5 Cute DogThemed Items To Help You Celebrate The Year Of The

first_imgA slightly modern take on the traditional inu (dog) statues.You can even find famous dog characters like Snoopy or Pompompurin on display too – especially alongside kagami-mochi in supermarkets and department stores.If you were born in the Year of the Dog, or just love dogs in general, then here are five popular items that have recently come available for 2018.1. Traditional Statues 2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the traditional Chinese calendar, and as such, you’ll find that come December 26th, stores and businesses across the country will have suddenly become puppy havens overnight.Alongside the traditional kadomatsu and shimenawa displays for the New Year, you’ll also find papier-mâché, ceramic or plastic statues of dogs on display too. Isn’t he cute? This little guy, who also happens to be a bell, is meant to sit on a kamidana, or household shrine, but can also be a great interior design item as well. You can find these statues sold in variety goods and department stores, but there are also some regional variants that you may find in sightseeing spots like Asakusa or in Kyoto too.These small statues can cost anywhere from 300-7000 yen, depending on what they are made of and how they were produced. The puppy in the above photo cost 648 yen, with tax.2. Lucky Charms Cell phone straps, key chains, or small talismans featuring man’s best friend are also widely available at temples, shrines, traditional goods stores, and department stores at this time of year. They tend to cost in the 100-700 yen range.This small phone strap is made from ceramic and is said to represent positive thinking. What makes this strap so popular, however, is that it can absorb scents. Simply put a couple of drops of your favorite aroma oil or perfume on it, and you’ll have a pleasantly scented lucky dog strap with you wherever you go.3. Beauty Masks If you’d rather test your crafting skills, then why not try making your own dog out of felt? Felting is a popular and stress-relieving hobby for many, and with these kits, available in hobby, 100 yen, and variety goods shops, you can easily find a cute little dog to craft.Best of all, most of these kits are complete with needles, and even English instructions, so you can purchase one (for anywhere from 100-900 yen), stick it in your suitcase and take it back as a souvenir as well.The Year of the Dog – Find a Puppy to Take HomeWith so many cute dog themed items to choose from, it may be hard to narrow down your options, but hopefully, this article will make it a little easy to find the right inu item for you!By the same author Celebrate 2018 In Japan! The Top 8 Shrines To Visit In The New YearWild Animals In Japan!? Where To Find Them 15 Things To Do In Yokohama That Are Fun And Mostly Free! Japan’s Amazing Starbucks Coffee Locations! Six Unique Stores More Than Just Beautiful Leaves: Japan’s Fall Flowers Stationery goods and variety shops are incredible places to find some truly cute items. This year, with so many people making their own nengajo or New Year’s cards, you can also find plenty of stamps and stickers featuring dogs, especially Shiba inu.This playful cartoon Shiba is part of a series of stickers available at Loft for about 300 yen, but you can also find photo realistic stickers, washi tape, and other stationery items featuring many different breeds of dog for sale as well.5. Craft Goods Face masks and packs are almost a daily part of the beauty routine for many in Japan, so it should come as no surprise that one’s featuring dogs would be popular this year! You can become a cartoon dog with a bone, a Shiba inu, dalmatian, or even a toy poodle with these adorable moisturizing masks.Most masks come in single use packages, and cost from 99-400 yen each, or if you pick up a beauty lucky bag, you may get up to ten masks for as little as 500 yen.4. Stickers and Stationerylast_img read more

The Nabeshima Porcelain Of Ōkawachiyama Innovating Tradition

first_imgThe Nabeshima Porcelain Kiln Park in Ōkawachiyama is a place where the houses and kilns of the Edo Period craftsmen have been reconstructed. In this park there are many stores where you can buy Nabeshima porcelain. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, this village has a unique charm.The Nabeshima porcelain, appraised both in Japan and internationally, is created using clay from this mountain. For this reason, porcelain craftsmen have been living here until nowadays, with their daily lives being deeply connected to the surrounding nature.In order to find out more about the art of Nabeshima porcelain, which was handed down since the Edo period, we visited Hataman Tōen, one of the porcelain stores in Ōkawachiyama.Aiming New Horizons in Craftmanship, Guided by TraditionHataman Tōen was established in 1926. It is a workshop that proudly represents the art of Nabeshima porcelain, which has been developed over the span of 350 years.By adding new techniques to the traditional ones, as well as widening the range of production – from table ware for Japanese cuisine to Western table ware and even decorative items such as dolls, Hataman has been putting much effort in the creation of original items. Though keeping its roots into tradition, this workshop has been aiming to create products that are in pace with the contemporary world.This cup is one example. The beautiful style of Nabeshima porcelain has been adapted to the features of an object that is used on a daily basis. By inheriting the tradition of the past and adapting it creatively to the present day needs, the porcelain ware of Hataman has been gathering much attention in Japan and abroad.Visit the Workshop and Witness the Skills of the CraftsmenThe Hataman workshop can be visited for free.They keep their workshop open to visitors, in order to anyone see the process of creating porcelain ware and know the tradition of Nabeshima porcelain through direct experience.The making of porcelain ware starts from shaping the object. Once the object has come into shape, it is baked once in the kiln.After painting the guiding lines of the design, lacquer is applied in order to make the object waterproof, and then it is baked once more at high temperatures. The last stage is that of painting the object with a fine design.The visitors of the Hataman Tōen workshop can experience painting their own porcelain ware. (The fee starts from 1000 yen). It is a unique opportunity to create your own porcelain ware. Reservation is needed, so please inquire in advance at the workshop.The Gallery – a Guide through the History of the WorkshopAt Hataman, in addition to the workshop you can visit the gallery of the company, a space where all the original objects created by Hataman along the years are on display.Among the unique items exhibited here there is the series of precious perfume bottles, created in collaboration with French designers. These bottles are a charming sight, due to their fine design and vivid colors.This is Mr. Hataishi Shinji, the director of Hataman Tōen, who kindly showed us the workshop while sharing with us the fascinating history of Nabeshima porcelain.The only place in Ōkawachiyama where the workshop, the store and the gallery showroom can be visited all in one place is Hataman Tōen. When coming to Ōkawachiyama, be sure to stop by Hataman, a unique store that gives the visitors the opportunity to get closer to the essence of Imari Nabeshima porcelain.In ConclusionŌkawachiyama is a unique place where you can witness the craftsmanship of the porcelain makers who live here surrounded by beautiful nature.When visiting Saga prefecture, we would like you to experience the charm of Ōkawachiyama. The delicate beauty of Nabeshima porcelain will leave a deep impression that will last for a lifetime.InformationHataman TōenAddress: Saga, Imari, Ōkawachi-machi (otsu) 1820Hours: 9:00 – 17:30Closed: on the first day of the yearWi-Fi: noneNearest station: Imari Station (Sasebo Line, Chikuhi Line)Access: by bus from Imari Station to Ōkawachiyama (a 15 – 20 minute ride), by taxi (10 – 15 minutes)Price range: the workshop visit is for free. Experience porcelain painting for the fee of 1000 yen.Telephone: +81 – 0955‐23‐2784Website: Hataman Tōen (Japanese) Ōkawachiyama in Imari city is a place with beautiful nature, famous for the production of precious porcelain ware. Among the porcelain ware created in Arita and Imari in Saga prefecture, the type produced here in Ōkawachiyama is called Nabeshima-yaki.During the Edo Period porcelain ware used to be given as gifts to the shōgun or the Imperial family. For this reason, the Nabeshima province (nowaday Saga prefecture), the first to have mastered the production the porcelain, built kilns in the mountains and created there a community of talented craftsmen. These craftsmen lived in a secluded village, in order to prevent that the technique of making porcelain should be known by outsiders. That village is none other than Ōkawachiyama.Because of this background, Ōkawachiyama became known as “the village of the secret kilns”. The tradition of Nabeshima porcelain developed in this area has been transmitted from generation to generation and is alive today in this village.Read also: Japanese Encyclopedia: Edo Periodlast_img read more

Cherry Blossoms On Childrens Day In Obuse Nagano

first_imgObuse – Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in Late April – Early May!Obuse, a city located in the mountainous region of Nagano warms up one month later than the Tokyo area. That means that the full bloom is usually from late April to early May, which coincides with Golden Week, a chain of national holidays that starts with Showa Day on April 29th and ends with Children’s Day on May 5th when colourful carp streamers are flown.This period is when many people travel throughout Japan, making it the busiest time to be on the go, on par with the Obon Holiday in August. But don’t worry, this hidden gem of a place isn’t crowded so it’s still worth your time.Read alsoDelight In Obuse, A Town Famous For Chestnuts And Hokusai In NaganoPicnic at Chikumagawa Fureai ParkThe stretch of land between Joushin’etsu Highway and Chikuma River is so spacious that you can find a quiet spot where you can have fun with your friends freely. If you visit Obuse at the beginning of May, you’ll be able to see this beautiful display of carp streamers soaring into the sky above a field of rapeseed flowers in full bloom. The days leading up to the congested Golden Week are the best times to go and do as the locals do – enjoy a picnic under the cherry trees. There’s plenty of place around for the kids to play all day. A close relative of brocoli, once the yellow part of the rapeseed flower matures, it turns green and then is commonly harvested for its oil which is rich in vitamin C. Double the petals, double the beauty – these double petal cherry blossoms with overlapping pale pink petals are known as Yaezakura. The carp streamers are flown horizontally rather than vertically. A typical carp pennant set is usually tied to a pole in the order of size and rank within the family. At the very top, there’s a colorful streamer with the family crest, then a black carp streamer representing the head of the Japanese household – the father – then a red one for the mother, then blue, green, purple or orange ones representing the children.The sizes of the carp streamers range from 1 m to 10 m and they could cost up to 1,000 dollars depending on the material, either nylon or polyester – the latter being the most durable as it can withstand sunlight and rain longer.center_img If luck is on your side, while in Obuse, you can see Nagano Prefecture’s five northern mountains, known to the locals as Mamikutoi. Sitting down by the river of Yagisawa and taking in the views and the fresh air, you’ll remember that the greatest artist is nature.Yellow, Red, Pink and White BlossomsNot quite the colors of the rainbow but they’re just as vibrant. Spring brings in to Obuse a plethora of plants that color the earth. Rapeseed blossoms, or nanohana as the locals call them, are the most glorious example of these flowers which are often overshadowed by the cherry blossoms. Some people mistake these ornamental peach blossoms for cherry blossoms. They increase the charm of the park’s already breathtaking tapestry.Can you distinguish the spring flowers of Japan?Children’s Day in ObuseChildren’s Day (May 5th) is a national holiday. Its symbol is the carp. It was chosen for its courage and strength to swim against the rapid stream of life. Likewise, many parents hope for their boys to grow up with the same characteristics.For weeks leading up to the day, carp streamers (koinobori) are flown everywhere in Japan to honor sons, and in later traditions, all children. Obuse Bridge and the weeping cherry trees by the highway are some of the other highlights of the park. These cherry trees grow to about 5 m tall, which is shorter than the average cherry blossom tree.To the right, there is a 4 km path lined with about 600 double-fold cherry blossom trees that form a tunnel. They are in full bloom soon as May comes so don’t miss this magnificent sight!Access to Chikumagawa Fureai ParkIf you come by train, get off at Obuse Station. The park is only 1.5 km away from the station and it takes only about 15 minutes on foot.If you come by car, take the Joshin’etsu Expressway and exit at ‘Obuse Smart IC’ using only a car equipped with an ETC card (Electronic Toll Collection). Parking is free at the park.From Obuse Station, you can also take the bus called Obuse Romango which takes 10 minutes and costs 300 yen for one day. There’s also a free 5-minute Ohanami Shuttle bus that runs between Highway Oasis and the park.After, you can visit Obuse Park and the Highway Oasis where you can try rock climbing, enjoy shopping for souvenirs, eat at a café or just relax and feel the wind caressing your skin.Or you could stroll back to the town of Obuse and try the famous local delights.Enjoy Spring in Obuse!Come and witness a masterpiece in Chikumagawa Fureai Park during spring. The park is the canvas, the blossoms and the flying carps are the watercolors, nature is the painter and you are the viewer. Chikumagawafureai Park View InformationparkYou May Also LikeDelight In Obuse, A Town Famous For Chestnuts And Hokusai In NaganoCherry Blossom Viewing At Two Castles In FukushimaNagano Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Ski Resorts, Local Food And More!Sawara Grand Festival – Witness An Amazing Parade Of Giant FloatsFall In Love With Mount Fuji – 3 Autumn Photo Spots In Fujiyoshidalast_img read more

Fuerza Bruta WA More Than A Show An Interactive Experience

first_imgNot even hanging upside down can keep them from performing their art.Flying Ninjas Fuerza Bruta WA!! ©Keiko Tanabe”Fuerza Bruta” is a Spanish term for “brute force” or “sheer physical force”. This performance originated in a show created by an artist called Diqui James held in Buenos Aires in 2003.If you decide to go to a Fuerza Bruta show, you will experience a 360-degree, high energy, nonstop show. Moreover, at a Fuerza Bruta show, you won’t just be a spectator, you will become part of the show!What is WA!! all about? Fuerza Bruta WA!! ©Keiko TanabeFuerza Bruta WA!! is conceived as a long run performance. The venue, Shinagawa Prince Hotel’s Stellar Ball, is located near Shinagawa Station, being very easy to access from all the major stations in Tokyo.This show will make all your Japanese dreams come true. In fact, you won’t just come here and watch a show. You will become part of a world where ninjas fly and geishas float and the experience will follow you long after you’ve left the venue.This is your chance to become one with a Japan that only exists in our hearts! How about becoming part of Fuerza Bruta WA!!?In cooperation with Fuerza Bruta WA!! Stellar Ball View InformationRead also MANGEKYO – Japanese Entertainment At Its Finest! This Autumn In Tokyo This part of the show is inspired by the see-through kayaks you can experience in some parts of Japan. While you normally can watch fish and sea life swimming by while you are in the boat, here you can watch a powerful water play unfold. Fuerza Bruta WA!! ©Keiko TanabeThe running man is a very popular part of the original New York show. At this performance, it got a Japanese makeover. It must be one of the most common myths that ninjas were so fast that they could even fly. It’s doubtful that they really could, but who are we to argue?!The ninjas in WA!! can definitely fly! Be careful as they might be trying to take you with them!The Waterpool in the Sky Fuerza Bruta WA!! ©Keiko TanabeDid you ever think geishas are so elegant that they seem to float? Well, in this show they really do! They keep their grace even in the heart of the storm. Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa – Aquarium And Interactive Art Space This high energy show is full of surprises. In order to not spoil it, let us just introduce you to some of the highlights of Fuerza bruta WA!!.Running Samuraicenter_img Even though WA!! is a Japanese show, the cast is international. The best acrobatic artists from all over the world have gathered to take part in this show.As this show is very demanding, you might notice that the cast changes on a regular basis. However, this makes the show even more exciting as different artists will interpret their act differently. You will never experience the same show!How to Buy Tickets for Fuerza Bruta WA!!You can choose between various types of tickets for Fuerza Bruta WA!!, such as VIP tickets or Floor tickets. We recommend Floor tickets because they will truly allow you to become one with the show.Various special discounts apply on some of the days when the show is performed. Please have a look at the official website of Fuerza Bruta WA!! for more information on purchasing tickets and the discounts available. Fuerza Bruta WA!! – Stunning Neo-Japanesque Entertainment Watch a strong and brave running samurai defeat all odds! The elements and big walls can’t stop him! He has come here to defeat the enemy!Floating Geishas Everything in WA!! is over the top in the best way possible. Their matsuri (Japanese festival) is no exception. The performers will literally party the house down! Maybe you are even the one being watched after all! Aren’t we all just fish in a sea anyway?An Exciting Matsuri (Japanese Festival) The “WA!!” in the title is inspired by the Japanese expression “wa!”, which stands for “wow!” or “oh!”. It is also a reference to traditional Japanese culture, known as “Wa”.This non-verbal show is inspired by the “image of Japan” and has been 10 years in the making.Japan may have the image of a magical land full of geishas dancing so elegantly they seem to float, flying ninjas and brave samurai.Fuerza Bruta WA!! wants to take you to a land where all these colorful dreams about Japan come true. Even better, they want you to be part of this dreamland!A Charismatic International Cast Even though you can’t take part in breaking down the house, you will be able to take part in the festival. If you are daring enough, you can join the crew on one of the big floats. Otherwise, you can just dance and celebrate with new found friends in the audience.In any case, the energy in the hall will be so high, you can’t help but join.Experience a Fantastical Japan in an Interactive Show Originally, Fuerza Bruta WA! had been planned as a short run show in Tokyo. But the ecstatic audience wouldn’t let that happen. Now it’s back – bigger and even better! – as a long run production with an extra “!” not only in the name.But what is this amazing show all about?What Is Fuerza Bruta? LUNATIC FEST. 2018 – Join An Exciting Celebration of Japanese Music!last_img read more

Shunkoin Temple Kyoto Experience A Zen Retreat In English

first_img10 Amazing, Little Known Spots Worth Visiting In Kyoto If you want to come to the nighttime opening and attend the morning meditation class, we recommend staying at the Shunkoin guest house. The rooms have tatami flooring and there is a sharedl kitchen.Unlike traditional shukubo, or temple stays in Japan, this guest house does not include meals. It is also exclusive to visitors to Japan. The cost per night fluctuates, but it is around 7,000 yen a night. If you stay, you will save 50% off the 3,000 yen zazen class. Be sure to check the official website for details.Find Rest at Shunkoin In front of the gold fusuma rooms is a karesansui garden. Modeled after Ise Jingu Shrine, the area enshrines the Shinto kami (deity) of Ise. The class begins with an explanation on the purpose, history, and methods of Zazen, which lasts around 20 minutes.During our visit, Kawakami emphasized the importance of asking questions.We must learn to question the things in our lives that we take for granted. Zazen is the perfect opportunity for introspection, and to directly face any assumptions and preconceived notions we hold unconsciously. Zazen classes are held from 9:30 to 11:00 around four times per week. While reservations are not necessary, up to 30 individuals can participate. When MATCHA’s writer visited the temple, around 20 people were present. During the meditation session, you will sit up straight and cross-legged on tatami. Chairs are located in the back of the room for those who find the position difficult. It is critical to remember to stay focused on your breathing.Make sure to breathe in deeply and breathe out slowly. As you continue, you will become more aware of your surroundings, like a breeze from outside and even people’s body movements.With this heightened awareness of your movements and your surroundings, you will begin to find significance in every action you take.Meditation allows you to separate yourself from the fast past of everyday life and to contemplate the subtle things. Perhaps this is what we need to ease the heart and relieve stress. Kyoto Complete Guide: Travel Tips, Sightseeing, Festivals And More! During the nighttime opening, you can use the ON THE TRIP smartphone application for a free audio guidance (Japanese). Audio guidance is available English, Chinese, and Japanese. Use the application to learn more about the fusuma art.To download the app, scan the QR code at the Shunkoin, or visit the official website (Japanese).An Unsendable Letter – Write Down Your Inner Thoughts Picture courtesy of Hiroshi Homma / ON THE TRIPDuring the 1590s, when Shunkoin was founded, candles and chochin lanterns were primary sources of light in Japan.Unlike fluorescent lamps, these forms of light have a limited area of effect. Due to this, people began to paint fusuma sliding doors gold to allow light reflect off the paint.Until August 4, 2019, you can tour the temple with an LED candle and get a taste of this lifestyle in the 1590s (900 yen). You will continue meditating until a bell rings after around twenty minutes. There is time afterwards to ask questions and share your thoughts with Kawakami. Shunkoin – Encounter Japan’s Buddhist Culture in English The Kachozu-no-ma, one of the rooms with gold fusuma, portrays the four seasons. However, certain elements in the paintings appear to be out of place.For example, lilies are painted in the spring section, although they typically bloom in Japan between summer and fall.One theory suggests Christian influence.In Christian tradition, the lily symbolizes the purity of St. Mary. According to this theory, lilies were painted in the spring to illustrate the Annunciation in March and Christ’s resurrection. Picture courtesy of Hiroshi Homma / ON THE TRIPAccording to Reverend Kawakami, the artwork on the fusuma are at eye level of a person sitting down. People spent most of their days sitting on tatami floors during this time. Be sure to take a seat yourself for a more dynamic experience of the art. Kansai’s All-Access Travel Passes – A Complete Guide Tea Ceremony En In Kyoto – Experience The World Of Tea Ceremonycenter_img Read also In cooperation with Shunkoin, ON THE TRIPMain image courtesy of Hiroshi Homma / ON THE TRIP Sit up straight, control your breathing, and focus on the here and now–this is the essence of Zazen. Anyone can practice this traditional form of Zen Buddhist meditation, with many temples across Japan offering classes to the general public.Entrepreneurs and global business leaders consider Zen meditation to be a great way to reduce stress. Even Apple’s founder Steve Jobs found the practice helpful.Visitors can try this practice for themselves at Shunkoin, located in Kyoto at Japan’s largest Zen Buddhist temple, Myoshinji. At Shunkoin, you can experience zazen and sado* in English. Zenryu Kawakami, the deputy head priest, has lived in the United States and leads classes for English-speaking visitors. Picture courtesy of Hiroshi Homma / ON THE TRIPThe inner temple is not usually open to the public. However, anyone can visit between 17:00 and 21:00 from June 29 to August 4, 2019. Come to the temple to unwind and explore the grounds.*Sado: Japanese tea ceremonyTry Zen Meditation After the class, you will tour the temple and end with matcha and Japanese sweets. The tour also includes guidance in English. It is a great opportunity to learn about Buddhist temples in Japan.Summer Evenings at Shunkoin – Shed Light on History The garden is laid with pebbles called sazare rocks. Since they are hard to see in daylight, spotlights are used to direct the visitor’s attention.The garden also has rocks inspired by the mythological Ama-no-iwato Cave. In Japanese mythology, Ama-no-iwato is where the great sun goddess Amaterasu-omikami hid. However, without the sun goddess, the world became covered in darkness.Desperate to get her out, the other deities put on a festival outside the cave. Curious what was going on, Amaterasu pokes her head out. The spotlights at the temple garden depict the goddess’s shining presence upon leaving the cave.Tips for Your Shunkoin VisitUse the ON THE TRIP Audio Guidance There are three rooms with gold fusuma with artwork said to have been created by the well-known painter Eigaku Kano in the 18th and 19th centuries.The warm light reflecting off the fusuma creates a fantastical, ethereal atmosphere. The gold melts into the background to bring out the beauty of the art.Harmonizing Three ReligionsDespite being part of a Buddhist temple, the fusuma and garden of Shunkoin contain elements of other religions.Christianity in a Buddhist Temple? Story Behind the Fusuma The 12 Best Sightseeing Destinations In Kyoto Elements of Christianity are found elsewhere. The Nanbanji Bell, viewable only during special openings of the temple, has crosses and Jesuit symbol embellishments.Although the bell’s casting technology is said to be Japanese, its origins are uncertain. It is widely speculated that the technology was passed onto Shunkoin by other temples. As a bridge between Christianity and Buddhism, the Nanbanji Bell is deemed an Important Cultural Property in Japan.Shinto Deities in a Buddhist Garden Shunkoin is in a peaceful Kyoto neighborhood, ideal for those wanting to take a break from everyday life.Take time to reflect through meditation and learn Japanese history and culture firsthand at this 500-year-old temple. You will be sure to feel relaxed, and may even discover a different side of yourself.Shunkoin InformationHours:Zazen Meditation (English instruction): 9:30 – 11:30Until August 4, 2019: 17:00 – 21:00 (reception closes at 20:30)Credit cards can be used only for lodging and the Japanese tea ceremony class payment. Shunkoin Temple View Informationlodging During the nighttime opening, you can write down your honest feelings and thoughts on a Non-Addressed Letter (300 yen per letter, with tax).Let your feelings flow on the anonymous letter, which will then be displayed at the temple. If you do not wish to have your letter shown, you can mark the respective box. It will then be disposed of after being commemorated.**The commemoration consists of praying in remembrance of a person or object.Spend the Night at Shunkoin’s Guest House Kyoto Tradition On The Tango Peninsula – Try Soy Sauce, Sake, And Local Crafts! Read alsolast_img read more

Heal Yourself At Tamagawa Onsen Akita Access And Recommended Inns

first_imgTamagawa Onsen is a hot spring located in Senboku city, Akita prefecture, in the Tohoku region. It is approximately one hour by car or bus from the famous Lake Tazawa.Tamagawa Onsen is not really known as a tourist spot, but more as a place for curing diseases by bathing (toji, *1). Many visit this hot spring for a week to almost a month to cure physical problems. Therefore, there are many hot spring accommodations for long term visitors.Near the hot springs, you will find the Tamagawa Hot Spring Nature and Ecology Center within the national park. There, you can experience bathing in a natural ganbanyoku bath (*2). After placing a towel on the heated ground, you can lie down and indulge in the warmth produced from the earth.Not only can you bathe in the hot springs at Tamagawa Onsen, but you can enjoy the ganbanyoku and even drink the hot springs.*1 Toji: a healing practice by bathing.*2 Ganbanyoku: a bathing method where one lies down on the ground producing natural heat. Ganbanyokujo is the name of the place to experience the ganbanyoku.Traits and Effects of Tamagawa Hot SpringsTamagawa Onsen is known to have chloride springs that are said to help heal high blood pressure, neuralgia, gynecological issues, and skin problems. Another trait of these springs is the high acidity of the water. Please avoid getting the spring water in open cuts and in your eyes. It may hurt if the water comes in contact with your wounds.However, Tamagawa Onsen can be enjoyed in many other ways aside from just bathing. The water is said to be good for one’s health when consumed or even inhaled as steam. The waters of Tamagawa Onsen are said to improve stomach conditions when drunk, and the steam is said to improve colds and asthma symptoms (*3).The ganbanyoku is also said to improve blood flow and metabolism as well.**3 Not all hot springs are meant for consumption and may have ill effects on the body. The drinkable springs are marked by signs on the Tamagawa Onsen website. Please be aware of rules and manners before consuming this water.How to Get to Tamagawa Onsen from Tokyo and Akita AirportFrom TokyoIn order to go to Tamagawa Onsen, get on the Komachi shinkansen bound for Akita from Tokyo Station and get off at Tazawako Station. It takes around three hours and costs 6170 yen.After arriving at Tazawako Station, transfer to the Ugo Kotsu bus and head toward the hot springs village. From April to October, you can go on the Hachimantai Express line and from November to March, you can go on the Shin-Tamagawa Express line. The lines change according to the season, so please check prior to going.Take the bus for around 70-80 minutes to Tamagawa Onsen or Shin-Tamagawa Onsen. It costs 1460 yen to Tamagawa Onsen and 1440 yen to Shin-Tamagawa Onsen.From Akita AirportThe best way to get to Tamagawa Onsen from Akita Airport is by the express bus. If you get on the Akita Airport Liner Tamagawa-go (Kakunodate, Tazawako, Tamagawa Onsen-bound), it takes around 180 minutes to reach the hot springs and costs 6000 yen.One-Day Tamagawa Onsen Hot Springs FacilityTamagawa Onsen Open-Air BathThis mix-gender open-air bath is located along the streets of the Tamagawa Hot Spring Nature and Ecology Center. Please be aware that there are times where the entrance is limited due to natural disasters (excessive snowfall for example) or times when there is no hot water is in the bath.Bathing Fee: FreeAddress: Akita, Senboku, Tazawako, TamagawaRecommended Accommodations in Tamagawa OnsenMany people visit Tamagawa Onsen for long periods of time in order to cure their diseases and tend to stay in the area to spend a peaceful and relaxing time in the hot springs. Many hot spring villages in Japan allow visitors to use the bathing facilities without staying the night, but many accommodations in Tamagawa Onsen require you to stay the night to bathe in the hot springs.There are also some places that do not operate during the winter when large amounts of snow surround the area. It is advised for you to check the accommodation’s websites in advance, prior to going to the hot springs.Tamagawa OnsenThe largest toji inn in the area is the Tamagawa Onsen. This facility was made for long term visitors and has hot springs, an indoor ganbanyoku bath, guest rooms, cafeterias, a shared kitchen, and even a laundry room. Short term visitors are welcome as well.Please note that the facility is closed from November 30th, 2016, to April 14th, 2017, during the winter season.Address: Akita, Senboku, Tamagawa, Tazawako ShibukurosawaWebsite: Tamagawa OnsenShin-Tamagawa OnsenLike the Tamagawa Onsen, this facility is also made for long term guests. The interior is generally the same as the Tamagawa Onsen and has hot springs, an indoor ganbanyoku bath, guest rooms, and laundry rooms. They even have a karaoke room and a cafe with a lovely terrace. Their meals made using local vegetables are also popular among the guests staying at the inn as well.Address: Akita, Senboku, Tazawako TamagawaWebsite: Shin-Tamagawa OnsenRecommended Tourist Spots Around Tamagawa OnsenAround the Tamagawa Onsen area, there are many popular natural tourist spots.At the Tamagawa Hot Spring Nature and Ecology Center, you will find the source of the Tamagawa Hot Spring called Obuke/Obuki. It is an exciting spot where you can see 9,000 liters of hot water erupting every minute.If you take an excursion out by car, in about an hour you can reach Lake Tazawa, known to be the deepest lake in Japan. Why not go off the beaten path and have an adventure while visiting Tamagawa Onsen?For more information on how to bathe in hot springs, please read What You Should Know About Bath Culture In Japan.** Travel times and expenses are based on publicly available information and are current as of March 2017. They may be subject to change. Akita Kenei Tamagawaonsen Visitor Center View Informationtravel_agency What Kind of Place Is Tamagawa Onsen?last_img read more

Miyazaki 10 Great Places To Visit And 8 MustEat Dishes

first_imgMichi-no-eki Phoenix is a spot where you can take in breathtaking scenery and enjoy shopping and food by the Nichinan Coast.Head to the observation deck to take in the scenic views. Visitors will be able to enjoy the expansive blue sea and the unusual rock formations of the Devil’s Washboard on sunny days.During your visit, be sure to indulge in soft serve ice cream you can find at the storefront. The Miyazaki Mango Soft Serve Ice Cream (400 yen with tax), made with Miyazaki’s specialty mangoes, is delicious and a must for travelers with a sweet tooth. This rest stop is open from 8:30 to 18:00.Michi-no-eki PhoenixAddress: Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Uchiumi 381-1 Google MapAccess: 5 minutes by car from JR Uchiumi StationOfficial Website: http://michinoekiphoenix.jp/ (Japanese)10. AEON MALL Miyazaki – Kyushu’s Largest Shopping Mall Picture courtesy of Okashi no HidakaNanjakora daifuku is a local snack that will surprise those who see it for the first time. A typical daifuku consists of just anko (red bean paste) wrapped in a springy rice dough. However, nanjakora daifuku contains a filling of anko, strawberries, chest kanroni (*4), and cream cheese.This unique daifuku allows you to enjoy several flavors in one bite. This voluminous daifuku is an original product of Okashi no Hidaka, which has seven locations in Miyazaki City. It is a famous local sweet. The main store location’s business hours are 9:00 – 21:00. They also have a shop inside JR Miyazaki Station.Okashi no Hidaka Main ShopAddress: Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Tachibanadorinishi 2-7-25 Google MapOfficial Website: http://hidaka.p1.bindsite.jp/index.html (Japanese)*4 Kanroni: fruit simmered in a sugar, honey, and mizuame (starch syrup) mixture. Enjoy the Sights and Food of Miyazaki!Miyazaki is where you’ll find sightseeing spots with sparkling waters and spots connected to myth. You’ll also find much delicious food, made with local beef, chicken, and fruit. Be sure to use this article as a guide to enjoying a trip in Miyazaki.Read also Picture courtesy of Kirishima Holdings Co., Ltd.Kirishima Factory Garden also has an abundance of souvenirs and gifts. Look for Kuro Kirishima, one of the brewery’s most well-known shochu varieties. You can also try unique foods here like their shochu soft serve ice cream or bread made with malted rice that comes from shochu. Kirishima Factory Garden is open from 9:00 – 21:00 (hours vary by facility).Kirishima Factory GardenAddress: Miyazaki, Miyakonojo, Shibita 5480 Google MapAccess: 10 minutes by taxi from JR Miyakonojo StationOfficial Website: https://www.kirishima-fg.jp/ (Japanese)9. Michi-no-eki Phoenix – Eat Local Soft Serve Ice Cream Chicken nanban is another chicken dish enjoyed in Miyazaki. It consists of battered chicken thighs that are fried, seasoned with a sweet vinegar glaze, then topped with tartar sauce.It is believed that its name comes from fish nanbanzuke (*3). It’s a filling dish eaten typically with rice. It also pairs well with alcohol.*3 Nanbanzuke: deep-fried fish marinated in a sweet vinegar sauce. 4. Japanese Spiny Lobster 1. Takachiho Gorge – Be Moved by the Beauty of Nature Japanese spiny lobsters are a large lobster species caught off the Pacific coast, in areas like Mie Prefecture. It is considered a delicacy in Japan.These lobsters are also fished in Miyazaki. There are many restaurants along the Nichinan coast that serve several types of Japanese spiny lobster dishes. The sweet, chewy meat can be eaten raw as sashimi or grilled.5. Soft Serve Ice Cream Mangoes, a tropical fruit, grow very well in Miyazaki’s warm climate. You can enjoy various types of mango in the prefecture, including a mango brand called “Egg of the Sun” that sometimes sells for over 100,000 yen.Make sure to try mango-flavored sweets like ice cream, parfaits, and shaved ice in Miyazaki.7. Fruit Parfaits Picture courtesy of Miyazaki Prefecture Tourism AssociationBe sure to throw a stone for good luck. It’s thought that if you manage to throw a small stone into the open hole on the boulder below the cliff, then your wish will come true.Udo Shrine is open from 6:00 to 19:00 between April and September, and 7:00 to 18:00 from October to March.Udo ShrineAddress: Miyazaki, Nichinan, Oaza Miyaura 3232 Google MapAccess: 10-minute walk from the Udo Shrine bus stopOfficial Website: https://www.udojingu.com/ (Japanese)Read also The Ancient Road of Ema Tablets. Picture courtesy of Miyazaki City Tourism AssociationThe Ancient Road of Ema Tablets is lined with ema tablets, forming a tunnel near the former shrine. The area is thickly overgrown with tropical plants and is extremely photogenic.It’s said that if you’re able to tie together the musubi koyori, a type of string made of colorful Japanese paper, without it tearing, your wish will come true. Try it for yourself!Aoshima ShrineAddress: Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Aoshima Google MapAccess: 10-minute walk from Aoshima Station (JR Nichinan Line)Official Website: https://aoshima-jinja.jp/ (Japanese)4. Udo Shrine – A Vivid Contrast with the Sea Amano Iwato Shrine is a historic shrine in Takachiho. This is a spot thought to be the setting of the earliest Japanese mythology.Amano Iwato is a cave with a sacred atmosphere and significance and is a go-shintai (*1), or an object of worship and respect. Amaterasu, the sun goddess, is thought to have hidden in this cave, as described in the mythological, historical texts “Kojiki” and “Nihon Shoki.”Amano Iwato can be seen from a spot located a distance from the cave called yohaijo (*2). However, photography is prohibited due to the spiritual importance of this location. A Shinto priest will guide you to the yohaijo; wait at a rest spot until it’s your turn.See this website for details: http://amanoiwato-jinja.jp/publics/index/7/ (Japanese)*1 Go-shintai: an object of worship believed to house the spirit of a god.*2 Yohaijo: a place to pay your respects to the gods and Buddha from a far distance. You can take a stroll while admiring the scenery from the promenade. Take a rental boat to admire the cliffs from the river or take a look at Manai Falls, listed as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls. Operating hours for rental boats are 8:30 to 17:00. It costs 2,000 yen for 30 minutes on a boat.Takachiho GorgeAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Oaza Mitai Oshioi Google MapAccess: 5 minutes by car from the Takachiho Bus TerminalOfficial Website: http://takachiho-kanko.info/en/sightseeing/Read also Aoshima Shrine encompasses the island of Aoshima that sits in the waters of Miyazaki. 5. Obi – Stroll Through a Castle Town 2. Amano Iwato Shrine – Encounter Ancient Japanese Mythology Udo-jingū, Miyazaki – Test Your Luck At This Cavern Shrine! Picture courtesy of Kirishima Holdings Co., Ltd.Visit Kirishima Factory Garden to enjoy local Miyazaki alcoholic beverages. The facility is operated by Kirishima Shuzo, one of the leading shochu (a distilled Japanese spirit) manufacturers in the country. Here you can can enjoy a tour of the factory, shochu tasting, a meal, and a walk through the spacious gardens. Takachiho Gorge is an impressive gorge with tall cliffs closing in on both sides of the river, formed by natural forces.Long ago, pyroclastic flow erupted from Mt. Aso, a volcano in neighboring Kumamoto Prefecture. The flows pooled and then suddenly cooled into the river. This activity is believed to have formed the present shape of the cliffs. Picture courtesy of Miyazaki Prefecture Tourism AssociationUdo Shrine, situated on the Nichinan seaside, is known for its brilliantly-colored inner shrine inside a cavern. It is said that Hikohohodemi no Mikoto, a Japanese god and the daughter of a sea god married, and then entered this cavern to have their children. Renting A Car In Japan – Guide To Rental Costs, Licenses, And Driving Miyazaki AirportAirplane is a convenient way to get to Miyazaki Prefecture, as there are direct flights between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and various parts of Japan. The airport also has international connections to Taiwan and South Korea.Miyazaki Airport is near central Miyazaki City. Buses and rail transport also run throughout all prefectures on Kyushu; an express bus from Hakata (Fukuoka) would take approximately four and a half hours (4,630 yen).There are also trains and buses within Miyazaki, but driving is convenient if you plan on moving around frequently, as the prefecture is large. We recommend renting a car at the airport to travel in the prefecture.Continue reading to learn 10 must-visit destinations in Miyazaki and delicious food to eat. Sun Messe Nichinan is a sightseeing facility on the Nichinan Coast and is known for its moai statues that Easter Island is famous for.The statues are here because of a Miyazaki local’s effort. Traveling from Miyazaki went to Easter Island to help repair the figures; they thought the moai statues would make a beautiful addition to the Nichinan Coast.Be sure to take a photo of the seven moai statues, with the blue sky and sea in the background! The facility is open from 9:30 to 17:00 (closed on Thursdays). Admission is 700 yen for adults, 500 yen for junior high school students, and 350 yen for children older than four years.Sun Messe NichinanAddress: Miyazaki, Nichinan, Oaza Miyaura 2650 Google MapOfficial Website: http://www.sun-messe.co.jp/ (Japanese)8. Kirishima Factory Garden – Sip on Local Shochu Miyazaki is also known for its flavorful chicken. Charcoal grilled chicken is a popular, must-try regional dish, made with Miyazaki chicken, a brand of locally raised chickens. The meat is cut into bite-sized pieces, then grilled over a charcoal fire.The dish has a savory aroma, tender and chewy texture, and delicious juiciness.3. Chicken Nanban Miyazaki is a prominent producer of wagyu beef in Japan. Only cattle raised in the prefecture that meet strict standards are certified as Miyazaki beef. This beef is highly assessed for its exquisite taste and texture.Visitors can enjoy the beef at restaurants throughout the prefecture as steak, sukiyaki, grilled skewers, and in other dishes.2. Charcoal Grilled Chicken Picture courtesy of AEON MALL MiyazakiFor souvenirs and shopping, visit AEON MALL Miyazaki. The mall reopened in 2018 after expansion and renovation, making it Kyushu’s largest shopping mall with 250 shops.Fashion brands, general goods stores, and a food court fill the massive grounds of the mall. You can spend the whole day at the mall, as it is open from 9:00 to 22:00 (hours vary on the store)AEON MALL MiyazakiAddress: Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Shin-Beppu, Eguchi 862-1 Google MapAccess: 10 minutes by car from JR Miyazaki StationOfficial Website: https://en.aeonmall.global/mall/miyazaki-aeonmall/8 Delicious Foods to Try in Miyazaki!1. Miyazaki Beef 6 Things To Do In Takachiho, A Nature-Abundant Paradise In Miyazaki Read also Travel in Miyazaki PrefectureMiyazaki Prefecture is located in southeast Kyushu bordered by Oita, Kumamoto, and Kagoshima prefectures. Obi once flourished as a castle town during the Edo period. The historical streetscape in the area remains preserved, making it an ideal place for strolls.The massive Otemon, an impressive gate, sits at the entrance of Obi Castle. Be sure to snap a picture while appreciating the architecture and history of the gate. The elegant scenery consisting of traditional stone and plaster walls with carps swimming in the canals, you’ll also find shochu breweries and souvenir shops that have maintained their old appearances throughout the town.Obi OtemonAddress: Miyazaki, Nichinan, Obi 10-1-2 Google MapAccess: 15 minute walk from JR Obi StationOfficial Website: http://obijyo.com/ (Japanese)6. Cape Toi – See Wild Horses Amanoya Sugawara, a must-see spot, is about a ten-minute walk from the shrine. This is said to be where the deities gathered to discuss how to open Amano Iwato to see the sun goddess. Travelers interested in Japanese mythology and history should be sure to visit.Amano Iwato ShrineAddress: Miyazaki, Nishiusuki, Takachiho, Iwato 1073-1 Google MapAccess: 15 minutes by car from the Takachiho Bus CenterOfficial Website: http://amanoiwato-jinja.jp/ (Japanese)3. Aoshima Shrine and Devil’s Washboard – The Entire Island is a Shinto Shrine! Journey To The Mythological Land Of Nichinan In Miyazaki Rough, rocky walls and waves close in right by the path leading into the inner shrine. It is an amazing experience with the shrine structures so close to the ocean. Be sure to take a photo to share with friends. Picture courtesy of Fruit OhnoFruit Ohno is a store where customers can experience the delicious fruit of Miyazaki. There is a fruit parlor with a menu with parfaits, topped with plenty of fruit, and ice cream.The most popular menu item is their fruit parfait (1,000 yen with tax), gorgeously-arranged with pineapples, strawberries, and other fruit. Make sure to capture this picture-perfect dessert before you take a bite. Fruit Ohno is open 11:00 – 23:00.Fruit OhnoAddress: Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Chuo Street 1-22 Google MapOfficial Website: https://www.miyazaki-fruit-ohno.com/user_data/shop_info.php (Japanese)8. Nanjakora Daifuku Miyazaki is known as being a treasure trove of fruits. Sightseeing spots in various areas in the prefecture sell soft serve ice cream made with delicious fruit found only in Miyazaki, like hyuganatsu (a type of citrus fruit), and mango.At Michi-no-eki Phoenix in Nichinan, previously mentioned above, you can enjoy a variety of ice cream in milk, ashitaba (type of leafy green), hyuganatsu, and mango flavors.6. Mango Hiya-jiru – The Tasty Cold Miso Soup Specialty of Miyazaki Prefecture Cape Toi is located in a picturesque spot at the southernmost point of Miyazaki. Climb up Cape Toi Lighthouse, to gaze out at the amazing view below from the rooftop garden. The gradation of ocean and sky as far as the eye can see is unforgettable.Wild horses also live on the cape. They are a protected species called Misaki horses, and can be seen grazing freely on the grasslands.Cape Toi LighthouseAddress: Miyazaki, Kushima, Oaza Ono 80-2 Google MapAccess: 45 minutes by community bus on the Cape Toi route from JR Kushima Station *Only runs four to five times per dayOfficial Website: https://kushima-city.jp/toi/ (Japanese)7. Sun Messe Nichinan – Mysterious Moai Statues The island is surrounded by a wave-like rock formation referred to as the Devil’s Washboard. 6 Things To Do In Takachiho, A Nature-Abundant Paradise In Miyazakilast_img read more

Indulge Your Senses at manu coffee in Daimyō Fukuoka

first_imgFukuoka City in Fukuoka Prefecture is widely known as the “city of coffee” among the people in Japan. Many fancy cafés stand side-by-side in the central area of the city. Among them, the Daimyō ward is known to have many welcoming cafés that serve delicious coffee.Lately, word has spread not only to the Japanese, but also to visitors from places such as Taiwan and Korea about the wide variety of coffee that Fukuoka has to offer.This time we will introduce you to the Daimyō branch of “manu coffee”. It is a hidden oasis for coffee lovers among the streets of Daimyō.A Moment of Peace in this Hidden CaféAlmost tucked away behind the busy Kokutai street is “manu coffee” Daimyō branch. This café is almost like a secret hideout for coffee lovers, hidden in the back alley.Smoking is not permitted in the store, but allowed near the entrance area outside. On a sunny day, it will be nice to enjoy a coffee break outside on the bench.Upon entering the store, you will be instantly welcomed by the roasted scent of coffee. If you wish to dine inside, select a seat you like and then place your order from the menu.There are seats by the tables and counters, along with comfortable couches as well.The inside of the shop is colored in a warm tone of yellow, making you want to stay for hours. In this great atmosphere, you will surely want to enjoy a relaxing moment with a drink.”Stimulating Your Senses”The concept of this café is “to stimulate your senses”. That is why this store is filled with many artworks, greenery and decorative lamps that emit a warm light.They even select the music according to the season and weather of the day. Why not take a moment to listen to the calming music during your visit?Also check out this unique lamp made out of gourds (*1). Each gourd is hollowed out and has a letter carved in them. When you look at the lamps together, it will be able to read “manu coffee”.*1 – A type of squash with a curved center that is often hollowed out, dried, then used as a water bottle.There are many things in the store to keep you entertained during your stay. Just looking around will make your time pass by pretty quickly!A Menu Rich in Variation with 38 Types of DrinksWith so many types of drinks at “manu coffee”, it’s almost hard to choose just one!The popular café latte (520 Yen) comes decorated with a cute foam art. The coffee in the latte is bold, with a slight bitterness and a nice sweet aftertaste.This is a “matcha green tea café latte” made out of a green tea from a specialty shop (530 yen). You will be able to enjoy the flavor of green tea to the last drop.If you’re feeling a little hungry, we recommend the “cheese cake” here (330 Yen). Ladies will surely be delighted by this delicious cheese cake.According to the staff, coffee made using the French press (520 Yen) is popular too. Coffee and cheese cake make a wonderful pairing! The coffee used here changes seasonally, so it is definitely something to look forward to on your next visit here.A Variety of Souvenirs Packed with Love for CoffeeItems related to coffee, such as coffee makers, original T-shirts, coffee mugs and coffee beans are for sale.The latest mug on sale is a collaborative piece with Hasami ware from Nagasaki prefecture. Coffee lovers partnered up with ceramic artists to create a mug for coffee enthusiasts!This is a box labeled “Souvenir from Hakata” (100 Yen). It would make a great gift if you fill it with some drip coffee (200 Yen per pack) of your choice.Coffee cups for take away have a stylish design exclusive to manu coffee as well.In ConclusionIf you want to relax while enjoying a cup of delicious coffee, why not stop by manu coffee on your next visit? Aside from the Daimyō branch, there are shops in Haruyoshi, Yanagibashi and Jōtenji as well.Perhaps you may find a new discovery if you take a moment to indulge with all your senses.Informationmanu coffee Daimyō branchAddress: Fukuoka, Chūō-ku, Daimyō 1-1-3 Ishii Building 1FHours: 8:00 – 24:00Closed: -Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit Cards: AvailableLanguage: -Menus Available In: Japanese only (Some English available)Nearest station: Fukuoka Station (福岡駅) on the Nishitetsu LineAccess: 6 minute walk from the Kokutai Raod and Fukuoka Station on the Nishitetsu Line.Price Range: From 1,000 YenReligion: ‐Phone number: 092-732-0737Official site:manu coffee (Japanese)last_img read more

Snow Hot Springs And Exquisite Food Enjoy Naganos Winter At KAI Alps

first_imgBreakfast is also arranged with several types of dishes made using ingredients produced in Nagano. The region was once a trading route that connected the ocean with the inland, so seafood and mountain foods are also incorporated into the meals.Please check the website of KAI Alps for details on the exquisite meals served at the inn.4. Guest Rooms with Regional Characteristics Traditional Nagano handicrafts (bowls, accessories, everyday utensils made with Japanese paper or fabric, etc.) and local foods can also be purchased at the shop.We especially recommend the walnut yubeshi sold as an original KAI Alps product. It is a soft rice cake with a gentle flavor from which you can experience the elegant culture of Nagano.Use KAI Alps as a Sightseeing Hub!You can also visit spots famous for their beautiful scenery such as the Tateyama Kurobe Dam near Omachi and Hakuba Valley during your stay at KAI Alps.If you are traveling to Nagano by car, then you can also visit Nagano’s famous Zenkoji Temple. Worshipped at Zenkoji Temple is Japan’s oldest Buddhist statue, a representation of Buddha Amida Nyorai.Since you’ve come all the way to Zenkoji Temple, then please also visit the corridor below the sacred statues of the inner temple. It is said that you can form a bond with the Buddhist deities enshrined at this temple through this means of visiting, which is called Okaidan Meguri. Did you know that the Northern Alps of Japan have been gaining attention as a tourist attraction over the past few years? The beautiful scenery of the Northern Alps, which include the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Hakuba Valley, consists of high elevation areas that are also popular as spots you’ll want to visit at least once in your life.We will be introducing KAI Alps, which is situated at the foot of the Northern Alps in Omachi, Nagano. This high class lodging facility operated by Hoshino Resorts has been reopened after remodeling in December 2017.The famous hot springs of Omachi Onsenkyo can be enjoyed at this facility. You can also experience the culture of this region, once called Shinshu, not to mention that you can enjoy relaxing in spacious rooms. All tatami-matted rooms have beds that are very comfortable to sleep in.The guest rooms are decorated with lovely creations made by paper-cutting and woodblock artist Kyoko Yanagisawa who is a Nagano resident. Postcards of Ms. Yanagisawa’s art filled with her love for her hometown can also be purchased at the souvenir shop of the facility. If there is a work that you’re interested in, we also recommend buying it at the shop in commemoration of your stay at KAI Alps!Please check the website of KAI Alps for details about the guest rooms.5. Experience Nagano’s Charms at the Library and Souvenir Shop In the evening, after we warmed our bodies in the hot springs, we gathered once more around the sunken hearth and had baked apples with warm sake.Sunken hearths were once found in every Japanese home. It was at these hearths where food was prepared and families gathered. Being able to taste warm local sake alongside delicious apples, a specialty of the region, while feeling the ambience of a local home was a wonderful experience.2. Hot Springs That Will Warm Your Body Throughout What Is KAI Alps? Nagano also has several ski resorts and the features of this snow country are even reflected in the lobby’s design. For example, the decorations on the walls of the reception area are said to represent the icicles that can be found in the snow country which is Nagano.In this article, MATCHA’s English editor will introduce KAI Alps as she experienced it during her stay by dividing the introduction into five special charms that can only be found at this facility.1. Experience the Warmth of a Sunken Hearth It began to snow just as we were about to enter the open-air baths and we were luckily able to have a hot springs experience while the snow came fluttering down! Although the snow piling up outside added to the cold, we were able to warm our bodies in the hot springs, which made for a very special experience.Please check the website of KAI Alps if you would like to learn more information about these wonderful hot springs.3. A Classic Shinshu Multi-Course Meal We naturally recommend enjoying the hot springs and sunken hearth at the inn, but you can also spend your time reading at this travel library. Here, you can read books that introduce the highlights of Nagano or novels and stories that take place in the area while enjoying coffee or tea.There are not only books in Japanese but also in English, along with plenty of fascinating photo collections and picture books. How about checking out the highlights of this area at the travel library before setting out to explore the Northern Alps?center_img There are also rooms that come with an indoor hot spring bath. For a limited time, they also come with apples and Japanese sake. How about extravagantly enjoying a hot spring bath in your own room? After finishing the check-in procedures at KAI Alps, you will be shown into a room with a sunken hearth which is adjacent to the lobby.Oyaki (round flour cakes with various fillings) were being roasted over the sunken hearth when our writer visited. Oyaki is a regional food that has been passed down for generations in the Shinshu area. Homemade vegetables and tsukemono (pickled vegetables) are wrapped in a dough made from wheat flour that is then roasted and eaten while warm. Even today, it is popularly eaten as a snack. The hot springs of Omachi Onsenkyo, where KAI Alps is located, draw their waters from Tsuta Onsen located at the foot of the Northern Alps. It is a low alkaline hot spring that will smooth your skin. Both indoor and open-air baths are available at KAI Alps and you are able to enjoy the baths as many times as you like during your stay.The inn prepared a Shinshu apple bath the day our writer stayed at the inn! It’s such an elegant experience that you’ll forget that time is passing when you soak in the hot springs all the while enveloped by the fragrance of apples. We were able to have a moment of pure relaxation. KAI Alps has four types of rooms, all of which are large spaces where you can unwind. Annex guest rooms have been furnished with a wood-burning stove, making the fact that you can enjoy the warmth of a fire in a modern space one of their special characteristics. One of the greatest charms of KAI Alps is its multi-course meals that lavishly use local ingredients. Not only are they delicious, but the visuals of each meal are designed to show visitors the classic landscapes of Nagano.For example, the snow in Nagano is represented by cotton candy while the food is arranged on plates that look like wasabi leaves, another special product of Shinshu. Just seeing these dishes made with such careful thought and fine details will make you glad that you chose this inn.It goes without saying that everything tastes amazing! The fillings of the oyaki we ate consisted of a vegetable that is a Nagano specialty called nozawana (Japanese mustard leaves). The great combination of the hot and fragrant dough together with the fresh taste of the nozawana was extremely delicious and we even asked for seconds!The sunken hearth will easily warm your chilled body. The fact that we were able to have a taste of the region immediately upon arriving made us feel that it was worthwhile coming all the way from Tokyo. There are several charming restaurants and souvenir shops lining the shopping district that leads to Zenkoji Temple. We also recommend tasting the famous products of Nagano here after your temple visit!KAI Alps Is Best When You Want to Enjoy Nagano’s Culture!If you want to experience a trip that will take you to the grand mountain range of Nagano and leave lifelong memories, then you can’t leave KAI Alps out when choosing where to stay. You can personally experience a condensed form of Nagano’s culture and nature through activities such as the hot springs, food, and sitting near the sunken hearth.Though we introduced the highlights of KAI Alps while focusing on our stay during this cold season, the nature-filled city of Omachi, Nagano, is a charming area no matter what season you visit. If you’ll be visiting the superb scenery of Nagano, then how about staying at KAI Alps?Reservations can be made here. You can lodge at KAI Alps for a cheap, discounted rate if you make your reservation 90 days in advance, so we recommend making your reservations early! The reservation page to take advantage of the special 90 Day Early Bird offer is here! Hoshino Resort KAI Alps View InformationlodgingHoshino Resort KAI Alps Official Website:https://www.hoshinoresorts.com/en/resortsandhotels/kai/alps.htmlYou May Also LikeThe Ultimate Inn! Savor Divine Hospitality And Food At HOSHINOYA TokyoMt. 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Five Works Plus One by Renowned Architect Kengo Kuma

first_imgThe works of the architect Kengo Kuma can be seen all over the globe. They are regarded highly overseas, being inspirational sights for the viewers. This article features five works designed by Mr. Kuma, that can be seen in the Tokyo area.1. Food and Agriculture Museum, Tokyo University of AgricultureOne of Mr. Kuma’s works which can be seen for free, is the Food and Agriculture Museum of the Tokyo University of Agriculture, where visitors can learn about food and agriculture.Designed in a welcoming and spacious manner, it might change the visitors’ idea of a museum.The highlight is the display of the 280 bottles of sake. They are all products of kuramoto (sake brewery) where Tokyo University of Agriculture graduates are working. There are 1,600 kuramoto in Japan, and it is said that the alumni and alumnae of the university are involved in about 80 percent of those breweries.This is Jūyondai 十四代, one of the distinguished and hard-to-obtain labels. It is produced by Takagi Shuzō 高木酒造, located at Yamagata Prefecture 山形県. Besides this display, there are various materials about brewing and 3,600 pieces of old farming tools in this museum.The visitors can appreciate Mr. Kuma’s work for free, while learning about the agriculture and the brewing industry in Japan. The number of visitors from abroad is on the rise, so the museum has English and Korean pamphlets.2. SunnyHills in Minami-AoyamaSunnyHills in Minami-Aoyama, designed by Mr. Kuma, is a store specializing in pineapple cakes from Taiwan. It is located in an area with many sweets shops that are in fierce competition with each other. The exterior looks like a forest in the middle of Tokyo. The store is very popular among fans of architecture, and it clearly stands out in Minami-Aoyama 南青山, which is also a residential area.Sixty-millimeter-square Japanese cypress logs, woven into a grid, fill the interior. The intricate woodwork is one of the traditional Japanese construction techniques, called jigoku-gumi 地獄組み. It looks very elegant, while working as a supporting structure for the building.The jigoku-gumi does not use screws to join the logs, and relies only on the craftsmanship of the builders.This is the second floor, which is used as an omotenashi space, where the visitors can sample the renowned pineapple cakes. The floor is toned in black, and also used by the people living nearby as a lounge space.There is also a broad omotenashi (“hospitality”) space on the third floor, where the sunlight coming through the woodwork softly illuminates the interior.SunnyHills in Minami-Aoyama offers an omotenashi service, so that the visitors can sample the fine, handmade pineapple cakes from Taiwan. Tasting the cakes served with Taiwan oolong tea, in the sunlight-filled interior is a real treat.The SunnyHills pineapple cake is made from fully-ripe Taiwan pineapples, French fermented butter and flour made in Hokkaido. Their style of choosing the right ingredients has lots in common with Mr. Kuma’s design philosophy.Light is an important factor when it comes to space design. In one corner of the store, there is an illumination called light-wall, using washi (tradional Japanese paper). The light, resembling sunshine filtering through the branches of trees, is very soothing.Mr. Kuma has also designed the furniture displayed on every floor. Because he was responsible not only for the exterior, but also for the lighting and the interior as well, there is a deep harmony between all these elements.3. Nezu MuseumThe Nezu Museum, located in Minami-Aoyama, has a vast collection of precious Japanese and Oriental art. This museum was renovated by Kengo Kuma in 2009, and the main building is designed with a mixture of traditional and contemporary elements. By using natural materials such as bamboo thickets and small pebbles, the museum offers a serene atmosphere.Read also: Dive in the Fabulous World of the Nezu Museum4. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information CenterThe Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, located in Asakusa 浅草 in the old shitamachi (“eastern Tokyo”) area, is another work by Kengo Kuma. The façade of the information center, which looks like it has a multi-layered roof, is quite unique. The gap between the “roofs” is used as a multi-purpose space.Read also: From the wood-toned terrace of the seventh floor, visitors can view Sensōji Temple 浅草寺 and the townscape of Asakusa.Read also: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center: See Asakusa’s History Come Alive!5. Suntory Museum of ArtThis is the Suntory Museum of Art, located inside the Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi 六本木. The museum, which has a collection of Japanese art, was designed by Kengo Kuma. Completed in 2007, it was conceived as a parlor in an urban area.Read also: Three Museums You Can Walk To From Roppongi StationAn Extra Piece: Starbucks Coffee Dazaifutenmangū Omotesandō StoreThis is the Starbucks Coffee Dazaifutenmangū Omotesandō Store. It is located along the sandō (the road leading to a shrine) of the Dazaifutenmangū Shrine 太宰府天満宮 in Fukuoka.Many people from all over the world visit this unique store, which has a characteristic wooden frame.Mr. Kuma’s design is a mixture of conflicting elements, such as the old Japanese style and modern style, or tradition and innovation. Besides the six works listed above, his works are located all over Japan. When visiting Japan, it’s worth the time to take a look at his works.InformationFood and Agriculture Museum, Tokyo University of AgricultureAddress: Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Kami-Yōga 2-4-28Hours:From April to November/ 10:00 – 17:00From December to March/ 10:00 – 16:30Closed:Mondays. (If Monday happens to be a national holiday, the museum will be closed on Tuesday.)The musuem is also closed on the last Tuesday of every month, and on holidays designated by the university.Wi-Fi: Not AvailableCredit Cards: -Languages: Japanese, English and Korean.Menus Available In: Japanese, English and Korean.Station: Kyōdō Station (経堂駅) of the Odakyū Line (小田急線).Access: Twenty-minutes walk from the Minamiguchi 南口 (South Exit) of the Kyōdō Station.Admission Fee: FreeReligion: -Telephone: +81-3-5477-4033Official Website: Food and Agriculture MuseumSunnyHills in Minami-AoyamaAddress: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-10-20Hours: 11:00 – 19:00Closed: There are no closed days.Wi-Fi: Not AvailableCredit Cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Diners Club are accepted.Languages: Japanese, English and Chinese.Menus Available In: Japanese, English and Chinese.Station: Omotesandō Station (表参道駅) of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (銀座線), Hanzōmon Line (半蔵門線) and Chiyoda Line (千代田線).Access: Six-minutes walk from Exit A4 of the Omotesandō Station.Price Range: 1,000 yen – 1,999 yenReligion: -Telephone: +81-3-3408-7778Official Website (Japanese): SunnyHills in Minami-Aoyama (Japanese)Nezu MuseumAddress: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 6-5-1Hours: 10:00 – 17:00(The entrance closes at 16:30)Closed:Mondays. (If Monday happens to be a national holiday, the museum will be closed on Tuesday.)The museum is also closed during the changing of exhibitions and through the Year-End and New Year Holidays.Wi-Fi: Not AvailableCredit Cards: American Express, JCB, Diners Club, UC and Tōbu are accepted.Languages: Japanese and English.Menus Available In: Japanese and English.Station: Omotesandō Station of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hanzōmon Line and Chiyoda Line.Access: Eight-minutes walk from Exit A5 of the Omotesandō Station.Admission Fee:Adults/ 1,000 yenStudents/ 800 yenFree admission for junior high school students and under.Religion: -Telephone: +81-3-3400-2536Official Website: Nezu MuseumAsakusa Culture Tourist Information CenterAddress: Tokyo, Taitō-ku, Kaminarimon 2-18-9Hours:From the Basement Floor to the Fourth Floor, Sixth Floor/ 9:00 – 20:00Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Floors/ 9:00 – 22:00Closed: There are no closed days.Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit Cards: -Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.Menus Available In: Japanese, English, Original and Simplified Chinese Characters and Korean.Station: Asakusa Station (浅草駅) of the Tōbu Isesaki Line (東武伊勢崎線), Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and the Toei Subway Asakusa Line (都営浅草線).Access:Five-minutes walk from the Tōbu Asakusa Station.One-minute walk from the Exit 2 of the Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station.Two-minutes walk from the Exit A4 of the Toei Subway Asakusa Station.Ten-minutes walk from the Exit A1 of the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station.Admission Fee: -Religion: -Telephone: +81-3-3842-5566Official Website: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information CenterSuntory Museum of ArtAddress: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-4, Tokyo MidtownHours: 10:00 – 18:00*On Fridays and Saturdays, the museum closes at 20:00Closed:Tuesdays.The museum is also closed during the changing of exhibitions and through the Year-End and New Year Holidays.Wi-Fi: Available (Midtown Free Wi-fi)Credit Cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Diners Club are accepted.Languages: Japanese and English.Menus Available In: Japanese and English.Stations:Roppongi Station (六本木駅) of the Toei Subway (都営地下鉄) and Tokyo Metro (東京メトロ).Nogizaka Station (乃木坂駅) of the Tokyo Metro (東京メトロ).Access:Directly connected to Exit 8 of the Toei Subway Roppongi Station.Connected to the underground passage of the Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station.Three-minutes walk from the Tokyo Metro Nogizaka Station.Admission Fee:The fee for adults, university and high school students vary according to the exhibition.Free admission for junior high school students and under.Religion: -Telephone: +81-3-3479-8600Official Website: Suntory Museum of ArtStarbucks Coffee Dazaifutenmangū Omotesandō StoreAddress: Fukuoka, Dazaifu-shi, Saifu 3-2-43Hours: 8:00 – 20:00Closed: There are no regularly scheduled closed days.Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit Cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB and American Express are accepted.Languages: -Menus Available In: -Station: Dazaifu Station (太宰府駅) of the Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line (西鉄太宰府線).Access: Four-minutes walk from the Dazaifu Station.Price Range: Up to 1,000 yen.Religion: -Telephone: +81-92-919-5690Official Website: Starbucks Coffee Dazaifutenmangū Omotesandō Storelast_img read more

Free Observatory Look Over Tokyo From Carrot Tower

first_imgThere are many observatories where you can enjoy beautiful views in Tokyo. Skytree, Tokyo Tower and the Mori Tower observation deck are well-known to tourists.However, these observatories have entrance fees and it’s not all that unusual that the observatory you paid for was too crowded with people to take your time to truly enjoy the view. Today, we’ll be introducing a less-known observatory in Tokyo with free admission.Carrot Tower??Carrot Tower is a commercial building located in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward which you can find a free observatory.Just so you know, Setagaya ward, where Carrot Tower is located, is a high-class residential area where many celebrities are said to be living. So it has a calm and peaceful atmosphere rather than a bustling one.Walk to Carrot Tower from Sangenjaya StationFirst, we will explain how to get there. The nearest station to Carrot Tower is Sangenjaya Station. Sangenjaya Station has two train lines passing through it: the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line and the Tokyu Setagaya Line. Each line has its own platform and turnstiles. It’s probably easier for tourists to use the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, which will bring you to Sangenjaya Station from Shibuya in just five minutes.The Tokyu Setagaya Line runs between Sangenjaya and Shimo-Takaido. It’s a rare tram train in Tokyo, and is the feet of the local people. It’s a great train, but it doesn’t pass through any major stations in Tokyo, so it’s not used often for sightseeing.Today we’ll be explaining how to get to Carrot Tower from the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line Sangenjaya Station.Exiting the turnstile, walk straight toward the Sancha Patio Exit.After about two minutes you’ll see an open space like this.There should be a direction board in front of you. Turn right toward the observation platform.Continue up these stairs to the ground floor.You’ll see a crosswalk and cross it.Now you’ve reached Carrot Tower.An escalator is right inside the entrance.You can only reach the observatory on the 26th floor by the elevator on the 2nd floor. Use the stairs to head to the 2nd floor.From the observatory, you can look over Tokyo from an angle like this. On a sunny day, they say you can see Skytree and Tokyo Tower as well as Mt. Fuji.Even on a slightly cloudy day the view is something like this. Carrot Tower’s observatory isn’t as high as some of the other ones in Tokyo, but it’s unique for its views over Japanese residential areas.There is also a cafe inside the observatory where you can relax. This is the view of the sunset. The moment the sky changes from blue to orange is beautiful. There were people reading, and others chatting with friends, but at the time of the sunset everyone turned to look at the amazing view outside the window.See Tokyo for Free from Carrot TowerLooking over Tokyo from a high-rise observatory in the middle of bustling downtown is nice, but we also recommend overlooking Tokyo from the quiet Carrot Tower. Carrot Tower Observatory View Informationlast_img read more

Khaosan Asakusa Tokyo A Renovated Love Hotel

first_imgThere are various hostels in the world and in Japan, there are unique hostels that you can only find here. In this article, we introduce to you Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan/Hostel (hereafter known as Khaosan World), where you can really get a sense of Japanese tradition.”What’s unique about this hostel?”Actually, this hostel used to be a “love hotel”, which are short stay hotels meant for couples. Love hotels are perhaps best known for their flashy architecture and interior design; here you can get a sense of what older love hotels may have looked like in the past.3 Types of RoomsThe types of rooms are different. You can check the rooms by the panel in the entrance of this hostel. The same type of panel was used in the past to explain the features of the rooms available in the love hotel.HostelHere is the simple and stylish dormitory. Its stylish design makes you enjoy your trip more. There are also private rooms for families available here.RyokanRyokan are for travelers who wish to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the comforts of Japanese hospitality and service; here you will have to sleep on a futon on the tatami-covered bunk.Love HotelThis room retains the appearance of its love-hotel days. The system of a Japanese love hotel is complicated but here, you can see and stay in a Japanese love hotel room.(*But now, you can’t use this room and hostel as a love hotel!)Facilities for TravelersThe facilities at Khaosan World are perfect. You can use shower, bathroom, paid washing machine and drying machine. In the shared kitchen, you can make various cuisines for yourself or family.Khaosan World In ShortKhaosan World is like a miniature version of Japan – blending its traditional and modern cultures. Here you can feel both the old and new all around you.InformationKhaosan World Asakusa Ryokan/HostelAddress:3-15-1 NishiAsakusa,Taito,TokyoCheck-in: 3pm – 11pmCheck-out: by 11amWi-Fi:AvailableCredit Card:Not availableLanguage:Japanese,EnglishNearest Station:Asakusa Station (浅草駅) Tsukuba Express line, Ginza Line & Toei Asakusa lineAccess:1 minute walk from Tsukuba express line, 10 minute walk from Ginza line & 12 minute walk from Toei Asakusa linePrice Range:2200-3400yen/per personTelephone:03-3843-0153Homepage:Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan/Hostellast_img read more

Meigetsuin Temple Kamakura Japanese Aesthetics At Their Finest

first_img The entrance of MeigetsuinFor those who’d like to comfortably enjoy everyday Kita-Kamakura, please visit Meigetsuin where one can enjoy viewing the beauty of Japan. To first-timers though, we recommend avoiding the crowded season in June.InformationMeigetsuin (The Hydrangea Temple)Address: Kamakura, Yamanouchi 189Hours: 9:00 – 16:00Closed: NeverWi-fi: NoneNearest Station: JR Yokosuka line – Kita-Kamakura StationAccess: A 10-minute walk from Kita-Kamakura StationFee: 500 yenReligion: BuddhismPhone Number: 0467-24-3437Official Site: – Kita-Kamakura is the next station after Kamakura Station. For those who would like to enjoy Japanese culture, this is a charming city that doesn’t fall behind Kamakura in terms of history or beauty. Here, a number of historical temples and shrines, fashionable cafes, and stores selling miscellaneous items line the streets.Out of all of these spots in Northern Kamakura, there is one spot in particular that we recommend to those who have yet to experience this city. That spot is the temple known as Meigetsuin. The Japanese garden at MeigetsuinIt Was Originally Part of Another Temple?Originally, Meigetsuin wasn’t its own temple. In the 14th century a larger temple known as Zenkoji was built in the same area. Meigetsuin was one of the temple buildings in the grounds there. Halfway through the 17th century Zenkoji was torn down, but for whatever reason Meigetsuin was preserved. It has gradually developed in the temple we can see today.Not Just the Hydrangeas! – The Charm of MeigetsuinWhen it comes to Meigetsuin, the beautiful hydrangeas are well-known. MATCHA has mentioned these flowers before in a previous article.Read also:Celebrating The Flower Of Tsuyu: Hydrangeas At Their Peak In KamakuraBelieve it or not, but the hydrangeas here were planted after World War II. Throughout Meigetsuin’s long history, the planting of these flowers is something that’s relatively recent.Hydrangeas were planted because they’re easy to care for. They became famous by slowly gathering attention over time from visitors around Japan. June is when the hydrangeas are in full bloom, which is when many tourists visit Meigetsuin. During the weekends in June, there are large numbers of people that fill the streets from the temple all the way to Kita-Kamakura Station.Meigetsuin is a spot that we’d like you to visit, the hydrangeas here are very beautiful. Having said that, June is a time of year in Japan when it rains a lot. It may be a little bit difficult for a first-timer to Kita-Kamakura to view this area while holding an umbrella. For those who visit Kita-Kamakura for the first time, we recommend that you avoid visiting Meigetsuin in June.At Meigetsuin you can enjoy plum blossoms in the spring and autumn foliage in the fall. It’s not just the flowers that bloom, in the grounds here the Meigetsuin yagura (*1) is also worth seeing. People who were part of the upper class are buried here, such as samurais and monks. The yagura here is the biggest in Kamakura.*1. Yagura: a type of burial inside of a cave that’s made by digging into a wall. You often find these in Kamakura.The Round Window – A Symbol of Japanese AestheticsAbove all else, the round window here that’s also featured in the Meigetsuin pamphlet is the most noted part of this temple. You can’t help but be struck with wonder when looking at this window straight on. Many of the people who visit this temple take photos of that beauty.Another unique way of enjoying Meigetsuin is by searching for rabbit items. Believe it or not, but throughout the grounds here you can see a number of rabbit related ornaments. In the name of this temple there is a hidden secret. ‘Getsu’ means ‘moon’ in Japanese. You might say that the moon is a symbol for Meigetsuin.From ancient times in Japan, it’s been believed that rabbits live on the moon. This folklore comes from the same shapes on the moon’s surface that gave rise to the ‘man in the moon’ stories overseas. The association of Meigetsuin, the moon, and rabbits continues to this day, so a number of rabbit ornaments have been placed throughout this temple.last_img read more

Enjoy a Charming Stay at the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel

first_imgThe land of dreams, Tokyo Disney Resort, is visited by throngs of people all year-round. If you want to thoroughly enjoy the resort by trying out all the incredible food, shopping and attractions on offer, then one day just isn’t enough. For that reason, many visitors choose to stay at the Disney Hotel inside the resort grounds, so they can remain for two consecutive days.A New Disney Hotel Themed Around Dreams and Fantasies©DisneyCurrently there are three Disney hotels: the Disney Ambassador Hotel®, the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel®, and the Tokyo Disney Sea Hotel Miracosta®. Starting June 1st, 2016 (Wednesday), a fourth new hotel will open in the Shin-Urayasu area: the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel!The hotel comprises two buildings and houses a total of 702 rooms. The names of the two buildings are “Wish” and “Discover.” The hotel has twin themes, based around “dreams” and “fantasy.”©DisneyThe fantasy-like exterior gets your heart racing, and as you approach the entrance, Minnie is there to greet you!©DisneyThe lobby features images of the castle from “Cinderella”, as well as art featuring “It’s a Small World” and the “Arabian Coast”. The cute furniture motifs are also inspired by attractions in the park.A Courtyard That Becomes Even More Gorgeous At Night©DisneyEven from the back of the central lobby, you can see the hotel’s beautiful courtyard, filled with Disney stories.©Disney©DisneyYou can walk through the courtyard in the open air, and the view can also be enjoyed from some of the guest rooms. The grounds feature a garden topiary themed around Disney motifs, such as Snow White’s wishing well and the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream lights. In addition, the courtyard is illuminated at night, becoming even more beautiful and brilliant!Every Room is a Doorway to Dreams at Tokyo Disney Resort©DisneyEach room features a mural of Disney characters enjoying the park attractions. After spending a day at the resort, you can relax and immerse yourself in the memories you made.This courtyard view is available from some rooms.You Can Also Visit the Breakfast Cafe and Shops©DisneyThe “Wish Cafe”, open at breakfast time, has a bright and cheery atmosphere. Here, you can eat breakfast while you enjoy exceptional views of the courtyard greenery.There are also shops which handle products sold at the Disney resort.The Special Treatment and Reasonable Prices Will Make You Very Happy©DisneyThe Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel is located in the Shin-Urayasu area, so while it may feel a little far from Maihama – where the Tokyo Disney Resort is located – you can rest easy, as it’s just a 15-minute ride away on the free shuttle bus.Guests at Disney resorts receive special privileges, such as the “Guaranteed Entry” pass – which allows holders into the park even when entry is restricted due to crowds – and the “Happy 15 Entry” pass, which allows holders into the park 15 minutes before general admission.Additionally, guests at Disney hotels are the only people who can purchase “Tokyo Disney Resort Multi-Day Passport Specials”, which allow the holders to freely go between Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. Since both parks can be enjoyed from the start of the trip, the passport specials will make visitors on tight schedules very happy.The price for a night’s stay is comparatively cheaper than existing Disney hotels; one night is roughly 30,000 yen (up to four guests), so a party of four can spend less than 10,000 yen each.Soak in the memories of your dreamlike time at the Disney resort; a stay at the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel is the perfect way for guests to fully enjoy their Disney experience.InformationTokyo Disney Celebration HotelAddress: Chiba, Urayasu, Meikai 7-1-1Wi-Fi: YesNearest Station: Shin-Urayasu Station (新浦安駅) on the JR Keiyo Line or Musashino LineAccess: 10-minute bus ride from the bus terminal at the south exit of Shin-Urayasu StationPrice Range: Starts at 23,000 yen for one night’s stay (four-person capacity)Phone number: 0570-05-1118 (09:00-18:00)Homepage: Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotellast_img read more

Expect no quick end to Canadawide cannabis shortages producers warn

first_imgThe supply shortages that have plagued many provinces in the first month of legal cannabis will likely persist for years, industry insiders say.Provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have all reported varying degrees of shortages.New Brunswick was forced to temporarily close more than half its stores, while the Quebec Cannabis Corporation has reduced its store opening hours to four days a week. Labrador’s only legal cannabis store said it was forced to temporarily close after being without any product for nearly two weeks.“Some licensed producers … have been unable to deliver the volumes that they had originally committed to,” said Kate Bilney, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch.Khurram Malik, CEO of the Toronto-based cannabis company Biome Grow Inc., said the lack of supply is due in part to the tough regulations imposed by Health Canada on the country’s 132 licensed producers, and the time required by companies to develop a quality and compliant product. He said the federal department also took too long to approve licences.“The rules here are so difficult to grow cannabis — quite frankly more difficult than anywhere else in the world — that if you’re a new licence holder and you’ve never done this before, it’s going to take you a year, year-and-a-half, or two years to get any decent, consistent quality product out the door in any predictable volumes,” said Malik, adding it’s much easier and cheaper to grow in jurisdictions such as California.“The good thing with that is, yes, it makes things difficult domestically, but the rest of the world looks at us as outright experts in this. They say if you can grow in Canada, you can grow anywhere.”Malik said he suspects some companies did stockpile cannabis leading up to Oct. 17, but logistics such as packaging and shipping have held up distribution as producers navigate the red tape of a brand new sector.“There may be empty store shelves right now in various provinces, but there’s product sitting in vaults ready to move. That will clean itself out in the coming weeks,” said Malik, whose company has facilities under development in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.“Once that’s out of the way, then you’re going to have intermittent shortages throughout 2019 and into 2020 as people produce and ship right away.”Health Canada said it has taken steps to improve the licensing and capacity of producers, including increasing approved production capacity from 185,000 square metres to more than 1.2 million square metres since May 2017.The department declined a request for an interview. But a statement from spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau acknowledged that product shortages would likely continue “in the months ahead.”“As with any new industry where there is considerable consumer demand, we expect there may be periods where inventories of some products run low or, in some cases, run out,” said Jarbeau in an email.“Health Canada remains confident that there is sufficient supply of cannabis overall to meet market demand now and into the future.”The department said given the long-standing prohibition of cannabis, there were no established benchmarks to precisely estimate demand levels, or to determine which products would be in high demand.“As the overall supply chain gains experience in the Canadian marketplace, it is expected that such localized and product-specific shortages will become far fewer in number,” she said.Brenda and Trevor Tobin, the mother-and-son owners of Labrador City’s High North, said demand at the store currently far outweighs the available supply.The shop sold all of its cannabis in the first three hours on legalization day, and in the weeks following, products dried up for almost two weeks.Brenda Tobin said she continues to sell product faster than producers are able to deliver it. She said that has prompted some of her customers to buy cannabis illegally.“A lot of them have said, ‘Well I guess it’s back to the black market’,” said Tobin. “We hate to hear that, but I’m assuming if they want their product, they’re going to get it one way or the other.”She said product availability has also been restricted as producers send lists of available products, rather than the shop being able to request certain products, she said.Authorities in B.C. and Alberta said licensed producers have not been able to deliver on the volumes they had originally committed to, but neither province provided specifics.“While we forecasted and planned for this level of demand, we did not anticipate the supply challenges,” said Heather Holmen, manager of communications for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. “The shortage of product is a Canada-wide challenge.”The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation said it received less than 40 per cent of the product it ordered from 14 licensed producers in August, but was able to bring in inventory from a P.E.I. producer days before legalization to help address the shortage.The shortages meant that three Nova Scotia cannabis stores closed early a few hours early on three occasions during the first week of legalization. There have not been any closures since then.Cannabis NB said it received 20 to 30 per cent of its order for legalization day. It said 12 of the province’s 20 stores were forced to temporarily close in the last few weeks, but have all since reopened.“Temporary closures are sometimes required to allow for new inventory to arrive,” Cannabis NB said in an email.  “We expect supply levels to eventually normalize, however, the demand is consistent, and supply is a challenge.”Meanwhile in Ontario — where its online store is the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis until brick-and-mortar stores are put in place next year — the provincial ombudsman has received more than 1,000 complaints related to delivery delays, poor customer service and issues with billing.Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said this week that the online Ontario Cannabis Store was returning to its original delivery time of one to three days, after receiving 200,000 orders since Oct. 17.Ray Gracewood, chief commercial officer for the New Brunswick-based OrganiGram, said cannabis companies knew it would be a challenge to fulfil the demand during the first few months following legalization, and a shortage was inevitable as producers play catch-up.“There’s a huge novelty factor and I think it probably has really captured the imagination of Canadians in general,” said Gracewood. “It’s a validation that Canadian consumers are willing to embrace regulated and legalized product.”Gracewood said Canadian consumers have a whole new world of cannabis products to look forward to, and he expects producers will start developing product niches.Ottawa has said it is aiming to make edibles containing cannabis and cannabis concentrates legal by next October. Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.Aly Thomson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN Envoy Hails Moroccos Support to UN Efforts in Yemen

Rabat – The Special Envoy of UNSG for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed hailed, here Monday, Morocco’s support to UN efforts to find peaceful solution to the crisis in Yemen.“I express my thanks to HM the King, the government and the people of Morocco for their support to my appointment to this mission, and their support to the efforts I have made to find a peaceful solution”, Ould Cheikh Ahmed told MAP following his talks with Minister delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida.“This has been confirmed at the United Nations as well as at the Moroccan embassy in Yemen”, he said, stressing the important role played by the Kingdom in this regard. He noted that his talks with Bouaida were an opportunity to review the UN efforts and the outcome of the recent talks on the issue.For her part, the Moroccan minister underlined that this meeting tackled the latest developments with regard to the crisis in Yemen and the means to face its humanitarian, political and military implications by the international community.She added that the talks were an occasion to “reaffirm Morocco’s support to the UN envoy and his efforts to find a solution based on the principles of citizenship, constitutional legitimacy in Yemen and the integration of all the parties, and also the Kingdom’s support to Saudi Arabia and the role it plays and the necessity to guarantee its security and stability”. read more

Royal Air Maroc to Start Pilgrimage Flights August 8

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Morocco’s flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), will start carrying a total of 20,000 passengers to Saudi Arabia for the 2017 Hajj season on August 8, corresponding to the Islamic month Dhu al-Qaidah 15, 1438.The airline will devote 150 flights for pilgrimage during this season, taking off from eight national airports, including Casablanca, Rabat-Sale, Fez, and Tangier, according to a press release by RAM The airline will schedule 77 flights for the outward phase for Jeddah and Medina. RAM is planning to increase its transport capacity by devoting two Airbuses, namely an A.330 and A.340 with capacities of 266 and 300 seats, to the Hajj flights.Pilgrims from the Dakhla, Laayoune, Errachidia, Ouarzazate and Tinghir regions, who represent 1000 passenger, will be transported to Agadir’s airport, Al Massira, and Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport by B.737 flights before departing to the holy pilgrimage site.“In order to make the operation of the Hajj a successful action like every year, Royal Air Maroc has strengthened all its operational tools to ensure that pilgrims transport will be carried out under the best possible conditions of safety,” the airline said in the statement.The company added that it has expanded the teams assigned to this operation, especially at the Moroccan and Saudi airports.Royal Air Maroc has also consolidated its teams in Mecca, Jeddah, and Medina to assist Moroccan pilgrims and facilitate their transport procedures. read more

Haiti Ban appeals for immediate massive aid to fight deadly cholera epidemic

“Clearly, it will continue to spread, unfortunately,” he told an informal meeting of the General Assembly, noting that the epidemic could affect as many as 650,000 people in the next six months, and that the current toll may already be twice as high as the over 1,800 deaths and nearly 81,000 cases reported so far. A United Nations appeal launched three weeks ago for $164 million is only 20 per cent funded as the Haitian Government, UN agencies and the humanitarian community seek to provide treatment and put preventive measures in place, supplying water-purification materials, carrying out large-scale public information campaigns, and helping to build treatment centres.“One thing is clear,” Mr. Ban said. “Admirable as they may be, these collective efforts are simply not sufficient. Without a massive and immediate international response, we will be overwhelmed. The lives of hundreds of thousands of people are at risk. And it is up to us to act, with maximum speed and full resources.”It was an appeal repeated by Assembly President Joseph Deiss, who told the 192-member body that efforts to prevent the spread of the epidemic cannot wait. “In the current circumstances, the international community must do everything within its power to help the Haitian authorities and people,” he said. “Urgent action must be taken to meet the humanitarian challenges and ease the suffering of the Haitian population.” Mr. Ban cited the urgent need for more cholera treatment centres, both large and small, and more trained medical and non-medical personnel to run them to minimize the fatality rate, which he noted had decreased over the past six weeks from 7.6 per cent to 3.6 per cent in a country that is still reeling from an earthquake in January that killed 200,000 people and rendered some 1.3 million others homeless.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional arm, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), estimate that an additional 350 doctors, 2,000 nurses and 2,200 support staff will be required over the next three months, in addition to the 300 medical personnel that Cuba has already committed.Some 30,000 community health workers and volunteers also need to be trained to help staff an estimated 15,000 oral re-hydration points, while still others are required to promote better hygiene in camps and communities. Cholera is spread through contaminated food and water – due to poor access to safe water, inadequate sanitation and high population density in the camps.“It is vital that the Haitian people in all communities are fully informed about how to deal with this disease, and that they understand that cholera is quickly cured if it is quickly diagnosed and treated,” Mr. Ban said. “They need to know what basic steps to take to protect themselves, their families and their communities.“Vital supplies are desperately needed: water purification tablets, chlorine disinfectant, antibiotics, jerry cans, soap, water cisterns, construction material for latrines. Stocks of oral re-hydration salts must be constantly replenished. It is encouraging that fatality rates have gradually declined over the past six weeks. They remain, however, unacceptably high.”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that 21 million water-purifying aquatabs have or are being distributed – the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has 190 million in the pipeline – along with 1.7 million bars of soap, 900,000 oral rehydration kits and 4.4 metric tons of chlorine.Mr. Ban repeated his earlier calls to all political actors to refrain from violence after Sunday’s contested first round of presidential and legislative elections, and to find a solution “before a serious crisis develops,” warning that any social unrest would hinder cholera victims from receiving life-saving treatment.“This will not be a short-term crisis,” Mr. Ban declared. “We cannot think short-term in our response. Millions of people look to us for immediate survival. At the same time, our response must be viewed within the broader context of recovery and long-term development. Investment in basic infrastructure is critical – clean water, sanitation, healthcare and education, durable shelter and employment. “Without it, Haiti has no sustainable future, no hope for a better future. Along the way, we must continue to help strengthen Haitian institutions. Haiti needs a strong and legitimate government to overcome the enormous challenges ahead. Sunday’s elections were a milestone in the country’s long and very hard road.” 3 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to provide immediate massive aid to Haiti to fight a deadly cholera epidemic raging through the impoverished country, warning that hundreds of thousands of lives are at risk. read more

Nine Indian fishermen arrested in Lankan waters

The Sri Lanka navy assisted the Coast Guard to arrest nine Indian fishermen and seized two Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters north west of Analative island last night.The fishermen along with their trawlers were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Kankasanthurai, the navy media unit said. Meanwhile the navy assisted in the repatriation of four Indian fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody yesterday.They were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship “Rani Durgavathi” at the International Maritime Boundary Line North of Kankasanthurai. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Death rates for HIVpositive adults have halved

first_imgTHE DEATH RATE among HIV-positive adults from AIDS-related causes has halved over the past decade, new research shows.However, the risk of dying from a non-AIDS cancer has remained stable.The research, published today in The Lancet, covered 50,000 HIV-positive adults across Europe, the United States, and Australia in receipt of antiretroviral therapy (ART).The mortality rate decreased from 17.5 deaths per 1000 person-years in 1999-2000 to 9.1 deaths in 2009-2011.Decreases were recorded in deaths related to AIDS (5.9 to 2.0), liver disease (2.7 to 0.9), and cardiovascular disease (1.8 to 0.9).The reason for the latter two decreases can not be pinned down, but researchers believe it may be due to better management of traditional risk factors like smoking and drinking, or less-toxic ART treatment.Non-AIDs related cancer continues to be main cause of deaths, accounting for 23%.Study leader Dr Colette Smith from University College London said the study provides “further evidence” for the benefits of ART treatment.“But despite these positive results,” she said, “AIDS-related disease remains the leading cause of death in this population.”“Continued efforts to ensure good ART adherence and to diagnose more individuals at an earlier stage before the development of severe immunodeficiency are important to ensure that the low death rate from AIDS is sustained and potentially decreased even further.”Read: Baby ‘cured’ of HIV has relapsed >Panti: “As someone who is HIV positive, I would encourage everybody to get tested” >last_img read more