Japan’s Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Has Naruto, Boruto & Other Exciting Events This June
Nijigen no Mori is an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. Here’s a list of the latest events running at the park in June.
NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO
NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The area celebrated its 1st anniversary on April 20, 2020. The park is currently selling anniversary merchandise as well as other exclusive items. Guests who buy a ticket to the park online will receive a free 1st anniversary postcard.
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Reception Closes 20:00)
Price: Adults ¥1,800 / High & Junior High School Students ¥1,800 / Children (Elementary School Students & Younger) ¥500
*Free entry for those aged 3 and below
Price: ¥1,280 Each (Before Tax) *6 flavours
There are also beverages inspired by characters from the series.
Price: ¥1,050 (Before Tax)
There is also a special ramen dish you can order inspired by the Akatsuki, the biggest threat to the Hidden Leaf Village.
GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135°, a hotel and glamping facility located in the area, also opened its new Naruto-themed room on June 1, 2020.
The room, called “Hokage no Bessou” (Hokage’s Villa), is renovated from one of the resort’s buildings, and aims to plunge guests into the world of ninjas. The room takes inspiration from the Hidden Leaf Village and its characters, with references to the series and recreated scenes littered throughout. It also offers exclusive amenities for guests to enjoy.
Guests who stay in the Naruto room receive a free ticket to NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO at Nijigen no Mori.
ⒸMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shuiehsa・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park
Over at the Crayon Shin-chan shop in Nijigen no Mori, they’re selling limited quantities of a “Happy Bag” full of Shin-chan merchandise, from picnic cushions to towels and more for a total of six items.
And for the summer season, the last entries to all attractions at Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park have been extended. It’s a chance to work your body while enjoying the green outdoors.
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)
Price: Adults ¥4,480 / High & Junior High School Students ¥2,880 / Children (Elementary School Students & Younger) ¥1,180 / Seniors ¥1,440
*Free entry for those aged 4 and below. Please check the official website for weekend and national holiday prices.
Phoenix Night Walk
June 21 is Father’s Day, and to celebrate Nijigen no Mori is holding an event on the day based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga Phoenix. Dads can attend the event for free. The park is holding a birthday campaign for June for those whose birthdays were in March, April, and May since they were unable to go out due to isolation, as well as for those whose birthdays are in June.
Date: June 21, 2020
Price: General ¥3,300 (Junior High School Students & Older) / Children ¥1,200 (Aged 5-12)2020年6月21日（日）
*Free entry for those aged 3 and below.
Nijigen no Mori
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/
Kurobe Gorge Trekking Tour Offers Breathtaking Two-Day Trolley Journey
13.October.2021 | SPOT
The Kurobe Gorge Trolley in Toyama will offer a special two-day journey through the fall foliage on October 29 and November 1, 2021.
On the day of the tour, guests will enjoy a leisurely journey through nature as a Kurobe Gorge tour guide explains the features of the surrounding environment.
Kurobe Gorge Trekking Tour
Deadline for Applications:
- October 29, 2021 – By October 18, 2021
- November 1, 2021 – By October 21, 2021
*Applications will close once capacity is reached.
30 guests per tour on a first-come, first-served basis.
Official Site: https://www.kurotetu.co.jp
Kyoto’s Kurodani Temple, Typically Closed to the Public, to Accept Visitors for Limited Time
12.October.2021 | SPOT
Constructed in 1175, the Kurodani Temple is one of the head temples of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Though typically closed to the public, the grounds will open for a short period to allow guests to experience some beautiful autumn scenery beginning November 12, 2021. This temple is associated with the Shinsengumi and served as the headquarters of the Aizu Clan at the end of the Edo period, so those interested in history won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.
[Night] Shiun Garden
[Day] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate
[Day] Shiun Garden
[Night] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate
Temple Grounds at Sunset
The Tiger’s Room
Live Koto Performance
Gokoushiyuiamidabutsu, ‘Afro Buddha’
Guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous autumn temple scenery during both daytime and nighttime, with the night viewing also offering some traditional Japanese live music. Visitors can also see various temple treasures and historical items, as well as the Tiger Room, known for its painted doors. The unique and aptly named Afro Buddha will also be on display. After training for an extremely long period of time, the Buddha’s hair piled up, giving him this strangely modern appearance.
On a clear day, guests will be able to see clear to the Abeno Harukas building in Osaka. Vividly painted ceilings and other statues will completely surround visitors in spiritual history. At night, traditional Japanese music will be played at three different times in the front gardens. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the temple will offer a Premium Plan, allowing interested guests to enter the grounds 30 minutes before general admission starts. (This will require reservations made on the official website.) This will also include a guided tour!
How would you like to experience this piece of Japanese history while surrounded by unforgettable autumn foliage?
Special Autumn Viewing
Kudodani Temple, Kyoto – The Head Temple of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism
Address: 121 Kurodanicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Night Viewing Details: https://www.kurodani.jp/lightup/
Day Viewing Details: https://www.kurodani.jp/sp_daytime/
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 10:00-16:30 (Final Admission at 16:00)
Special Viewing Areas: Mikado, Daihojo, the Gardens, two locations at the main gate
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 17:30-20:30 (Final Admission at 20:00)
Live traditional Japanese music will be performed in the garden located in front of the Main Hall at 17:45, 18:30, and 19:15
FujiQ Highland Holds Limited Time “Uzumaki Naruto Birthday Celebration 2021”
FujiQ Highland’s ‘NARUTO x BORUTO Fuji Konohagakure Hidden Village,’ will be holding the ‘Uzumaki Naruto Birthday Celebration 2021’ birthday event to commemorate NARUTO protagonist Uzumaki Naruto’s birthday, held between October 10 and November 7 2021.
Happy Birthday, NARUTO! Miso Tonkotsu with Extra Char Siu Special
Arcade Game Corner ‘Game Area – Ninjutsu Carnival’
“Uzumaki Naruto Birthday Celebration 2021” Specially Designed Sweets
NARUTO Birthday Commemorative Big Sticker
Stamp Rally with Impressive Prizes
During the event period, Satouchi’s ‘Ramen Ichiraku’ will be offering ramen based on Naruto’s beloved Miso Tonkotsu with Extra Char Siu, topped with six pieces of Char Siu (available Sat. and Sun. only, 30 portions a day). Meanwhile, YakitoriQ will be reducing the cost of their ultra popular ‘Family Pack’ yakitori from ¥1,200 down to ¥1,010 to mark the date on October 10. Plus, if you say “NARUTO HAPPY BIRTHDAY” at the Game Area Ninjutsu Carnival game, the staff will offer you an extra round, boosting your chance of winning the prize.
The Fuji-Q Official Highland Resort Hotel & Spa’s restaurant “Makaroni Club” is also hosting a series of fun events to liven up the celebration, including event-exclusive latte art, macaroons, and themed cakes!
In addition, customers who purchase event merchandise or use the facilities will receive a free 10cm ‘NARUTO Commemorative Big Sticker’ which will be sure to leave an impact. The stickers are available in limited quantities.
If you collect three stamps on your rally card then you will be eligible to enter a lottery, with the chance to win a variety of impressive prizes, such as FujiQ Highland Free Passes or NARUTO or BORUTO dolls, so why not give it a shot?
If you’re a NARUTO fan then be sure to celebrate his birthday at FujiQ Land!
Uzumaki Naruto Birthday Celebration 2021
Duration: October 10 ~ November 7 2021
Location: NARUTO x BORUTO Fuji Konohagakure Hidden Village
Address: 5-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamamashi
Official Site: https://www.fujiq.jp/
Junei Hotel Kyoto Adds New Plan Allowing Guests to Reserve Entire Property
06.October.2021 | SPOT
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West, a small luxury hotel located in the heart of Japan’s ancient capital, has revealed a new plan allowing guests to rent out the entire premises. Imagine being in a hotel with only your closest family and friends!
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West – Guest Room
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West – Bathroom
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Bamboo Suite
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Bamboo Suite Bathroom
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Standard Room
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Standard Bathroom
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Breakfast at Futago
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Futago Restaurant Interior
The Junei Hotel Kyoto – Dinner at Futago
Hozucho River Boat Ride
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Rooftop View of Kiyomizu-dera Lights
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Rooftop Garden Moon Viewing
With two locations in Kyoto, guests will be able to enjoy the entirety of the hotel in complete privacy while still enjoying hotel hospitality. With between 8-11 rooms, this would be the perfect spot for a family gathering, wedding reception, graduation trip with friends, corporate meeting place, or even for overseas guests!
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West opened in 2017 as a community-based luxury hotel with only eight rooms, with a single mission: bringing the beauty of Japan to the world. Beyond simply finding a place to sleep for the night, the hotel wants guests to experience something special and to provide an unforgettable experience. By partnering with local tourism associations, the Junei Hotel hopes to accurately convey the traditions and singular culture of the city of Kyoto.
In March 2020, a second location opened. The Junei Hotel Kyoto is surrounded by bamboo, and in fact, the theme of the hotel itself is bamboo and the moon. Each of the guest rooms is decorated with traditional and local bamboo crafts, and every detail is pulled from the natural beauty of Higashiyama, Kyoto.
The restaurant attached to the hotel, Futago, is the perfect place for adults to unwind and recharge. The kappo-style course menu features Kyoto vegetables and seasonal ingredients, blending the delicious with the nutritious. Chefs will cook each dish using a variety of methods, and guests will be amazed by how the flavor of the meat changes from course to course. The menu changes each month, so be sure to come back throughout the year!
Guests can also rent out Arashiyama Yusaitei, a gorgeous building deep in the forests of Kyoto perfect for wedding receptions, photoshoots, tea ceremonies, and more. The rooftop garden offers a stunning view of Kiyomizu-dera and is also perfect for moon viewing. Those wanting to get even closer to nature can enjoy a boat ride down the Hozucho river, and for those craving desserts, a Japanese sweets-making class is also available!
Who would you take with you on a private stay at the Junei Hotel Kyoto?
The Junei Hotel Kyoto Imperial Palace West
Address: 3-14 Shimochojamachi, Higashihorikawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Official Site: https://www.juneihotel.com/imperialpalace/
The Junei Hotel Kyoto
Address: 4-139 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Official Site: https://www.juneihotel.com/kyoto/
Universal Studio Japan to Expand Super Nintendo World with Donkey Kong Area
Since opening in March, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan has caught the world’s attention, leading global game fans to pray even harder for Japan to reopen for tourism. Now, the park is scheduled to level up with a new Donkey Kong-themed area scheduled to open in 2024.
Currently, Super Nintendo World is filled with Mario-inspired attractions, dining options, and shops, recreating some of the most memorable parts of the franchise in a larger-than-life way. The new Donkey Kong area will feature a roller coaster and more interactive experiences, as well as themed merchandise and food options. Guests will be able to walk through lush jungles, where Donkey Kong and his friends live. The creation of the new area will more than double the size of Super Nintendo World.
Launched as an arcade game by Nintendo in 1981, Donkey Kong quickly took the world by storm, with games continuing to be released on Nintendo systems from the SNES to the Nintendo Switch. As of March 2021, the series has sold over 65 million units worldwide.
Comment from Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto
“I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario. I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games but for all guests.”
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Three Unique Japanese Cafes You’ll Want to Visit Again and Again
Most of us have been spending more and more time at home over the past year. It’s time to get out for a change of scenery, and what better activity than cafe hopping! Check out these unique cafes around Japan, each offering a safe and relaxing space to enjoy a day out.
[Saitama] Bath Cafe BIVOUAC
This cafe located in Kumagaya City offers a full range of bath and sauna facilities, as well as a restaurant featuring healthy dishes filled with local, freshly-picked veggies.
[Gifu] Activity Cafe Takayama Zenko-ji
Set inside a Buddhist temple, this cafe invites anyone, regardless of faith or nationality, to enjoy a cup of tea while experiencing traditional culture. It’s also a great space to work remotely, with free Wi-fi!
Filled with plants and light, NANARIDA has been dubbed a digital detox cafe, not allowing smartphones or laptops each Sunday. Leaving your phone with the staff will grant you a free beverage, so come enjoy some tea and conversation.
TEXT： Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Editor’s Choice! 3 Best Exhibitions to Visit Before Time Runs Out
Autumn has shaped up to be a great time for art lovers to explore Japan, with a number of inspiring exhibitions of all different genres popping up around the country. The editorial team at Moshi Moshi Nippon has taken special notice of three must-visit events still open now, so be sure to check these out while you still can!
[Tokyo] ‘Shonen, Shou’
Yasunari Ikenaga, a leading figure in the world of contemporary beauty painting, is currently holding an exhibition featuring portraits of the up-and-coming actor and model Shou. Pay special attention to the delicate techniques the artist utilizes to capture the subject’s expressions.
Running: Until October 15, 2021
[Fukuoka] teamLab Forest
Art collective teamLab has opened a permanent museum in Fukuoka City! Those wanting to see the interactive exhibits transformed for autumn, however, better hurry before the event ends.
[Saitama] Machi Tawara: #JustOneLike – From Salad Anniversary to Size of the Future
Japanese poet Machi Tawara, the winner of the Kadokawa Tanka Award in 1986, is a powerhouse in the world of prose. Her 1987 book Salad Anniversary sold over three million copies, and 35 years later, the writer is still at the forefront of her field. This exhibition depicts her life in words and is sure to inspire.
Running: Until December 5, 2021
Text: Natalie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Nijigen no Mori Amusement Park Starts Naruto Birthday Event
The anime-themed amusement park Nijigen no Mori in Hyogo Prefecture will hold a special Naruto event from October 2 until November 28, 2021. The Naruto Shippuden x Real Puzzle Solving Game will feature popular characters from the Shikamaru Hiden arc!
NARUTO＆BORUTO Ninja Village
This marks the second version of the event to date, with the first taking place in 2020. Naruto’s birthday is October 10, and to celebrate, this event will open with new visuals of the titular ninja along with popular character Shikamaru!
Flower Petal Stickers
Fans of Naruto won’t want to miss their chance to leave a congratulatory message for the birthday boy! Just write your message on one of these stickers, and stick them to the character panel of your choice.
Players will solve a number of riddles placed all over the Naruto & Boruto Ninja Village, with certain keywords related to each character playing a role.
Wooden Phone Straps (4 varieties) featuring new illustrations
The event will take around 30 minutes, even for beginners. Those buying a ticket will receive a wooden phone strap.
Naruto Shippuden x Real Puzzle Solving Game – Ninja Village Special Mission #010: Naruto/Shikamaru Arc
Running: October 2, 2021 – November 28, 2021
Address: Nijigen no Mori Naruto & Boruto Ninja Village (Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture)
*Please check the official website for hours.
Crayon Shin-chan and Adorable Bunny Rabbits Available from Ikumimama Animal Donuts
Ikumimama Animal Donuts has been a popular topic on social media for it’s cute creations, many based on popular characters. Now, customers located in Japan can purchase the new Crayon Shin-chan and Otsukimi Usa-chan Donut Sets online!
Otsukimi Usa-chan Set
Otsukimi Usa-chan (White)
Otsukimi Usa-chan (Pink)
Otsukimi Dango Donuts
Crayon Shin-chan Donut Set
Otsukimi means ‘moon-viewing’ in Japanese. On the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar, it’s tradition to hold a celebration to view the harvest moon. The Otsukimi Usa-chan set is perfect to serve during a get-together as you watch the starlit sky with friends. This year, September 21 is the lucky day! Dango, or dumplings, are popular snacks to enjoy during this event, and these coconut-filled Dango Donuts are a fun twist on a traditional treat.
Shinnosuke, Shiro, Buriburizaemon, and Himawari all make an appearance in the new Crayon Shin-chan collaboration.
Which of these sugary sweets looks the most scrumptious?
Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori to Hold Second Kakashi & Obito-themed Escape Game
A special event is coming to the Naruto-themed area of Nijigen no Mori, an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo prefecture! The Naruto Shippuden x Escape Game: #009 Kakashi & Obito event is taking place from August 21 to October 10!
A look at NARUTO & BORUTO Shinobizato
A look at the game
Participation bonus: 4 special wooden phone straps with new illustrations
The first escape game in the series was held in 2020 to positive feedback. It was first held to celebrate Kakashi’s birthday, which is September 15, and all visuals of both him and Obito are completely new and made for the event.
Guests can also write their celebratory messages on special ‘petal stickers’ and place them on the character panel of their choice!
Would you like to come celebrate Kakashi’s birthday?
©Masashi Kishimoto ／Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot
Naruto Shippuden x Escape Game: #009 Kakashi & Obito
Running: August 21-October 10, 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Estimated Play Time: 30 minutes
Nijigen no Mori
Address: 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo
Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/
Pink Crocodile Waniyama-san from Crayon Shin-chan Gets His Own Holiday
If you watch Crayon Shin-chan, you’re probably familiar with the pink crocodile on Shin-chan’s favorite snack, Chocobi. On August 2, 2021, a special ceremony was held at the Chocobi Store in SHIBUYA109 to commemorate the establishment of ‘Waniyama-san Day!’
Chocobi Chocolate Flavor
Chocobi Strawberry Flavor
Campaign Prize: Rubber Mascot
The lively ceremony was held before the Pop-Up Store’s opening to a very excited crowd, and was attended by the larger-than-life mascots of Shin-chan and Waniyama-san. These six limited-edition shops, opening all over Japan, commemorate the 15th anniversary of Chocobi’s release. Yummy snacks aren’t the only things you can grab at these colorful stores: plenty of original goods featuring Waniyama-san and Shin-chan are available!
Beginning on September 1, 2021, a special campaign will begin, offering shoppers the chance to win an original (and very adorable) rubber mascot! For those who win the jackpot, you’ll have the chance to get one of three unique designs. These were created for the 15-year event and can only be obtained through this campaign, so don’t miss it!
Shin-chan and Mr. Waniyama, the pink crocodile featured on the titular character’s favorite snack, attended the ceremony. The two received special certificates marking the occasion, and were happy to pose for the camera.
After the ceremony concluded, the two immediately went shopping for goods in the store. They had a great time picking out some original merch, decorated with their own unique decorations.
As soon as the store opened, people flooded in! Everyone’s eyes were glittering as they took in the sight of these new items, and everyone seemed to be having an incredible time. The colorful storefront also attracted plenty of attention, with countless people snapping commemorative photos.
©Yoshito Usui/Futabasha/Shinei/TV Asahi/ADK 2021
©Yoshito Usui/Futabasha/Shinei/TV Asahi/ADK
Pop Up Store Details:
Chocobi Store in SHIBUYA109
Event Period: August 2, 2021-August 11, 2021
Location: B1F Shibuya109 (2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
Chocobi Store in Abeno Q’s Mall
Event Period: August 16, 2021-August 31, 2021
Location: 1F Event Space at Abeno Q’s Mall (1-6-1 Abeno-suji, Abeno Ward, Osaka)
Chocobi Store in LOFT Nagoya
Event Period: August 2, 2021-August 16, 2021
Location: 5F LOFT Nagoya (3-18-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya)
Chocobi Store in LOFT Shibuya
Event Period: August 2, 2021-August 19, 2021
Location: 6F LOFT Shibuya (21-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
Chocobi Store in LOFT Sapporo
Event Period: August 16, 2021-August 31, 2021
Location: Esta 6F, LOFT Sapporo (North 5 Nishi 2-chome, Chuo Ward, Sapporo)
Chocobi Store in LOFT Kobe
Event Period: August 25, 2021-September 15, 2021
Location: 3F Kobe Hankyu Building (8-1-8 Onogara-dori, Chuo Ward, Kobe)
Campaign Details: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/chocobi/
Open Period: September 1, 2021 (Ends when all applicable products are gone.)
Official Site: https://www.shinchan-app.jp/chocobi202107/
Meiji Marble Chocolate Themed Hotel Room Opens at The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji
In celebration of Meiji’s popular Marble chocolate, The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji is collaborating with the confectionery brand to offer a Marble themed hotel room for guests. The room opened on July 27.
Showa retro-style posters, telephone, and other decorations
Meiji’s colourful Marble chocolate was first released in 1961. It turned 60-years-old in February of this year, meaning it has continued to be enjoyed by three generations. Grandparents have passed them onto mothers and fathers, and them to their own children. Now the whole family can celebrate the chocolate in a themed hotel room in Kyoto.
Named the Marble Room, the hotel room is decorated in seven colours just like the chocolates themselves. This includes seven individual pillows on the sofa, balloons, wall decorations, and more. There’s even a crane game inside the room where guests can obtain some chocolates for free.
Also inside the room are Showa retro-style posters and a telephone, and guests can watch all of the old Marble commercials on the television which have aired these past 60 years. Guests also receive a free smartphone ring, eco bag, pouch, and other little freebies as part of the plan.
Meiji Marble x The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Umekoji
Bookings: Open from July 27, 2021
Stay Period: August 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Meiji Official Website: https://www.meiji.co.jp/