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- 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!
- Awaji Yumebutai, conceived by world renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is a one of a kind environment creation close to Awajishima’s northeastern tip and overlooking Osaka Bay. The project is intended to counteract some of the damage that modern development projects have had upon the natural world, while serving as a memorial to 1995’s Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake (the epicenter of which lies close by). Awaji Yumebutai The attraction is built upon a dynamically sweeping hillside that was stripped of soil to provide materials for Kansai International Airport’s artificial island, which sits out in the bay. The brilliance of Ando’s design is in how it restores a sense of natural beauty to the site while simultaneously embodying the same boldly contemporary vision seen in his other creations, such as the Chichu Art Museum on nearby Naoshima and Tokyo’s 21_21 Design Sight.Opened in 2000 and given a name translating as “Awaji Dream Stage,” the expansive site contains a number of outdoor installations emphasizing the magnificence of the natural world, along with facilities including shops, restaurants, and a hotel and conference center. Awaji Yumebutai The highlight of Awaji Yumebutai, for most visitors, is the Hyakudanen (‘hundred stepped gardens’). This is a collection of precisely 100 square shaped and concrete encased flower beds, all 4.5 sq. meters in size and interconnected by some 235 staircases, covering a wide expanse of the hillside. Up close, the cubes enable chrysanthemums and other flora to be enjoyed all year round, but Ando’s concept manifests itself in full when the Hyakudanen is viewed from the top of the hill: the sight of nature encased in a mathematical, grid like system is at once breathtaking and thought provoking. Illuminated after sundown (by lights installed at precisely uniform intervals, of course) the effect is more impressive still. Awaji Yumebutai ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- Kyukamura Minami-Awaji
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- Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Hei 870-1
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- Hotel & Resorts MINAMIAWAJI
- 317 Fukurahei, Minamiawaji-shi Kobe Hyogo
This hotel stands on the hill and has good view over Seto inland sea. It is kept in good cleaning. Staff are very kind. You might feel hot spring and dinner somwhat unsatisfied, but, considering the...
- Hotel New Awaji - Sumoto Onsen
- 20 Orodani, Sumoto-shi Kobe Hyogo
We stayed in room 401 of Villa Rakuen. It takes about 2.5hours to get here from Osaka including the hotel shuttle. The place is fantastic; check in was a breeze and the reception will escort you to...
- Luxury Ryokan
- Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Orodani 1052-2
I stayed here in December last year with my family, all I can say is I need to go back as soon as possible. Normally when I see pictures of hotels on their website or online I feel it has been edited...
- Awajishima Kanko Hotel
- 1053-17 Orodani Kobe Hyogo
they were helpful to us every opportunity, in additoin to the high quality of the routine service of cource, to the superior facility and service, onsen, guidance and arrangement for tourism and...
Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture's main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country's most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.
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