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What’s New in Japan for 2020
- There are many reasons that so many visitors flock to visit Japan every day, from delicious cuisine such as Sushi and Yakitori, to tradition and culture such as Shrines, Temples, and castles, and of course pop culture like Anime and gaming. In 2020 the Olympic and Paralympic games will be coming to Japan and as a result the country is seeing a huge amount of new attractions, festivals, and other changes. If your interests are cultural, we will give you the scoop on where you can stay in a historical castle, where you can see the best art exhibitions and when famous Shrines will finish their current renovations. If you’re looking for excitement, we have the details on what’s new in Tokyo Disneyland and Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan. If you don’t mind traveling a bit, we can even lead you to the world’s largest Godzilla, also new in 2020. To make sure you make the most of your Tokyo 2020 trip, read on! Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 Tokyo will be taken over by the Olympic (July 24, 2020 – August 9, 2020) and Paralympic (August 25, 2020 – September 6, 2020) Games in 2020. This means that the city is seeing a slew of upgrades to athletic facilities, such as a new national stadium, new stores, transportation, and much more. Visitors can expect a futuristic vision in the 2020 games as Japan intends to use cutting edge technology (such as robotics) to make sure Olympics fans in Tokyo and beyond can all join in on the spectacle. Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 New national stadium Please note that there will be changes in Japan’s usual national holidays due to the Olympics. Marine Day and Sports day will be moved to July 23 and 24 while Mountain Day to August 10, the day after the closing ceremony. The aim of this change is to reduce traffic congestion, but it can also affect opening and closing hours in stores and restaurants. National holidays due to the Olympics Exciting New Worlds Coming to Tokyo Disneyland and USJ (Universal Studios Japan) ― Tokyo Disneyland New Fantasyland In 2020 Tokyo Disneyland will be expanding with its ‘New Fantasyland’ based on the world of Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. Adults can enjoy a hefty dose of nostalgia as they stroll through Belle’s village which will include Maurice’s Cottage and Gaston’s Fountain (but likely no sheep). The ‘Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast’ will take place in the castle itself. The area will also feature Disneyland’s first full scale indoor theater, the Fantasyland Forest Theater. Over in Tomorrowland visitors can spend time with adorable Baymax on ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax’. New Fantasyland The Happy Ride with Baymax ― Universal Studios Japan Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has been extremely secretive about its new expansion, Super Nintendo World. Newly released images seem to indicate that there will Mario Kart and Yoshi themed rides and an area dedicated to Donkey Kong. The new expansion will be open to the public before the start of the 2020 Olympics so look forward to having your own Mario Party in USJ! Super Nintendo World Super Nintendo World Futuristic Aquariums, Miniature Theme Parks, Godzilla and More! ― Shikoku Aquarium 四国水族館 in Kagawa In March 2020 the Shikoku Aquarium will officially open its doors. This “Next-Generation Aquarium” has a theme of showing off the wonder of Shikoku’s waterscape so visitors can enjoy not only observing fish but also seeing how they act in their natural habitats and how they change with the seasons. This aquarium will also feature a Shark Shadow Aquarium, where you can see the large shadowy profiles of Hammerhead sharks as well as a large dolphin area which promises a spectacular sunset over the Seto Inland Sea. Shikoku Aquarium ― Small Worlds Tokyo in Tokyo In Tokyo a new type of theme park is set to open, Small Worlds Tokyo will be home to miniature areas based in reality and fantasy. Feel like a giant by passing through the Gulliver tunnel and then take your time enjoying the Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Global Village, Space Center, and Kansai International Airport models. It’s not just viewing though; advanced 3D mapping is available so that you can join your favorite area and make items to display as well. It’s set to open April 25, 2020 and will make the perfect indoor adventure if you are caught in rainy spring weather. Small Worlds Tokyo Evangelion Area ― Itsukushima Shrine’s O-torii Gate 厳島神社 in Hiroshima Popular sightseeing place and UNESCO World Heritage Site Itsukushima Shrine has unfortunately been covered by scaffolding for renovation as of June 2019. These repairs are expected to take one year so visitors can expect this beautiful floating Shrine to be fully viewable by summer 2020. Itsukushima Shrine’s O-torii Gate ― DMM Kariyushi Aquarium DMMかりゆし水族館 in Okinawa Okinawa, already famous for its wealth of natural beauty, will be opening a new aquarium in April 2020, the DMM Kariyushi Aquarium. Their focus will be blending art installations with underwater environments to create a new type of aquarium enjoyment. It’s not far from Naha airport so it is much more easily accessible than the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which is good news for those who have limited time on the island. DMM Kariyushi Aquarium DMM Kariyushi Aquarium ― Okinawa Kokusai Goodwill Street 国際通りのれん街 in Okinawa Over in Naha the street known as “the miracle mile” is set to get some new editions as the site of Mitsukoshi welcomes the new Okinawa Kokusai Goodwill Street. Those who are interested in the varieties of Japanese cuisine available in Okinawa will love the new food court and shoppers are sure to be delighted by the variety of shops. All of the stores will open in February 2020. Okinawa Kokusai Goodwill Street ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 18. January. 2020
2019 Christmas Illumination & Light Shows, Winter Events Near Tokyo
- Tokyo is taken over by illumination every winter and you can find some of the most famous winter events in, or near Tokyo. From Roppongi to Kanagawa and Tochigi, you’ll find gigantic festivals of light, competing with each other and growing ever more beautiful every year.The darkness of winter lends a perfect backdrop to these glittering worlds, which feature thousands of LED lights working in tandem with special effects such as bubbles and music to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for something romantic, family-friendly, or purely whimsical there are plenty of options for every imaginable category. Read on to find out about glittering winter Sakura, enchanted botanical gardens, Disney-inspired fantasies, racetracks transformed into an Instagrammers dream and much more. ― Be Enchanted by Winter Illuminations in Central Tokyo You can enjoy some of the most enchanting illuminations and winter events while in Central Tokyo. Some of the most popular neighborhoods will be glowing this winter season. Take a look and see if you can find your ideal event. Midtown Christmas 2019, Starlight Garden Midtown Christmas 2019, Starlight Garden If you’re looking for a dreamy and romantic atmosphere to enjoy while holding hands with your sweetheart, head over to Tokyo’s second tallest building, Tokyo Midtown. Here the main event is the garden, inspired by space, it is absolutely shimmering with LED lights and presided over by glowing spheres and thousands of bubbles. Unsurprisingly, this event is very popular with couples, and you will likely see one aspect of Japanese culture, Kokuhaku, or a confession of love. In the days leading up to Christmas the illuminations get extremely crowded, so our travel tip is to try to go as early as possible. Starlight Garden runs from November 26th, to the big day itself, Christmas! Midtown Christmas 2019, Starlight Garden URL:Midtown Christmas 2019 / Starlight Garden SHIBUYA BLUE CAVE SHIBUYA BLUE CAVE Ao no Dokutsu('Blue Cave') is the illumination show set up from Shibuya park street to Zelkova avenue at Yoyogi park, which will be held for a limited time. When you get thirsty, you can buy beverages such as blue-colored sparkling wine and hot blue lemonade at the the limited pop-up sotre Ao no Dokutsu Blue Parks in the Yoyogi park. SHIBUYA BLUE CAVE URL:SHIBUYA BLUE CAVE Meguro River Minna no Illumination Meguro river Minna no Illumination Starting from November 19th and continuing through January 6th you can take a 2 km stroll from Gotanda to Osaki station to view the “Winter Sakura”. All of the trees along the Meguro River will be prettily dressed up in pink lights and reflecting onto the dark waters below. Tokyo can get quite cold in the winter season but luckily three clear domes, or “Garden Igloos” are located along the way so that you can warm up and enjoy the spectacle. As an added bonus this is an environmentally friendly event, with the lights being made of used oil from local restaurants and residents, and they are completely biodegradable. The lights are on from 5 to 10 pm, perfect for a stroll before or after dinner. Meguro river Minna no Illumination URL:Meguro river Minna no Illumination Caretta Illumination 2019-Arabian Night Caretta Illumination 2019-Arabian Night This next event, running from November 14th to February 14th, is must-see for Disney fans. Travel to Caretta Shiodome, a 47-story building with cafes, shops, and restaurants, to see a dramatic light show with a Disney twist. In 2019 Caretta Illumination is collaborating with Disney and their new live action version of Aladdin. There will be costumes from the movie on display, music and even appearances by Japanese voice-actors from the movie. If you’re searching for the perfect photo spot, have no fear, there a few designated throughout the event. The event is centrally located in Tokyo with access from both Shiodome and Shimbashi stations, and it’s also free to enter. Definitely a great option for a night out! Caretta Illumination 2019-Arabian Night URL:Caretta Illumination 2019 - Arabian Night Tokyo Mega Illumination Tokyo Mega Illumination The Oi Racecourse in Shinagawa is no stranger to elaborate events and big crowds. From October 5th to March 29th, excluding racing days, you can witness millions of bright lights in a huge arena. But this is no ordinary light show, they have a number of special performances such as the Rainbow Fountain of Light, Large Tree of Light and Aurora, Sparkling Cherry Blossoms, and the 100 Meter Tunnel of Light. And if you’re on the hunt for that perfect Instagram photo they have a number of spots that would be perfect for that, such as a huge Merry Go-Round. As an added bonus to attending an event at a racetrack you can meet and pose with adorable miniature horses and ponies. The racetrack will also feature a number of restaurants for your dining pleasure so that you can dine up close to the illuminated scenes and make memories to last a lifetime. Tokyo Mega Illumination For more information:Tokyo Mega Illumination 2019 : A Stunning DisplayURL:TOKYO MEGA ILLUMINATION ― Head out of Tokyo for Even Grander Winter Events and Illuminations Hop on a train and head out of busy Tokyo to nearby Kanagawa, Saitama and Tochigi Prefectures. There are a number of Illuminations and Winter Events taking place there. Amusement Parks, Sea-side towns, and Botanical Gardens are all going to be transformed into illuminated masterpieces. Moomin Valley Park “WINTER WONDERLAND in MOOMINVALLEY PARK” WINTER WONDERLAND in MOOMINVALLEY PARK Its first winter since opening in March 2019, Moomin Valley Park will present Moominland Midwinter. “WINTER WONDERLAND in MOOMINVALLEY PARK” is an experiential event that combines art and technology, featuring lights, music and projection mapping.The restaurant in the park is also serving a special, limited time only menu. It is out in the countryside - an hour and a half from the center of Tokyo - it is a great day trip escape. WINTER WONDERLAND in MOOMINVALLEY PARK will run from Saturday, November 30, 2019 to Sunday, March 8, 2020. WINTER WONDERLAND in MOOMINVALLEY PARK URL:Moomin Valley Park Sagami Lake yl million 2019 Sagami Lake yl million 2019 Sagamiko Resort is a super-resort featuring an amusement park, Onsen, camping, and BBQ. There are over 6 million lights decorating the grounds as well as a giant Christmas Tree, Glowing Maze, and a shimmering Rainbow Road that you can view from the comfort of a ski-lift. Finish off your evening with a 15-minute hot air balloon ride!This event also features live shows and a number of restaurants, so it’s really the complete package. The illuminations start on November 2nd and continue through the new year until April 5th. Sagami Lake yl million 2019 URL:Sagami Lake yl million 2019 Enoshima Sea Candle Enoshima Sea Candle From November 23rd to February 16th Enoshima Island will be covered with a variety of illuminations, and if you want to see them all you can simply hop on the Enoden Line. The main event is at Samuel Cocking Garden which will be transformed into a bright fantasy forest. After walking the paths of the garden, you should travel a tunnel of light to Enoshima’s Sea Candle Tower which will be spectacularly dressed up. Climb to the top to get a bird’s eye view!At Kamegaoka Square you can find a great photo spot, a gigantic Welcome Sign made of light. All of Enoshima is participating in the festivities so whilst walking around you can enjoy Glowing stations, illuminated staircases, and Christmas Trees. URL:Enoshima Sea Candle ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 21. December. 2019
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is a Secret Sightseeing Spot
- There are many exciting places to visit in Tokyo such as theme parks and famous shopping areas. However, being just a 2 minute walk from Shinagawa Station, one of the best options for those with limited time for sightseeing is Shinagawa's “Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa”. If you have a bit of time to spare before heading back to your hotel, it’s also a great place to drop in on your way home from other sights, and is especially well-suited to those with children as there is plenty in the theme park for kids to enjoy. About Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa The Aqua Park is easy to find, simply exit via Shinagawa Station's Konan Exit, cross the pedestrian crossing and take a short stroll up the hill. Not only is it close to Shinagawa Station, but the park and the surrounding tourist area of Shinagawa lies within a business district, which is relatively quiet compared to the endless crowds in the more touristy parts of Tokyo. Dolphin party where you can ride 6 kinds of sea creatures The Aqua Park is located in the corner of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, within an entertainment city of sorts containing attractions such as bowling alleys, food courts, and movie theaters. Although the aquarium is located in the center of Tokyo, it’s not the biggest aquarium in the city, but what it lacks in size is made up for by its fancy, artistic design and spectacularly decorative light shows. The romantic atmosphere of the Shiny Starry Bar NAKED STAR AQUARIUM-Christmas in the Starry Sky Bright Sky Street, a collaboration of starry sky ornaments and marine life Definite highlights of Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa are the thoroughly entertaining productions that incorporate seasonal changes into exhibits and shows, based on the concept of a fusion of sound, light, video and creatures of the sea. A fantasy space wrapped in a starry sky called Jellyfish Ramble Within the Immersive Illumination you can experience a fantastic sensation which feels as if you were lost in a sea of light. It’s where state-of-the-art technology and the sea world merge to create wondrous fantasy. The cute figures on the glittering magic carpet The only place in the world to see the Dwarf Sawfish The natural light illuminated underwater tunnel Wonder Tube What’s the main attraction of the aquarium? It’s the only place in the world to see the unique sawfish known as the Dwarf Sawfish in captivity. Compared to normal sawfish (which can also be seen swimming alongside the dwarf sawfish in the aquarium), the dwarf sawfish is smaller and far cuter.The sawfish can be found in a romantic underwater tunnel, illuminated by natural light, called the “Wonder Tube”. You’ll be able to see the graceful movements of the fish swimming around as you stroll through the wondrous 20 meter long tunnel. Only place in the world to see the Dwarf Sawfish! At Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, you’ll be able to see around 10 different types of rays, including the Alfred Manta (Nanyou Manta), which can only be seen in eastern Japan. Opening hours until 10:00p.m. Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa Japanese aquariums generally close at a relatively early time, but Maxell Aqua Park stays open until 10:00 p.m. nightly. Maybe instead of a late movie, try out the Aqua Park next time for a different experience before heading home to bed. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 6. December. 2019
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The place has a very traditional way of making sake. We walked around and enjoy the instruction by a very welcoming staff. Sake ice cream are highly recommend and the place won many rewards.
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Tochigi Main Areas
Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi’s capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.
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