Wakura Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture to Hold Special Illumination, Luxurious Tea Time
11.January.2022 | SPOT
The Wakura Onsen Tourist Association is sponsoring a new project to illuminate Seirinji Temple, a nationally registered cultural property. Along with this light show, guests can enjoy a luxurious tea time starting on January 8, 2022. This year, the pavilion and garden will be lit up again, and the entrance will be decorated with traditional local paper lanterns.
The historic property was built in 1909 as a resting place for Emperor Taisho. Only two such buildings exist in Japan: one in Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture, and the other at Wakura Onsen. Both were registered as Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan in 2017.
Last year, the area was photographed for posters and pamphlets as part of the ‘Japanese Beauty Hokuriku’ campaign organized by JR East, JR West, and the Central JR Railway.
Each Saturday evening through February 26, guests will be invited to enjoy a different kind of atmosphere while enjoying a very fancy tea time. The program has been very well received by visitors, so it shouldn’t be missed!
The light-up of the temple and garden, with its slowly changing colors, will transport guests to another world. The entrance to Seirinji Temple will be redecorated and lit up, and a pathway of lights will be created from the gate to the entrance of the pavilion using paper lanterns.
Seirinji Temple Illuminations & Luxury Tea Time
Running: Saturdays from January 8 – February 26, 2022
First Seating: 17:00
Second Seating: 18:00
Address: Seirinji Temple, Wakura Onsen (61 Wakuramachi, Nanao, Ishikawa)
*Available for guests of Wakura Onsen
Official Site: https://www.wakura.or.jp
FUKUCHA to Offer Limited-Time Strawberry Desserts with Uji Tea Pairings
FUKUCHA Teahouse, a Fukujen cafe in Kyoto, will start a limited-time Strawberries and Uji Tea Fair on January 8, 2022. Last year’s Matcha fair was incredibly popular, and certain items will also be available again in 2022. The new menu includes a strawberry version of the popular Herbal Tea Pairing Set, making it even more fun and elegant! Guests can enjoy flavorful Uji green tea along with a number of tasty strawberry treats.
Mont Fraise: ¥1,150
Mont Fraise means ‘mountain of strawberries’ in French. This dessert is made with thin white chocolate and sponge cake soaked in matcha syrup with matcha cream and strawberries covering every inch. It is also served with a green tea chocolate sauce.
Strawberry Pairing Set: ¥1650
The strawberry version of the popular Herbal Tea Pairing Set on the regular FUKUCHA menu.
・Ginger Blend Genmaicha and Strawberry Cheese Tart
・Hibiscus Blend Hojicha and Strawberry Chocolate Bonbons
・Cinnamon Blend Twig Tea with Strawberry Cream
・Peppermint Blend Twig Tea with Large Strawberry
Marscapone Strawberries: ¥1450
Using 10 strawberries, this parfait is designed to look like a herbarium. Putting a spoon into the light mascarpone cream will reveal the bright green color of the matcha chocolate sauce.
Strawberry and Uji Tea Fair
Running: January 8 – May 15, 2022
*Limited to 10 Servings per day.
Official Site: https://www.fukujuen.com/
Shiroikoibito Park in Sapporo to Hold Chocolate Factory of Light and Love Illumination Event
Shiroikoibito Park in Sapporo will hold a special illumination event from December 27, 2021 until March 14, 2022! The ‘Chocolate Factory of Light and Love’ is perfect for couples to visit during these cooler months.
A popular event each year, the Shiroikoibito Park Illumination was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. As this event is held inside, it offers some shelter from the cold as guests wander through the 85-meter-long course. An escape game will also be held for the first time at the location, and will involve two participants attempting to solve riddles based on ‘love’ and ‘chocolate.’ The room is decorated with luxurious antique items imported from England.
Escape Game! Escape from the Chocolate Laboratory
Running: January 7 – March 14, 2022
Reservations Available at Ticket Counter
Location: Study Base – Cacao Pod
Available: February 11 – February 14, 2022 / March 12 – March 14, 2022
Hours: 10:00 until sold out
Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Location: Tudor House 1F Special Event Space
Dessert Set (with Drink): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Very Cocoa Set (with Drink: ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Chocolate & Berries: ¥800 (Tax Included)
One-sided Love Hot Cocoa: ¥550 (Tax Included)
Beef Stew with Hokkaido Beef (served with bread or rice): ¥1,380 (Tax Included)
Chocolate Baumkuchen: ¥1,512 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Piccadilly Shop
On sale January 15, 2022 (Valentine’s Day Exclusive)
Select Chocolates: ¥648 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy: Piccadilly Shop
On sale January 15, 2022
Inspired by the novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ Shiroikoibito Park was opened to bring people together with sweets. How could guests not be happy in such a magical place?
Shiroikoibito Park ~Chocolate Factory of Light and Love~
Running: December 27, 2021 – March 14, 2022
Ticket Office Open: 10:00-16:30 *Tickets available until 16:00
Official Site: https://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/
Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021 Event to Illuminate the City’s Marunouchi Area
09.December.2021 | SPOT
East Japan Railway and Mitsubishi Estate Company are teaming up for Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021, a special light-up event being held at Tokyo Station from December 14 until December 25. This year’s theme is ‘Scenery at Dawn,’ and was inspired by the phrase ‘after the night comes the day.’ 2021 was another difficult year for people around the world, and this event signifies the dawn of a new era.
The Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, the trees in the Station Square, and the trees along Gyoko-Dori Avenue will all be decorated with lights that gradually change color. Hopefully, 2022 will be an easier year!
2021 Event Theme: ‘Scenery at Dawn’
After all of the hardships of the year, Christmas 2021 will be the dawn of a new era.
Tokyo will give citizens and guests a beautiful moment illuminated with the morning sunlight.
Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021
Running: December 14 – December 25, 2021
Location: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Square, Gyoko-Dori Avenue
*Event period, hours, and contents are subject to change.
*Content may be altered or canceled due to various circumstances.
Hibiya Area in Tokyo to Explode in Colorful Lights During HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021
19.November.2021 | SPOT
From November 18, 2021, until February 14, 2022, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya will be wrapped in countless lights during the HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021 event.
During the period from November 18 until December 26, the HIBIYA WINTER SQUARE lights can be seen at Hibiya Step Square, the main area at the entrance to Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. A special performance will be held every 20 minutes based on this year’s theme, “Tomorrow: A New Curtain Rises.” This beautiful arrangement features the score from the classic musical ‘Annie,’ and utilizes gradation colors to depict the sky shifting from the dark of night to the dawn of a new day. From Hibiya Step Plaza, the light will radiate outwards to the main staircase and Naka-Dori Avenue, creating an unforgettable wave of light.
Visitors should also watch out for special decorations to commemorate the release of the latest Disney animated film ‘Encanto!’ A light show will feature original music, and a unique Christmas tree will be taking center stage, so don’t miss it!
HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021
Running: November 18, 2021 – February 14, 2022
Location: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Official Site: https://www.hibiya.tokyo-midtown.com/xmas/
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 and Keyakizaka Lights, Tokyo’s Signature Christmas Event, Begin
17.November.2021 | SPOT
Tokyo’s favorite Christmas event has begun! Roppongi Hills is a popular destination for shopping, eating, and having a good time, and the Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 celebration brings the complex to life with plenty of holiday spirit. The Keyakizaka Lights signal the beginning of the Christmas season in the area, and this winter tradition is not to be missed!
The 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street is covered in over 700,000 blue and white LED lights, and the scene has become a popular representation of what Christmas looks like in Tokyo. This year’s West Walk shopping arcade will also feature the special Bon-Bon Blossom installation, a Christmas tree made to look like bonbon chocolates.
Does this look like your ideal Christmas scene?
Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021
Dates: Beginning of November – December 25, 2021
Address: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, etc.)
Dates: Beginning of November – December 25, 2021
Address: Roppongi Keyakizaka Street
Bon-Bon Blossom at West Walk
Running: November 19 – December 25, 2021
Address: West Walk 2F South Atrium
Official Site: https://www.roppongihills.com
Discover the wonder of Kanazawa with AMIAYA and ETSUNA with new “HAKKEN” videos produced by Channel 47
Fashion icons show the modern and historical charm of Kanazawa, Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN (16 November, 2021) – Channel 47, a company focused on globally promoting the appeal of local and popular Japanese culture through the power of entertainment, is excited to debut their new “HAKKEN” video series today, 16 November, highlighting the wonderful modern and historical tourism aspects of Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture. “HAKKEN” is the Japanese word for discovery, which is the core feeling this new video series is aiming to convey. Channel 47 wants toinspire viewers to discover the wonders of Japan’s local culture through these shortfilms.
The debut videos feature fashion icons AMIAYA and ETSUNA (both represented by ASOBISYSTEM), each exploring a different facet of what Kanazawa has to offer curious visitors. These films were produced by Channel 47 as a part of promotional efforts for the Kanazawa Film Festival held in September of 2021. These entries in the “HAKKEN” series were informed by Channel 47’s shared philosophy with the Kanazawa Film Festival, to disseminate the culture of Japan’s countryside and promote its appeal worldwide.
In the first video, twin model & singer duo AMIAYA discover the “pop” elements of the city at locations such as the Omi-machi market, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nagamachi Samurai District, and more. Along the way they sample delicacies from some of Kanazawa’s highly rated restaurants. Through their experiences viewers will see art, food, shopping, and scenery that has high appeal among visitors.
Watch “HAKKEN – Discover Kanazawa with AMIAYA”
Find AMIAYA online
Official Website: https://asobisystem.com/talent/amiaya/
AMI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amixxamiaya/
AYA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayaxxamiaya/
In the second video, fashion designer and influencer ETSUNA takes a different approach and wanders the traditional side of Kanazawa. Starting with a stroll in the Higashi Chaya District, her journey takes her to make ceramic art at Hokutoh, and to see historic locations such as the Ishikawa Bridge, the Gyokusen’inmaru Garden, Sannomaru Square, and more. To fit the traditional theme of her visit, she visits Kimono & Antiques Soki and gets dressed for the occasion. Viewers will see through ETSUNA’s exploration the beauty and historical legacy of Kanazawa City.
Watch “HAKKEN – Experience Kanazawa’s History with ETSUNA”
Find ETSUNA online
Official Website: https://asobisystem.com/talent/etsuna/
ABOUT KANAZAWA FILM FESTIVAL
The 15th Kanazawa Film Festival was held from September 18-20, 2021 in Theater 21 at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary art in Kanazawa. The festival has a reputation not only for the high quality of films presented each year, but also for its “New Directors with Promising Talent” program. This year 83 films were entered in the “New Directors with Promising Talent” program, and 11 of them won screening rights. The Grand Prix was awarded to MELIA’s “Experiential Tour”, for which she also received the special Channel 47 Award.
More information on the Kanazawa Film Festival can be found at
ABOUT CHANNEL 47
Channel 47 is a project that using the power of entertainment to communicate the appeal of Japan and its different regions to overseas audiences. Through planning and producing events with celebrities and personalities, Channel 47 creates content that conveys the appeal and charm of Japan’s many different regions to viewers all over the world. Channel 47 created the post-movies for the 15th Kanazawa Film Festival, held in September 2021. Additional efforts to promote the event overseas include producing
English subtitles for “Alien Painter” which was screened as a Kanazawa Film Festival Scholarship Film.
For more information about Channel 47 please contact: email@example.com
Socially Distanced NAKED Night Walk Art Project to Open in Kaga, Ishikawa
08.November.2021 | SPOT
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how many people live their lives, with fewer and fewer people venturing outdoors. Now, Japanese creative company NAKED has announced a Night Walk at the picturesque Katayamazu Hot Springs in Kaga, Ishikawa. While practicing social distancing, visitors can explore an illuminated wonderland from December 17, 2021, until January 16, 2022.
Lights of the Dragon God: Ukimidou
Sunny Spot Baths: Katayamazu Hot Springs Sunahase Park, Aiai Plaza
NAKED Distanced Lanterns: Katayamazu Hot Springs Sunahase Park, Aiai Plaza
NAKED Flower Cleansing: Katayamazu Hot Springs Sunahase Park, Aiai Plaza
The Halo of Life: Aizenji Temple
Crystal-Dyed Paper Lanterns: Aizenji Temple
Guests will be invited to explore the grounds while carrying a NAKED Distanced Lantern–both an art piece, and a way to illuminate your steps. With safety in mind, there will be plenty of space between visitors, so people can enjoy the event with peace of mind.
The location for the event, Katayamazu Onsen, was recently a runner-up in the Onsen General Election 2018 spectacular scenery category. Surrounded by crystal blue waters and with a beautiful view of Mt. Haku, the location will have guests feeling completely calm by the time their visit comes to an end.
NAKED Night Walk -Katayamazu Hot Springs-
Running: December 17, 2021 – January 16, 2022
Address: Katayamazu Hot Springs (Sunahase Park, Aiai Plaza, Yonomoto Park, Aizenji Temple)
Official Site: https://yoru-sanpo.naked.works/katayamazu/
Four Must-See Winter Illuminations in the Kanto Region This Holiday Season
Even though it feels like 2021 just started, winter is already approaching! Though the weather is turning cold and the leaves are falling from the trees, there are plenty of colorful events taking place throughout the Kanto region sure to warm your body and soul. Holiday lights can transform even the darkest and most frigid evenings into magical memories. Here at Moshi Moshi Nippon, we’ve compiled the four best winter illumination locations for 2021, perfect for dates, family outings, or even solo reflection!
[Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture] 20th Anniversary Garden of Light ~Flower Fantasy 2021~
In October 2017, Ashikaga Flower Park was recognized as having one of the three best illumination events in Japan, along with the Sapporo White Illumination in Hokkaido and the Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Lights in Nagasaki. It has also ranked number one in the Night View Convention and Visitors Bureau Illumination Awards for five consecutive years from 2016 until 2020. Be sure to visit the popular and newly-renovated Flower Castle!
Location: Ashikaga Flower Park
Running: Until February 14, 2022
[Shinagawa, Tokyo] Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022 x NAKED
Tokyo’s Oi Racecourse will be decorated with over eight million lights until April 2022! The location is complete with a water fountain show and a 100-meter tunnel bathed in light, while creative production company NAKED has teamed up with the event to offer AR illuminations guests can only experience here!
Location: Oi Racecourse
Running: Until April 10, 2022
[Inagi, Tokyo] Yomiuriland Jewellumination The Light of Hope! ~A Diverse Symphony of Color~
Yomiuriland’s newest illuminations were produced by Ishii Motoko, and the park is home to the world’s first light display to use LED lights made to glitter like jewels. These lights have a low environmental impact, and are perfectly suited for the event’s theme of “Hope.”
Running: Until April 3, 2022
[Hibiya, Tokyo] HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021
Locations throughout Hibiya in Tokyo will be transformed into magical Christmas scenes, with trees lit up in a gradient of colors. This year’s lights were designed to be sustainable, with the LED lights used utilizing 40% less power compared to regular bulbs.
Location: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya Nakadoori, Hibiya Chanter locations
Running: Until February 14, 2022
Gorgeous Project Mapping Event Coming to Yamashiro Onsen in Kaga, Ishikawa
26.October.2021 | SPOT
DMM.com will sponsor a projection mapping project titled Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021 on Yamashiro Onsen Street in Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture from October 30 until November 28, 2021.
The limited-time project is being organized by the Yamashiro Onsen Tourist Association with support from DMM. Under the themes of harmony and local tradition, brilliant images of flowers, water, and geometric patterns will illuminate the hot spring resort while accompanied by music. There will also be traditional Taiko performances during the event.
Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021
Running: October 30 – November 28, 2021
Hours: 20:20-21:20 (Canceled for rain)
Address: Yamashiro Onsen Street in front of Hatori Ryokan (17 Onsen-dori, Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa)
Official Site: https://sousei.dmm.com/
Massive Winter Illumination Event Begins at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi
24.October.2021 | SPOT
Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi prefecture is one of the best places in the country to view wisteria (fuji) flowers and is well-known for its tunnel of purple blooms. In recent years, the park has also become popular for its winter illumination, and from October 16, 2021, until February 14, 2022, over 5 million bulbs will be on display during the 20th Anniversary Garden of Light ~Flower Fantasy 2021~ event!
Illuminated Flower Basin
Illuminated Flower Basin
Rose Garden of Light
Rose Garden of Light – Blue Version
The Tale of the Wisteria of Light
Illuminated Water Lilies
The Tree of Life
White Wisteria Tunnel
Yellow Wisteria Tunnel
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the winter illumination event at Ashikaga Flower Park. In October 2017, the location was recognized as having one of the three best illumination events in Japan, along with the Sapporo White Illumination in Hokkaido and the Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Lights in Nagasaki. It has also ranked number one in the Night View Convention and Visitors Bureau Illumination Awards for five consecutive years from 2016 until 2020.
The popular Flower Castle has been completely redone for the event’s anniversary. A professional florist also helped design the illuminated flower basins. The park’s famous wisteria flowers will be illuminated in many unique ways and in different colors. A special blue light performance will take place to show appreciation for medical professionals who have assisted during the pandemic.
20th Anniversary Garden of Light ~Flower Fantasy 2021~
Running: October 16, 2021 – February 14, 2022
Illumination Hours: 16:30-20:30 (Until 21:00 on weekends and holidays.)
*Open until 21:00 on weekends and 21:30 on weekends and holidays from early December until early January (tentative)
Tokyo Mega Illumination at Tokyo City Keiba to Collaborate with NAKED for AR Experience
2021 marks the fourth year that the Oi Racecourse, also called Tokyo City Keiba, will be bathed in a sea of over eight million colorful lights! The Tokyo Mega Illumination is back from October 16, 2021, until April 10, 2022, and features a water fountain show synchronized to music, a 100-meter tunnel covered in twinkling lights, and more. This year, in the Twinkle area of the event, guests can enjoy various AR illuminations created as a collaboration with NAKED, a creative production company headquartered in Shibuya. The NAKED BIG BOOK interactive experience will also welcome visitors to enjoy a projection mapping experience like no other.
NAKED BIG BOOK
AR Horse Camera Filter
Limited-Time Area: Tree Playing with Lights (Lawn Area)
NAKED’s most popular work, NAKED BIG BOOK, utilizes projection mapping to allow guests to turn the pages of a giant book and experience a unique world separate from their own. Using web filters and AR, guests can also see the object as a pop-up picture book!
During this special collaboration held on a horse racing track, visitors can also see a giant white horse in AR as they explore the grounds. Colorful horseshoes and stars will pop up from people’s footprints, and the sound of visitors’ steps will take on the sound of a horse’s hooves instead. Be sure to make some memories by snapping commemorative photos with themed filters during the event!
Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022
October 16, 2021 – April 10, 2022
Open Saturday and Sunday throughout October (Closed October 31)
Open Daily from November 1, 2021 – January 10, 2022 (Closed on Race Days and January 1)
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays from January 11, 2022 – April 10, 2022 (Closed April 1)
Tickets are sold for the following week. New tickets for the following week go on sale each day at 0:00.
Official Site: https://www.tokyomegaillumi.jp/
Rosa & Berry Tawada English Garden Celebrates 10 Years with Light-Up Event
12.October.2021 | SPOT
In scenic Shiga prefecture, visitors can find one of the largest light-up events in the Kansai region. The Rosa & Berry Tawada park is celebrating ten years in 2021, and to celebrate this milestone, the Rosa & Berry Illumination 2021 is covering the space in thousands of brightly colored rainbow lights!
Giant 4-meter Wreath and Treehouse
Constructing the Giant Wreath
Glittering Balloons & Rainbow Churros
The main stage, Stardust Lake, is located beside the Galaxy Railroad area. Guests can experience the beauty of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, as they wander the illuminated grounds. Don’t miss this year’s unique light show ‘Rainbow of Hope,’ a wish for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In commemoration of the park’s 10th anniversary, a huge wreath over four meters wide will be hung within the park. Created by Yoshihi Futana, the wreath was created with carefully collected plants that were starting to wither. The size is sure to impress, so don’t miss your chance to snap a picture with this work of art!
The church-like building sitting atop a hill in the park is decorated with illuminated flowers made by creative team You Ru Maru. Fans of Shaun the Sheep can enjoy a store dedicated to the popular character and his friends on-site, some hotpot during the cooler months at the Kotatsu Nabe restaurant, and a hot cup of tea overlooking the lights at the Hillside Cafe Tearoom. Don’t forget to grab a rainbow churro as you wander around the park!
Rosa & Berry Illumination 2021 ~Hills of Twinkling Lights~
Running: October 8, 2021 – February 14, 2022 (Closed Tuesdays)
Hours: 17:30-21:00 (*Hours change depending on the season)
Address: Rosa & Berry Tawada English Garden (Maibara, Shiga Prefecture)
Official Site: https://www.rb-tawada.com