4 Must-Visit Fireworks Festivals in Kyoto This Summer

10.August.2019 | SPOT

Kyoto―also known as the “old capital” and said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. In its 1,200 year history, this ancient city has given rise to much of what can be considered quintessential Japanese culture. Fireworks are a monumental feat of summer in Japan with countless festivals up and down the country dedicated to them, and Kyoto is no exception.

 

If you’re in Kyoto this summer then you mustn’t miss these 4 fireworks festivals.

 

Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks Festival – A Magnificent Arsenal of 8,000 Beauties

This long-running event is held every year to pray for world peace. Its spectacular display features a lineup of fireworks specially selected by the Japan Fireworks Artist Association which aims to evolve the tradition of firework culture. Expect to see the night sky illuminated with a rainbow of colours from the festival’s launch of 8,000 fireworks, including the Starmine which shoots a cloud of bright stars into the overhead abyss, as well as some original fireworks crafted for the festival such as the “Kamemaru Hanabi.”

 

▼Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival (Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks Festival)

Date: August 11, 2019

Time: From 19:30
Location: Hozubashi Bridge
Official Website: http://kameoka-hanabi.jp/

 

Kyoto Nantan City Fireworks Festival – The Spectacular Starmine

Held by the riverbed of the Katsura River, the fireworks festival in Nantan makes use of the opposite shore from the viewing point which makes the fireworks look like they are raining down from the sky like a waterfall. The finale of this festival welcomes the behemoth of all Starmine fireworks which rips across the night sky in a blazing spread. The festival is also held as part of the Bon Festival and so lanterns are let loose down the Ōi River, creating a sight of subtle grace and beauty.

 

▼Kyoto Nantan City Fireworks Festival

Date: August 14, 2019

Time: From 19:30

Location: Katsura River
Official Website: http://www.yagi-hanabi.com/

 

Miyazu Toronagashi Fireworks Festival – Floating Lanterns & Fireworks For 400 Years

Held in the city of Miyazu, this festival combines fireworks with floating lanterns and shoryobune―boats adorned with tanzaku paper slips that are sent out to light the way for the deceased as part of the Bon Festival.  Floating lanterns on the water (known as toronagashi in Japanese) in Miyazu began 400 years ago. This year, it was counted as one of Japan’s three biggest toronagashi events.

Together with the boat, around 10,000 lanterns are sent into Miyazu Bay, creating a beautiful and majestic atmosphere. Close to 3,000 fireworks are set to illuminate the sky above, leading to an indescribable beauty as the fireworks and lights give off their own light.

 

▼Miyazu Toronagashi Fireworks Festival

Date: August 14, 2019

Time: From 19:30

Location: Shimasaki Park
Official Website: https://www.kyo.or.jp/miyazu/hanabi/

 

Ine Fireworks – Fireworks Galore Envelop Ine Bay

Around 1,200 fireworks climb up and over Ine Bay, lighting the calm water surface and the funaya boat houses of Ine with their brilliance. The boat houses themselves are also strung and lined with hanging lanterns.

 

▼Ine Fireworks

Date: August 24, 2019

Time: 20:15

Location: Ine, Kyoto
Official Website: http://www.ine-kankou.jp/inehanabi/

 

 

Did you enjoy our pick? It isn’t summer in Japan without fireworks. If you’re travelling to Kyoto to catch some sun this year, finish the day off with one of its many fireworks festival―from traditional Kyoto-esque events to large-scale ones with 8,000 fireworks ready to be deployed.

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  • 17 Fireworks Festivals Taking Place This Summer in Ito City

    08.July.2019 | SPOT

    This summer, Ito city will be seeing lots of large-scale fireworks festivals take place between July 20 and August 24.  

    Ito Onsen Yume Hanabi/ Ito Onsen, Ito Coast 

    The Yume Hanabi (Dream Fireworks) event will be held 10 times during the summer fireworks season. Enjoy a range of fireworks exploding before your very eyes. The sizes of the fireworks range from an outer diameter of 9 cm to 30 cm. Each day, between 1,000 and 1,500 fireworks will pierce the night sky with a beautiful show of colours. The best spot to watch these would be from a simple patch of grass in Nagisa Park. 

     

    July 20 (Sat)  20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    July 28 (Sun) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    July 30  (Tues) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    July 31 (Weds) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    August 2 (Fri) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 3 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 6 (Tues) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 7 (Weds) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 17 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    August 24 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)

    Usami Summer Festival  Kaijo Hanabi Taikai/ Usami Coast

    This festival remains popular among the locals but is still yet to be discovered by tourists. This is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view at your own pace. The road leading from Usami Station is a pedestrian zone lined with stands and stalls, making it the perfect place to enjoy the festival vibes. 

    August 1 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

    Floating Lanterns Uchiage Hanabi/ Ito Coast

    Bright lanterns are floated down the Matsukawa river which runs through the heart of the city. As the last magical lantern makes its way down the river, the fireworks are set off into the sky, illuminating the lanterns as they float downstream.

    August 8 (Thurs) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)

    Taiko no Hibiki (Echoing Drums)  Uchiage Hanabi (Ito Kaigan)

    Head over to Nagisa Park to witness the taiko drum battle. Nagisa Park is one of the best locations in Ito city to watch the fireworks. The energy from the drums will resonate throughout the entire park. As the battle reaches its climax, fireworks will soar into the sky, exploding to the beat of your heart.

    August 9 (Fri) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)

    Anjin Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks Festival / Along Ito Coast 

    This is the largest fireworks festival in Ito. Over the course of an hour, approximately 10,000 fireworks will be launched from five different areas along the coast, striking vibrant streaks of colour into the night sky over the sea. The fireworks range from digital Star Mines to Niagara fireworks. For those of you who want to escape the crowds to watch the fireworks at your own pace, we recommend the seating area, where you can fully enjoy a closeup view of the breathtaking fireworks for just ¥2,000 per seat. August 10 (Sat) 20:00 ー 21:00 (Approx. 10,000 fireworks)

    Yanmono Sato Hanabi Taikai /Yawatano

    In just 30 mins, 3,000 fireworks are fired into the sky, bursting into dynamic patterns that illuminate the sea and create a scene of lingering beauty that you will not be able to peel your eyes from. The fireworks are set off right before the spectator’s eyes so you can watch the fireworks develop into spontaneous beauty right above you. 

    August 14 (Weds) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 3,000 fireworks)

    Kawana Dolphin Beach Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks / Dolphin Beach Park

    This is a popular event among locals as well as tourists. Although there are not as many fireworks, the fact that viewers can enjoy them close up more than makes up for it. Niagara fireworks that shower over the ocean and Star Mines that blossom above you are just some of the popular kinds of fireworks this festival will allow you to witness.

    August 15 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 2,000 fireworks)

    Ito Hot Springs Hashi Festival Fireworks/ Ito Beach

    At this unique festival, a tower made of chopsticks used at the hot springs is set on fire for a memorial service. A portable shrine overflowing with strong energy is carried through the streets as part of a parade. The event also sees hand-held fireworks, enhancing the festival vibes. The fireworks explode over the sea, colouring the sky with a scene that represents the end of summer. 

    August 22 (Thurs) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)

     

    The summer holidays is the perfect time to enjoy a fireworks festival, so why don’t you check one out?

  • Summer 2019 Japanese Fireworks Festivals With The Wow Factor

    30.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hello everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department!

    The first thing that pops into your head when you think of summer is fireworks. During the summer, Japan hosts so many large-scale fireworks events that it can be difficult to decide which one to visit. However, some festivals really stand out from the crowd. Today, I will share with you some fireworks festivals I would highly recommend for their extra wow-factor. 

     

    If you’re interested, check out the 2019 list for the top 10 fireworks festivals in Japan

     

    2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park, Sapporo

    Last year, this event was cancelled due to an earthquake, so excitement levels are high this year. 

    This year, the fireworks dream team have put together a special non-stop program which includes the highest fireworks in the whole country. A fireworks photo and painting competition will be held after the fireworks event day.

     

    ▼2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park

    Date: September 7, 2019

    Official Website: https://www.moere.jp/

     

    Relax 221m Above Ground: The RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE Fireworks Plan

    Fireworks events held within the city can get very crowded, so how about watching them explode beautifully in the night sky from a restaurant? RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE is the perfect place to watch the Sumida River Fireworks festival and its 20,000 fireworks, or the Edogawa Fireworks Festival, where 14,000 fireworks are launched. Make sure to ask for the fireworks plan if you want this experience.

    Being able to watch fireworks high in the sky is a wonderful lifetime opportunity. 

     

    ▼RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE

    Address: St.Luke’s Garden, 47th floor, 8-1 Akashicho, Chuo City, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3248-0211

    Firework event plans:

    July 27 Sumida River Fireworks Festival Special Plan

    August 3 Edogawa Fireworks Festival Special Plan

    Adults: ¥15,000, high school students: ¥6,000, middle school students: ¥4,000, elementary school students: ¥2,000 (Free for those under elementary school age)

    Official Website: https://www.restaurant-luke.com/restaurant.html

     

    Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival  2019 Special Tickets

    Kohoku-ku, Yokohama will be celebrating the 80th year of the Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival. Tickets for seats to watch the 2019 fireworks event are now being sold. The fireworks will be launched in an area that is hundreds of metres wide. For the finale, you can enjoy yellow streams of light as they fall out of the sky. As this fireworks event is taking place at Shin Yokohama, you can get seats at the Nissan Stadium or the tennis court to enjoy a beautiful night.  

    Photo: Takeshi Kanetake 

     

    ▼Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival 2019

    Date: July 7, 2019

    Prices: Special entry area (unreserved seats): ¥2,000 (per person, 1m2 picnic sheet, 1 entry ticket).

    Tennis court garden table seat: ¥20,000 (4 people, 4 tickets, 1 garden table), Nissan Stadium north side (for legal supporters/ event sponsors and others who contributed to the event: ¥54,000 (6 people, 6 tickets, table seating).

    Official Website: http://shinyokohama-hanabi.com/

     

    Enjoy Fishing With A Beautiful Fireworks Display In The Sky at Echizen, Fukui

    Visit Echizen port to enjoy a beautiful fireworks display whilst on the hunt for fish and squid. This is a relatively cheap plan considering that you also get the chance to enjoy a beautiful view. This is a wonderful way to create special memories.

    ▼ Fishing and Fireworks in Echizen, 2019

    Date: July 13, 2019

    Price: Squid: ¥ 6,000 per person Fish: ¥7,000 per person (40 people max).

    (Includes fishing equipement. Price is the same for both children and adults).

    Official website: https://www.town-echizen.jp/SSL/experience/detail.php?id=90

     

    A Cool Night at The Pool and Fireworks Every Day at Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki

    During the summer holidays, there will be a fireworks show every evening at Phoenix Seagaia Resort in Miyazaki prefecture. They have special seating, and also those who choose accommodation on the club floor can see the fireworks launched before their very eyes.

    You can also enjoy the night pool or barbeque and simultaneously witness the fireworks. The best part is that there is a show everyday, so there is no need to worry about fitting it in with the rest of your plans.

     

    ▼Phoenix Seagaia Resort Summer Fireworks 2019

    Event Period: Every day from July 20 ー August 31, 2019

    Official Website: https://seagaia.co.jp/

     

    This summer will be the first ever fireworks season of the Reiwa era, so how about making it extra special by attending a fireworks festival with that extra wow factor?

  • Experience Kyoto at Night: 5 Must-See Spots – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    05.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The ancient city of Kyoto enjoys waves of tourists and sightseers from around the world throughout the year. It is particularly hot during the summertime because it’s situated in a valley. If you’ve never walked around Kyoto’s towns at night then we invite you to add it onto your list of sightseeing experiences.

     

    We have compiled a list of 5 must-visit locations to best enjoy Kyoto’s nightscape. We are joined by Taka, a Japanese Instagrammer who conveys the beauty of Kyoto through his picturesque photographs which has has provided us today.

     

    Kyoto Station & Kyoto Tower

    The modern architecture of Kyoto Station is a juxtaposition against the traditional image of Kyoto. There are lots of great places inside the station where you can get up high and gaze down at Kyoto’s streets, but the absolutely unmissable nighttime spot are the mirrored windows. When evening sets in, you can see Kyoto Tower―which is opposite the station―reflected on the outside. Of course, you can enjoy the tower during the day too, but at night they light it up, making for a truly magical sight.

     

    ▼Kyoto Station

    Address: Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Kyoto Station Building Official Website: https://www.kyoto-station-building.co.jp/

     

    ▼Kyoto Tower

    Address: 721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:40)

    *Opening hours subject to change without notice

    Official Website: https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/

     

     

    Yasaka Shrine

    Yasaka Shrine is an easy sightseeing spot to reach being just a 5-minute stroll from Gion-Shijo Station. The shrine is a power spot said to provide good luck when it comes to marriage ties. It bustles with visits from people from around the world and is in fact open 24-hours a day.

    Paying a visit at night provides you with an entirely different look at Yasaka Shrine. Why not dine out along Shijō Street and take a walk to the shrine when the sky turns dark?

     

    ▼Yasaka Shrine

    Address: 625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/

     

     

    Kyoto Minamiza Theatre

    Minamiza is the oldest theatre in Japan and is officially registered as a Japanese Tangible Cultural Property. Like Yasaka Shrine, the closest station to the theatre is Gion-Shijo Station. Leave through Exit 6 and it’s right outside.

     

    Minamiza has a long history spanning back to 1610 when it was founded. In May this year, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed a special concert there entitled Kyary Kabuki Kabuki which made use of projection mapping, fusing history and tradition with the latest cutting-edge technology to provide a concert like no other. The theatre is becoming a new sightseeing spot as it is lit up at nighttime. All of the lights are turned on until 10pm after which just the roof lights are kept on.

     

    ▼Kyoto Minamiza Theatre

    Address: 198 Nakanocho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: https://www.shochiku.co.jp/play/theater/minamiza/

     

     

    Ninenzaka

    Ninenzaka is a long winding road that leads up to Kiyomizu-dera temple and is also a very famous tourist spot. It is registered under the Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings. In the daytime, the street bustles with locals and tourists dipping in and out of the souvenir shops, but the dark evenings of Ninenzaka are another kind of wonderful. The number of tourists drops significantly at night meaning you can have the street all to yourself and take plenty of photos, warm lanterns lighting your way.

     

    ▼Ninenzaka

    Address: 2 Kiyomizu, Masuyacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Official Website: http://www.2nenzaka.ne.jp/

     

     

    Kiyomizu-dera

    Kiyomizu-dera is a 25-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojō Station which is reached via the Keihan Main Line. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient Buddhist temple is a very popular tourist destination. What we want those of you to see when visiting in the evening is the beautiful sunset which can be seen from the temple, colouring the streets of Kyoto a gorgeous orange.

     

    ▼Kiyomizu-dera

    Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/access.php

    Official Website: https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/

     

    Taka has visited so many incredible locations in Kyoto, so if you’re planning a trip there and need some recommendations be sure to follow him on Instagram.

     

    Photos: Taka

  • Kyoto’s Famous Buddhist Temple With Heart Window Holds Wind Chime Festival

    27.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The ancient city of Kyoto enjoys flurries of tourists and sightseers from around the world throughout the year. It is particularly hot during the summertime because it’s located in a valley.

     

    Shojuin is a Buddhist Temple located in a summer retreat that was erected nearly 800 years ago. Hidden at the temple is the 11-faced Buddha statue of Kannon Bosatsu which is open to the public only once every 50 years.

     

    The temple has a long history, and today it is used as a site for yoga, copying the sutras, and other activities when booked in advance. It’s enjoyed by people of all ages.

     

    Today, we are joined by Macchan, an Instagrammer who tours the many sightseeing spots of Kyoto. They have provided photographs of the must-see parts of this ancient temple.

    Shojuin is famous for its beautiful heart-shaped window located in the reception hall as well as its 160 pieces of ceiling art. The decorative window has been around for nearly 1,400 years and has survived disasters. It stands as a symbol of happiness.

    From outside the heart window visitors can enjoy the different flowers through the four seasons. Right now during summer the view is a green spectacle. At nighttime the outdoor garden is lit up beautifully as shown in the photo.

     

    Shojuin is famous for its summer Wind Chime Festival which is currently running until September 18.

    2,000 colourful wind chimes gently sway around the temple with the summer breeze. The chimes are there for their sound and appearance and to elicit that sense of refreshing coolness.

    Even the wind chimes are illuminated in the evenings. They are lit up on weekends only (except August 1 to 18) from 18:00-20:00.

     

    The hypnotic ring of the wind chimes sounds they are calling the wind. If you’re travelling to Kyoto this hot summer, why not plan a trip to Shojuin?

     

    Macchan has lots of other photos on their Instagram where you can feel the vibe of Kyoto. Use it as reference when you’re planning your Kyoto sightseeing.

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  • Suiran Ranks as Japan’s Best Hotel in Condé Nast Traveler For Second Year in a Row

    14.October.2019 | SPOT

    “Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto” has ranked as the number one hotel in Japan for the second year in a row in the Japan’s Top Hotels category of Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 in Condé Nast Traveler.

    The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards lists the world’s best travel experiences as ranked by international travellers. Over 600,000 people voted Suiran as Japan’s best hotel for the second time.

    Suiran is located in Arashiyama, Kyoto and first opened in March 2015 under a brand of luxury hotels known as The Luxury Collection®. The hotel’s concept is to make full use of Arashiyama’s appeal, lauded for its deep culture and history, while paving the way to the future. It houses guests from around the world who can enjoy a view of Arashiyama’s lush natural landscape which changes beautifully with the seasons, and who can experience a fusion of the traditional and the modern while being served classic Kyoto hospitality.

    Speaking about the award, the hotel’s general manager Hiroyuki Hatori said the following: “I am greatly honoured that we have been given the number one spot two years in a row in this internationally-recognised poll. To all the people in the region who continue to support Suiran, and to all our guests who use the hotel, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. These results are an incentive to further work hard with our associates to ensure this is a hotel that people will love even more.”

     

    If you are travelling to Kyoto and looking for a place to stay, why not consider the city’s best: Suiran, a hotel which continues to pass down tradition while embracing the modern?

  • 京都・東本願寺飛地境内地「渉成園」の夜間特別公開&名勝庭園ライトアップ

    12.October.2019 | SPOT

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  • Kyoto Station’s Beautiful Cafe Saryo Fukucha Releases New Herb Tea and Dessert Sets & Autumn Menu

    10.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Saryo Fukucha has unveiled new Japanese herb tea and dessert pairing sets as well as a batch of seasonal autumntime menu items.

     

    Kyoto is a city where history and tradition come together, and where every single day, people from all around the world come and go, each encountering new experiences. Saryo Fukucha opened inside Kyoto Station back in April this year. It is managed by long-running tea company Fukujuen.

     

    ▼Japanese Herb Tea & Dessert Pairing Menu

    Herb Tea & Dessert Sets: ¥900 Each (Before Tax) *Herb teas by themselves are ¥500 each
    Running: From October 10, 2019 (Available all year round)

    Hibiscus Blend Houjicha x Crème Brûlée Chocolate Berry Confiture

    The tea is a luxurious and fragrant blend of light-roasted houjicha, hibiscus and rose hip. It’s perfectly paired with a rich chocolate crème brûlée and refreshing berry confiture.

    Cinnamon Blend Kukicha x Mascarpone Cream & Apple Tatin

    This kukicha, or twig tea, has a distinct refreshing flavour to it. It has been blended beautifully with cinnamon and chamomile. The kukicha is paired with a caramelised apple tatin which is topped with a dollop of rich mascarpone.

    Peppermint Blend Kukicha x Seasonal Fruit Tart

    Peppermint and chamomile are the blending ingredients for this kukicha tea. It comes with a tart with a full-bodied almond taste topped with seasonal fruits like strawberries and raspberries.

    Ginger Blend Genmaicha x Tart Ricotta with Orange

    Genmaicha is combined with roasted brown rice, giving it its characteristic sweet-smelling quality. Blended with ginger and dandelion leaves, it’s been matched with a fromage blanc cream-topped ricotta cheese tart with a side of orange.

     

    ▼Autumn Menu

    Running: October 10, 2019 – Late February 2020 (subject to change)

    Sasamaki Okowa (Matsutake Mushroom & Daggertooth Pike Conger/Minced Chicken & Yama no Sachi) Houjicha Set – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    This set was created by Hisato Nakahigashi from Miyamasou, a highly-rated inn in Kyoto. Enjoy the combination of the houjicha tea with the bamboo leaf-wrapped okowa steamed rice.

    Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake – ¥350 (Before Tax)

    Not only does this wafer cake look cute, it’s packed full of autumnal ingredients too, including astringent chestnut and coarse sweet red bean paste.

    FUKUCHA Specially Made Matcha Koji Sweet Sake Red Bean Soup – ¥700 (Before Tax)

    The koji sweet sake used in this dessert has a gentle flavour and a strong aroma. Added to it is matcha, chestnuts, sweet potato, and rice flour dumplings, all set into a mizu manju sweet water jelly.

     

    Japanese confections are always best paired with Japanese tea, so be sure to stop by Saryo Fukucha when travelling around Kyoto.

  • isetan Urban Market KYOTO: Big Name Brands to Gather Inside a Traditional Kyoto Townhouse

    10.October.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    isetan Urban Market is a popular fashion store located inside LUCUA 1100, an apparel building directly connected to the JR side of Osaka Station. The shop is set to depart Osaka and head northeast to a traditional townhouse in Kyoto where it will open a new store named isetan Urban Market KYOTO which will open on October 12 for a limited time.

    “Have Fun, Be Happy” is the concept of this shop, where a diverse range of items from some of Japan’s popular brands will be sold including clothing, accessories, food lingerie, cosmetics, and more.

     

    More than half of these brands are setting up shop in Kyoto for the first time

    little $uzie

    A long list of brand names will make an appearance at the pop-up shop, such as little $uzie and ch!iii which are huge at isetan Urban Market, as well as other talked-about brands like MALION vintage, Paso, Celvoke, and many more.

    BELPER

    The shop will also see the likes of BELPER, an up-and-coming brand established by Yuichi Ozaki who won the top prize at the Bilbao International Competition. A confectionery store from Shizuoka will also make an appearance which is so popular it has people lining up outside it two hours before opening.

    ASOKO

    ASOKO is selling the above-pictured line “TODAY AND.” made exclusively for Kyoto.

    FARMAN KITCHEN MARKET

    As well as designers, Osaka’s fruit and vegetable store FARMAN KITCHEN MARKET will also be in attendance selling produce from contracted farmers from around Japan. There will also be a fruit and vegetable market on October 13 and 27 where sandwiches and other delicious foods will be sold.

     

    Tradition and contemporary come together at the townhouse

    Visitors will be able to relax and enjoy a mix of traditional and contemporary design at the townhouse, including with its garden and courtyard. The design was carried out by NOTA&design which is managed by NOTA_SHOP, a select shop in Shigaraki, Nagano.

     

    Enjoy a fun and relaxing time this autumn at isetan Urban Market KYOTO.

  • Two Snoopy Chocolate Shops to Open in Kyoto on October 9

    01.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Two chocolate shops themed on American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts character Snoopy are set to open simultaneously in Arashiyama and Kiyomizu-zaka in Kyoto on October 9, 2019.

    Tablet Chocolat – From ¥1,200

    Named SNOOPY Chocolat, the shops have many delicious treats lined up for fans of Snoopy, including these tablet-shaped chocolates. There are 8 in total, each telling a story of love, friendship and family that serve to give you courage.

    Tablet Chocolat Japan – From ¥500

    These cute heart-shaped tablet chocolates are made with Japanese ingredients like wasabi, yuzu, shiso, sesame, matcha, adzuki, shichimi, houjicha and more.

    BonBon Chocolat – From ¥800

    Made with rich, fragrant cocoa and Japanese flavours like yuzu, wasabi, roasted soy flour, matcha, houjicha and Japanese sake, these luxurious chocolates are like little pieces of art featuring Snoopy in his many different looks.

    Both shops will feature an interior design reminiscent of Japanese-style houses. The Kiyomizu-zaka branch will have a luxury white chocolate colour tone while the Arashiyama branch will have a brown-coloured milk chocolate tone.

    Tablet Chocolat (Arashiyama Exclusive)

    Tablet Chocolat (Kiyomizu-zaka Exclusive)

    Both shops will also have their own individual exclusive items too like the ones above, all original to SNOOPY Chocolat.

    There will of course be plenty of original merchandise to get your paws on too, like plush toys, takeout cups, mugs, tote bags, freezer bags, and more, all perfect for use at home or as gifts to a friend.

  • Pretty, Palatable and Pleasant: A Purin Expert’s Top 6 Purin Picks in Kyoto

    29.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have never failed to provide you with the essentials: updates on the best bubble teas around Kyoto. However, today we have a special sweet treat for you. After consulting expert Instagrammer kyoto cafe life tiara, we have compiled a list of Kyoto’s top purin that will fill you with satisfaction and as well as nostalgia. Purin is a type of Japanese custard pudding loved by the Japanese for generations. When it comes to searching for the best desserts in the Kansai region, kyoto cafe life tiara leaves no stone unturned . 

     

    Cafe Yamamoto, Higashiyama

    Pudding (Set): ¥750

    The bitter and fragrant caramel sauce of this purin is to die for. This purin has a rich eggy flavour and is stiffer than a traditional purin. Enjoy your purin served in a silver plate which will fill you with the nostalgia of the retro Showa Era.

    ▼Cafe Yamamoto (やまもと喫茶)
    Address:307―2 Ishibashicho, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 7:00-17:00 (L.O.16:30)
    Closed: Tuesdays
    Official Instagram: @yamamoto_kissa
    Kissa Zou, Imadegawa
    Pudding: ¥450
    The purin here is rich in flavour and garnished with a scrumptious biscuit. It is too cute to eat.
    ▼Kissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)
    Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders: 17:00)
    No regular holidays
    Official Instagram: @kissa_zou
    BAR Tantei, Mototanaka
    Pudding a la Mode ¥700
    This fancy pudding is topped with seasonal fruit, ice cream or even cake. The retro atmosphere of the bar is the perfect place to enjoy a fancy moment to yourself.
    ▼BAR Tantei (喫茶探偵)
    Address: 26 Tanaka Satonouchicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 12:00-17:00,  19:00-02:00
    Closed: Sundays, additional irregular holidays.
    Official Instagram: https://kyoto.bartantei.com
    Takagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo Street
    Homemade Purin Set: ¥ 800
    Takagi Coffee is known for the unique shape of their purin, which looks very similar to a slice of cake. This purin is slightly stiffer than your usual purin and has a lovely accent of rum which adults love. This is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.

    ▼Takagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo Street (高木珈琲店 高辻本店)

    Address: 175 Honeyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 7:00-19:00 (Closes at 18:00 on Sundays)
    Closed: January 1-3
    Official Instagram: http://takagi-coffee.jugem.jp/
    Salon de thé François, Gion Shijo
    Purin a la Mode: ¥850
    This purin is bigger than you expect it to be. Although the flavour is simple, it will send you on a trip to old traditional Kyoto. This purin is stiffer than usual and sweet with a gentle touch of bitter caramel sauce. This is topped with ice cream and garnished with tangy yet sweet strawberries. This purin is on a slightly more luxurious level which makes it perfect for adults.
    ▼Salon de thé François (フランソワ喫茶室)
    Address: 184 Nishikiyamachi-dori-Shijo-kudaru; Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.
    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30(L.O 22:0)
    No regular holidays
    Official Instagram: http://www.francois1934.com
    NOTTA CAFE, Saiin
    Custard Purin: ¥500
    This deceiving purin may appear to look like a cake and avoid jiggling like a true purin would, however, once you take a bite, the rich custard flavour will flood your mouth. The flavour is perfect for those of you who cannot handle very sweet flavours and are looking for something more refined. To fully enjoy your experience, order this purin with the oiri sweets cream soda.
    NOTTA CAFE (ノッタカフェ)
    Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours:
    Tuesdays-Sundays: 11:30-20:00
    Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00
    Closed: Mondays
    Official Website: http://nottacafe.com

    So, how about it? For those of you who are in desperate need of a sweet fix in the Kansai region, Kyoto café life tiara’s Instagram will swoop in to rescue you.

     

    Research for article contents and photos provided by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

  • Taiwanese Bookstore Chain Eslite Opens New Outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

    27.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Eslite Bookstore is one of the prominent bookstore chains in Taiwan that opened an all-new outlet in Nihonbashi, Tokyo on September 27, 2019 that promotes reading, culture and lifestyle.

    This will be the first Eslite Spectrum shopping mall to open outside Greater China. Its concept is “a cultural wonderland for reading and living” under wh ich Eslite has curated Nihonbashi’s rich history and culture to promote to the people of Tokyo.

     

    Eslite Spectrum is always in the front row when it comes to the latest in Taiwanese trends, and it’s a place I never fail to visit when I travel to Taiwan. When I heard they would be expanding to Tokyo, I couldn’t wait for the day of the grand opening to arrive. I made my merry way there, excited and eager to see what kind of place it would be, and what kind of items they would stock.

    The outlet is split into 4 different zones: the bookshop zone, the stationery zone, the miscellaneous item and workshop zone, and the restaurant zone. The bookshop features a line-up of carefully selected reading material and book recommendations.

    One hundred brands from around the world make up the miscellaneous and eating areas. Half of the brands are Taiwanese, meaning you can get your hands on authentic goods from Taiwan itself.

    The building was designed by leading Taiwanese architect Kris Yao, whose concept for the design was “interweaving the old and new.” It’s a stylish, welcoming building with elements of the traditional Japanese aesthetic in there. The store front has indigo blue noren entry curtains, which is both stylish and quintessentially Japanese.

     

    This new branch of Eslite Spectrum is home to stores setting up shop in Japan for the very first time. There are also many shops here selling items exclusive to Nihonbashi. I’m going to showcase four of the places I was particularly interested in.

     

    Kuo Yuan Ye

    Kuo Yuan Ye is a confectionery shop based in Shinlin, Taipei. Since opening, they have continued to use traditional confectionery-making methods, serving sweets with deep, rich flavours.

    As well as having maintained tradition, they have also released products in collaboration with rising designers. I encourage you to try their beautiful line-up yourself to taste their long, delicious history.

     

    Sarutahiko Coffee

    We have covered Sarutahiko Coffee on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON in the past when we visited the branch in Ebisu.

    The first thing that struck me upon visiting this new branch is how different the interior design is to other places. The design and its concept of “coffee and words” were created by book director Yoshitaka Haba. Quotes pulled from the books can be found written all around the cafe. There is also a space underneath the chairs for storing books. No matter where you look in the cafe, it’s nothing less than stylish.

    The cafe has their own special hot cakes and original coffee blends exclusive to Nihonbashi. The hot cakes are topped lavishly with mont blanc, giving it an extremely rich taste and one reminiscent of autumn-time. Both the hot cakes and this original coffee blend are limited-time menu options available until November 14, so you’ll want to get in there quick.

     

    Wonder Chuan

    For the first time ever, long-standing Taiwanese tea store Wonder Chuan arrives on the shore of Japan. The shop takes great care in the growing and brewing of its tea leaves, pouring their heart and soul into every cup.

    The Taiwanese oolong tea drank was a similar colour to matcha. It had a sweet flavour and a much smoother taste compared to Japanese oolong. The shop also serves a selection of cocktails made with oolong tea as well as perform traditional tea-making methods for customers. They even have plans to host their very own Taiwanese tea workshops in the future.

     

    Fujin Tree

    The last place I want to introduce is Fujin Tree, also a first in Japan. This is another one of my favourites, so I was thrilled when this one was coming to Tokyo too!

     

    It’s uncommon to be able to drink wine in restaurants in Taiwan, but the popular Fujin Tree serves Taiwanese cuisine and champagne in style.

    Their dishes are packed full of fresh vegetables and fruit. One of their popular picks is their springstar and century egg with spicy minced pork. It’s a tasty dish with full, rich flavours that goes well with sake. It’s also great with rice. There are many amazing options on the menu, but if you’re spoilt for choice then I recommend this one.

     

    Eslite is the bridge between Japanese and Taiwanese that aims to become a hub for Asian culture. Centred around reading, there are countless experiences to look enjoy here. Discover a new side of Nihonbashi by paying a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Japanese Fireworks Light Up the Night Sky Of Saudia Arabia

    25.September.2019 | SPOT

    In celebration of the annual Saudi National Day―which commemorates the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia―STAR ISLAND held a special event at Jeddah Fountain View on September 23 entitled “STAR ISLAND SAUDI ARABIA NATIONAL DAY EDITION” which was attended by Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

     

    STAR ISLAND was created in Japan and describes itself as ‘future firework entertainment.’ It fuses traditional Japanese fireworks with cutting-edge technology such as 3D sound, lighting and lasers. It has been taken both around Japan and overseas.

    The event completely sold out, with close to 300,000 people gathering to witness the jaw-dropping, one-night-only firework spectacle forged specially for the 89th Saudi National Day. Also in attendance was Tsukasa Uemura who is the Ambassador of Japan at the Embassy of Japan in Saudia Arabia, as well as Amr Banaja, the CEO of General Entertainment Authority Saudi Arabia.

    This was the second STAR ISLAND to be held outside of Japan. A special edition was prepared for the celebrations. The theme was “The Boy and The Falcon.” In the show, young boys from both countries went on a trip around the world with a falcon, experiencing many difference cultures. The boys travelled to the year 2030 to see that both countries were still as wonderful as ever.

    The story touched on Saudi Vision 2030, a long-term plan by Saudi Arabia which looks to further grow itself as a tourism nation, develop public sectors, and diversify its economy.

     

    During the performance, local dance groups and Japanese performers stood on stage together to celebrate Saudi Arabian tradition and other cultures. It was an historical moment for the books.

    The event was held at the behest of the Saudi Arabian General Authority for Entertainment (GEA), resulting in the development and vitalisation of both countries’ entertainment markets as well as helping to create jobs. It also deepened the relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia.

  • ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA to Open in Hakone This November

    21.September.2019 | SPOT

    ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA is a new hot spring and guest house facility set to open in the town of Sokokura in Hakone on November 26. The building is being renovated from an old guest house that has enjoyed a long history of hot springs since the Edo period.

    Sokura Onsen is about a 90 minute car drive from the city centre and is considered one of Hakone’s “7 Hot Springs,” a list that has been around since the Edo period. The place is said to have been used and loved by many military commanders back in the day for the high water yield gifted by the water source.

     

    When the building was first constructed it was known as “Tsutaya Ryokan” and became a famous guest house with not only locals but travellers who would arrive all the way from Tokyo. ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA combines history of both Sokura Onsen and Tsutaya Ryokan.

    The renovated building was built 29 years ago. Though it has been revamped, it still maintains a nostalgic air to it in the style of a traditional guest house. It’s home to 6 spacious ryokan-type rooms and 46 compact rooms.

     

    There is a space where one can gaze at the river after taking a dip in the hot springs, as well as a lounge with tables which encourages you to socialise with people you have just met. There are male and female open-air baths and indoor baths as well as a cooking space and laundry service for those looking to stay longer.

     The facility offers a retro environment in which each guest can relax and enjoy their own time as they please. Throughout the guest house is original old-fashioned furniture that has been upcycled, including kotatsu tables and shelves, to give that sense of traditional Japanese culture. This has been combined with contemporary art to create a fusion of the old and new.

    It is a harmonious combination of a traditional Japanese hot spring ryokan, or inn, and a guest house, which means travellers from abroad will be able to enjoy the beauty of the country’s traditional culture.

    Escape the noisy city and enjoy peace and tranquillity surrounded in the colours of autumn at ONSEN GUEST HOUSE TSUTAYA

  • Kyoto’s Capsule Hotel Anshin-Oyado Now Offering Plan to Take Guests to Sacred Sword Locations

    10.September.2019 | SPOT

    Capsule hotel Anshin-Oyado Premiere Kyoto Shijo Karasuma introduced a new plan on September 6 which gives guests the chance to go and see sacred places across Kyoto associated with Japanese swords.

     

    October 4th is known as “Japanese Sword Day” in Japan. In Kyoto alone, the number of people visiting from distant places to see sacred sword places, as well as collect goshuin stamps from shrines and temples, is on the increase-as is the number of people staying at Anshin-Oyado Premiere Kyoto Shijo Karasuma. That’s where this new guest plan comes into play.

    The plan will take guests around different parts of Kyoto, so the hotel as prepared three options to cater to all guests’ needs: one that offers a rental bicycle, a ticket to use the subway or bus, or the normal plan. You will receive a map which shows you the most efficient way to get around all the locations. There is also a QR code on the map which not only shows where you can park your bicycle if you go for that option, but also where to collect goshuin stamps.

     

    Moreover, to really slash home those sword memories, guests will be lent a free selfie-stick which also acts as a tripod. There is also a separate powder room for guests wanting to dress up in full sword cosplay gear too which can be used until checkout.

    Guests can also rent a portable power bank for their phone so they don’t have to worry about their battery running out when snapping photos amongst other amenities, and have free use of the massage chairs, foot baths, open-air baths, and more to rest up after their long pilgrimage around Kyoto seeing the different swords.

  • Six Scrumptious and Satisfying Sodas in Kyoto You Have To Try

    09.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    At MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have introduced a lot of kawaii bubble tea drinks you can in enjoy in Kyoto. However, we have much more to offer you than just bubble tea news! Today we have summarised the top soda drinks you can enjoy in Kyoto which both look and taste amazing. With the help of kyoto cafe life tiara ‘s phenomenal photos, we will be introducing you our top six picks.

     

    SHIN-SETSU /Nakagyō-ku

    Blood Orange (left)  Blue Curaçao (right): ¥690

    With a variety of 24 colourful cream sodas on the menu, this café offers a rainbow of flavours to enjoy. Your aesthetic soda is best enjoyed within the the picturesque American-style interior of the café, which is filled with antiques and cute pink decorations.
    ▼SHIN-SETSU
    Address: 277 Enpukujimaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours:

    Weekdays: 12:00-19:00(L.O)

    Saturdays 13:00-19:00(L.O)

    Sundays 12:00-19:00(L.O)

    No fixed holidays

    Official Instagram: @shinsetsu.kyoto

    Rhône(ローヌ)
    Cream Soda: ¥600

    On top of the refreshing blue ocean of soda floats a scoop of ice cream ー what a nostalgic image. The bright red cherry accents the flavour. Rhône serves not only delicious sodas but also homemade pudding and many other delicious desserts which are sure to leave your stomach satisfied. 

     

    ▼Rhône
    Address: 645-1, Sanjoinokumacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
    Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays
    Official Instagram: @rhone_kyoto
    Kissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)
    Cream Soda: ¥550
    After becoming a big hit in Nagoya, Kissa Zou opened a new branch in Kyoto earlier this year in April. An adorable elephant (zou) can be seen riding the very top of your scrumptious soda. It is just too cute to eat!
    ▼ Kizza Zou 
    Address:440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto,
    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00(L.O 17:00)
    No fixed holidays
    Official Instagram: @kissa_zou
    NOTTA CAFE
    Cream Soda with Oiri Sweets (left) :  ¥600 Custard Pudding (right): ¥500
    NOTTA CAFE’s cream sodas have decorated the front pages of magazines before. A large crowd of oiri (Japanese-style round sweets) of a variety of colours can be seen huddled together riding the ice cream float on top of this cream soda. This ice cream soda is one of a kind and full of a variety of textures and flavours so you must try it.
    ▼NOTTA CAFE
    Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 11:30-20:00 (Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00)
    Closed: Mondays (additional irregular holidays)
    Official Instagram: @nottacafe
    Kissa Soirée (喫茶ソワレ)
    Blue Sky Cream Soda (left) Strawberry Cream Soda (right): ¥700 each
    This soda is topped with vanilla ice cream and a sakuranbo cherry. When the ice cream mixes with the soda, it becomes creamy. The interesting interior of this café is the perfect place to enjoy your luxurious sparkly cream soda.
    ▼Kissa Soirée
    Address: 95, Nishikiyamachidori Shijo Agaru Shincho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours
    1st floor: 13:00-19:00 (L.O.18:00)
    2nd floor: 14:00-19:30 (L.O.18:45)
    Closed:Mondays
    Maeda Coffee (前田珈琲)
    Colourful Lemonade: ¥600
    This butterfly pea herb tea has minty aroma and a refreshing taste.  When you mix it, it gradually turns pink so you can enjoy the flavour as well as the changing appearance of your drink.
    ▼Maeda Coffee
    Address:  236 Takoyakushi Dori Karasuma Nishi Iru Hashibenkeicho, Nakagyo- ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 7:00-19:00
    Open all year round.
    Official Website: https://www.maedacoffee.com

     

    If you are ever in Kyoto, make sure to check out these cafés. If you are looking for more inspiration, look no further than kyoto cafe life tiara’s Instagram, which is full of delicious desserts in the Kansai region.

     

    Text and photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

  • 5 Temples in Kyoto Announce Exclusive Viewings For Their Secret Cultural Assets

    05.September.2019 | SPOT

    The history of Yamashina dates back over 1,400 years when Kyoto, then known as “Heian-kyō,” was the official capital of Japan. Located in the southeastern part of Kyoto, Yamashina is rich in history, abound with nature, and has maintained a traditional industry that has gone unbroken since ancient times.

     

    This year, with the arrival of Japan’s new emperor and the opening of a brand new era, five of Yamashina’s great temples are set to unveil several cultural assets, which until now have never been shown to the public.

     

    They are as follows.

    Anshoji Temple’s Wooden Jūichimen Kannon Statue (Important National Treasure)

    Kajū-ji Temple’s Sliding Door Panel Artwork  – “Eight Views of Ōmi” & “Tatsuta River Autumn Leaves” (Important National Treasures)

    Zuishinin Temple’s Gold Lacquered Fan Inkstone Case & 4-Panel Folding Screen

    Bishamon-do Temple’s Imperial Prince Flag & Tortoise Shell Doors

    Honkokuji Temple’s Kyōzō (Important National Treasure)

     

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of central Kyoto and steep yourself in its history with this very special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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