Miyako Hotel Hakata Opens With Instagram-Worthy Pool, Michelin-Led Restaurant Menu & More
24.September.2019 | SPOT
Miyako Hotel Hakata will have its grand opening on September 22, 2019. To help spread word of the luxurious secrets behind its doors, an official report was released detailing everything there is for guests to look forward to.
Its metropolitan exterior is inspired by the spectacular natural landscapes of Kyushu
Miyako Hotel Hakata can be found by taking the Tsukushi Exit of Hakata Station where it stands directly in front, towering above the surrounding buildings. The basement floor of the hotel is directly connected to the station for ease of access. This floor is also home to a convenience store, restaurants and more and can be used by non-guests too.
The building is a gorgeous eye-catching glass cube which offers an abundance of natural light during the day. At night, the hotel exterior is illuminated with 168 LED lights, giving it an metropolitan appearance. The building rooftop has a running ‘waterfall’ which is inspired by the majestic rural environments of Kyushu. Its iconic design makes it instantly-recognisable, with hopes in mind that this will make it a new landmark of Hakata.
The lobby houses a gorgeous cafe lounge serving food and drink
Up on the 3rd floor is the clean, bright and spacious front lobby where staff are waiting to greet guests warmly. In addition to the reception desk, there is CAFÉ EMPATHY, a cafe and lounge which can be used by both guests and non-guests. The cafe is produced by Transit General Offiice which is known for having produced the The Rail Kitchen Chikugo―a restaurant train―amongst a host of shared offices, hotels and more.
The spectacular menu line-up includes an array of delicious drinks from herbal teas to flavoured lattes, as well as an assortment of light meals made using ingredients from around Kyushu. They also serve an original afternoon tea that’s served from 14:30. Everything on the menu is nothing short of Instagrammable and perfect for those who love to wine and dine on drinks and food that is both cute and fancy.
The colourful flavoured lattes come in four flavours and can also be ordered for takeout. One of them is the Beets Latte which is a pink colour which comes from the beetroot used to make it. It has a subtle sweetness and smooth flavour.
The stocked teas include those made by Paris-based tea company KUSMI TEA, such as the Anastasia which is a mix of standard black tea and citrus, as well as an array of decaffeinated fruit teas.
Spend your time in luxury in your room
Floors 5 through 12 are all lined with guest rooms. There are four types of rooms, all large, including Twin and Double. Each and every room has been given the same level of care and attention to create the most comfortable experience for guests.
The Deluxe room is the perfect package if you’re looking to indulge in a little extravagance, whether as a treat to yourself or together with that special someone. The room design is stylish and simple, allowing for optimal relaxation. The bed is roomy and is ideal for watching the television or chatting.
All guest rooms are also equipped with tablets from which you can control the air con, lights and so on. The TV can even tell you whether the restaurant is full or not which is a super convenient feature.
A restaurant and bar menu created by a Michelin-starred chef & dreamy terrace pool
On floor 13―the top floor―you will find Miyako Hotel Hakata’s must-see feature: the SOMEWHERE RESTAURANT & BAR. This all-dining restaurant’s concept is “A Beautiful Place Somewhere.” Its dinner menu was conceived by Michihoro Haruta, the chef at Crony, a Michelin 1-starred restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. The innovative menu is made with local ingredients from Fukuoka and across Kyushu. The wine menu was created by Kazutaka Ozawa, a sommelier at Crony. The restaurant enjoys a laid-back atmosphere that isn’t overly formal or strict, with a glass exterior including the roof, allowing diners to enjoy the romantic evening atmosphere.
Breakfast is served to both guests and non-guests and is served as a western-style buffet packed full of assorted foods such as freshly-baked bread, omelette, Eggs Benedict, and more. They serve an original Japanese-style breakfast too for those who fancy Japanese food. The tall windows allow natural light to pour into the restaurant.
Right next to the restaurant is the hotel’s very own spa, offering a natural hot spring pool, jet bath, footbath and more. As part of the hotel’s grand opening, the spa is free for all guest until March 31, 2020. The hotel offers rental swimsuits too so you can freely and easily enjoy a nighttime dip. And when night truly sets in, you can gaze an unbroken view of Hakata from the roof, and the ‘waterfall’ next to the pool will also be lit up.
There’s even a special poolside menu so you can order cocktails and light food from the terrace. With everything illuminate in beautiful lighting, your cocktail in hand, you can certainly snap some Instagram-worthy shots. And if you’re looking for a warm bath, there is a large public bath and even a sauna indoors.
Miyako Hotel Hakata
Address: 2-1-1 Hakataekihigashi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Official Website: https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/hakata/english/index.html/
Cherry Blossom Themed Menu to be Served at InterContinental Tokyo Strings in Spring 2020
15.December.2019 | FOOD
InterContinental Tokyo Strings has revealed adelightful cherry blossom-themed menu line-up that is set to hit the hotel in spring 2020. They will be served at the hotel’s Rhythmos Café and Bar and from March 1 to April 30 next year.
Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea
This cherry blossom afternoon tea set can be found at Rhythmos, a cafe and bar in InterContinental Tokyo Strings. Hanami, or ‘flower viewings,’ is a fundamental part of Japanese culture during the spring when people go out to see the cherry blossoms. This custom has been recreated with this afternoon tea set, with which customers can enjoy hanami on their plate in a mix of strawberries and cherry blossom Japanese sweets.
The green colours add accent to the overall presentation, and represent the young budding leaves of springtime. The tempting selection of cherry blossom pink bites are not only mouthwatering to look at but have a cute appearance to them, one that you want to keep gazing at like the cherry blossoms during hanami. The flavours are a combination of strawberry and cherry blossom, inviting you on board for some early spring vibes. Even better is that both the sweets and savoury items, which look like spring in full bloom, are made with high quality, in-season ingredients for maximum tastiness.
The fraisier is a strawberry cake said to represent the coming of spring in France. At Rhythmos, it’s served in a glass so you can see all the delicious insides, from the round-sliced strawberries to the beautiful green pistachio mousseline cream. The pure white crémet d’Anjou has a fluffy texture and is mixed with refreshing and sour strawberry and raspberry sauce which elevates the flavour of the fromage blanc.
Other treats to pick from include the cherry blossom ganache tart which has a faint cherry blossom fragrance, cherry blossom and strawberry cream-stuffed macarons, strawberry daifuku, and more―all with spring flavours and colours.
The savoury line-up too offers some elegant and unique items. There’s the sandwich wraps which include cherry blossom leaf-topped grilled chicken with a lining of shredded dried plum, strawberry ceviche with grilled scallops, and much more.
▶︎Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea
Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)
Time: 14:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)
Price: ¥4,800 per person
“The Breath of Spring” Cocktail
Rhythmos will also serve a very special and oriental cocktail called “The Breath of Spring” which uses cherry blossom and chai tea as its base. It arrives served in a ceramic cup and captures the Japanese spirit and love of cherry blossoms and their joy at the arrival of spring. It mixes a cherry blossom vodka made in-house with chai tea and a dash of maple syrup for an added subtle sweetness. It’s topped with a milk foam made with cherry blossom bean jam which is sure to not only elicit a kind of nostalgic taste to the Japanese palate, but offer an oriental flavour too with the addition of chai tea. This is the perfect drink to enjoy on an evening after observing the cherry blossoms during Hanami.
▶︎The Breath of Spring
Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)
Time: 17:00-Midnight (Last Orders 23:30)
Indulge in the culture of cherry blossoms in Japan at InterContinental Tokyo Strings next spring.
InterContinental Tokyo Strings
Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes
Rakuten Travel Reveals the Most Booked Onsen Regions of 2019
14.December.2019 | SPOT
Japan’s largest online travel site Rakuten Travel has announced the 2019 rankings for the most popular onsen spots in Japan. Having calculated the number of people staying at an onsen resort multiplied by the number of days they stayed, the rankings reveal that the winner has been the same for six years in a row now: Atami in Shizuoka.
Atami in Shizuoka has established its reputation as one of the leading locations for onsen in Japan. Its high quantity of hot spring water has earned the area top spot on Rakuten Travel’s rankings for six years in a row now. Along with easy access from Tokyo and its range of leisure facilities, this is a popular location for couples and even families with children.
In second place is Beppu Onsen, Ōita prefecture which has also made it into the rankings for six years in a row. Rakuten Travel’s customisable domestic travel package “Raku-Pack” has proven to be particularly popular among travellers to this region. “Raku-Pack” includes your airline ticket, access to all accommodations offered by Rakuten Travel across Japan, and free usage of rental services. Starting with Ōita prefecture’s first ever ANA InterContinental resort in Beppu (InterContinental – ANA Beppu Resort & Spa), more than 10 travel accommodations have opened this year and next year sees even more resort development.
In third place is Gunma Prefecture’s Kusatsu Onsen which has risen by one place since last year. This year, Sainokawara Open-air Bath (Sainokawara Rotenburo) received high amounts of praise for their mixed bathing day and changed this to be offered on a weekly basis as a result. A variety of events and tourist spots are constantly opening including the steepest zip line in Japan which will open in April.
For more information on places to visit in Japan, please visit Rakuten Travel’s website.
Top Six Hotels on Booking.com for Nighttime Sceneries and Light Displays in Japan
10.December.2019 | SPOT
The diverse range and large number of accommodations and trip services found on Booking.com is phenomenal. As one of the world’s largest travel accommodation booking websites, this is the first port of call for many who want to guarantee seamless travel plans. Today we’re announcing Booking.com’s top accommodations for heart-warming light up events and nighttime views. For couples looking for a romantic getaway in Japan, let this article be your guide.
Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland (Kobe, Hyogo)
Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland is a five-star hotel located near Harborland Waterfront which enjoys an extraordinary view of the sea. The rooms are fitted with a spa bath and there is even a rooftop terrace with comfy sofas to relax. All guests are treated to a romantic view right from their window. The hotel is situated just a 20-minute walk from Kobe’s grandest winter illumination event called 2019 Kobe Luminarie. If you want to get up close to magnificent works of art, this hotel is for you.
Review Rating: 9.5/10.
Click here to view Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland on Booking.com
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel (Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is situated on floor 52 and upwards in Yokohama Landmark Tower. Being located in the second tallest building in Japan surely has its perks. Soak in the beautiful cityscape and the best view of Yokohama Bay Bridge to your heart’s content. You can only imagine the breathtaking view available in every room. Facilities in the hotel include a fitness centre with an indoor pool, eight diverse restaurants and a massage facility (fee applies). A brand new shopping mall called Yokohama Hammerhead recently opened in close vicinity which is the perfect place to spend the afternoon or have a bite to eat.
Review Rating: 9.0/10.
Click here to view Yokohama Royal Park Hotel on Booking.com
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, Minato, Tokyo
With the iconic figure of Tokyo Tower glowing right outside your window, the Prince Park Tower Tokyo stands tall in Shiba Park. Prince Park Tower Tokyo enjoys spacious rooms, entertainment facilities such as bowling and karaoke, and relaxation facilities such as saunas, massage services and much more. Limited facilities include access to the fitness centre, onsen spas, indoor swimming pool and the lounge on floor 33. You can purchase a room with the view of Tokyo Tower on Booking.com
Review Rating: 8.9/10
Click here to view Prince Park Tower Tokyo on Booking.com
Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort (Fukuoka, Nagasaki)
Located on Mount Inasa, this hotel offers a beautiful view of Nagasaki. There is a wide variety of facilities including an outdoor swimming pool (open depending on the season) and bars. Guests can enjoy the mystical and romantic nighttime scenery from the poolside. The hotel even offers a wedding plan, making it the perfect place for couples.
Review Rating: 8.9/10.
Click here to view Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort on Booking.com
mizuka Nakasu 3mizuka Nakasu 3 -unmanned hotel (Fukuoka)
This hotel is located in Nakasu, Fukuoka just 500m away from Seiryu Park, the old municipal guest palace Kihinkan Hall and the historic monument Hakata Machiya Kishin Takatoro. Each room has two bunk beds and can fit up to four guests. Enjoy the hotel’s barbeque or takoyaki set with friends or family with the fantastic nighttime view of Fukuoka.
Review Rating: 8.8/10
Click here to view mizuka Nakasu 3 -unmanned hotel on Booking.com
Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel (Naha, Okinawa)
Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel’s magnificent outdoor pools, onsen, massage services and buffet restaurant that overlooks the picturesque sea at night should be enough to get your attention. You can enjoy a SPA OSa beauty treatment and even water sports or golf in the area. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the first Christmas of the Reiwa Era with your friends or family.
Review Rating: 8/7/10
Click here to view Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel on Booking.com
If you’re visiting Japan this Christmas, consider one of these relaxing hotels and their glorious views.
*Review Ratings are based on reviews received in the past two years (from December 2017 to December 2019) on Booking.com and are calculated based on scores given in the following categories: cleanliness, comfort, location, facilities, staff and value for money.
Booking.com Official Website (JP): https://www.booking.com/index.ja.html
Hotel Royal Classic Osaka: A Museum & Hotel Fusing Tradition and Innovation in an Art Museum-Style Space
Shin Kabuki-za is an old theatre in Osaka that has been loved by locals since it opened in 1926. The theatre is set to find new life as Hotel Royal Classic Osaka, a new hotel developed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma which is set to open on December 1, 2019. The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team received exclusive access to view the hotel before it opens to report on it and showcase how it differs completely from other hotels with its characteristic charms.
Its direct connect to Namba Station means super easy access
Hotel Royal Classic Osaka is situated in the central part of Osaka Minami. Direct access to the hotel from the Osaka Metro section of Namba Station will be made available from March 2020, allowing for easy access and the reassurance that you won’t get lost wandering the streets trying to find your accommodation. Its location means easy access for tourists and travellers with a lot of luggage, working professionals who want to shorten the distance between commutes as much as possible, and pretty much any other scenario where accessibility is a priority.
An iconic building exterior combining tradition and modern innovation
Shin Kabuki-za is known by the locals who live in the area for its magnificent karahafu roof gables. The hotel will inherit this symbolic part of the theatre’s design and restore the lower part of the building. The upper part makes use of multiple layers of aluminium to create a dynamic and intricate design, resulting in a unique appearance that fuses both the traditional formation of the original theatre with a modern touch. Thanks to Kengo Kuma’s skillful architectural work, the building merges effortlessly with the surrounding buildings while retaining the local culture.
It’s as much of an art museum as a hotel
Olympic Girl 100m by Ay-O (Takao Iijima)
The hotel also stands tall and proud as an art museum. As you walk down its corridors, your eyes will meet a plethora of gorgeous pieces of artwork which serve to lay guests into a sense of calmness and tranquility. These works are scattered throughout the hotel, both at the front desk, guest rooms, and elsewhere, making it feel like you have really stepped into a museum of art. High-class pieces also line the walls nonchalantly, so give yourself time to appreciate the many masterpieces you’ll find there.
High ceilings create spaceーspace which is nothing less than relaxing
There are 150 guest rooms in total, consisting of Standard Rooms, Premium Rooms, and Suite Rooms. Not only does each and every room boast a beautiful and panoramic window view of Osaka’s nightscape, they also enjoy high ceilings, creating a sense of space and freedom.
Wood is the base of all the rooms, giving them a natural and relaxed feeling. The furniture is simple which gives the rooms a minimalist design, again adding to the space and sense of luxury. We stayed in one of the Standard Rooms. Don’t let going for Standard make you feel inferior, however, as we felt the room was incredibly spacious with plenty of space to store luggage.
Room lighting is controlled with a tablet located next to the bed. The tablets are compatible in four languages. Each icon on them also has universally easy-to-recognise pictures for easy use.
Also, the bathtubs in Standard Rooms have a little window that looks into the main bedroom. If you’re with someone you’re on good terms with, whether friends, family or a loved one, you can communicate back and forth while you take a soak. (There is of course a sliding door so you can close it off too!)
We were also shown around one of the Suite Rooms which are fitted with a living room and spacious washroom. It really is penthouse-level extraordinary.
The bathrooms have a window that looks out across the city nightscape, allowing for an indulging soak with a breathtaking view. It’s not one we could afford every single time we book a hotel, on a special occasion one time it’s an absolute definite.
Amenities galore to pamper your hair and body
The rooms come with a long line-up of fantastic amenities, like comfy cotton PJs, fluffy slippers, and our personal favourite: a compressed bag for your clothing.
The amenities in the washroom were bountiful too, from shampoo to conditioner, shower gel and body gelーall of which, by the way, are by the Thai organic brand Panpuri. They all smelled incredible and filled the bathroom with their gorgeous scent.
They have all your ordinary must-haves too like a hair comb, cotton buds, toothbrush, and so on.
KUMO KUMO: The bar and lounge with comfy sofas
The hotel building has a total of twenty floors. After enjoying our time in the hotel portion, we headed up to the bar and lounge KUMO KUMO on the 20th floor. Inside the elevator, piano music plays while you gaze at the several pieces of art fitted inside. There was even a piece by Yayoi Kusama, so be sure to take a look.
When entering KUMO KUMO, there’s not only seats at the counter, but lots of sofas too with a window view.
Jazz music flowed through the bar and lounge, which is best enjoyed with a cup of delicious sake while staring out over nighttime Osaka.
HAFU is a restaurant for guests only that serves breakfast.
Their menu consists of lots of healthy options, from fruits to salads.
The chef will also prepare fresh hotel-grade egg and meat dishes too, amongst other delicious delights. There’s also a range of slim-friendly menu items made with foreign guests in mind. The assortment was truly incredible, we can’t recommend this place enough.
Of course, there’s yogurt, mini sweets and other dessert-like morning treats to indulge in too. It was a breakfast for the gods.
YURAYURA: A restaurant that combines Japanese and Western cuisine
The team enjoyed lunch at YURAYURA too, a buffet-style restaurant that also seats non-guests. Their menu is an amalgamation of the Japanese and Western palate, serving carefully-selected ingredients from countries around the world.
They had various foods from around Asia too like nasi goreng from Indonesia, as well as Korean japchae, and more.
Other things we spotted were pincho and small-cut sweets too.
For Japanese food there were things like freshly-fried tempura, and large cuts of roast beef which were cut there and then by the chef.
What I was personally happy about was their cafe menu, with things like cafe latte and other hot drinks. It was a satisfying 90-minutes spent, wolfing down food and then enjoying some sweets with a cafe latte.
5 spaces that can be used for weddings, parties & more
The hotel building even houses two chapels, as well as banquet halls, which can be used for weddings, parties and more. The chapels have large windows that let in plenty of natural sunlight. The use of natural wood also gives the room a warm feeling to it.
Floor 8’s HANAEMI
There are five banquet halls in total each on a different floor and each with their own concept. Those on floors 7, 8 and 9 even have terraces for parties too. Whether you’re having a party, a wedding, or a conference, there is a room for you.
Hotel Royal Classic Osaka’s speciality is its inclusion of leaving a part of traditional Japan in there while still letting you feel the Japan of today. Whether you’re travelling to Osaka for some sightseeing and fun, or you’re in the business scene and need a regular-use hotel, look no further. We felt connected to Osaka in our experience there, so if you’re planning a trip to Osaka, be sure to book with Namba’s newest landmark.
Hotel Royal Classic Osaka
Address: 4-3-3 Namba, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Grand Opening: December 1, 2019
①From March 2020, the hotel will be directly connected to Exit 12 of Namba Station in the Osaka Metro section
②4-minutes on foot from Namba Station via the Nankai Main Line
③3-minutes on foot from Namba Station via the Hanshin Namba Line
④10-minutes on foot from Namba Station via the JR Line by way of Namba Walk (underground)
Official Website (English): https://hotel-royalclassic.jp/en/
Tokyo’s My Hero Academia Themed Hotel Rooms Unveil Designs | Tokyo Prince Hotel
Tokyo Prince Hotel has announced a collaboration with the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising which is set for release on December 20, 2019. Bookings are now open for their My Hero Academia themed hotel rooms, which will be available to stay in from December 7 this year until February 29, 2020.
The room designs and hotel plans were revealed today. There are two plans available: the “Concept Room Plan” where guests can stay in a room that recreates the world of the movie and comes with free merchandise and a themed drink, and the “Regular Room Plan,” which features a regular hotel room decked out with lots of My Hero Academia decorations, and also comes with the merch and drink.
The concept room is split into two rooms: the first recreating the room in which the students of class 1-A meet the protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, and the second on Midoriya’s bedroom.
Expect to see illustrations of the students as well as the Villains in the rooms too. Bookings are first-come, first-served, so don’t miss out!
©️2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©️Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha
My Hero Academia Collaboration Hotel Plan
Location: Tokyo Prince Hotel
Running: December 7, 2019 – February 29, 2020
Bookings: Open from December 22, 2019 (First-come, first-served)
①Concept Room Plan (Original Merchandise & Drink)
②Regular Room Plan (Original Merchandise & Drink)
・Original drink (w/ coaster)
This Relaxing Onsen Hotel with Picturesque Nature and Luxurious Local Cuisine is the Perfect Getaway
Japan is full of picturesque locations where you can be at one with nature and soak the tiredness of your body away in the onsen baths. If you are looking for an escape from busy working life, then you’re in luck: Today we’ll be introducing you to a modern onsen hotel which is perfect for families, lovers, and even solo travellers.
Escape from Tokyo on the bullet train, ride the Zairai line and finally, catch a bus. After your two-hour journey, you will arrive at onsen hot spot Uonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. Today, we’ll be heading to Tomoya Hotel. The picturesque scenery of paddy fields and mountains will unfold before your very eyes and put your mind at ease.
Sunlight pours over the reception desk from the giant window. It was time to check in. After being informed on meal times and private onsen rentals, I quickly headed to my room.
I was given room 305. The warm wooden structure made the room feel lavishly large. Whether you’re snuggling up with a lover, chilling out with friends or relaxing with family, the atmosphere and size of the room allows for flexible usage.
The Sanashi river was right outside my window. I could watch the soothing clear water flow out to the horizon for hours.
The room was prepared with loungewear, bath towels, toothbrushes, socks and many other amenities. It was even fitted with a fridge and water heater.
From the lamps lighting the stairway and hallway sofas to the displayed artwork, every item in Tomoya Hotel is a carefully selected item of special design.
There was even a DJ area next to the lobby which contained a surprising stash of records, CDs and DVDs which was uncountably large. Being able to discover new music and films is another admirable feature of the hotel.
The front lobby is filled with a fresh and liberating atmosphere. There are plenty of spots to sit and read to yourself as the melodies of records weave through the air.
The shop sells specially selected products including locally produced juice, snacks and much more. You can even purchase Tomoya Hotel’s original skincare goods. Reading the cheerful and thoughtful comments written on the goods by the manager made it clear that every single item in the shop was chosen with the utmost care.
One by one, several lavish courses arrived at my door for dinner that evening. The locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables were served with Niigata prefecture’s uonuma koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice.
Nameko mushroom hotpot, salt-fried East Asian trout, tofu mixed with lotus root, and sashimi were just some of the hotel’s many original dishes that were brought to my door. As the rice was harvested from the first crop of the year, it was very sweet and so delicious that I helped myself to multiple servings without realising. The food was flavoured and seasoned very lightly to ensure that guests could fully enjoy the true flavours of the fresh harvest from the mountains and the sea. The luxurious dinner was highly enjoyable.
I enjoyed sipping a small glass of Tomoya’s chilled Reishu sake with my meal. This is an original recipe sake created by Tomoya Hotel and local sake brewery Tamagawa Shuzo. It was so refreshing, easy to drink and perfectly complimented every dish. The hotel provided a rich variety of alcoholic dinks including refreshing beer, carefully-selected wines, rare local sake, homemade fruit liqueurs, and more.
The onsen is home to rich history dating back to the year 1300 when it first opened its doors to the public. There are two types of private rental onsen and large public onsen indoors. Some square-shaped baths sit right beside a small stream which branches off from the Sanashi river. Treat yourself to a soothing soak in a historical onsen while absorbing the beautiful scenery.
After finishing your relaxing soak, head to floor 1 of the main building to spend some time relaxing. This space is for guests to use freely and how they please. There are bookshelves lined with books and games available.
The first floor of the hotel annexe was my favourite place. Music from a variety of genres is played here. A disco ball hangs high, splashing light across the spacious room. There is a ping-pong table, a pool table, massage chair, piano, an old Nintendo game, manga and much more. It may seem like a relaxing place at first glance, but my heart was racing with excitement as I got hooked on the games.
The following morning, breakfast was delivered right to my room again. Seeing the tray filled with a luxurious mix of both western and Japanese-style cuisine was very pleasing to see. I indulged in yaki-fu: baked wheat gluten which is a specialty of Niigata, fried fish, rolled Japanese-style omelette, homemade cheesecake and much more. All the meals served at the hotel are made with the utmost care and precision.
If I were to introduce all the wonderful services and features of Tomoya hotel then there would be no end to this article. The main highlights were the delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients, the soothing onsen, the music, films and experience of art culture, and of course, the opportunity to get in touch with nature, watching the water trickle down the mountain streams as your mind discovers peace.
If you are looking to heal your body, mind and soul whilst discovering nature and art, then Tomoya Hotel is perfect for you.
Writer：Ellie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Address: 282 Oyuonsen, Uonuma, Niigata
Official Website: http://www.tomoyahotel.com/index.html
Evangelion Second Impact Hits Hakone Kowakien YUNESSUN Spa Resort
If you’re looking for a unique onsen experience in Japan then spa resort Hakone Kowakien YUNESSUN is for you. From Japanese sake to coffee, there are a range of unique baths for you to enjoy a soak in. The resort is also home to a number of water attractions for those looking for a splash of fun. From January 10 to June 30, 2020 the resort will be doubling up the excitement by collaborating with Evangelion. The upcoming Second Impact no Yu event provides a chance for Evangelion fans to discover the exciting world of Evangelion while soaking up the spa goodness.
The Second Impact no Yu event is being held in cooperation with the Evangelion Hakone 2020 MEET EVANGELION IN HAKONE project run by the Odakyu Group. As the first step of this project, the Evangelion series’ global catastrophe “Second Impact” will be invading the swimsuit area of the Yunessun spa. If you’re looking to plunge straight into some thrilling action, make sure to head to the cave bath and water slide.
From the inside to the outside, the resort has been completely invaded by Evangelion-themed decoration. More details on the collaboration event contents will be released on the resort’s official website so make sure to check it out if you are interested.
Second Impact no Yu
Running: January 10 – March 31, 2020
Location: Yunessun Swimsuit Onsen Outside Area
Opening Days and Times:
Weekdays:10:00 – 18:00
Weekends and National Holidays: 9:00 – 19:00 (Last Entry: 1 hour before closing time).
Adults: ¥2,500, Children (3 y/o – Primary School-Aged): ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
* You must be over 110cm tall to enter Rodeo Mountain.
Resort Evangelion Decorations
Running: January 10 – June 30, 2020
Location: Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Weekdays: 10:00 – 18:00
Weekends and National Holidays: 9:00 – 19:00 (Last Entry: 1 hour before closing time)
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Address: 1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa
Collaboration Website: https://eva-hakone.com/
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo to Hold Christmas Evening Party at Le Jardin Restaurant
11.November.2019 | FOOD
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo has announced that it will hold a special Christmastime “Evening Party” from December 20-25 at Le Jardin, the hotel’s stylish cafe/restaurant that offers a gorgeous view of the hotel’s quiet garden landscape.
The Evening Party will take place just a little later than afternoon tea time where customers can tuck into some succulent meat and fish. The hotel has held it for the past 14 years, and anyone that has experienced it will tell you that you’ll want to go back after trying it once.
At the party, seasonal food is served on an extravagant 3-tier hors d’oeuvres stand together with champagne. You will never forget the taste of the chef’s specially-prepared thick cut roast beef, as well as your own choice of dessert, tea, coffee and more.
The roast beef in particular is hugely popular, with repeat customers flocking to get a taste of its delicious flavour. It’s seasoned with salt, fennel, rosemary and juniper berries, and garlic before being browned in the frying pan and subsequently cooked in an airtight pack together with a mirepoix made from carrots, onions, celery and other ingredients on a low heat at 63°C for 3 hours. This is the secret to the meat’s popularity, resulting in soft and succulent heaven.
Menu items will be served in Christmas colours, including some made to look like Christmas trees, and there is also a meal plan that includes a present.
Enjoy a wonderful dinner time this Christmas in Tokyo at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.
Christmas Evening Party
Running: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019
*Musical performances to take place on December 20 and 21 (18:30-21:00)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Location: Le Jardin, Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo Floor 3F
Price: ¥4,600 (¥8,000 w/ present) (Tax & service charge not included)
Reservations/Enquiries: 03-3943-0920 (10:00-21:00)
teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins to Take Place in 2019-2020
07.November.2019 | SPOT
teamLab has announced a new digital art event entitled “teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins” which will bring interactive digital art to Fukuoka Castle from November 29 to February 2.
Breathing Resonating Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Construction of Fukuoka Castle began in 1601 and took place over the course of 7 years. The historical landmark is lined with hundreds of meters of stone walls, which has led the castle to be nicknamed Stone Castle.
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
The exhibition is a part of teamLab’s Digitized City art project, the concept of which is that non-material digital technology can turn a city into art without physically altering it.
The castle’s enormous span of 20,000 square meters will be decorated with interactive digital art that reacts to people’s presence.
Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, teamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, 4 min 20 sec (loop), Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi, Kenta Matsukuma, Jun Tanaka (Big Cats Creatives)
7 installations will make up the exhibition, including 4 new ones such as Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well in the Stone Wall – Fukuoka Castle Tower Ruins, where three-legged crowds from Japanese mythology known as Yatagarasu are rendered in light and fly across the castle walls, and Sketch Kuroda Kanbei, where people can draw Kuro Kanbei and historical figures and see them come to life.
teamLab: Digitized Fukuoka Castle Ruins 2019-2020
Running: November 29, 2019 – February 2, 2020 (No planned holidays)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:30) *Open until 1:00am the following day on December 31
Location: Maizuku Park, Fukuoka Castle (Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka)
Tickets: Available on Ticket Pia, 7-Eleven, and directly at Fukuoka Castle
①8 minutes on foot from Akasaka Station or Ōhorikōen Station via the Kūkō Line (Fukuoka City Subway)
②5-8 minutes on foot from the “Fukuoka-jo Korokan-mae”, “Fukuoka-shi Bijutsukan Higashi-guchi” or “Otemon & Heiwadai Rikujo Kyogijo-iriguchi” bus stops, or 10 minutes on foot from “Akasaka 3-Chome” bus stop via the Nishitetsu bus
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/fukuoka-castle/
*Please note that there are stairs and areas with different height levels as well as unpaved areas, and so there may be areas which are difficult to access for those with wheelchairs, a physical disability, pushchairs, and so on
*Drunk attendees, attendees who cause disruption for others and so on will be ejected from the premises
*The exhibition will be cancelled on the day in the case of severely bad weather
Keio Plaza Hotel Tama’s Hello Kitty & Sanrio Rooms Celebrate 5th Anniversary
04.November.2019 | SPOT
To celebrate 5 years since the grand opening of the Hello Kitty Room at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, guests are being treated to a very special present.
Friday November 1 marked the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty. Together with the 5th anniversary of the hotel room, all guests who stay in any of the Sanrio character-themed hotels at Keio Plaza Hotel from now until February 29 next year will receive an application paper. Once they fill it out and then post it in the box in the lobby on the second floor they will be entered for a chance to win a one-night ticket to one of the three Sanrio character rooms. Exclusive merchandise will also be sold to commemorate the 5-year milestone.
The hotel poster promotional videos for the three rooms over on their homepage. This includes the revamped Hello Kitty Room, the My Melody Room which opened back in June, and the Little Twin Stars Room.
Sanrio Character Room Ticket Campaign
Running: November 1, 2019 – February 29, 2020
Keio Plaza Hotel Tama
Address: 1-43 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.keioplaza.com/tama/index.html
Hoshino Resorts to Open New Facilities in Okinawa, Hawaii & 3 More Places
28.October.2019 | SPOT
Hoshino Resorts opened HOSHINOYA Guguan in Taiwan in June and Iriomotejima Hotel in Okinawa in October this year. It will also open Risonare Nasu in November. The hotel chain has now just announced that it will open 5 more new facilities in 2020, pushing the number of locations they manage up to 45 next year.
Hoshino Resorts prides itself on offering a hotel experience that makes use of local regions as well as offering unique experiences. With their catalogue of facilities now set to increase, the company has a released a video detailing the five new hotels.
The five new hotels will open in Hawaii, Nagato in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Tsuchira in Ibaraki Prefecture, Kohama Island in Okinawa Prefecture, and mainland Okinawa.
The Hawaii hotel, named Hoshino Resorts Surf Jack Hawaii, describes itself as an “ohana-friendly retro boutique hotel with a satisfying Waikiki experience.”
Nagato, Yamaguchi will give rise to the 16th hotel in Hoshino Resorts’ brand of KAI hotels, named KAI Nagato. It will open in the Yumoto Hot Spring area and be inspired by Yamaguchi’s traditional tea houses as well as buke samurai culture. Look forward to bathing in the hot springs of this traditional Japanese inn, steeped in history and culture.
Over in Ibaraki Prefecture, Hoshino Resorts will open Japan’s biggest cycling resort, named Hoshino Resort BEB5 Tsuchiura, which we covered earlier this month. It will act as a “base camp” to enjoy cycling, with its core concept being “more an izakaya and less travel-focused where you can enjoy a laid-back time with friends.” It hopes to put a new spin on travel by combining the worlds of cycling and accommodation.
Okinawa is getting three new hotels. Hoshino Resorts Risonare Kohama will feature 60 rooms each their own private villas. Its concept is “a private beach resort on a remote island swimming with the manta rays” and will offer a beach and resort-like experience to guests with views of the white sand and blue ocean.
HOSHINOYA Okinawa will be inspired by gusuku which refers to castles in the Ryukyu Islands that feature stone walls, with the hotel itself being enveloped in one. The hotel will be surrounded by the gorgeous ocean and coast, offering that quintessential Okinawan resort experience.
The tables at Hoshino Resorts Banta Cafe will offer a breathtaking view of Okinawa’s grand seas, with a menu serving food and drink made with Okinawan ingredients.
2020 is looking to be a big year for Hoshino Resorts as it begins expansion. If you’re travelling to Japan, why not check if one of their hotels is near where you’re looking to stay?
Hoshino Resorts Official Website: https://www.hoshinoresorts.com/en/
Eat & Drink in Harajuku at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS’ Rooftop BBQ
Since opening in Harajuku last year, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON’s ultra-kawaii hotel MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS has been the talk of the town. We are here to announce a new BBQ plan for guests which is held on the hotel rooftop and which you can attend empty-handed.
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is only an 8-minute walk from Harajuku Station. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot our neon sign pictured above. It’s on the roof of this building you can look forward to getting your teeth into a delicious BBQ and chugging down drinks.
The rooftop design takes on a pop appearance, mixing blue with yellow. This cute design alone is enough to get you excited for what’s to come. And since there are no tall buildings around us, you get a great view of Harajuku from below.
The BBQ plan comes equipped with everything you need: a fire, plates, cups, ingredients, and alcohol. We have a great option of drinks, including beer, wine, whisky, and soft drinks. There’s also a beer server so you can enjoy your beer nice and frosty. If we don’t have a drink you’d like, you can bring your own too. There’s a FamilyMart and other shops nearby, so head there to stock up.
BBQ Set – ¥6,000 Per Person (Before Tax) *Photo is a select portion example for 5 people
For grub, our lineup includes meat, fish, egetables, fried onigiri, and sweets. There’s Japanese beef too, as well as Japanese chicken, pork, lamb, sausage, and more. We prepare the most delicious ingredients for the current season. There’s a lot of different meats to choose from, so rest assured you won’t go hungry.
All the food is seasoned for you, so you can drop it all on straight away and get straight to eating.
Make a toast with your drinks and tuck in! The wagyu beef is nice and plump once it comes off the fire. One bite of the soft meat will treat your taste buds to a luxurious sweetness and the meat’s delightful juices.
The chicken is seasoned sweet and spicy. It has a crunchy exterior and soft inside. The lamb is seasoned well too and has that distinct deep flavour lamb has.
Our fish and vegetables are all in season too. The fish pictured above is salmon cooked in foil and seared skipback tuna. The salmon is seasoned with butter and soy sauce. All of the delicious flavour of the skipback tuna is intensified while prepared on the fire, and the inside is sumptuously tender. It’s seasoned with citrus soy sauce.
This here is giant okra which I tried for the first time. Giant okra is in season right now too. It’s a lot more elastic than your regular size okra and has a juiciness when you bite into it.
I was so full already… until dessert arrived! These is a dessert sweet potato roasted on the fire.
I topped it with vanilla ice cream and tea flavoured ice cream before sprinkling on cornflakes to finish.
The mix of the hot potato and cold ice cream is a match made in heaven inside your mouth. The roasted sweet potato has a subtle sweetness which mixes perfectly with the creamy ice cream. I originally thought I was full but there’s always room for dessert.
There are parasols too in case it rains. You can even rent out tents from the hotel if you like.
If you’re looking to stay in Harajuku, come and see us at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS and enjoy a BBQ with a rooftop view of Harajuku.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS BBQ Plan
Address: 2-18-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: From ¥6,000 Per Person (Reservations Available)
・Meat: Wagyu beef and other meats in season
・Fish: In season fish
・Vegetables: In season vegetables
・Other: Fried Onigiri, Satsuma Sweet Potato Dessert
・Drinks: 1 Beer Server, White Wine, Red Wine, Whisky, Shochu, Tea, Water, Orange Juice, Cola (soft drinks are served in 2ltr bottles)
・Grill, BBQ, Tongs, Plates, Cutlery, Cups
*Prepared ingredients will differ from season to season