Gran Illumi to showcase giant 3D illuminations at Izu Granpal Park in Shizuoka Prefecture
17.December.2017 | SPOT
A gigantic screen is making its way to the “Gran Illumi 3rd Season” currently being held at Izu Granpal Park. From December 23rd you will be able to personally experience 3D illuminations beyond your wildest imagination.
Gran Illumi is an acclaimed illumination event from people of all ages that took 4th place in the entertainment category and 1st place in the national illumination ranking of the “5th Illumination Awards.”
The gigantic screen appearing at this year’s event is 60m high and 13m wide. This advanced 3D illumination screen will display the world’s biggest Christmas tree for the festive season and more.
A light and music show using the screen is also planned to begin in January next year. It will be a must-see show on an immense scale that will exceed all expectations.
Get lost in a world of giant sweets and candy at this year’s Gran Illumi.
Kyoto’s Rokuo-in Temple to be Illuminated in the Autumn Evenings
25.September.2020 | SPOT
Keifuku Electric Railroad is lending its strength to Rokuo-in Temple in Kyoto this autumn to light up the ancient site in the evenings from November 14 to December 6.
Shari-den (Photo taken in 2019)
Temple path (Photo taken in 2019)
This year marks the 5th run of the autumn evening light-ups. The temple, just a four minute walk from Rokuoin Station, is known for its beautiful maple trees which blossom breathtaking autumnal colours during the fall season.
Temple reception hall with fusuma images
Fusuma image example
The temple is selling new goshuin temple stamp books this year for the light-up event. Visitors will also be able to see 56 fusuma images drawn by contemporary Japanese artist Takaya Fuji.
Rokuo-in Temple will close early next year for approximately 2 years and 9 months for repairs. The temple is also currently limiting the number of people allowed at once, making this year the best time to see the autumn leaves.
Rokuo-in Temple Evening Light-Up
Running: November 14, 2020 – December 6, 2020
Time: 17:30-19:30 (last Entries 19:00)
Price: ¥2,000 (Comes with matcha and Japanese confections)
Capacity: [Weekdays] 100 People / [Weekends] 150 People
Access: 4 minutes on foot from Rokuoin Station
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Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations 2020-2021 to Take Place at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika
15.September.2020 | SPOT
Toki no Sumika is set to host its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” from September 19, 2020 to March 21, 2021.
Forest of Trees Illuminations
The Forest of Trees was created together with locals and wraps visitors in a magical fantasy land of lights underneath the shimmer of stardust. This trail of trees leads visitors to the next area, the Royal Palace on the Hill.
Royal Palace on the Hill
The “Versailles Lights” water laser show entertains onlookers with a rhythmic show. A new spot has also been developed this year called “It’s a colorful world” where cuter balls of light change colour to the sounds that play. There’s also one of the world’s biggest “Bells of Love” clad in colours galore to radiate the dark night, “Slow House Twinkle,” and “Super Searchlight.”
Tunnel of Lights
Spanning 370m along, the “Tunnel of Lights” changes colours as time passes, enveloping people in a sparkling galaxy of illuminations. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities.
Twin Trees & First Dream Bridgeツインツリーと初夢の橋
The colour of the 120-year-old fir tree at the site this year will be white. The 20 meter-tall tree will be decorated simply and gently, with more LED lights than ever before, to enhance its beauty. The “First Dream Bridge” will give rise to the “Stardust Road” of countless illuminations that run along it.
Underwater Paradise Aquarium
Around 4,500 goldfish of 200 species, including rare kinds, from all around Japan are collected here. It continues to grow as Japan’s only goldfish aquarium both in name and reality. Enjoy seeing them swim while gorgeous lights light up the room.
Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
Car Park Spaces: 2,000
Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)
Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/
SOKI ATAMI: The New Hot Spring Hotel in Shizuoka’s City of Atami
05.September.2020 | SPOT
SOKI ATAMI is a new hot spring accommodation set to open in the town of Koarashicho in Atami, Shizuoka, on November 1, 2020.
The town of Koarashicho is considered the annex, as it were, to Atami. SOKI ATAMI can be reached in around 40 minutes by bullet train from Shinagawa Station. The accommodation takes into account the value of Atami’s hot spring resorts and what’s on offer there. It will serve a ‘sojourn style’ of accommodation that allows you to return to yourself as you are, without any stresses, something which is enhanced thanks to being situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city in nature.
Just being yourself
The accommodation, surrounded by nature, offers a panoramic view of the ocean, and consists of a reception wing, guest room wing, and restaurant wing. In the ‘Village Garden,’ there are trees growing citrus fruits and a variety of plants and crops, showcasing the regional lifestyle and natural features.
There are 54 guest rooms in total ranging from 40㎡ to 65㎡ which can fit up to 4 people. Guests can enjoy the hot springs with all room types. TONERICO:INC. is in charge of the inter design who have given it a natural feel.
Tea Salon & Bar
The Tea Salon & Bar on the top floor overlooks Atami Bay. Guests can enjoy sipping on tea grown in Shizuoka as well as tucking into seasonal meals made using Japanese ingredients. There’s also a terrace from which guests can enjoy the firework festivals held at Atami Bay throughout the year.
The public baths benefit from the changing seasons which changes up the bathing experience. The water is perfect for de-stressing, moisturising, and making your skin look beautiful.
In the restaurant wing is the dining room designed by age co.,ltd which has worked on many different ryokan and restaurants. Fish, vegetables, and other ingredients are all sourced locally and directly.
Grand Opening: November 1, 2020
Address: 4-36 Koarashichō, Atami, Shizuoka
Access: 10-minutes by car from Atami Station
Official Website: http://www.so-ki.jp/
Creamy Mami Ani-Art Pop Up Shop to Open in Ikebukuro and Shizuoka
Two Creamy Mami themed pop-up shops are set to open in Ikebukuro Marui on September 5 and in Shizuoka Marui on September 19. Fans can expect to get their hands on a range of exclusive and new merchandise themed on the popular anime series Creamy Mami, the Magical Angel, from pin badges and a parker hoodie to tote bags and more.
Pre-Sale Merchandise (Excerpt)
Trading Ani-Art Pin Badge (9 Designs) | Single: ¥430, Box: ¥3,870 (Before Tax)
Trading Ani-Art Acrylic Stands (9 Designs) | Single: ¥800, Box: ¥7,200 (Before Tax)
Back Print Zipper Parker (1 Design) | ¥5,980 (Before Tax)
Clear Pouch (1 Design) | ¥1,980 (Before Tax)
Fans who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) on related merchandise and display their Epos cards will have the chance to enter a lottery to win a prize.
The pop-up shop is also currently holding a Twitter campaign in Japan until October 5, 2020. One lucky fan can receive a complete set of bromide photos by following AMNIBUS on Twitter and retweeting this tweet.
The pop-up shop is a chance for fans and newcomers to jump into the magical world of Creamy Mami.
Creamy Mami, the Magical Girl Ani-Art POP UP SHOP in Marui
Official Website: https://event.amnibus.com/mami-0101/
Running: September 5, 2020 – September 13, 2020
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Address: 3-28-13 Nishi-Iekbukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo, 171-0021
Official Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/048/
Running: September 19, 2020 – October 5, 2020
Opening Hours: 10:30-19:30 (until 19:00 on October 5, 2020)
Address: 6-10 Miyukicho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, 420-0857
Official Website: https://www.0101.co.jp/036
Anime LED Manhole Covers Light Up Around Tokorozawa in Saitama Prefecture
Japanese manga and light novel publishing company KADOKAWA is promoting titles from its series catalogue in a unique way: by displaying illustrations of the series on manholes around Tokorozawa in Saitama Prefecture. The manholes were laid on August 1, 2020, and are the first manholes in Japan to feature LED lighting.
In 2003, Tokorozawa City Department of Waterworks and Sewerage became the first company in Japan to use manholes for advertising. The new LED manholes will run along the closest station to Tokorozawa Sakura Town, which was built by and is managed by KADOKAWA. That station is Higashi-Tokorozawa Station, and it will run from there past numerous facilities leading up to Tokorozawa Sakura Town.
Tokorozawa Sakura Town
Tokorozawa Sakura Town is part of the Cool Japan Forest Project, a joint project between KADOKAWA and the city of Tokorozawa. Set to have its grand opening on November 6, 2020, this large-scale facility includes an anime hotel, library museum and bookshelf theatre, restaurants, shops, and more.
LED Manhole Designs
Left: Daytime / Right: Nighttime
The LED manholes will take people right up to Tokorozawa Sakura Town, as well as function as crime prevention tools during nighttime for neighbouring facilities.
There are 28 designs in total from the following series and franchises:
A Certain Magical Index
Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
The Five Star Stories
Anime Tourism Association Official Character “Junrei-chan”
Bungo Stray Dogs
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!
The Melancholy of Harumi Suzumiya
Date A Live
Sword Art Online
Full Metal Panic!
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Record of Lodoss War
Spice and Wolf
Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
Tokorozawa Sakura Town
Official Website: https://tokorozawa-sakuratown.jp/
New Summertime Drinks and Desserts Released at Atami Purin in Japan
16.July.2020 | FOOD
Japanese dessert shop Atami Purin introduced its Summer 2020 menu on July 7. Atami Purin is known for the visual aspect of desserts which it serves up at its four shops, all located in Atami, Shizuoka.
Midsummer Mango Pudding: ¥400 (Tax Included)
Enjoy that tropical vibe with the Midsummer Mango Pudding, a mix of rich mango Japanese-style pudding known as purin, and sweet and sour blood orange.
Atami Pudding Ice Cream: ¥450 (Tax Included)
Atami Colourful Soda: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Other treats on the menu include an ice cream that looks just like a Japanese purin dessert, colourful sodas made with lychee and salt, and plenty of other refreshing picks.
Atami Purin 1
Address: 3-14 Tawarahonchō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Atami Purin Cafe 2nd
Address: 10-22 Ginzachō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Nagisa no Atami Purin
Address: ATAMI BAY RESORT KORAKUEN, 10-1 Wadahamaminamichō, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture
Drive-In Atami Purin Shokudo
Address: 10-1 Kamitaga, Atami, Shizuoka
Shizuoka’s City of Izu to Open New Glamping Hotel ‘ANDAPING’
13.July.2020 | SPOT
HOTEL ANDAPING is a new glamping hotel set to open in Izu, Shizuoka on July 18, 2020. This glamping hotel experience offers guests individual rooms, great food, a terrace that gives a panoramic view of the ocean and peninsula, and a lush and gorgeous natural environment home to the “yanmonoki,” a tree registered as a natural monument. The hotel price is all-inclusive, and guests can enjoy all the entertainment benefits of a glamping experience such as alcohol, karaoke, darts, billiards, and more.
Enjoy elegance on the forest terrace
When you step out of the hotel onto the terrace, your gaze is met with the expanse of the rolling blue ocean and the peninsula. And if you look to the side, you’ll spot the natural monument that is the Yanmonoki tree. Once you’ve checked into the hotel, you’re served tea, coffee, and desserts at either the Open Terrace or Yanmo Terrace. At night, warm up by the bonfire and toast some marshmallows in the middle of the forest atop the terrace.
Indulge in the hot spring of one of 7 open-air baths
From inside the hot springs and baths, guests can look out across the Izu Peninsula ocean and beautiful verdure. The water contains sodium-calcium and chloride which is kind to and feels nice on the skin. There large public baths as well as 7 rental open-air baths and 3 rental indoor baths. Guests can feel close to nature as they bathe.
An exciting glamping food experience
Food can be enjoyed both in guest rooms as well as on the terrace. On the terrace, guests can enjoy feasting on local food while watching the sky and sea.
Relaxing guest rooms give that camping vibe
Everything in the hotel is made with camping in mind, so that even indoors, guests can enjoy that outdoor vibe. Guest room ceilings are fitted with tarp, and guests can make their own drip coffee for an ‘indoor outdoor’ experience.
All-inclusive hotel service
The hotel is all-inclusive, where guests can enjoy cafe and bar drinks, play darts, billiards, go boldering and more all for free. There are also workshops, like making your own lanterns, as well as going stargazing, and much more.
Address: 1131 Yawatano, Itō, Shizuoka 413-0232
Official Website: https://www.andaping.jp/index.html
Kyoto’s World Heritage Site Nijo Castle Announces Summer Evening Illumination Event
09.July.2020 | SPOT
NAKED, INC. has announced that it is holding a special summertime light-up event at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site in Kyoto, from August 8 to August 30. The company has also released its first ever 3DCG VR experience NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle- on the official NAKED, INC. online store.
Enjoy art entertainment in person or at home
NAKED, INC. has collaborated with many World Heritage Sites, Cultural Properties, tourism centres, leisure spots, and more over the years. Right now, the company is grappling with the question of what the shape of tourism, as well as art and entertainment, looks like during the COVID-19 outbreak—and what shape it will take post-pandemic. Nijo Castle is no exception, a place that enjoys tourism from both Japanese people and people overseas. In considering these issues, NAKED has conceived two different ways Nijo Castle can still entertain tourism now and in the near future.
The first is holding an event in person at Nijo Castle in the form of an outdoor light-up event that will have people wandering around as opposed to being stationary. In spring of 2017, NAKED held “Nijo Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2017” where they hosted a variety of performances and events in line with the season. In fact, one such event was planned to take place at Nijo Castle this summer, but it had to be reconsidered as a result of COVID-19. Those involved still wanted to come up with a way that people who live close by could still enjoy some leisure time this summer, which is what led to this light-up event from NAKED.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the light-up safely by staying a set distance from one another while walking around Nijo Castle. The number of people inside at once will also be restricted. As well as this, people will need to wear masks, temperature will be regulated, and alcohol gel will be provided—all to ensure that visitors are kept safe.
The second way that NAKED has devised for people to still enjoy Nijo Castle is with the release of NAKED NINJA -Nijo-jo Castle-, the company’s first ever full 3DCG VR experience that lets people enjoy Nijo Castle online in a virtual space. This is so that people who cannot visit Nijo Castle can still enjoy its sights. NAKED plans to launch even more real and virtual, offline and online experiences in the future too in order to promote tourism in a new way during COVID-19.
Nijo Castle x NAKED Summer Special Light-Up 2020
Running: August 8, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Time: 19:00-22:00 (Last Entries 21:20)
Location: Nijo Castle
Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto場
NAKED NINJA-Nijo-jo Castle- VR
Price: ¥880 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://event.naked.works/nijojo-summer2020/
1→10, Inc. Brings Magical Shores Interactive Land Art to Siloso Beach in Singapore
19.April.2020 | SPOT
Japanese creative studio 1→10, Inc. opened up Singapore’s first ever permanent interactive land art exhibition “Magical Shores” on January 23 this year together with Lighting Planners Associates (LPA), a lighting company based in both Tokyo and Singapore.
Magical Shores spans 400 meters of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, turning it into an immersive, multi-sensory experience of AI-operated lights and sounds which elevate the beauty of the surrounding natural environment.
Guide To Magical Shores | Siloso Beach, Sentosa:
AI technology responds to visitors on the beach, giving them a breathtaking and unique performance. Sensors are dotted around the area which use sensing data to react based on people’s movement around the beach. The AI is constantly developing as it collects big data about the temperature and climate of Siloso Beach as well as that of people’s movements.
In two of the interactive areas, people can witness the “Circle of Life” beginning with the big bang. After that there is magma, followed by heavy rainfall and eventually flowing water which gives birth to life. Cells divide as plants begin to sprout, fish swim in the sea, and birds and insects sing in the mountains. At the end, life falls, and the process begins again.
Japanese musician Masakatsu Takagi was put in charge of the music and sound design of the exhibition. Takagi is known for having written the music for Wolf Children and The Boy and the Beast. He took inspiration from his music project “Marginalia,” a sound diary where he would record the sounds of birds, insects, the wind, rain, and so on from his studio window. Takagi did field recording on the beach to capture the sounds of nature to use for the art exhibition.
Kuniyuki Takahashi also offered his musicianship to the exhibition. Based in Sapporo, he is an internationally-recognised composer. He also recorded the sounds of Siloso Beach, and together with Takagi, created the perfect soundtrack for Magical Shores.
Magical Shores is currently temporarily closed as a result of the coronavirus but will resume once more as soon as the situation allows it.
Official Website: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/magical-shores
Learn About Ito City in Shizuoka Prefecture in This Breathtaking 8K PR Video
31.March.2020 | SPOT
A new PR video for Ito City in Shizuoka Prefecture was posted on the city’s official YouTube channel on March 2, 2020 as part of Ito City’s digital marketing efforts for 2020, and it’s already garnered over 21 million views in just over two weeks.
The video was directed and editor Yuki Eikawa who has gained much attention across Japan for his touristic PR video work. It captures the most famous sights across Ito including Mount Omuro and Jogasaki Coast, and showcases the city’s food, culture, and incredible natural environments. Check it out below.
ITO City, Shizuoka, Japan in 8K HDR
Learn more about Ito on the city’s official website which has a bounty of useful information for exploring everything Ito has to offer.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX: The New Luxury Hotel Opens in Shizuoka’s Resort Area Usami
09.March.2020 | SPOT
Usami is known as the resort area of Ito in Shizuoka Prefecture, and it’s here that the new luxury relaxation hotel UMI HOTEL ANNEX, which boasts a horizon-stretched ocean view, has openedーtogether with the new restaurant and bar known as The SEA.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX, a hotel for relaxation
UMI HOTEL ANNEX offers a breathtaking experience for guests with its ocean view, the sounds of the waves, and the natural scent of trees that envelop it. The hotel is on the small side, built with just six rooms, but this opens the door for greater hospitality, consideration, and comfort. If you want to wind down from a long day of travelling, need some adequate sleep, and wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s busy cities, then UMI HOTEL ANNEX has you covered.
Enjoy a sweeping ocean view
Upon entering a guest room, you are met with an unobstructed view of the sea. All rooms are also equipped with mirrorsーwhich span the entire wallーwhich bring the view of the ocean into your own room too. This means you can sleep soundly while surrounded by the sea, which is just 30 seconds from the hotel. *4 rooms of the rooms offer the ocean view
Rooms also have a pillar made from hiba cypress, a type of tree symbolic of Aomori Prefecture. The pillars not only serve to support the structure of the hotel, but also wrap the room with the natural scent of timber. Hiba is a strong antibacterial and pesticide wood, and its aroma also has a relaxing effect.
Open-air infinity pool baths with water flowing from the source
The roof is decked out with infinity pool baths with water flowing in from the source. Everything in and around the pools is made from the same Aoyama hibi cypress, including the pools themselves, meaning all rooms enjoy that warm smell of cypress. The pool joins together with Usami Bay, which stretches 1km, offering a feeling of openness like no other. There are even waterproof sofas in the pool rooms for more relaxation.
Amenities galore for a quiet night’s sleep
Amenities offered include items by Sansatia, a Bali-based natural cosmetics company. There’s also an original line of room wear made from a special Japanese gauze which can also be used in the surrounding area outside too. The linen is provided by Imabari Towel, and the beds by Simmons. There’s also bath salts, shoehorns, and more.
All guest rooms are equipped with pots, microwaves, refrigerators, irons, and trouser pressers. There’s also coin operated laundry machines, accommodating for those longer stays.
UMI HOTEL ANNEX
Address: 1746-2 Usami, Ito, Shizuoka
Official Website: https://tabinoya.net/annex/
Osaka Hirakata Park’s ‘Time Travel Fantasy’ Illumination Event Extended to Spring
29.February.2020 | SPOT
Hirakata Park’s “Hikari no Yuenchi” illumination event, which has been running for the autumn and winter season and is set to finish on March 1, 2020, is being extended into the spring season due to its huge popularity. The spring period will run from March 20 to April 7.
The theme of this year’s Hikari no Yuenchi is “Time Travel Fantasy.” Dazzle your eyes with a bright selection of breathtaking illuminations inside the event’s four areas, such as the lights along Time Travel Fantasy Street where the symbol of the parkーa 10-meter tall treeーstands gloriously, or the Illumination Flower Garden. The blue and purple winter colours of the lights will change into springtime pinks, greens, and yellows.
Illumination Flower Garden
Flowering illuminations will twinkle atop the hill in spring pastel colours like cherry blossom pinks, fresh verdure green, and rape blossom yellows.
The dazzling delights of the winter season will continue into the spring period, like the 24 different night attractions, and the illumination food too like the “shining bubble tea.” We also recommend taking advantage of the “Night Fee,” which sees a special entry price open from 16:00.
Enjoy the cool spring breeze and gorgeous Japanese illuminations at Hirakata Park this March.
Hirakata Park Hikari no Yuenchi
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Address: 1-1 Hirakatakoencho, Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture
Illumination Times: 17:30-20:30
Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/
Event Page (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/illumination/