Any Problem The Net Café Solves them All

first_imgJapan, is the home of manga. You might see lots of manga in every single book store, which are internationally famous. Do you want to try some?The bad news is that most of the manga in book stores are tied with vinyl tapes so that you can’t read them for free and you’ll never ever have enough money to buy ALL the manga you’ll want. The good news is that you have net cafés here in Japan! Not only you can read as much manga as you want, but also you can use the internet and drink as much as you want too!I’ll show you guys how to use net cafés by taking “メディアカフェポパイ天王寺店” in Osaka as an example.Let me in!Net cafés can be found here and there in Japan but most of them are basically near train stations. Thanks to this, it is pretty easy to find them if you are near a train station so you can quickly get to one even if you missed the last train of the day.I’ll show you the process flow from the entrance.1. Go inside and create a member cardAlthough it depends on the net café, most of them have membership system and require you to make a member card on your first visit. Note that you have to fill in information such as your name and address. Even though you will only use the net café once, just write your home address and phone number.It costs about 210 yen to make a member card. Once you have made one, you can permanently use it for the same net café or net cafés in the same group.2. Select the room type to useIn net cafés, you’ll stay in private rooms separated with walls.For example, “メディアカフェポパイ天王寺店” has 4 types of room: open space, reclining, flat and two people, which have different prices respectively.Other net cafés also have room grades, so you should ask the staff about what is different.(1) Table type Shower rooms are one of the useful facilities net cafés have and they are offered in almost all net cafés. They are empty most of the time but could be fully occupied from evening to night since many people use net cafés during that period.It is up to the net café whether it is free to use shower rooms or not. You need to go to the reception with your ticket and talk to the staff if you want to use a shower room.Printer It is a private room with a reclining chair, which is the most popular type among net café users. You can lower the back of the chair if you want to take a nap or even pass the night,(3) Flat type It is a seat which only has a PC, a table, a chair and half partition boards to keep your privacy from the next seats. Only this type is not a private room but it charges a lower fee than other types.(2) Reclining seat type It is a private room with a sheeted floor where you can lie down. You have to take off your shoes before entering this room.(4) Twin seat typecenter_img Almost all net cafés offer a free drink service where you can get drinks and even soups without any additional fee on the room charge. You can use this service freely while staying in the net café.Shower room It is a room for when you want to use a private room with a friend or your boyfriend/girlfriend. It has a larger space than other types and also has a large sofa where you can relax.It’s time to go to the room if you have decided which type to use.3. Get a ticket at the reception and go to the room with the number specified on your ticketAll the rooms have their own numbers and you have to go to the one with the number specified on your ticket. As shown in the picture, bookshelves and rooms are kind of mixed up, so it might be better to check where the manga you want to read is before you get to your room.Optional services which make you feel at homeYou might just want to do nothing but read manga in your room, however, there are optional services in net cafés which are useful especially for those who stay for a long time. Let’s take a look.Free drink service In net cafés, you can print out maps or information gained from the internet. There is no printer in private rooms but there are printers by the side of the reception (note that you will be charged an additional fee for printing out).Matters to be notedUnlike hotels or capsule hotels, there is no roof on net café rooms. Be careful as it will bother others if you listen to music or play video games on high volume. In addition, it is quiet in net cafés and it will be very noisy if you talk in a loud voice. Although you are in a private room, it is good manners to behave quietly.Let me clarify that what I’ve introduced you this time is only for “メディアカフェポパイ天王寺店”, and prices or available options really depend on which net café you use. I consider “メディアカフェポパイ天王寺店” to be one with substantial facilities and services among many in Japan.Just visit one and feel at home with good manners.Information*Net cafés can be found here and there in Japan.Media Cafe Popeye Tennouji Branch Store (メディアカフェポパイ天王寺店)Address:AIT building 4F, 2-1-29 Abenosuji, Abenoku, OsakashiBusiness hours:24 hoursHolidays:NoWi-Fi:AvailableCredit cards:Available (Edy)Nearest station:JR Tennoji stationAccess:3 minutes walk from JR line “Tennoji station” exit 13/ 3 minutes walk from Kintetsu line “Abenobashi station” exit 1/ 3 minutes walk from Osaka municipal subway tanimachi line, midosuji line “Tennoji station” exit 9Tel:06-6625-7220Official web site: read more

Nagasaki Kunchi Festival 2019 Event Schedule Access And Things To Do

first_imgNagasaki – See The Lion-Dogs At Chinzei Taisha Suwa Shrine Ways To Travel To Nagasaki, The Doorway To Kyushu Nagasaki Guide: Places To Visit, Festivals, Dining and More! What is Nagasaki Kunchi?Picture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationNagasaki Kunchi is a fall festival annually held at Suwa Shrine in Nagasaki, Kyushu from October 7 to October 9. It is designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset.“Kunchi” is a word from the northern Kyushu dialect meaning autumn festival. Nagasaki Kunchi along with Hakata O-Kunchi in Fukuoka and Karatsu Kunchi in Saga are known as Japan’s Top Three Kunchi.Nagasaki Kunchi’s began about 400 years ago. The festival originated from an event when two female performers performed a dedication of a yokyoku (*1) called “Komee” before Suwa Shrine.*1 Yokyoku: poems sung in Noh, a traditional Japanese play.Picture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationThe center of foreign trade in Japan at the time was Nagasaki. Because of this, the festival became increasingly spectacular and colorful as it received influences from China, the Netherlands, and Portugal, the countries with which Japan had diplomatic relations at the time.The highlight of the festival is the lively dashimono (*2), or performances. Large decorations called kasaboko lead the performance. There is also Japanese dance and hikimono (*3) mimicking takarabune (*4), a Netherlands-style ship, and a Chinese-style boat.*2 Dashimono: a word used during Nagasaki Kunchi that refers to the dance and floats that appear during the festival.*3 Hikimono: a large float mainly lifted by men during Japanese festivals. The term used will vary depending on the region; it is also known as dashi, hikiyama, yatai, and danjiri.*4 Takarabune: the ship ridden by the Seven Lucky Gods that is said to be loaded with treasure. In Japan, this ship is considered a symbol of good fortune. The average temperature in Nagasaki in October is 19.7℃. This is after the heat waves in August and September, but it might still become hot. We suggest wearing thin shirts, T-shirts, shorts, and similar light clothing. The mornings and evenings may also get chilly, so bringing along a shawl or sweatshirt is a good idea.What to Bring: Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, and a TowelBe careful of the ultra-violet rays in Nagasaki during early autumn. Don’t forget to protect yourself with sunglasses and sunscreen. Sun parasols are prohibited at all of the venues, so bring along a hat to shade yourself from the sun.It might also get warm and you might perspire from the crowds and performances. We suggest bringing along a towel or handkerchief just in case. Suwa Shrine View Information Picture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationYou also can’t miss out on seeing the Jaodori, or dragon dance, and the Shishi odori, or shishi lion (*5) dance.Each town in Nagasaki takes turns in holding their own dashimono every seven years. This means that attendees won’t see the same dashimono each year and will instead only be able to see it again seven years later. The fact that you can see different performances each year is another reason to attend Nagasaki Kunchi.*5 Shishi Lion: an imaginary creature based off of the lion. It is said to have been brought to Japan from China and India. Nagasaki Kunchi 2019 SchedulePicture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationThe schedule of the 2019 Nagasaki Kunchi is as follows. It is held every year on October 7 through October 9.Date: October 7 – 9, 2019Events on October 7The opening performance is at Suwa Shrine and starts at 7:00 on October 7. The festival will then move from the Kokaido-mae Plaza to the Otabijo (a place where a deity is thought to stay temporarily after leaving Suwa Shrine) to be performed once more. Following the end of the morning dedications, performances are also held in front of companies, government offices, and private homes in the city.At 16:00, a dedicated dance called “Kunchi no Yube” will begin at Suwa Shrine. Afterward, the performers will move to Kokaido-mae Plaza for more performances.Events on October 8A dedication performance is held at Yasaka Shrine (Japanese) at 7:00. It will then be performed once more at Kokaido-mae Plaza. Following the end of the dance, performances will be held again in front of companies and homes in the city.Events on October 9The first performance of the day will be at the Otabijo at 7:00. Afterward, the procession will move to Suwa Shrine to perform once more.Venue InformationPicture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationThere are four venues for Nagasaki Kunchi: Suwa Shrine, Otabijo, Yasaka Shrine, and Kokaido-mae Plaza.There will be seating for visitors at each venue. If you wish to see the performances while sitting down, you must reserve a seat between June to August. Only seats for the Kokaido-mae Plaza performances can be purchased online through ticketing websites such as ticket pia (Japanese). Seats for other venues must be purchased on-site.Picture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationEven if you can’t watch the performances at the venues, you can still follow them as the performers will move about the city after they finish at the venues. These type of performances held outside of the venue are called Niwasakimawari.Trams are a must for moving around Nagasaki. Fares are a flat rate of 120 yen for adults and 60 yen for children, allowing you to travel around Nagasaki easily. A one-day train pass is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children. The tram is very convenient for going to each venue.Refer to Ways To Travel To Nagasaki, The Doorway To Kyushu if you’re heading to Nagasaki from Tokyo.Access to the Four VenuesPicture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationSuwa ShrineSuwa Shrine holds performances on October 7 and October 9, making it the most popular viewing spot during the festival. You’ll be able to see the performances very clearly from the stage.Address: Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Kaminishiyamamachi 18-15 Google MapAccess: Take the tram bound for Hotarujaya from Nagasaki Station, then exit at the bus stop in front of Suwa Shrine.OtabijoThis stage is set in the center of the city and overlooks Nagasaki Port. It has great access by bus and train. During the festival, the area will be lined with street stalls.Address: Nagasaki, Motofunamachi 10-4, Next to Yumesaito Google Map(Yumesaito)Access: Take the tram bound for Akasako or Shokakuji and alight at the Ohato stop.Yasaka ShrineThe stage at Yasaka Shrine is close to the audience, making it great for a close look at the spectacular performances.Address: Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Kajiya 8-53 Google MapAccess: Take the tram bound for Sofukuji Temple and exit at Sofukuji Temple.Nagasaki Kokaido-mae PlazaThe spacious Nagasaki Kokaido-mae Plaza allows all visitors to relax as they watch the performances.Address: Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Uonomachi 4-30 Google MapAccess: Take the tram bound for Hotarujaya, then exit at Kokaido-mae.How to Enjoy the FestivalPicture courtesy of Nagasaki Tourism AssociationNagasaki Kunchi is a unique festival with brilliant performances held throughout the day at different locations. You can stay and watch the festivities at just one venue, but it is a lot of fun to travel around with the performers.What to Wear and What to BringAttire Read also *Travel time, transportation fares, and other information provided in this article are based on information from the official event website. This information is current as of March 2019. Please note that this is subject to change. Use the Tram to Tour Nagasaki, the City of Slopeslast_img read more

Shizuoka An Economical Two Day Gourmet Tour Of The Izu Peninsula

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureI ordered the house specialty zenji soba, which costs 1260 yen. When you order this set you can enjoy two varieties of soba; mori soba and tororo soba. The set includes a wasabi plant complete with stem and leaves, and sansai, or edible wild plants. It also comes with a variety of different seasonings such as sesame seeds, green onions, grated daikon radish and ginger. One of the shop’s unique ideas is getting customers to grate their own wasabi, one of Izu’s famous local products,Eating soba with freshly grated wasabi is simply exquisite and something that can only be experienced here at this shop! Afterwards, I put my leftover wasabi into the complimentary take-out bag and took it home as a souvenir.To read more about the basics of Japanese soba, please have a look at the following article: Soba Noodles: Varieties, How To Enjoy Them And The Best Shops.Zenputei NanabanAddress: Shizuoka, Izu, Shuzenji 761-1-3Telephone: 0558-72-0007Holidays: ThursdaysBusiness Hours: 10:00-16:00Seven Waterfalls – Feel the Refreshing Spray of the Water Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureAs you walk along the stone-covered promenade beside the river, you reach the Narrow Path of Takebayashi. Inside this bamboo grove there’s a circular bench and, when you lie down here and look up at the sky, the refreshing breeze, the murmur of the flowing river and the sunshine filtering through the leaves of the trees put you in a state of relaxation and comfort far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Looking out over the Pacific Ocean, Shizuoka prefecture boasts both Japan’s tallest peak with Mount Fuji, and the country’s deepest bay with Suruga Bay.In today’s article, we introduce a two day travel plan for the Izu peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture’s eastern region, which is also known as one of Japan’s top onsen (hot spring) areas.*Today’s article is report-style complete with photos. Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureOur next stop is Kawazu Nanadaru, also known as the Kawazu Seven Waterfalls. From Shuzenji Station the bus passes through Amagitoge before arriving at the falls 50 minutes later.We got off the bus at Mizutari Station. The Kawazu area has many waterfalls, but among them are seven famous ones.After you get off the bus and follow a slightly steep set of stairs, you arrive at the Kama Falls observation deck. The fall’s splashing water and spray come down onto the observation deck making you part of the spectacular action!From there we continue past Ebi Falls and on to Hebi Falls before finally stopping at Shokei Falls, where you can see a statue of the heroine from award-winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata’s short story, “Izu no Odoriko” (The Izu Dancer, 1926). Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureThe next day we have plans to board the Dogashima sightseeing boat, only ten minutes away from the NEW Ginsui. In Dogashima there’s an attraction nicknamed the ‘Blue Cave’ (officially known as Tensodo Cave), so I’d really like to go and check it out! The sightseeing boat is 1200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children.In only ten minutes after leaving the harbor we’ll arrive at the cavern. Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureWalk a short distance and soon Tokko-no-yu Spa comes into view. It’s been said that the waters of this onsen first came flowing out more than 1200 years ago. Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureFinally our long awaited dinner time! Suruga Bay’s bounty from the sea lavishly decorates the evening dinner table. It was my first time to eat Spiny Lobster sashimi. The lobster had a fresh, firm texture and it turned out to be my favorite out of all the delicacies I ate.Dogashima NEW GinsuiAddress: Shizuoka, Kamo district, Nishi Izu-cho, Nishina 2977-1Telephone: 0558-52-2211Official Site: Dogashima NEW Ginsui Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureFrom Shokei Falls follow the convenient walking trail and, on either side of you, various shops including souvenir shops and a tea store will soon begin to appear.Continue further and you’ll see Wasabien-Kadoya. We’ve already had our lunch but let’s take a peek inside the shop.The menu item that caught my attention was the wasabi-don (550 yen). A dollop of grated wasabi is placed in the middle of a dish consisting of rice topped with katsuobushi, and then soy sauce is poured over top.The katsuobushi, rice, and the soy sauce all go well together which makes this a winning combination, and the appetizing fragrance of the wasabi really hits your nose.Wasabien-KadoyaAddress: Shizuoka, Kamogun, Kawazu-cho, Nashimoto 371-1Business Hours: 09:30-14:00 *Note: the restaurant closes when the soba is sold outOfficial Site: Wasabien-Kadoya (Japanese)Dogashima- A Famous Spot For SunsetsNext, after finishing our sightseeing of the Seven Waterfalls, we hop aboard a bus at Shimoda Station headed for Dogashima. At dusk we really have something to look forward to because Dogashima is known for its beautiful sunsets. Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureToday we’ll be staying at the Dogashima NEW Ginsui. Dogashima’s seaside is dotted with numerous Japanese ryokan, and the NEW Ginsui is considered to be top class. With our Tokai Bus-Free Pass we were able to save on our transportation costs, so that allowed us to splurge a little on our night’s accommodation. Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureFrom the lobby of the ryokan I could see right out across Suruga Bay. From what I understand, on days when the sunset is visible, there’s also a complimentary wine service for guests from October until the early part of March. All rooms have a stunning ocean view, and the Japanese-style tatami rooms somehow feel more spacious than regular hotel rooms. The Izu Peninsula In Shizuoka Prefecture’s Eastern RegionOn today’s trip we’ll be making use of the Tokai Bus-2 Day Free Pass, which is 3900 yen for adults and 1950 yen for elementary school students and under. Passengers have unlimited riding privileges on the Tokai bus, which covers the entire Izu peninsula area, making this a very economical travel option.To begin our trip we first board the shinkansen for Mishima Station. Outside the station we purchased a Tokai Bus-Free Pass at the Tokai Bus Information Center before making our way to Shuzenji Station. It takes about 46 minutes to get to Shuzenji Station. Here we transfer to a bus going to Shuzenji Onsen; it takes about 8 minutes to get to Shuzenji Onsen Station. When you get off the bus at the station, the beautiful scenery spreading out before your eyes certainly lives up the area’s nickname of ‘Little Kyoto’. Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureAs we continue walking, it’s almost time for lunch. I really worked up an appetite, so sauntering back to the onsen town, I began searching for a shop that serves Shuzenji soba and found a shop called Zenputei Nanaban. Photo courtesy of Shizuoka prefectureAfter going a little further inside, a mystical and wondrous atmosphere slowly unfolds before our eyes! From the large opening in the ceiling, rays of sunlight pour into the cavern illuminating the surface of the clear and blue water, creating a magical spectacle.Back at the sightseeing boat’s wharf there’s an eatery, a souvenir shop and a convenience shop and the whole area is alive and bustling with visitors.The bus stop is also conveniently located nearby. Though it’s hard to say goodbye after such a wonderful time, from here we’ll take a bus headed back for Tokyo.In one hour we’ll arrive back at the familiar looking Shuzenji and then after another hour we’ll reach Mishima. While still making good use of our Tokai Bus-Free Pass, we leave the central area of Izu and head along the west coast until we reach our final destination. Next time in the not too distant future, I’d like to try going around Izu’s east coast!Sponsored by Shizuoka prefecturelast_img read more

Shibuyas Top 5 Izakaya with English Menus

first_imgShibuya is home to many Izakaya – a style of Japanese bar that serves simple dishes to accompany alcoholic drinks. But, with so many options, how do you decide where to go?You may want to know if they have menus in your language, or if they serve your favorite foods, but it can be difficult to find out this information before you’ve already sat down. That’s why today we will recommended five Izakaya in the Shibuya area, all of which have English menus.1. Den Rokuen-Tei: Panoramic Night-time ViewsShibuya Parco Part 1 is not only home to an array of fashion outlets. On the eighth floor, you can find an English-friendly Izakaya specializing in Japanese food.Unlike many Izakaya, Den Rokuen-Tei has terrace seats, so you can take in the night-time views of Shibuya as you eat and drink.It also has many unconventional items on the menu for an Izakaya, such as barbecued Japanese Black Wagyu beef.InformationDen Rokuen-TeiAddress: Shibuya PARCO PART, 1 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, TokyoHours:11:00–16:00 (lunch)17:00–23:00 (dinner Tue-Thu, Sun)17:00–24:00 (dinner, Fri, Sat, national holidays)Open all year (unless Parco is closed)Wi-fi not availableAll credit cards acceptedEnglish-speaking staffEnglish menu availableNearest Station(s): JR Shibuya StationAccess: 7-min walk from JR Shibuya Station, Hachiko ExitPricing: ¥4,000Phone Number: +81(0)50-5787-4768Official Website: Den Rokuen-Tei2. Jikidenya Rokumeikan: Substantial Sake and StewsThis is Jikidenya Rokumeikan, located just a one-minute walk from Shibuya Station. Here, the dishes incorporate seasonal vegetables and fresh seafood from Tsukiji Market, and the range of alcoholic drinks is specially chosen by wine and sake sommeliers.As far as food goes, this Izakaya’s speciality is their hotpot dishes, which are cooked in Nanbu Tekki ironware pots – a traditional craft originating in Morioka City, Iwate. These pots really bring out the flavors of the ingredients to create truly exquisite stewed dishes.InformationJikidenya RokumeikanAddress: 1-3-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, TokyoHours: 16:30–23:30Open all yearWi-Fi availableAll credit cards acceptedEnglish- and Chinese-speaking staffEnglish menu availableNearest Station(s): JR Shibuya StationAccess: 1-min walk from JR Shibuya Station, Hachiko ExitPricing: ¥3,000Phone Number: +81(0)50-5798-7575Official Website: Jikiden Rokumeikan3. Kaikaya: Fresh Fish and SeafoodThis is Kaikaya, an Izakaya that’s passionate about fish. Their speciality is fresh seafood straight from Sagami Bay, Kanagawa. Even the interior is filled with a cornucopia of ocean-related memorabilia, from surfboards to illustrated guides and fish. Kaikaya not only has English menus, but the staff are also used to communicating in English, making it incredibly foreigner-friendly.InformationKaikayaAddress: 23-7 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, TokyoHours: 11:30–14:00 (lunch, weekdays only) 18:00–23:00 (dinner)Wi-Fi not availableAll credit cards acceptedEnglish-speaking staffEnglish menu availableNearest Station(s): Keio Shinsen Station, JR Shibuya StationAccess: 8-min walk from Shibuya Station, 2-min walk from Shinsen StationPricing: ¥4,500Phone Number: +81(0)3-3770-0878Offical Website: Kaikaya4. Sumibi Kushiyaki Shogun: Speciality ShamoYakitori, or grilled skewered chicken, has long been a staple of any Izakaya menu. Here at Sumibi Kushiyaki Shogun, you can try something a little bit different – chargrilled Yakitori that contains Shamo meat from Fukushima. Shamo is a type of chicken that was originally bred for cockfighting, and its meat is renowned for its firm, chewy texture.InformationSumibi Kushiyaki ShogunAddress: 2-6 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, TokyoHours: 17:00–24:00 (weekdays) 16:00–24:00 (Sat, Sun, national holidays)Open all yearWi-Fi not availableAll credit cards acceptedEnglish menu availableNearest Station(s): JR Shibuya StationAccess: 2-min walk from JR Shibuya Station, Hachiko ExitPricing: ¥3,500Phone Number: +81(0)50-5796-261Official Website: Sumibi Kushiyaki Shogun (Japanese)5. Alcatraz E.R.: A Criminally Cool ExperienceThis slightly sketchy-looking store is Alcatraz E.R. Shibuya Medical Ward, a concept Izakaya based on the theme of a prison medical unit.It’s not just the decor that matches this theme – the menu too brings to mind the image of a jailhouse hospital. There are even dishes that make use of intravenous drips and syringes. We recommend this Izakaya for those who want a taste of something truly unique.Please note that those under the age of 18, or those wearing school uniforms, are not permitted to enter even if accompanied by parent or guardian.InformationAlcatraz E.R.Address: 2-13-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, TokyoHours: 17:00–23:00 (Mon-Thu, Sun) 17:00–04:00 (Fri, Sat, days before national holidays)Closed January 1–3Wi-Fi availableAll credit cards acceptedEnglish-speaking staffEnglish menu availableNearest Station(s): JR Shibuya StationAccess: 7-min walk from JR Shibuya Station, Hachiko ExitPricing: ¥3,500 (¥500 table charge and 10% service charge not included)Phone Number: +81(0)50-5798-9316Official Website: Alcatraz E.R. (Japanese)last_img read more

Tottori Sand Dunes A Complete Guide To Japans Unique Sand Dunes

first_imgPhoto courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureFrom late October to early November, carpets of purple scallion flowers can be seen on the east side of the sand dunes, along the route to Uradome Coast.Winter – A Coat of Snow Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe Oasis is a large pool which appears around Umanose. The water may be a meter deep in winter, or completely disappear in summer, as if it is a living creature. On a clear day, its surface reflects the blue sky, creating a magnificent sight.Sand Patterns Photo courtesy of: TRAIL ONA fat bike is a bicycle with fat tires, suited for running on sand. Riding a fat bike in the vast sand dunes is a refreshing experience.When the waves rush to the beach near the sand dunes, a “mirror beach” reflecting the sky appears. It is compared to the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia, and a ride around this beach is a truly special experience.For further information, please check the asoview official site.Paragliding Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureSand patterns created by the wind can be seen early in the morning, when the visitors are yet to arrive.When to Visit the Sand DunesThe scenery changes at the sand dunes every season, and also during the day. The following are the best times for a visit.Summer: The Isaribi Fires Glowing above the Sea Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe sand dunes completely change in winter. The stark white landscape can be seen from late December to February.Recommended ActivitiesVisitors can try the following activities at the sand dunes.Camel Rides Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureAlthough camel rides are rare in Japan, visitors can go on a leisurely stroll on a camel among the sand dunes.Rakudaya, a souvenir shop, handles the rides. The fare is 1300 yen (including tax) for one person, and 2500 yen (including tax) for people riding in tandem with their children. A photograph with a camel only costs 100 yen.RakudayaAddress: Tottori, Tottori, Fukube-cho, Yuyama 2164-449Official Site: Rakudaya (Japanese)Fat Bike Riding on the Mirror Beach When they hear about Tottori prefecture, almost every Japanese person imagines the Tottori Sand Dunes (Sakyu). It is the largest sand dune area in Japan, and a very popular sightseeing spot.The sand dunes may look like a desert. But the area’s appearance changes from season to season, being covered in a blanket of snow in winter, and by a field of scallion flowers blooming in autumn.It is a place worthy of a long visit, not just a spot to stop by for a quick look.This article will show how to fully enjoy the Tottori Sand Dunes, which offer picturesque spots, scenery which changes with the seasons, and various activities.Contents:1. Picturesque Spots among Tottori’s Sand Dunes2. When to Visit3. Recommended Activities4. Souvenirs5. Places to VisitPicturesque Spots among Tottori’s Sand DunesThe Tottori Sand Dunes spread on 16 kilometers from east to west, and 2.4 kilometers from north to south. The following are some of the picturesque spots in the area.Umanose: A View of the Japan Sea After enjoying the great views and activities, don’t forget to buy souvenirs.There are various souvenir shops such as the Sakyu Kaikan, Tottori Sand Museum Shop and Sakyu Center, which handles unique novelty items related to the sand dunes.The item in the photograph is the sand chocolate, which can be purchased at the Tottori Sand Museum Shop. It has a crunchy texture with a sesame flavor, and kinako (*2), which looks like sand, is sprinkled on top.The other popular items are gelato made using Japanese pears, a special product of Tottori prefecture, and various products processed from scallions.*2 Kinako: soybean flour.Places to VisitTottori Sand Museum, the only museum in the world with exhibitions of sand sculptures, and Tottori Sakyu Kodomonokuni, which offers various attractions for children, are also located nearby.There are so many appealing things to see and do at the Tottori Sand Dunes, so much that it is difficult to enjoy them all in a day. Read this article, and make your plan to make the most out of your visit.To learn about the access to the sand dunes, please check the information below. Tottori Sand Dunes View InformationFor more information please check the official website of Tottori Prefecture: also check out our articles in the Tottori section.You May Also LikeHistorical Sculptures Made Of Sand?! The Tottori Sand MuseumTottori Travel Guide: From Sand Dunes To Local Cuisine And More!The Charms Of Eastern Tottori – Beautiful Places, Cuisine, Access And More!Central Tottori Sightseeing Guide – Historical Sites, Local Food And More!The Highlights Of Western Tottori: Museums, Temples, And Travel Tips!Sponsored by Tottori Prefecture Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe isaribi (*1) of the squid ships can be seen in the evenings, from July to October. The fantastic scene is worth a view.*1 Isaribi: a fisherman’s fire that lures the fish at night.Autumn: The Carpet of Purple Scallion Flowers Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe hill at the center of the sand dunes is called Umanose, as it resembles a horseback. From Umanose, which is 47 meters above sea level, visitors can enjoy the view of the Japan Sea and the surrounding mountains.An Oasis Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureVisitors can enjoy a different view of the sand dunes altogether from a paraglider. Instructors will assist the flight, so even beginners and children can also have fun.Some visitors get into paragliding after the experience at the sand dunes, so you might get hooked, too. For further information, check the asoview official site.Sandboarding and YogaThere’s also sandboarding, which uses an equipment resembling a snowboard, and yoga events at the sand dunes too.Activity Reservations: San’in Official Tourism GuideSouvenirslast_img read more

Haneda Airport Guide Useful Facilities And Hotels Near The Airport

first_imgHaneda Airport – The Only Airport within TokyoThe Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport is the biggest airport in Japan. The international terminal of this airport opened in 2010 and quickly brought Haneda up in the ranks to become the fourth busiest airport in the world. In this article we will take a closer look at the facilities in and around Haneda.Read also:How To Sleep In Haneda’s International Passenger TerminalBasic Information about Haneda AirportAbout 66.7 million people use Haneda Airport every year. Unlike Narita International Airport, located in Chiba prefecture, Haneda is located within Tokyo itself, which is more convenient for travelers. It is really easy to travel to the center of Tokyo; it is accessible via the JR and Keikyu railways, as well as by limousine bus. The terminals at this airport are also open 24 hours a day and have been given the affectionate nickname ‘Big Bird’ by locals. There are many shops and restaurants here, a planetarium cafe and even a free art museum inside – people who aren’t even traveling come to Haneda to make use of these amazing facilities!As there are this many facilities, Haneda is quite a large airport and it can be easy to get lost within it if you are not careful. We highly recommend picking up a map of the airport before you start looking around inside so that you don’t get lost or lose track of time looking for the place you wanted to visit.Best Routes from Haneda AirportAs we mentioned above, it is really easy to travel to the downtown areas of Tokyo from Haneda airport. There are many options to choose from: a limousine bus that runs every 20 minutes or trains that depart every few minutes. This time, we will focus on how to travel from Haneda to the Shinjuku area.Limousine BusWhere to get on: Platform 5 on the first floor for Terminal 1 and 2; Platform 3 on the first floor for the International terminalWhere to get off: Shinjuku Station West Gate Number 23Travel time: About 35 to 60 minutesPrice: Adult 1230 yen, Children 620 yen (Midnight to 4:59-Adult 2000 yen, Children 1000 yen)By Keikyu Airport Line (Towards Keikyu Kamata) and JR Yamanote Line (Towards Shibuya/Shinjuku)Where to get on: Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal StationWhere to change trains: Shinagawa StationWhere to get off: JR Shinjuku StationTravel time: About 33 minutesFare: 601 yenTokyo Monorail (Towards Hamamatsucho) and JR Yamanote Line (Towards Shinagawa/Shibuya)Where to get on: Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station, Terminal 2 Station and International Terminal StationWhere to change trains: Hamamatsucho StationWhere to get off: JR Shinjuku StationTravel time: About 50 minutesFare: 684 yen (Monorail 490 yen, JR 194 yen)Read also:Getting to Shinjuku From Shibuya, Ueno, Tokyo, Asakusa and AirportsGetting to Harajuku from Shinjuku,Tokyo,Asakusa and AirportsHow To Reach Asakusa From Major Stations In TokyoRecommended Hotels Near Haneda AirportNot only is it easy to reach the center of Tokyo from Haneda, but there are plenty of hotels in the area to choose from that provide free shuttle bus service. However, if you want to have the absolute easiest commute, we recommend staying at one of the hotels adjoining Haneda Airport. If you stay within the airport, you don’t have to be bothered with traveling about with your luggage, nor do you need to worry about your departure or arrival time, or travel time at all.Haneda Excel Hotel TokyuPrice: 7668 up to 45,276 yenFeatures: connected to the terminal building; great views of planes and Tokyo Bay.Place: located in front of the departure lobby (2nd floor) of Terminal 2Royal Park Hotel THE HanedaPrice: 7700 up to 41,500 yenFeatures: opened in 2014; directly connected to International terminal building.Place: connected to the departure lobby (3rd floor) of the International terminal.FIRST CABIN Haneda terminal 1Price: reasonable, short stays possibleFeatures: Luxury Capsule hotelLocation: first floor of Terminal 1About WiFi Available in Haneda AirportIt is almost a necessity to have free wireless internet access during your travels, and Haneda Airport offers its own easy to connect to service “HANEDA-FREE-WIFI”. After arriving at the airport, open the Wi-Fi setting on your phone and look for the wireless signal “HANEDA-FREE-WIFI”. You will need to register for its service via the “NTT BP” screen, where you will need to accept their terms, input your name and email address, and check the security level. Then you are ready to go!Haneda Airport offers both convenience and entertainment. Why not take advantage of their numerous facilities during your next trip?Recommended articles:How To Sleep In Haneda’s International Passenger TerminalGet Your Good-Luck Sand At Anamori Inari Shrine, Hanedalast_img read more

Takamatsu Travel Guide Access OneDay Trips Souvenirs And More

first_imgHere, we will feature the main means of transportation in Takamatsu.You can get to the main tourist spots of Takamatsu city (Sunport Takamatsu, Takamatsu Castle remains, Kitahama Alley) by walking from Takamatsu Station. The Ritsurin Garden can be accessed by getting off at the Ritsurin Garden stop on the Shopping Rainbow Loop bus.TrainTwo train companies, JR Shikoku and the Takamatsu Kotohira Electric Railroad, operate in Takamatsu.There are four major JR lines: the Kotoku line that goes to Shido, Sanbonmatsu and Tokushima; the Yosan line and Dosan line that connects Takamatsu, Sakaide, Kanondera, Matsuyama and Kochi; and the Seto Ohashi line that is bound for Okayama and Tokyo.The Kotoden, (short for Takamatsu Kotohira Electric Railroad company), has three lines in Kagawa prefecture. There is the Kotohira line that heads to Kotohira on the western side of the prefecture, the Nagao line bound for Hiragi and Nagao in the south, and the Shido line that runs along the Seto Inland Sea on the southern side.BusWhen touring around Takamatsu, a convenient bus to take is the Shopping Rainbow Loop bus, operated by the Kotoden group. It leaves from Takamatsu Station and stops by the city’s major tourist and shopping spots including Takamatsu Harbor, Ritsurin garden, Yumetown Takamatsu-mae, and Kawaramachi. There are the east and west routes to select from.Takamatsu’s Tourist Information CenterOn the first floor of Takamatsu Station, there is a tourist information center with staff members who can speak English, Chinese or Korean. If you have any questions or would like recommendations for touring around Takamatsu, it is a great place to stop by before exploring.Address: Kagawa, Takamatsu, Hamanocho 1-20 (JR Takamatsu Station first floor concourse)Hours: 09:00-20:00 (open all year)Website: Kagawa Official Tourism WebsiteRecommended Tourist Spots in Takamatsu Naoshima island is also known as the ”Art Island”. Found within the Seto Inland Sea, it is a small island that extends for a length of only about eight kilometers.There are many art-related centers and facilities based in Naoshima, including the Chichu Museum, Benesse House Museum, and the Naoshima Public Bath, I ♥ Yu. When you arrive at the Naoshima harbor by ferry you will even be greeted by ‘red Pumpkin’, a sculpture designed by the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama.For those who wish to take their time visiting the art facilities of the island or going around looking at all the island’s sculptures, it is a good idea to stay overnight on the island. This island is filled with many great works of art and may take over a day if you wish to see them all.You can reach Naoshima Island by ferry from Takamatsu port in 50 minutes. For adults it will cost 520 yen, and 260 yen for children, with six to nine departures taking place every day. On the island itself, you can get around easily by bike rental, bus, or on foot.Teshima Island Famous for its delicious udon noodles, Kagawa prefecture has the largest number of udon consumers in Japan! Plenty of shops provide delicious udon throughout the prefecture.The udon in Kagawa is called Sanuki udon, which is known for the firm and chewy texture of the noodles. Sanuki udon comes in many varieties, such as a simple style with cooked noodles in broth, or with curry, and much more.When visiting Takamatsu, the Sanuki udon is a must try. Around Takamatsu Station, you can find many popular udon shops such as Ajisho and Meriken-ya.You can find out more details about Kagawa’s through: 17 Activities To Enjoy In Takamatsu And Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture and Udon Noodles: A Guide To Varieties, Prices And Recommended Shops.Day Trips to Islands from Takamatsu (Shodoshima, Naoshima, Teshima Islands)Within the Seto Inland Sea, there are many wonderful remote islands you can go by ferry from Takamatsu. From Takamatsu port, you can take a one-hour ferry ride out to Shodoshima island and Naoshima island, so they make great day trip destinations.Let us introduce you to the highlights of the largest remote island of Kagawa, Shodoshima island, and Naoshima island, also known as the “island of art”.Shodoshima Island In Takamatsu city, you can find tourist spots such as the grand Japanese garden, Ritsurin Garden, the retro looking harbor warehouse that is now a trendy shopping spot, Kitahama Alley, or Sunport Takamatsu that overlooks the Seto Inland Sea, all of which are very popular places to stop by.For more details about sightseeing in Takamatsu, take a look at: 17 Activities To Enjoy In Takamatsu And Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture.Takamatsu and Sanuki Udon Noodles (A Must-Try Before Going Home!) Area Overview: What Kind of Place Is Takamatsu?Takamatsu is a central city in Kagawa prefecture, located in the Shikoku area. Within the city, there are many famous tourist destinations such as Ritsurin Garden, a Japanese garden, and historical spots such as Takamatsu Castle. Around Takamatsu Station, you can find several udon noodle shops, as udon is Kagawa’s specialty.A five minute walk away from Takamatsu Station is the Takamatsu Pier. You can hop on a boat and go on a day trip out to Shodoshima Island or Naoshima island that are known to have amazing wildlife. This article will let you know how to get to Takamatsu from major cities, highlights of Takamatsu and of the islands, and some great souvenirs you can buy in Takamatsu too.Table of Contents:1. How to Get to Takamatsu (From Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe)2. Transportation in Takamatsu and Tourist Information Centers3. Recommended Tourist Spots in Takamatsu4. Takamatsu and Sanuki Udon Noodles (A Must-Try Before Going Home!)5. Day Trips to Islands from Takamatsu (Shodoshima, Naoshima, Teshima Islands)6. Souvenirs and Shopping Spots in Takamatsu7. Weather, Clothing, and Other Travel Tips for TakamatsuHow to Get to TakamatsuFrom Tokyo, you can take the bullet train or fly to Takamatsu. From Kyoto and Osaka, it is convenient to take the bullet train or express bus. From Kobe, you can go to Takamatsu Port by ferry.For more detailed information about getting to Takamatsu, please take a look at: Accessing Kagawa From Major Cities And Takamatsu From The Airport.Transportation in Takamatsucenter_img Shodoshima island is the largest island in Kagawa. It is an island known for its scenic sites such as the Angel Road that appears when the tide sets out, or the Kankakei, that has been designated as one of Japan’s top spots for natural scenic beauty.Shodoshima island can be accessed by ferry from Takamatsu port. It costs adults 690 yen and children 350 yen. It takes approximately an hour to reach and there are about 15 boats per day going to the island.More information on Shodoshima Island can be found in the following article: 17 Activities To Enjoy In Takamatsu And Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture.Naoshima Island Teshima island is a tiny island located four kilometers west of Shodoshima island. It has a population of about 1,000 people and many tourists also visit this island in search of art. Within the island, there are unique facilities such as the Teshima museum which is made with solid concrete and no pillars. There is also the ”Heart Beat Archive” facility where you can listen to the sound of a beating heart inside the dark facility.Teshima island can be reached by ferry from Naoshima island in approximately 30 minutes. It costs 620 yen for adults, and 310 yen for children. There is also a charter ferry going to Teshima from Takamatsu port as well.You can tour the island by renting a bike, a car or by walking.Souvenirs from Takamatsu Aside from the Sanuki udon noodles, Kagawa’s specialty foods are soy sauce, olive oil, and Wasanbon sugar. These can be found at Shikoku Shop 88, which has locations at Takamatsu Airport, Takamatsu Station, and Takamatsu port.You can find more details about souvenirs from the following article: Delicious Souvenirs From Takamatsu: Sanuki Udon, Olive Oil, Sugar And More.Shopping Spots in TakamatsuIn shops such as the Kagawa Bussanten Ritsurinan or Shikoku Shop 88 in Takamatsu city, you can find specialty items from Kagawa such as Sanuki udon, soy sauce, and traditional crafts. It is a great place to stop by for local souvenirs and gifts.There is also the Marukame-cho Shopping district which is found about a five-minute walk from Takamatsu Station. With nearly 1,000 shops lining the streets, this is the longest shopping street in Japan! From the latest trends to traditional Japanese confectionery, you can find many locals shopping in these stores. Why not indulge in the atmosphere of Takamatsu and take a stroll around?For more details, please see: Delicious Souvenirs From Takamatsu: Sanuki Udon, Olive Oil, Sugar And More.Weather, Attire, and Tips in TakamatsuTakamatsu city, Shodoshima island, Naoshima island, and Teshima island all are part of the inland climate. Therefore, they are warm throughout the year, but can get extremely hot during the summer. For those visiting in the summer, bringing sunscreen is advised, as well as preparing yourself for the heat.In the winter, it can also get very cold here, so bringing extra clothing and dressing in layers is a very good idea.Useful Information For Your TripWhere can you exchange foreign currency? Head to a bank or a 7-Eleven ATM.Need Japanese Yen? Four Ways to Get Cash in JapanWhen you’re out of pocket money, look for any ATM with a Plus insignia to use cashing services with no hassle.Where You can Find ATM Available with International Brand CreditHere are some useful Japanese phrases you can use when you’re staying at a hotel.10 Japanese Phrases You Can Use At A HotelTo use the convenient free wi-fi services in Japan, download this app beforehand.Where To Find Free Wi-Fi In Japan – Japan Connected-Free Wi-FiHow much can you expect to spend on food while traveling in Japan? Figure out your budget before you set out on your journey.Average Food Expenses For A Day 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.last_img read more

Beppu Onsen Guide Access Top Hot Springs Food And More

first_imgBeppu Onsen – Oita’s Hot Spring Paradise Takegawara Onsen at night. Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaIn the morning, it would be great to take your time visiting the general stores in Beppu. Those who want to spend some leisure time should visit Aquarium Umitamago or Kijima Kogen Park.For lunch, treat yourself to an Oita specialty at the very restaurant that invented toriten, Toyoken. Don’t forget to also stop by Takegawara Onsen near Beppu Station!Enjoy Your Visit to Beppu Onsen!Beppu is an area where you can naturally enjoy hot springs along with local cafes, scenic views, shopping, and fun activities. Enjoy your Beppu travels to the fullest while savoring the exceptional local cuisine! Rugby World Cup 2019 Kyushu Guide – Stadiums, Things To Do, And Food Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaWhen visiting Beppu, the sand baths are something you should try at least once!Sand baths are a type of bath that involves getting one’s body covered with sand warmed by the heat of the hot springs. Both your blood flow and metabolism will improve because your entire body warms up. In just fifteen minutes submerged in the sand, you’ll start sweating. Sand baths can be found at Beppu Kaihin Sunayu. Beppu Kaihin sand bath View Information4. Myoban Yunosato (Myoban Onsen) SELECT BEPPU, located in a renovated Japanese home. Picture courtesy of SELECT BEPPUIn Beppu, there are many general stores with a unique atmosphere. Visiting each store is one way to fully enjoy the area.SPICA, a boutique located about ten minutes away on foot from Beppu Station. You can find here a special selection of various items—including bags, daily necessities, and more—from Oita and Kyushu.Although slightly further from the city center, poche is a store with a tasteful selection of accessories, small items, and other general goods. Chinoike Jigoku (“Blood Pond Hell”). The iron oxide found in thermal mud turns red once it comes in contact with oxygen. Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaThe Hells of Beppu is a tour around eight “hells” found in Beppu’s representative sightseeing area. These ponds are dyed in either deep red hues or cobalt blues as if they were something out of this world.The term “Hells of Beppu” refers to hot spring spouts that gush out 100 degrees Celsius fumarolic gas and thermal mud. Steam with this extremely high temperature gushes out with the water, which changes to various colors due to the components in the springs. Their frightful sight resulted in these hot springs being called “hells.” Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaIn Oita, a prefecture near the sea, visitors can enjoy many kinds of fresh fish. The area is famous for its filling sekisaba (a variety of chub mackerel), fatty sekiaji (horse mackerel), meaty and flavorful shiroshita karei (a type of flounder), and chewy kuruma ebi (prawns). Please give them a try at an izakaya (Japanese pub).A Recommended Two-Day Travel Itinerary in Beppu OnsenLastly, we’ll introduce a two-day travel plan that includes the places we’ve introduced in this article.Day One When it comes to reimen (cold noodles) in Japan, the Morioka reimen in Tohoku’s Iwate Prefecture are the most famous. However, Beppu has its own unique version of cold noodles. The dish is said to have been popularized when immigrants from the Korean peninsula brought their home country’s cold noodles to Beppu following the end of World War II.The flavors of the dish have been adjusted to suit the Japanese palate. A reimen dish is typically made with a Japanese-style soup flavored with dashi stock and topped with beef char siu. It might also be fun to taste and compare variations of the dish as they will vary in flavor and style depending on the shop.3. Oita Bungo Beef Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaBeppu Onsen is the name of an area with a large concentration of hot springs in Beppu, Oita Prefecture. It is truly a representative hot spring area, boasting the greatest number of hot spring sources in the world and the highest yield of hot spring water in Japan.You’ll find steam rising into the air everywhere in Beppu. Within the city, you’ll be able to enjoy typical hot spring facilities along with unusual hot springs like sand or mud baths. The area itself has a long history that has been described in texts dating from the beginning of the eighth century and is ranked as one of Japan’s three major hot spring areas.Access to Beppu OnsenFrom Hakata, Fukuoka Main image courtesy of Tourism OitaOriginal Author: MirukurinThis article is a rewritten version of an article originally published on May 18, 2017. Picture from Close To Fukuoka And Oita! Getting To Hita City, Kyushu’s Travel HubThe highway bus and bus network in Kyushu is highly developed and you may find it easier to get from a place to another by bus than by train.SUNQ Pass is a convenient multiple day unlimited ride bus ticket usable on both highway and local buses within Kyushu.The SUNQ Pass is available in four variants: Northern Kyushu (3 days; 9,000 yen), Southern Kyushu (3 days; 8,000 yen), All of Kyushu (3 days; 11,000 yen), All of Kyushu (4 days; 14,000 yen).It can be purchased at all the major airports and bus terminals in Kyushu.SUNQ Pass Details: Start Here! The Hells of Beppu Tour Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaTakegawara Onsen holds a symbolic status in Beppu Onsen. It was first established in 1879 and was reconstructed to its present structure in 1938. Its dignified wooden architecture will take you back in time. At this facility, not only can you experience a typical hot spring, but you can also try sand baths (mentioned below) as well.Takegawara Onsen is a communal bath, so anyone can bathe here. Entry fees cost a mere 100 yen (sand baths: 1,030 yen) and the hot spring is a ten-minute walk from JR Beppu Station. Its accessibility is also one of its appeals. Takegawara Onsen View Informationspa2. Suginoi Hotel (Kankaiji Onsen) Umijigoku (“Sea Hell”). Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaThe hells are found in the Kannawa area. Five different hells, including the Umijigoku (“Sea Hell”), which is dyed in blue, and Oniishi Bozu Jigoku (“Monk’s Hell”), a spring that gushes thermal mud with bubbling noises, are found in Kannawa. About five to ten minutes away by car, you’ll also find Chinoike Jigoku (“Blood Pond Hell”) and Tatsumaki Jigoku (“Geyser Hell”), which shoots thermal mud at 150 degrees Celsius into the air.There are a total of eight hells and a joint admission ticket will cost 2,000 yen. Depending on the area, there will also be footbath facilities that can be used for free.Hell Tour buses are available if you want to efficiently travel around the hells. The buses depart every day from Beppu Station at 9:20 and 14:00 for a total ride time of approximately three hours. It will cost 3,650 yen (includes an admission ticket for seven hells). You must make your reservation beforehand through their reservation website. Beppu “Jigoku Meguri” Hells Tour View InformationJigokumushi (“Hell Steamed”) Cuisine Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaIf you have extra time, then Kijima Kogen Park is somewhere you’ll want to visit. The park is most famous for its wooden roller coaster! This scream-machine was built using 60,000 trees and is something you’ll definitely want to ride at least once. Kijima Kogen Park View Informationamusement_parkrestaurantAquarium Umitamago Ferry SunflowerIf you’re coming from Osaka, you can travel to Beppu by plane, by shinkansen (bullet train), express bus, or by ferry. Direct flights are available from Itami Airport (Osaka International Airport) to Oita Airport (about one hour; fares will fluctuate according to the season and airline).Taking the shinkansen will require a transfer. Take the Nozomi or Sakura Shinkansen from JR Shin-Osaka Station, then exit at Kokura Station. From there, take the Limited Express Sonic to Beppu Station (approx. four hours costing about 17,000 yen).If you have extra time, we would recommend taking the ferry. On the Ferry Sunflower, you will depart from Osaka at night and arrive in Beppu the next morning. Fares will fluctuate depending on the season and start at around 11,200 yen for a one-way ticket. Discount plans are also available. They consist of two nights aboard the cruise and do not require lodging in Beppu. This plan can be purchased at an affordable price of 10,000 yen for a roundtrip ticket.Oita Airport: Sunflower (Reservations): in KyushuBy TrainIf you’ll be traveling around Kyushu to other prefectures such as Kumamoto, Nagasaki, and Kagoshima, then the JR Kyushu Rail Pass is available at a great value. The pass is split into three different areas: All, Northern, and Southern Kyushu. Beppu is included in the All and Northern Kyushu areas.JR Kyushu Rail Pass: you plan to visit various hot spring areas in Beppu and thoroughly travel around the Oita and Kyushu area, then it would be useful to rent a car.By Bus Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaJigokumushi (literally “hell steamed”) is a cooking style specific to the area around the Hells of Beppu. This cuisine is made with ingredients that are steamed all at once with the high temperature steam harnessed from the hot springs.The broth’s excess oil and surface scum is simply removed by the steam’s 100 degrees temperature, which simultaneously deepens the flavor. This cuisine can be eaten at the Hell Steaming Workshop Kannawa, a popular center that also allows you to bring your own ingredients, and Chinetsu Kanko Labo Enma, where you can enjoy a footbath while eating jigokumushi.Jigokumushi Puddingcenter_img Read also Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaUmitamago (Oita Marine Palace Aquarium) is an aquarium where visitors can marvel at marine life and even interact with some of the creatures.This aquarium can be enjoyed by all ages. Inside, you’ll find the Touch Area where you can directly interact with starfishes and sea cucumbers. There is also an art corner with illuminated water tanks that magically light up living organisms. Umitamago View Informationaquarium4 Local Dishes to Try in Beppu1. Toriten (Oita-Style Fried Chicken) Suginoi Hotel’s open-air bath. You can see the morning sun as pictured above simply by staying at the hotel. Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaSuginoi Hotel is where you can soak in a hot spring while gazing at a marvelous view. The Tanayu, an open-air bath, is a hot spring with a superb, panoramic view of Beppu Bay.The Aqua Garden, located inside the hotel, has all kinds of hot spring amusement facilities. These include a fountain show and the Float Healing Bath, where you can float in a hot spring that contains a high concentration of salt. These facilities can be enjoyed by families and couples. Suginoi Hotel View Informationlodgingspa3. Sand Baths (Kamegawa Onsen) Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaToriten is similar to karaage (fried chicken) yet different in that it the outer layer of the chicken meat is made of flour and not starch.The dish is eaten by squeezing kabosu (a type of citrus fruit)—a local Oita specialty—onto chicken tempura and flavoring it with either soy or ponzu sauce. Despite being a fried dish, it’s easy on the stomach and locals would agree that it’s immensely loved.2. Reimen (Chilled Noodles) Enjoy The Otherworldly Sights Of Beppu Onsen’s “Hell Tour” Beppu Ropeway – Enjoy a Beautiful View of Beppu from the Mountains! Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaBeef raised in the nature-abundant Oita is tender and has a melt-in-your-mouth flavor. Among the local beef is a brand called Oita Bungo Beef that can only be certified under this name after it has cleared especially strict conditions.Oita Bungo Beef can be eaten grilled at Ichiriki or as steak at Somuri.4. Fresh Seafood Limited Express Yufuin no Mori. Picture courtesy of JR Kyushu Railway Company. Picture from Yufuin Travel Guide – Best Destinations, Hot Springs, Art, And FoodIt’s very easy to travel to Beppu from Fukuoka as it neighbors Oita to the west. Direct express buses depart from Fukuoka Airport (approx. two hours and fifteen minutes for 3,190 yen). Two Limited Express Sonic trains also depart every hour from Hakata Station in central Fukuoka (approx. two hours of travel time for 5,570 yen).It’s also possible to comfortably access Beppu by riding the Limited Express Yufuin no Mori, a sightseeing train.From Osaka Myoban Yunosato’s large outdoor stone-lined bath. Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaMyoban Onsen is an area that has manufactured alum since the Edo period. Mineral deposits, which are natural bath salts, are made through the alum manufacturing process. Myoban Yunosato is a manufacturing facility and direct-sales store of these mineral bath salts. You can also tour the thatched manufacturing huts that make the bath salts as well as actually enter the hot springs here.There is also a restaurant where you can taste the local Oita cuisine and a shop where you can purchase original cosmetics that contain mineral bath salts. Enjoy your time here at leisure. Myoban Yunosato Hot Spring View Information5. Mud Baths (Myoban Onsen) Oita Travel – 15 Must-Visit Destinations, Local Food, And Access Tips Steam billowing out into the air downtown in the Kannawa area. Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaIn the morning, let’s head to the famous spots along the Hells of Beppu Tour! Lunch should naturally be the local specialty jigokumushi. It would also be a great idea to rest at Yohachiro Café & Sweets, a café in the Kannawa area, while savoring a cake.In the afternoon, experience the sand baths at Beppu Kaihin Sunayu and the mud baths at Beppu Onsen Hoyo Land. It would be amazing if you’re able to stay at Suginoi Hotel, the hot spring hotel boasting a superb view.Day Two Picture courtesy of SELECT BEPPUIn recent years, Beppu has also become known for its vibrant art scene. At SELECT BEPPU, you will find original products made in collaboration with Beppu artists and artisans being sold. The facility itself is a renovated Japanese home with a shop situated on the first floor. On the second floor, you can admire paintings drawn on sliding screens, which were originally displayed at a Beppu art festival.Amusement Facilities in Beppu OnsenKijima Kogen Park Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaJigokumushi (Hell-Steamed) Pudding is a dessert you’ll want to eat with your jigokumushi. Similar to the style of jigokumushi, this pudding is made with the steam from the hot springs. It can be eaten at Okamotoya in the Myoban Onsen area.Five Recommended Hot Springs in BeppuOnce you have visited the “hells,” how about relaxing in Beppu’s amazing hot springs? Here are five recommended facilities.1. Takegawara Onsen (Beppu Onsen) Picture courtesy of Tourism OitaBeppu Onsen Hoyo Land is a facility where you can enter mud baths, a type of bath that is rare even in Japan. The mud was first created when the right amount of fumarolic gas from the hot springs, corrosive layers of clay, and underground water containing minerals were combined together. The mud is said to be effective for various ailments including rheumatism and skin diseases.The facility has several indoor hot springs as well as a mixed open-air bath. There are separation barriers in the mixed bath and you can soak comfortably as the hot water will be cloudy with mud. If you still feel reluctant, however, then feel free to use the indoor mud baths instead. Hoyo Land ryokan & onsen View InformationlodgingRecommended Stores in Beppu Onsenlast_img read more

Where Can You Play With Handheld Fireworks In Tokyo

first_img Hisho HanabiNezumi hanabi and Hisho hanabi are circle shaped fireworks created by making circles from explosive strings. Please place them on the ground when you want to set them off. The nezumi hanabi rolls around giving off a circle shaped fire as it makes a “shu shu” sound, while the hisho hanabi flies up and makes a small circle.If You Want to Buy Fireworks, Go to Don Quijote Handheld fireworks can be found at convenience stores and home centers. But we recommend you buy them at Don Quijote, which sells many kinds of fireworks. Fireworks are sold from the beginning of May to the end of August. But please be careful when you go to make your purchase as the sales period for fireworks varies from shop to shop.What You Should Prepare for the FireworksThere are a few things you should prepare before setting off handheld fireworks.1. A bucket with water in itOnce fireworks have been set off, put the spent materials into the bucket to douse any remaining flames.2. Garbage bagsAfter you have had your fun, make sure to take any garbage or recycling you may have home with you in your garbage bag.3. LighterNot everyone carries these nowadays, but you will need them in order to set off your fireworks. Matches are even harder to find in a hurry. Please be careful when using the lighter.Places Where You Can Play With Handheld Fireworks in TokyoDid you know that in some wards of Tokyo handheld fireworks are banned? Yes – in the Chuo and Minato ward people are prohibited from using or setting off their own fireworks. Before buying any, you should definitely check whether or not you can set off fireworks in your area. You don’t want to get in trouble with your neighbors or the police.1. Komazawa Olympic Park Central PlazaIn Komazawa Olympic Park, you are allowed  to let off handheld fireworks only in the central plaza. You may only have a small group of people for your fireworks and you cannot set off any rocket-type fireworks.2. Arakawa RiverbedThe only rule you should follow here is to finish up your fireworks by 10 p.m. If you don’t break this rule, you are allowed to enjoy them as much as you can.3. Nakano Heiwanomori ParkNakano Heiwanomori Park has a huge grass field located right by the south exit of Numabukuro Station, which is 15 minutes away from Shinjuku Station. Rules in Nakano Heiwanomori Park are simply that you must “Enjoy your fireworks quietly and clean up well after you play”.Rules to Enjoy Fireworks at their BestPlaying with fireworks can be very dangerous if you are not prepared and not using common sense. In addition, you could cause trouble for others by playing with them. Here are some basic manners and things to remember when enjoying handhelf fireworks.- Prepare a bucket with water in it- Take all the garbage back with you- Do not set off rockets fireworks- Do not make loud noises- Do not play late at night (10 PM is considered late)- Do not use fireworks in dangerous ways- Do not set off fireworks near flammable thingsPlease respect these rules above and enjoy playing with handheld fireworks.Love fireworks?Summer Flowers Reflected In Water! Seaside Fireworks FestivalsJapan’s Top 5 Outrageous Fireworks Festivals!Enjoy The Collaboration Of Nature And Lights! 5 Fireworks Festivals In KantōFireworks Festivals Near Tokyo – Enjoy Summer To The Fullest! When you set off Susuki fireworks, they make a “shuu” sound and the fire will come out of it like ears of Susuki grass or pampas grass. A wide variety of colors are available for this powerful and gorgeous firework.Japanese traditional: Senko Hanabi Funshutsu hanabi explode up to five meters high. When you open a box, you will find a fuse to light; once you have lit it, get away from the fireworks quickly before they go off.Rolling around: Nezumi Hanabi and Hisho Hanabi Although it is a really small firework, the sparks which come out in all directions after setting off senko hanabi are enjoyable because they change shape. The most common way to play with it is to compete and see who’s senko hanabi will last the longest.Powerful: Funshutsu Hanabi Summer in Japan means fireworks.Although fireworks festivals are held all over Japan, you might not be able to make it as the date of festivals may not match your schedule. If so, why don’t you try handheld fireworks? In other countries, handheld fireworks may only be found in stores only at specific times of year or you may not even be allowed to purchase fireworks at all. But in Japan, you can buy them without any age regulations and they are pretty cheap. We would like to summarize types of handheld fireworks and places where you can set them off in Tokyo.A Wide Variety of Handheld FireworksStandard: Susuki Hanabi Nezumi Hanabilast_img read more

Tower of the Sun A Symbol of Japanese Art in the Expo

first_imgToday we are visiting the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park (Banpakukinen kōen) in Osaka. Opened in 1970 by the Japan World Exposition Association, this public park was constructed using what was, at the time, high-technology.The Expo ’70 Commemorative Park is a place where you can enjoy open spaces full of flowers and various other plants, barbecue spaces, Japanese style gardens, sports facilities and even hot springs. Whether sightseeing at the park or stopping by to relax during your trip, while in Osaka, this is definitely a park not to be missed.Today, let’s take a look at the symbol of the Expo Park – The Tower of the Sun.Going To The Expo Commemorative Park Curving down the left side is the entrance to the Expo Park.The nearest station to the Expo ’70 Park is Banpakukinen Station on the Osaka Monorail line. Once you’ve passed through the ticket gates, head straight down along the walkway. You will soon see a large business space entitled “EXPO CITY” where if you turn to the left, you will find the entrance to the Expo Park.Because the park is quite spacious, it is a good idea to carefully check the map before entering the grounds, just to confirm the way to the site you are interested in seeing.The closest entrance to the park from the station is the central entrance. At the ticket machine, purchase your tickets and head inside. Adult tickets cost 250 yen and children’s tickets cost 70 yen.”The Tower of the Sun” – Right Before Your EyesAs you enter the park, the “Tower of the Sun” (Taiyō no tō) stands right before your eyes. It’s quite impressive – many people have reported being deeply moved by the sight of this statue.What is the Tower of the Sun?The “Tower of the Sun” was commissioned by the 1970 Japan World Exposition Association and created by the artist Tarō Okamoto. The statue has three faces: the top golden face, (10.6 m diameter, eye diameter of 2 m), represents the future; the center sun face (12 m diameter) represents the present, while the painted black sun (8 m diameter) on the reverse represents the past. In total, the tower is 70 meters tall, has a base diameter of 20 meters and the total length of the arms is 25 meters. By all means, if you get the chance please take a closer look at the detail work found on the Tower of the Sun. If you do so, you can get a better sense of the materials that were used and of the changing angles of the faces.Check out the Main Festival Plaza RoofNear the tower there is a large metal object. Built by the Japan World Exposition Association, this structure was once a central part of the main exposition space. Designed by the architect Kenzō Tange, the original structure was quite fragile, so in order to preserve the memory of this space, this roof section has been erected here. Don’t forget to check this out.Lots of Playground Equipment to Enjoy with your Family!The Expo’s Amazing Bicycle PlazaThroughout the Expo Park there are dozens of places to visit. The Expo Bicycle Plaza is a playground where you can ride unique bicycles that can’t be found anywhere else; there are about 100 bicycles in 40 different varieties here. It is indeed a place to be enjoyed by the whole family. Yatta Ne No KiThis is also a widely popular attraction among children. Close to the bicycle area is the “Yatta Ne No Ki”, a giant slide. Standing 12 meters tall with a total length of 30 meters, this giant slide is practically overrun with children on holidays and weekends.Boat Playground – Let’s Head To The Expo’s Future!This is a boat-themed playground decorated with the slogan “Let’s head to the Expo’s future!” Around the circumference of the playground there are many sea monsters.This is an octopus monster.And here’s a crab monster. Don’t be scared, just enjoy these monsters as they are all play equipment.The Dream Pond Paddle BoatsInside the park there is a pond with boats that can be freely enjoyed by all. With boats shaped like jets, swans, cups, tents, and whales, with this many shapes to choose from, you’re sure to find something you like.There is also a yacht called Ahōdori Nisei (ahōdori “albatross”, nisei “the second”). It is the smallest yacht to have ever circumnavigated the globe and is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.Once you’ve checked out the Tower of the Sun, how about taking a little time to relax and see all the other wondrous spots there are in the Expo ’70 Park?InformationExpo ’70 Commemorative Park (Banpakukinen kōen)Address: Osaka, Suita, Senribanpaku Park 1-1Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)Closed: -Wi-Fi: -Credit Cards:-Other Languages: SomeMenu in Other Languages: YesNearest Station: Osaka Monorail line Banpakukinen Park Station (万博記念公園駅)Access: 5 minute walk from Banpakukinen Park StationPrice: 250 yen adults, 70 yen childrenReligious Considerations: -Phone Number: 06-6877-7387Homepage: Expo ’70 Commemorative Parklast_img read more

Sushi in Asakusa Check Out These 13 Stops

first_imgSushi is hands-down the quintessential Japanese dish around the world. And, given the strong association of sushi with Japan, sushi eateries in hot tourist spots like Asakusa are now packed with international visitors in search of this popular dish.Here, we’ve divided some of the best sushi eateries in Asakusa into three categories: fine sushi at renowned establishments, easy-to-enjoy sushi at casual establishments, and unique selections.4 Renowned Sushi Eateries You Can’t MissYou’ve made your way to the land of authentic sushi, Japan. You can’t miss out on splurging at least once and visiting the more prominent establishments. Let us take a look at some of Asakusa’s most well-known sushi eateries to experience quality that merits the price.Shushi IsshinSushi Isshin doesn’t only boast some of the most high-quality ingredients; they’ve also put a great amount of finesse into rendering exceptional sushi rice. With a highly well-kept and clean interior, the restaurant has gained the approval of even the finest of ladies.InformationShushi IsshinAddress: 4-11-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Nigiri starting at ¥6,000/person (prices vary depending on the season)Business Hours: 18:00–22:00SakaezushiThough it’s a bit of a way’s walk from the station, this hasn’t stopped people from falling in love with and treading all the way out to enjoy the cuisine at Sakaezushi. Sushi is not the only dish that has won the hearts of its fans, but also other a-la-carte menu items like boiled clams (hamaguri) and steamed abalone (mushi-awabi) enjoy great acclaim.InformationSakaezushiAddress: 3-21-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: ¥10,000–15,000Business Hours: 18:00–23:00KibunzushiKibunzushi dates back to 1903 and is one of the oldest sushi eateries in Asakusa. Patrons are mesmerized by the sheer aesthetic of an establishment where you can really be made aware of its long history. Even the highest quality sushi is reasonably priced at \3,600, making it friendly on the pocket. Though Kibunzushi has held back on raising their prices, they have made sure that customers can enjoy highly refined sushi.InformationKibunzushiAddress: 1-17-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: ¥5,000–7,999Business Hours: Mon/Tues/Thu–Sat 12:00.–14:00; 17:00p.m–21:00Sun 12:00–19:30HisaichiWith a highly refined selection of ingredients, Hisaichi has managed to stand out among the many renowned sushi eateries in Asakusa to boast a booming popularity. Trained at the most famous sushi eatery in Japan (Kyubey), the head chef will personally make the sushi for you. We recommend the Chef’s Nigiri Set (¥10,500).InformationHisaichi/strongAddress: 3-18-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Evening ¥15,000–19,999 Lunch ¥6,000–7,999Business Hours: 11:30–14:00; 17:30–23:006 Casual Sushi Eateries for Delicious Sushi at an Affordable Price!Sushi originally was made as form of Japanese fast food. As such, there are tons of reasonably priced sushi eateries that offer delicious dishes. The following establishments are for those budget travelers or young travelers that just want to get their hands on some authentic sushi while they’re in Japan.Maguro-bitoMaguro-bito is a popular conveyor-belt sushi joint in Asakusa. If they’re lucky, patrons can enjoy a live tuna cutting performance depending on the day they visit. Enjoy some fresh and affordable sushi at Maguro-bito!InformationMaguro-bitoAddress: Shallow Grass building1-21-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Evening ¥3,000–3,999 Lunch ¥1,000–1,999Business Hours: 11:00–22:00SushizanmaiSushizanmai is a very famous chain of sushi eateries, popular among adults in Japan. The establishment is bright, welcoming and in an easily-accessible location. And to top it off, Sushizanmai is open 24 hours!InformationSushizanmaiAddress: 1-3-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: ¥2,000–4,000Business Hours: Open 24 hoursTorigoezushiTorigoezushi is a one-man-owed sushi eatery with a fine touch. At lunch, patrons can get their hands on authentic sushi for prices in the 1,000-yen range. However, quality is not the only special characteristic of the sushi here; the ingredients themselves are cut into huge portions, making for flavor and size that will leave you undoubtedly satisfied!InformationTorigoezushiAddress: 1-16-12 Kaminari-mon, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Lunch ¥1,000–1,999Business Hours: Mon–Fri 11:30–22:00Sat/Sun/Holidays 11:30–21:30SushikenSushiken proudly boasts good quality ingredients for prices starting at ¥100/piece. With such affordable prices, patrons can feel free to drop in whenever they get a craving for something to eat. Nigiri assortments start at ¥2,200.InformationSushikenAddress: 2-11-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Evening ¥5,000–5,999 Lunch ¥1,000–1,999Business Hours: Mon–Sat 12:00–14:00; 17:00–00:00Sun/Holidays 11:30–15:00; 17:00–22:00GansozushiGansozushi is a bit of an odd ball conveyer belt sushi eatery in Asakusa. They have all their fish delivered directly from Tsukiji market every day, allowing patrons to enjoy affordable and high quality dishes. Gansozushi is perfect for those looking for a casual place to enjoy some good sushi in Asakusa.InformationGansozushiAddress: 1-2-3 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: ¥1,000–2,000Business Hours: 11:00–21:30(Last Order 21:15)KamesushiLocals love Kamesushi, and those who know the place know it! Kamesushi has gained a trusted following for prices that are friendly on the average Joe’s pockets and flavor that leaves people happy.InformationKamesushiAddress: 1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo(Located in the underground alley)Pricing: Lunch starting at ¥1,000Business Hours: 11:00–18:303 out-of-the-Ordinary Sushi Eateries with a Unique SelectionThere is tons of sushi that you can only get in Japan. If you ever get bored of the same old, same old, then try out these rather eccentric sushi joints.MimatsuzushiThe must-eats at Minamatsuzushi are their famous boxed mackerel (¥1,900), conger eel (¥2,400), and spotted sardine sushi.The reason they call it “boxed mackerel”, or battera in Japanese, is because instead of holding the sushi with their hands to make it, sushi chefs pack the rice and ingredients into a rectangular container to form the nigiri. Though boxed mackerel sushi is quite common in Western Japan, it is quite a rarity to find places that are known for their boxed mackerel in Tokyo.Patrons at Mimatsuzushi can also take some boxed mackerel and conger eel sushi home with them as souvenirs. Note however, that you have to call in at least three days in advance to place an order for conger eel sushi.InformationMimatsuzushiAddress: 1-6-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Evening ¥6,000–7,999 Lunch ¥3,000–3,999Business Hours: Mon–Fri 17:00–22:00 (Last order 21:30)Sat/Sun/Holidays 12:00–15:00 (Last order 14:30); 17:00–21:00 (Last order 20:30)SushisayShushisay has been around for well over 120 years, enjoying a long history. We definitely recommend the sushi, but we also suggest you try the popular Negima Nabe, which is a small hot pot soup filled with leaks and tuna. Among the many alluring aspects of this authentic sushi eatery is the fact that you can indulge in not only sushi, but also many other exquisite dishes.InformationSushisayAddress: 1-9-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Evening ¥8,000–9,999 Lunch ¥4,000–4,999Business Hours: Tue–Fri 11:00–15:00 (Last order 14:30); 17:00–22:00 (Last order 21:30)Sat/Sun/Holidays 11:00–21:00 (Last order 20:30)468 (Yohroppa)The name of the establishment is a bit of a play on words, with yoh-ro-ppa being an acronym for the Japanese pronunciation of the numbers 4-6-8 and also the Japanese word for Europe. Yohroppa is a small sushi joint located in a back alley. It is a hole-in the-wall eatery that is popular for its bo-zushi (pressed-layered toppings on sushi rice). In particular, we recommend trying their mackerel and conger eel sushi at least once (each \3,850, half-orders also available).Information468 (Yohroppa)Address: 3-23-14 Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoPricing: Evening ¥6,000–7,999 Lunch ¥2,000-2,999Business Hours: 13:00–21:00(LO)The Famous Asakusa Sushiya-dori, What’s it All About?Asakusa Sushiya-dori (literally, sushi bar street) is the string of business establishments that runs between Kaminarimon-dori street and Rokkukougyou-gai avenue in Asakusa. Nearly 70% are food establishments, of which a great number are sushi eateries, consequently lending to the name Asakusa Sushiya-dori. In contrast to Nakamise-dori, which is the shopping district for souvenirs and novelties, Asakusa Sushiya-dori offers a different vibe and atmosphere for visitors to enjoy.Though the name Sushiya-dori has the word “sushi” in it, you can definitely find all kinds of restaurants and shops, not just sushi eateries.last_img read more

5 Ways To Enjoy Roppongi From Day To Night

first_img21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Roppongi – Enrich Your Daily Life Through Design Sumiyakiya: A Halal-Certified Grill In Roppongi Tokyo Midtown: Have Fun Shopping And Enjoy A Picnic In Roppongi Picture from Udon At TsuruTonTan: Three Must-Eat Udon Noodle Dishes In Japan!TsuruTonTan is a popular udon chain store in Japan. The second floor of its Roppongi location is an original shop called Kinshoro Rakuseian (Japanese). It provides private rooms for guests to easily enjoy their meals with close friends.In addition to udon, they also serve hotpot dishes such as shabu-shabu and sukiyaki. Reservations can be made through their official website (Japanese).TsuruTonTan RoppongiAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 3-14-12 Roppongi 3 Building GoogleMapAccess: 5-minute walk from Exit 3 at Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Oedo Line)Official Website: (Japanese)Make Special Memories in Roppongi Picture courtesy of Tokyo MidtownTokyo Midtown originally housed the the Japanese Defense Agency. Nowadays it is a complex facility constructed to utilize its vast urban space. The complex houses a shopping mall, offices, a lawn area, an art museum, and a hotel built side by side. This allows visitors to enjoy the complexas if they were walking through a whole district.This complex is not only home to fashion brands, but also several general goods stores such as itoya topdrawer (Japanese), a specialty stationery store, and Nakagawa Masashichi Shopping Street, an established store with 300 years of history. You can readily enjoy shopping for all kinds of items.Tokyo MidtownAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Akasaka 9-7-1 GoogleMapAccess: Directly accessible from Roppongi Station (Toei Oedo or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line), a 5-minute walk from Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line)Official Website: TsuruTonTan Picture courtesy of Roppongi HillsDid you know that there’s a spot in Roppongi Hills with a history that dates back to the Edo period? Mori Garden was created as a garden for the mansion of Hidemoto Mori. He was the grandson of Motonari Mori, a Sengoku daimyo (feudal lord), during the Edo period. This historical garden has been passed down to several prominent figures over the years. Nowadays, flora of every season growing around the century-old pond can be enjoyed by everyone.Mori GardenAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-10-1 inside Roppongi Hills GoogleMapAccess: Directly connected to the Exit 1C concourse (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) or 4-minute walk from Exit 3 (Toei Oedo Line) at Roppongi StationOfficial Website: Garden Roppongi Hills Shaved Ice Specialty Shop, “yelo”, in Roppongi Three Restaurants In Roppongi With Enchanting Night Views Of Tokyo Picture from Three Museums You Can Walk To From Roppongi StationThe Mori Art Museum is a museum located on the 52nd and 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills. A variety of special exhibitions centered around architecture and art are held here. The museum’s goal is being accessible to people of all ages and interests.A special exhibition called “Japan in Architecture” introducing the history of Japanese architecture was held until September 17th, 2018. Besides documents and displays on Japanese architecture, visitors could also enjoy a variety of installations.Mori Art MuseumAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52, 53F GoogleMapAccess: Directly connected to the Exit 1C concourse (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) or 4-minute walk from Exit 3 (Toei Oedo Line) at Roppongi StationOfficial Website: Fee: General 1,800 yen, students (high school, university) 1,200 yen, children (four years of age to junior high school) 600 yen, seniors (aged 65 and older) 1,500 yenSuntory Museum of Art Picture from Three Museums You Can Walk To From Roppongi StationThe National Art Center, Tokyo is directly accessible from Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. It is an art museum characterized by theentirely glass-fitted building stretching from the first floor all the way up to the third floor.The center houses the country’s largest exhibition space spanning 14,000 square meters. Both domestic and international themed exhibitions are held here. Current exhibitions include a craft exhibition of the Paris-based Musée d’Orsay (September 26 – December 17, 2018).Collections and disclosures of materials regarding domestic exhibitions are also be held at the center, making it a place where you can comprehensively learn about the art scene in Japan.The National Art Center, TokyoAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 7-22-2 GoogleMapAccess: Directly connected to Exit 6 at Nogizaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line), 4-minute walk from Exit 7 (Toei Oedo Line) or 5-minute walk from Exit 4a (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) at Roppongi StationOfficial Website: Fee: Varies depending on the exhibitionMori Art Museum Read also Roppongi – Famous for Its Art and Nightlife Read also Read also Six Japanese Restaurants in Roppongi With English Menus Picture courtesy of Roppongi HillsAt the Tokyo City View Lounge, an observation deck located on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills, you can gaze at the Tokyo scenery from above. A sky deck is also located outside but, if no events are being held, only operates until 20:00. The indoor area is open until 23:00 on the weekdays and holidays. It stays open until 25:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, and the day before holidays.Tokyo City View LoungeAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-11-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F GoogleMapAccess: Directly connected to the Exit 1C concourse (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) or 4 minute walk from Exit 3 (Toei Oedo Line) at Roppongi StationOfficial Website: 3. Roppongi’s Hidden Charms!Mori Garden Savor Sushi In Roppongi: 5 Must-Try Restaurants Sure To Please! 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Picture courtesy of Nishi-Azabu MUSE The clubs scattered throughout Roppongi to Nishi-Azabu are one way to enjoy Roppongi. Nishi-Azabu MUSE is a popular club accommodating one of the largest crowds possible in Tokyo with over 1,200 people filling the club every weekend. Popular personalities from outside Japan, such as DJ Hello Kitty (Japanese) perform here and give the club its international vibe.Thursdays cost 2,000 yen plus tax (includes tickets for two drinks) while Fridays, Saturdays, and the day before holidays costs 4,000 yen plus tax (including the two-drink tickets). Entry is free for women.Other unique clubs in the area include V2 tokyo (Japanese), a club often visited by overseas artists, and Maharaja (Japanese), a club centered around the disco genre that was especially popular in Japan from the 1980s to the 1990s.Nishi-Azabu MUSEAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Nishi-Azabu 4-1-1 B1F GoogleMapAccess: 10-minute walk from Exit 1a at Roppongi Station (Toei Oedo Line)Official Website: Unbroken Night View of Tokyo!center_img Four Things to Enjoy at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi (Part 2) Read also AFURI Picture from 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Roppongi – Enrich Your Daily Life Through Design21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is an art space located in the urban green area of Tokyo Midtown. There are no permanent exhibitions. All kinds of exhibitions centered around domestic artists are regularly held here.The facility is open until 19:00, a time that is relatively late for such a facility. How about stopping by if you’ll anyway be shopping or dining in the area?21_21 DESIGN SIGHTAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Akasaka 9-7-6 Tokyo Midtown inside Midtown Garden GoogleMapAccess: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Toei Oedo, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines) and Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line)Official Website: Fee: General 1,100 yen, university students 800 yen, high school students 500 yen, free for junior high school students and youngerRead also A Map of Roppongi For Emergencies Picture from Roppongi: A Town Filled with Public ArtDid you know that there are various public artworks scattered around the sidewalks and plazas near Roppongi Hills? Works by both domestic and international artists are put on display with six of them being works curated by the Mori Art Museum.Street furniture is located on the sidewalks of Keyakizaka Street and Sakurazaka in order to fully enjoy the art on display. How about taking a break here and enjoying some free art.Public ArtAddress: Near Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-11-1Access: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)Official Website: Enjoy Roppongi’s NightlifeClubs Picture courtesy of Konpeki no UmiAt Konpeki no Umi, you can enjoy cuisines centered around fish and the alcoholic beverages that go well with these dishes.The course menus, served with sushi and seasonal fish dishes, start from 3,500 yen plus tax. Their lunch menus start at a reasonable price range of 1,100 yen plus tax, allowing customers to enjoy Japanese fish cuisine on every budget.Konpeki no UmiAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-6-9 Piramide Building 3F GoogleMapAccess: 3 minute walk from either Exit 1 or 3 at Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Oedo Line)Official Website: (Japanese) Embassies from every country are scattered throughout Roppongi and Azabu-Juban. The area is also filled with shops and restaurants making it very popular for visitors.The Roppongi area is characterized by multipurpose commercial facilities like Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. These places house offices, restaurants, and shopping malls in one complex. Cultural facilities such as the Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo can also be found here. In this article, we’ll show you how to enjoy Roppongi five different ways through shopping, an art tour, nature walks, nightlife, and Japanese food!1. Shopping – Find Your Perfect SouvenirTokyo Midtown Picture courtesy of Roppongi HillsRoppongi Hills is the representative Roppongi multipurpose commercial facility with a shopping mall, art museum, offices, and condominiums inside. You can exchange your foreign currency at the world currency shop on the sixth floor of West Walk. The tax-free counter is located on the fourth floor of the same building. This also makes this facility very useful for international visitors.The complex is home to a wide range of shops, including numerous fashion and high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci. There are also sports shops, art stores, and other established side by side. The shopping mall houses a total of 200 stores.Roppongi HillsAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-10-1 GoogleMapAccess: Directly connected to the Exit 1C concourse (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) or 4-minute walk from Exit 3 (Toei Oedo Line) at Roppongi StationOfficial Website: Asahi ShopAt the TV Asahi broadcasting station, located in Roppongi Hills, you’ll find the TV Asahi Shop carrying goods of characters. Here you can purchase goods from famous dramas, TV programs, and anime characters such as Doraemon or Crayon Shin-chan.You’ll also find gacha(capsule toy) machines and crane games inside.  The shop is filled with limited edition items that can only be purchased here.TV Asahi Shop RoppongiAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-9-1 TV Asahi Headquarters 1F GoogleMapAccess: 5 minute walk from Exit 1C (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) or 6 minute walk from Exit 3 (Toei Oedo Line) at Roppongi StationOfficial Website: (Japanese)2. An Art Tour Centered on Modern MuseumsThe National Art Center, Tokyo 5. Enjoy Japanese FoodKonpeki no Umi Read also The King of Refreshing Ramen: AFURI Picture from Three Museums You Can Walk To From Roppongi StationThe Suntory Museum of Art is ideal for those who not only wish to see paintings but also other works of art such as pottery, lacquerware, dyeing and weaving, and glassworks. The museum opened in 1961 and has since held special exhibitions and art collections centered around the theme “Art in Life.”An exhibition titled “In the Country of Fans, Japan” is focusing on the fans (sensu) that have been used by the Japanese people since ancient times. It will be held from November 28, 2018, until January 20, 2019. A variety of exhibitions introducing the history of Japan through unique items will be held all throughout the year.The museum first opened in Marunouchi, relocated to Akasaka Mitsuke in 1975 and finally moved to Roppongi in 2007. The museum’s current structure was designed by the architect Mr. Kengo Kuma.The museum has a collection of 3,000 works of art including national treasures and important cultural properties. They also hold events to allow guests to experience art through talk shows and workshops.Suntory Museum of ArtAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Akasaka 9-7-4 Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F GoogleMapAccess: Directly connected to Exit 8 (Toei Oedo Line) and the underground passageway (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) of Roppongi Station. 3-minute walk from Exit 3 at Nogizaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)Official Website: Fee: Varies depending on the exhibition, free for junior high school students and younger Read also Four Things to Enjoy at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi (Part 1) Getting To Roppongi Station From Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, and Ueno Stations Picture from 5 Great Spots To See The Winter Lights In Tokyo 2017-2018 (Picture courtesy of Roppongi Hills)Roppongi is not only enjoyed in the night with clubs and bars but is also a great area for sightseeing and shopping. Here, you’ll find cultural facilities such as the Mori Museum of Art and the National Art Center, Tokyo in multipurpose commercial facilities like Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown.Another pleasure of Roppongi is walking through the district for its seasonal scenery. The district is decorated in rows of cherry blossom trees in the spring while it is illuminated in the winter.There may be some people that worry about public safety in an area such as Roppongi filled with clubs and bars. If you’re uneasy about the area, be sure to check the “Handbook for Everyone’s Safety and Peace in 4 Languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean)” published by the municipal’s official website.Why not make your own special memories in Roppongi? Picture courtesy of Tokyo MidtownMidtown Garden is an open area inside Tokyo Midtown. The area is divided into zones called the Highlands Spring Zone, the Mountain Stream Zone, the Forest Edge Zone, and the Lawn Zone. In these zones, visitors can enjoy all kinds of birds and flowers by the waterfronts or in the shade of the trees.The Lawn Zone in particular always has grass regardless of the seasons. It is a great place where you can lie down, have enjoyable conversations, or spend your time relaxing while in the middle of a city.** Please note that the lawn area is only open at certain times.Midtown GardenAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Akasaka 9-7-1 inside Tokyo Midtown GoogleMapAccess: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Toei Oedo, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines) and Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line)Official Website: Art Five Works (Plus One!) by Renowned Architect Kengo Kuma Picture from The King of Refreshing Ramen: AFURIAFURI is a ramen shop characterized by their Japanese-style yuzu seasoning. The shop is located in Azabu-Juban, Roppongi Crossing, and inside Roppongi Hills. It will be an easy spot to add to your sightseeing route.Please note that business hours will vary at each location.AFURI Azabu-JubanAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Azabu-Juban 1-8-10 Azabu-Juban TS Building 1F GoogleMapAccess: 3-minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station (Toei Oedo Line, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line)Official Website: Roppongi CrossingAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 4-9-4 UF Building 4 1F GoogleMapAccess: 3 minute walk from Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)AFURI Roppongi HillsAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-2-31 Roppongi Hills North Tower B1F GoogleMapAccess: Directly connected to the Exit 1C concourse (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) or 4 minute walk from Exit 3 (Toei Oedo Line) at Roppongi Stationlast_img read more

Culture Experiences In Hiroshima Wear A Kimono And Play The Koto

first_imgThe back of the obi sash is made into the shape of a rose! The reason behind this special shape is that the rose is the flower symbol of Fukuyama! See how detailed and artistic it is up close. Then, the transformation begins. There are rules in dressing, such as adjusting the kimono to the appropriate length and how to tie the obi. First-time kimono wearers may be surprised at the techniques of the professional dressers. Next, following the instructions of your instructor, you will play the notes in the order required by the piece you will learn to play.A member of the staff will be right by your side interpreting the instructions given by your teacher. The best spot to take a photo is the area where you can see the Fukuyama Castle from the garden. Why not take a picture here as a keepsake of your memorable visit to Fukujukaikan?In ConclusionNext time you visit Hiroshima, we warmly recommend you stop by Fukuyama to enjoy the unique cultural experiences available at the Fukujukaikan Hall. Along with kimono wearing, tea ceremony, and calligraphy, you can even play the koto harp, an item that is representative of Fukuyama’s culture. Fukuyama is a wonderful place to experience the culture of Japan and would most likely become one of the unforgettable destinations of your trip.Fukujukaikan Hall Fukuju Kaikan View InformationEXPERIENCE FUKUYAMA – Japanese Culture Experiences At Fukujukaikan there are friendly English-speaking staff, who will assist the visitors in making the most of their Japanese culture experiences.Fukujikaikan is a wonderful place where you can get a deep understanding of Japanese culture and spend an enjoyable time. You can actually play the koto harp to hear for yourself the sounds that can be created with it or wear a rare kimono and understand the meanings behind the intricate designs, and more.Let us introduce to you two cultural activites you can experience at the Fukujukaikan Hall.Learn To Play One Song! A One-Hour Koto ExperienceWith this area being a major producer of Japanese harps, learning to play a real koto in Fukuyama is a wonderful opportunity. Picture from Featured In A Film! A Town Brimming With Edo Spirit: TomonouraThe southern side of Fukuyama city faces the Seto Inland Sea. Thanks to its location near the sea, Fukuyama is known for its seafood and delicious red snapper sashimi.Fukuyama station is a stop on the Sanyo Bullet train line and it has great access from major cities like Hiroshima and Osaka. It is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station, but from Hakata Station in the Kyushu region, you can reach Fukuyama in only an hour and a half.Read Also:Learn All About the History and Culture of Fukuyama! Highlights from the Fukuyama Castle MuseumFeatured In A Film! A Town Brimming With Edo Spirit: TomonouraFukuyama city is widely known for its koto (Japanese harp) production and approximately 70% of the kotos in Japan are made in this very city. At the Fukujukaikan Hall, you can experience traditional Japanese arts that have flourished in Fukuyama. This is a perfect place for those looking for a cultural experience off the beaten path or a little more than just sightseeing.What is Fukujukaikan?Fukujukaikan is a facility where various types of cultural activities are held. Located right next to the Fukuyama Castle, the Fukujukaikan consists of the Japanese Hall and the Western Hall (both classified as important cultural properties of Japan) along with two tea rooms and an inner garden. After your transformation, you may stroll around the garden in your kimono. The staff will guide you while explaining the charms of the garden and sharing fun cultural stories about the area. At Fukujukaikan you can learn how to play the koto from an experienced instructor. In one hour, you will be able to learn what kind of instrument the koto is, how to actually play it, and even to learn how to play a short song! The main hall is constructed using the traditional Sukiya style structure that contains elements of an authentic tea house. Inside the hall are rooms with tatami mat floors and an alcove. Many people are able to visit at once and at times, tea ceremonies are held for the citizens of the town.One of the charms of the Fukujukaikan Hall is the picturesque sight of the garden facing the south where the Fukuyama Castle can be seen in the distance. After practicing for an hour with helpful assistance, you will be able to play a short popular Japanese song.In the end, your teacher will play the song with you! Enjoy to the beautiful harmony of the two kotos and the depth of their sounds.Through this experience, you will be able to enjoy the koto in many ways.Select Your Favorite One! Kimono Dress-up ExperiencePerhaps many of you admire the traditional and beautiful kimonos and would like to wear one during your stay in Japan. At the Fukujukaikan Hall, you will not only be able to wear a kimono, but also learn about the different types of kimono, how to select the patterns and how to wear a kimono as well.center_img You May Also Like:Learn All About Fukuyama! Highlights From The Fukuyama Castle MuseumFeatured In A Film! A Town Brimming With Edo Spirit: Tomonoura4 Places in Fukuyama City to Experience Traditional Japanese CultureA Resort Floating in The Seto Inland Sea: Sensui-jima IslandA Stirring View to Take Your Breath Away! Look Out Over The Seto Inland Sea from Bandaiji TempleSponsored by Fukuyama City Japanese kimonos can be worn in the basic dressing style or in a more complicated style that can only be seen on special occasions. At Fukujukaikan, you can meet professional dressers with years of experience who have studied the traditional kimono culture. They will help you dress up and introduce you to the history and culture of the kimono. The koto is an ancient string instrument of Japan and creates a beautiful sound that captivates its listeners with a distinctive charm. Perhaps you may have listened to the sound of the koto or seen a performance in videos or recordings, but the chances to actually see or play one outside of Japan are really scarce. Even in Japan, it is not easy to find a place to actually touch or experience performing on one. Watch the simple sash called obijime turn instantly into a decorative tie! Fukuyama City – The Treasure of HiroshimaLocated on the eastern side of Hiroshima prefecture, Fukuyama city has been thriving as castle town since the Edo Period. It is also known as a popular tourist site. Famous sites include the symbolic Fukuyama castle that stands in the middle of the city, Tomonoura, known as a scenic spot, and the Myoo-in Temple that has been designated as a national treasure. First, you will place the plectra on your fingers and gently touch the strings to listen to the different sounds each one makes. The Western hall is a refined building where a classy cafe can be found on the first floor. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink or a meal in the relaxing and elegant atmosphere. A recommended dish you can savor in this cafe is a local dish of Fukuyama, the Uzumi-gohan (*1).You can take a stroll freely in the beautiful Japanese garden with a pond in the center. The well-maintained pine trees and the seasonal flowers create a lovely Japanese scenery.*1 Uzumi-gohan: ”Uzumi” means to bury or to hide. The name of this dish comes from the Edo period when thrift orders took place and people hid other ingredients inside the rice to avoid the laws.Various Japanese Cultural Activites at FukujukaikanAt Fukujukaikan, you are able to experience a variety of Japanese cultural activities held by instructors from Fukuyama. Each activity is limited to one group and classes vary from the Japanese koto harp, songs and dances for a Noh performance, or even attend a tea ceremony while wearing a rare kimono. First, you will be selecting a kimono you like from the many gorgeous kimonos available. Your instructor will be assisting you to find one that best suits you.last_img read more

Onitsuka Tigers TIGER CORSAIR Get Sneakers At Discount Prices In Japan

first_imgTIGER CORSAIR: 10,000 yen (plus tax). *Discount prices for visitors to Japan!US Sizes: 4-13, 14 (US inches) / Unisex and Women’s *pigskin is not used in this product These are TIGER CORSAIR’s new color combinations. The TIGER CORSAIR line of sneakers was originally modeled after a track shoe. The track shoe first came on the market in 1969 and subsequently spawned the 1970s jogging boom in Japan.It’s been said that Onitsuka Tiger’s sneakers, with their superb design and comfortable fit, have come to be loved not only as sporting wear items, but also as items for making a fashion statement.A special feature of TIGER CORSAIR sneakers are their thick soles in the heel portion of the shoe, giving superior cushion support and comfort, so that your feet won’t feel tired after walking for a long time. So even at the end of the day you’ll feel like you’re walking with light steps. Put on a pair of TIGER CORSAIR sneakers and actively enjoy your visit to Japan even more!TIGER CORSAIR Comes in Three New Color Schemes!A Color to Match Every Member of Your Family Among those travelers who have plans to visit Japan during the holiday that comes after Ramadan, there are probably many who are looking forward to doing some shopping here.So we’d like those customers in particular to pick up a pair of the newly colored TIGER CORSAIR sneakers (10,000 yen plus tax), which go on sale this coming June 23rd, 2017. Courtesy of Onitsuka Tiger, Japan’s premier sneaker brand that’s loved by sophisticated, fashion-conscious consumers from around the world, this is a new line of sneakers proudly showing off an innovative, sporty design.We recommend these sneakers for those of you ready to take on your next challenge, not to mention those looking for the perfect pair of shoes for the new you. If you go to any Onitsuka Tiger shop in Japan, you can pick up a pair at duty-free prices along with an additional discount service, so you absolutely can’t afford not to check this out!Become a More Active You!Enjoy Your Stay in Japan with a Pair of TIGER CORSAIRs These are TIGER CORSAIR’s three new color combinations that go on sale on June 23rd; WHITE & ISLAND BLUE, CLASSIC RED & ISLAND BLUE, and INDIGO BLUE & CLASSIC RED. Regardless of which shoe you choose, you’ll feel energized by its color scheme, giving you a new lease on life.Also, because all three shoe types utilize the same three-colored scheme (red, white and blue), the whole family can enjoy total coordination, even if each family member chooses a different color variety of TIGER CORSAIR.These shoes also make for a nice souvenir or present when you want to show your gratitude and appreciation to a family member, relative or friend.If you’d like to buy a pair of TIGER CORSAIR sneakers for family or friends, just bring a photograph of their shoe size to your nearest Onitsuka Tiger store. This will make it easy for the shop staff to find the proper size for you.▶▶▶Next, read about TIGER CORSAIR discounted prices and Onitsuka Tiger store locations you can visit during your stay in Japan!Onitsuka Tiger Official Home Page:OT Magazine*The tax exemption and discount service only apply to visitors to Japan. Please note that Japanese citizens and non-Japanese residents cannot apply for this service.Product photos courtesy of ASICS Corporation.Sponsored by ASICS corporation. You May Also Like:Only In Japan! The New Onitsuka Tiger MEXICO 66 SLIP-ON At Discount PricesOnitsuka Tiger’s SERRANO SLIP-ON at Special Discount Prices in Japan!last_img read more

Les Grands Arbres The Treehouse Cafe From The Dear Sister Series

first_imgThe Japanese series “Dear Sister” starring popular actresses Satomi Ishihara and Nao Matsushita was a hit not only in Japan but in neighboring Asian countries as well. If you also watched this series, you probably remember this cafe.Surrounded by the high-rise buildings of Tokyo, there is a space that looks as if it were inside the woods. Les Grands Arbres is located on the floor above the tree, and it even has a secret flower garden on the roof. It is a cafe bound to satisfy both your inner girl and the child in your heart. Let’s check out this place!The Concept of the Cafe and Its ExteriorLes Grands Arbres was built here in the middle of Tokyo so that people living in the city could admire the flowers and trees while they relax. The cafe is located in an alley near Hiroo station. It has a presence that even passers-by cannot ignore.The first and second floors are a flower shop run by the same company, while the cafe takes up the third and fourth floors. Many people visiting the cafe also purchase flowers here for their loved ones or to decorate their homes with.What gets our attention most has to be the treehouse. There aren’t any seats inside, but you can go inside to enjoy the view and its atmosphere. If you are okay with heights, you should climb those stairs and check it out.When it starts to get dark the area is illuminated, creating an atmosphere that’s quite different from daytime.A Warm Wood-Based InteriorThe inside of the cafe is all made of light colored wood. A long table and sofas, and seats for two are also set up. You will surely find a comfortable spot.The cafe is also decorated with flowers that give you a feel of the four seasons. For example, this lamp is made with dried flowers. Both your eyes and your heart will enjoy these decorations.All the plant decorations inside are adjusted as the seasons change, allowing you to enjoy each of the four seasons at their finest.The Rooftop Seats: a Romantic Flower GardenThe seats on the roof are the most popular on a sunny day. According to the staff, a Taiwanese couple had their marriage proposal here. Needless to say, the answer was “yes”.They also have outdoor heaters, so you won’t have to worry about the cold during winter. Some hot drinks will help get you warmed up as well.Many flowers are planted around the seats of this secret garden, and we will probably be seeing even more brilliant colors in the spring and summer.We Recommend the Afternoon Tea TimeYou will be able to get in with the shortest wait during the afternoon tea time of the day. The top-selling dish is their caramelized nuts thick-slice pancakes. The caramel isn’t too sweet, and the homemade caramelized nuts have been slowly roasted, giving them a great crunch, while the pancake itself is fluffy soft and doesn’t make your mouth dry at all.Another dessert is designed for those who love matcha tea and chocolate: the matcha fondant chocolate. The plate is decorated beautifully, and when you put your fork into the cake you can smell the matcha from the steam coming from it. The matcha used is from Uji, a region in Kyotofamous for its tea.The cafe is surrounded by office buildings and embassies, so it is usually pretty crowded during mealtimes. The reason for this place’s popularity, is the healthy dishes a cooking expert creates with the early morning picked vegetables. Some examples are the salad plate or the chicken soup, both rich in vitamin C and E.When you feel the need to rest, you should visit this nature filled cafe and let the view and delicious treats help to refresh your body and soul. Les Grands Arbres View InformationcaferestaurantReaders of this article also read:Of Course It’s Popular! Pompompurin Café in HarajukuMeet Little Birds in “Kotori Cafe”, OmotesandōWelcome to the Moomin World! Moomin House Café in OshiageIndulge Your Senses at manu coffee in Daimyō, FukuokaGoing Back to Childhood – A Visit to the Ghibli Museum, Mitakalast_img read more

By Airport Shuttle Bus To Osaka A Pleasant 3Day Sightseeing Route

first_img Nearest station Shinsaibashi Station (Osaka Subway Midosuji and Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line) Food lovers, how about enjoying an eating tour in Shinsekai?The area sells kushikatsu (skewered fried meats and vegetables) and takoyaki (octopus balls) for reasonable prices beginning at 500 yen, so come to fill your appetite. Eating while surrounded by the energetic calls of shop staff and flashy billboards will no doubt become a great memory of your trip! Shinsekai View InformationIf you have time to spare, then travel a little further to visit Kyoto or Kobe! Kyoto and Kobe are both about one hour from Osaka. On the night of your second day, comfortably spend your time at the hotel and recover from your travel fatigue.Day Three: Travel Comfortably to the Airport After CheckoutAfter two fun days of sightseeing in Osaka, it’s time to head to a new destination. Once you’ve finished breakfast, it’s time to head to Kansai International Airport.You can comfortably travel to the airport by using karaksa hotel’s shuttle bus service! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to travel to the airport without worrying about your fatigue or your heavy luggage?Flights for New Chitose Airport and Kushiro Airport in Hokkaido, Narita Airport, and Naha Airport in Okinawa fly out from Kansai International Airport. You can even enjoy an economical trip around Japan after your Osaka travels.How to Use the Shuttle BusThe way to use the shuttle bus will differ when boarding from the airport and when boarding from the hotel.When Boarding from the AirportReservations are not required to board the bus from the airport to the hotel location that you’ll be staying. The bus can be used on a first-come-first-serve basis. Hotel guests are able to ride the bus for free.Staff will be waiting for you 20 minutes before departure near the 1F[A] exit of the airport, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost after landing.When Boarding from the HotelWhen boarding the bus from the hotel, make a reservation at the front desk after check-in.Each person must pay 1,000 yen (including tax) if you wish to upgrade your accommodation to a plan that includes the shuttle bus service. However, those who make a room reservation through karaksa hotel’s official website will be able to board the bus from the hotel for free.It is sure worth it to make a reservation through the official website!You will be presented with a reservation confirmation and an original badge when making reservations for the bus. Please carry the badge with you in place of a ticket when boarding.For details on the shuttle bus timetable, please check karaksa hotel’s official website.Enjoy Your Time at karaksa hotels – Ideal for Long Stays too!Those traveling to Osaka should stay at karaksa hotel Osaka Namba or Osaka Shinsaibashi I, which have become even more convenient with the introduction of their shuttle bus service.The hotel offers facilities and services that provide support for the guests to fully enjoy their stay. As such, we also recommend staying at the hotel for longer periods, such as one week, to enjoy sightseeing in the Kansai region!A Guide to Using karaksa hotel’s Shuttle Bus Service karaksa hotel Osaka Namba View Informationlodging karaksa hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi I View InformationlodgingWritten by Asuka Yoshidaphoto by PixtaSponsored by KARAKSA HOTELS Address Osaka, Osaka, Chuo-ku, Shinasibashi-Suji View InformationShinsaibashi {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”Osaka, Osaka, Chuo-ku, Shinasibashi-Suji”,”code”:”34.671947048332925, 135.50177076137697″}],”center”:”34.672899995756424, 135.50215699947512″,”zoom”:”16″,”latitude”:”34.672899995756424″,”longitude”:”135.50215699947512″}} Namba View Information Not Available ShinsaibashiView Map WiFi Not Available Want to leave your heavy luggage at your hotel and enjoy Osaka sightseeing after arriving at Kansai International Airport? There’s a way to travel around Osaka, an area with many things to see, that will grant that wish!If you want to enjoy everything in Osaka, then we recommend staying at karaksa hotels and utilize their shuttle bus that travels between the airport and hotel. We’ll introduce a three-day travel plan that you can use to fully enjoy the city of Osaka from the day you land by using the guest shuttle bus!Please check the end of this article for details on how to use the shuttle bus.Day One: Travel to Osaka City by a Free Shuttle Bus!karaksa hotels are popular with visitors from overseas because they offer foreign language support and interpretation services. They also have connecting rooms, giving them a reputation for providing rooms that easily allow families and friends to stay together as a group.The exterior of the karaksa hotel’s Osaka Namba locationThe exterior of the karaksa hotel’s Osaka Shinsaibashi I locationThere are currently three karaksa hotels in Osaka. karaksa hotel Osaka Namba and karaksa hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi I are convenient for sightseeing within Osaka. karaksa Spring hotel Kansai Air Gate is great for sightseeing around the Rinku Premium Outlets or Universal Studio Japan™️.For details on karaksa hotels, please check their official website.** In this article, we introduce a plan for enjoying Osaka while staying at either karaksa hotel Osaka Namba or Osaka Shinsaibashi I.A Guide to Using karaksa hotel’s Shuttle Bus ServiceDay One Afternoon: Eat Okonomiyaki at a Popular SpotOnce you’ve landed at Kansai International Airport, head to the hotel by shuttle bus and leave your luggage at the hotel. If you take the first afternoon bus from Kansai Airport, then you’ll be able to enjoy a late lunch in the city.What we recommend in Osaka is none other than okonomiyaki, a savory dish made with vegetables, meat and other ingredients. Fukutaro Namba Dining Maison is popular even with local food connoisseurs and is one restaurant you should visit while in Osaka.Top recommendations include the Mix Tama (pictured bottom left), an okonomiyaki with pork, shrimp, and squid, the Suji Negiyaki (pictured bottom right), with is made with beef and green onions added between the batter then fried on the griddle, and the Omusoba (pictured top right), an egg-wrapped yakisoba.The thin, light texture of the okonomiyaki batter is definitely something you won’t forget once you’ve tasted it. The rich sauce in the Omusoba is also irresistible. Please take your time enjoying your meal at this sophisticated restaurant. Fukutaro Namba Dining Maison View InformationrestaurantDay One Evening: Enjoy Historical Spots and Food!To Osaka Castle, Keitakuen Garden, and ShinsekaiOnce you’ve finished your meal, head to Osaka Castle, the center of Osaka sightseeing, in the evening. Osaka Castle is considered one of Japan’s Three Great Castles that possesses outstanding castle towers and stone walls. You’ll most surely be moved by its magnificence. Osaka Castle View InformationWe also recommend taking a short break at Keitakuen Garden, a nearby Japanese-style garden. There are to 200 types of trees in this garden. It’s a place where you can experience nature views that are unique to Japan. Gazing past the trees to admire the large, towering Abeno Harukas building is also another tasteful part of the garden. Keitakuen Garden View InformationparkDay One Night: Grilled Kobe Beef for DinnerOne of the advantages to karaksa hotel Osaka Namba and Osaka Shinsaibashi I’s locations is the proximity to two of Osaka’s best shopping districts: Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. This means you’ll be able to enjoy as much shopping and food as you want near the hotel!It’s now time for dinner. The Steak Sakura Namba Flagship Restaurant (Japanese), where you’ll be able to enjoy Kobe beef, is located near both hotels and is perfect for ending the day in happy spirits. The restaurant utilizes carefully selected ingredients. You also can’t miss out on their performance as they grill your food in an enthralling way right before your eyes on the griddle.After eating, we recommend strolling through the shopping districts. The two districts are constantly bustling with energy even throughout the night. The sight of the streets shining in neon lights is a must-see. Steak Sakura Namba Flagship Restaurant View InformationrestaurantA guest room at karaksa hotel Osaka NambaOnce you’ve returned to the hotel, how about comfortably relaxing in your room (Osaka Namba), which is provided with comfortable beds and a shower with a rain function? You can take your time and think about your plan for the next day. It would also be a great idea to use the free Wi-Fi provided by the hotel to gather information for your trip.A guest room at karaksa hotel Osaka NambaThe rooms are installed with universal electrical outlets, making it unnecessary for you to bring a Japan plug adapter. Convenient USB ports are also located near your bedside.For details on karaksa hotel’s guest rooms, please check out their pages for Osaka Namba and Osaka Shinsaibashi I.Various services are offered at karaksa hotels for guests. Free drinks can be enjoyed at Osaka Namba’s hotel restaurant between 14:00 to 21:00.A spacious leisure space with tables and chairs is also found inside Osaka Shinsaibashi I for you to use as a place of relaxation. The hotel also sometimes holds seasonal events, making your stay even more fun!Day Two: Enjoy Shopping and Food in the City!Kyoto and Kobe SightseeingOsaka Namba breakfastOn the morning of your second day, enjoy the hotel’s breakfast (Osaka Namba) which includes local bread and coffee in a buffet. When you think of Osaka, shopping at Shinsaibashi and Namba come to mind, so we can’t leave that out! These areas are within walking distance from the hotels.For details on breakfast at karaksa hotels, please check out their pages on Osaka Namba and Osaka Shinsaibashi I.Picture from Osaka Travel Guide: Sightseeing Tips, Dining, Shopping And More!Let’s head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, a shopping arcade with 180 stores lined up next to each other, in Shinsaibashi. You’re sure to find what you want here with both fashion stores and large duty-free shops lining the arcade.In the Namba area, about a 15 minute walk from Shinsaibashi, you’ll find buildings such as Namba CITY and Namba Marui with popular fashion stores and general goods shops. You can also collect everything you want in one visit here from the latest fashion from stores such as UNIQLO to general souvenirs. Website Shinsaibashi Accepted Credit Cardslast_img read more

The 5 Best Plum Blossom Viewing Spots In The Tokyo Area

first_imgHave you ever heard of Bunkyo Ume Matsuri? It is unique festival experience in Tokyo.The festival takes place on the grounds of Yushima Tenjin. During the festival, many students visit the shrine and pray for their successful exams. A popular place for plum blossom since medieval times, this shrine in the Bunkyo ward still draws significant crowds.It is the busiest on the weekends when the beautiful blossoms are accompanied by performances of traditional Japanese music and stage arts.I highly recommended it for a peaceful and a quiet afternoon at the famous shrine against the backdrop of beautiful plum blossoms. Yushima Tenmangu View Information3. Kameido Tenjin – Famous for Plum Blossom and Wisteria Kameido Tenjin is also known as the Shitamachi no Tenjin-sama, Tokyo’s downtown, old-school Tenjin shrine.There are around 200 plum trees around the shrine, as the deity (god or goddess) enshrined here, is said to have loved plum blossoms. Visit the shrine in late February to mid of March to see them in full bloom.With Tokyo SkyTree in its background, it is a captivating view with the pink and white blossoms framing the SkyTree.The famous arched bridge and the grounds are abloom with all kinds of flowers. This is why it’s also known as “Tenjin shrine of flowers”.Visitors often come to the shrine to pray for academic success, happy households or safe driving. Kameido Tenjin Shrine View Information4. Hanegi Park – Enjoy the Setagaya Plum Festival Japanese plum trees offer a special treat with beautiful and fragrant flowers. Tokyo is home to some of the most impressive plum groves in the country. It is just incredible to see their utmost beauty while you still count the days until spring.Let us introduce you the best spots to see plum blossoms in the Tokyo area.1. Shiba Park – Tokyo Tower Framed by Plum Blossoms Shiba Park also hosts a two-day festival every year to celebrate the plum trees blooming with performances of traditional Japanese music and tea ceremonies. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can see both pink and white blooms on the same branch.Here you can take a relaxing walk along the plum blossom covered garden trails with friends and family. Zōjōji Temple View Information2. Yushima Tenjin – Plum Blossoms on Shrine Grounds People throughout the world are familiar with the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. Numerous cherry blossom festivals are held each year. However, before the cherry blossoms emerge, another beautiful tree graces the island of Japan.Plum blossoms, also known as Ume in Japanese, are delicate flowers that start to bloom in February. The blooming plum trees are known and loved in Japan as the first sign of spring. When they start to bloom the weather tends to still be cold but plum blossoms remind everyone that the winter is going to end soon.center_img Odawara Ume Matsuri is an incredible Japanese early spring festival, held in Odawara city. This is one of the most popular yearly events in Kanagawa prefecture. It celebrates one of the top plum blossom viewing spots in Japan.If you are not convinced, how about combining the view of Mt. Fuji with 35,000 blooming plum trees? The image alone makes a trip to Odawara worth it!The festival is held every year between February and March. The entire area is covered in crimson, pink, and white blossoms, and the faint fragrance of plums floats in the air.A walk through the area will take 30-40 minutes. while you are walking you will pass multiple photo spots. Don’t forget to use the opportunity to get some amazing photos.You can even enjoy plum-related delicacies at the nearby cafeterias and food stands.On the weekends during the festival period, many events featuring horseback archery, the Kotobuki Lion Dance, folk dancing and taiko drum performances are being held.The Odawara Ume Matsuri 2018 is scheduled from February 3rd until March 4th, 2018. Sogabessho plum festival tourism organizations View InformationEnjoy the Early Signs of Spring!Japanese plum blossom symbolizes vitality, hope, and renewal. Even though they are lesser known than the famous Japanese cherry blossoms, they are nothing short of beautiful.How about giving plum blossom viewing a try?It is still very cold during the plum blossom season, so don’t forget to wear a warm jacket when you enjoy your day amidst the beautifully intricate plum blossoms. Happy viewing!You May Also Like:Celebrate The Coming Of Spring At The Odawara Plum Festival!View Elegant Plum Blossoms In Tokyo!Plum Blossoms – The Original Japanese Sign Of SpringPlum, Cherry, and Peach Blossoms – The Differences Between Them Hanegi Park is known as one of the best places in Tokyo to view plum blossoms. The park is located in Setagaya and it is home to about 650 plum trees.The Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Setagaya plum festival) is held here for about month every year, usually from early February to mid-March. It is a great place to take a walk and enjoy the blossoms. The festive atmosphere and various events make the experience very lively.You can participate in outdoor tea ceremonies, and watch traditional Japanese music events.The Festival features plum-related snacks, music performances, haiku (a traditional form of Japanese poetry) readings and free servings of matcha tea.The Setagaya Ume Matsuri 2018 is scheduled for February 2nd until March 4th, 2018. Hanegi Park View Informationpark5. Odawara Ume Matsuri – Celebrate Spring with a Mount Fuji View Shiba Park in Tokyo’s Minato ward is built around the Zojoji Temple. Another peculiar feature of the park, apart from the plum blossoms, is the view of the Tokyo Tower in the background.Shiba Park is home to around 70 purple and white plum trees. The view of the stunning Japanese landscape alongside the plum blossoms is breathtakingly beautiful.last_img read more

Only In Okinawa Thoroughly Relax With The Ryukyu Tin Nadi Treatment

first_imgOne facility where you can receive the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment is Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort’s AMAMI SPA located in Chatan, Mihama.In a very luxurious room, guests can receive a program special to Okinawa that includes the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment. Men can also receive the treatment at AMAMI SPA.Without delay, our writer underwent the treatment.Thoroughly and Gradually Relaxing the Mind and BodyFirst, you will be treated while lying face down. Afterwards, a massage will also be performed while you are face up. The treatment lasts a total of approximately 90 minutes. The background music played during the treatment will be Okinawan music in quadruple meter rhythm which helps you to feel more comfortable.The therapist’s arm movements were very gentle, rolling waves as if they were a dragon dancing in the sky as she drew close to our writer’s body to stretch her muscles and tendons.Just like the phrase “tin nadi”, which means “being caressed by the skies” in Okinawan, it is a massage that has both powerful and gentle touches. Our writer’s mind and body became relaxed.There is also a treatment where your muscles and tendons will be stretched as if you are drifting away from the nape of your neck and shoulders to your back. This is a time for pleasant healing and relaxation.As individual differences will appear in the tension and stiffness of each person’s body due to their daily life and lifestyle habits, the therapist will treat guests at a comfortable pace fitting to the state of each individual’s mind, body, and respiration.In a technique that adopts the Okinawan form of karate, the therapist will gradually apply pressure while also applying her own body weight through her elbow and arm.The therapist will then slowly place strength into her entire palm and gradually relax your body. As a result, one characteristic of this treatment is that it won’t give you muscle pain.The Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment will gradually reduce the stiffness and tension in your body.It’s because these skilled therapists have acquired experience and skill in massaging with thorough knowledge of the structures and acupuncture points of the entire body that guests can have a pleasant treatment that fits each individual. The greatest value of the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment is found here.Locations with Okinawan Hospitality Where You Can Receive Ryukyu Tin NadiRyukyu Tin Nadi, which fully relaxes both mind and body, can be said to be the result of the hospitality of the Okinawan esthetics and spa industry.As of October 2017, there are only nine locations where the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment can be experienced in Okinawa. Therapists that maintain their valuable and high-level skills – you will only encounter these highly skilled therapists if you receive the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment.Beauty salons and spas that perform the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment are not only found on the main island of Okinawa, but are also found on the islands of Ishigakijima and Miyakojima. Ms. Naomi Nakayoshi, the therapist who our writer received her treatment from, conducts the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment at ISLAND HEALING on Ishigakijima.Please try the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment and fully experience the flow and wavelength of ancient Ryukyu nature and the Okinawan spiritual mind. Here is a list of beauty salons and spas where you can receive the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment.Mainland OkinawaHotel Nikko Alivila Aesthetic SalonAddress: Okinawa, Nakagami, Yomitan, Gima 600Website: (Japanese)Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort AMAMI SPAAddress: Okinawa, Nakagami, Chatan, Mihama 40-1Website: Spa Taba HouseAddress: Okinawa, Naha, Tsubogawa 3-5-1Website: Garden Hotel Ryukyu Esthetics Salon Chura BlessAddress: Okinawa, Ginowan, Mashiki 4-1-1Website: Beach Hotel & Resort Okinawa AZUR SPAAddress: Okinawa, Itoman, Nishizakicho 1-6-1Website: HEALINGAddress: Okinawa, Ishigaki, Okawa 200-1Website: (Japanese)Nuchigusui Spa TingahraAddress: Okinawa, Yaeyama, Taketomi, Kohama 2930Website: Tokyu Hotel & Resorts THE ISLAND SPA YururiaAddress: Okinawa, Miyakojima, Shimoji Yonaha 914Website: (Japanese)Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda Swiss PerfectionAddress: Okinawa, Miyakojima, Ueno Shinzato 926-25Website: (Japanese)***AMAMI SPA is part of the Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society. Please check the official website for a list of salons that are members of the Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society.Visitors are being asked to take part in surveys at some of the Okinawa Aesthetic And Spa Association facilities. At that time, if you mention “I read about this place on MATCHA”, you have the chance to receive some of the following special privileges (first come, first serve basis, only valid until March 31st, 2018).- At Creer Du Qi Ocean Spa location: free use of the Mori no Yu/Umi no Yu in the hotel.- At Ryujin no Yu Hot Spring: receive a free Sengajima Hotel original water.- At Amami Spa: get an optional head massage (10 minutes), or add a hot stone treatment option to your visit for free. And, you can receive a 2000 yen gift certificate to use on your next visit (limited to the first 30 customers).To learn more about special privileges available at other facilities, please inquire at that specific facility.Written by Miyako EndoPhotos by Miyako Endo, Pixta.Sponsored by Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society Ryukyu Tin Nadi is an esthetics treatment that can only be received in Okinawa. If you are planning on visiting Japan’s best resorts in Okinawa, this is something you will definitely want to experience.It is a fascinating treatment performed using oils made from an Okinawan plant called shell ginger while traditional Okinawan music plays in the background. Ryukyu Tin Nadi is a treatment that can thoroughly relax your body and is something our writer personally experienced.What Is Ryukyu Tin Nadi?Ryukyu Tin Nadi is a unique technique developed by Okinawa after working on the early development of spas and beauty salons in the prefecture. With the goal of creating a relaxation service that could be used worldwide all the while experiencing Okinawan culture and nature, both domestic and international specialists collaborated together and developed this treatment.The Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment, which sought to be Okinawan-like, is one full of individuality and adopts practices such as aromatherapy, thalassotherapy, lomilomi massages, and karate kata.The treatment uses Ryukyu Tin Nadi, an original treatment oil composed of the valuable essential oils found in shell ginger. You can expect the oil to not only replenish the dewiness of your skin, but also to give a moisturizing and tightening effect.Only estheticians and therapists that passed the TSP Qualifications (TIDA SMILE PERSON MARK), a certification of the Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society that conducts personnel training and more for beauty salons and spa facilities in Okinawa, are permitted to perform the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment.The learning of Ryukyu Tin Nadi is limited to very few therapists that have passed the TSP Qualifications, which tests their skills, knowledge of Okinawan history and culture, as well as their personalities.To Hilton Okinawan Chatan Resort’s AMAMI SPAlast_img read more

Good To Know Beauty Related Japanese Vocabulary And Information

first_imgThis is a foundation primer to put between your moisturizer and foundation. It works to protect your skin from the cosmetic items that are later put on.日焼け止めReading: HiyakedomeThis is to protect your skin from UV, in other words, a sun block or sunscreen. If you see ‘止め’ at the end of a word, it means to prevent or stop something.崩れにくいReading: KuzurenikuiThis means that the cosmetic item is less likely to come off or to wear off over the day. These kinds of items are long-lasting, but on the other hand, they are hard to clean off.高発色Reading: Kohasshoku This is a hair dye especially for white hair. It differs from general hair dyes as you use it only for the white parts of your hair and it evens out to your hair color naturally. However, pleas be aware that your scalp and hair might become damaged or affected by it as well.無添加Reading: Mutenka ‘Hasshoku’ means ‘coloring’ and ‘ko’ in this case means great, so kohasshoku means ‘strong coloring’. This word is often used for cheek and lip products that are very colorful against most skin tones. This means ‘only natural ingredients’; free from artificial additives which can damage your skin, such as preservatives or artificial colors.薬用Reading: YakuyouYou might think this refers to some kind of medicine, but it actually means that we can expect a gentle and less-harmful preventive effect from the product, even though it doesn’t contain any strong treatments or strong medications. For example, Yakuyou shampoo prevents itching and has an anti-bacterial effect. Generally, we cannot say ‘it can treat’ here, rather ‘it may help with’.寝ぐせ直しReading: NegusenaoshiThis is a product to fix bed head in the morning. Generally, it has a quick effect.洗い流すReading: ArainagasuThis is used when you have to rinse a product out after use. If you see ‘洗い流し不要’ on the package of the item you bought, then you don’t need to rinse it out.Face下地Reading: Shitaji You might not have the best experience if you go shopping for Japanese cosmetics or beauty products and find yourself at a loss for what to buy, or if you purchase something only to discover that it doesn’t match your skin type or tone.For your next shopping trip, we have prepared a guide of the most often used kanji, or Japanese characters, for cosmetics, as well as some helpful information about the product types themselves.Hair Items白髮染めReading: Shiragazomelast_img read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Kotatsu Horigotatsu Table Heater Sunken Table Heater

first_imgA kotatsu is a type of home heater where a low table is placed over an electric heater on the floor and is covered with a futon (a quilt or heavy blanket) that traps in the heat. Your entire lower body will be warmed by placing your legs underneath the blanket. A sunken kotatsu (hori-gotatsu) is another style of the kotatsu that has a recessed floor with an open pit where your heater of choice is placed, and the kotatsu is placed on top of that. Being able to sit in a chair and dangle your feet into the warmth below is one of the sunken kotatsu’s unique characteristics.Source: Taito Ryokan, Asakusa: Vintage 1950s JapanOrigin of the KotatsuIn the past, people used to warm their chilled bodies with a sunken hearth (known as irori in Japanese. The irori refers to the square they would cut out of the floor and light a fire in). Unfortunately the sunken hearth was not able to warm up the entire body, and so around the end of the 14th century and the early 15th century, they devised a wooden square-frame (called yagura)to place over the dying embers of the fire and placed a quilt on top of that to keep the heat from escaping. This is thought to be the origin of the kotatsu.Source: IRORI Nihonbashi Hostel And Kitchen – The Guesthouse With An IroriIn the 17th century they made the heater transportable by putting the hot charcoal in earthenware or china. This transportable home heater was known as an anka (a type of foot or bed warmer), and is the predecessor of the modern kotatsu.Once the 1950’s hit, the kotatsu switched to electricity as its heat source, as opposed to using charcoal and briquette. The electric kotatsu quickly spread through Japanese households in no time.Source: Enjoy Old-Style Japan at Gonpachi G-Zone GinzaLifestyle Change and the KotatsuUntil around the 1980’s, every household had an electric kotatsu and going under the kotatsu’s quilt to eat mandarin oranges became a customary winter scene. The influence of Western styles on modern Japan has made it commonplace for households to use stylish low tables and kotatsu outside of the winter months as well.However, households without a kotatsu have increased in number due to the spread of other types of home heaters in recent years. But, Japanese-style restaurants and izakayas often have seats surrounding a sunken kotatsu, allowing the majority of Japanese to enjoy a kotatsu-like experience there.last_img read more