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What’s New in Japan for 2019

From its tech-savvy cities to its tropical islands, there have always been countless rea-sons to visit Japan. But with new flight routes, attractions and redevelopments planned for 2019, there’s no excuse not to get packing. From new theme parks to ex-tended holiday periods and regional festivals, here’s just a few of the latest innova-tions and events taking place in the coming year to help you plan your next Japanese vacation.

What’s New in Japan for 2019

Index

  • Opening of MoominValley in Saitama

  • Solaniwa Onsen in Osaka

  • Asobuild in Yokohama

  • Tourism in Okinawa

  • New Emperor and GW Holidays

  • Setouchi Triennale 2019

  • Repairs to Itsukushima Shrine’s O-torii Gate in Hiroshima

  • Eiheiji Temple’s Hakujukan accommodation in Fukui

  • Creation of "Lego® Ninjago® World” in Aichi

  • Aichi Triennale 2019

  • Rugby World Cup

  • Goto Island UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Tokyo is changing

  • Henna-na Hotel is expanding

  • Opening of MoominValley in Saitama

    Celebrating the world of the Moomins created by Finnish writer, Tove Jansson, MoominValley is set to open in March 2019 in Hanno, Saitama. It complements the Metsä Village, which opened in November 2018 to showcase the Nordic lifestyle and atmosphere of Scandinavia. MoominValley will feature a range of exciting attractions, such as replicas of the bathing house and lighthouse from the books, as well as exhi-bitions where you can delve into the creative mind of Tove Jansson.

    Article: Metsa Village in Saitama

    URL:https://metsa-hanno.com/en/ (metsä Official)

    Opening of MoominValley

    Opening of MoominValley

    Opening of MoominValley

    Opening of MoominValley

    Opening of MoominValley

    Opening of MoominValley

    MOOMINVALLEY PARK
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Miyazawa
    Phone
    0570001630
  • Solaniwa Onsen in Osaka

    Opened at the end of February in the Osaka Bay Tower Complex, the Solaniwa Onsen is a gorgeous new hot spring facility where visitors are invited to relax and rejuvenate. It’s designed like an old-fashioned town from the Azuchi-Momoyama era while drawing on Japanese modernity in its various baths and wellness facilities. Aside from soaking in the therapeutic spring waters, you can indulge with a body scrub, massage or beauty treatment.

    URL:https://www.solaniwa.com/

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Address
    大阪府大阪市港区弁天1-2-3
    Phone
    0676705126
  • Asobuild in Yokohama

    Bringing together escape games, recreational courts and children’s play areas, Asobuild is an exciting new entertainment facility in Yokohama. It’s been developed with the latest technology and drawing on a range of innovative ideas and experience-based content to create a destination like no other. It combines culture, creativity and technology, not to mention a gourmet street boasting some of the city’s best eateries.

    URL:https://www.navitime.co.jp/poi?spt=02022.1296090

    Asobuild

    Asobuild

    Asobuild

    Asobuild

    Asobuild

    Asobuild

    Asobuild

    Asobuild

    Address
    神奈川県横浜市西区高島2-14-9
    Phone
    03-5944-9984
  • Tourism in Okinawa

    Scheduled to open in March 2019, the new Shimojishima Airport Passenger Terminal in Miyakojima City will bring an influx of tourists to Okinawa. New low-cost flights are planned from Narita with Jetstar while Vanilla Air and Peach will also offer addi-tional routes to Ishigaki Island. The airport has been designed as a zero energy build-ing and with advanced environmentally-friendly features, as well as being the first airport in Japan to be built with cross-laminated timber.

    Shimochi Airport

    Shimochi Airport

    Shimochi Airport

    Shimochi Airport

    Jetstar

    Jetstar

    Address
    沖縄県宮古島市伊良部佐和田
    Phone
  • New Emperor and GW Holidays

    With Crown Prince Naruhito succeeding to the throne on May 1, there’s been talk of designating a special 10-day holiday to mark the occasion. April 29 and May 3-6 are already planned national holidays. But if May 1 is designated as a national holiday, then April 30 and May 2 would become public holidays by default and the weekend of April 27-28 would result in an extended period of leave for the nation’s workers.

    Article: Japanese Holidays and Events for 2019

    Imperial Palace

    Imperial Palace

    Calendar Of Japan Holidays Year 2019

    Calendar Of Japan Holidays Year 2019

  • Setouchi Triennale 2019

    Held every three years, the Setouchi Triennale is set to ignite the islands of the Seto Inland Sea again in 2019, making it an ideal time to visit. This contemporary arts fes-tival showcases a variety of works by both Japanese and international artists that uti-lize abandoned homes around the islands. The Triennale lasts for eight months from spring to fall, with a spring session, a summer session and a fall session.

    Article: Art Island Hopping Through Megijima, Ogijima, and Shodoshima

    URL:https://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/ (Setouchi Triennale 2019 Official)

    Setouchi Triennale 2019

    Setouchi Triennale 2019

    豊島
    Address
    香川県小豆郡土庄町
    Phone
  • Repairs to Itsukushima Shrine’s O-torii Gate in Hiroshima

    The vermillion O-torii Gate is one of the most recognizable structures in Hiroshima and forms part of the famous Itsukushima Shrine. But from June 2019, it will be covered in scaffolding as renovations works begin, which are expected to continue until August 2020. Aside from repainting the torii, structural repair work will also be carried out and visitors planning on traveling to Miyajima should keep this in mind.

    Itsukushima Shrine

    Itsukushima Shrine

    Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)
    Address
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou 1-1
    Phone
  • Eiheiji Temple’s Hakujukan accommodation in Fukui

    In July of this year, a new accommodation facility will open at the gate of Eiheiji Temple in Fukui, one of two main temples of the Sōtō school of Zen Buddhism in Japan. It’s being created for guests to experience the world of Zen and the practice of Zen ascetics. Aside from Western and Japanese-style rooms, the accommodation will also include large public baths and a restaurant serving Seishin cuisine.

    URL:https://daihonzan-eiheiji.com/

    Hakujukan Image

    Hakujukan Image

    Hakujukan Image

    Hakujukan Image

    Hakujukan Image

    Hakujukan Image

    Eihei-ji Temple
    Address
    Fukui Pref. Yoshidaguneiheijichou Shihi 10-5
    Phone
    0776633102
  • Creation of "Lego® Ninjago® World” in Aichi

    Held in Aichi Prefecture every three years, the Aichi Triennale is one of the largest international art festivals in Japan. It’s scheduled to take place again between August and October this year, featuring both traditional and more contemporary forms of art. The Aichi Triennale brings together artists from not only Japan but also abroad and centers around the three cities of Nagoya, Okazaki and Toyohashi.

    URL:https://www.legoland.jp/

    Lego® Ninjago® World

    Lego® Ninjago® World

    Lego® Ninjago® World

    Lego® Ninjago® World

    Lego® Ninjago® World

    Lego® Ninjago® World

    LEGOLAND® Japan
    Address
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Minato-ku Kinjoufutou 2-2-1
    Phone
    05058400505
  • Aichi Triennale 2019

    Held in Aichi Prefecture every three years, the Aichi Triennale is one of the largest international art festivals in Japan. It’s scheduled to take place again between August and October this year, featuring both traditional and more contemporary forms of art. The Aichi Triennale brings together artists from not only Japan but also abroad and centers around the three cities of Nagoya, Okazaki and Toyohashi.

    URL:https://aichitriennale.jp/

    アイシェ・エルクメン、《On Water》2017
Photo: Roman Mensing/Münster

    アイシェ・エルクメン、《On Water》2017 Photo: Roman Mensing/Münster

    あいちトリエンナーレ2016での展示風景 
ジェリー・グレッツィンガー
《ジェリーズマップ》 1963-2016

    あいちトリエンナーレ2016での展示風景  ジェリー・グレッツィンガー 《ジェリーズマップ》 1963-2016

    あいちトリエンナーレ2016での展示風景
大巻伸嗣
《Echoes Infinity―永遠と一瞬》 2016 
Photo: 怡土鉄夫

    あいちトリエンナーレ2016での展示風景 大巻伸嗣 《Echoes Infinity―永遠と一瞬》 2016  Photo: 怡土鉄夫

  • Rugby World Cup

    The Rugby World Cup 2019 will be taking place in Japan from 20 September to 2 November 2019, with the world’s best congregating to battle it out on this interna-tional stage. As rugby fever sweeps the country, Japan will also be hosting two Pacif-ic Nations Cup 2019 matches in preparation for the Rugby World Cup, with the Brave Blossoms playing Tonga in Hanazono and the current world champions, Fiji, in Kamaishi.

    URL:https://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/ (Rugby World Cup 2019 Official)

    Shibuya Center Street

    Shibuya Center Street

    The Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Goods

    The Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Goods

    The Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Goods

    The Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Goods

  • Goto Island UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018, the Goto Islands in the East China Sea are set to lure visitors from both Japan and abroad to discover their spec-tacular coastal scenery, fascinating history and Christian landmarks. As Christianity was banned by the Tokugawa Shogunate from the 17th to 19th centuries, persecuted Christians moved from Nagasaki to these remote islands where they continued to practice their religion in secret.

    Article: Churches of the Goto Islands

    Goto Island UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Goto Island UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Goto Island UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Goto Island UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Gotofukue Airport
    Address
    Nagasaki Pref. Gotoushi Kamioduchou
    Phone
  • Tokyo is changing

    As Tokyo readies itself for hosting the Summer Olympics in 2020, the city is trans-forming with a number of new developments and upgrades. The purpose-built Toyo-su Fish Market has recently opened to replace the long-standing Tsukuji Market while the Shibuya Scramble is being enhanced with a skyscraper observation deck. The Toranomon area is also seeing a facelift with a new station and several high-rise con-structions taking place.

    Continue to change Shibuya

    Continue to change Shibuya

    Continue to change Shibuya

    Continue to change Shibuya

  • Henna-na Hotel is expanding

    Since opening its doors in Tokyo, the Henna-na Hotel (the first hotel in the world to be staffed by robots) is expanding, with new locations planned in Fukuoka, Osaka, Kyoto and Kanazawa. Be greeted by multi-lingual robots who’ll help you check in before registering with a face recognition system that acts as your room key. So if you’re looking for a completely unique and quirky way to stay, make your reserva-tion now.

    URL:http://www.h-n-h.jp/en/ (Henn na Hotel Official)

    Henna-na Hotel Hamamatsucho

    Henna-na Hotel Hamamatsucho

    Henna-na Hotel Hamamatsucho

    Henna-na Hotel Hamamatsucho

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