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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! 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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. 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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
Overnight at the Onomichi LOG hotel
- Another stylish place to rest your head is the LOG hotel, which occupies an old 1960s building on the slope of Mount Senkoji. It was designed to recreate an apartment of the Showa era, with Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai and Discover Link Setouchi collaborating on the project. Japanese washi paper covers the guest rooms while a mix of local and Indian craft and design pieces decorate the spaces. The result is a minimalistic yet somehow cinematic aesthetic that takes full advantage of the exceptional views on offer.
- 21. July. 2019
- The heritage left by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli during their time in Tomonoura can be seen in many places, both big and small. One of the most noteworthy things left behind however, is the guesthouse Onfunayado Iroha, one of the best accommodation options in Tomonoura. This building has a long history. Built towards the end of the Edo Era, this was where the negotiations took place after a naval collision between two ships which led to the sinking of the Iroha-maru, a steamship of great historical significance owned by Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the most prominent figures to overthrow the Shogunate. This event took place in 1867 and is sometimes referred to as “Japan's first naval accident”, an event so significant that it even has its own museum, located next to the lighthouse.By the time Hayao Miyazaki came to Tomonoura, the building was abandoned and slated for demolition. It was however purchased by an NPO, and it was decided that this historical building would remain standing, and instead get its interior restored. Onfunayado Iroha Miyazaki-san got very involved in the restoration process. According to the staff we talked to during our visit, many details of the restored building, such as the patterns on the windows facing the street, was designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself. There’s even a small portion in the building displaying the original sketches he drew to explain his vision as well. Onfunayado Iroha Today this hostel has three rooms only, all of which are very tastefully decorated, yet all also somewhat different in style, atmosphere and size. The smallest room accommodates two guests, and the biggest one accepts groups of up to six people. Onfunayado Iroha ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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Hiroshima Main Areas
There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.
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