Kyoto Tower Hotel Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Randen Tramway Service With Special Hotel Plan
18.June.2021 | SPOT
In commemoration of the Randen tramway service’s 110th anniversary, Kyoto Tower Hotel introduced an exclusive new one-night hotel plan on Friday at one of its rooms. The Kyoto Tower Hotel Train Room is a themed guest room experience and celebration of Randen’s long history.
A look at the Randen Kitano Line
Randen tram photos decorate the guest room
Old train tickets and platform signs
A tatami area, train handles, and train priority seat
Randen Train Room souvenirs for guests
Randen was founded in 1910 and remains the only tramline in Kyoto. It’s part of Keifuku Electric Railroad and runs from Shijo-Omiya to Arashiyama. The Randen Train Room is a trainspotter and train otaku’s paradise. Inside, guests will find historical photos of trams that have run as part of the Randen service, as well as other train-related motifs like a Randen priority seat chair, carriage handles, and more. There’s also a little tatami seating area which is perfect for sitting on and planning your next day’s trip, putting out souvenirs you’ve picked up, or just relaxing. Guests can also watch a DVD on the TV that looks at footage of Randen trains, and even listen to a CD that has train sounds on it.
Randen Train Room
Location: Kyoto Tower Hotel (Room 820)
Running: June 11, 2021 – June 10, 2022
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/
R4G x Tokyo Revengers Collaboration Pop Up Store Opens in Hiroshima
Anime fashion brand R4G has collaborated with Tokyo Revengers to produce a lineup of limited collaboration items that will be sold in AZUL BY MOUSSY AEON MALL Hiroshima between October 8 and October 17.
TOKYO REVERSIBLE COACH JAKET ¥14,300 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS TEE ¥4,400 (Tax Incl.)
SCENE PHOTO TEE ¥4,400 (Tax Incl.)
SCENE PHOTO L/S TEE ¥5,500 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS CAP ¥3,300 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS RUBBER KEYCHAIN ¥660 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS COIN CASE ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS CREWNECK ¥6,600 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS SWEATPANTS ¥8,800 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS ACRYLIC STAND Hanagaki Takemichi / Sano Manjirou / Ryūguji Ken ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS CLEARFILE Hanagaki Takemichi / Sano Manjirou / Ryūguji Ken / 3shot ¥550 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS STICKER ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS RIBBON KEYCHAIN 花垣武道/佐野万次郎/龍宮寺堅 ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS FACE COVER(Reversible) ¥1,980 (Tax Incl.)
REVENGERS BADGE 75mm ¥550 (Tax Incl.)
A part of the store will be converted into a Tokyo Revengers pop up shop, with life-sized panels of Hanagaki Takemichi, Mikey (Sano Manjirou), and Draken (Ryūguji Ken) wearing the collaboration clothing. You’ll find yourself wanting to get dressed up and twin with your favorite character! A scene from the anime will also be set up as a photo spot, making it the perfect space for any Tokyo Revengers fan.
The AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu store will be stocking 14 designs overall, including printed T-shirts, a brand-new reversible coach jacket, keychains with pixel dotted logo and gang name designs, and a coin case with the words “TOKYO” and “REVENGERS” printed all across the fabric. These items are all limited edition and are only available for a short time, so be sure to pick them up while you can! Some pieces will be released online, so be sure to check it out.
©Wakui Ken・Kodansha / Anime ‘Tokyo Revengers’ Production Committee
R4G x ‘Tokyo Revengers’
Availability: October 8 ~ October 17 2021 (10 Days)
Location: AZUL BY MOUSSY
AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu
Tokyo Revengers Corner
2-1-1 Osu, Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima
AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu 1F
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00
Online Store: https://www.ec-store.net/category/R4G
Official Site: https://azul-m.com/
Halloween Sweets Now Available at Historical Kyoto Sweets Shop Tsuruya Yoshinobu
Founded in 1803, Tsuruya Yoshinobu is a famous Japanese sweets shop specializing in wagashi, or traditional Japanese confections. To celebrate Halloween, the shop is now selling some themed treats through the end of October.
Halloween Pumpkin/Halloween Ghost Japanese Sweets
Happy Halloween Cookie Assortment
The celebration of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, before later being Christianized as All Hallow’s Day. A day to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the fall harvest, it has become a much less serious holiday in recent decades. Children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy, and the past is largely forgotten. The sweets available at Tsuruya Yoshinobu are decorated with cute expressions and are sure to be a hit at tea time with friends and family. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ghosts, featuring six different expressions!
Japanese sweets aren’t as strong as their American counterparts, and each is sculpted like a work of art. These will melt in your mouth and are perfect for enjoying with matcha, tea, or coffee! Be sure to fill out the blank card along with the cookie gift box for a thoughtful gift this holiday season.
Tsuruya Yoshinobu Halloween Wagashi
Happy Halloween Cookie Assortment, Available October 10 – Late October: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Halloween Pumpkin Japanese Sweets, Available October 16-31: ¥486 each (Tax Included)
Halloween Ghost Japanese Sweets, Available October 16-31: ¥486 each (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Tsuruya Yoshinobu
*Please note that products are only available in-store, not online.
*Certain locations may not offer these products.
Official Site: https://www.tsuruyayoshinobu.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.
90 Year Old Renovated Public Bath-turn-Cafe ‘Rebon Kaisaiyu’ to Hold Collab Exhibition with Illustrator Miyaoka Chigav
Tokyo, Taito-ku based public bath cafe Rebon Kaisaiyu has announced a collaboration exhibition with illustrator Miyaoka Chiga, held between October 10 (public bath day) and October 24 2021, titled “Yu.”
Rebon Kaisaiyu is a renovated public bath which was built 90 years ago, now transformed into a cafe serving home-roasted specialty coffee and handmade ice cream. The wooden tag shoe boxes, watch seats, ceilings, clocks, and Mt. Fuji paintings from the public bath have been preserved, retaining the comfort and warmth of the original building.
The space was designed around the concept of “connecting memories through a cafe,” striving to become a spot where locals could relax once more, connecting the building with the people of the new generation. The relaxing cafe has 16 seats available and is located only a five minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Station.
The collaboration exhibition will be filled with artwork using iconic public bath motifs. Miyaoka’s gentle illustrations are sure to soothe your heart, immersing you in the warmth of “Yu” (public baths). Why not relax in this unique cafe with a comforting mug of hot coffee.
Rebon Kaisaiyu x Miyaoka Chiga Collaboration Exhibition “Yu”
Duration: October 10 ~ October 24 2021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00 ~ 19:00 / Weekends, Holidays 11:00 ~ 19:00 (*Based on Rebon Kaisaiyu’s opening hours.)
Admission Fee: Free (*Please order one item from the cafe if you decide to use the seats.)
Official Site: https://www.rebon.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
Hetalia World★Stars Takes Over Namjatown in Tokyo with Newly Drawn Illustrations
Located inside Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Namjatown is an indoor theme park offering a number of themed attractions and tons of tasty food! Known for collaborating with popular anime and manga series, the complex will be teaming up with Hetalia World★Stars starting on October 20! Following this, Namjatown in Osaka will host the event starting January 14, 2022.
Riddle Solving Letter Set (14 varieties): ¥650 (Tax Included) *Random
Acrylic Pen Stand (14 varieties): ¥2,400 each (Tax Included)
56mm Pin Collection (14 varieties): ¥550 each (Tax Included) *Random
In-Store Exclusive Merchandise
Bag Hooks (14 Varieties): ¥1,500 each (Tax Included)
Cat-Shaped Illustration Sheet (14 varieties)
Web Shop/Hugood! from NAMJATOWN (Osaka) Exclusive Merchandise
Acrylic Picture Frame (1 type): ¥3,300 (Tax Included) *Not available at Namjatown.
‘Bon Appetit! Pasta Raffle’ Mini-Game
Example of Prizes
A Prize: Pouch (14 Varieties)
B Prize: Keychain (14 Varieties)
C Prize: Pin Collection (14 Varieties, Random)
‘Aim! Kugelschreiber!’ Mini-Game
Example of Prizes
Winner’s Prize: Acrylic Stand (14 Varieties)
Participation Prize: Photo Collection 2-piece set (14 Varieties, Random) *Includes 2 bromides of the same design
These prizes will also be available in online mini-games at the Namco Parks Online Shop.
Weekly Commemorative Stamp
Original Themed Food and Desserts
Where to Buy: Namja Gyoza Stadium, Fukubukuro Dessert Alley
Italy, Germany, and Japan Assortment Plate: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Czech Republic and Slovakia Coffee Float: ¥890 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Hugood! CAFE
World★Stars Waffle: ¥780 (Tax Included)
Icing Cookies, available for takeout (14 Varieties) / Acrylic Plate Set: ¥1,900 each (Tax Included) / Individual Cookies: ¥650 each (Tax Included)
Fortune Latte ‘World Greetings Latte’ (14 Characters x 3 Greetings): ¥690 each (Tax Included)
*The greeting on the cup will change depending on the time of day you order (morning, noon, or night).
*Icing Cookies and Fortune Lattes do not come with a cat-shaped illustration sheet.
Sparkling Acrylic Keychain (14 Varieties)
Those familiar with the Hetalia series will recognize these country-based characters, even when they’re sporting cat ears. Guests will be able to purchase a number of completely original goods, play mini-games for prizes, and chow down on themed menu items. Certain goods will also be available from the Namco Parks Online Store.
During the event period, a total of six unique original stamp designs will be available on a weekly basis. Starting on October 20, the Italy, Germany, and Japan stamp will be available, with a new design popping up each Monday.
Hetalia World★Stars in Namjatown
Running: October 20 – November 28, 2021
Namco Parks Online Store: https://parks2.bandainamco-am.co.jp/category/GOODS/
Open: October 20 – November 29, 2021, at 23:00
Premium Bandai Namjatown Online Shop: https://p-bandai.jp/namjaonlineshop/
Open: October 20 at 10:00 – November 29, 2021 at 23:00
Namco Parks Online Store (Mini-game Giveaway): https://parks2.bandainamco-am.co.jp/category/PRIZE/
Running: October 20 at 10:00 – November 29, 2021 at 23:00
Date of Giveaway: October 20, 2021 *January 14, 2022 for namco HEP FIVE store.
Participating Namco Amusement Stores:
Online Crane Mall Torumo
October 20, 2021, at 10:00
Torumo Site: https://s.torumo.namco.co.jp/sh/het_W
Torumo iOS App: https://s.torumo.namco.co.jp/sh/het_i
Torumo GooglePlay App: https://s.torumo.namco.co.jp/sh/het_A
Hetalia World★Stars in Namjatown – Umeda, Osaka
Running: January 14, 2022 – February 6, 2022
Address: Hugood! from NAMJATOWN (HEP FIVE 9F, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka)
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hugoodfn_osaka
*Please note that certain events may differ at each Namjatown location.
Hotel Nikko Nara Teams Up with JR Tokai for Special Shinkansen Shaved Ice
Two new tasty types of shaved ice are now on sale at Hotel Nikko Nara! The Shinkansen Shaved Ice will be available until November 30, 2021, at the Lobby Lounge Fountain on the hotel’s third floor.
Shinkansen Shaved Ice – N700S
Sliced Mango, dried apricots, and almond jelly
Shinkansen Shaved Ice – Inspection Train
Caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, and dried apricots
This collaboration with JR Central Japan Railway is only available for a limited time, though Hotel Nikko Nara serves up tasty shaved ice year-round. This collaboration began on October 1 to celebrate the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen. These treats are created with nitrous oxide, which transforms the shaved ice into a mousse-like foam!
For those able to make it to Nara in time, which of these special sweets will you be trying?
Shinkansen Shaved Ice
Available: October 1 – November 30, 2021, from 13:00-18:00 (Closed Thursdays)
Where to Buy: Hotel Nikko Nara Lobby Lounge Fountain (3F)
Official Site: https://www.nikkonara.jp/pr/
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/
Tower Records x Kuromi Release Second Round of Collab Merchandise
My Melody’s rival Kuromi is back for another collaboration with Tower Records! 26 participating locations will begin selling the second round of original merchandise on October 14, with preorders now open! The items will also be available to purchase from the Tower Records online store.
Kuromi made her debut in 2005 and is a popular Sanrio character for those who want something less cute and more punk. This collaboration is fitting, as Kuromi’s birthday is on Halloween!
Products Available In-Store and Online
Clear Folder, Set of 2
Products Available at Shibuya and Shinjuku Stores and Online
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
The first collaboration between Kuromi and Tower Records came in 2020 and saw products flying off the shelves. Be sure to preorder the items you like before they’re gone!
Tower Records x Kuromi Round 2
Available to Preorder Now
Release Date: October 14, 2021
*Mascot Keychains will go on sale on October 28.
Participating Locations/Details: https://tower.jp/kuromi2021
Mickey Mouse Professional Baseball Collection Available During Fall/Winter 2021
08.October.2021 | FASHION
Are you a fan of Japanese professional baseball? 12 of these teams are teaming up with the globally beloved character Mickey Mouse for a new fall/winter collection, with preorders open now! This year’s items include long-sleeve T-shirts, pullover hoodies, jackets, iPhone cases, and cushions, all featuring these sporty designs. You might not be able to stop yourself from ordering everything! Head over to the official website and take a peek.
©YOMIURI GIANTS ©ヤクルト球団 ©YOKOHAMA DeNA BAYSTARS ©中日ドラゴンズ
©HANSHIN TIGERS ©HIROSHIMA TOYO CARP ©H.N.F. ©Rakuten Eagles ©SEIBU Lions
©CHIBA LOTTE MARINES ©ORIX Buffaloes ©SoftBankHAWKS
Available: October 1, 2021, at 14:00 – October 31, 2021, at 23:59
Where to Buy: Seven Net Shopping (https://spaceage.work/mickeymouse-baseball-2021/)
Products will be delivered sometime after December 6, 2021
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