Kyoto’s World Heritage Site Nijo Castle Announces Summer Evening Illumination Event
09.July.2020 | SPOT
NAKED, INC. has announced that it is holding a special summertime light-up event at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site in Kyoto, from August 8 to August 30. The company has also released its first ever 3DCG VR experience NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle- on the official NAKED, INC. online store.
Enjoy art entertainment in person or at home
NAKED, INC. has collaborated with many World Heritage Sites, Cultural Properties, tourism centres, leisure spots, and more over the years. Right now, the company is grappling with the question of what the shape of tourism, as well as art and entertainment, looks like during the COVID-19 outbreak—and what shape it will take post-pandemic. Nijo Castle is no exception, a place that enjoys tourism from both Japanese people and people overseas. In considering these issues, NAKED has conceived two different ways Nijo Castle can still entertain tourism now and in the near future.
The first is holding an event in person at Nijo Castle in the form of an outdoor light-up event that will have people wandering around as opposed to being stationary. In spring of 2017, NAKED held “Nijo Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2017” where they hosted a variety of performances and events in line with the season. In fact, one such event was planned to take place at Nijo Castle this summer, but it had to be reconsidered as a result of COVID-19. Those involved still wanted to come up with a way that people who live close by could still enjoy some leisure time this summer, which is what led to this light-up event from NAKED.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the light-up safely by staying a set distance from one another while walking around Nijo Castle. The number of people inside at once will also be restricted. As well as this, people will need to wear masks, temperature will be regulated, and alcohol gel will be provided—all to ensure that visitors are kept safe.
The second way that NAKED has devised for people to still enjoy Nijo Castle is with the release of NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle-, the company’s first ever full 3DCG VR experience that lets people enjoy Nijo Castle online in a virtual space. This is so that people who cannot visit Nijo Castle can still enjoy its sights. NAKED plans to launch even more real and virtual, offline and online experiences in the future too in order to promote tourism in a new way during COVID-19.
Nijo Castle x NAKED Summer Special Light-Up 2020
Running: August 8, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Time: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:20)
Location: Nijo Castle
Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto場
NAKED NINJA-Nijo-jo Castle- VR
Price: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://event.naked.works/nijojo-summer2020/
Kyoto’s Shinto Shrine Iwashimizu Hachimangu Announces Light-Up Event
16.January.2021 | SPOT
Iwashimizu Hachimangu, a Shinto Shrine in Yawata, Kyoto, has announced that a 5-day light-up event will take place from February 10 to 14 at the site’s main shrine which is listed as a national treasure of Japan.
Following government guidelines in response to COVID-19, the event will feature LED illuminations, glowing exhibits from craftsmen, lights made by locals from materials such as bamboo, and more, all in the hopes of creating a bit of evening-time sightseeing in the area. The event will also be streamed live online for those unable to attend where viewers can also enjoy watching ceremonial dance by shrine maidens.
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Inori no Tomoshibi ~Wa no Kokoro~
Event Name in Japanese: 国宝・石清水八幡宮 祈りのともしび～和の心～
Running: February 10, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Light-Up Times: 17:00-20:00
Location: Iwashimizu Hachimangu (30 Takabo, Yawata, Kyoto)
Note: Face masks and COVID-19 Contact Confirming Applications required
Event Page: https://ochanokyoto.jp/event/detail.php?eid=569
Official Website: https://newnormaltourism.jp/
Eat All the Sushi You Can in the VR Game No Sushi, No Life Available On Steam
DMM VR lab released a new 3D VR game last week on Steam and DMM.com titled No Sushi, No Life.
The game is set in the year 20XX in a sushi bar in Neo Tokyo City. The aim of the virtual reality game is simple: to eat as much sushi as you can. Players must grab all the sushi coming their way and wolf it down. Their reflexes are tested as more sushi plates speed toward them on the conveyor belt. If a plate of sushi falls to the floor, it’s game over. As players eat more sushi the conveyor belt will run faster and faster. Can you survive the culinary onslaught?
No Sushi, No Life
Released: January 7, 2021
Official Website: https://connect.vrlab.dmm.com/
Matcha and Strawberry Parfaits Whipped Up at Saryo FUKUCHA in Kyoto
08.January.2021 | FOOD
Saryo FUKUCHA in Kyoto is now serving up a very special selection of succulent strawberry and matcha parfaits until May 30, 2021. These exquisite delights will see only 10 made of each per day.
Saryo FUKUCHA is a cafe that was opened by FUKUJUEN in Kyoto Station in April 2019. This year, they have brought back their extremely popular strawberry and matcha parfaits : the Konome, Konoha, and Konoka. They have also introduced a new addition to the line-up: the Strawberry & Matcha Milk Parfait. Also on the menu is a strawberry matcha latte.
Matcha & Strawberry Parfaits
Konome | ¥1,350
Konoha | ¥1,450
Konoka | ¥1,550
Strawberry Matcha Milk Parfait | ¥800
Strawberry Matcha Latte | ¥650
Discover the taste of Japanese tea in a new way with Saryo FUKUCHA’s matcha and strawberry parfaits and latte.
Address: 901 Higashi Shiokojicho, Karasumadori Shiokoji Sagaru,, Shimogyo-Ku Kyoto Station Bldg. 2F, Kyoto 600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: 8:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
*The cafe is currently running on reduced opening hours as of December 25, 2020 due to COVID-19. Hours are now 08:30-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30) on weekdays and 08:30-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30) on weekends. Times are subject to change.
Official Website: https://fukucha-fukujuen.com/
hotel androoms Announces Opening of New Kyoto Shijo Branch in March
06.January.2021 | SPOT
Solare Hotels and Resorts has announced that a new branch of hotels androoms will open in Kyoto Shijo on March 6, 2021. In the run up to its grand opening, the company has opened a website where guests can book hotels with Solare Hotels and Resorts at the cheapest possible price. The website will begin rolling out more information about each hotel on the site through the year.
hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo is located a convenient 5-minute walk from Kyoto Station’s Karasuma Line section and 7 minutes from the Central Exit in the JR section, placing it within close distance to many of Kyoto’s sightseeing spots.
The hotel offers seven different room types from standard to double to premium twin. One room can house a maximum of three people, accommodating groups and families. It also promises to be packed with a variety of exclusive services you won’t find at other hotels.
Specialty coffee by Unir Kyoto
hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo will welcome the opening of a new branch of Unir inside the hotel which serves coffee made from specially-selected coffee beans. The coffee is hand-roasted on site with baristas pouring their love and skill into every cup.
Breakfast delivered right to your room
The morning time is your time and should be used as you please without you having to rush around, so says the hotel, and so it offers a breakfast delivery service which must be booked in advance.
Relax and unwind in the modern-style baths
Those looking for a little relaxation can look forward to pushing all their stresses aside in a modern bathing area which is inspired by a cave. It’s open from 3pm-2am and again from 6am-10am.
If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto and want a hotel with easy access to all the hot spots then be sure to consider hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo.
hotel androoms Kyoto Shijo
730 Ebisunocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Book Here (English): https://www.hotel-androoms.com/en/aks/
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Event Slashes Into Kyoto Until March
An event centred on the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is now taking place in Kyoto at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, Kyoto Railway Museum, and Shijō-Ōmiya Station and Arashiyama Station on the The Keifuku Randen Tram Line until March 14, 2021. Fans of the series can participate in a ‘keyword rally’ where they’ll be walking around Kyoto trying to locate specific words to win prizes, enjoy unique Demon Slayer exhibits at each of the venues, gets their hands on original merch, tuck into themed food, and more.
Pins (17 Designs) | ¥440 Each (*Design chosen is random)
Long Chocolate Baumkuchen | ¥1,080
Merch includes pins of the anime series’s main characters, a special baumkuchen cake based on the Infinity Train from the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train film, and more. Online orders are also available in Japan at Chugaionline.
Fans still hyped over Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which broke records in Japan to become the highest-grossing film of all time in the country, can expect to stock up even more of their favourites for their collection at the event.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Exhibition
Event Name in Japanese: 鬼滅の刃 京ノ御仕事 弐
Running: December 26, 2020 – March 14, 2021
Locations: Toei Kyoto Studio Park / Kyoto Railway Museum / Randen (Shijō-Ōmiya Station and Arashiyama Station)
Event Page: https://www.toei-eigamura.com/kimetsu/
*Event opening hours subject to sudden change or cancellation depending on COVID-19.
Running: Until January 31, 2021 at 23:59
Shipping: March 2021 (Japan only)
2021 New Year’s in Japan: 5 Must-Visit Illumination Spots
27.December.2020 | SPOT
Illumination and light-up events are a huge part of winter and the holiday season in Japan, but when Christmas ends, many of them are turned off until next year. But there are still some that run through the New Year holidays and into early spring, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 must-visit illumination and light-up spots to visit over the next couple of months.
Please note that the times and dates of these events are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Tochigi: The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~
Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi, is holding an illumination event for winter called “The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~” until February 7, 2021. Held for the 19th time this year, the event was ranked among the Top 3 biggest light-up events in Japan in 2017 alongside Sapporo White Illuminations and Huis Ten Bosch Illuminations. It was also ranked top by night view critics in Japan as the best illumination event for four consecutive years.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366535
▼The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~
Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi
Running: October 17, 2020 – February 7, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2020/en/index.html
▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
Tokyo Midtown’s winter season event ‘MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS’ is running until February 28, 2021. “ANOTHER WORLD” is the concept for this year’s rendition of the annual event, which is enjoying new winter illuminations, Christmas decorations, an ice rink, and plenty of other fun experiences for people to enjoy throughout the entire day, right into the evening. A highlight of the event is the “MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS,” warm illuminations to light fires in hearts during the cold winter season that will create a dazzling spectacle the likes of which cannot be missed.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366420
▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com
Kanagawa: SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION’s ‘Pokémon Illuminations’
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest’s annual SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION winter event is taking place until April 4, 2021, and this year, it has brought that a new Pokémon with Pokémon illuminations. Wild Pokémon illuminations roam everywhere and there are plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/375427
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Running: November 14, 2020 – April 4, 2021
Illumination Times: 16:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
*Illumination times to begin from 17:00 starting in February
Official Website: https://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/
Nagano: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Shiraito Highland Way is holding this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up until February 14, 2021. Karuizawa Shiraito Falls is a 3-meter tall waterfall that spans 70-meters in length. The lights add a warmth to the cool evening and glow under a starry night sky. The event creates a different atmosphere from the summer light-up, allowing visitors to enjoy the enveloping nature in a way that they normally can’t and see beauty they may not have noticed in the area before.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/379120
▼Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Location: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
Running: December 19, 2020 – February 14, 2021
・Christmas Session: December 19th-20th, 24th-27th (17:00-19:00)
・New Year Session: January 2nd-3rd, 8th-11th (17:00-19:00)
・St.Valentine Session: February 11th-14th (17:30-19:30)
*Please see the website for the latest information
*Entry restrictions may be made depending on the number of visitors
Official Website: https://karuizawa-shw.com/
Shizuoka: Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations
Toki no Sumika is hosting its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” until March 21, 2021. There are many different illumination areas to enjoy at the event, like the Forest of Trees Illuminations, the 370m-long Tunnel of Lights, and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/359381
▼Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
Car Park Spaces: 2,000
Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)
Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/
Illumination Island Odaiba 2020: Tokyo’s Artificial Island Begins Winter Illuminations Up to Christmas
13.December.2020 | SPOT
23 facilities including shopping centres, hotels, parks, and more in Odaiba are participating in Illumination Island Odaiba 2020, a large-scale illumination event that opened on Friday and is set to run up to Christmas Day.
This year’s event is bigger than the last, with only 10 facilities having taken part in 2019. The main park in Odaiba will also be lit up for the first time this year. The event is taking place to express gratitude towards those facing hardship during the pandemic – to connect everyone via gorgeous lights for a brighter tomorrow.
*Please note that illumination dates and times differ for each facility
Participating Facilities (Excerpt)
DECKS Tokyo Beach
The third-floor seaside deck faces Odaiba Marine Park and offers a gorgeous view of Tokyo Bay. Winter illuminations will serve cosy vibes around the rest area and plants, and serves as the perfect site to gaze at the lit-up Rainbow Bridge against the backdrop of Tokyo’s nightscape.
Running: November 14, 2020 – February 14, 2021
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
The Festival Hiroba’s staircase will be colourfully lit up from 16:00 every day until January 31, 2021. After that, it will be lit up from 17:00.
teamLab – “The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life” ©チームラボ
teamLab’s towering digital art installation The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life is running at Odaiba until February 7, 2021. The 8-meter tall three-dimensional tree is created from an accumulation of light spheres.
Palette Town Daikanransha
The Daikanransha Ferris wheel is a symbol of Odaiba and offers a panoramic view of famous sights around Tokyo up 115-meters in the sky.
Winter Illuminations: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Statue of Liberty
Odaiba’s Statue of Liberty will be lit up with rainbow colours, changing the atmosphere in the area completely.
Running: December 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Japanese artist Takahiro Matsuo is also getting in the the action with the prism art at his PRISM/GLOW exhibition.
Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station
A 5-meter tall Christmas tree is decorating Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station.
Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020 (Not running select days)
Illumination Island Odaiba 2020
Running: December 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/illumination2020/
ROKU: Kyoto’s New Soba Ramen Shop Produced by Michelin-Star Chef
10.December.2020 | FOOD
Kamo Dashi Chuka Soba ROKU is a new ramen restaurant set to open at GOOD NATURE STATION, a shopping facility in Kyoto, on December 12, 2020.
The restaurant is produced by Yuki Iwasaki, a chef at VELROSIER which acquired its first Michelin Star in Michelin Guide 2021 Kyoto, Osaka & Okayama. It will serve ramen in a variety of duck-flavoured dashi broths made with duck from Kyoto and France.
Duck Sei Tanmen | ¥1,000
Duck Shiro Tanmen | ¥1,000
ROKU will initially offer three types of ramen dishes which includes the two pictured above as well as a special served each season. The Duck Sei Tanmen uses a broth made from a blend of duck meats and has a distinctly refreshing yet rich taste. The Duck Shiro Tanmen uses the same broth but adds chicken to the base together with mayu burnt garlic oil. The restaurant also makes its own thick noodles to enjoy with the soup. No tare sauce is used, allowing for customers to enjoy the umami flavour of the dashi and the various ingredients added.
The ramen bowls used are original wares created by TOKINOHA, a Japanese crockery brand specialising in traditional Kiyomizu ware which are perfect for enjoying your ramen.
Kamo Dashi Chuka Soba ROKU (Japanese Name: 鴨出汁中華そば ROKU)
Grand Opening: December 12, 2020
Address: GOOD NATURE STATION Floor 2F, 318-6 Inaricho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:30-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://goodnaturestation.com
FAUCHON HOTEL KYOTO Announces Opening Of Le Spa Fauchon in March 2021
06.December.2020 | SPOT
FAUCHON HOTEL KYOTO is set to open its second branch in March 2021 which will be home to the Fauchon brand’s world-first spa Le Spa Fauchon.
Le Spa Fauchon’s spa experience incorporates its concept of “FAUCHON Meets Kyoto. Feel Paris” which is offered in a variety of ways. The spa of course serves a wide range of body, facial and scrub treatments with voluptuous fragrances and rich textures, while the floors of the spa rooms are dyed a stylish Fauchon pink. It’s a coming-together of splendorous Paris and quaint Kyoto.
An unforgettable spa experience by Japan and Paris’s beauty specialties
Le Spa Fauchon is managed by Cred International at FAUCHON HOTEL KYOTO, an industry-leading company that operates luxury hotels both inside and outside Japan.
The spa’s products and menu were developed in a joint effort between premium cosmetic brand KOS PARIS, which manages numerous 5-star hotel spas and offers high-quality products in Paris, and which is coming to Japan for the very first time, and Cred International. The spa is also offering an original and exclusive range of oils in collaboration with top Paris therapist Yuki Inotsume, who has offered her knowledge of Japanese skin care and Japanese peoples’ preferences, and KOS PARIS’s high-grade oils.
FAUCHON HOTEL KYOTO also offers all guests a selection of amenities in their rooms with the “FAUCHON Meets Kyoto. Feel Paris.” concept for guests to enjoy the ultimate spa experience.
If you’re staying in Kyoto, why not treat yourself to a spa trip at Le Spa Fauchon?
Le Spa Fauchon
Grand Opening: Mid-March 2021
Address: 406 Nanbachō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Official Website: https://hotelfauchonkyoto.com/en/
Golden Island Zipang 2020 Illumination Event Lights Up Matsue in Shimane
03.December.2020 | SPOT
The splendid Yuushien Garden in Matsue, Shimane, is now hosting a dazzling winter illumination event titled Kogane no Shima Zipang 2020 (Golden Island Zipang 2020) until January 11, 2021.
Golden Island Zipang 2020
Yuushien Garden is located on the eastern side of Matsue on Daikon Island, a volcanic island in Nakaumi. The garden has been called the most beautiful Japanese-style garden in all of Japan, which makes it the perfect setting for the illumination event. 50 projectors at the garden are using projection mapping to create a flurry of flashy illuminations.
It’s a full pixel illumination display coupled with music that’s sure to dazzle all who visit. this winter.
Golden Island Zipang 2020 (Japanese: 黄金の島 ジパング 2020)
Autumn Illuminations: November 14, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Christmas Illuminations: December 1, 2020 – December 27, 2020
New Year Illuminations: January 2, 2021 – January 11, 2021
Event Page: https://www.kankou-matsue.jp/rehappy/feature/illumination
Address: 1260-2 Yatsukachō Hanyū, Matsue, Shimane
Closed: December 30-31
Official Website: https://www.yuushien.com
Kyoto’s New Cafe YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe Serves Tasty Takeout Matcha Crepes
03.December.2020 | FOOD
YOJIYA CAFE opened up a new cafe called YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe in Kyoto on November 30, 2020, serving a selection of crepes made with Uji matcha and specially-selected ingredients.
YOJIYA is a Kyoto-based company that first opened 116 years ago specialising in aburatorigami blotting paper. Today, the company has expanded its range of cosmetic and beauty items, and it even operates two cafes in Kyoto. On Monday (November 30), it opened YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe in Nijo Fuyacho, Kyoto, an all-new cafe serving takeout crepes.
Ocha no Crepe Matcha | ¥750 (Tax Included)
The cafe’s signature matcha crepe is filled with cream, rice flour dumplings, and matcha from Uji. The crepe pastry itself is made from an original blend of two types of wheat flour. The cream is a delicious blend of three types of cream plus matcha cream. It’s also filled with crunchy pie which is cooked fresh every morning. The crepe is finished with an illustration of a matcha teacup and whisk made from matcha.
The high quality matcha crepes are made the perfect size and with the perfect combinations so they can be enjoyed even after a meal.
Be sure to pay a visit to YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe when visiting Kyoto.
YOJIYA CAFE Ocha no Crepe
Grand Opening: November 30, 2020
Address: Nijo dori & Fuyacho-dori, Hoteiyachō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
No Fixed Holidays
YOJIYA CAFE Official Website: http://www.yojiyacafe.com
Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala Light Up Shinjuku With TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS Illumination Event
Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are hosting a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights, as part of their 45th anniversary.
Kiki & Lala’s twinkling Christmas tree magical in the daytime and night time
The towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree is decorated in countless mirror balls which reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. A special light show is also taking place from 16:30 each day with Christmas songs.
Decorated around the tree are Kiki & Lala neon signs and pastel-coloured adornments.
Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.
Kiki & Lala treats at the Sanrio Cafe Wagon
Limited time menu
45th Anniversary Items
On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.
©’76,’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ
Little Twin Stars x Shinjuku Southern Terrace TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS
Running: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Tree Light-Up Schedule: December 1 = 17:00-24:00 / December 2-24 = 16:30～24:00 / December 25 = 16:30-21:00
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-odakyu-twinkle-color-christmas-20201119/