IOC and Airbnb Announce Global Olympic Partnership & Olympian Experiences

03.December.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Airbnb have announced a major long-term partnership to support the Olympic Movement which will run from 2020-2028. During this period, Airbnb will offer unique accommodation and experiences, and experience tours hosted by Olympians and athletes will also take place.

 

The partnership will create hundreds of thousands of new Airbnb hosts over the the nine-year period from July next year, allowing for visitors to enjoy longer stays, accommodating families, and more. This will enable community residents to generate extra income while accommodating overseas visitors and proving them with local experiences. In turn, it means those visiting from overseas will be able to engage more with the local culture and community. Both occupied and vacant homes will be utilised.

The IOC and Airbnb will also launch Airbnb Olympian Experiences which will provide direct earning opportunities for athletes by promoting sports, allowing for people to train together with elite athletes and Olympians.

At the press conference for the announcement of the partnership, gold medalist Saori Yoshida said: “A lot of athletes today devote themselves completely to the games, so a lot of them struggle to find their next career after retiring. These Athlete Experiences will widen the activities of all athletes; not only retired competitors, but those who weren’t able to make it as far as the Olympics too. I’m very thankful for that. I believe it will raise the standard of the games for kids, and will serve to brighten and bring excitement to the whole of Japan. I hope that these efforts bring a tremendous boost to the sports world and will have everyone taking an interest in sports.”

 

Tokyo 2020 will officially launch next summer, and with this partnership, people may just be able to enjoy the Olympic Games together with the athletes themselves, allowing for fans to feel closer to the games and the Olympians.

Airbnb’s involvement also gives visitors from overseas to enjoy Japan and the Olympics in an unprecedented way. If you’re travelling to Japan for Tokyo 2020, be sure to book with Airbnb.

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  • 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.

  • Taste Different Japanese Teas in Wine Glasses in Fukuoka

    27.September.2019 | FOOD

    Neworld has teamed up with Asakura, Fukuoka-based tea manufacturing company Seichajo Yamashina to offer an all-new tea-tasting course. Reservations opened on September 25 and can be made via telephone call.

    Yamashina Tea Stall first opened its doors to the public back in 1947 in the city of Asakura, Fukuoka. This long-standing tea shop oversees every aspect of their original blends, from the tea leaf selection to the roasting.

    The shop’s representative, Koya Yamashina, is a tea professional, having worked as an instructor on Japanese tea as well as an established Japanese tea critic. He has travelled up and down Kyushu―one of the five main islands of Japan where Fukuoka sits―which has enabled him to select only the best tea for the shop, considering the taste, smell, season, place of production, and growers themselves.

    Yamashina Tea Stall promises a fun and authentic experience when it comes to Japanese tea, for the very fact that it has had its hands on so many different types. That’s where their new program comes in to play, where they will pair different Japanese teas into different wine glasses―provided by Tokyo glass makers Kimura Glass―for tasters to get the best out of the tea, including the flavours and fragrance.

    Let’s take a look at the course.

    Piccolo 6oz Flute & Yama no Asatsume

    This brand of tea is called Chiran Yama no Asatsume and it comes from Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s grown in Ushirodake, an area in Kagoshima with a high altitude, the only place it can be grown. It has a distinct fresh and sweet fragrance. The tea is served in a 6oz Piccolo glass which is a popular glass for champagne. Its delicate rim and form makes it the perfect shape to enjoy the full taste of the tea.

    Garson 3oz Grappa & Yame Gyokuro

    Yame Gyokuro is known as one of the most luxury teas in Japan. Served in a Garson glass, it has a thin, long shape, making it ideal for smelling the gentle aromas of the gyokuro tea and for enjoying its smooth, sweet taste.

    Pivo Orthodox 63224-210 & Sun Rouge

    Sun Rouge is an extremely rare variety of tea grown on the distant island of Tokunoshima which is south of Kagoshima. It is served in a classic champagne glass, much different from the flute-type champagne glasses. The liquid is allowed to spread over a wider surface, letting you take in the distinct beautiful purple colour of the tea while enabling the fragrance to dance around the elegant glass.

     

    This is just a snapshot of the many drinks this course has to offer. If you’re looking to experience Japanese tea in style, then why not try out this course? They even sell sets of glasses and tea so you can take them home with you!

  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Luxurious Accommodation Plan & Tea Ceremony Experience For Families

    05.August.2019 | SPOT

    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, a highly prestigious and magnificent 4-star hotel located in Shinjuku, is now serving an all-new “luxurious” family package which includes a tea ceremony experience and much more. It is currently running from July 20 to September 1.

    The rooms offered in the accommodation plan are the hotel’s popular Wide Twin Rooms located on the Premier Grand club floor. Use of the Club Lounge is included in the package. The Wide Twin Rooms include two roomy queen-size beds which span 1.53 meters wide which allow parents to sleep comfortably with their children. Rooms also feature their own bathroom facilities.

     

    The package also includes a check-in simulation for children aged 6-12 years where they can get a feel for what it’s like to check-in. They will fill in their own check-in cards with parents and receive a ticket for the tea ceremony experience. They will be able to take their card home with them and take a commemorative photo.

    The tea ceremony experience will be held on the hotel’s 10th floor in the “Shofuan,” an authentic tearoom that has been in the hotel since it opened in 1971. Parents and children will receive proper instruction from the tea ceremony teacher before pouring their own tea, allowing them to learn about traditional Japanese culture and etiquette. They will receive a special certificate of completion at the end.

     

    If you’re travelling to Japan as a family this summer then enjoy it in luxury at Hotel Keio Plaza Tokyo.

  • Explore The Hidden Beauty, Culture And Local Cuisine Of Hida Takayama In A Yukata

    18.July.2019 | SPOT

    Shimocho is one of the districts of Hida Takayama and is overflowing with traditional culture that you absolutely must experience. To make the most of your trip, there is a summer yukata-wearing programme running from July 20th which is the perfect opportunity to wear cooling and refreshing Japanese clothes while strolling and exploring the streets. 

     

    This year will be the 7th time the programme has been run. The Hida Takayama de Nippon no Natsu Yasumi programme allows visitors to dress in a comfortable and cooling yukata, stroll, explore, try different foods and enjoy the culture of the area. This year’s theme is “romance and yukatas” and gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy programme-limited desserts and the rich culture of the district.  

     

    Discover Hidden Beauty with the Stroll Map

    Visitors will be given a map packed with wonderful spots of the area. The map will also include the destinations of 31 shops where you can enjoy special experiences, meals and desserts that are limited to those who take part in the yukata programme. Recommended spots to visit are also drawn on the map in a very cute handwriting-like style, so you can stop by these places easily while enjoying your walk. There are even many places on the map that only a local would know about. 

     

    Some of the special benefits of the programme allow you to enjoy the best regional cuisine that Hida has to offer, including the wonderful experience of restaurants that have been loved by the locals for generations, a beef delicacy restaurant, and much more. Besides food, the programme also gives you the opportunity to witness the beautiful festival floats used during the Takayama festival at the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan. You can also enjoy experiencing baking your own senbei crackers and gold panning.  

     

    The programme includes a wide range of experiences for you to enjoy from local shops to food to culture to some new experiences. 

     An old-style café called Sabou Usagi is particularly popular with the locals. Here, the coffee is made using a vacuum coffee maker. With the summer programme, you can enjoy the delicious heart Tiramisù served here.

     

    The stroll map includes a variety of locations such as the Takayama Tourist Information Centre, Hida Takayama Tourism Convention Association, Hida Takayama Travel Hotel Association and much more. The map also includes some of the accommodations available around Takayama, some important train stations and much more. You can easily download this map from the official website. (Japanese only )  

     

    Stroll the Streets in an Elegant Yukata

    Change into a traditional Yukata that matches the beautiful surrounding townscape. There are four shops Yukata rental shops available to pick up your favourite Yukata, so there is no need to worry if you did not come prepared. There are also some accommodations that allow for yukata rental. 

    If you decide to join the Hida Takayama Nippon Natsu Yasumi programme, make sure to share your beautiful memories on Instagram with the hashtag #Hidasummer 

  • Tokyo Stroll: Shopping & Sightseeing with Mozuku-kun the Dog #5 – Uzumako Ceramic Art School

    12.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    It’s been a minute since we last ventured out with Japanese model Yuna Yabe and her beloved pet pup Mozuku. If you’re new to this feature, Yuna Yabe takes her trusty partner Mozuku to various hot spots in Japan that you can enjoy with your pet dog. Their relationship continues to deepen in this priceless experience.

    Today, Yuna and Mozuku head to Uzumako Ceramic Art School which is close to Shiba Park. You can get a good view of TokyoTower from this famous park.

    What’s unique about this art school is that visitors are allowed to take their pets with them. So this means you can take your dog with you to do some ceramics!

     

    Yuna has always had an interest in ceramics. And what better way to experience creating something than with her partner in crime Mozuku! With him tottering beside her, she headed through the entrance curtain with a spring in her step.

    When you enter the classroom, there are lots of examples of pottery ware lining the shelves. The room has that smell of craftsmanship which lingers as you begin the class with a demonstration by the teacher. Once you have your apron on and are fired up to begin, it’s time to start.

     

    The work begins with kneading the clay to make its firmness uniform. This step helps prevent air bubbles from forming.

     

    Yuna asked the teacher many different questions as she enjoyed kneading her clay. “Where does ceramic work originate from?” “What kind of things to other dog owners make when they come here?”

    “What’s Yuna up to?” Mozuku’s puzzled face seemed to imply as he listened to Yuna and the teacher talk.

    Yuna turned to Mozuku and said to him, “I’m going to make you a food bowl!” It seemed like the message got through as his face read, “Looks like my owner is making something just for me.”

     

    Yuna wet her hands with some water and began forming a hole in the centre of her clay bundle. The hole forms and gets bigger as the pottery wheel spins.

    Next, she used both of her hands to ensure the thickness of the bowl was even all the way around.

    “Amazing! The shape of the clay changes in an instant!”

    By adding a little bit of pressure the pile of clay can change shape rapidly. It’s like a living thing.

    “It’s like the clay is my own child. I wanna wrap it up!”

    Once the shape is formed, Yuna cut around the edges. She is a skilled individual, she got the hang of it straight away.

    Mozuku sat right beside Yuna, quiet and curious.

    “Is it my turn yet?”

    He seemed itching to have a go at making something himself too.

    He watched over Yuna’s work from atop the table.

    “I wanna try spinning the wheel too!”

    Mozuku in fact had the most important job of all. Yuna popped a wooden mould onto his paw and stamped a paw print into thebottom of the bowl.

    “There we go!” said Yuna

    Mozuku mustered all of his strength to make his mark, his facial expression unusually serious as he carried out his big task.

    Time to check if the print was done properly!

    Here’s the final product―Mozuku did a great job!

     

    Their teamwork paid off as they were able to create a really cute dog bowl. The tiny footprint is packed with pet love. The art school actually sells a lot of different cute and stylish pet items but the owner making their own makes it unique―the only one in the world.

     

    If that love is able to get through to your pup, the food they eat from the bowl is sure to be even more delicious.

     

    Thanks for your help, Mozuku.

    “I can’t wait to fire it!” Yuna’s excitement was peak from start to finish. She was very satisfied after the class finished.

     

    After two weeks of waiting, the bowl was completely finished.

    Why not try creating something unique special for your own pet―together with them?

     

    Model: Yuna Yabe/Mozuku @yunaaay1030

    Text: Ai Watanabe

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yuna Yabe

    Yuna Yabe won the grand prix prize at the “Zipper×ASOBISYSTEM Model Auditions” at the age of 15. She is an expert not only in fashion but make-up and video editing too. She’s an influential figure to the people in her generation. Recently, her work has expanded greatly, such as appearing in music videos. Her activity continues to grow and looks to be very promising indeed.

  • Visit Japanese Family Homes and Learn to Cook Authentic Japanese Food With airKitchen

    30.May.2019 | FOOD

    airKitchen is an online service gaining popularity by inviting foreigners travelling to Japan to experience what it’s like to cook at home there.

    The number of foreign visitors to Japan has been on the rise in recent years, and with the Tokyo Olympics right around the corner, that number is predicted to continue increasing. One shift happening amongst travellers to the country is their desire for more experience consumption over material consumption. This shift has been noted by the Japanese government and companies who are pushing to offer more experience-based content to foreigners.

     

    One such company doing just this is the online platform service airKitchen whose popularity is only continuing to increase. By using the website, foreigners can choose from a long list of Japanese hosts who will teach them how to make many different Japanese dishes in their very own homes. Bookings and payment can both be done via the company’s official website. airKitchen launched in April 2018 and by April this year it already has over 4,000 users.

    airKitchen’s popularity can be accredited to it satisfying overseas visitors’ desire to experience everyday Japanese life. They will cook authentic Japanese food in a common Japanese-style kitchen. In 2013, Washoku (“Japanese Food”) was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The appeal of Japanese food is on the rise and is sure to become even more popular.

     

    airKitchen Introductory Video

    Some of the most popular foods taught on the website include gyoza, bento and sushi. A total of three hours are allotted for each experience which includes both the cooking and eating time. The price for each service varies but the average is ¥5,000 per person. The biggest ratio of nationalities come from Europe and Australia and range from couples to families.

     

    If you’re travelling to Japan, why not book with airKitchen yourself and get a taste of everyday Japanese home life?

  • Make Your Own Okonomiyaki at OKOSTA in Hiroshima Station

    23.August.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    OKOSTA is a new studio opening at the north entrance/exit of Hiroshima Station on October 4, 2018 where you can have a go at making your own okonomiyaki. It is being opened to get more people liking okonomiyaki, both Japanese and foreigners, by letting them get hands on. They are now taking reservations both online and via telephone (082-277-7116).

     

    The number of inbound foreign tourists to Japan has been on the increase in recent years, and the Japan Tourism Agency predict 40 million to arrive in Japan in 2020. The number of tourists visiting Hiroshima has also been increasing year by year, both Japanese and foreign.

    Otafuku Sauce Co., Ltd. is an okonomiyaki and okonomiyaki sauce maker who have carried out activities to spread the word of okonomiyaki―the soul food of Hiroshimia―including its history, culture and nutritional value. They opened Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Kan in 2008 as a facility to do just this. As of July 2018, a total of 162,921 people from both Japan and overseas have visited the information center.

     

    This is where OKOSTA comes in, a new experience that aims to have okonomiyaki leave a lasting impression on the many people visiting Hiroshima.

    Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima piles on a huge range of different ingredients onto batter including fish meal, cabbage, tenkasu, spring onions, bean sprouts, pork, noodles, eggs and more. They’re also known in Japanese as kanaseyaki (‘fried layers’ i.e. layers of food).

    OKOSTA gives you the chance to fry and prepare your own okonomiyaki using a hot iron plate and spatula just like at an okonomiyaki shop in Hiroshima.

    Inside OKOSTA there will be four iron plates available to use. Up to 40 people can try out at once. They also cater for vegetarians by offering options without meat and fish.

     

    Have a hand at making your own okonomiyaki at OKOSTA.

     

    ■Information
    OKOSTA
    Address: ekie DINING TERRACE, 1-2 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)
    TEL: 082-207-1277
    Website: https://www.otafuku.co.jp/laboratory/event/okosta.html
    Reservations: Telephone & Online

    Cooking Times:
    [Slot 1] 11:00am-12:30pm
    [Slot 2] 1:00pm-2:30pm
    [Slot 3] 7:00pm-8:30pm
    Evening Set: 7:00pm-9:00pm

     

  • MIOCHIN Challenges Herself to Designing an Original Phone Case

    06.June.2018 | FASHION / FEATURES

    What kind of phone case do you use? Finding the right one for yourself can be tougher than it seems. MIOCHIN―an illustration and creator working under the name MIONOSEKAI (Mio’s World)―is also facing the same problem. She’s looking for a case that goes with her glasses. Searching far and wide in Harajuku, you end up with one that’s too big to fit in your bag… what would be better making your own. That’s what MIOCHIN thought to herself, so she went and tried Web Deco Smartphone Case where you can create your own original designed case at reasonable price.

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    With Fun Create, you can design your own original merchandise online and order it. As well as creating your phone cases, you can make mobile batteries, uchiwa fans, name holders, mouse pads and more.

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    Web Deco Smartphone Case uses the JPEG format for designs. You can of course use photos saved on your phone on the site. MIOCHIN wanted to illustrate her own case, so she first of all used the ibisPaint app to draw a picture.

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    MIOCHIN began using a stylus one week ago. Up until then, she only used her fingers on her touch screen and drew on paper. She begins by drawing a rough outline in black and is super fast! “I draw it as I see it in my mind,” she says.

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    Here’s the completed outline before it’s coloured! Flower patterns are her thing, but this time she drew her design with some star characters. For colouring, she used the same ibisPaint app.

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    Colour is a must-have in Mio’s World. “Today’s piece will be colourful as well! The theme is psychedelic pop!” she said, picking colours as she saw them in her head.

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    Here’s the final piece coloured in. She signed the characters (which she hasn’t named yet) with “MIONOSEKAI.” It took only 45-minutes to complete. She’s incredible!

     

    She then saved the illustration on her phone as a JPEG file.

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    This kind of phone case design definitely wouldn’t sell in the real world. The choice of designing your own case sounds too good to be true when looking to get your hands on one with an original design!

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    MIOCHIN is now beginning her order on Web Deco Smartphone Case. You first go to the Fun Create webpage and select “Web Deco Smartphone Case” (ウェブデコスマホケース) from there.

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    Select the type of phone you’re using and initiate the design. The price is a shocking ¥1,580 for one case. It’s very reasonable, so you can easily try it out.

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    Choosing “Select Photo” (写真を入れる) lets you locate the JPEG file your saved on your phone. You can edit the photo to how you want it including rotation and resizing. If you just want to use an illustration or photo as it is then this is all you need to do. But if you want to decorate your image even more you can even add letters and stamps.

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    Once the design is complete, add it to your cart and head to the order page. If you order several designs at once you will receive a discount, making the price even more reasonable.

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    Another aspect worthy of note is the speed. If you order by 8am it will be dispatched the same day! This makes it a great option if you’re in need of a last minute present.

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    Here are MIOCHIN‘s thoughts after finishing up: “The site is thoughtful. I was able to work through everything without getting lost at all. It was super easy! I can’t wait for it to arrive.”

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    MIOCHIN‘s original design phone case arrived in the mail! Her results paid off more than she thought―she was very satisfied with the result!

     

    Everyone should try their hand at designing their own personal phone cases with Web Deco Smartphone Case too!

     

    For MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers, we also recommend the Sengoku Busho version! You can add the family crests of popular military commanders like Oda Nobunaga and Hiroyuki Sanada

     

    ■Information

    Fun Create

    http://fun-create.jp

    iPhone5・5s・SE ¥1,580

    iPhone6・6s・7・8 ¥1,580

    iPhoneX ¥1,580

    iPhone6+・6s+ ¥1,780

    iPhone7+・8+ ¥1,780

     

     

  • Ride Down Mount Fuji on a Bicycle with the New Activity Service BonVelo

    30.May.2018 | SPOT

    The new bicycle activity shop BonVelo will open on June 1, offering a range of exciting activities including ‘Mount Fuji Downhill‘ and ‘Mount Fuji Hill Climb.’

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    Mount Fuji Downhill has mountain bikes delivered all the way up to Mount Fuji’s 5th station so you can ride down without stopping. This new activity is aimed at people who’ve made the effort to go to Mount Fuji and want to have some fun. Daisuke Imanaka, the first Japanese person to compete in Tour de France, was appointed as the project adviser of this activity, which is sparking much attention.

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    The shop’s name bon velo is French and means ‘good bicycle.’ Each activity they have on offer makes use of high grade mountain bikes and electronic sports bikes that can ride for you.

    For example, if you take on the Mount Fuji Downhill Subaru Line course, a mountain bike will be delivered to the 5th Station at the entrance of the Yoshida Trail on Mount Fuji. From there, you will cycle down to the bottom, offering a truly special experience that you can’t easily get anywhere else.

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    In some other courses, like the Hill Climb course, you’ll get to use an e-bike. Since they are equipped with a motor, you won’t have to exert yourself, meaning even bike beginners or novices can enjoy themselves. You can even enjoy your ride as a couple or with friends.

    Another great aspect is that there are plenty of activities for people of all levels, as well as people of all ages.

    Experience the thrill of cycling down Mount Fuji yourself!

    Information

    BonVelo

    Plans & Prices:

    ・Mount Fuji Downhill Subaru Line Course

    High Grade Mountain Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires

    Time Required: 2-3 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 30km

    Price: ¥12,000 per person

    This downhill course plan will deliver the bike and user to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station at the Yoshida entrance.

    ・Mount Fuji Downhill Umagaeshi Course

    High Grade Mountain Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires

    Time Required: 2-3 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 17km

    Price: ¥9,800 per person

    This downhill course plan will deliver the bike and user to Yoshida Umagaeshi on Mount Fuji.

    ・Mount Fuji Hill Climb Course

    Electronic Sports Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires OR High Grade Mountain Bike

    Time Required: 4-5 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 60km

    Price: ¥10,000 per person (e-bikes are an additional ¥5,000)

    This plan is a round trip course from the shop to the Subaru Line on Mount Fuji.

    ・Lake Kawaguchi Pottering Course

    Electronic Sports Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires OR High Grade Mountain Bike

    Time Required: 2-3 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 24km

    Price: ¥3,000 per person (e-bikes are an additional ¥5,000)

    This course plan is a cruise cycle from the shop around Lake Kawaguchi at Mount Fuji.

    Website: http://bonvelo.jp

  • Rental Go Kart Service BOSO KART Opens in Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture

    05.May.2018 | SPOT

    BOSO KART offers the chance to climb into a go kart and go riding around the streets of Minamiboso in Chiba. They have just launched a new set of courses for tourists. The kart at the front will act as a navigator, so even first-timers to go karting can get involved with the fun.

     

    The Minamibososhi Sight Seeing Information Center started up this new set of courses in responses to the large amount of foreigners using rental karts in the city.

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    Go karting around the city is especially popular with foreigners there. But this go karting experience is a little different, instead serving as a tour where you can enjoy following the lead car up front to showcase places of scenic beauty.

     

    There are three courses in total, one of which begins with the Chikura Shiokazeokoku as the starting point. The only requirements to ride are a either a driver’s licence, ordinary motor vehicle license, or international driving permit.

     

    The service also operates on weekdays, with the starting point at Chikura Shiokazeokoku. You can also buy tickets in advance via Lawson Tickets.

     

    Experiencing riding around Minamiboso on a go kart while checking out the sights with a tour guide!

     

    ■Information

    BOSO KART

    No Fixed Holidays. (From Golden Week it will be closed every Wednesday, the same as Chikura Shiokazeokoku)

    Opening Hours: 10:00-15:00

    Departure Times: 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00

    Reception: Designated booth at Chikura Shiokazeokoku

    Starting Point: Chikura Shiokazeokoku

    Lawson Tickets: http://l-tike.com/sports/bosokart/

     

    Courses

    Izu Islands & Ocean View Course (Approximately 2 hours) – ¥6,500

    ‘Southernmost’ Drive Course (Approximately 1 hour) – ¥4,500

    Nostalgia Course (Approximately 40 minutes) – ¥3,500

     

  • Extraordinary “experience nature” programs in 2018 summer offered by “Hoshinoya” throughout Japan

    30.April.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan’s first luxury hotel that offers extraordinary experiences “Hohinoya” is offering many kinds of programs. In this article, I will introduce to you some programs that they are going to offer from summer of 2018.

     

    星のや竹富島「西表島を熟知したガイドと行くパーソナライズドツアー」

     Hoshinoya Taketomi Island “personalized tour with guides acquainted with Iriomote Island.”

    “Hoshinoya Taketomi Island” located on Taketomi Island, Okinawa will offer activity tours where jungle butlers acquainted with Japan’s last treasure spot, Iriomote Island will arrange the tours. The contents and the schedule of the tour can be adjusted at your own will. On this tour, you can stay at Taketomi Island and enjoy the jungle of Iriomote Island and the rich nature of the Yaeyama Island Chain.

     

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    Iriomote Island Jungle Butler

    Period: throughout the year

    Fixed number: one group per day

    Reservation must be made 7 days before (by 17:00) via Hoshinoya Taketomi Ilsnad’s HP

     

     

    星のや軽井沢「森のほとりcafé&bar夏季限定の特別席」

    Hoshinoya Karuizawa “Summer-Season-Limited Special Seats of Morino Hotori café&bar”

    At “Mori no Hotori café&bar” lodgers of “Hoshinoya Karuizawa” located in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture can use offer summer-season-limited seats between the 1st of July, 2018 to the 31st of August. This spce will be prepared under the concept of “offering a roofless private space.” They are planning to offer 3 kinds of Japanese cocktails related to the Shinshu Area. Let’s enjoy the nature of Karuizawa which is known as one of the most famous summer retreats in Japan.

     

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    “Mori no Hotori café&bar Special Seats”

    Period: 2018/07/01 to 08/31 (fixed holiday is undecided)

    Time: 20::00 to 23:00 (L.O. 22:30)

    Fixed number: two groups (two persons per group)

    Only the lodgers of Hoshinoya Karuizawa can use the seats

    Fees: drink fee + charging fee (500 yen) (tax included, service fee (10%) not included) ※lodging fee is not included
    Making a reservation is unnecessary

    The seats cannot be used depending on the weather condition.

     

    星のや富士「夏の狩猟肉(ジビエ)ディナー」

    Hoshinoya Fuji “Summer Wild Game Dinner”

    Japan’s first grumping resort “Hoshinoya Fuji” located in Yamanashi Prefecture will offer an experience-based dinner plan named “Summer Wild Game Dinner” where you can enjoy eating special menus items cooked in a Dutch oven in the open-air dining space. The summer-season limited seasonal menu itmes use “venison” and “brawn.” They offer 5 kinds of courses that use rich flavored wild game combined with Yamanashi Prefecture’s (the prefecture is known as “the fruits kingdom”) seven kinds of summer fruits.

     

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     “Summer Wild Game Dinner”

    Period: 2018/07/01 to 08/31

    Time: 18:00~, 18:30~

    Fixed number: six groups (18 persons)

    Lodgers who are older than 13 years old can participate in this dinner program

    Fee: 15,000 yen per person (tax, service fee (10%) and lodging fee is not included)

    Reservations must be made one before (by 18:00)

    Reservations can be made via the official website

    ※Please note that the menu itmes and ingredients might be changed according to the buying situation

     

    星のや東京「日本旅館で養生する2泊3日のスパプログラム・深呼吸養生」

    Hoshinoya Tokyo “2 Days and 3 Nights Spa Program where you can rest at aJapanese accommodation / Shinkokyu (deep breath) Yojo (rest)”

    The spa program named “Shinkokyu Yojo” will start from the 1st of June 2018 at a Japanese accommodation in Tokyo. You can learn about how to maintain your health and a balanced mind and body by taking a deep breath. The program includes stretching lesson, an aroma experience, spa treatment, healthy meal and hot spring experience. Let’s learn about the method of breathing to become healthy.

     

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    Shinkokyu Yojo

    Starting date: 2018/06/01

    Fee: 147,000 yen per person (tax and service fee (10%) are not included)

    Fixed number: 1 group (2 persons) per day

    Please make a reservation via the website 14 days before

    Only the lodgers of the accommodation can participate in this program

     

     

    星のや京都「嵐山の夏の風物詩・鵜飼を間近で鑑賞するアクティビティ」

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Activity where you can observe cormorant fishing, a summer feature in Arashiyama”

    “Hoshinoya Kyoto” located in Kyoto, Arashiyama will hold “Private Ukai (cormorant fishing) Kanshobune (observing from the boat).” In this activity, you can observe the summer feature of Arashiyama “cormorant fishing” at “Oi River” which flows in front of the accommodation. Tea ceremony dishes using the motifs of Arashiyama’s views and histories will be served to the participants. You can also listen to the sound of Shamisen and drink Champaign.

     

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    “Private Ukai Kanshobene”

    Date: 2018/07/01 to 09/23 (except 08/16)

    Time: 19:00~ (18:30~ – 09/01)

    Departing/arriving place: Hoshinoya Kyoto

    Fee: 58,300 yen per person (tax and service fee (10%) are not included) ※lodging fee is not included

    Only the lodgers of Hoshinoya Kyoto can participate in this program

    Fixed number: 1 group per day (1 group – 2 to 4 persons)

    Reservation must be made 7 days before via the website

     

     

    星のや京都「奥嵐山の納涼滞在」

     Hoshinoya Kyoto “Staying Experience in Okuarashiyama”

    “Hoshinoya Kyoto” will hold 5 summer/waterfront activities named “Okuarashiyama Noryo Taizai (staying experience) from the 1st of July 2018 to the 31st of August. The activity includes events such as “Okuarashiyama’s Noryoyuka,” “Mizube no Yaza” where you can experience stretching/meditation lessons at nighttime and “Noryobune Lunch” where you can enjoy eating lunch on a boat. Why not avoid the summer heat and enjoy the culture of Okuarashima filled with maple trees.

     

    Why not participate in one of the events noted above this coming summer!

     

     

    ■Information

    Hoshino Resort official website;

    https://www.hoshinoresorts.com

     

     

  • Choya Umeshu Opens World’s First Umeshu Plum Liqueur Store ‘Choya’ in Kyoto

    15.April.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Choya Umeshu opened a new store called Choya on April 1 to connect the people of the next generation to the ume culture that was born in Japan.

    チョーヤ梅酒、世界初の梅体験専門店「蝶矢」を京都市内にオープンチョーヤ梅酒、世界初の梅体験専門店「蝶矢」を京都市内にオープン5

    At Choya, you can choose your favourite ingredients from a range of carefully and specially selected ingredients (5 types of ume, 5 types of sugar, 4 types of sake) to create your own ume syrup and ume liqueur.

    チョーヤ梅酒、世界初の梅体験専門店「蝶矢」を京都市内にオープン2

    There are over 100 different combinations. Ume concierges will support you the entire way, so newcomers to Japan’s ume culture can join in easily too.

    チョーヤ梅酒、世界初の梅体験専門店「蝶矢」を京都市内にオープン キット

    The shop will also sell an official Choya Ume Kit, the perfect present to make your own ume.

    チョーヤ梅酒、世界初の梅体験専門店「蝶矢」を京都市内にオープン3

    Takeout drinks will also be available at the entrance where you can casually delight in the taste of ume. There will be many ways to enjoy it with numerous variations of drinks, including green tea made with ume syrup that contains whole ume, soda and more.

    チョーヤ梅酒、世界初の梅体験専門店「蝶矢」を京都市内にオープン6

    Whether you’re an ume connoisseur or first timer, you’ll definitely want to consider stopping by Choya. Be sure to check it out if you’re in Kyoto.

     

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    Choya

    Address: CASA ALA MODE ROKKAKU 1F, 108 Higashiiru Horinogami-cho, Sakaemachi, Rokkaku-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access:

    7-minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Karasuma Oike Station via the Karasuma Line

    8-minutes on foot from Karasuma Station via the Hankyu Kyoto Line

    8-minutes on foot from Exit 13 of Shijō Station via the Karasuma Line

    Website: https://www.choyaume.jp/

     

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