Soak in the Hot Springs and Enjoy the Luxurious Local Cuisine at Hoshino Resorts in Yamaguchi Prefecture

09.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

On March 12, 2020, Hoshino Resorts will open a brand new resort around Yumoto Hot Spring (Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture). Following plans for a new hot spring district in Nagato that were created in January 2020, Hoshino’s hot spring resort brand KAI will be opening a resort in Nagato with numerous spa facilities. With the cooperation of the local government and community, this plan has been put into action. 

 

As part of the masterplan, Hoshino KAI Nagato will include a cafe called Agebono Cafe. This will be the first KAI resort to extend their cafe services to non-guests. The cafe will sell sweet dorayaki pancakes that guests can enjoy while strolling the streets of the hot spring district. 

 

KAI is a hot spring ryokan brand owned by Hoshino Resorts and can be found all over Japan. The theme of KAI resorts is traditional yet new. Although the room designs are inspired by nature and old and traditional Japanese culture, they cater to the needs of modern guests.

Exterior Appearance

KAI Nagato is the 16th hot spring resort of Hoshino KAI. It is located in the north of Yamaguchi prefecture and is surrounded by grand mountains. The resort sits by the peaceful Otozure River which is the main source of hot spring water for Yumoto Hot Spring. KAI Nagato is located where Agebono bridge stretches across the river. The resort aims to provide guests with an enriching experience of Yamaguchi’s traditional old tea house residences (Ochaya Yashiki) as well as the opportunity to indulge in the regions finest traditional culture, food and experiences.  From the lobby to the guest rooms, the resort is full of Yamaguchi’s samurai culture.

KAI Guest Room

The designs for the guest rooms were inspired by Yamaguchi’s samurai. Each room is fit for a Feudal Lord. The beds are located on flooring which is slightly higher than the rest of the room. The surrounding wooden pillars create a luxurious private atmosphere.

Patterned Wall Decoration

The wall behind the bed is decorated with Tokujihori washi paper which is a type of Japanese paper unique to Yamaguchi prefecture and has a history dating back to the Muromachi period over 800 years ago. This special paper has even been acknowledged as an Intangible Cultural Asset to Japan. The beautiful dainty paper has been dyed a variety of bright and elegant colours to create this beautiful masterpiece. 

Hagi Ware *This is currently still in production so the appearance may vary.

 The room even has a Tokonoma, which is a small alcove where artistic pieces are displayed. Old Hagi ware, which was traditionally used for tea-making, is displayed here. 

Luxury Banquet for One

Enjoy a luxurious banquet for one made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients in a semi-private dining space. Each meal is served on a dainty dish. As Yamaguchi Prefecture is the second largest squid producer in the country, KAI Nagato serves the region’s highly-praised Yamaguchi squid as an appetizer and as sashimi. The sweet, soft and chunky squid will leave your mouth watering for more. The dinner set also includes a range of pickled vegetables and a luxurious plate of seasonal sushi and sashimi. All dishes are served in special Hagi ware. 

KAI Nagato was created to fulfil the goal of creating a relaxing hot spring district where visitors can stroll for a relaxing break. KAI has taken one more step towards achieving this goal by creating the Agebono Cafe, which is the first ever KAI cafe to extend its services to non-guests . 

The cafe serves Japanese dorayaki pancakes with sweet jam fillings made using Yamaguchi’s original citrus fruits such as Yamaguchi’s original Nagato Yuzukichi and the Natsu Mikan. The Natsu Mikan was introduced to Japan from overseas and is now cultivated in Yamaguchi prefecture. Enjoy the refreshing tangy citrus flavour of Yamaguchi prefecture as it perfectly balances with the sweet jam flavour. This is best enjoyed with a cafe latte. 

 

Hoshino Resorts KAI Nagato is packed with the cultural wonders and flavours of the region. Take a moment to relax in the Yumoto Hot Spring and explore the culture of Japan.

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  • Indulge in the Best of Japan’s Nature this Autumn at Hoshino Resorts

    03.October.2019 | SPOT

    KAI is a hot spring ryokan brand of Hoshino Resorts which provides the perfect Japanese accommodation experience to enhance your stay. This autumn, KAI is providing guests with an enhanced seasonal experience to fully embrace the beautiful golden and amber autumn atmosphere. Spend some time soaking in the hot springs, taste the finest ingredients of the autumn season and even explore the unique features of the area through art. Hoshino Resorts is offering you a completely unique trip this autumn.

     

    KAI Autumn Plans are being implemented at the following resorts: KAI Hakone, KAI Sengokuhara, KAI Aso, Kai Alps, KAI Kinugawa River, KAI Tsugaru and KAI Kawaji.

     

    Hoshino KAI Japanese Autumn Onsen Ryokan Plans 2019

    Hoshino Resorts released a video to show how their different accommodation features allow for guests to maximise their Japanese autumn experience. Today, we will be introducing just one autumn activity that you can experience at each of the resorts.

     

    Autumn Leaf Illumination at KAI Hakone Miyanoshita, Kanagawa

    Estimated best time to visit: Late November to early December

     

    From September 6 to December 7, 2019, there will be a beautiful autumn leaf illumination display taking place around the open air baths, which is the perfect opportunity to relax under the auburn atmosphere of autumn. The autumn leaves fall at different times all over the Hakone region due to the mountainous and hilly terrain. This prolonged autumn season provides plenty of opportunities to watch the beautiful illumination display as you enjoy a moment of serenity, soaking in the soothing springs surrounded by the stunning scenery. 

     

    Illumination Times: 16:00 – 01:00

     

    Paint the Picturesque Autumntime at KAI Sengokuhara, Kanagawa

    Estimated best time to visit: Mid November- End November

     

    Enjoying a relaxing soak at KAI Sengokuhara Hot Springs is the perfect way to appreciate the picturesque view of any season. On September 1, 2019, they introduced the perfect accommodation plan to fully relax their guests. 

    The guest rooms are equipped with traveller’s art supplies. From the gorgeous terrace view to the outdoor hot spring view, guests are provided with the opportunity to capture the beauty of the surrounding nature in their own way wherever they feel like it. The autumn view outside every single guest room is breathtaking ― the perfect opportunity for the guests to refresh and relax their minds with a beautiful painting. 

     

    Autumn Leaf Artwork

    Available to customers who check in between September 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 

    Price: From ¥43,400 

    *Price based on the price per guest per night for a two-person room. Tax and service charge not included. 

    Includes: Room fee, dinner, breakfast, rental art set and art museum tickets

    Reservations: https://kai-ryokan.jp/sengokuhara/

     

    Your Own Private Outdoor Natural View at Okomori Koyo Onsen KAI Aso (Senomoto Hot Springs, Oita Prefecture)

    Estimated best time to visit: Mid October – early November 

     

    KAI Aso is located in Kuju National Park. Each guest room is surrounded by a lush forest, creating the perfect opportunity to soak in the hot springs and take in the beautiful view of the autumn leaves with lots of privacy. 

     

    In the outdoor hot spring, guests can enjoy the beautiful faint yellow Mongolian oak and the natural red leaves. Guests can also get a Japanese citrus bathing set which is scented using a range of Japanese citrus fruits to further enhance your natural autumn colour experience. The guest rooms are equipped with coffee sets which you can enjoy whilst bathing. 

    Available to customers who check in between October 1 and 31.

     

    Price: From ¥46,480

    *Based on the price per person per night in a 2-person room. Tax and service charge not included. 

    Includes: Room fee, dinner, breakfast, bathing set (1 set per room), coffee beans, Aso spring water pet bottle and a range of hot spring rental items: (Pillow for hot spring use, waterproof book cover, coffee mill and coffee dripper)

    KAI Reservations Telephone Number: 0570-073-011

     

     

    Please check KAI’s official website to find out more about the wide range of autumn plans on offer.

  • Stroll the Edo Streets as an Elegant Samurai and Make Tea in the Feudal Lord’s Residence

    04.October.2019 | SPOT

    Sakura, Chiba is home to important cultural heritage and even what is also known as the “Samurai Town”. Now you can stroll around the beautiful old streets of Sakura dressed as a Samurai, attend a relaxing zen session and even take part in a tea ceremony as part of a limited period tourist plan. The Samurai tour is mainly aimed at foreigners, however Japanese people who are curious about samurai culture are also more than welcome to join. 

     

    Sakura Castle Samurai Stroll

    In 2016, Sakura became one of the four cities of the Hokuso region to be designated as a Heritage site under the title “An Edo Travelogue through Four Hokuso Cities” for its preservation of the old Edo culture. Old buildings full of secrets can be spotted all over the town, creating the old atmosphere of the Edo period. Embrace the elegant remnants of the Edo period with a relaxing stroll in Samurai clothing. Who knows what you might discover.

    Your relaxing stroll will be led by a tour guide who knows a lot about the history of Sakura. This is a wonderful opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the historical Samurai house (Bukeyashiki). Your tour guide will also show you Hiyodorizaka, which is a natural path lined with a dense forest of tall bamboo trees where Samurai are said to have often pass by. Every year, the bamboo and wooden sword martial arts sessions in the program are also very popular. 

     

    ◇ Running:

    October 26

     November 9, 23

     December 14, 21

    January 11, 25

    February 8, 22

    March 12, 28

    April 9, 25

    May 9, 16

     

    ◇ Times: 9:30 ー 12:30

     *The program will still run in bad weather excluding stormy or severe weather.

    ◇ Prices:

    ¥6,500 per person (Includes lunch voucher and entry to the samurai house)

    * ¥6,000 per person when you purchase tickets as a group of 3 or more.

    ◇ Tickets

    Reservation Website: https://www.govoyagin.com/ja

    Apply Directly to Sakura City Tourism Association

    TEL: 043-486-6000

    Email: sakurashi-kankou@catv296.ne.jp

    * Phone calls will be answered in Japanese only.

     

    Zen Meditation and Tea Ceremony in the House of a Feudal Lord

    There are also guided zen meditation and tea ceremony sessions which are available for a limited period only. These guided zen meditation and tea ceremonies will take place in the Kyuhottatei ー one of Japan’s most preserved traditional-style feudal lord residences. This luxurious Edo-style mansion was built 130 years ago and is classified as an Important Cultural Property.  

     

    ◇ Running:

    October 16,

    November 7, 19

    December 6, 18

     

    ◇ Times: 9:00 ー 12:30

     *The program will still run in bad weather excluding stormy or severe weather.

     

    ◇ Prices:

    ¥10,000 per person (Includes lunch voucher, entry to the Kyuhottatei and tea ceremony participation fee.)

     

    ◇ Tickets

    Please enquire directly to the Sakura City Tourism Association

    TEL:  043-486-6000

    Email Address: sakurashi-kankou@catv296.ne.jp

    * Phone calls will be answered in Japanese only.

     

    If you are curious about Edo Samurai culture, you won’t be disappointed by this program.

  • Roof Star Gardens Illumination Event to Take Place On GINZA SIX’s Rooftop Garden

    02.October.2019 | SPOT

    Ginza’s biggest shopping centre GINZA SIX has announced that it’s set to light up its rooftop garden with an enchanting illumination event titled Rooftop Star Garden which will begin on November 26 and run until February 24 next year.

     

    Standing at 56 meters high, the rooftop garden is the “closest place to the stars” in Ginza. This will be GINZA SIX’s first ever illumination event and it will shine a bright spotlight against the nightscape of Ginza’s streets.

     

    Rooftop Star Garden will take place in two areas in the garden: the Water Fountain Area and the Forest Area, both of which will welcome star-themed light shows.

    The theme of the Water Fountain Area is “Shooting Star,” whose LED lights will elicit a sense of profoundness in its observers. 147 LED lights will form the main monument of this area, with bright, sparkling illuminations that will remind one of shooting and twinkling stars.

    The Forest Area is made up of two separate areas between the Water Fountain Area. Lasers will shoot through crystals, creating an ocean of countless specks of light that look like little stars that make it feel like you’re in space.

     

    This limited-time event is the perfect way to spend this year’s Christmas, so don’t miss out.

     

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

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  • Indulge in a Strawberry Heaven at Hoshino Resorts KAI in Tochigi Prefecture

    15.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    A new hotel plan has arrived at three branches of Hoshino Resort’s hot spring hotel brand KAI in Tochigi Prefecture where guests can enjoy the luxury of strawberries together with their stay. Tochigi is famous for growing strawberries, and so all three hotels will serve up their own unique succulent strawberry experiences. The branches in question are KAI Kawaji, KAI Kinugawa, and KAI Nikko.

    For roughly the past 50 years, Tochigi has enjoyed the largest cultivation of strawberries in the whole of Japan. Hoshino Resorts KAI is taking advantage of this milestone by presenting guests with a strawberry experience they won’t forget, with the delicious fruit comprising the whole of their stay from checking in to checking out. Each hotel branch will have different varieties of strawberries in stock, and guests will discover new ways to enjoy them. They will also be presented a map highlighting different locations to indulge in strawberry desserts, so they can carry on their fruitful after checking out on the road home too.

    KAI Kawaji: Strawberry Picking at a Japanese-Style Hot Spring Inn

    KAI Kawaji’s “Satoyama Ichigo Taizai” (Satoyama Strawberry Stay) plan offers a one-night stay with a strawberry picking session by the watermill in the hotel grounds. The strawberries there are juicy and sweet and ripen on the stalks. During your stay, you can go and pick them at your leisure. The strawberries grown there are a variety called tochiotome which have a full-bodied aroma are sweet with the perfect amount of sourness. In the evenings, a sunken hearth will be lit at the watermill so you can stay warm in the fresh winter outdoors while you pick your strawberries. Guests can also enjoy a strawberry sweet red-bean soup made with rare white strawberries which came out as a new variety of Tochigi Prefecture strawberry in 2018. They have less sourness and are super sweet with a smooth texture.

     

    Running: January 15, 2019 – February 29, 2019 (Check In)

    Price: From ¥25,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)

    Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/kawaji/

    KAI Kinugawa: Taste and compare seasonal strawberries

    KAI Kinugawa’s “Mingei Ichigo Taizai” (Folk Craft Strawberry Stay) plan will see the appearance of the tochihime strawberry which has been dubbed the “phantom strawberry.” This sweet variety is large and has a soft flesh and is exclusive to Tochigi. Guests will be able to taste and compare this and a handful of other types, as well as tuck into various strawberry confections. They will pick from 300 cute different bowls from the bowl gallery and pile inside them strawberries and assorted confections. In the evenings, strawberries will also be served boiled in white wine. A two-day and one-night experience you’d expect from the place that boasts the biggest strawberry haul in Japan.

     

    Running: December 10, 2019 – February 29, 2019 (Check In)

    Price: From ¥29,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)

    Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/kinugawa/

    Note: Limited to 5 separate bookings per day

    KAI Nikko: Revel in wintertime Okunikko

    KAI Nikko is located beside the grand Lake Chūzenji. Their “Zekkei Ichigo Taizai” (Spectacular View Strawberry Stay) plan will see their lobby, which offers a panoramic view of Mount Nantai, turn into a tearoom inspired by the rest stops of Nikkomou, an event that took place during the Edo Period when the Tokugawa Shogunate made their pilgrimage to Nikko. Guests can enjoy the contrast between the setting sun and the snow, as well as the pink-coloured sky when morning breaks. Taking place between sunset and sunrise, guests can tuck into rare white strawberries and warm confections made with yōkan―a Japanese jellied dessert made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar―which is a local specialty of Nikko.

     

    Running: December 1, 2019 – February 29, 2019 (Check In)

    Price: From ¥28,000 (1 room for up to 2 people / Service charge included / Tax not included)

    Reservations/Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/nikko/

    Note: Limited to 2 separate bookings per day

     

     

    Enjoy you’re a seasonal strawberry fill like never before at Hoshino Resorts KAI.

  • Gaze Over a Sea of Clouds at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu’s New Cloud Bar in Hokkaido

    10.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    This year’s winter season program at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu―Hokkaido’s leading snow resort hotel―is set to begin on December 1. As part of the program, the Muhyou Terrace will open on the same day and run until April 5, 2020. The terrace offers a snow-covered picturesque view from atop the mountain where you can see a sea of clouds and the snow-tipped trees at the bottom.
    Muhyou Terrace sits on Mount Tomamu up 1,088 meters high. When you picture snowy mountains, especially those in Hokkaido, you imagine people skiing and snowboarding. But for Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, this is only part of their goal. They also want guests to enjoy the beauty of the mountain’s natural landscape including the breathtaking view of the scenery below. That’s why they decided to open Muhyou Terrace. As well as the daytime scenery, the terrace has also been turning on illuminations every winter night since 2017, offering a new perspective on the surrounding splendour.
    The Cloud Bar which opened just up the slope of the Muhyou Terrace this summer features a 13 meter-long counter with chairs from which customers can soak up an incredible view. The bar has options of one or two-seat areas and can seat up to 7 people at once. There is a ladder attached to the chairs. Once you’ve climbed up and plopped yourself down you get a front row seat to the sights below. And since the bar is attached to the slope of the mountain and there’s nothing to obstruct your view, it will feel like you’re floating on the clouds as your feet kick the emptiness below.
    Snow Cocktail – ¥1,200
    Muhyou Terrace will offer its own original cocktail called the Snow Cocktail which is inspired by the snowy landscapes at Tomamu. This drink is a margarita made with lime juice and cointreau. Inside is a sprig of rosemary made to look like the Ezo spruce trees at the site. The snowman is in fact made of chocolate. Enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to flavour and finesse!
    Frosted Coffee – ¥500 / Frosted Fondant Chocolate – ¥600
    They also have specially-made chocolate fondant and coffee to warm you up. The chocolate fondant is a warm cake topped with a white chocolate snowflake and is coupled with snow-frosted chocolate branches. The coffee is covered with pure white frosty amezaiku candy. The coffee sweetens as the candy melts into your cup.
    The terrace’s observation points, including the Cloud Walk and Cloud Bar, will be lit up with sparkling illuminations in the cool evenings.
    Illumination Dates: December 15, 2019 – December 25, 2019
    Times: Please check the official website
  • Japan’s Biggest Cycling Resort Hotel Hoshino Resort BEB5 Tsuchiura to Open in Ibaraki

    03.October.2019 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts is set to open Japan’s biggest cycling resort, named Hoshino Resort BEB5 Tsuchiura, at PLAY atré TSUCHIURA on March 19, 2020. The establishment will open right when PLAY atré TSUCHIURA celebrates its 2nd anniversary―after having opened back in 2018―and will be the fourth cycling hotel by Hoshino Resorts to open. It will act as a “base camp” to enjoy cycling, and the start point to the 180km Tsukuba Lake Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road cycling course.

     

    PLAY atré TSUCHIURA is a 49-minute train ride from Tokyo and is directly connected to the station, making access very easy. It is home to Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road, one of Japan’s prominent cycling courses that runs past many gorgeous natural landscapes, including Lake Kasumigaura and Mount Tsukuba. It is becoming one of Japan’s foremost cycling facilities, catering to the needs of all cyclists.

    1F BIKE BASE / Ring Ring Square Tsuchiura

    2F & 3F

    This cosy and casual hotel is the perfect choice for travellers looking to cycle and go sightseeing in Japan.

  • Indulge in the Best of Japan’s Nature this Autumn at Hoshino Resorts

    03.October.2019 | SPOT

    KAI is a hot spring ryokan brand of Hoshino Resorts which provides the perfect Japanese accommodation experience to enhance your stay. This autumn, KAI is providing guests with an enhanced seasonal experience to fully embrace the beautiful golden and amber autumn atmosphere. Spend some time soaking in the hot springs, taste the finest ingredients of the autumn season and even explore the unique features of the area through art. Hoshino Resorts is offering you a completely unique trip this autumn.

     

    KAI Autumn Plans are being implemented at the following resorts: KAI Hakone, KAI Sengokuhara, KAI Aso, Kai Alps, KAI Kinugawa River, KAI Tsugaru and KAI Kawaji.

     

    Hoshino KAI Japanese Autumn Onsen Ryokan Plans 2019

    Hoshino Resorts released a video to show how their different accommodation features allow for guests to maximise their Japanese autumn experience. Today, we will be introducing just one autumn activity that you can experience at each of the resorts.

     

    Autumn Leaf Illumination at KAI Hakone Miyanoshita, Kanagawa

    Estimated best time to visit: Late November to early December

     

    From September 6 to December 7, 2019, there will be a beautiful autumn leaf illumination display taking place around the open air baths, which is the perfect opportunity to relax under the auburn atmosphere of autumn. The autumn leaves fall at different times all over the Hakone region due to the mountainous and hilly terrain. This prolonged autumn season provides plenty of opportunities to watch the beautiful illumination display as you enjoy a moment of serenity, soaking in the soothing springs surrounded by the stunning scenery. 

     

    Illumination Times: 16:00 – 01:00

     

    Paint the Picturesque Autumntime at KAI Sengokuhara, Kanagawa

    Estimated best time to visit: Mid November- End November

     

    Enjoying a relaxing soak at KAI Sengokuhara Hot Springs is the perfect way to appreciate the picturesque view of any season. On September 1, 2019, they introduced the perfect accommodation plan to fully relax their guests. 

    The guest rooms are equipped with traveller’s art supplies. From the gorgeous terrace view to the outdoor hot spring view, guests are provided with the opportunity to capture the beauty of the surrounding nature in their own way wherever they feel like it. The autumn view outside every single guest room is breathtaking ― the perfect opportunity for the guests to refresh and relax their minds with a beautiful painting. 

     

    Autumn Leaf Artwork

    Available to customers who check in between September 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 

    Price: From ¥43,400 

    *Price based on the price per guest per night for a two-person room. Tax and service charge not included. 

    Includes: Room fee, dinner, breakfast, rental art set and art museum tickets

    Reservations: https://kai-ryokan.jp/sengokuhara/

     

    Your Own Private Outdoor Natural View at Okomori Koyo Onsen KAI Aso (Senomoto Hot Springs, Oita Prefecture)

    Estimated best time to visit: Mid October – early November 

     

    KAI Aso is located in Kuju National Park. Each guest room is surrounded by a lush forest, creating the perfect opportunity to soak in the hot springs and take in the beautiful view of the autumn leaves with lots of privacy. 

     

    In the outdoor hot spring, guests can enjoy the beautiful faint yellow Mongolian oak and the natural red leaves. Guests can also get a Japanese citrus bathing set which is scented using a range of Japanese citrus fruits to further enhance your natural autumn colour experience. The guest rooms are equipped with coffee sets which you can enjoy whilst bathing. 

    Available to customers who check in between October 1 and 31.

     

    Price: From ¥46,480

    *Based on the price per person per night in a 2-person room. Tax and service charge not included. 

    Includes: Room fee, dinner, breakfast, bathing set (1 set per room), coffee beans, Aso spring water pet bottle and a range of hot spring rental items: (Pillow for hot spring use, waterproof book cover, coffee mill and coffee dripper)

    KAI Reservations Telephone Number: 0570-073-011

     

     

    Please check KAI’s official website to find out more about the wide range of autumn plans on offer.

  • A Magical Ice Village is Forming This Winter at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Hokkaido

    01.September.2019 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts Tomamu―one of Hokkaido’s leading snow resorts―is set to open a new area called the Ice Village this winter. It will run for a limited time from December 10 to March 14.

    The Ice Village spans coolly across 3.2 hectares of land and is home to 11 domes made entirely of ice. This winter-only experience has been running every year since 1998. Made to look like a real village, some of its iconic sights include the Ice Church and Ice Hotel which can be found at the very back. Everything from the towering ceilings to the walls are formed solely of ice.

     

    The main street, named fittingly the “Ice Street,” includes a cafe, gallery, shops and more, all enveloped in a chilly white world.

     

    Ice Crystal Park: A New Addition to the Ice Village to Gaze at the Sights and Scenery

    The Ice Crystal Park is frozen over with tables and chairs made of ice and has snowflakes dotted here and there, creating a true winter wonderland. Order a hot drink from the Ice Bakery & Cafe or munch on a tasty treat from the Ice Sweets Shop as you sit and gaze at the snow-covered landscape of the Ice Village while surrounded by towering white birch trees. And everyday at 19:30, a 5-minute firework show will warm up the winter sky which is best enjoyed while sitting in the park.

     

    Time: 17:00-22:00

    Price: Free

     

    Bite Down Frosty Treats at the Ice Sweets Shop

     

    It wouldn’t be a complete Ice Village without its own glacial cuisine. At the Ice Sweets Shop you can order ice cream which is made from liquid milk on an ice block. The temperature of the air coupled with the frozen coolness of the ice block causes the milk to freeze into a yummy dessert. There’s also chocolate ice bars made from hot chocolate, colourful macarons, toasted marshmallows, and more.

     

    Time: 17:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)

    Price: Milk Gelato – from ¥1,100 / Macarons ¥550 / Ice Bar ¥550 / Marshmallows ¥550 (*All prices include tax)

     

    Grab a Drink From the Ice Bar

    The village even has its own Ice Bar, complete with an ice counter and ice cellar for serving sake. This year, the bar will serve an all-new original gin drink made using snowmelt from Tomamu. There are over 50 drinks to pick from, including original cocktails, whisky, and more.

     

    Time: 17:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:45)

    Price: Original Gin – ¥1,650 / Drinks With Ice Glass – from ¥1,100 (*All prices include tax)

     

    There are many other exciting things to find at the ice village, including the Ice Hotel which you can sleep in, the Ice Atelier, and more. Have a reason to go out this winter by visiting the Ice Village in Hokkaido.

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

    31.July.2019 | SPOT

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

     

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

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


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

     

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

  • Taste Local Shaved Ice Around Japan at Hoshino Resorts KAI

    15.May.2019 | FOOD

    Hoshino Resorts KAI is set to hold a shaved ice event titled KAI no Gotochi Kakigori 2019 at several branches of KAI from July 13 to August 31. The event will allow people to enjoy tasting the different syrups and toppings served with shaved ice in each local area.

     

    Shaved ice is a staple of Japanese summertime. People in Japan have enjoyed the ice-based dessert for many years. It is even mentioned in The Pillow Book, a famous collection of poems, essays and observations by the court lady Sei Shōnagon.

     

    KAI’s line-up of original shaved ice both ensures you will pull through the hot weather as the dessert was designed for while enjoying a fun time. Each option incorporates local flavours. Let’s take a look at some of them.

     

    Wine Shaved Ice – KAI Matsumoto (Asama Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)

    Kikyogahara located in Nagano Prefecture’s city of Matsumoto is known as the birthplace of Nagano wine. At Hoshino KAI Matsumoto they serve around 50 types of wine from Kikyogahara. The shaved ice you can get at KAI Matsumoto is lathered in a syrup made from just one of those wines: the fruity Concorde. The shaved ice is served in handmade ceramic grape bowls. The alcohol has been removed from the syrup so that the shaved ice can be enjoyed by everyone.

     

    Serving: 16:00-17:00

    Location: Lobby (*Can be ordered by children)

     

    NEW Hydrangea Shaved Ice – KAI Hakone (Miyanoshita Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)

    Because the Hakone area is elevated hydrangea bloom for a longer period of time than other places. Trains along the Hakone Tozan Line are dubbed “Hydrangea Trains” when the flowers are blossomed as passengers can enjoy gazing at the flowers from their window seats. This shaved ice is made with blue hydrangea flavoured jelly and syrup to recreate the hydrangeas of Hakone.

     

    Serving: 15:00-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Location: Restaurant

     

    NEW Hanairo Shaved Ice: KAI Ito (Ito Onsen, Shizuoka Prefecture)

    The city of Ito has a warm climate and so locals and tourists can expect to enjoy seeing many different flowers sprout through all four seasons. The Hanairo (“flower colour”) Shaved Ice captures the flowers that bloom around Ito from early to late summertime. The yellow represents the hypericum patulum, the pink the Abelia linnaea, and the blue the hydrangea that bloom in profusion by Matsukawa Lake.

     

    Serving: 15:30-17:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Location: Yuagari (the spot where you get out of the bath)

     

    NEW Apple Shaved Ice – KAI Alps (Omachi Onsen, Nagano Prefecture)

    Nagano is famous for its apple production. This shaved ice is made with three types of apple. Two types of syrup are concealed by ice: one that has an apple flesh-like texture and another made with fruity Bramley apples. Enjoy tasting the different flavours of each individual apple.

     

    Serving: 15:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Location: Irori (the sunken fireplace)

     

    NEW Art Shaved Ice – KAI Sengokuhara (Sengokuhara Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture)

    Lots of art museums surround KAI Sengokuhara, and so to stick with the theme, this DIY shaved ice is served blank like a canvas and you get to decorate it yourself with different coloured syrups. Use spoons that look like brushes to paint on strawberry and orange coloured syrups to mix and match various flavours. The tools were handmade by glass artist Hiroshi Hamadate of ipada.

     

    Serving: 15:00-17:00

    Location: Restaurant and lobby

     

    Kaga Bocha Tea Shaved Ice – KAI Kaga (Yamashiro Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture)

    Kaga Boach is a type of tea that has been adored since the Edo period for its aromatic smell and refreshing taste. This shaved ice is topped with Kaga Bocha syrup and gold leaf and is eaten from kutani-ware to give it a traditional feeling.

     

    Serving: 18:00-20:30

    Location: Travel Library

     

    Blueberry Shaved Ice – KAI Kinugawa (Kinugawa Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture)

    Tochigi is famous for its Ai Ichigo blueberries, and now you can enjoy them topped on shaved ice together with blueberry syrup. The prefecture is visited by many tourists and sightseers to go to pick blueberries in the summer. The syrup has pieces of fresh blueberry in it to retain the original sweet and sour flavour.

     

    Serving: 15:00-16:30

    Location: Restaurant

     

    Cool yourself down this summer in Japan with one of these many tasty local shaved ices.

  • Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara one of the few luxury hotels worldwide to be hand-picked by American travel magazine AFAR.

    14.May.2019 | BUSINESS / SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara was one of the 27 hotels worldwide to be specially selected for “The Stay List” in the April 10th 2019 edition of American travel magazine AFAR.

    AFAR is targeted at upper-class North American travellers. “The Stay List” is the name of the magazine’s list of hotels that are recommended by the magazine’s writers and editors. The April 10th edition of the magazine’s Stay List consists of just 27 hand-picked hotels from countries worldwide and Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara was one of them. KAI Sengokuhara was praised for its location amidst abundant nature whilst being close to the city. The magazine also admires its inspiration to the guests.

    In July 2018, KAI Sengokuhara became the 15th hotel set up by Hoshino Resorts. With the concept of a “studio room-style hot spring” in mind, the hotel was built in the midst of the vast and magnificent nature. Each guest room was designed with an open-air bath with a large window through which the guests can enjoy the beauty of each season. The room design fuses western and Japanese-style designs with the tatami flooring and sofa combination. In addition, each room has pieces of art on display, each inspired by the surrounding nature. Guests can thoroughly enjoy food sourced from the mountains and the sea such as beef and abalone shellfish. Every night, there is a special event that the guests can get involved in called Go touchi gaku which involves decorating and colouring hand towels.

     

    This hotel is highly rated by both the Japanese and foreigners. So, how about treating yourself?

  • Hoshinoya Fuji to run luxurious Mount Fuji climbing program this year too!

    10.May.2019 | SPOT

    Japan’s first-ever “Glamping” (Glamorous camping) resort Hoshinoya Fuji is hosting its Glamourous Fuji Tozan mountain climbing program again this year. The program was first launched in 2017. This year, it will run from 1st to 9th September starting on four days only (see information below). The program has significantly upgraded its contents over the years. Just one of the many new features is a special dinner which will be offered to Hoshinoya Fuji guests before and after the Mountain Climb to show their gratitude and support.

     

    There are many people who aspire to climb Mount Fuji during their lives. However, they don’t have the equipment and getting back home before dark leaves them with a tight schedule. As a result, many get ill or injured, or abandon their journey part way through. There are even people who cannot make the challenge because they have little experience with mountain climbing, are not fit enough or lack the appropriate gear. This is where Hoshinoya Fuji steps in. They will take guests to the 5th station of the mountain by car, which takes approximately one hour. Here, you can enjoy the breath-taking landscape and rest assured that you will be able to climb Mount Fuji safely and have a very pleasant trip.

    In 2013, Mount Fuji was acknowledged as a sacred religious and artistic location. It was recorded as a world heritage site. The sacred Asama shrines and shrine gates dotted around the mountain trails have profound meaning that mountain climbers can visit to learn and deepen their cultural understanding. Not only is this physically challenging, but the discovery of culture makes it also spiritually and mentally challenging. Hoshinoya Fuji’s program ensures that all participants receive physical as well as mental support during their climb.

    Fuji Tozan Gakko GORIKI will support the mountain climbers. The company started up in 2002, creating special tours to guide small groups of people safely up and down the mountain. Since starting, they even offer counselling to the mountain climbers before the trip. They also lead their climbers during the daytime and ensure that everyone is absolutely safe from start to finish.  

     

    As a general rule, mountain climbers are only able to climb during the daytime, On the first day, climbers leave the 5th station around noon and are lead to the mountain hut to which they will arrive in the evening. Here, everyone will enjoy a long, deep rest until the next morning. Not only is this a chance to catch up on sleep, but also provides time for the body to recover. The next day, the climbers will leave the mountain hut at the break of dawn and will be lead to the summit of the mountain. The schedule plans for everyone to arrive before noon.

    The mountain hut Kaibatsu Ichiman-jaku Toyokan is 3,000m above sea level. One room is booked for up to five people. Usually, mountain huts are large rooms where climbers sleep in sleeping bags or on bunk beds. However, this mountain hut has private rooms. Sharing the same concept of hospitality as Hoshinoya, they also provide mattresses made like beds. In addition, all climbers can enjoy Hoshinoya Fuji’s beef stew, wine and much more. It might be a shock to some that you can get hotel-level service at this mountain hut! You can even enjoy a footbath, a guided tour of the starry night sky, and much more! This is an opportunity to enjoy a pleasant and luxurious environment whilst climbing the mountain!

     

    With Hoshinoya Fuji, not only can you break the achievement of climbing to the summit of Mount Fuji, but curious climbers can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and learn about the history of the mountain and the impact it has had on Japanese people. This mountain-load of benefits is what it makes this program so “glamorous”. Compared to a normal schedule, Hoshinoya Fuji’s schedule is very well thought out and has been planned to include stops at the shrines along the mountain’s path so that visitors can trace back to learn how the sacred mountain was used in religion.

    Hoshinoya Fuji’s specially made evening meal “Hoshinoya Fuji Ryu Onshi Ryori” consists of local specialties such as Hoto and Seidanotamaji. Hoto is a noodle soup made by stewing thick and flat noodles with vegetables. Seidanotamaji is made by boiling potatoes with sugar and miso. The meal is said to represent what the Shinto priests would have eaten.

    The previous night, the climbers are also given the opportunity to make their own energy snacks so they are fully prepared to face the next day. With the assistance of a glamping lecture, the climbers can choose their own ingredients such as dried fruits or nuts. After choosing their ingredients, they can have them coated in chocolate or preserved in sugar. Now the climbers are ready to challenge the rest of the mountain!

    After descending the mountain, there is the opportunity to have a foot treatment or a herb bath. Many people say that descending the mountain is actually more tiring than climbing it. The uneven descent of the mountain can put more strain on your feet than you think, and so after checking in at Hoshinoya Fuji, make sure to check in for your foot treatment and treat yourself to a relaxing herb bath while you’re at it! Bathe away the tiredness of your body and soften your skin!

     

    There’s never been a more luxurious experience of climbing Mount Fuji than this one ー this is an impressive experience that you must try!

  • Sip champagne and cruise along the riverside with Hoshinoya Tokyo’s guest plan!

    12.March.2019 | SPOT

    Enjoy a refreshing morning overlooking a beautiful riverside scenery whilst sipping champagne and tucking into freshly baked goods when you stay at Hoshinoya Tokyo hotel. The hotel is running their Tokyo summer morning boat plan “Tokyo natsu no asa no fune asobi” again this year. The plan will run from 1st June to 10th September.

     

    The Tokyo summer boat departs from Kachidoki Bridge, Harumi (Chuo Ward). This is just a 10-minute drive from Tokyo. The boat travels from Sumida river to Kameji river, stopping by “Cawaii Bread and Coffee”, which is located along the riverside. A wooden box containing the morning breakfast sets are carried off the boat and into the shop. After customers enjoy the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens​, they can sip champagne and enjoy their freshly baked bread alongside salad, cheese and other ingredients that are fresh off the farm.

     

    Edo no Machi (Edo Town) was born as the “town of water” because it specialised in high-quality boats that carried people and goods. The rivers became the heart of Edo no Machi as markets and shops started building around them. The area started to overflow with prosperity and many people visited to enjoy themselves. You can enjoy the wealth of Edo no Machi throughout the seasons from this boat!

    Enjoy freshly chilled champagne

    The breakfast includes freshly baked crispy croissants and danish pastries from “Cawaii Bread and Coffee”, which is located along Hatchobori Kamejima river. The breakfast also comes with cheese and yoghurt sourced from Kibichuo, Okayama, jams made in Japan, and much more!

     

    You can still see many features along the canal that remain from the old days of the Edo period. You will be accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide on the boat, who will explain the unseen to you as you travel, giving you the chance to uncover a whole new side to Tokyo.

    Hoshinoya Tokyo

     

    Gaze upon Toyosa market from the boat and learn about the history of Tsukuda market ー  there is just so much to tickle your curiosity!

     

    Treat yourself to an elegant boat ride and delicious breakfast!

  • Hoshino Resort TOMAMU Ski Area Introduces New ‘Auto Gate System’

    09.October.2018 | SPOT

    The Hoshino Resort TOMAMU Ski Area, where you can enjoy one of the best powder snow experiences in Hokkaido, is introducing a new ‘auto gate system’ for the 2018-2019 winter season.

    Japan’s ski population was a staggering 18 million in 1998, but today it’s less than half. But the fine quality of snow at Japan’s ski locations has garnered much attention abroad.

    The new system being introduced enables people from all around the world regardless of nationality to purchase a lift ticket in advance on the resort’s homepage by credit card payment. This will save on waiting times to purchase a ticket on the day as guests will have already bought their tickets meaning they can board the lift without visiting the counter. They need only scan the QR code at the Pickup Box before which will have been given to them upon buying a ticket. This will issue a lift ticket.

    All gondola lifts will be fitted with gates that read the IC chips on your issued ticket. Simply insert the ticket and head through the gate. This too allows for smoother and quicker access and guests will not have to show their ticket to staff every time.

     

    If you’re never tried winter sports in Japan then why not visit Hoshino Resort TOMAMU for a stress free experience?

  • Sit on Cloud Beds and Gaze Over the Sea of Clouds at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Hokkaido

    02.September.2018 | SPOT

    Hokkaido’s luxury hotel resort Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is home to the Unkai Terrace where guests can witness the gorgeous ‘sea of clouds.’ The establishment has just added a new observation spot to gaze over the white landscape – Cloud Beds.

     

    The resort has a project called Cloud9 which offers new and exciting ways to enjoy the Unkai Terrace by adding different observation spots. The Cloud Beds are the 5th instalment. 1,089 guests showed up to the Unkai Terrace during this new spot’s first introduction on August 28 where they viewed the clouds while sat on cushions designed to look like cloud seeds.

    As its name suggests, the Cloud9 project was set up to make guests really feel like they are on cloud nine – not just figuratively, but literally on top of a cloud. In front of the Cloud Beds are four further observation spots to enjoy such as the Cloud Walk which lets you feel like you’re actually walking across the clouds.

    The Cloud Bed observation area is 15 meters long, with each cloud seed cushion spanning 40-60cm. The cushions are coated in urethane foam developed by furniture brand sixinch and are also water resistant making them perfect for the outdoors. While you’re there, you’re free to walk and sit as you please as you soak up the panoramic sight before you.

    The next instalment to look forward to from Cloud9 is the Cloud Bar arriving in autumn 2018.

     

    Feel on top of the world atop the clouds for yourself at the Unkai Terrace.

     

    ■Information

    Cloud Bed

    Opened: August 28, 2018

    Price: Free to use. Free to observe. Fee charged for access to the Unkai Terrace.

     

    Unkai Terrace

    Open: May 12, 2018 – October 15, 2018 (Subject to closure weather permitting)

    Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm (Subject to change depending on the season)

    Price: Adults ¥1,900 / Children ¥1,200 / Pets ¥500 (All prices include tax and service charge)

    No Reservations Needed.

    Guests only. Can be used on final day of stay.

     

    Hoshino Resorts Tomamu The Tower / Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu

    Address: Nakatomamu, Shimukappu, Yufutsu District, Hokkaido

    TEL: 0167-58-1111

    Website: https://www.snowtomamu.jp

     

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