Hoshino Resorts to Open New KAI Poroto Ryokan in Hokkaido in Winter 2021

20.March.2020 | SPOT

Hoshino Resorts, which manages 42 ryokan inside and outside Japan serving Japanese tradition and culture, signed a partnership agreement with the town of Shiraoi in Hokkaido on June 28, 2018, which would have them open a hot spring ryokan there. It has been revealed that the new facility will be named Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto.

 

Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto. Built by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura, the site will open its doors in winter 2021 as the 19th branch of Hoshino Resorts’s hot spring ryokan brand KAI, of which it operates 16 in Japan. It will be the third branch of KAI in Hokkaido, following from Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu in Shimukappu village and Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa.

 

Hot springs in Shiraoi, Hokkaido include moor springs, a type of organic spring water that is rare globally. KAI Poroto faces Poroto Lake, which is enveloped in nature and home to creatures such as wild birds. All rooms at the ryokan enjoy a view of the lake, as well as a chance to see the trees and flowers bloom and change in different colours throughout the seasons.


KAI’s aim is to offer Japanese hospitality that can only be experienced in that town or city, and during that season, as well as to give guests a comfortable experience in a Japanese-style accommodation. At KAI Poroto, they are set to offer a completely new experience tied to Ainu culture in collaboration with the Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park currently in development in Shiraoi.

 

Upopoy is scheduled to open at Lake Poroto on April 24, 2020. “Upopoy” is a word in the Ainu language that means “singing in a large group.” The museum is the first national museum in Japan to be dedicated to the indigenous Ainu people. It will serve as the national center for the revival and development of Ainu culture, something which is on the verge of extinction, and it will do this by showcasing Ainu culture and history through exhibitions, hands-on programmes, performances, and more.

 

Hiroshi Nakamura is the architects that designed Hoshino Resorts KAI Poroto. “Poroto” is also a word in Ainu to mean “large lake.” The ryokan’s lobby, which is decorated with Japanese white birch, offers a view of the lake and Mount Tarumae. There are also small bath houses called kashi which have been made using Ainu architectural methods, as well as open-air baths that have you feeling like you’re taking a dip in the lake.

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  • Get Wet at This Rain Themed Event at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake

    06.May.2021 | SPOT

    Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake is calling for the rain this summer with the announcement of its Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky event. The event will see over 1,000 fure fure bozu strung up—small handmade dolls to pray for the rain—along the 150-meter main street Green Pepper Avenue. The dolls act as the opposite of the more well known teru teru bozu dolls which are used to prevent rainy days.

     

    Rain is something that’s always on the mind of travellers who hope for a dry trip when they reach their destination. This event however takes advantage of the rainy days to turn it into something to be enjoyed.

     

    Yatsugatake Fure Fure Sky: 3 Things to Enjoy

     

    The grand spectacle of the rain and over 1,000 dolls

    Colourful fure fure bozu will line Green Pepper Avenue which serve as gorgeous decorations. There are eight colours to be spotted which represent the Yatsu in Yatsugatake meaning “eight” in Japanese.

     

    Enjoy the sight and sound of the rainfall in the Rainy Domes

    Sit inside your very own dome along Green Pepper Avenue and enjoy the sounds of the tapping rain. This is an experience that is best enjoyed when it rains, meaning praying for the rain is a must. It’s a chance to enjoy the rain without getting wet while sipping on wine and tucking into some light food.

     

    Times: 11:00-16:00
    Price: Free

    Location: Green Pepper Avenue

     

    Snap some photos in the rain wearing a Fure Fure Poncho

    Inside the activity centre, visitors can rent their very own Fure Fure Poncho. This means they can head out in the rain and enjoy the sounds of the rain hitting their poncho, which is available in three different colours and all sizes for the family.

     

    Times: 9:00-18:00

    Price: Free

    Location: Activity centre

    Notes: Exclusive to Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake guests

  • Enjoy a Picnic Under Okinawa’s Starry Night Sky on Taketomi Island

    27.April.2021 | SPOT

    HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, a hotel resort in Okinawa, is bringing back its night time picnic plan this year where guests can sit on sofas by the beachside with the gorgeous starry sky overhead. The plan is called “Hoshi Furu Yoru no Teingaara Picnic” (Starry Night Milky Way Picnic). Teingaara (てぃんがーら) is Okinawan for the Japanese word for Milky Way (Ama no Gawa, 天の川). It will run from June 1 to August 31.

     

    Gaze at the Milky Way beside the tranquil seaside

    Aiyaru Beach is just a five-minute walk from HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island, and it’s here where guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Milky Away. The beach is situated away from any hustle and bustle, and not many people visit at night, allowing for a chance to enjoy the sound of the waves. Plus, there aren’t many days when people have picnics when the moon is out, meaning guests can enjoy a more quiet and private picnic under the moonlight on a comfy sofa.

     

    A fancy picnic inspired by the Milky Way

    Tuck into a very special picnic based on the Milky Way made with Taketomi Island’s famous Japanese leek, papaya, purple yam, and other delicious veggies as well as island tofu cream and miso. The set comes with a sparkling wine which captures the deep hues of the night sky.

    A conversation with the stars

    An expert on the Ishigaki Island and the stars will take guests on a journey through the stars, offering commentary on the island’s beauty and culture.

     

    In March 2018, the Yaeyama Islands, which includes Taketomi Island, were recognised by the non-profit organisation International Dark‑Sky Association as Japan’s first International Dark Sky Park for its distinguished quality of starry nights. The Yaeyama Islands have a lower latitude than Tokyo meaning many more stars can be seen in the sky. Summertime is the best season for enjoying its stars too.

  • Japan’s Pingu 40th Anniversary Exhibition Heads to Sapporo

    25.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the Swiss claymation children’s television series Pingu which first hit the air in 1980. Japan has been celebrating the milestone with the Pingu Exhibition, and now it’s heading to Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido where it will run from April 23 to May 30.

     

    Original material for Pingu by the show’s creator Otmar Gutmann will be exhibited, as well as the actual clay figures, dioramas, storyboards, and more that were used during the filming in Switzerland. Until last year’s exhibition, many of the 400 or so items on display have never been shown in Japan before.

     

    There is a Pingu Market at the exhibition where fans of the noot-nooting penguin can get their hands on a range of exclusive items, pre-orders, and more. The exhibition also sees the return of the popular Pingu Egg capsule toy which has a mini Pingu figure inside.

     

    Pingu Market Exclusive Merchandise

    The market shelves are lined with limited-edition exclusives, pre-orders, items made in collaboration with popular brands, and more. Please note that a ticket to the exhibition is required to enter the shop.

     

    Pingu Egg (5 Possible Prizes) | ¥300 Per Turn (Tax Included)

    Have a turn at the capsule toy gacha where the figure you receive in your Pingu Egg is completely random. Each comes with an accessory.

     

    Pingu 40th Figure (Robby) | ¥17,600 (Tax Included)

    The Robby figure captures a scene taken from the 7th episode of the Pingu series titled Hide and Seek in English. Only 100 of these figures are available to buy and is limited to one per person.

  • Hoshino Resorts OMO3 Kyoto To-ji Opens For Business

    23.April.2021 | SPOT

    The all-new Hoshino Resorts OMO3 Kyoto To-ji hotel opened its doors on April 15, 2021, welcoming guests to the surrounding area home to To-ji, Kyoto’s famous Shingon Buddhist temple. The hotel’s concept is “The Heart’s Trip Through Time and Space,” and aims to showcase to guests the sights and wonders of the To-ji area. The temple itself, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just a 5-mintue walk from the hotel.

     

    To-ji has a long history dating back to 796 when it was founded. Its 1,200 year or so history has spanned multiple periods of Japanese history. In 823, the Emperor Saga honoured the Japanese monk Kukai and bestowed the temple to him. Kukai made To-ji the central seminary of esoteric Buddhism and built various buildings such as the pagoda and halls. Since then, To-ji has been the headquarters of this esoteric sect of Japanese Buddhism. It is a hot spot for tourists and a sight many have most likely seen when looking up must-visit locations around Kyoto.

    Inside the hotel

    A delightful assortment of menu items

    A stroll around To-ji

    National Treasure morning walk

    Two artworks: “Mandala Art” and “Hohoemi Wall”

    Sand table for writing characters

    Deepen your knowledge at the Shinbashira book table

    OMO Hotels introduce their guests to the local area’s secrets, allowing them to jump right in to all that’s on offer. It acts as a resort of sorts with the hotel at the centre and the local sights within walking distance. To enjoy all there is to see, OMO offers the Go-KINJO tour guide service which comes in two forms: Go-KINJO Map and Go-KINJO Activity. Both have guests led by an OMO Ranger who are experts in the area and will take guests to see various locations while providing commentary.

     

    On their tour, guests can learn all there is to know about the To-ji area, both past and present. That includes information about famous local stores not listed in guidebooks. It’s an opportunity to discover the true To-ji area from when the temple was built to today by actually walking around seeing the sights yourself.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Discover Why Hokkaido’s Milk is So Famous With This Menu Conceived by TEAM NACS

    09.March.2021 | FOOD

    On Saturday (March 6), MILKLAND HOKKAIDO → TOKYO reached its two-year milestone since first opening and to celebrate it has launched a special project in collaboration with the Japanese performance group TEAM NACS.

     

    MILKLAND HOKKAIDO → TOKYO is an antenna shop—a type of shop in Japan similar to an outlet that specialises in the selling and showcased of products of a specific locale—that is active in promoting milk and milk products from Hokkaido.

     

    TEAM NACS “Devilish Namarameshi” Menu

    Carbonara Rice | ¥858 (Tax Included) | Serving: March 6, 2021 – April 2, 2021

     

    Butter Oden | ¥770 (Tax Included0 | Serving: March 6, 2021 – March 12, 2021

     

    Camembert Maruagedon | ¥858 (Tax Included) | Serving: March 13, 2021 – March 19, 2021

     

    Junsei Strawberry | ¥495 (Tax Included) | Serving: March 20, 2021 – March 26, 2021

     

    Cheese Gyoza | ¥495 (Tax Included) | Serving: March 27, 2021 – April 2, 2021

     

    Sakura Soft Serve Ice Cream (Limited Edition Flavour) | ¥495 (Tax Included) | Serving: March 6, 2021 – March 30, 2021

    The five members of TEAM NACS appeared in commercials for each of these dishes, all of which can be made at home with the recipe cards provided, and all of which are made using Hokkaido’s famous high quality milk.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo and want a taste of Hokkaido, head to MILKLAND HOKKAIDO → TOKYO.

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