Only two hours by train from Tokyo! “Tsuruya Kichijo Tei” located in Higashi Izu has started a new plan
04.October.2017 | SPOT
Tsuruya Kijijo Tei has started an event titled “Moon Watching Party” starting from September until November. You can enjoy Iseebi (giant shrimp from Ise), grilled matsutake (pine mushroom), kinmedai (alfonsino), Amagi shamo (Japanese chicken), and other cuisines related to full moon viewing and freshly fried tempura as much as you can eat.
Moon watching party plan / Menu (example) September to November
・Appetizer / Aoriika to shibaebi no masakoae (grilled squid and shrimp)
・Small dish / Kamasu no Kodukuri, mangetsu tamago dofu (Sphyraena, full-moon-like egg tofu)
・Small dish / katsuo tataki, warasa (sashimi of bonito, yellowtail)
・Rice dish / Kinmedai to Hrame no Temarizushi (sushi of alfonsino and flatfish)
・Grilled dish / Iseebi to Matutake no Hoshoyaki (grilled giant shrimp from Ise and matsutake mushroom
・Cooked dish / Amagi Shamo to Satoimo no Inakani (cooked Japanese chicken and potato)
・Fried dish / Tenpura Jiman (tempura)
・Meal / Mokuzu Kani Zosui or Shiromeshi, Akadashi, Ko no Mono (crab rice porridge or white rice, miso soup and appetizer)
・Dessert / Maccha Shirama Zenzai (green tea and rice cakes in sweet azuki soup)
Tsuruya Kichijoji is a hot spring inn which was recently registered as a “Moon Road” inn (registered as being one of “Japan’s best hundred moon-watching sites.” The inn offers hot spring services such as an outdoor bath, big bath, rental bath (50 minutes), foot spa, in addition to accommodation, restaurant, and a “Moon Road” experience where one can get a magical view of the moon floating over the sea.
At “Trusuya Amazake Yokocho” which is located inside the inn, cockshy, smart ball, yoyo fishing, Shochu made in Izu, local dishes and oden from Shizuoka can be enjoyed. The making-experience of a pinwheel, string phone and bamboo helicopter is popular among families. The inn also offers free beer to the customers using the hot spring! (16:00 to 18:00)
They also hold many events regarding Izu’s special local products and local culture.
- Dried fish making experience (Mon. / Thurs.) dried overnight 16:00 to 17:00, drying in the sun 10:00 to 11:30 (1,100 yen / three dried fish)
- Soba making experience (Sat. / Sun.) (lunch) 11:00 to 12:30 (1,650 yen)
- Rice with green tea and horse mackerel making experience (Fri.) (lunch) 11:00 to 12:30 (1,100 yen)
- Wasabi dish cooking class (Wed.) The head chef will lecture on how to make dishes using wasabi produced in Amagi / 11:00 to 12:30 (1,650 yen)
- Boiled alfonsino making class (Tue.) Let’s make soft and tasty dishes / 11:00 to 12:30 (1,870 yen)
Let’s enjoy a romantic mood by joining the “Moon Watching Party”
ONE PIECE FILM RED Inspires Collaboration Event with Raku Spa
From August 18 until September 19, 20 Gokurakuyu and Raku Spa locations will hold a special collaboration to celebrate the release of ONE PIECE FILM RED.
During the event, a new bath will be available each weekend. Guests can enjoy fragrant baths inspired by Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Shanks, and Uta. Check the website to see which baths will be available at which locations!
Those visiting can find some new merchandise featuring exclusive illustrations made for the campaign and a tasty menu inspired by One Piece characters, so don’t miss it!
ONE PIECE FILM RED x Gokurakuyu Raku Spa ~Mugiwara Bathhouse~
Running: August 18 – September 19, 2022
Venue: 20 participating Gokurakuyu/Raku Spa locations
Raku Spa: https://www.rakuspa.com/
Collaboration Details: https://rakuspa.com/onepiece-film-red/
Izu, the Setting for Laid-Back Camp, Now Offering Travel Plans
JR Tokai Tours has released a new travel plan for fans of Laid-Back Camp Season 2, which aired from January to March 2021. The tour will take place in the Izu area, which was heavily featured in episodes 10, 11, and 12. Guests can enjoy a travel plan with single lodging and original goods starting May 23 until June 29, 2022.
The slice-of-life series Laid-Back Camp is currently serialized in COMIC FUZ.
Set in Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Laid-Back Camp is a relaxing series following a group of high school girls going camping and enjoying their daily lives. The series is based on the author Afro’s personal experiences and interviews, and since serialization in 2015, the series has attracted fans from around the world. The original comic has sold over 7 million copies. In 2018, the first anime series premiered, inspiring a spin-off Room Camp in 2020 and a second season in 2021.
Four years after it was announced in 2018, a Laid-Back Camp animated film will arrive in theaters this summer.
Hololive VTuber Members Collaborate with Raku Spa in ‘Furolife’ Campaign
Hololive has announced a special collaboration between HoloFantasy and Raku Spa, with special merchandise and VTuber-scented baths at participating locations around Japan!
Collaboration Menu (Coasters Available!)
Guests can grab original merchandise with newly-drawn illustrations during the event period, and original food and beverages based on the five members will be on sale. Five unique baths have been prepared by the Hololive members, as each girl chose her favorite scent. The announcements in each location will also be broadcast by the popular VTubers.
Starting February 6, called Bath Day in Japan, specially-drawn yukata and chibi versions of the characters will be available on limited-edition postcards and new merchandise. To get one of these postcards, visitors will need to follow the official Raku Spa Twitter, retweet the campaign Tweet, and present it at the reception desk at their Raku Spa of choice. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to grab them before they’re all gone!
Hololive x Gokurakuyu/Raku Spa Collaboration Campaign
Running: January 27 – February 28, 2022
Locations: 25 participating Gokurakuyu/Raku Spa locations nationwide *Not available at some locations.
Online Shop: https://eshop.gokurakuyu.ne.jp/
Postcard Schedule ※Available while supplies last.
・Usada Pekora: January 27 – February 3
・Uruha Rushia: February 4 – February 10
・Shiranui Flare: February 11 – February 17
・Shirogane Noel: February 18 – February 24
・Houshou Marine: February 25 – February 28
Collaboration Bath Schedule
・Usada Pekora Bath / Japanese Cypress Scent
January 27 – January 30
・Uruha Rushi Bath / Peppermint Scent
February 4 – February 6
・Shiranui Flare Bath / Grapefruit & Lemongrass Scent
February 11 – February 13, 2022
・ Shirogane Noel Bath / Milk Scent
February 18 – February 20
・Houshou Marine Bath / Flower Cologne Scent
February 25 – February 27
Gokurakuyu/Raku Spa Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/gokurakuyu_spa
Laid-Back Camp Starts Third Stamp Rally in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture
Shizuoka Prefefcture is once again collaborating with popular anime series Laid-Back Camp for a special stamp rally. Two courses will be open from January 21 until March 21, 2022, and will take guests on a journey throughout the most gorgeous localities in the region.
This stamp rally is the third in a series of Laid-Back Camp and Shizuoka Prefecture stamp rallys held since November 2021.
Those who finish the rally will be presented with a special clear folder featuring an exclusive illustration made for this event, so get traveling!
Laid-Back Camp x Shizuoka Prefecture
Stamp Rally (Izu West Coast Course, Izu East Coast Course)
Running: January 21 – March 21, 2022
Location (Stamp Rally Points): Listed Below
Participation Fee: Free
Official Site: https://yurucamp-shizuoka.com/
Izu West Coast Course: 7 locations in total
Seaside Inn Oosekan
Nishiuraenashi, Numazu, Shizuoka
Darumayama Kogen Rest House
Osawa, Izu City
Amagi Wasabi no Sato
Yugashima, Izu City
・ Izunokuni City
Roadside Station Izu-no-Heso
195-2 Takyo, Izunokuni City
3566-7 Ugusu, Nishiizu
2045-3 Nishina, Nishiizu
Roadside Station Kurura Heda
1294-3 Heda, Numazu
Izu East Coast Course: 6 locations in total
1317-5 Futo, Ito
1317-13 Izu Shaboten Zoo
Hiroi Liquor Store
1298-9 Yawatano, Ito
Hosono Plateau Tree House Village
3150 Higashiizu, Kamo District
Izu Orange Center
1266-31 Midaka, Kawazu
Shimoda City Tourist Information Center
Model Nanami to Star in BS12 Show ‘NEXT TRIP ~ Izu Peninsula, Sea and Beautiful Sights~’
‘NEXT TRIP ~Izu Peninsula, Sea and Beautiful Sights~’ will be broadcast on nationwide freeview channel BS12 on September 9 2021 from 21:00.
‘NEXT TRIP’ is a travel guide program based around the concept of “where would you like to visit once things calm down?” From walking around popular local spots to visiting overseas holiday resorts, the show introduces viewers to “destinations you don’t know yet.” The show has a sense of realism, with beautiful scenes that will make you feel as if you’re already there! Introducing spectacular views that can only be found in certain towns, gourmet foods that are beloved by locals, and exciting outdoor activities, you’ll be raring to go on your next adventure!
In this episode, model NANAMI will be having fun at the seaside on the Izu Peninsula. You’ll be amazed by the view from the suspension bridge in Komuroyama’s Jōgasaki coast, where you can see the horizon beyond the hills and crystal clear sea, stretching as far as the eye can see. NANAMI goes snorkelling in a hot-spot to those in the know, followed by a delicious lunch with locally produced white wine. After enjoying some horseback riding, she returns to the HOSHINO Resort’s ‘Kai Anjin’ hot spring and inn, located in Ito. You’ll be fascinated by the extraordinary location, offering scenic ocean views, hot beer, and luxurious dinners.
The show recreates a three-day-two-night itinerary for the Izu Peninsula, where you can partake in activities, take in the superb views, and relish in gourmet food, all found in a spot just a few hours away from the city center.
Join NANAMI as she goes on a journey to discover the charms of the Izu Peninsula on BS12’s ‘NEXT TRIP.’
NEXT TRIP ~ Izu Peninsula, Sea and Beautiful Sights~
Broadcast Date: September 9 2021 at 21:00
How to Watch BS12: https://www.twellv.co.jp/
Japan’s Best Hot Springs and Spas For 2020 Ranked by Tripadvisor
19.July.2020 | SPOT
Tripadvisor® has posted its list for this year’s most popular hot springs and spas in Japan for day trips as ranked by its users over the past year.
This is the 9th run of this particular list, which is normally announced each winter, but due to the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers have been looking to find somewhere to relax, and so the website decided to release the list earlier this time. Tripadvisor® also ranked the best hot spring regions as well as foot baths.
This year’s list has a diverse line-up of locations, from huge new facilities to old ones with history. Half of the places in the list are situated in the Kanto region of Japan—more than the previous lists. Those in the ranking are listed not only for the hot springs, but for the services on offer like massage, dining, rest, and more, all of which adds to them being great for day trips.
Hot Springs & Spas Popular With Japanese People For Day Trips – 2020 Edition
1st Place: Busshozan Onsen (Takamatsu, Kagawa)
2nd Place: Miharashi no Yu (Hashijo-machi, Tokyo)
3rd Place: Hōheikyō Hot Spring (Sapporo, Hokkaido)
4th Place: Shika no Yu (Nasu, Tochigi)
5th Place: Tenzan Tohji-kyo (Hakone-machi, Kanagawa)
6th Place: Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-yu (Karuizawa, Nagano)
7th Place: Lamune Onsen (Taketa, Oita)
8th Place: Spadium Japon (Higashikurume, Tokyo)
9th Place: Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro (Itabashi, Tokyo)
10th Place: Miyazawako Onsen Kirari Bettei (Hanno, Saitama)
8th Place: Spadium Japon (Higashikurume, Tokyo)
Spadium Japon is a large-scale public bath facility with 15 different types of baths and saunas. It has transparent onsen, which is rare in the Kanto region, and the water is known for its sodium salt. Tripadvisor® users praise the facility for offering all-day services and how big it is, likening it to a theme park.
Tripadvisor® also listed some special mentions of popular hot spring “chiku,” or districts, where you can walk around and try out lots of different types of hot springs, as well as foot baths. The foot baths in Oita Airport and Kagoshima Airport are free to use, making them a great way to kill some time while waiting for departure.
Top 5 Hot Spring Chiku Popular With Japanese People
1st Place: Kinosaki Onsen (Toyooka, Hyogo)
2nd Place: Yu no Mine Onsen (Tanabe, Wakayama)
3rd Place: Kurokawa Onsen (Minamioguni, Kumamoto)
4th Place: Ginzan Onsen (Obanazawa, Yamagata)
5th Place Gero Onsen (Gero, Gifu)
Top 3 Foot Baths Popular With Japanese People
1st Place: Oita Airport Foot Bath (Kunisaki, Oita)
2nd Place: Lake Kussharo Sunayu (Teshikaga, Hokkaido)
3rd Place: Kagoshima Airport Foot Bath (Kirishima, Kagoshima)
Tripadvisor Ranking: https://tg.tripadvisor.jp/news/ranking/best-public-bathes/
O Park OGOSE: Saitama’s Hotel Resort Opens New Sauna Suite Cabin
11.March.2020 | SPOT
BIO RESORT HOTEL & SPA O Park OGOSE, a hotel resort in Iruma, Saitama, is opening a new accommodation facility on March 12, 2020 called the “Sauna Suite Cabin.”
This single-building cabin brings to mind a sauna cabin of Northern Europe. The entire interior is decked out in beautiful warm wood. It’s roomy and fully equipped with furniture, a Finnish-style private sauna, jaccuzi, stove, and other bits.
Guests can enjoy a contrast bath experience with the sauna and open-air bath, as well as entertain themselves with a glamping-style dinner in the spacious outdoor dining area.
To make the Sauna Suite Cabin’s atmosphere even more enjoyable, O Park OGOSE teamed up with Finland’s oldest textile brand, Finlayson, which turned 200-years-old this year, to bring in some of their elephant design furniture and products, including bed linen, towels, and more. Their “ELEFANTTI” line-up is popular even in Japan.
In the bedroom drawers, their are even ELEFANTTI notebooks and letter sets which guests are free to take and use.
If you’re looking for a private sauna experience away from the busy city while in Japan, then be sure to check out the new Sauna Suite Cabin at BIO-RESORT HOTEL & SPA O Park OGOSE.
Sauna Suite Cabin
Location: BIO-RESORT HOTEL & SPA O Park OGOSE (3083-1 Ueno, Ogose, Iruma-gun, Saitama Prefecture)
Date: March 12, 2020
Official Website: https://opark.jp/
Check Out The New Desserts in The Strawberry World of Ichigo BonBonBerry This Season
Strawberry Shop Izunokuni Shizuoka Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso ichigo BonBonBerry Izunokuni factory will be celebrating “ii ichigo no hi” (Good Strawberry Day) on January 15 by releasing new strawberry purin desserts which are full of strawberry goodness.
Committed to increasing love for strawberries, Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Ichigo BonbonBERRY Izunokuni factory sells a wide range of delicious strawberry-based foods as well as cute merchandise throughout the year. For example, strawberry-themed merchandise, jams, seasoning containing strawberries, desserts and much more.
Toge Toge Bonbon: ¥1800 (After Tax)
The Toge Toge Bonbon parfait is full of impact and full of strawberries. The glass is filled with homemade no-bake cheesecake, milk purin, homemade strawberry jam and much more. As strawberries are currently in season, the parfait currently enjoys a sweeter flavour. The fruitiness balances out with the mildness of the cheesecake and leaves a refreshing aftertaste.
Mix and Enjoy – Strawberry Pouch Pudding
Strawberry Pouch Pudding: ¥650 (After Tax)
A smooth strawberry purin is layered with slices of strawberry and fluffy whipped cream. The adorable purin pouch is packed with dried, crispy strawberry granola mix. Mix up the granola to enjoy a range of different textures. This can also be enjoyed on the go.
As strawberries are in season, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to one of Japan’s sweet and beautiful strawberry desserts.
Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Ichigo BonBonBerry Izunokuni factory
Address: 195-2 Takyo, Izunokuni, Shizuoka
・Souvenir Corner: 09:00 – 17:00
・Bonbon Berry Cafe: 10:00 – 16:00 (Last Orders: 15:30)
・Bonbon Berry Stand (Soft Serve Ice Cream and Drinks): 10:00 – 16:00
Phone Number: 0558-99-9300
Michi-no-Eki Izu no Heso Official Website: http://www.izunoheso.com
Ichigo BonBonBERRY Izunokuni factory Official Website: http://www.izu-ichigo.com
Enjoy a mystical night of relaxing fireflies and festival fun only this June at Higashi-Izu!
26.May.2019 | SPOT
Higashi-Izu Machi Kanko Kyokai tourism association is holding their 17th evening firefly-watching event to be held in a local hot spring village of Higashi-Izu. The Higashi-Izu Machi Onsenkyo Hotaru Kansho no Sakuya” will be held from Sunday 2nd to Tuesday 11th June. Free yourself from everyday life and watch the night light up as a mystical scenery filled with fireflies descends upon you. This experience will take your body and mind to a whole new world!
The event will be held at the natural Okawa Takegasa Koen; a park which is listed to have one of Shizuoka’s 100 top waterfronts. You can feel the seasons changing here, and during June, you can see a clear stream of fireflies dancing. The warm colours of their glow will put you at ease for hours.
Numerous other events will take place alongside the firefly-watching event, such as the “Chochin walk” where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll at night with a warmly lit paper lantern. You can also stop by the “firefly town” (Hotaru-shi) where you can browse lots of local goods during the night market, or take part in the “otanoshimi chusen kai” lucky lottery where many prizes can be won. Shizuoka DC has also planned a special prize-giving program, where visitors who arrive at the park in a Yutaka (summer kimono) on a weekday of the event will be given a small gift!
Enjoy a mystical and extraordinary night of nature at Higashi-Izu. This is your chance to relax under the light of fireflies and explore the numerous shops at the firefly town!
Firefly-watching evening, Higashi-Izu Hot Spring town
“Dai 17 kai Higashi-Izu Machi Onsenkyo Hotaru Kansho no Sakuya”
Location: Okawa Takegasa Koen park, Higashi-Izu Machi Ogawa Onsen (東伊豆町大川温泉 大川竹ヶ沢公園)
Running: Sun 02 ー Tues 11/06/2019
Times: 19:30 ー 21:00 (Subject to cancellation due to rain)
※ Last park entries: 20:25
Park entry fee：Please pay the “Hotaru Ikusei-kin” of ¥200 to help look after the fireflies.
Special edition website: http://www.e-izu-hotaru.org/
Embrace Japan’s 4 Seasons with Luxurious Treatments at YU, THE SPA by L’OCCITANE
25.August.2018 | SPOT
YU, THE SPA is a new spa being developed by L’OCCITANE that will open in the sophisticated Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo on October 1, 2018.
Spa L’OCCITANE is one style of spa run by French skin care and body product company L’OCCITANE. As of July 2018 they have 70 establishments worldwide and are found only in 5 Star hotels.
YU, THE SPA offers two kinds of facial treatments, two hotel treatments and an original treatment limited to Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. Pick your favourite treatment from the menu and enjoy the experience in a comfortable and tranquil environment.
They will offer a 150 minute facial and body care treatment service called “Garden Secret Signature Treatment” which can only be experienced at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. The service makes use of different body care items used themed around spring, summer, autumn and winter to offer customers Japanese omotenashi, or hospitality, which revolves around the seasons. March to May will be cherry blossoms and June to August will be verbena.
Before getting your treatment done you can warm up your body in the hot springs, and after you’ve received your treatment you can enjoy tea time in the lounge.
The spa will be taking bookings at the start of October for a 60-minute body treatment with a stay plan which will be effective from November 15.
Indulge in a luxurious experience at YU, THE SPA by L’OCCITANE.
Gear Up with Bathhouse Fashion and Community Goods at Tokyo Kaihoku in Isetan Shinjuku
28.April.2018 | FASHION
The second floor of Isetan Shinjuku home to Tokyo Kaihoku, an unrivalled, innovative department store that brings together fashion and art. The store is currently selling fashion items for going to public bathhouses in Japan, made by numerous brands spearheaded by famed creators and designers. The inventory includes lots of items for going in and getting out of the communal baths.
Additionally, they are now accepting early orders for t-shirts made by two brands: Musare Hito, a creative group made up of a community of bathhouse and sauna lovers and Get Yu! who are hot with Japan’s street culture movement. Let’s take a look at the brands set to liven up bathhouse fashion.
MIYANISHIYAMA / ミヤ ニシヤマ
This brand thrives on their concept of wanting people to wear one-of-a-kind items, easily and freely, rather than them desiring to look cute every day. They wish for people to wear the clothes they like no matter what within their lifetime.
Melissa / メリッサ
Established in Brazil in 1979, this brand has built popularity and gained support for their forms and patterns with great designability made using plastic materials.
ACCOMMODE / アコモデ
From this brand comes a photogenic pouch with a milk bottle motif.
VL BY VEE / ヴイエルバイヴィー
This brand is run by Vee, a designer residing in Bangkok.
nana-nana / ナナナナ
An accessory brand supported by people of all ages as well as artists around the world for their unique outlook and innovations.
igor / AVALON / proef / Shin-Yoshiwara Souvenir Gift Shop / and more…
Get Yu! / ゲッチュウ
Get Yu! is an event co-planned and managed by Vou (棒), a shop and gallery in Kyoto, Sauna no Umeyu, a bathhouse in Kyoto, and Ron LONESOME Samu, a cultural spot in Atami. Together with artists who absolutely love bathhouses, Get Yu! aims to enliven the bathhouse experience and its surrounding culture.
Musare Hito / 蒸され人
This 22-member LINE group is formed of sauna lovers who stretch the point of saunas. They are now taking orders for t-shirts with an original Musare Hito logo print and are also selling a compilation album themed on saunas.
If you’re thinking about trying public bathhouses in Japan then consider getting your hands on some of these cute and practical items and merchandise!
Hot spring trip in the mountains of Ishikawa Prefecture recommended by sommeliers
24.April.2018 | SPOT
“Kissho Yamanaka” will sell the hot spring lodging plan named “Kissho TOUJI” from April of 2018 to the 30th of September.
Yamana Onsen (hot spring) which was opened about 1,300 years ago is a hot spring area where the famous Japanese poet Basho Matsuo stayed for 9 days.
The plan that they are going to sell offers the experience of enjoying the view/forest of Kakusen Valley, Kaga Area’s delicious foods and hot springs. This hot spring is known to be effective for relieving stress and healing illnesses.
“Yuge Kaido Machi Aruki Ticket” where you can enjoy 10 hot springs in the mountains, local sakes, Daiginjo (sake variety) Soft Served Ice Cream and famous crocket is included in the plan as well as the Jiwamon Onigiri (rice ball) lunch menu/Teppanyaki (pan fried meat and vegetables), sauna, hand-massage service, rental cycle and bus tickets.
Persons who are interested in this plan must visit Kissho TOUJI since you can obtain an onsen textbook from the onsen sommeliers.