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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!
Nightlife in Kyoto
- For most, Kyoto nightlife doesn’t call to mind any immediate associations in the way Roppongi or Shibuya or Namba or Nakasu or Susukino nightlife might, but Kyoto has plenty of spots to drink the night away, whether your ideal scene is a smokey jazz bar, Burgundy in antique Baccarat crystal, or craft beer and DJ sets. Here are the best spots that you can enjoy the Kyoto’s nightlife, such as bars, stand pubs and clubs. L'Escamoteur Bar This bar, opened by a foreign resident in the city, borrows its name from an archaic French term for sleight-of-hand and escape artists, and it does in fact look like the haunt of sideshow conjurers, traveling mountebanks and fin de siècle romantics. The setting—if not the patrons— look straight from a Toulouse-Lautrec painting. Stop by for a great atmosphere and classic cocktails prepared by bartenders that look like supporting characters from a China Mieville novel. Jazz Spot Yamatoya There must be at this point some cult or heretical sect that believes in a vision of heaven that’s essentially Yamatoya: a deep collection of jazz records played on a vintage sound system, good whiskey and pour over coffee, full ashtrays and smoke in the air. This Kyoto institution has been open since the 1970s with brief hiatuses. Fairly relaxed during the day, the atmosphere heats up at night, with records spinning on the Garrard turntable and aficionados breaking down Zoot Sims recordings over Nikka on the rocks. Check the listings and stop by to catch the city’s best players live in an intimate setting. Cinematik Saloon Cinematic Saloon is operating with speakeasy-caliber privacy, tucked into a space in a nondescript building off Sanjo Dori. A vintage PA system pipes in spacey IDM or bebop records, the projector sends a classic film onto the wall, and the sound of shakers and conversations comes from the long bar. This is the type of bar everyone dreams of having in their neighborhood. Forum Kyoto One of the better spots in the Pontocho area, Forum has craft beer from Kyoto Brewing Company on tap, a frequently refreshed list of mostly natural wines, as well as an impressive coffee program and pastry menu. But, more importantly, it serves as a gathering place for an eclectic group of artists, designers and musicians. The space has hosted events ranging from talks on architecture to photo exhibitions to fashion shows to DJ sets. This is the perfect place to stop in while crawling Pontocho or to settle in for the night. Read moreCraft Beer Kyoto: six of the best spotsAlthough there’s no danger that microbrews, milk stouts and pungent IPAs will ever supplant the national love of cold, crisp lager… Talbot Some of the best spots in Kyoto are attached to guest houses and hostels, which is convenient if you’re staying in-house, and also makes for a really chill scene where it’s easy to spark up conversation with other folks visiting the city. Bars like the one at Talbot are not as much about the cocktail list or Michelin-approved small plates, but the atmosphere. One of the features of the guest house is a dark room, so this might be the best spot in town to strike up a conversation about the dreamy effects of expired Velvia 50, the scourge of lens fungus, or debate the best micro four thirds system. The dark room is available for rental by the hour, so stop by early if you’ve got some C-41 to develop, and then head for a beer. Pop Kyoto Pontocho is one of the most atmospheric dining areas in Kyoto and is home to Pop Kyoto, which is easily recognizable thanks to its polka dot door. This cafe-cum-bar is open until 3 am and is renowned for its hip selection of music, high-quality cocktails and espressos that you can actually eat as the cup is made from cookies!If you visit during the day, you can grab a coffee to drink in or take away. But after dark, Pop Kyoto is a go-to destination before heading upstairs to the top floor dance club Surf Disco or the long established Club World whose entrance is right alongside. Bar Gaudi Styled after a Spanish tapas bar, this hidden venue is situated in the northern corner of Gojo Muromachi. The interior is decorated with tiled walls and mosaic counters where customers stand up to drink and dine. If you prefer to sit down to soak up the warm and inviting atmosphere, sofa seats are available for an extra 300 yen. The menu features a large number of small tapas dishes, with the idea being that you order a few and enjoy sampling the various creations. Think freshly baked quiche, ratatouille and Spanish omelette, with European wines, Japanese sake, shochu and beers to accompany your meal. Ueto Salon and Bar At Ueto, the emphasis is as much on the vessel as what goes into it. The proprietor has collected glassware and crystal from around the world, with some pieces, from manufacturers like Baccarat and Daum, dating back to the turn of the last century. The unique glasses are employed to highlight the season, the beverage or the mood. There’s a brief menu of seasonal cocktails, as well as a rotating cast of bottles from Burgundy and Champagne. Sot-l’y-laisse ソリレス Easily identified by its bird-shaped neon sign, Solires (sot-l'y-laisse) is a Kawaramachi-based restaurant named after a part of the chicken that’s often not eaten, translating from French as the fool leaves it. This yakitori-style restaurant features a cool, industrial design, with aluminum piping and exposed light bulbs where you’re invited to cook your own chicken.You can order their platter of 15 different parts of the chicken to discover the subtleties in taste or select a particular part that you prefer. The smoky atmosphere of Sot-l’y-laisse is all part of the experience as you cook your meat exactly how you like it. Suiba Shijo Kawaramachi すいば 四条河原町 The intersection of Shijo Kawaramachi is bustling throughout the day and night. But if you follow a small alleyway behind, you’ll find this popular and pioneering standing restaurant (no seats are available). The walls are lined with menus detailing the food and drinks on offer, all of which are surprisingly cheap. You can order sake-seasoned potato salad or freshly-cooked fish, washed down with local draft beers. Despite the affordable prices, the food is authentic and delicious, making this a great destination to head for your first standing bar experience in Kyoto. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.
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