Heidi, Girl of the Alps Anime Fair to Open at Rokko Garden Terrace in Kobe
Rokko Garden Terrace has announced an event set to take place this summer. Titled “Mount Rokkō Swiss Fair ~Surrounded by Heidi, Girl of the Alps~,” is set to run from July 16 to August 31.
Heidi, Girl of the Alps Decorations / Themed Stamp Rally / Merchandise
Heidi, Girl of the Alps themed food
Swiss-Style Cordon Bleu Alpen Macaroni | ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Zuger Kirschtorte Gateau | ¥900 (Tax Included)
Roast Beef Lunch With Alpen Macaroni | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)
Yōichi Kotabe Art Exhibits / Cheese Plate / Illustrations
Mount Rokkō and Switzerland have a lot in common, especially when it comes to both locations being home to towering mountains with cable cars that run up them. At the top of Mount Rokkō, visitors can get a real feel for Switzerland. Rokko Garden Terrace sits up the mountains and has its own observation deck which offers a panoramic view of the Rokkō mountains. It’s here that the event themed on the anime series Heidi, Girl of the Alps will take place, with decorations, art exhibits, photo spots, themed food, merchandise, and more. Fans can also win a plush toy of Josef of the anime series. There will also be an art exhibition of works from the series character designer Yōichi Kotabe and more.
Mount Rokkō Swiss Fair ~Surrounded by Heidi, Girl of the Alps~
Running: July 16, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Location: Rokko Garden Terrace
Opening Hours: 9:30-21:00
*Opening hours subject to change depending on weather
*Subject to closure depending on COVID-19
Heidi, Girl of the Alps Official Website: http://www.heidi.ne.jp
Enjoy Contemporary Art in Nature with the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘
14.September.2021 | SPOT
The Kobe Tourism Bureau will be opening the limited time ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-‘ tour on Kobe City’s Rokko Sanjo between September 11 and November 24 2021.
Rokko Mountain was developed as a leisure spot by foreign residents during the Meiji Era, and is still beloved to this day for its magnificent views and abundant nature.
The ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ tour opened in 2010 in order to convey the charms of Mt. Rokko to as many people as possible while introducing them to contemporary art. Over 400 artist groups have exhibited since its opening, with visitors being able to enjoy the innovative works and scenery which changes with the art.
The ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ is not only for art fans but also for those who wish to visit Mt. Rokko for sightseeing and leisure, allowing each visitor to experience art with their five senses as the seasons change.
Some pieces are modified by the artist throughout the exhibition period, allowing you to feel the changes of the works each time you visit. Due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, opportunities to come into contact with nature and art have greatly decreased. In response, the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ has started a variety of projects, including online exhibitions and workshops.
Experience this fun combination of nature and contemporary art for yourself at the ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-!’
Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk 2021-
Duration: September 11 ~ November 23 2021
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
Location: 12 spots throughout Rokko Sanjo
Satellite Venue: Arima Onsen Area
JR Sannomiya Station Square Special Exhibition: ‘Rokko Meets Art -Art Walk-‘ Selection
Tickets・Official Site: https://www.rokkosan.com/art2021/
‘átoa,’ Part Art Museum and Part Aquarium, Opening in Kobe
12.August.2021 | SPOT
Blending living creatures with art, átoa, a new urban aquarium, will open in Kobe’s Shinkocho on October 29, 2021. New images have just been revealed, and we now have an idea of what the interior will look like!
‘átoa’ comes from a combination of the words ‘aquarium’ and ‘art,’ and as the name suggests, the space will blend over 100 pieces of digital and performance art with 3,000 ocean creatures to provide a never-before-seen experience.
The exterior of the Kobe Port Museum looks like a contemporary art gallery
The stairway leads guests to a cave entrance, making the visit feel more like an adventure
‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life’ embodies underwater life
‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits’ welcomes you to a foggy sea of trees
Light cutout show by famed cutout artist Atsumi Sakai
A mysterious walk through a traditional Japanese garden
‘PLANETS,’ a journey through the darkness of outer space and the deep sea
Food & drink offerings worthy of posting on social media
A spectacular view of the Kobe Bay area
átoa original products on sale
Rokko, the land on which Kobe City sits, is said to have been formed over one million years ago by the upheaval of the Earth and consistent water erosion. The Kobe Port Museum (KPM), where átoa is located, has long attracted visitors with its unique exterior, embodying the ancient origins of the surrounding lands.
átoa will be divided into eight different zones, each with its own theme and distinctive presentation. Visitors will first enter the ‘Cave of Beginnings,’ where fish-shaped lights reflected on the walls and floor lead you deeper into the space, as if through a kaleidoscope.
After emerging, ‘MARIN NOTE – The Movement of Life,’ a visual embodiment of underwater life, will greet you. The sound and scents of the sea will surround guests, with a cylindrical water tank at the center of the room filled with zebra sharks, spotted garden eels, and many more underwater creatures.
On the second floor, enter ‘ELEMENTS – The Forest of Spirits,’ a foggy sea of trees straight out of a fairy tale. This is where you can find freshwater fish, amphibians, and adorable tree-dwelling animals not typically found in aquariums, like woodchucks! This is another highlight of átoa: you might find more animals you wouldn’t expect!
The third floor houses both ‘MIYABI’ and ‘PLANETS,’ where guests can enjoy a ‘theatrical aquarium experience.’ Discover Atsumi Sakai’s famed cutout art in the ‘MIYABI’ area, meant to simulate a Japanese garden. Enjoy the magical experience of fish swimming just beneath your feet as you stroll along a glass-covered floor.
The ‘PLANETS’ area houses AQUA TERRA, one of Japan’s largest spherical water tanks, with a diameter of 3 meters. Guests are welcome to ponder the vastness of both outer space and the deepest stretches of the sea. The area is bathed in the light of countless stars thanks to optical fibers embedded in the floor, while mist will continuously pour from above.
Housed on the fourth floor, an outdoor exhibit, the ‘SKYSHORE Sky Garden,’ will soothe your soul as you play with only the most adorable marine life, from penguins to otters. This is also where visitors can enjoy the átoa cafe, offering a lineup of Instagram-worthy food and drink.
The observation deck ‘ROOF TOP’ also provides a breathtaking view of Kobe. Whether you visit during day or night, take in the views of Kobe Harborland and Meriken Park to your heart’s content. A full museum shop will be stocked with adorable plushies and other original products.
Address: 7-2, Shinkocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Date: October 29, 2021
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Open Every Day)
Official Site: https://atoa-kobe.jp
Pâtissier-Inspired Shaved Ice Flavors Available at Kobe Minato Onsen Ren for Limited Time
There’s no better way to combat a heat wave than enjoying a cool bowl of shaved ice! Natural hot spring resort Kobe Minato Onsen Ren, overlooking Kobe Port, is releasing a gorgeous new style of this popular summer treat. Called Fluffed Ice, it offers a slightly more sophisticated flavor, and serves as the perfect way to cool off for adults escaping the hustle and bustle of the sweltering city.
Fluffed Ice, uniquely designed by a pastry chef: ¥900 each (Tax Included)
Fukuju (Nada’s Famous Sake)
Uji Green Tea and Hokkaido Azuki
By filtering the water and freezing it at a slower rate, the shaved ice is completely pure and free of any and all impurities. Visitors can enjoy four different flavors: Setouchi Lemon, a refreshing blend of acidity and white chocolate; Fujuku, which contains locally-sourced sake and sweet syrup; Strawberry, offering a mix of sweet and sour; and, finally, Uji Matcha and Hokkaido Azuki, elegantly mixing flavors from both northern and southern Japan. The syrup used is made from scratch, and was developed by the pâtissier of Le Pan Kobe Kitano, a bakery and sweets shop nearby.
During this incredibly hot summer, give this new Fluffed Ice a try!
Location: Ocean Spa ‘Poolside Bar,’ Restaurant Suiren
Available Until: September 30, 2021
Official Site: https://ren-onsen.jp/event/fuwakoori/
Japanese patisserie ANTENOR, whose roots begin in Kobe, began its summer Lemon Festa on Thursday which is set to run until August 31 for the season of warm weather, serving up a special lemon-themed menu.
The Refreshing Line-Up
Lemon Cream Sandwich | ¥864 (Tax Included)
A refreshing lemon cream sandwich biscuit stuffed with sweet and sour lemon cream and dacquoise. Lemon peel is added for a slightly bitter bite.
Lemon Cream Sandwich Assortment | ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
An assortment containing the lemon cream sandwich as well as a lemon-flavoured white chocolate sandwich biscuit.
Summer Baked Goods Set | ¥2,268 (Tax Included)
This set includes the two above-mentioned desserts along with another chocolatey type of lemon sandwich biscuit.
Lemon Tarts | Small ¥519 – Whole ¥2,106 (Tax Included)
The lemon tarts are all handmade with lemon cream and lemon peel. The tarts are topped with a flower for a touch of elegance. This dessert is refreshing and satisfying like fresh lemon so is perfect for the summer season.
Setonai Lemon Cheesecake | ¥540 (Tax Included)
This cheesecake is made with cream cheese from Hokkaido and a jam made from lemons from the Seto Inland Sea. Moist, fluffy, and delicious.
Don’t miss ANTENOR’s Lemon Festa in Japan.
ANTENOR Lemon Festa
Running: May 20, 2021 – August 31, 2021
ANTENOR Official Website: https://www.antenor.jp
Snoopy Town Shop to Open in Kobe
Peanuts fans will be excited to know that KIDDYLAND is set to open the new Snoopy Town Shop in Kobe on April 29, 2021.
The theme of the new shop is “Happiness is…a warm puppy” which will be echoed in its cute decor and line-up of merchandise. The shop is incorporating a farmhouse style which combines traditional Kobe designs with a contemporary taste that elicits a sense of nostalgia. Inside, shoppers will find the Peanuts gang relaxed and chilling around the shop along the shelves and up the official gallery wall where scenes from the comics trip will be depicted.
This Japan-official shop will also sell an exclusive line-up of items with the theme “Welcome Home” which features Snoopy and his friends relaxing at home.
Freebie for fans
The first 1,000 people to spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) in the shop will receive a free face towel.
A small look at some of the limited-edition line-up
The following items will be sold on the opening day only and will be limited to one piece per customer, per transaction.
Pin Set | ¥1,518 (Tax Included)
Bandana | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Glasses | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Tote Bag | ¥2,530 (Tax Included)
The following items will be sold on the opening day only and will be limited to two pieces per customer, per transaction.
From Left: Buffer Knife ¥660 / Small Spoon ¥660 / Small Fork ¥660 / Medium Spoon ¥770 / Medium Form ¥770 (Tax Included)
Left: Folder ¥308 / Right: Set of 2 Art Cards ¥330 (Tax Included)
Left: Wash Towel ¥1,100 / Right: Flat Pouch ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
T-Shirt | ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Snoopy Town Shop Kobe
Opening Day: April 29, 2021
Address: Kobe Harborland umie Mosaic (Floor 2F), 1-6-1 Higashikawasakicho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://town.snoopy.co.jp/item/original/koube_limited.html
Chibi Maruko-chan x Coji-Coji Pop-Up Shop to Open in Tokyo and Hyogo
Nippon Animation has announced the Maruko & Coji-Coji Fest, two pop-up shops that will open at Kita-Senju Marui in Tokyo and Kobe Harborland umie in Hyogo on April 20 and 29 respectively.
Inside the Kita-Senju Marui store
Acrylic Key Rings | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)
Sticker | ¥385 (Tax Included)
Postcard | ¥275 (Tax Included)
Mugs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)
Bonus Item: Wrapping paper bag
The Maruko & Coji-Coji Happy Fest welcomes an all new series of original artwork themed around snacks and sweets. Fans will be able to enjoy pre-sales of new merchandise, and all who spend over ¥2,000 (tax included) will be given a free wrapping paper bag.
Maruko & Coji-Coji Happy Fest
Running: April 20, 2021 – May 6, 2021
Where: Kita-Senju Marui Floor 2F
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Running: April 29, 2021 – July 18, 2021
Where: Kobe Mosaic Floor 2F
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://www.nippon-animation.co.jp/
Snoopy Time Capsule Exhibition in Kobe Celebrates Peanuts Comic’s 70th Anniversary
12.March.2021 | SPOT
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip, the “Snoopy Time Capsule Exhibition” will be held from March 24 to April 5 at the Daimaru Museum on the 9th floor of Daimaru Kobe.
The exhibition will pay homage to the beloved characters and story of the comic series with merchandise, events, photo ops, and more.
All Visitors Get a Free Secret Key
All tickets bought for the exhibition are coupled with a special key. Visitors must find 5 illustrations dotted around the exhibition venue which have keyholes that the key fits. This will give them a comic illustration that can be taken home at the end of the exhibition.
Waiting to greet visitors at the exhibition entrance is the Peanuts Gang all with their own keys.
Towering panels detail the history of Peanuts and author Charles M. Schulz in a timeline format.
Peanuts Through the Ages
Featured throughout the exhibition is artwork, photo spots, and interactive gimmicks divided by the years Peanuts was drawn and theme.
There is a section that pays love to the unrequited infatuation Lucy has for Schroeder.
As well as an area dedicated to all the different outfits and occupations Snoop finds himself in.
Visitors can also become Charlie Brown’s Peggy Jean, his girlfriend in the comic strip, at this special photo spot where you can sit beside him and Snoopy at the lake shore.
Time Capsule Movie
A special, event-original video is available to watch at the exhibition that looks back over Peanuts like a time capsule.
An Homage to Charles M. Schulz
Learn all about Charles M. Schulz, the author of Peanuts. There’s a display detailing his background as well as Peanuts merchandise, books, and more.
Snoopy Time Capsule Exhibition Original Merchandise
The exhibition will be home to the “Peanuts 70th Anniversary Market” where around 100 original and exclusive pieces of merchandise will be sold amongst other related Peanuts items.
Snoopy Plushie | ¥3,850 (Tax Included)
A4 Folder | ¥440 (Tax Included)
Alphabet Key RIngs | ¥1,320 Each (Tax Included)
Snoopy Face Masks (Washable 100 Times) | ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
© 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC( 短縮形 © 2021 Peanuts )
Snoopy Time Capsule Exhibition
Running: March 24, 2021 – April 5, 2021
Location: Daimaru Museum at Daimaru Kobe (Floor 9F)
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:30 (Until 15:30 on April 5)
Snoopy Japan Official Website: https://www.snoopy.co.jp/
TV Anime Romeo and the Black Brothers Opens Pop-Up Shops in Japan
Nippon Animation’s 1995 anime series Romeo and the Black Brothers is opening four pop-up shops in Japan selling a variety of themed merchandise. And for every ¥3,000 spent at the shops, customers will receive a special shopping bag with a design from the series.
Original Shopping Bag
Epos Card Holders Exclusive Items
A-Prize: Canvas Board
B-Prize: Complete Postcard Set
C-Prize: One Postcard (6 Designs)
The Marui City Yokohama branch pop-up shop will also feature a special exhibition of illustrations, photos, and artwork that take a look back over scenes from the series.
Romeo and the Black Brothers Pop-Up Shop
Japanese Pop-Up Shop Name: ロミオの青い空「ボルゴ横丁雑貨店」
Marui City Yokohama
Running: March 5, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Location: Marui City Yokohama Floor 7F
Running: March 27, 2021 – April 4, 2021
Location: Hakata Marui Floor 5F
Running: April 9, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Location: Kokubunji Marui Floor 4F
Running: April 16, 2021 – April 26, 2021
Location: Kobe Marui Floor 5F
Romeo and the Black Brothers Exhibition
Running: March 5, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Location: Marui City Yokohama Floor 7F
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Until 19:00 on March 14)
Epos Card Members Prizes
Running: Until March 5, 2021 @ 23:59 (JST)
Winners to be Chosen: 3
Official Website: https://www.sekaimeisaku-nostalgia.com/
Japan’s Snoopy Themed PEANUTS Cafe Reveals Charlie Brown Inspired Dessert
15.February.2021 | FOOD
Six branches of the hugely-popular PEANUTS Cafe in Japan are welcoming a collection of tasty new seasonal menu items this Saturday which are set to be served until March 14.
The Limited-Time Line-Up
Brownie Charles’s Brownie Chocolat | ¥950 (Before Tax)
Strawberry Whipped Hot Chocolate | Eat In ¥750 – Takeout ¥700 (Before Tax)
The collection includes a chocolate brownie inspired by the scene when Charlie Brown meets Peggy Jean for the first time. He is very nervous and mistakenly introduces himself as “Brownie Charlies.” There’s also a sweet strawberry hot chocolate topped with a squirt of whipped cream and drizzle of strawberry sauce.
(C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
PEANUTS Cafe Limited-Time Menu
Running: February 13, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama, PEANUTS DINER Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum, PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya
PEANUTS Cafe: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
Snoopy Japan Official Website: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
Tokyo Banana x Disney Sweets Shop to Open in Kobe Hankyu This Holiday Season
11.December.2020 | FOOD
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana is a sweets shop by Tokyo Banana in collaboration with Disney. A pop-up version will open in Kobe Hankyu from December 16 to 22 with a selection of sweets including two special treats releasing to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Disney film Fantasia.
Fantasia 80th Anniversary Sweets
Disney Fantasia/Tokyo Banana
Disney Fantasia/Tokyo Banana (8 Included) | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
The packaging features Mickey Mouse’s iconic look as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
The chocolate sponge cakes are filled with chocolate banana custard cream and are decorated with a moon, stars, and Mickey’s head.
All boxes of these sweets come with a set of two random postcards too.
Disney Fantasia/Chocolate Sandwich
Disney Fantasia/Chocolate Sandwich (28 Included) | ¥3,024 (Tax Included)
This beautiful box of chocolate biscuit sandwiches will be limited to 80 tins per day.
The light and crunchy cookies are banana milkshake and chocolate flavoured and feature memorable scenes and references to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice part of Fantasia.
The pop-up shop will be selling a variety of other collaborative treats too as part of the Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana.
Disney SWEETS COLLECTION by Tokyo Banana
Running: December 16, 2020 – December 22, 2020
Location: Kobe Hankyu (Floor B1F, Food Stage)
Official Website: https://tokyobanana.jp/products/banana_disney.html
Experience a Stylish Picnic at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
19.September.2020 | SPOT
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens is now taking bookings for its upcoming “Garden Picnic 2020 -Autumn Season-” event which is set to run from September 26 to November 23.
The Gaden Picnic event began in spring last year, and this time around, they’re hosting a special autumn themed picnic. Visitors can expect to tuck into a seasonal food lineup while enjoying the cooling autumn weather.
Garden Picnic 2020 offers a range of picnic rental necessities from food to drinks, desserts, picnic sheets, chopping boards, cutlery sets, dried flowers, garlands, alphabet letters, blackboards, bubbles, and more, so visitors can enjoy a proper and memorable picnic experience—one that will definitely be Instagram worthy—amongst the autumnal verdure of the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.
The garden paths, flower beds, and the Rokko mountains offer a beautiful outdoor experience throughout all four seasons. Autumn in particular, as the colours of the mountains transition into vibrant red and yellow hues and sway underneath the clear sky. From cosmos to gorgeous globe amaranth, colourful sage, and other autumnal flowers, it’s the perfect setting for an autumn aesthetic picnic.
Garden Picnic 2020
Running: September 26, 2020 – November 23, 2020
Price: Picnic set for two – ¥7,000 (Tax Included)
Includes: Food, Japanese sweets, mini wine bottle (comes with 2 glasses), mineral water, picnic blanket, chopping board, cutlery set, dried flowers (can be taken home), garlands, alphabet letters, blackboard, and bubbles
Booking: Must be booked by telephone called two days prior by 15:00
*Cancellations must be made by 12:00 the previous day, otherwise you will be charged
*10 bookings available per day, first-come, first-served
*Bookings available 10:30-14:00 (JST)
Official Website: https://www.kobeherb.com/event_experience/garden_picnic/
See Japan’s Autumn Colours on a Bus Tour to the Chapel of the Wind and Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
09.September.2020 | SPOT
The Mount Rokko Cable Car & Tourism Company has announced a special bus tour which will take passengers to the Chapel of the Wind and Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden. Running on weekends and public holidays between October 24 and November 15, the bus will depart from Kobe Sannomiya, and will also include a special lunch at the Rokko View Palace inside Rokko Garden Terrace.
What to look forward to
Chapel of the Wind, known as Kaze no Kyokai in Japanese, was built by internationally-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It’s open for the autumn season only, and the bus tour will give you a chance to go inside and take in one of Ando’s early works.
The lunch offered on the tour will be served at Rokko View Palace inside Rokko Garden Terrace, a staggering 880m above sea level. The menu includes roast chicken and beef, salad, bread, and dessert.
Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden will be in full autumn bloom during the bus tour, with reds, yellows, and oranges presented by the beeches and maples. There’s also an exhibition taking place at the garden centred on Persian cyclamens and diamond lilies. You will stroll leisurely through the garden as the garden staff take you on a tour to see the beautiful autumnal sights.