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, 2020 – February 29, 2020 (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, 2020 (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, 2020 (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.

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  • 10 Things You Can Do at the MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS Hotel in Harajuku | Girls’ Night In Edition

    11.October.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is a hotel accommodation service run by MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON located in Harajuku and bookable via Airbnb. Our hotel isn’t just popular for sleep, however: it has become a hot spot with stylish girls who get together and use it as a party space.

     

    This is our Top 10 list of things you can do in SAKURAーone of the hotel roomsーso you can discover the best way to enjoy your stay in Harajuku.

     

    ①Take advantage of the room decor and decorations to snap all the photos you can!

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS opened its first room SAKURA in December last year, and more recently ORIGAMI in August. From the walls to the furnishing, SAKURA is cherry blossom pink throughout, decked out with countless gorgeous Instagram-worthy spots popular with our female guests.

     

    You can always get a beautiful photo together with the cherry blossom flower monument in the background, located behind the bed and bloomed right up to the ceiling.

    The enormous and comfy pink bed is piled full of lots of fluffy cushions. You can take some pretty romantic pictures too when snuggled on top or in the bed.

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Don’t forget about the neon sign either, a symbol of the room and the Japanese kanji character for cherry blossom (桜 sakura). Sit on the sofa in front of it and make use of the sign’s lighting to get a more dreamy and fantastical shot.

     

    ②Popular Harajuku takeout food perfect for a night at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS SAKURA

     

    MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS is located in Tokyo’s fashion and culture hub of Harajuku, and that means it’s within walking distance of some quintessential kawaii and Instagrammable food shops. We’ve picked out three we think are perfect for ordering takeout to enjoy back in your room at SAKURA.

     

    GOOD TOWN DOUGHNUTS

    Smile Mango ¥420 / Raspberry Pistachio ¥400 / Sea Salt Caramel ¥390 (All Tax Inclusive)

    GOOD TOWN DOUGHNUTS is a really popular doughnut shop in Harajuku. Their big size doughnuts not only look cute, they’re the real deal taste-wise, and are also made with natural yeast, wheat flour from Hokkaido, sea salt sourced in Okinawa, sugar from Tanegashima, and organic oils. They are high-quality doughnuts full of flavour and plenty filling.

     

    GOOD TOWN DOUGHNUTS

    Address: J-cube B1F, 6-12-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    TEL: 03-5485-8827

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: http://good-town.com/

     

     

    AND THE FRIET

    Box (2 Friet Types) w/ Dip – From ¥800 (Before Tax)

    This French fry shop makes their fries from a variety of carefully selected in-season potatoes, including potatoes from Belgium. They are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the centre. They’re also delicious even when eaten cold, making them a great takeout option. You can pick two types from six varieties for one box, plus a dip of your choice. A perfect party accompaniment.

     

    AND THE FRIET Laforet Harajuku

    Address: Laforet Harajuku 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
    TEL: 03-6434-7568

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

    No Fixed Holidays (Except when Laforet Harajuku is closed)

    Official Website: http://andthefriet.com/

     

     

    TOAST LUCK

    <Macarons> From Left: Soybean Flour / Crunky / Cheese – ¥371 Each (Before Tax)

    At TOAST LUCK, you can enjoy a whole range of different South Korean foods, including toast which is their main menu item. They also sell these marble-coloured macarons which are a little bigger than Japanese macarons. There’s lots of flavours to choose from, all of which give you a different take on your regular macaron!

     

    TOAST LUCK

    Address: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6812-9499

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://www.toast-luck.com/

     

     

    ③Line up all your food in your hotel room for a girls’ night in

    Gather all of your takeout goodies from around Harajuku for a girls’ night in at MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS SAKURA! The room has its own kitchen equipped with utensils, a microwave and refrigerator, so you can even prep your own food too.

    The living room is nice and spacious so you can really let your hair down and relax. There’s a limited number of beds but there’s no limit to the amount of people that can stay over, so invite all of your friends along!

     

     

    ④Watch movies on the projector

    The room is equipped with an Android TV mobile projector which has Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other services on it as well as games. There’s endless amounts of fun to be had, so grab your snacks and put on a movie or compete together in a game. The screen projects onto the white walls, so you can pick the best spot for viewing.

    Projecting it on the wall beside the bed means you can relax while watching films or music videos together.

     

    The cherry blossom pink MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS SAKURA offers a memorable accommodation experience like no other. We will continue the Top 10 list in the next article entitled Birthday Edition.

     

    Remember, if you’re looking to stay in Harajuku, be sure to book with MOSHI MOSHI ROOMS.

     

     

    Models: AikoRingo
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Writer: Sayoko Ishii

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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

    14.October.2019 | SPOT

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

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

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

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

     

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

  • 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

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  • Stay in a Penguin Themed Hotel Room at Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa

    15.April.2021 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa opened its Penguin Room on April 6, a single new guest room themed around penguins designed in collaboration with Asahikawa Zoo.

     

    Penguin Room Feature ①

    Guests are immediately greeted with penguins galore as the enter their room, with penguin plushies by the bedside, on the ceiling, and pretty much everywhere else. It will be like staying with a family of penguins for the duration of their stay.

     

    Penguin Room Feature ②

    After a visit to Asahikawa Zoo, guests can head back to their hotel room where a variety of fun penguin-related items are stocked including games, all of which will remind them of their time at the zoo.

    Penguin Room Feature ③

    The room is also decorated with boards featuring photos and information of animals at Asahikawa Zoo. The boards are handwritten by the zoo staff, something they do every spring season.

     

    Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa previously collaborated with Asahikawa Zoo when a polar bear themed room. Now, penguin lovers can have their dream come true as they spend their time surrounded by penguin decorations in their room. The hotel is just a 30-minute car ride from Asahikawa Zoo, so why not make a plan to experience both if you’re visiting Hokkaido this spring?

  • Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Releases Original Craft Beers

    12.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hokkaido-based luxury resort Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is set to sell a limited-time selection of original craft beers this summer from July 1 to August 31.

     

    Tomamu Pilsner

     

    Tomamu Amber Ale

     

    Tomamu Black Ale

    The Japanese word for corn is toumorokoshi, but in Hokkaido it’s called toukibi. This collection of corn beers is made with natural water drawn from Hokkaido along with other tasty ingredients. These beers are each made in collaboration with North Island Beer, The Heavy Snow Beer, and Onuma Beer, and come in response to the decrease in occasions to be able to enjoy chilled glass of beer as a result of COVID-19.

     

    The beers have sweet notes of corn and are each made in the style of the three respective beermakers who each have their own malt, hops, and flavours they pick.

  • Karuizawa’s New Apple Farm Opens in Collaboration With Hoshino Resorts and Local Farmers

    08.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Karuizawa-based hotel and hot spring complex Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-yu joined hands with local apple farmers last year to help support apple cultivation for their apple hot springs. This is now being taken to the next level with the opening of Ringo Tsuchi, an apple farm that Tombo-no-yu staff helped to build. The farm opened on March 19, and locals will be able to visit part of the farm for free starting on April 26.

    The project ties in with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative, specifically the 12th goal: “Responsible Consumption and Production,” which looks to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Karuizawa is located in Nagano Prefecture which is ranked as the 2nd biggest producer of apples in Japan. When growing apples, those fruits which incur any kind of damage or grazing isn’t shipped to the country’s supermarkets or stores. It’s these not-so-perfect apples that Tombo-no-yu uses for its apple hot spring experience. Though it may just be a small step towards that goes, it still goes a small incremental way towards achieving it.

     

    Free entry to Ringo Tsuchi

    The main raw materials at Ringo Tsuchi (“Apple Earth”) are the apples used in the apple hot springs and fallen leaves from around the Hoshino area. In addition to compost and water, the materials are fermented, which adds the necessary nutrients to growing apples and creates soft and breathable soil. And since compost is added, it creates an environment where gardening tools can be used in the earth without any prior preparation.

     

    The completion of Ringo Tsuchi

    In the mid-October last year, work was carried out at Nomoto Kajuen Orchards in Mimakigahara Okubo, Nagano, to carefully select picked apples and not-so-perfect apples. These apples were used for the apple hot springs at Tombo-no-yu over a three day period from October 23 to 25. The apples are placed in both the male and female hot springs to float on the water.

    After that three-day period, the apples were collected, washed, and cut to be used for compost. Since fermentation removes water content, the staff also had to add water twice a month to manage the compost.

     

    Working with the locals

    Katsuya Nomoto is a representative of Nomoto Kajuen Orchards, a farm that grows apples, prunes, and more. The farm takes advantage of the area’s high altitude and takes pride in its work to cultivate produce that is healthy to the body and environment using soil microbes as an organic fertiliser. It’s also officially recognised as a farm dedicated to supporting Nagano’s environment, and carries out school trips for children to visit, creating ties with the local community.

  • Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Announces Art Festival by the Beachside

    04.April.2021 | SPOT

    The incredible Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, a beachside cafe which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, has announced the upcoming Beachside Art Festival which will take place from April 10 to May 9. The festival will bring together artwork from a range of artists born and raised in Okinawa and leading the island’s youth culture. There will be a range of events from live painting to workshops, exhibits, and more.

     

    The participating artists have all taken part in personal art exhibits, art events, showcased their work at concerts, and more both inside and outside Japan, but due to COVID-19, many events have of course been cancelled. Beachside Art Festival will serve as a way to display their wonderful works while supporting them at the same time.

     

    The Artist Line-Up

    DENPA

    nami

    HAYATO MACHIDA

    Chibana Yukinaga

    MACHIDA visiting BANTA CAFE to check the feel of the ocean and their artwork

     

    Vibrant artwork with the ocean as the backdrop

    Visitors will be greeted by artwork dotted across various locations around BANTA CAFE. If they follow the top of the cliff down to the beach they will find sofas to sit on which have also been decorated with the artists’ artwork. Then there’s the Goro Goro Lounge with its enormous window that stretches an entire wall and offers a panoramic view of the sea. Here, visitors can look out at the artwork which will look like it’s floating above the horizon. All drinks ordered also come with a free sticker featuring artwork by the four participating artists.

     

    Experience art-in-the-making with live painting

    DENPA and MACHIDA will host their own live painting sessions where they will take inspiration from the surrounding environment.


    HAYATO MACHIDA @ April 10, 2021 / April 11, 2021

    DENPA @ April 18, 2021

    Times: 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:00

    Where: In front of BANTA CAFE on the beach

    Price: Free

     

    Have a go at traditional Okinawan bingata dyeing

    Visitors can have a go at making their very own coasters from nine different colours using a traditional Okinawan stencilled dyeing technique known as bingata.


    Running: April 24, 2021 / May 1, 2021 / May 2, 2021 / May 5, 2021

    Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00 (Each slot lasts approx. one hour)

    Capacity: 4

    Where: Iwaba Terrace

    Price: ¥2,000 (Tax Included)

    Note: Online booking required

     

     

    Take home a souvenir at the beachside museum shop

    A museum shop will be open for the event on weekends and holidays where you can pick up art prints, stickers, postcards, and other mementos.


    Opening Days: Weekends & Public Holidays

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Where: Beachside Terrace

  • Shinjuku’s Takano Fruit Parlour Serves Up Strawberry Desserts For the Spring Season

    02.April.2021 | FOOD

    This spring, Takano Fruits Parlour is serving up a special strawberry-themed course menu at its Shinjuku branch starting on April 5. It comes as part of the restaurant’s monthly fruit theme where they shine a spotlight on a single fruit each month. This month is strawberries which are adorning everything from appetisers to the main and dessert with a collection of succulent delights.

     

    Spring Strawberry Course | ¥4,400 (Tax Included)

    The course includes an apéritif, strawberry soup, beef cooked in a strawberry and demi-glance sauce, fruit salad, a hot dessert, strawberry chiboust, strawberry art palette assortment, a chilled strawberry dessert, and a choice of coffee, tea, or cafe au lait.

  • Japanese Milky Candy Themed Hotel Rooms Open in Collaboration With Hoshino Resorts

    29.March.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts has launched a hotel plan at its BEB hotel branches called “Milky Sweet Room Stay.” The plan was devised in collaboration with Japanese confectionery brand Fujiya and their popular Milky soft candy. Guests will be able to stay in rooms decorated in all things Milky, an experience that is running from March 26 to June 30.

     

    Milky Sweet Room

    Look like Peko-chan, the Milky mascot, with the top and overall set

    Find Peko-chan at Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Karuizawa

    Make a Milky smoothie on a bicycle at Hoshino Resorts BEB5 Tsuchiura

    Milky Sweet Room Stay opening campaign

    Guests will be able to enjoy Milky like they never have before in all kinds of deliciously sweet ways. Rooms are adorned with Milky cushions, a doll of Peko-chan who is the face of Milky, Milky wallpaper and decorations, Milky bath products, and of course Milky candy.

     

    At the Karuizawa branch of Hoshino Resorts BEB5, guests must locate Peko-chan in three locations around the area. Those who find all three will win all-you-can-eat French toast covered in Milky sauce. at the Tsuchiura branch, guests can get a set of ingredients to make their own smoothie by pedalling on a bicycle. It takes about 30 seconds for your Milky shake to be ready.

     

    The iconic Milky packaging design is also being revamped in celebration of the brand’s 70th anniversary. As part of the celebration, guests can expect t see a line-up of past designs along with some rare ones. Hoshino Resorts is also holding a campaign to promote the room where dix people can win a ¥50,000 voucher for Hoshino Resorts as well as a set of assorted Milky candy.

  • Fuji-Q Highland’s Gaspard and Lisa Town Begins Spring Season Strawberry Festival

    27.March.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    Strawberry lovers, listen up. If you’re looking to indulge in strawberry-flavoured desserts all day long, then this fruity festival will have your mouth watering. The Gaspard and Lisa themed town at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi is now holding its annual Strawberry Festa event which is running until May 5.

     

    There are so many tasty treats to enjoy at this year’s event, from cakes and pastries, desserts and drinks—all made with plump and fresh strawberries—that you can enjoy eating while walking around the themed town. One must-try is the Strawberry Pavlova which is made with a meringue that’s crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and is adorned with fresh cream and, of course, strawberries. It’s a hearty serving but is actually a light and refreshing eat.

    Strawberry Afternoon Tea Set at Les Rêves Salon de thé

    Strawberry Festa exclusive face masks

    Guests at the park who spend over ¥3,000 in a single transaction at any shop in the town will receive a free original face mask.

    Hotel guest rooms

    Meet Gaspard and Lisa in-person

    Les Rêves Salon de thé

    Strawberry Crepe recipe showcase

    For those unable to travel due to restrictions, the town has also posted an online video showing how you can makes a strawberry crepe at home.

     

    Chocolate bananas at LA BANANE

    A variety of new shops have also opened at Fuji-Q Highland, including Strawberry Fetish which is Japan’s first shop specialising in strawberry hard candy, as well as LA BANANE where you can enjoy chocolate bananas and other treats.

    Colourful bagels at BONBON BAGLE

    Gaspard and Lisa Town original merchandise

  • Goldfish Festival to Take Place This Summer at Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya

    19.March.2021 | SPOT

    If you’re looking to experience Aomori’s culture, then Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya is the hotel to stay at. Every year throughout the year the accommodation hosts many festivals. This summer, guests can look forward to the Goldfish Festival which will run from June 1 to August 31. Inspired by local tradition, the hotel will be decorated with paper goldfish floats—including one towering 3-meters tall—known as kingyo nebuta or kingyo neputa in Japanese. Shaved ice will also be served to help guests cool off.

     

    Kingyo Nebuta goldfish floats, a summer tradition of Aomori

    Aomori is synonymous with its myriad of goldfish festivals. The must-have decoration at these festivals are their goldfish floats which are lit up in the evenings. Their origin lies in the tsugaru-nishiki, a species of goldfish found only in Aomori’s city of Tsugaru. People revered them back in the day and so created the floats to showcase that. They are a symbol of summertime Aomori and adored by locals and tourists alike.

     

    Kingyo Sukui Yatai: Challenge yourself to Japanese festival goldfish scooping

    A new stall arrives at Hoshino Resorts’ Goldfish Festival this year: the classic Japanese goldfish scooping experience, a common sight at summer festivals. The goldfish you catch can be ‘rented’ and taken to your hotel room. Guests have to meet certain requirements if they want to be able to take the fish home with them. The staff look after the fish every day so guests can rest assured they are treated well. Goldfish scooping will be held with social distancing measures in place, with only one group allowed in the stall per turn.

     

     

    4 Exciting Things to Look Forward to

    Surrounded by over 450 ningyo neputa goldfish floats

     

    Goldfish ice cream made in the form of traditional Japanese amezaiku candy art

    Time: 19:00-22:00

    Where: Yottemare Sake Bar

    Price: ¥900 (Before Tax)

     

    Take your scooped fish to your hotel room

     

    Time: 16:00-21:00

    Where: Jawamegu Plaza

    Price: ¥500 (Before Tax)

    Includes: 2-3 fish, fishbowl, air pump

     

    Over 30 summer yukata to pick from with goldfish designs

     

    Time: 15:00-20:00

    Where: Jawamegu Plaza

    Price: Adults ¥500 / Kids ¥300 (Before Tax)

  • Scrumptious Strawberry Mont Blanc Served Up This Spring in Japan

    11.March.2021 | FOOD

    Japanese mont blanc specialists Seishibori Mont Blanc Senmonten released a brand new strawberry flavoured mont blanc on Thursday (March 11).

     

    Seishibori Mont Blanc Senmonten runs two separate locations: a takeout stand and a dessert cafe. It first launched in October 2020 to huge success and is looking to expand by setting up branches in Fuji, Hamamatsu, Chiba, Nagoya, and eventually the rest of Japan in the future.

     

    A seasonal treat made with fresh strawberries

    Since it first opened its doors to the public, Seishibori Mont Blanc Senmonten continues to see long lines of customers awaiting their indulgent mont blancs. Their new strawberry version uses a specially-made chestnut cream that’s made with two types of chestnuts: one from Italy with a strong aroma and another from Kumamoto Prefecture which is known for its subtle sweetness and has also been called the “King of Chestnuts.” Added to this is fresh strawberry for a refreshing kick in the mix. Spooning into the mont blanc, one will find a crunchy homemade meringue which provides texture to the silky fresh cream as well as the strawberry and chestnut creams. The fresh Japanese strawberry added on top finishes it all off for a harmony of flavours.

    Strawberry Mont Blanc: Eat & Walk ¥980 / Takeout ¥900 / Eat-In ¥1,800

    The dessert is available from March 11 until the seasonal strawberry stock runs out.

    Seishibori Mont Blanc: Eat & Walk ¥900 / Takeout ¥700 / Eat-In Regular ¥1,650 / Eat-In Small ¥1,210

    The shop’s mont blancs are a delicate formation of chestnut cream measuring just 1mm in diameter. This delicate process, which is conducted in front of customers, has been recorded and put on Japanese social media many times. The process involves using an antique press as pictured above.

     

    A blend of Italian and Japanese chestnuts for a rich, high-quality cream

    The cream that’s a blend of Japanese and Italian chestnuts was developed after much trial and error. The result was the same delicately crafted 1mm melt-in-the-mouth experience which combines perfectly with the crunchy meringue, fresh cream, and ice cream. If you order it for takeout, the meringue is also coated in white chocolate.

  • Reserve a Peach Blossom Farm to Yourself in Japan This Spring at HOSHINOYA Fuji

    10.March.2021 | SPOT

    Japan’s glamping resort HOSHINOYA Fuji is offering a very special service to guests this spring: the ability to reserve a peach blossom farm to themselves where they can enjoy their own private Hanami flower viewing experience together with complementary tables, chairs, blankets, and desserts. It will run from April 5 to 20.

     

    Surrounded by peach blossoms in full bloom

    The location of the peach farm is in Fuefuki, Yamanashi. This is an exclusive plan into a place that has never before been open to the public. It will offer a magical Japanese springtime experience with the florally-fragrant peach blossoms set against a backdrop of the snow-topped mountains.

     

    Tuck into peach-flavoured crepes

    Guests will be treated to a glass of sparkling wine together with skillet-cooked crepes in caramel sauce, peaches, and finished with a dollop of ice cream. A truly indulging and extravagant way to enjoy Japan’s spring time this year.

  • Kubota Sake and Strawberry Infused Dessert and Drink Released by DEAN & DELUCA

    10.March.2021 | FOOD

    The Marunouchi branch of DEAN & DELICA is collaborating with lifestyle company Welcome and Asahi Shuzo Brewing to release a drink and dessert made with Kubota Junmai Daiginjo sake and strawberries.

     

    Junmai Daiginjo White Chocolate | ¥572 (Tax Included)

    A rich, sweet beverage made with 45% cacao white chocolate, milk, strawberry compote, yuzu citrus, Kubota Junmai Daiginjo, and a topping of sprinkled chocolate.

     

    Junmai Daiginjo Gelato Affogato

    A luxurious dessert that combines a perfect balance of sweet, acidic, and bitter flavours with a yuzu-scented gelato made with Junmai Daiginjo and milk, a drizzle of strawberry sauce, and a shot of espresso.

     

    Kubota Junmai Daiginjo is a crisp and dry Japanese sake known for its vivid collection of fruity notes. It can be enjoyed chilled to bring out the fragrances as well as at low temperatures.

  • Dean & DeLuca Releases Strawberry Desserts and Drinks For Spring 2021

    05.March.2021 | FOOD

    The fresh juice season is back for spring at Dean & DeLuca cafes in Japan this year where they have a very special selection of drinks and desserts lined up for customers as well as an exclusive tumbler.

     

    Creamy Italian maritozzi

    Indulge in a tempting maritozzi this spring season which has a fluffy brioche bun stuffed loaded with fresh cream stuffed with sweet strawberries. This famous Italian delicacy is usually enjoyed in the morning but the addition of milky cream and tangy strawberries makes it a perfect dessert.

     

    Every bite treats the taste buds to a combination of buttery brioche, melt-in-the-mouth cream, and a choice of either fresh cream and strawberries or fromage blanc and sweet and sour apricot jam.

    Left: Maritozzi Strawberry ¥410 / Right: Maritozzi Apricot Jam & Fromage Blanc Cream ¥367

     

    Serving: From March 1, 2021 while supplies last

    Participating Market Branches: Shinagawa/Yurakucho/Shinjuku/Ebisu/Hiroo/Yaesu/atré Kawasaki/CIAL Tsurumi/Yokohama/Nagoya/Osaka

    Participating Cafe Branches: All

     

    A taste of spring with fresh strawberry juice

    This year, Dean & DeLuca are serving up the “Strawberry & Fruit Tomato” smoothie which is made with freshly-picked whole strawberries and tomatoes. Tomatoes are generally seen as a summer vegetable, but the most delicious time to enjoy tomatoes grown in Japan is the spring season just like strawberries. The strawberries and tomatoes take on plenty of sugar content during the winter season which brings a rich sweetness best enjoyed right now.

     

    The juice is prepared fresh for every order, with whole fruits put into a mixer and then served.

    Left: Strawberry Juice ¥583 / Right: Strawberry & Fruit Tomato ¥605

     

    Serving: From March 1, 2021 while supplies last

    Participating Market Branches: Roppongi/Shinagawa/Yurakucho/Shinjuku/Ebisu/Hiroo/Yaesu/atré Kawasaki/CIAL Tsurumi/Yokohama/Nagoya/Osaka/AMU Plaza Hakata

    Participating Cafe Branches: All

     

    Spring-exclusive Strawberry Apple Pie

    Japanese apple pie chain GRANNY SMITH APPLE PIE & COFFEE is also providing a seasonal strawberry and apple pie filled with in-house custard.

     

    GRANNY SMITH APPLE PIE & COFFEE’s Strawberry Apple | ¥648

     

    Serving: March 2, 2021 – April 30, 2021

    Participating Cafe Branches: All (Except Yurakucho LUMINE STREET)

     

    Enjoy spring with a spring-coloured tumbler

    Dean & DeLuca’s popular tumblers return in seasonal colours and fitted with an airtight screw cap. They’re available in “Tokyo Pink” and “Charcoal Grey” colours.

     

    Tumblers: ¥3,080 Each

     

    Released: From March 1, 2021

    Participating Cafe Branches: All

    *Cafe-exclusive, not available for purchase online

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