7 Recommended Hot Springs in Japan to Enjoy Hanami

23.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

It’s still pretty chilly outside, isn’t it? Let’s take a look at locations around Japan where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms while taking a dip in the onsen (hot spring). Being able to enjoy hanami while bathing in the hot water is really a luxurious experience – it’s something everyone should try.

 

 

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“Marumine Kanko Hotel” – Fukushima Prefecture

The best part about this hotel is undoubtedly their large baths with a great view! The breathtaking panoramic view from their hot springs allows for you to enjoy gorgeous sights from season to season. Their open-air baths, which are perfect for the beautiful cherry blossom season, have separate impressive themes and designs for males and females. They also have rooms that come with their own open-air baths aimed at couples and families too.

 

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Marumine Kanko Hotel

Address: 1128 Shimoyudaira, Otomachi Ashinomaki, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture

TEL: 0242922121

Website: http://www.marumine.co.jp

 

 

 

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“Kinranso Hanayama” – Fukushima Prefecture

You can enjoy the taking a dip in an open-air bath designed like a houseboat while soaking up the view of lush nature surrounding you. Kinranso Hanayama’s unusual baths are truly a sight to see. The baths are one with nature and offer an extraordinary experience.

 

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Kinranso Hanayama – Bandaitami Onsen

Address: 4-321 Atami Atamimachi, Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture

TEL: 024-984-2111

Website: http://www.kinranso.jp

 

 

 

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“Fuga No Yado Chouseikan” – Niigata Prefecture

This hot spring has a lot of history and has been known in the area since long ago. It opened 700 years ago and is a hot spring where you can naturally feel both nature and history. When the flowers are in full bloom, large cherry blossom trees fill your vision and spellbind you without you even realising.

 

 

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Fuga No Yado Chouseikan

Address: 4632-8 Murasugi, Agano, Niigata     Prefecture

TEL: 0250662111

Website: http://www.chouseikan.co.jp

 

 

 

“Yukemuri-no-Sato Kashiwaya” – Tochigi Prefecture

This hotel has 4 open-air baths, all of which are filled with healing water and all of which immerse you Tochigi’s lavish nature. There are separate designs for the male and female baths that are a lot of fun. Two of the open-air baths that can be reserved have giant windows with a panoramic view, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor sights to your heart’s content.

 

 

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Yukemuri-no-Sato Kashiwaya

Address: 62 Kawajionsen, Takahara, Tochigi Prefecture

TEL: 0288-78-0002

Website: https://www.kashiwaya-kawaji.jp

 

 

 

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“Hotel Kaminoyu Hot Spring” – Yamanashi Prefecture

This large public bath house has a whopping 7 different baths, meaning you can find and pick which one you like the most. This site also has the second largest tarufuro, a type of wooden barrel bath. What’s more is that you can experience Mount Fuji, a starry sky and cherry blossoms at night – all at once! This one sure is luxurious.

 

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Hotel Kaminoyu Hot Spring

Address: 17 Ryuji, Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture

TEL: 0551-28-5000

Website: https://www.kaminoyu-onsen.com

 

 

 

“Bosenkan” – Gifu Prefecture

The word “river” makes up part of the name of this hotel, referring to the existence of the nearby river that you can experience. The hotel offers a variety of plans, including one for couples as well as relaxation plan, both of which are popular. For meals, you can enjoy local beef from the city of Hida, koshihikari rice that is cultivated in Gifu’s Maze River which was selected as Japan’s best clear stream, and more. The international hit movie Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) was even the city of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture. Definitely take a trip here.

 

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Bosenkan

Address: 190-1 Yunoshima, Gero, Gifu Prefecture

TEL: 0576252048

Website: https://www.bosenkan.co.jp

 

 

 

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“Asanoya” – Hyogo Prefecture

There are two open-air baths at this hotel: “Hikoboshi” (Altair) and “Orihime” (Vega). In the women’s bath, Orihime, large cherry trees bloom gracefully overhead. The hotel also has baths for couples and families that can be reserved. They even have footbaths, so it might be nice to stop by on your way back from sightseeing to heal up those weary feet.

 

 

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Asanoya

Address: 1269 Yu, Shin’onsen, Mikata District, Hyogo Prefecture

TEL: 0796921000

Website: http://www.asanoya.co.jp

 

 

 

Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to treat yourself to some self-indulging time at one of Japan’s many hot spring locations.

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  • 7 Best Travel Destinations in Japan During Spring

    18.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    There are many people whose eyes are set on Japan as a travel destination for its gorgeous cherry blossoms in springtime. There are dozens of famous locations across Japan where spring gives life to spectacular scenery.

     

    Let’s take a look at some of the best travel destinations in Japan where spring is the best season!

     

    “Sashimaki Shitsugen” – Akita Prefecture

    Sashimaki Shitsugen is home to a 3-hectare wetland filled entirely with Asian skunk-cabbage. There are walkways erected across the wetland, offering the opportunity to freely admire the green carpet of vegetation. The best time to see the flowers is from the middle of April to the beginning of May, during which the “Sashimaki Mizubashou Matsuri” festival is held where local cuisine and local specialties are sold. We recommend seeing it together with Nyuto Onsenkyo, a famous hot spring village.

     

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    Sashimaki Shitsugen

    Address: Tazawako Sashimaki, Semboku, Akita Prefecture

    Webpage: http://www.city.semboku.akita.jp/sightseeing/spot/04_sashimaki.html

     

     

     

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    “Hanami in Koriyama” – Fukushima Prefecture

    Koriyama is located in the center of Fukushima Prefecture, the most southernly prefecture of the Tohoku area. The city of Koriyama is known as an economically developed city since the Tohoku Shinkansen stops here. It takes about 80 minutes (7,680 yen – non-reserved seat) from Tokyo on the bullet train. It’s a suitable spot to feel Japan’s four seasons and during spring (early April to late April), cherry blossoms bloom in many places. There are places where you can view 400-year old Shidarezakura (weeping cherry trees) and along Kaiseizan Park’s cherry tree-lined road you can view almost 1,300 cherry trees in bloom including the oldest Someiyoshino (Yoshino cheery tree) in Japan.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93861

     

     

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    “Isumi Railway” – Chiba Prefecture

    The Isumi Railway in Chiba is popular because the track is surrounded by lush greenery. The entire length of the railway extends 26.8km, around 15km of which roll past expansive rich flower beds. You are sure to get your fresh fill of spring either by gazing from the train window or looking at the railroad off the train together with the yellow plants that line the track.

     

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    Isumi Railway

    Address: 264 Ōtaki, Ōtaki-machi, Isumi-gun, Chiba Prefecture

    TEL: 0470−82−2161

    Website: http://www.isumirail.co.jp/

     

     

     

    “Mother Farm” – Chiba Prefecture

    Mother Farm is a flower and animal theme park in the Bōsō Peninsula, Chiba Prefecture. The seasonal plants and contact between the cute animals can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year, but when spring arrives the flowers roll out in all directions. This is a recommended destination if you’re traveling with kids!

     

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    Mother Farm

    Address: 940-3 Tagura, Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-16:30 / Weekends & Holidays 9:00-17:00

    Website: http://www.motherfarm.co.jp

     

     

     

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    “Toyama Bay” – Toyama Prefecture

    From March to early June, countless firefly squids rush to Toyama Bay for egg spawning. April is the most active period for spawning, during which the firefly squids radiate their magical lights. You can admire the spectacle onboard a boat tour. The fairytale-like display of the firefly squids is a sight to behold, so roll up in April for the best viewing.

     

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    Toyama Bay

    Address: 5 Kaigandori, Higashiwasemachi, Toyama-shi, Toyama Prefecture

    Toyama Kankou Navi: http://www.info-toyama.com/tokushu/toyama-bay/

     

     

     

    “Kyoto Botanical Garden” – Kyoto Prefecture

    Kyoto Botanical Garden will hold an event titled “Sakura Light Up 2018” (March 25th—April 8th) and another titled “Sakura Sanpo” (April 13th—April 16th) where the staff of the garden will guide visitors through the garden. Enjoy numerous varieties of cherry blossoms at Kyoto Botanical Garden where 250 cherry trees will bloom inside a 7,000㎡ space. The garden is also home to a range of rare plants, so be sure to visit.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89824

     

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    Kyoto Botanical Garden

    Address: Shimogamo Hachigo, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 9am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

    [March 25th – April 8th] 9:00-21:00 (last entry 20:00)

    [April 9th – May 31st] 9:00-18:30 (last entry 18:00)

    TEL: 075-701-0141

    Website: http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/plant/

    Prices: Adults ¥200 yen / High School Students ¥150 / Junior High School Students and Younger – Free

     

    *Elderly people aged 70-years-old and above and those with physical disabilities are granted free entry.

     

    Sakura Light Up 2018

    Location: Kyoto Botanical Garden “Sakurabayashi” Area

    Date: March 25th, 2018 – April 8th, 2018

    Opening Hours: Sunset (18:30) to 21:00 (last entry 20:00)

    *The regular closing time will be changed from 17:00 to 21:00 while these events are being held (last entry 20:00)

     

    Sakura Sanpo (Walking Event)

    Venue: Areas centering around Sakura Hinsyu Mihon-en

    Date:

    [April 13th–April 16th] 13:00 to 13:45

    [April 14th–April 15th] 13:00 to 13:45 / 17:00 to 17:45

    *Due to extended opening hours in spring between April 9th and May 31st, closing times will also be extended from 17:00 to 18:30 (last entry 18:00)

    *Please gather in front of Shokubutsuen Kaikan at 13:00 or 17:00 if you would like to participate in this event.

     

     

    “Huis Ten Bosch” – Nagasaki Prefecture

    March at Huis Ten Bosch is the time when tulips are in full bloom where they hold the “Tulip Matsuri” festival. In the daytime, you can admire Japan’s many varieties of tulips – 700 kinds in fact – and at nighttime, there is a show where the tulips are lit up with an organic EL display panel. Whether you’re there during the day or at night, you will enjoy an enchanting display of flowers.

     

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    Huis Ten Bosch

    Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 9:00-22:00

    Website: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp

     

     

    Did you enjoy our pick? Be sure to tick each one off your list during your travels to Japan in spring.

  • 6 Cherry Blossom Events in Japan 2018: Festivals, Digital Art & More!

    15.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Have you decided where you’re going to see Japan’s cherry blossoms this year?

     

    If not, then we have you covered. Here are 5 hanami events happening this year that are a little different from usual – from more traditional festivals to others using technology like AR and projection mapping.

     

     

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    Aqua Park Shinagawa – “SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED”
    “SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED” is an experience-based hanami event that will use the latest in Tokyo’s cutting-edge entertainment to combine Japanese traditional culture, digital art, cherry blossoms and the world of the sea. NAKED is a leading creative company in Japan who will use projection mapping and artwork to depict illustrations of vividly coloured cherry blossoms using all parts of the room including the ceiling, walls and floor. Guests will be completely surrounded by cherry blossoms upon entering the aquarium.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/92366

     

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    Running: 3 March 2018 – 15 April 2018
    URL:http://www.aqua-park.jp

     

     

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    Gotenyama Cherry Blossom Festival

    From the Edo period, Gotenyama was used for many activities and gatherings, such as a place where successive shogun engaged in falconry, and where formal tea parties were also held. It’s an area that has bred elegant culture and has even come to become a famous place to view cherry blossoms ever since the common people of the Edo Period used it as a popular retreat. This year, the festival will combine Edo, art and technology to host a range of events and activities, such as a cherry blossom light-up show, a Gotenyama tea party, a cherry blossom bar, an AR experience, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/95179

     

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    Gotenyama Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

    Locations: Gotenyama Trust City, Tokyo Marriott Hotel, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, and more

    Address: Gotenyama Trust City, 4-7-35 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo

     

    Time/Date:

    Friday April 6th, 2018 @ 11:00-20:00

    Saturday April 7th, 2018 @ 11:00-20:00

    Sunday April 8th, 2018 @ 11:00-16:00 (*some events will run until 20:00)

     

    Access: 5-minutes free bus ride or 10-minute walk from Shinagawa Station via the JR Line / 5-minute walk from Kitashinagawa Station via Keihin Kyūkō Line

    *For more details on the free bus ride to and from Gotenyama Trust City and Shinagawa Station, please visit the official homepage.

    URL:http://www.trustcity-g.com/access

     

     

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    Takato Sakura Matsuri
    Takato Sakura Matsuri is held every year in Nagano Prefecture, bringing in almost 200,000 people during the cherry blossom season. There are about 1,500 cherry trees planted inside the park, which is known as one of the 3 most famous spots for hanami in Japan. This year, the festival has teamed up with famous confectionery store Ina Sweets! They are also holding a campaign where you can get your hands on some limited-edition collaborative spring sweets.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94437

     

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    Takato Sakura Matsuri
    Address: Takatomachi Nishitakato, Ina-shi, Nagano Prefecture
    Running: 1 April 2018 – 30 April 2018
    Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00 / High Season 6:00-20:00
    *Last entries at 21:30
    URL:
    https://takato-inacity.jp/h29/takatoh_sakuramaturi_no_goannnai

     

     

     

     

     

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    Nihonbashi Sakura Festival    
    You can look forward to enjoying an artistic hanami at this event. This year marks the 5th run of the festival, where there will be cherry blossom inspired food, a music festival, an art exhibition and much more. The main highlight of the festival is the “SAKURA TUNNEL” that will run along the road to Fukutoku Shrine where around 100 cherry blossom lanterns will illuminate the entire street in a magical pink colour.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88158

     

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    “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival Aratani Deau, Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi
    Running: 16 March 2018 – 15 April 2018
    Contact: Nihonbashi Information Center 03-3242-0010 (10:00-21:00)
    URL:
    Japanese Site   http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/
    English Site    http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/en/

     

     

     

     

     

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    Kichijoji Yozakura

    The dining bar “Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar” is now holding a limited spring event where the interior of the bar is decorated with 8,000 cherry blossoms and 1,500 illuminations. Tuck into some original sweets such as the “Horoyoi Parfait” and enjoy a strawberry cocktail. Sounds nice for a girls-only get-together.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93129

     

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    Kichijoji Yozakura 2018 -Hikari no Kawa-
    Running: Until Mid-April 2018 (Subject to Change)

    Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar
    Address: Sakigakedai 3 Bldg. 2F, 1-1-19 Kitamachi, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 18:00-02:00 (last orders 01:30) 7 Days a Week & Holidays
    No Fixed Holidays.
    Access: 10-minutes on foot from Kichijoji Station via the JR Chuo Line and Keio Inokashira Line
    URL:http://hitosara.com/0006044876/

     

     

     

     

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    Sakura Train
    Tokyo Metro are holding a campaign where you can hop on board their trains to go and see the cherry blossoms. During the campaign, the interior of Tokyo Metro 1000 series trains on the Ginza Line will be decorated in cherry blossoms. A guide to hanami in Tokyo will be displayed at each Tokyo Metro station recommending spots and places to drop by to view the cherry blossoms. There are also spots where you can receive special bonuses by presenting the booklet.

     

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    Let’s get on Tokyo Metro for go to see the cherry blossoms! ! campaign.
    Operation period: March 12th (Mon) – April 8th (Sun) 2018
    Operation section: Ginza Line Asakusa Station – Shibuya Station
    URL: https: //metro-sakura.jp

     

    Did you enjoy our list?

    Get involved in lots of cherry blossom events in Japan and have an unforgettable spring!

     

  • 5 Hotels & Ryokan to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms: From Inside Your Room to Inside a Hot Spring!

    13.March.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    At last the warm rays of spring are gradually trickling through, and already the news is rolling in for the cherry blossoms in Japan.

     

    If you’re in Japan this spring, then take a look at some of these great hotel plans you can look forward where you too can enjoy Japan’s pink season.

     

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    HOSHINOYA Kyoto
    HOSHINOYA Kyoto, the luxurious resort operated by Hoshino Resorts where every room has a view of the river, is holding four exciting activities for hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of flower viewing. The activities are themed on a hanami sojourn deep in Arashiyama.

     

    Activities include Sakura Fune (Cherry Blossom Boat), where you can enjoy hanami from a boat; the Sakura Chakai (Cherry Blossom Tea Party) where you will be seated in view of the mountain’s cherry blossoms; and Yozakura Dinner (Evening Cherry Blossom Dinner) where you can enjoy a meal amongst the lit-up cherry blossoms. Each activity offers an engaging hanami experience courtesy of Arashiyama’s spectacular cherry blossom scenery.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/85392

     

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    HOSHINOYA Kyoto
    Address: 11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzanchō, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (25 guest rooms)

    URL:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/

     

     

     

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    Kichijo CAREN – Hokkawa Hot Spring, Higashiizu

    Kichijo CAREN is a place where you can enjoy many kinds of cherry blossoms while inside a hot spring.

    The view from “Izu Kitagawa Onsen Moon Road” which was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 famous views is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy a romantic view from either the guest room or hot spring.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87911

     

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    Kichijo CAREN (Higashi Izu / Kitagawa Onsen)

    Address: Kitagawa Onsen, Higashiizucho, Kamogun, Shizuoka Prefecture

    TEL:0557-23-1213

    URL:http://www.kissho-caren.com/

     

     

     

     

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    Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu

    For a limited time only, you can relish in a special hotel plan and get your fill of cherry blossoms, Japan’s signal flower for spring. Gaze at the rows of cherry trees while feeling the sea breeze against your cheeks from your room balcony and enjoy a hanami experience the Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu way.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94598

     

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    Lodging plan; “Sakura Biyori”

    Period: 2018/03/25 (Sun.) to 04/08 (Sun.)

    Room: Executive Twin Park View (balcony is installed)

    Price: 11,500 yen~ (per person, tax and service fee are included)

    ※The price noted above is the price per person when using the twin room.

    Amenity:

    • Lunch course and cherry blossom sweets item will be offered at the Chinese restaurant Turandot Yusenkyo” (3rdfloor) on the day that you are leaving the hotel.

    ※dessert buffet (weekdays) and cherry blossom dessert plate (Saturday and Sunday) will be offered.

    ➁ Cherry blossom cocktail will be offered before eating the lunch menu.

    ➂ Late check out – 12:00 (normal check out time – 11:00)

     

    TEL:045-682-2222

    URL:https://ybht.co.jp/stay/

     

     

     

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    Hotel Okura Kobe

    This hotel is offering a special one-day stay plan where guests can stay in a suite decorated entirely in cherry blossom artwork and décor. Everywhere from the entrance to the living room and bedroom is dotted with cherry blossoms, enabling you to experience Japanese hanami from inside your room. The hotel’s café/restaurant Camelia also sells sweet cherry blossom bread.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93145

     

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    Hotel Okura Kobe

    Address: 2-1, Hatobacho, Chuoku, Kobe

    TEL:078-333-0111

    Access: 10 minutes on foot from JR Hanshin Line Motmomachi Station, shuttle bus service is available from Sannomiya Station (the bus route goes via “Shin Kobe Station” on Saturday, Sunday and holidays)

    URL:https://www.kobe.hotelokura.co.jp/

     

     

     

     

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    Hoshino Resort KAI Kinugawa

    Kinugawa River in Tochigi Prefecture is about a 2-hour train or car journey from Tokyo. It’s immensely popular as an onsen, or “hot spring” site, and is close to World Heritage Sites and places of scenic beauty.

     

    The KAI Kinugawa hot spring resort at Kinugawa Onsen is offering a limited-time “Yozakura Dining” plan from April 11th to April 20th. For one night, two people can enjoy a banquet while gazing at the cherry blossom trees in the evening. You can also experience “Hanami Roten” and admire the cherry blossoms in full bloom from the site’s famous open air hot springs.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/93077

     

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    KAI Kinugawa

    Address: 308 Kinugawaonsentaki, Nikko-shi, Tochigi Prefecture

    TEL: 0570-073-011

    URL:http://kai-ryokan.jp/kinugawa/features/spring/index.html

     

     

     

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    Spring is coming, so be sure to use this list on your holiday trip this year.

     

  • 6 Most Popular Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Hanami – All Within 5 Minutes From the Station!

    06.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    At first glance, Tokyo Metropolis may not look very green, but did you know it actually has a lot of popular spots where people go to celebrate Hanami (flower-viewing)?

     

    Let’s take a look at some of those locations. All of this places in this list are within 5 minutes of a station, so they’re easy to get to! You can use this as reference for when you’re in Tokyo.

     

     

    Inokashira Park

    Inokashira Park is popular throughout the entire year for outings. There are around 500 cherry blossom trees that line the park, 250 of which sit along the pond. You can even get inside a boat and enjoy the cherry blossoms from the water. The west side of the park is home to various types of cherry blossoms, including early flowering ones that bloom from the beginning of March. The average annual time to see them come out is between March 20th and April 10th.

     

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    Inokashira Park
    Address: 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Kichijoji Station via the JR Chuo Line / 1-minute on foot from Inokashira Park Station via the Keio Inokashira Line
    Contact: 0422-47-6900
    URL:https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index044.html

     

     

     

    Meguro River

    During Hanami, 800 beautiful cherry blossom trees roll 4km along the Meguro River. We recommend taking a leisurely stroll down the river while looking at the flowers. There’s plenty of stylish shops along the river too, so you can even do a bit of shopping on your walk.

     

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    Meguro River
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Meguro Station via JR Yamanote Line/ 5-minutes on foot from Fudō-mae Station via the Tokyu Meguro Line / 2-minutes on foot from Naka-Meguro Station via the Tokyu Toyoko Line / 2-minutes on foot from Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station via the Tokyu Meguro Line

    URL:http://www.city.meguro.tokyo.jp/gyosei/shokai_rekishi/event/sakura.html

     

     

     

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    Mori Garden – Roppongi Hills

    Mori Garden is a Japanese style garden located in the skyscraper district of Roppongi Hills. It’s also another place where you can see the cherry blossoms. The garden is also lit up at night, creating a magical and memorable scene: beautiful cherry blossoms lit up in a traditional Japanese garden. Try looking out over the garden from a high place for a collaborative view of Tokyo Tower and cherry blossoms.

     

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    Roppongi Hills
    Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: Weekdays 7:00-21:00 / Weekends 8:00-21:00
    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Roppongi Station via the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line / 6-minutes on footo from Roppongi Station via the Toei Oedo Line
    Contact: 03-6406-6000
    URL:http://www.roppongihills.com/

     

     

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    Ueno Park

    One of the most popular spots for viewing the cherry blossoms is Ueno Park, drawing in tourists every year. There’s a direct connection to the park via train services. With around 800 trees, expect to see varieties including the Yoshino Cherry and Yamazakura. There’s even a zoo and a museum in the park, so you can make it a day trip.

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    Ueno Park
    Address: 5-20 Ueno Park, Taito, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 5:00-23:00
    Access: 2-minutes on foot from Ueno Station via the JR Yamanote Line JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Takasaki Line, JR Utsunomiya Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line / 1-minute on foot from Keisei Ueno Station via the Keisei Main Line
    Contact: 03-3828-5644
    URL:http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/jimusho/toubuk/ueno/index_top.html

     

     

     

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    Yaesu Sakura-dori
    If you take the Yaesu Exit at Tokyo Station, you will find Yaesu Sakura-dori. Despite being in the heart of the city, this place is famous as a cherry blossom location where you can see around 150 Yoshino Cherries. You can see them lit up beautifully at night, making it a popular spot for Hanami among salary men and office workers on their way back from work. The “Sakura Matsuri” is also held in April every year, a bustling cherry blossom festival with street stalls and alcohol.

     

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    Yaesu Sakura-dori
    Access: Right outside Tokyo Station across all JR lines / Right outside Nihombashi Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Tokyo Metro Tozai Line

     

     

     

     

    Shinjuku Gyoen

    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was listed as one of Japan’s 100 most famous cherry blossom spots. The park is home to 1,100 cherry blossom trees spanning 65 types, allowing you to enjoy a lush selection. Part of the park’s charm is how long Hanami lasts there: because there’s so many different varieties of trees there, the bloom times are different, so it usually lasts from the end of March to the end of April.

     

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    Shinjuku Gyoen
    Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo
    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Sendagaya Station via the JR Sobu Line / 1-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station South Exit via the JR Lines, Keio Line and Odakyu Line / 5-minutes on foot from Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
    Contact: 03-3350-0151
    URL:http://fng.or.jp/shinjuku/

     

     

    Did you enjoy your list? When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom there are lots of festivals to be enjoyed around Tokyo, so be sure to check them out.

     

    Enjoy springtime Japan by getting involved with Hanami

  • Top Spring Festivals in Japan: Events in March, April & May 2018

    05.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Japan holds many traditional festivals and events every year. Today, we will take a look at some of the traditional springtime omatsuri and events happening in Japan from March to May.

     

    Omizutori

     

    Omizutori, or the sacred water-drawing festival, is an annual event that takes place in the Todai-ji temple’s Nigatsu-do in Nara for 2 weeks starting on March 1st. It’s a Japanese Buddhist festival that has continually taken place since the 8th century where people confess their sins before Buddha and pray for things like world peace. It’s known as the “festival that tolls the spring” as the temperature starts to get warmer once omizutori ends.

     

    Hinamatsuri

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    Celebrated on March 3rd every year, Hinamatsuri is also known as “Doll’s Day” or “Girls’ Day.” During the festival, people pray for the sound health and growth of girls which is marked by putting dolls on display wearing traditional imperial court attire from the Heian Period. Households with girls in them are decorated with peach blossoms and the family enjoy a traditional meal together. The “Hokyoji Temple” in Kyoto is also known as the “Doll Temple” as every year, between March 1st and April 3rd, dolls of women from the imperial family are displayed.

     

    Hanami

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    Towards the end of March, news about the opening and full bloom of cherry blossoms begins to roll in, beginning from the hot south region of Japan. This is known as the “Cherry Blossom Front.” Generally, hanami is a time when Japanese people go to view the cherry blossoms. There are many famous cherry blossom sites around the whole of Japan all of which are bustling with people every year. When the cherry blossoms, known as sakura in Japan, are in full bloom, you will see many people sat under the trees with friends and family enjoying food and drinks.

     

    Entrance Ceremony

     

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    The school entrance ceremony (nyuugakushiki) is one of the main events of April in Japan The ceremonies are held across schools in Japan to welcome incoming students to their new schools. April is also the beginning of Japan’s fiscal year when the nyuushashiki is held, or welcoming ceremony for new employees. Companies welcome new staff who have just graduated school. You could say that April being the start of everything is unique to Japan.

     

    Children’s Day

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    Until 1948, May 5th was known as Tango no Sekku and was a day to celebrate the growth of boys. It was renamed Kodomo no Hi, or “Children’s Day,” by the Japanese government to include boys and girls and became a national holiday. On this day, koinobori carp flags are raised outside people’s houses as the Japanese carp (koi) is a symbol of vitality and success.

     

    Kanda Matsuri

     

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    Kanda Matsuri is held annually for 6 days from the middle of May at Kanda Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo. The festival stands alongside Yasaka Shrine’s “Gion Matsuri” and Ōsaka Tenman-gū’s “Tenjin Matsuri” as one of 3 biggest festivals in Japan. One of the main events of the festival is the Shinkousai held from morning to night where a huge parade and gorgeous portable shrine is taken around Kanda, Nihonbashi, Marunouchi, Akihabara and more. Lots of tourists attend to see the spectacle.

     

    Did you enjoy our list? There are so many festivals and events to enjoy in Japan. If you’re coming here in spring, then make sure to experience one of the traditional ones to really get a feel for the culture.

  • Seven “experience spring” plans of “Hoshinoya” throughout Japan

    29.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Hoshino Resort is an accommodation brand which has more than 30 accommodations throughout Japan including “onsen” accommodations called, “Kai,” resort hotels called, “Resonale,” and Japanse-style resort hotels called “Hoshinoya.” In this article, I will introduce to you some experience-based plans to enjoy the spring season produced by “Hoshinoya.”

     

    Hoshinoya Karuizawa “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018”

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    “Hoshinoya Karuizawa” located it Nagano Prefecture, Karuizawa will hold a three-day and two-night program of enjoying the nature in Karuizawa without carrying any digital gadgets called “Datsu Digital Taizai 2018” from the 1st of March, 2018 to the 20th of July. Most people in this modern age are using PCs and smartphones daily and some of them are building up stress inside their mind. This program offers an experience of enjoying the nature of Karuizawa and playing with horses so as to release the stress of the participators.

     

    Detailed information:

    https://hoshinoya.com/karuizawa/experience/datsudigital-2018/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Tokyo “Tokyo / Yozakura Fune Asobi”

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    “Hoshinoya Tokyo” will hold an activity titled, “Tokyo Yozakura Fune Asobi” where participators can enjoy the night view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat and going on a night cruise from the 25th of March to  the 10th of April. The boat will depart from Nihonbashi (bridge) which is 5 minutes by car from Hoshinoya Tokyo and pass Sumida River, Tajima Coast and Oyokogawa where they can view beautiful cherry blossoms. This is a 60- minute boat tour. The contrast between cherry blossoms and the night view of Tokyo is magical and superb. Also, participators can wear light-colored clothes and do up their hair. Let’s enjoy the night view and the cherry blossoms viewed from a boat while eating a bento box-lunch of “Shin Kaika” and drinking nihonsyu (Japanese sake).

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/tokyo/

    Detailed information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86754

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Fuji “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner”

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    “Hoshinoya Fuji” located in Yamanashi Prefecture will offer “Haru no Syuryoniku Dinner” which is an experience based on a “Dutch-oven dinner” course from the 16th of March 2018 to the 30th of June. This dinner is a spring version of the dinner course that uses “venison” and “brawn” and other spring ingredients. The course is very healthy since it uses lots of wild vegetables and spring vegetables.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/fuji/dining/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Takeno Yusan”

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    “Hoshinoya Kyoto,” an accommodation located in Arashiyama, Kyoto with a beautiful river-view, will hold a program called, “Takenoko Yusan” where you can harvest takenokos (bamboo sprouts), then learn how to cook them and eat them from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th of April. In this program, you can enjoy harvesting takenokos in mountain bamboo groves where you cannot normally enter. After harvesting takenokos, you can enjoy eating dishes using the takenokos you harvested at your evening meal at Hoshinoya Kyoto. Then, on the next day, you can participate in the workshop held by the head chef of Hoshinoya Kyoto and learn how to cook takenoko. It is a program where you can enjoy learning about the harvesting of takenoko which is a standard ingredient of Kyoto cuisine.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/experience/takenoko/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Okuarashiyama no Hanami Toryu”

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    This is also a program offered by Hoshinoya Kyoto. Four cherry-blossom viewing activities will be held from the 25th of March 2018 to the 15th  of April. You can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama by participating in the event called, “Harutsuyu no Noyusan,” an early-morning hiking where you can enjoy the view of Okuarashiyama from the observation deck, “Sakurabune” where you can enjoy the view of cherry blossoms while riding on a boat, “Sakura Chakai” where you can enjoy a tea party in front of Yamazakura and “Yozakura Dinner” where you can enjoy eating dinner in front of the lit up cherry blossoms of Okuarashiyama.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/kyoto/

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Kyoto “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru”

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    They will hold an accomodation-based spa program “Mizube no Kojitsu / Haru” from the 1st of March 2018 to the 31st of May. “Mizube no Kojitsu” is a two-day and one-night personal spa program” based on Eastern medicine. Also, this program includes another program of learning how to make healthy Japanese desserts from artisans. Moreover, they will offer a time where the  participants can refresh their body and mind by offering herb roots/tree bark teas, acupuncture treatment and a lecture on body exercise.

     

    Detailed information:http://hoshinoyakyoto.jp/#/spa/spa01

     

     

     

    Hoshinoya Taketomijima “Iriomote Jungle Butler / Haru”

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    “Hoshinoya Taketomijima” located on Taketom Island, Okinawa will hold an activity tour which a jungle guide of Iriomote Island (a person who knows well about the island” will guide the participants around the island. The content and schedule of the tour can be decided at will with the jungle guide. You can experience the tropical jungle of Iriomote Island while staying at Taketomi Island where the traditional culture of Okinawa still remains such as red tile, shiisa (lion shaped monuments) and white sand roads.

     

    Detailed information:https://hoshinoya.com/taketomijima/

     

     

     

    Let’s enjoy the gorgeous accommodation plans of Hoshino Resort.

     

     

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    Hoshino Resort:http://www.hoshinoresort.com/

     

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  • Japanese Hanami 2020: Soak Up the Pink Springtime Cherry Blossoms at Hoshino Resorts KAI

    24.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    KAI, a hot spring ryokan brand managed by Hoshino Resorts, has announced an exciting new experience at 14 of its branches called “Otsu na Hanami Tabi” (A Chic Flower-Viewing Trip) which will run from March 15, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

     

    The service offers a new kind of Hanami, or flower-viewing, experience for guests that doesn’t stop at just admiring the cherry blossoms, but enables them to enjoy both local history and customs too. Guests will be provided with a wicker basket of delicious Hanami goodies to enjoy, just like they did in the past.

     

    We’ve picked five of the Hoshino Resorts KAI hot spring inns that we think our readers will be most interested in. Let’s take a look!

     

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru | Aomori

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru is located in the town of Owani, which sits in southern Tsugaru in Aomori Prefecture. They are offering an exciting experience this May: “Shidare-zakura Hitorijime Taizai,” which lets a single group have exclusive access to an area of seven shidare-zakura weeping cherry trees blooming in the inn’s spacious garden, which sit far away from guest rooms. Those lucky enough to experience this service can sip on cider and tuck into some delicious apple pie while listening to a Tsugaru-style shamisen performance, known as tsugaru-jamisen.

     

    Shidare-zakura Hitorijime Taizai

    Running: May 1, 2020 – May 7, 2020

    Price: ¥5,000 per person

    No. of People: 1 group per day (2-4 people per group)

    Booking: 0570-073-011 (KAI Reservation Centre)

    Note: The tsugaru-jamisen performance will take place 15:30-16:30

     

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Kawaji | Tochigi


    Feel what it’s like to live the life of someone living in a satoyamaーa village centred around an agricultural lifestyleーby waking up with the sunrise to start work early. Your morning job will be making tea at the watermill. You will use traditional and ancient tools like the suribachi mortar and the houroku pan to make tea grown from tea leaves in the area which you can enjoy a cup of to start your Hanami. As well as making tea, you’ll be able to enjoy a quiet breakfast while gazing at the Yoshino cherry trees, so you can get that real satoyama spring experience.

     

    Running: April 18, 2020 – April 25, 2020

     

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Izumo | Shimane

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Izumo is located in Tamatsukuri Onsen in Shimane Prefecture, where all guest rooms have their own open-air bath. The hot spring ryokan’s “Sakura Koraku” experience gives you a chance to try wariko sobaーa style of soba noodles originating in Shimane’s city of Matsueーunder the cherry blossom trees.

     

    Sakura Koraku

    Running: April 1, 2020 – April 20, 2020

    Time: 15:00-19:00

    Price: ¥500 for one Hanami picnic set for two people (5 sets prepared per day)

    Booking: Hoshino Resorts KAI Izumo front reception

    Notes: Rickshaw will run from April 1, 2020 to April 7, 2020 costing ¥1,300 per person. 30 minute ride. 5 groups per day (2 people per group).

     

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Kaga | Ishikawa

    Head to one of Kaga’s famous weeping cherry blossom tree spots to enjoy a cup of Japanese tea prepared yourself. This plan offers the chance to experience Ishikawa culture in a spot that has been loved by locals for decades.

     

    Running: April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020

     

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso | Kumamoto

    Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso stands in Aso-Kuju National Park. Gaze at the five peaks of Mount Asoーthe largest active volcano in Japanーwhile sipping on water drawn from one of Japan’s 100 famous water sources. Change up the water of the water to your liking: carbonate it, add syrup, and so on. You’ll also get some refreshing fruits that have sat in carbonated water. Sit amongst the colourful flowers, like tulips and baby blue eyes, while soaking up the beautiful sights of Aso.

     

    Tansan Ohanami

    Running: April 20, 2020 – May 31, 2020

    Price: ¥3,000 per person

    No. of People: 3 groups per day (two people per group)

    Booking: 0570-073-011 (KAI Booking Centre)

    Note: In the case of rain, Tansan Ohanami will not run on that day

     

     

    This is just 5 of the 14 Hoshino Resorts KAI branches offering a chic Hanami experience. If you’re travelling to Japan this spring, be sure to check out what they’re offering.

  • GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring

    23.February.2020 | FOOD

    GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only. 

    Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)

    Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth. 

     

    It looks just as wonderful as it tastes. One sip will fill your heart with the refreshing vibes of spring. GODIVA’s velvety smooth chocolate drinks are always to die for. You just have to try it. 

  • Kate Spade New York Reveals Japanese Cherry Blossom Inspired Collection

    22.February.2020 | FASHION

    Optimistic femininity is at the core of Kate Spade New York’s brand, and that is upheld with the revealing of their new “Cherry Blossom” collection which is set to drop this spring.

    Nicola Glass, the Creative Director at Kate Spade, was inspired to design the Cherry Blossom collection after her many times seeing her favourite flower, the Japanese cherry blossom, when visiting Japan. The colourful line-up features a variety of pink shades and flower prints.

    from left: molly cherry blossom large satchel in black ¥53,000, molly cherry blossom medium satchel in tutu pink ¥45,000, spencer cherry blossom zip around continental wallet in soft pink multi ¥31,000

    from left: spencer cherry blossom small dome cosmetic ¥11,000, spencer cherry blossom wrislet in soft pink multi ¥14,000, iphone case cherry blossom liquid glitter in clear multi ¥6,000


    Nine items adorn the floral collection, including two sachel bags, two wallets, two fragment card cases, a cosmetic pouch, key ring, and iPhone case. The collection will be released at Kate Spade New York stores in Japan (select branches not participating) on February 26, 2020. Japan will also get some exclusive colours not available anywhere else.

  • Starbucks Japan Reveals Cherry Frappuccino®ーThe Second Drink of Starbucks Sakura Season

    20.February.2020 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan has announced that the second drink in its Sakura Season series of springtime cherry blossom drinks will be released on February 26, 2020. Named the “Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino®” (Cherry Blossom Cherry Frappuccino®), this tasty-looking drink is exclusive to Japan.

     

    Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino®—Savour the sweet and tangy fresh cherry pieces

    Sakura Sakuranbo Frappuccino® – Tall ¥590 (Before Tax) / Available: February 26, 2020 – March 12, 2020

    The new drink contains fresh and sweet cherry pieces. It uses a cherry blossom flavoured base together with strawberry milk, which adds a subtle flavour, and a sauce made from fresh cherries. Cherries in Japan also go by the name outou (桜桃), which has the Japanese kanji for sakura (cherry blossom) in it. This is because its roots come from the same family of roses.

     

    The drink has a unique sweet and sour punch to it, and one sip is enough to make you feel like spring is here. Topped with pink, white, or blue Japanese sugar candies known as konpeitō, this drink truly offers a toast to a kawaii Japanese spring.

     

    Customise your drink for free with “Sakura Toppings”

    Free Sakura Toppings / Available: February 26, 2020 – March 12, 2020

    For Sakura Season at Starbucks, customers can customise all drinks with two different colours of mochi pieces and dried raspberries shaped like cherry blossom petals. The coffee company highly recommend topping cappuccinos, white mochas, and matcha cream frappuccinos® with them. Make your drink your own!

     

     

    Starbucks is also releasing a new range of merchandise, such as mugs and tumblers, with theme “Spring Misty-Rain,” on February 26. These gorgeous designs are inspired by the light rainfall in spring which falls onto the cherry blossoms and grass and makes them glisten with the light. A new cherry blossom Starbucks Card will also be available to pick up for a limited time.

     

    Sakura Season at Starbucks is always a popular time in Japan, so if you’re planning a trip here for spring and are in need of a coffee top-up, then you’re in for a real treat.

  • ‘SAKURA Romantic Tea Party’ is Q-pot CAFE. Omotesando’s Newest Afternoon Tea Experience

    20.February.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot. has revealed its new “SAKURA Romantic Tea Party” line-up which is set to be served at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, Tokyo from March 1, 2020 for a limited time.

    The cherry blossom pink coloured and flavoured line-up includes a glamorous afternoon tea set, limited-edition parfaits, plated goodies, drinks, and more. “Romantic” is the key word for this beautiful Japanese springtime assortment.

    Romantic SAKURA Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    The tall Romantic SAKURA Parfait is layered with a mix of both Japanese and Wesrern flavours, built up delicious with cherry blossom cream cherry blossom petal-laced jelly, houjicha tea sauce and more, all of which is topped off with cherry blossom cookies and meringue.

    Romantic SAKURA Mont Blanc Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    This plate of delight features a soft mont blanc made with cherry blossom bean paste cream, rich matcha chocolate, Japanese waguri chestnut, and chestnut cream. Q-pot. CAFE offers a selection of original macarons too which you can pick from including strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and melon. Feel the call of Japanese spring with this romantic cherry blossom mont blanc.

    Romantic SAKURA Afternoon Tea Set w/ Drink – ¥2,400 (Serves 1) (Tax Included) *Photo shows tea set for two

    Simply put: a colourful pink and romantic afternoon tea set.

    The top tier is decorated with cherry blossom St. Honoré cakes made with gorgeous cherry blossom cream, peach bavarois, strawberry cookies, and rich cream ganache-filled biscuits.

    The bottom tier includes fat croissants filled with duck pastrami and cucumber that has been dressed with white wine vinegar. They’re served together with a white asparagus cream potage soup and skewered olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, creating a truly gourmet addition to your afternoon tea experience.

    Romantic SAKURA Berry Blossom Tea (Hot/Iced) – ¥750 Each (Tax Included)

    There’s also a cute pink cherry blossom tea that can be served hot or iced. It’s made using Q-pot CAFE.’s popular “Flower Garden” flavour which has a refreshing after taste as well as a floral and fruity sweet scent. Added to it is cherry blossom and raspberry flavouring which mixes deliciously with the milk.

    Hanami Party Plan – ¥3,000 Per Person (Tax Included) *Reservation-only

    You can also book a special hanami party plan which adds a sparkling beverage to the afternoon tea set together with a a cherry blossom card and a crunchy meringue. You must reserve for 2+ people, making it perfect for enjoying together with a friend or special someone.

     

    It’s not long until March now, meaning springtime, cherry blossoms, and Hanami flower-viewing is just around the corner in Japan. Why not celebrate romantically at Q-pot CAFE.?

  • Tokyo Cherry Blossoms 2020: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Reveals Cherry Blossom Food Menu

    17.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyoーwhich is both a museum and hotelーhas announced its plans to serve up cherry blossom themed food at its numerous restaurants this spring beginning in March.

     

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is situated along Meguro River, which is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Tokyo during springtime and Hanami season. To chime in this year’s sakura season, the hotel’s restaurants are preparing a selection of gourmet cherry blossom food and desserts.

    Sakura Dining – From ¥7,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” / Serving: March 20, 2020 – April 5, 2020

    Dine in style at RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” where they’re serving up their ‘Sakura Dining’ course. Based on the idea of a cherry blossom bento meal, the heapfuls of veggies conjure up the image of the budding flowers of springtime.

    Sakura Lunch – ¥5,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ RISTORANTE “CANOVIANO” / Serving: March 16, 2020 – April 10, 2020

    An assortment of hors d’oeuvres such as the “Cherry Blossom Carpaccio,” “Sakura Ebi Pasta,” and other spring-inspired delights.

    Sakura Afternoon Tea – ¥4,000 (Before Tax/Service Charge) @ New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE” / Serving: March 14, 2020 – April 12, 2020

    Treat yourself to a luxurious afternoon tea with cherry blossom bon bon chocolates, panna cotta, and moreーand wash it all down with a cup of floral cherry blossom tea. Available this spring only.

    SAKURA LADY – ¥1,200/ Shizuku Sakura drops – ¥1,000

    KANADE TERRACE also has two cherry blossom cocktails: the “SAKURA LADY” (¥1,200) and “Sakura Drops” (¥1,000). These drinks are inspired by blooming cherry blossoms and dancing cherry blossom petals. The “SAKURA LADY” is a gin-based White Lady cocktail.

    Sakura – ¥600 (Tax Included) @ PATISSERIE Lien 1928 / Serving: From March 1, 2020

    This luxurious dessert is surrounded by white chocolate and is made up of strawberry biscuit topped with strawberry jam and cherry blossom cream, creating a tempting and extravagant fragrance of strawberries and cherry blossom flowers. It also contains a bit of jelly with Japanese sake in it which adds a full-bodied flavour to the overall dessert.

     

    Experience Japanese spring in luxury this year at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

  • Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza

    17.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.

    Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)

    As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.

    Shrimp Roll

    From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.

    Beef Butterbur Miso Roll

    Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradacherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.

     

    The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.

    Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).

     

    Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.

  • Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo to Release Cherry Blossom Spring Drinks and Merchandise

    15.February.2020 | FOOD

    Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo boasts the most incredible location, sitting by the side of Nakameguro, one of Tokyo’s most famous spots for seeing the cherry blossoms in spring.

     

    This year, the coffee roastery’s “Sakura Season” is set to begin on February 15, when its cherry blossom-inspired merchandise collection is released, along with a line-up of pink beverages and food.

    The official Starbucks sakura merchandise ranges from tumblers and mugs to a key ring, handkerchief, and more, for a total of 10 items.

    Strawberry Chia Oolong – ¥900

    Poppun Sakura Jasmine Tea – ¥950

    Floating Blossom – ¥900

    Six beautiful beverages from last year’s Sakura Season at Starbucks are also making a return from the Teavana™️ brand, made with delicate and soft cherries, hibiscus, and tea leaves as refreshing as green grass.

    Clockwise From Left: Gianchetti & Sakura – ¥880 / Mini Panettone Sakura – ¥680 / Cornetti Sakura – ¥380 / Maritozzo Sakura – ¥540

    Italian bakery Princi®︎ is also heading to Japan for the first time to serve up Italian food culture to people at Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo. Enjoy the floral taste of cherry blossoms done in a Princi®︎ way.

     

    Heading to Tokyo for Hanami and the cherry blossoms? Then make a stop at Starbucks Reserve®︎ Roastery Tokyo for this year’s Sakura Season.

  • 5 Must-Eat Cherry Blossom Foods & Desserts at Hotels in Tokyo

    15.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We’re keeping the cherry blossom theme running here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON as we approach spring. Today, we’re showcasing something for those planning a trip to Tokyo for the cherry blossom and Hanami season: 5 must-try cherry blossom foods and desserts served at hotels across Tokyo.

     

    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Tokyo Strings


    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea – ¥4,800

    The fraisier is a strawberry cake said to represent the coming of spring in France. At Rhythmos, a cafe and bar at InterContinental Tokyo Strings, it’s served in a glass so you can see all the delicious insides, from the round-sliced strawberries to the beautiful green pistachio mousseline cream. The pure white crémet d’Anjou has a fluffy texture and is mixed with refreshing and sour strawberry and raspberry sauce which elevates the flavour of the fromage blanc.

     

    Other treats to pick from include the cherry blossom ganache tart which has a faint cherry blossom fragrance, cherry blossom and strawberry cream-stuffed macarons, strawberry daifuku, and more―all with spring flavours and colours.

     

    The savoury line-up too offers some elegant and unique items. There’s the sandwich wraps which include cherry blossom leaf-topped grilled chicken with a lining of shredded dried plum, strawberry ceviche with grilled scallops, and much more.

     

    ▶︎Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea

    Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020

    Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Price: ¥4,800 per person

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    InterContinental Tokyo Strings

    Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Themed Menu to be Served at InterContinental Tokyo Strings in Spring 2020

     

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo


    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    On the top plate is a collection of four pink and white desserts. This includes some tempting macarons which are filled with a cherry blossom ganache. The macarons themselves are vanilla flavoured, packed with cherry blossom cream, and have prints of delicate cherry blossom flowers on them.

    On the lower tier are crunchy pie sandwiches filled with a cream cheese that is laced with cherry blossom leaves, while the bottom tier is an assortment that includes refreshing shrimp, grapefruit and asparagus sandwiches, and more.

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    Running: February 17, 2020 – April 12, 2020
    Time: 12:00-18:00
    *On weekdays between January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020, the afternoon tea will be served from 14:30-18:00 due to the holding of the sweets buffet
    Location: Le Jardin at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo
    Prices: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500

     

    Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo

    Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in Japan: Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo’s Beautiful Floral Menu

     

     

    Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”


    Sakura Picnic Basket – ¥5,500

    The Oak Door is noted for its use of high quality ingredients prepared in a dynamic way. This spring, they have the perfect pick to give you that feeling that the Japanese Hanami season is here with a cherry blossom picnic basket. This stylish selection has the lot: food, dessert, glasses, and cutlery. The burgers bear pink buns which are stuffed with prime beef patties, pastrami beef, and veg. They also have skewered vegetables too like radishes. Seeking that springtime sensation? Then order your very own Sakura Picnic Basket!

     

    ▼Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”

    Running: March 1, 2020 – Mid April 2020
    Time: 9:00〜22:00

    Price: ¥5,500

    Location: The Oak Door (Grand Hyatt Tokyo Floor 6F)

     

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo

    Address: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh/offers

     

    Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    At eight of Keio Plaza Hotel’s restaurantsーwhose menus span traditional Japanese dishes, French food, Chinese cuisineーthey are cooking up their own unique cherry blossom servings.


    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan

    A traditional kaiseki-style Japanese course consisting of a bounty of luxury ingredients like Japanese Black wagyu beef, caviar, and more.


    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

    You need only look at the dishes served at Duo Fourchettes to understand the level of quality and beauty that goes into their dishes. This French lunch line-up is packed with plenty of seasonal spring ingredients, and there’s even a succulent strawberry-packed dessert to indulge in.

     

    ▼Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Prices:
    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan
    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

     

    Keio Plaza Hotel
    Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.keioplaza.com/

     

     

    Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    At the “Bakery & Pastry Shop,” which is managed directly by the hotel, they have a beautiful choice of desserts perfect for Hanami flower-viewing.


    Sakura Opera – ¥610

    This three-layered cake is made up of matcha joconde biscuit, adzuki and cherry blossom butter cream, and strawberry jelly. It’s also topped with white chocolate by French premium chocolate company Valrhona.


    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

    The pastry of these eclairs are made with plenty of milk and are filled with a homemade cherry blossom milk cream. The cherry blossom petals on top are pickled in salt to give a slight salty bite, contrasting deliciously with the sweetness of the cream.

     

    ▼Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Time: 10:00-20:00
    Location: Bakery & Pastry Shop at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Prices:
    Sakura Opera – ¥610
    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

     

    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Address: 2-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
    Official Website (English): https://www.tokyo.grandnikko.com/eng/

     

     

    Which of these picks has your mouth watering the most? If you’re travelling to Tokyo for the springtime cherry blossoms, why not book at one of these hotels and start your trip with a delicious sakura treat?

  • Garrett Popcorn Reveals Cherry Blossom Pink Strawberry & White Chocolate Popcorn Flavour

    14.February.2020 | FOOD

    American gourmet popcorn brand Garrett Popcorn Shops® has revealed its new cherry blossom pink coloured, strawberry and white chocolate flavoured popcorn “Very Berry White Chocolate,” along with the new “Garrett Sakura Tin”ーboth of which will be released tomorrow on February 15 in limited quantities.

    Very Berry White Chocolate: Small ¥580/Medium ¥1,030/Large ¥1,670/Jumbo ¥3,300/Quarter Tin ¥1,700/1 Gallon Tin ¥4,300/2 Gallon Tin ¥8,250

    Also released for spring last year to overwhelming popularity, the “Very Berry White Chocolate” popcorn takes Garrett Popcorn’s fruity, sweet and sour “Strawberry Caramel Crisp™” flavour, coats it in sweet white chocolate, and sprinkles it with strawberry flakes to create a truly succulent strawberry treat, which is made even more delicious with the milk white chocolate. Its pink colour also brings to mind images of Japan’s cherry blossoms.

    Garrett Sakura Tin/Quarter Tin: From ¥1,130

    The Garrett Sakura Tin has been sold every spring since 2014, and makes a return once again for 2020, covered in beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom.

     

    The pink-on-pink combination is a great Valentine’s Day present, for a springtime movie nightーwhatever takes your fancy!

  • Take a Plunge at Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima Near Haneda Airport

    13.February.2020 | SPOT

    When it comes to recommending things to do when travelling to Japan, one of the biggest attractions for tourists is the country’s “onsen,” or hot springs. If you’re landing into Haneda Airport, or happen to be around that area when exploring Tokyo, then we can’t recommend Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima enough.

    Located inside BIG FUN Heiwajima, this hot spring facility commemorated its 30th anniversary last year, and underwent a revamp before reopening on March 28, 2019. There actually aren’t that many large-scale hot spring spots in Tokyo, so to have one so close to Haneda Airport makes it the perfect location for your sightseeing and must-visit agenda.

     

    Direct shuttle bus from Haneda Airport and equipped with suitcase lockers

    A shuttle bus runs directly from Haneda Airport to Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima which takes just 15-minutes and can be boarded in the early morning and late at night. Additionally, the hot spring facility is also equipped with suitcase lockers if you have heavy luggage with you. It also has a lounge you can relax in, and the entire building has free Wi-Fi. Hotel check-ins are generally from 15:00. If you arrive early in the morning, you can take a dip and relax in a nice warm onsen to unwind before heading to your hotel.

     

    Bus Details: https://www.heiwajima-onsen.jp/en/bus/

     

    You can enter the hot springs with a tattoo seal

    When going to an onsen in Japan, many places forbid entering if you have a tattoo, no matter how small. Some places let you cover them up before entering, and Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima is one of those places. You can purchase a tattoo seal for ¥200 (10cm x 15cm) to cover your tattoo, and then you’re free to enter and enjoy your toasty bathe.

    One of Tokyo’s best natural hot springs

    Heiwajima Hot Springs is one of the largest hot spring facilities in Tokyo, with 150 tons of hot spring water bubbling up from 2000 meters underground every day. The water leaves your skin smooth and moisturised.

     

    Experience the spacious Viewing Spa (6:00 am – 2:30 am the following day)

    The Viewing Spa is open late until 2:30am everyday, where guests can plunge themselves into the thermal water bath or sit in the hot stone bath. We recommend the stone bath for those who aren’t good with super hot saunas as it’s set at a comfortable temperature. There is also a highly-carbonated bath which helps open small blood vessels and promotes good blood flow which helps boost metabolism. Carbonated water is also said to beauty the skin and restore moisture.

     

    Enjoy a variety of baths at the Shining Spa (9:30 am – 6:00 am the following day)

    The Shining Spa is home to a variety of different baths including a hydro-jet Jacuzzi-style, reclining-style, and more. The one I personally enjoyed the most was the Micro Bubble Togoal Bath which wraps your body in delicate bubbles and smooth-like hot water. You feel really refreshed afterwards.

     

    Get comfy in one of the relaxation areas

    Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima offers plenty of relaxation spaces after your bath, including a restaurant, a lounge with a TV and reclining chairs, and more. They even give you a towel blanket in the lounge, so I ended up dozing off. There’s a female-only lounge space too.

     

    This is just a small look at the many services offered at Natural Hot Spring Heiwajima. Visit their website for more information, and be sure to pay it a visit when travelling via Haneda Airport to relax after your long flight.

  • Immerse Yourself in Japan’s Cherry Blossoms at teamLab Planets This Spring

    12.February.2020 | SPOT

    Tokyo’s interactive art museum teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM, located in Toyosu, consists of several exhibition spaces where visitors become part of the art by moving through them. After opening in July 2018, 1.25 million visitors from 106 countries and regions visited within one year. The museum is famously known for its large mirror-walled room of water with an interactive projection mapping display where visitors move barefoot through the water to influence the beautiful display on the water’s surface.

     

    With the coming of spring, teamLab Planets is giving two of their attractions a sakura makeover. The new attractions will run from March 1 to April 30, 2020.

    The Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers exhibition, where visitors are showered in beautiful flowers which grow and change overtime, will be replacing the flowers with cherry blossoms for spring. 

    The famous attraction Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity, where visitors move through water barefoot, will also be transforming for spring. The koi fish projection mapping will be replaced by an infinite number of cherry blossoms, which will gently fall apart as you move through the water and reform elsewhere. 

     

    As spring arrives in Japan and the cycle of life is born again, teamLab’s world of digital art is the perfect place to explore changing seasons and the beautiful cycle of nature. 

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