5 Must-Visit Places in Japan to See the Autumn Colours in 2020
14.November.2020 | SPOT
Online travel website Booking.com has revealed its 5 must-visit and places in Japan for seeing the autumn colours, all of which can be enjoyed safely with the necessary social distancing measures in place.
According to a survey carried out by Booking.com, when asked what the next desired travel destination is, 37% of users in Japan responded that they wanted to plan a sightseeing trip outdoors in nature. With the autumn leaves still ripe in Japan and the winter spectacle on the horizon, the website has compiled a list of recommended destinations.
Sanga Nikko in Nikko, Tochigi
If kicking back and relaxing is your thing, but you still want to keep active then Sanga Nikko is a place to consider. Mid November is the peak of the autumn season when all the trees are dyed reds and yellows. There, friends and families can stay in a villa all of which avoid the three C’s: closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact. The owner is an advocate of the outdoors and so guests can rent bicycles there to feel the breeze on their faces while lost in nature. (User Rating: 9.3/10)
Rakuyu in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi
Rakuyu is a hotel where guests can relax in luxury while embedded in the expanse of the outdoors. It sits high on Lake Kawaguchi, and all rooms offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the lake. There are open-air baths and rentable private baths where guests can enjoy the view, one which is gorgeous to behold even from the hotel lobby. If you book through Booking.com there’s a meal plan which offers Japanese-style food made with seasonal ingredients. (User Rating: 9.0/10)
Jeugiya Inn in Higashiyama, Kyoto
Those looking for an authentic Japanese experience that also incorporates autumn should check out Jeugiya Inn. Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist Yasunari Kawabata stayed at this inn and likened it to a Kyoto-style home. Its favourable location also puts it within 5-minutes walking distance of many Kyoto sightseeing spots such as Yasaka Shrine and Chion-in, as well as Gion-Shijō Station, making it easy to get to. One group can stay at the single building for one day, giving them a chance to enjoy the traditional Japanese garden. There’s a spacious bath too from which guests can enjoy nature. (User Rating: 9.9/10)
Tsukihitei in Kasuganocho, Nara
Tsukihitei is separated from the hustle and bustle of the city which is perfect for those looking for a quiet and tranquil time. It’s limited to three groups per day and is sits within Kasugayama Primeval Forest which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can open the sliding doors to reveal an unbroken view of autumnal woods. Food served here is served as authentic Japanese-style kaiseki-ryori made with carefully-selected seasonal ingredients. (User Score: 9.6/10)
Sanso Tensui in Hita, Oita
If you’re talking seeing the autumn colours the popular Hita area of Kyushu then Sanso Tensui is a must-mention. There are various room types available such as the Special Rooms which are limited to three groups per day, single buildings, and more. Sanso Tensui is another place that serves up meals with abundant seasonal ingredients. After strolling around to see the red and yellow hues, guests can take a dip in the hot springs to enjoy a soak under the autumn colours.
Official Website: https://www.booking.com/index.ja.html
‘Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery’ New Halloween Menu Features Adorable Monster Motifs
The ‘1F Lounge & Bar 1867’ at the Kyoto Yura Hotel M Gallery will be hosting a Halloween themed afternoon tea from October 1 2021, with tea sets and cocktails available. The premium hotel is owned by Accor, a Paris, France based group that owns over 5,000 hotels and resorts in 110 countries.
The Halloween-themed afternoon tea has been made by Jennie Chiu, a pastry chef who grew up in America, the home of Halloween. The afternoon tea features cute and playful monster motifs, including a witch-hat Mont Blanc, a Cassis and Chestnut Cake topped with a small ghost, and a spider-web topped Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse. For savory treats, Chef Nishimura Niki has prepared Foie Gras soaked in Salted Koji, plus two luxurious lobster dishes.
The creative Halloween cocktails were brainstormed by Yamazaki Sousei, who ranked in the Japan Top 10 category of bartending competition ‘WORLD CLASS 2021.’ The Halloween and apple pie inspired lineup was inspired by Scotland and the Celtic people, looking back to when Halloween was first celebrated.
Enjoy some adult-only time in this retro-modern “family mansion” themed space.
Halloween Afternoon Tea Set
Availability: October 1 ~ October 31 2021
Location: Lounge & Bar 1867
Serving Hours: 12:00 and 15:00 *Please reserve your table by 17:00 on the day prior to your arrival
Availability: October 1 ~ October 31 2021
Location: Lounge & Bar 1867
Serving Hours/Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)
Official Site: https://kyotoyurahotel-mgallery.com/ja
New ‘Uramichi Oniisan’ Collab Hotel Room Designed Using ‘URA’ and ‘OMOTE’ Motifs
Sunshine City Prince Hotel has revealed a new “Uramichi Oniisan” themed plan, available to reserve for a limited time between October 2 and December 31.
Hotel Staff Costume Illustration
Pajama Costume Chibi Illustration
©Kuze Gaku・Ichijinsha / Uramichi Oniisan Production Comittee
Star Can Badge / Hotel Keychain / Mask Case (URA & OMOTE ) / Original Notepad / Hotel Key Card
Cafe & Dining ‘Chef’s Palette’ Original Drink with Bonus Coaster
‘URA-Room’ with Chibi Character Illustration
The ‘Uramichi Oniisan’ anime became a hit in Summer 2021, known for its cast of famous voice actors.
The new artwork produced for the hotel features the characters in hotel staff uniforms and pajamas, perfect for the hotel-themed collaboration. The ‘OMOTE ROOM’ is designed using the new illustrations, while the ‘URA ROOM’ uses the chibi characters. Each room features a sound clip from Uramichi Omoteda (CV: Kamiya Hiroshi). Original merchandise and drinks are available to guests, plus the famous “Bird Finding Game” is available to play in each room, making it a must-see for fans!
Dive into the ‘Uramichi Oniisan’ world with this new collaboration hotel room!
‘Uramichi Oniisan Collaboration Plan’
Availability: October 23 2021 ~ January 22 2022
*Not available to book on January 22 2022.
Advance Reservations: October 11 2021 from 12pm onwards: https://www.princehotels.co.jp/sunshine/plan/contents/uramichi/
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
Shirahama Marriott in Wakayama to Offer Panda-Themed Getaway
13.October.2021 | SPOT
Adventure World, a zoo and theme park in Shirahama, Wakayama prefecture, is teaming up with the Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel to celebrate the first birthday of baby panda Fuhin. This room plan will only be available from November 1, 2021, until March 31, 2022, and will include a fully themed room, an original mini-photo book of the panda’s growth to date, and plenty of other Fuhin amenities and goods!
Fuhin 1st Anniversary Room
Collaboration Burger ‘Marriott Panda Burger’
The Fuhin 1st Anniversary Room is a mixed Japanese-Western style room with an ocean view. The walls, blankets, and tatami are all covered in panda imagery, while portions of the room’s lighting are made from bamboo as a part of Adventure World’s quest to create more sustainable products. The special ‘COCOAR’ app will also allow guests to enjoy a moving photo frame featuring Guhin by holding their smartphone over the word ‘Fuhin’ on the wall.
The limited-time Marriott Panda Burger uses the same recipe as the normal burger, but with a panda-shaped bun created along with Adventure World staff. How would you like to come and celebrate Fuhin’s birthday beside the sea?
Your Favorite Panda Instagram Campaign
By taking a picture of one of the seven giant pandas at Adventure World (Eimei, Rauhin, Ouhin, Touhin, Yuhin, Saihin, Fuuhin) and posting it to Instagram with the two campaign hashtags (#推しパンダマリオット and #InsertFavoritePandasNameHere), 20 winners will be selected to receive special Adventure World goods!
Kaedehama 1st Anniversary Room Stay
Address: Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel
Reservations Open October 6, 2021
Running: November 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022
Official Site: www.MarriottHotels.com
Marriott Panda Burger
Available Starting November 1, 2021
Where: Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel Lounge
Your Favorite Panda Instagram Campaign
Running: November 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022
How to Enter:
① Install the Instagram App.
② Follow Adventure World (＠adventureworld_official) and Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel (@nankishirahamamarriott).
③ Post a picture of your favorite panda along with the hashtag MyFavoritePandaMarriott (#推しパンダマリオット) and the second hashtag including your favorite’s name along with a picture of your favorite panda!
The winners will be announced on the official Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel Instagram page in February 2022.
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
Applause Square Nagoya to Offer Autumn Dinner with Birthstone-inspired Sweets
Wedding venue Applause Square Nagoya will be opening a limited-time restaurant for eight days only during October and will offer some of the most artful desserts you’ve ever seen. The wedding hall is not normally open to the public, so this will be an opportunity to see this incredible mansion up close while savoring some unique fall flavors.
Jewel Art Topaz Parfait, made with Rum Raisin and Iced Chestnut Mont Blanc with Orange Parfait, and three Chocolate Bonbons
Six hors-d’oeuvres, each a vibrant and unique color
Sea Bream Vapeur with Eggplant and Chips that resemble Autumn Leaves, paired with Hot consommé soup scented with sherry and served in front of guests
Roasted Chita Pork with Tomato Chutney Sauce and Ginger, covered with Brown Mushrooms
Each of the six hors d’oeuvres were inspired by birthstones. Following are a number of luxurious meat and fish dishes, followed by a rich and abundant parfait filled with autumn flavors.
Jewel Night ~Luxurious French Cuisine with the Taste of Autumn~
Open: October 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 28, 29, 31
Hours: Weekdays from 17:00-20:00 (2 hour slots) / Weekends 19:00-21:00
Address: Applause Square Nagoya (2-9-36 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
Access: 2-minute walk from Marunouchi Exit 2 on Sakuradori and Tsurumai train lines
Official Site: https://www.bestbridal.co.jp/
Halloween Sweets Buffet Coming to Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu for Two Days Only
Moshi Moshi Nippon has delivered news on tons of Halloween treats this holiday season, but can there ever really be enough? Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyo has announced a special two-day-only Halloween Sweets Buffet on October 30 and 31 at the location’s Flyer’s Table restaurant on the second floor.
Pumpkin Cheese Tart
Black Cream Puff
Guests can enjoy a variety of spooky treats all incorporating fall flavors like chestnut, pumpkin, sweet potato, pear, and apple. Offerings include the Pumpkin Cheese Tart, a mildly-sweet cheese tart made with sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese, and topped with pumpkin cream; the Ghost Mousse, a chestnut mousse made to look like a ghoul; and the Black Cream Puff, made with black cocoa and a cassis cream filling.
At the demonstration corner, guests can see the Sweet Potato Mont Blanc being made. Those wanting something besides sweets can enjoy a selection of sandwiches decorated in Halloween style!
Halloween Sweets Buffet
October 30 and 31, 2021
Official Site: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/haneda-e/
‘Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe’ Reveals Limited Autumn Dessert Menu
The ‘Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe’ has announced that between October 1 and October 31 2021, customers can enjoy a limited edition Autumnal sweets menu. This year their menu includes the Jersey milk ‘Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait from Kyushu’ and the ‘Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich.’ There will also be two special additions to the menu to celebrate the 96th Azuma Odori.
Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait from Kyushu using Jersey Milk: ¥2,500 (Tax Incl.)
Strawberry Parfait using “Koihime” strawberries from Nagano’s Hatake Kobo: ¥2,100 (Tax Incl.)
Weekday / Limited Quantity Products
Shiseido Parlour Story: ¥2,600 (Tax Incl.) (Drink Incl.)
Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich with grapes from Iizuka Orchard: ¥1,700 (Tax Incl.)
Shinbashi Color Ice Cream Soda: ¥1,150 (Tax Incl.)
The Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait is made using Jersey milk ice cream, chestnut cream, and fresh cream, along with the “Koihime” Fruit Sandwich, made using Kashu “Koihime” Strawberries are available on both the regular and limited Shiseido Parlour Ginza menus. Meanwhile, the luxurious Shiseido Parlour Story and the seasonal Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich, filled with various Autumnal fruits and centred around the grape, are only served on weekdays and holidays in limited quantities.
In the late Meiji Era, Shinbashi geisha were often seen wearing blue and green kimonos, with the color combination being coined Shinbashiiro (Shinbashi Color.) The elegant and retro Shinbashi Color Ice Cream Soda recreates the iconic look using green apple syrup, lemon, and ginger ale, topped with a traditional vanilla ice cream.
Immerse yourself in the season with a feast of Fall sweets in Ginza.
Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 ~ 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)
Sunday, public holidays: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (L.O.19:30)
Closures: Mondays (excluding public holidays), New Year
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Introduces New Romantic Christmas Plan
How would you like to enjoy a snowman-shaped Christmas cake and champagne while overlooking Tokyo Tower? The new Scoolove Christmas Accommodation Plan from the Prince Park Tower Tokyo is offering this incredibly festive experience from December 1 until December 26, 2021!
The TOKYO HONEY PROJECT, a product planning team made up exclusively of female hoteliers, has devised this romantic plan in the hopes of making Christmas magical and memorable again. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples haven’t had the chance to spend any special time together, so what better time than the holiday season?
The word ‘Scoolove’ is a combination of ‘scoop’ and love,’ and while scooping up and enjoying this tasty snowman treat, the team hopes that couples will deepen their relationship and enjoy some much-needed quality time together. The head of the snowman is made from matcha ganache wrapped in kumquat cheesecake mousse, while the body is made of baked cheesecake accented with a raspberry jam. With these two competing flavors, every bite is sure to be interesting!
Scoolove Christmas Plan
Running: December 1 – December 26, 2021
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）