so popular that within just 10 days, all of the available dates within three months were sold out. This Christmas edition will only be available for one month, so be sure to book while you can.

     

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    The second round of cosmetics is focused on the 2021 CHRISTMAS COLLECTION. The ‘Lipstick Treatment’ features adorable cats wearing Santa hats, while the ‘Lipstick Limited’ comes in a luxurious Christmas red – and also features cats in hats! Plus, the new ‘Wrapping Hand Cream’ will wrap your hands in a fresh moisturising texture. In addition, the best-selling ‘Moisturizing Foundation Primer,’ which was renewed on September 1, and the P&J skincare selection (oil, lotion, cleansing), each must-haves for the upcoming dry season, have been miniaturized into take-home samples in a limited edition pouch, especially for hotel customers.

     

     

     

    Alongside the limited cosmetic samples, there will be matching pajamas and slippers available for purchase and take home, with a that will take you even deeper into the PAUL & JOE world. While these cat-and-floral print PJs are perfect for a girls-only gathering, a men’s line has also been released due to popular demand, ideal for spending a romantic Christmas in matching pajamas.

     

     

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  • Rihga Royal Hotel x YOURS BOOK STORE New Accommodation Plan to Discover Your New Favorite Book

    15.September.2021 | SPOT

    Osaka’s Rihga Royal Hotel is collaborating with book direction brand YOURS BOOK STORE to produce a one-room one-day accommodation plan titled “Once in a Lifetime ~ Professionals Choose Your Book~.” The limited-time plan will be available between September 15 and November 30, 2021.

     

     

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    Following your trip, a book chosen especially for guests will be sent to your home, with a message card describing how your books were selected. This unique accommodation plan allows you to bask in the afterglow of your trip while waiting to see what kind of book you receive.

     

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  • Blue Bottle Coffee Opens New Cafe Inside SHIROIYA HOTEL in Gunma

    14.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Initially announced in July of this year, Blue Bottle Coffee Japan will open their newest shop on the premises of the SHIROIYA HOTEL in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture on September 17, 2021. The new shop is part of a recent initiative to revitalize the city, and make Maebashi an inspiring art and culture destination.

     

    Shiroiya Cafe Limited Menu

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    Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Maebashi City Tote Bag (Limited quantities available)

     

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    Maebashi was once a large manufacturer of silk, and was crucial to Japan’s modernization. In 2016, a number of creative minds from both Japan and abroad gathered in the city with the goal of revitalizing the town center. With that in mind, they first renovated the 300-year-old Shiroiya Ryokan, opening the SHIROIYA HOTEL in December 2020. Blue Bottle Coffee was a perfect fit for the project, with a continued goal of fostering community and using their proceeds to help develop towns and cities.

     

    Blue Bottle Coffee Shiroiya Cafe as designed by Keiji Ashizawa Design, also responsible for designing cafes in Minatomirai and Shibuya. Keeping with a comfortable theme, the cafe is designed to let in ample amounts of light. Historic bricks from Maebashi were a key material used in the flooring. Both the SHIROIYA HOTEL and the new Blue Bottle Cafe feature art pieces by Yoshio Shirakawa, an artist from the area.

     

    The Blue Bottle Coffee x Nakamata Fluffy Wanuki Coffee Cream & Anko is only available at the Shiroiya Cafe, and is a collaboration with Wamukashi Nakamata, a confectionary shop in town. A special Maebashi-themed tote bag will also be on sale in limited quantities.

     

    To commemorate the opening of the Shiroiya Cafe, the PÂTISSERIE, located inside the hotel, will serve a limited-time Grapefruit and Coffee Tart.

     

    Would you like to visit Maebashi on your next trip to Japan?

     

  • Hyatt Centric Kanazawa Reveals Halloween Inspired Menu for October

    13.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    All-day restaurant FIVE – Grill & Lounge, located within the Hyatt Centric Kanazawa hotel, will begin serving up a selection of Halloween-inspired treats beginning October 1, including cake sets, parfaits, muffins, and various lunch and dinner items.

     

    Guests will also be able to enjoy some mischievous cocktails and mocktails inspired by witches and ghosts!

     

    Halloween Cake Set 

     

    Black Sesame Pudding

    Mummy Macaron

    Ghostly Mousse

    Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich

    Coffin Tart

    Monster Cream Puff

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    The Halloween Cake Set is filled with ghoulish treats, each one displaying incredible attention to detail. In the Halloween Parfait Set, guests can enjoy a tower of different sweets, including black currant and chocolate. Themed with creepy eyeball decorations throughout, it offers a variety of overlapping textures and tastes guests will want to savor until the last bite.

     

    When thinking of Halloween, the colors orange and purple instantly come to mind. For the Halloween Dinner/Lunch Course, the menu’s creators went with a more dark theme, envisioning a ghost appearing at any moment. The entire restaurant will be decorated in black and gray, creating a truly haunting dining experience.

     

    Don’t miss out on the Halloween Muffin Box, a set of mini-muffins made with fresh autumn ingredients, and offering a much cuter feel. Quantities are limited!

     

    The gin-based Spooky Night cocktail is refreshing, with a bold blue color and red-rim on the glass, sure to turn your mouth bright crimson. Hallo-Wine Sangria, house-made with autumn fruits, has a unique design, with a skeleton rising from the glass! For those wanting a mocktail, the I sWitch asks guests to pour the accompanying red syrup over the cotton candy, changing both the appearance and flavor of the drink as if by witchcraft!

     

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  • The Guests are Actors Too in the HOTEL SHE, OSAKA’s ‘Theatre While You Stay’ Performance

    08.September.2021 | SPOT

    The HOTEL SHE, OSAKA has announced a new form of evening entertainment that allows the guests to take part in their ‘Theatre While You Stay’ performances of The Indigo Restaurant, held between November 11 and 30 2021. Tickets sales start on September 3.

     

     

     

    The food and drink menu can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room.

     

    All guest rooms come furnished with a record player.

     

    The boutique hotel brand HOTEL, SHE are leading hotels into the new era with their contemporary services, collaborating with poet Saihate Tahi to create the “Poet Hotel” and live-streaming a performance by artist SIRUP.

     

    The ‘Theatre While You Stay’ is a form of evening entertainment where guests can enjoy and take part in a stage show that is set in the hotel, both planned and produced by HOTEL, SHE.

     

    They were inspired by the “immersive theatre” technique which has become popular in New York’s Broadway, allowing you to freely move around the hotel in your role as you enjoy the show, breaking the boundaries between audience and performer – You aren’t just watching the show, but becoming a part of it.

    The term “immersive theatre” was coined in London during the early 2000s and refers to a form of theatre that is based on the audience experience. It breaks down the traditional roles of the audience and performers, creating a new relationship between the guests and the show.

     

     

    Set throughout the entire hotel building, the lobby, guest rooms, corridors, and courtyard are full of mysterious sounds and lights. The “story experience” starts as you check in, with no set start or end time.  All phones, mobile devices and watches that tell the time are confiscated upon checking in, causing the guests to lose their sense of time and wander the hotel throughout the long evenings. 

     

     

     

     

    After watching, the whole story is gradually revealed by talking about the scenes that each experienced while drinking cocktails in the bar lounge and guest rooms.  We want you to enjoy the limited food menu and sweets based on Asian dishes such as Taiwan.

     

    After the show, you can enjoy cocktails in the bar lounge and discuss the scenes you watched as the story is gradually revealed. The delicious limited-time menu is full of sweet Asian dishes and desserts from Taiwan and beyond.

     

  • RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka to Offer Extremely Limited Halloween Accommodations

    08.September.2021 | SPOT

    The RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka has announced a spectacularly limited Halloween accommodation plan, titled ‘A Terrifying Banquet in the Mysterious Lord’s Castle.’ Only one lucky person per day can book the decorated room, which features in-room meals and more treats to discover. Reservations are open through October 28, and the room will be available from September 10 until October 31.

     

    ‘A Terrifying Banquet’ Dining Table

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    Skeletons in hotel uniform, ready to greet guests in the front room

     

     

    This spooky setup will be held in the Fontainebleau suite, themed as a French palace. Guests will enjoy a western dinner course in the comfort (or discomfort) of the room. Decorated with black cats, ever-watchful owls and skeletons, guests can also look forward to taking plenty of photos at a designated photo spot on the sofa.

     

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people in their homes, the hotel created this room as a way to experience a new kind of cozy Halloween getaway. Visitors will enjoy plenty of other perks, including free parking, soft drink coupons, and breakfast the following morning.

     

    Would you be able to sleep in this room filled with skeletons and specters?

     

  • Adorable Halloween Dessert Buffet to be Served at Conrad Osaka

    02.September.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hotel Conrad and Sebastian Masuda, known worldwide for his ‘kawaii’ works, are collaborating for the second year for a scrumptious Halloween event. Titled OWNER OF A COLORFUL HEART Halloween Sweets Buffet, the tasty treats will be available starting September 2. The buffet was held in Tokyo last year, but is moving to Osaka for 2021.

     

    Guests can enjoy a variety of colorful Halloween sweets, created by Executive Pastry Chef Jimmy Boulet and supervised by Sebastian Masuda!

     

     

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    The buffet tables are decorated with dark purple tones and welcome guests with Bouley’s playful collection of sweets. His iconic mille-feuille uses ample amounts of cream and purple yams, with a chocolate spider web on top. The spider mousse cake, with its gentle shortcake-like texture and unusual combination of coffee and mango, is sure to surprise. Each treat uses autumn ingredients, and will surely have guests enjoying Halloween to the fullest.

     

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  • Experience 600 Years of Historical Culture with the Tanadui Festival Accommodation Program

    01.September.2021 | SPOT

    The HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island Resort in Taketomi, Okinawa will be holding the Tanadui Program between September 1 and October 12 2021. The special program will be held to mark the Tanadui Festival, an event that has been listed as an event of cultural importance and allows visitors to experience the deep, historical culture of Taketomi Island.

     

    Taketomi is an island with it’s own unique culture with a selection of festival rituals, including food offerings to pray for prosperity and abundant harvests. The Tanadui Festival is the largest on the island and has been designated an event of cultural importance, running for over 600 years. Every year, throughout the seventh and eighth days of the festival, a stage is assembled in Yomochi Utaki to host over 80 traditional performances, each dedicated to the Gods and deities. On Taketomi Island, the phrase “Kashikusaya Utsugumidu Masaru” is key to the local lifestyle, roughly translating to “cooperation over all.” Join in the ‘Spirit of Utsugumi (cooperation)’ as the whole island practices and prepares for the festival – even those who have moved further away will return home to join in.

     

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    Bountiful Harvest Lunch – Get to know, touch, and cherish the five grains harvested on Taketomi Island

    Enjoy a lunch that has been made using millet, wheats, beans, potatoes, and rice, which are said to be the five grains of Taketomi Island. Before lunch, you can join in the harvesting of potatoes grown on-site. Taketomi Island has no mountains or rivers as it was formed through the raising of coral atolls, making it difficult to grow crops. As distribution was unpopular in the past, the lack of crop growth meant that there was no food to live off. It is because of this that festivals, including the Tanadui Festival, were first held. They are used to pray for plentiful harvests and the traditions are upheld to this very day. During this event, you can harvest potatoes while learning about the history and land.

    The lunch plate uses French techniques to propose a fun and new way of enjoying the five grains while retaining their simple sweetness; A sweet wheat risotto, shimadōfu soup, a harvest potato Dengaku (fried potatoes cut into cubes and sprinkled with sugar), plus desserts that can be enjoyed with peanuts. This delicious lunch allows you to get to know, touch, and cherish the five grains of Taketomi Island.  

     

    Price: ¥7,260 (Per person, tax & service charge included)

    Capacity: Two groups per day

    Hours: 12:30 ~ 14:00

    Location; Field, Dining Room

     

    Traditional Iiyachi Making Tour in collaboration with the islanders and HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island

    Iiyachi is a traditional rice cake-like food that is eaten during the Tanadui Festival. Originally the Iiyachi was made using only materials found on the island, but thanks to modern development and tourism, plus the decline of agriculture, it is now regularly made using materials cultivated on other islands. HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island has worked hard to inherit the traditional production method. This year they will be challenging themselves by making Iiyachi using both traditional methods and local agriculture, cultivating millet and azuki beans to use in the recipe. Iiyachi is made by combining the ingredients in a large Shinme Pot to boil and steam. The resulting food is then kneaded out by a group of people while it is turned with a spatula. 

    This is an opportunity to get up and close with the island’s traditional culture which is only visible once a year during the festive period. Iiyachi making is an important job to the islanders, overflowing with enthusiasm and commitment to the Tanadui Festival.

     

    Price: Free

    Date: October 7

    Location: Azumaya Garden

     

    Teedun Dress-Up Experience

    Here you can try on the outfits worn by the traditional performers who participate in the Tanadui Festival. The traditional costumes are only worn during the festival and have been passed through families for generations, usually unworn by anybody who isn’t native to the island. During the experience you will be offered a commemorative photo, perfect to take home as a memory of your trip to Taketomi Island. 

     

    Price: ¥1,210 (Per group, tax & service charge included)

    Hours: 10:30 ~ 12:30

    Location: Yuntaku Lounge

     

     

    Teedun-banashi

    Here the staff will introduce you to the festivals roots, the culture that started it, and the history of the island, with photos to assist. You will be taught all about the 600 year history of the Tanadui Festival and the “Kashikusaya Utsugimi Domasaru” spirit. During the program, you can also learn about daily life on the island, full of festival excitement and traditional Okinawan scenery.

     

    Price: Free

    Hours: 20:45 ~ 21:15

    Location: Yuntaku Lounge

     

    One Moment on the Island ~Iiyacha~

    A selection of traditional Okinawan snacks will be served in the Yuntaku Lounge, offering the visitors a special moment on the island. There are two seasonings available for the sweet and simple Iiyachi: Andansuu, a sweet oil miso that is popular in Yaeyama, and shrimp salt, made from Japanese Tiger Prawns found in the beautiful oceans surrounding the island.l

     

    Price: Free

    Hours: 14:00 ~ 16:00

    Location: Yuntaku Lounge

     

    Tanadui Festival Breakfast

    Enjoy a unique Tanadui breakfast packed full of the fruits of the harvest, with millet mixed Juushii rice, Awa Miso Andansuu, and Pindako made using garlic and octopus from the island.  You’ll be wide awake with this vibrant breakfast and its auspicious menu. 

     

    Price: ¥4,235 (Per person, tax & service charge included) 

    Hours: 7:00 ~ 10:30

    Location: Dining Room

     

    Experience 600 years of history for yourself with this unique program! 

     

  • Autumn Limited Parfait Released at The Strings Hotel Tokyo Intercontinental’s Cafe & Bar Rhythmos

    30.August.2021 | FOOD

    Between September 15 and November 30 2021, two seasonal Autumnal Strings Parfaits will be available to order at the Rhythmos Cafe & Bar, found on the 26th floor of The Strings Hotel Tokyo Intercontinental. Executive pastry chef Osada Gaku has selected seasonal fruits and flavors such as citrus, chestnut, and crystal pomelo to create an artistic autumnal parfait. For parfait lovers who want to compare the seasonal dessert with Rhythmos’ standard parfait, the iconic Duo Parfait set will still be available to purchase along with a selection of drinks. This sweet treat can be enjoyed not only with afternoon tea but also as a post-dinner dessert.

     

    The Marron parfait is formed of crimson and purple layers, starting with chestnut cream and panna cotta, with beautifully textured glacé chestnut chunks and fluffy candied chestnuts. The rum-infused custard cream brings out the chestnut taste, with the addition of panna cotta and acidic cassis jule bringing the taste to a whole new level.

     

    The orange Autumn Citrus parfait is made with seasonal citrus fruits, including crystal pomelo,  mikan, and pink grapefruit. Starting with the fresh citrus, you’ll find an orange and bergamot jule, paired with a caramel panna cotta and cream to balance out the subtle sweet and bitter flavors, along with chocolate cream and panna cotta, plus a cookie crunch to accent. The refreshing acidity of the citrus combined with the bittersweet caramel come together to create a wonderful harmony for your tastebuds.

     

    Why not enjoy a blissful and mature lunchtime with this luxurious seasonal parfait?

  • Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto to Begin Autumn Harvest Festival-themed Afternoon Tea Service

    30.August.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto will begin offering Autumn Harvest Afternoon Tea for a limited time starting on September 13. This seasonal menu was designed by pastry chef Reiko Yokota, who has experience at Michelin Star restaurants and Four Seasons Hotels around the world. The menu is filled with healthy treats for both mind and body, utilizing fall ingredients like sweet potato, pumpkin, persimmon, and apple. 

     

     

    Autumn Harvest Afternoon Tea

     

    Five-sweets collection using fresh autumn ingredients to present the true flavor of local fruits and vegetables

     

    Four savory treats presented in a bowl made to look like an autumn field, inviting guests to dig up autumn’s bounty

     

    Luxurious western and Japanese chestnuts compliment these premium autumn parfaits

    A collection of take-home sweets featuring warm colors and autumn ingredients such as pumpkin and chestnut are perfect for decorating your home table

     

    Halloween cupcakes, available for a limited-time, are the perfect souvenir

     

    Guests can overlook the Sekisuien Gardens while dining from the terrace, a unique experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

     

    Afternoon tea begins with a collection of sweets, including jellies, tarte tatin, and crème brûlée, each bringing out the complex flavor of local Japanese fruits and vegetables. The featured jalapeno cornbread, inspired by Chef Yokota’s childhood in Texas, is one of the more unique dishes. 

     

    The savory dish, prepared by Brasserie restaurant head chef Ryuji Koga, presents each morsel in a bowl reminiscent of an autumn field, giving guests the chance to experience a bountiful harvest themselves by using a spoon as a makeshift shovel. 

     

    For drinks, patrons can enjoy a selection of premium teas from Ronnefeldt in Germany, including the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto’s original blend. Two autumn-only tea mocktails are also present on the menu. 

     

    The premium parfait, limited to 10 servings per day, is made from two types of chestnut-forward Mont Blanc. The Western chestnuts have a rich flavor, while the Japanese varieties are gentler and more delicate in their sweetness. The Mont Blanc with Chestnuts, Rum, and Cassis has a more adult flavor, balancing the sweetness of French chestnuts with the complex flavor of rum. Interwoven with pear compote and black currant jelly, this is a parfait that’s as delightful to look at as it is to eat. 

     

    The Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc with Uji Green Tea and Yuzu is a more traditional Kyoto dish, bringing with it lavish amounts of green tea from Marukyu Koyamaen in Uji, along with refreshing yuzu sorbet. 

     

    Those not wanting to leave this experience behind quite yet can feel free to take some pastries and baked goods home. In addition to the popular Mont Blanc and Strawberry Millefeuille, the Sweet Potato Shortcake will also be available. Why not pick up a Chestnut and Rum Pound cake, or perhaps an Orange and Earl Gray Pound Cake made with Ronnefeldt tea leaves? 

     

    Halloween cupcakes will also be available for the first time this year, from October 15 to October 31. These include the Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Cupcake, and the Chocolate and Raspberry Cupcake. 

     

    Featuring colorful and delectable seasonal ingredients, how would you like to partake in this magnificent afternoon tea service? 

  • Hoshinoya Kyoto Hotel Holds Special Tale of Genji Event

    30.August.2021 | SPOT

    Located deep in the mountains of Arashiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, Hoshinoya is a traditional resort in which every room has a magnificent river view. On November 29 and 30, the hotel will hold a limited autumn leaf viewing event exclusive for guests. The event itself draws inspiration from the dance of autumn leaves from the classic book The Tale of Genji, and will take place in Hoshinoya’s garden, home to a 400-year-old Japanese maple tree. The area of Arashiyama was beloved by aristocrats during the Heian period for its natural landscapes and deep red leaves on display in autumn. 

     

     

    Feature 1

    During the Autumn Leaf Viewing in The Tale of Genji, Hikaru Genji dances among the falling autumn foliage. Arashiyama has also been the subject of many poems through the ages, including one by Emperor Shirakawa, who famously wrote “Follow the Oi River, and you will soon see the maple trees of Arashiyama.” The 400-year-old maple tree in the back garden of Hoshinoya Kyoto majestically spreads its branches during the autumn months, and looks like something pulled from a painting. Visitors can imagine Hikaru Genji’s graceful dance as they look out into the elegant scenery. 

     

     

    Feature 2

    Hikaru Genji’s elegant ‘Dance of the Blue Sea Waves,’ described in the classic book, is said to be so graceful and impressive that it brought tears to the audience’s eyes. As traditional instruments are played in the back garden, dancers will sway in traditional costumes, each spectacularly embroidered and detailed. The Old Japanese Court Music to be performed was originally established during the Heian period (794-1185), and is registered by UNESCO as a piece of intangible cultural history. 

     

     

     

    How would you like to experience a piece of classical literature brought to life before your very eyes?

     

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