Flying sumo wrestler? The video of indoor skydiving at Koshitani Lake Town was released.
14.December.2017 | SPOT
FlyStation is an indoor sky diving facility which was built in April of 2017 in Japan. The attraction can fulfill everybody’s dream of flying the sky.
The great gusts of wind produced in a wind tunnel allows the sky diver to float in the air, a truly amazing experience. This indoor skydiving which persons older than four years old can enjoy is a new generation entertainment which about 60 million people mainly in Europe and the U.S. are enjoying.
At the base of this attraction there is a trampoline-like net for those of you who are not familiar with this kind of attraction so you can enjoy the flight with no worries. Of course, the attraction is safe to use.
The WEB movie shows the beauty and amusement of indoor sky diving where a wind speed of up to 360 ㎞ can be experienced.
「Love Flying? / Heiwa (Peace)」version
The “Heiwa” version represents the amusement of flying in the sky at the speed of 360km with the flight of a sumo wrestler. The video does not use any CG. Take a look at the wrestler’s body, watch his skin dance in this wind.
「Love Flying? / Seimei (life being)」version
The instructors of FlyStation appear on this video. Let’s enjoy their brilliant and artistic flight and in the“mystery of life beings.”
「Love Flying? / Fuatsu (windpressure)」version
In this version, the furious wind created by a special device called a Wind Tunnel is represented. You will be surprised with the latest technologies used in this device which enables the making of a 360km wind.
Let’s check the epic scale of indoor sky diving with these WEB movies.
Kumagaya City, Saitama Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu Opens After Rebranding
13.September.2021 | SPOT
Cafe BIVOUAC, located in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, will reopen Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu on September 18, 21, after a full rebranding.
The space aims to be ‘a garden that clears a guest’s body and mind.’ Visitors can enjoy a full bath and sauna, freshly-picked vegetables at the Haruniwa Dining Room, and a lush green lounge in which to relax and unwind.
The Haruniwa Dining Room, run by The Farm, a resort in Chiba Prefecture, offers healthy dishes filled with fresh local vegetables from Kumagaya with carefully-selected main ingredients.
In addition, a collaboration with fashion brand ‘niko and…’ will also begin upon reopening, offering the perfect comfy clothes to wear while enjoying the property. The lineup includes an original bath bag and sauna hat, each sold exclusively at Hareniwa no Yu.
Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu (Cafe BIVOUAC)
Open: September 18, 2021
Address: 939 Kubojima, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama
Official Site: https://ofurocafe-bivouac.com/
Saitama-based EJ Anime Hotel Collaborates With Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Anime
The EJ Hotel, located inside Saitama Prefecture’s Tokorozawa Sakura Town, has unveiled a new collaboration room with the Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- anime, with room reservations opening on August 18, 2021.
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Japanese-style Room
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Western-style Room
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Furoshiki
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Folding Fan
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Goshuinchō
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Chopstick Rest Set
Hotel Limited Goods / Hand Towel
Hotel Limited Goods / Original Clear File
Collaboration Dinner Sample (6-piece set)
Lunch Menu Sample (3-piece set)
Collaboration Drink: Kabosu Sake (Alcoholic)
Collaboration Drink: Cherry Juice (Soft drink)
EJ Anime Hotel collaborates with a variety of IPs under the concept of “staying in your favorite story.”
In addition to room decor and original merchandise, the hotel offers a new kind of hotel experience by using videos, sound, and lightning, along with an exclusive collaboration restaurant serving a full-course dinner, to allow you to immerse yourself in your favorite anime.
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- is a popular anime based on the novel series written by Yūma Midori and published by Fujimi L Bunko. The 26-episode series aired in 2018.
The collaboration faithfully reproduces the world from the series in real life: The prosperous and long-established Tenjinya Inn of the Hidden Realm, the world of Ayakashi.
You will be greeted by character panels upon entry to the room and can enjoy a smartphone minigame featuring newly recorded lines from the characters. There are plenty of original goods for you to take home, and the full-course dinner reflects the food from the original series.
The collaboration room will be available between August 17 2021 and March 16 2022.
The adjacent hotel restaurant Tiam will also offer monthly collaboration lunches that can be enjoyed by guests and non-guests alike, with limited themed drinks and coasters to take home!
©2018 Yūma Midori･Laruha/ KADOKAWA/ Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Production Committee
※All images are samples and are subject to change
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-
Reservations Start: August 17, 2021
Availability: September 17, 2021 ~ March 16, 2022
Details & Reservations: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/hotel/kakuriyo.html
※Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Official Site: http://kakuriyo-anime.com/
Limited-Time Autumn Harvest Event Comes to Moominvalley Park
As the summer heat begins to wane and the cool and comfortable autumn air arrives, why not celebrate the season with Moomin? The Moominvalley Park Harvest event is coming for a limited-time only, starting on September 4, 2021 and continuing through October 24, 2021.
Moominvalley Park is a theme park centered on the popular Swedish comic The Moomins. Announced in 2013, the complex opened on Lake Miyazawa in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture in March 2019. Moominvalley Park has two specific zones: the Metsä area, free to visitors, features lakefront dining and shops, while the Moomin zone contains different attractions, such as Moomin’s house and an art museum.
Images of Last Year’s Balloon Art
The creatures who live in the Moominvalley enjoy the bounty of all four seasons, and the harvest from summer to autumn is particularly tasty, filled with berries and mushrooms ripe for the picking. Nutritious blueberries, raspberries, lingonberries and cloudberries spring from the bushes, and the Moomin family would love to welcome you with some of these tasty snacks! Limited-time menu items and workshops will be available, so visitors can have their fill of the autumn season.
Last year’s balloon art event was hugely popular, and will be making a comeback in 2021. Berries are a symbol of the harvest throughout Scandinavia, and guests are welcomed by these sweet treats floating in the sky. Beneath the autumn sky and surrounded by lush trees beside the lake shore, the Moominvalley feels like a storybook brought to life. Don’t miss this colorful and joyous event!
Bathe With Real Ducks at Tamagawa Onsen in Saitama
01.June.2021 | SPOT
As part of their 10th anniversary event, Tamagawa Onsen, a Showa retro-style bathhouse in Saitama, opened their ‘Real Duck Baths’ on May 29 which lets people bathe with real ducks. The experience is available on weekends and public holidays only.
Forget bathing with bright yellow toy ducks – now you can have the real thing. These ducks were hatched and raise from ducklings by the bathhouse manager Arai at their home. The ducks are still small so the hours when they will be out are not set in stone, but the bathhouse hopes that guests will watch their and support their growth as they mature over time.
Real Duck Bath
Running: Weekends and public holidays from May 29, 2021
*Subject to cancellation on any day depending on the condition of the ducks
Where: Tamagawa Onsen
Address: 3700 Tamagawa, Tokigawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0342, Japan
Official Website: https://tamagawa-onsen.com/
Japan’s Capcom Cafe Releases Ace Attorney Themed Menu
The Capcom Cafe located inside AEON Lake Town in Saitama is now serving up an Ace Attorney themed menu until July 8.
1. Keema Curry | ¥1,738 (Tax Included)
A keema curry inspired by the hoodie worn by Phoenix Wright. It features the Japanese word kurae! (くらえ！) which in the English version of the series is the quote “Take that!”
2. Tonosaman Tacos Plate | ¥1,958 (Tax Included)
A plate of tacos themed on Miles Edgeworth and Steel Samurai, the latter known as Tonosaman in Japanese. It includes two tortillas, one with a picture of Steel Samurai and the other with his name in Japanese.
3. Godot’s Cafe Coffee Break Set | ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
A rich coffee jelly with accompanying biscuits and gateaux chocolate. Based on Godot.
4. Blue Hawaii Parfait | ¥1,408 (Tax Included)
A parfait with motifs of Franziska von Karma. It captures her cool and stylish look. A perfect drink for a hot summer’s day.
5. Chocolate Banana Drink | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A drink inspired by the yukata worn by Maya Fey. Comes with a chocolate banana like the one she is holding in the illustration drawn of her for this cafe collab.
6. Fruit Sangria | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A fruity and refreshing non-alcoholic sangria inspired by Apollo Justice.
7. Rock Soda | ¥880 (Tax Included)
A non-alcoholic cocktail on the rocks inspired by Klavier Gavin. Served with a bottle and glass.
For an extra ¥3,000, customers can get the Kurae! plate as a set with the keema curry
Get some free original novelties
Get a free lunch mat (pictured left above) when you order any dish or dessert or a free coaster (pictured right above) when getting a drink.
And if you spend over ¥3,000 on the cafe menu, you get one of these free postcards.
Fans need to book a table in advance to dine at the Capcom Cafe.
©CAPCOM CO., LTD. 2021 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Ace Attorney Collab Menu
Running: May 21, 2021 – July 8, 2021
Location: Capcom Cafe AEON Lake Town
Address: 4-21-1 Azumacho, Koshigaya, Saitama 343-0826, Japan
Capcom Cafe Official Website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/
Over 1,000 Pieces of Miffy Merchandise Arrives at SOGO Omiya
SOGO Omiya Store in Saitama is currently holding the Miffy zakka Festa, an event centred on the cute character Miffy which is running until May 5. Over 1,000 items are available to buy including exclusive merchandise, bonuses on certain purchases, a special photo spot where visitors can snap a picture against a wall covered in Miffy art, and more.
A4 Folder | ¥495 (Tax Included)
Slim Pouch | ¥990 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Clock | ¥6,050 (Tax Included)
Soft Mascots | ¥330 Each (Tax Included)
Orange Earl Grey Tea | ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
For every ¥3,300 spent on anything in the merch line-up, customers will receive the above-pictured four pieces of A4 wrapping paper.
Miffy Wall Photo Spot
Take a commemorative picture with Miffy at the designated wall photo spot.
If you love all things kawaii, the Miffy zakka Festa is a must-visit this spring for stocking up on your collection.
Miffy zakka Festa
Running: April 23, 2021 – May 5, 2021
Where: SOGO Omiya Store
Address: 1-6-2 Sakuragicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama-shi, Saitama
Entry: Numbered entry tickets will be given on the first floor of SOGO Omiya on the station side between 9:30-9:55
SOGO Omiya Store Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/omiya/
Children’s Book Author Leo Lionni Gets Pop-Up Shop in Saitama
19.April.2021 | FASHION
A pop-up shops has opened at SOGO Omiya Store in Saitama centred on the Italian-American children’s book author Leo Lionni. Another pop-up shop based on the children’s book 11 Piki no Neko by Noboru Baba also opened alongside it.
Leo Lionni’s Friends Merchandise
Frederick Plush Toy | ¥2,200 (Tax Included) | Only 30 available
Swimmy Mini Letter Set | ¥440 (Tax Included) | Only 30 available
Time Wall Clock | ¥7,480 (Tax Included) | Only 10 available
Original bonus tote bag
11 Piki no Neko Merchandise
Blue Plush Toy (Large Size) | ¥4,400 (Tax Included) | Only 16 available
Toraneko Plush Toy | ¥1,650 (Tax Included) | | Only 32 available
Three Piece Lunch Box | ¥1,430 (Tax Included) | Only 30 available
Leo Lionni’s works are loved the world over and have been translated into many different languages. Fans can get their hands on a range of items, and the first 300 people to spend over ¥5,500 will receive a free original tote bag. This goes for the 11 Piki no Neko shop too – the first 150 to spend over ¥2,000 will receive a free pin.
Leo Lionni’s Friends Pop-Up Shop
Running: April 14, 2021 – APril 27, 2021
Where: SOGO Omiya Store (Floor 3F)
Address: 1-6-2 Sakuragicho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
Official Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/omiya/
Rascal the Raccoon Anime Series Pop-Up Store to Open in Saitama
Nippon Animation is opening a pop-up store for its adorable anime series Rascal the Raccoon at Aeon Lake Town Mori in Koshigaya, Saitama which will run from March 19 to August 31.
Bacteria Elimination Spray | ¥500 (Before Tax)
Notepad Box | ¥800 (Before Tax)
Mousepad | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Tablet Sleeve Case (8-11″ Size Tablets) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Laptop Sleeve Case (Laptops up to 13.5″) | ¥2,273 (Before Tax)
Denim Design / Dreamy-Cute Design
Leather Pins (3 Designs) | ¥500 Each (Before Tax)
Denim Tote Bag | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
Mousepad | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Tablet Sleeve Case (8-11″ Size Tablets) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
PU Leather Laptop Sleeve Case (Laptops up to 13.5″) | ¥2,273 (Before Tax)
Original Magnet Sheet
Romeo’s Blue Skies Official Store
Original Shopping Bag
The pop-up shop will sell a variety of new merchandise with different designs. An official store for Nippon Animation’s Romeo’s Blue Skies anime series will also open up alongside the pop-up shop. For every ¥1,500 spent on merchandise (including tax), fans will receive a free original magnet sheet.
Rascal’s Tail ~Nippon Animation Store~
Japanese Name: ラスカルのしっぽ ～日本アニメーションストア～
Running: March 19, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Where: Aeon Lake Town Mori Floor 3F
Address: 3-1-1 Lake Town, Koshigaya, Saitama, 343-0828
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Official Website: https://www.araiguma-rascal.com/
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Bath at Ofuro Cafe no Yu Hakuju in Saitama
08.February.2021 | SPOT
Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu is holding a special Valentine’s Day event for lovers which will run from February 6 to 14.
Though the bath house is split between male and female, couples can write messages of love to their special someone on a heart-shaped plaque made from Japanese cypress wood. The plaques were made in collaboration with the local business Kanezawa.
Choko Sweet Sake Shake | ¥630 (Before Tax)
For the Valentine’s event, the bath house is also serving up a special shake beverage made with chocolate and sweet sake. The polyphenol in chocolate is said to be good for health and beauty, making it a perfect choice for a day of luxury at Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu.
Guys who visit the bath house on Valentine’s Day itself will also receive free Valentine’s chocolate.
Running: February 6, 2021 – February 14, 2021
Venue: Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu
Address: 337-1 Wataruse, Kamikawa, Kodama District, Saitama
Official Website: https://ofurocafe-hakujyu.com/
■About Ofuro Cafe
Ofuro Cafe is a chain of hot spring brands made for long stay periods. It offers a variety of free services such as coffee, magazines, comics, massage chairs, PC rental, and more. The experience created is like being invited to a friend’s house to kick bck and relax. There are three branches in Saitama including Ofuro Cafe Utatane, Ofuro Cafe Hakuju no Yu, and Ofuro Cafe Bivouac, as well as one branch in Mie, Ofuro Cafe Yumoriza. It also has three franchise branches: Ofuro Cafe Bijinyu in Shizuoka, Ofuro Cafe Biwakoza in Shiga, and Ofuro CafeSeiyukan in Hokkaido. “おふろcafe(R)” is a registered trademark of ONSENDOJO INC.
Founded in March 2011. Manages hot spring facilities including the Ofuro Cafe brand as well as resort facilities, consultation services, and supporting regional businesses.
Lanterns to Soar the Night Sky of Saitama at O Park OGOSE
06.December.2020 | SPOT
BIO-RESORT HOTEL&SPA O Park OGOSE has announced that it’s set to light up the night sky of Saitama with a special evening lantern launching event which will be held on Fridays and weekends from December 6.
Guests can pick from five different sky lanterns which use LED lights and helium gas. The lanterns are safe for small children to use so families can enjoy the enchanting experience together.
O Park OGOSE is a biotope-themed resort facility where guests can stay while surrounded by lush green forests. The sky lantern event is being held in response to the pandemic outbreak so that people can feel refreshed and a coming-together.
SATOYAMA Sky Lantern Night
Running: Fridays and weekends from December 6, 2020 (until lantern stock runs out)
Location: BIO-RESORT HOTEL&SPA O Park OGOSE
Address: 3083-1 Ueno, Ogose, Iruma District, Saitama
Price: ¥2,000 per person
O Park OGOSE Official Website: https://opark.jp/
*The number of participants at the event is being restricted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Autumn Illuminations to Light Up the Red and Yellow Trees at Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park
08.November.2020 | SPOT
Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park is set to host an autumn illumination event from November 14 to 29 where around 500 individual trees of 20 species will be lit up with beautiful lights. The best time to see the park’s autumn colours is dated at November 20.
Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park opened as Japan’s first national government park in 1974. This enormous park spans 5km between its north and south entrances. It’s home to many fun family activities including trampolines, an athletic course, and more. It also offers gorgeous natural scenery throughout the year.
500 maple trees lit up at night
The park will be open in the evenings for this event when red, yellow, and orange maple trees will be illuminated in breathtaking lights. There will also be art installation illuminations for visitors to enjoy too.
Maple Tree Illuminations
Running: November 14, 2020 – Novmeber 29, 2020
Location: Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park
Time: 16:30-20:30 (Last Entries 20:00)
Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park
Address: 1920 Yamata, Namegawa, Hiki District, Saitama
Closed: December 31, January 1, and the 3rd and 4th Sunday of January
Official Website: https://www.shinrinkoen.jp/
An Otaku’s Dream: The EJ Anime Hotel in Saitama Where You Can Stay in Rooms Themed On Anime Series
Manga publisher KADOKAWA opened the new anime concept hotel EJ Anime Hotel at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Tokorozawa, Saitama, on October 1, 2020.
Tokorozawa Sakura Town is a new shopping complex set to open on November 6, 2020, where it will serve as a hub for the latest in Japanese pop culture with events, shops, restaurants, a museum, and more. EJ Anime Hotel opened on early Thursday in the run up to the complex’s grand opening to welcome guests.
The ‘EJ’ of EJ Anime Hotel stands for ‘Entertainment Japan.’ The hotel aims to have guests living inside the stories they love from a wide range of Japanese media from anime to manga, movies, tokusatsu SFX movies, idol culture, and more.
As well as room decorations and the exclusive merch that will be on sale, the hotel is also offering a new kind of accommodation experience by incorporating videos, sounds, lighting, and more. Its restaurant will also offer a selection of food and drink in collaboration with various series including all-out full course dinners.
When using the hotel elevator, you will hear announcements from none other than popular Japanese voice actor Yuki Kaji who has played many big roles in anime including Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan. “As an anime fan first and foremost, having such a fun concept hotel like this open, not to mention getting to be involved as an announcer, makes me really happy,” explains Kaji. “I want guests to make some great memories staying at EJ Anime Hotel.”
“Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.” Collab Room ©2020 夕蜜柑・狐印／KADOKAWA／防振り製作委員会
“Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!” Collab Room © 2020 丈／KADOKAWA／宇崎ちゃん製作委員会
“KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!” Collab Room ©2019 暁なつめ・三嶋くろね／KADOKAWA／映画このすば製作委員会
“A Certain Scientific Railgun T” Collab Room ©2018 鎌池和馬／冬川基／ＫＡＤＯＫＡＷＡ／PROJECT-RAILGUN T
“Yuki Yuna Is a Hero” Collab Room ©2017 Project 2H
Right now, EJ Anime Hotel is collaborating with five different anime series: Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense., Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!, A Certain Scientific Railgun T, and Yuki Yuna Is a Hero. The hotel is taking bookings on its official website.
If you’re thinking of travelling to Japan as an anime fanatic, then look no further and book with EJ Anime Hotel.
EJ Anime Hotel
Grand Opening: October 1, 2020
Location: Tokorozawa Sakura Town Floor 6F
Address: 3-31-3 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama Prefecture
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
Check In: 4pm / Check Out: 10am
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/hotel/