Sightseeing

1,500 Pikachus Invade Yokohama For The Annual Pikachu Festival–This Time With Boats And Blimps!

2017-08-10 02:27

In what has become an annual event in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai area, the The Pikachu Outbreak Festival runs for nearly a week long (8/9-8/15 this year) never fails to impress with its inexorable onslaught of Pikachus. Home of Japan’s longest running Pokemon Center store, every year Yokohama is invaded by 1,500 Pikachus who dance, march, and cuddle guests in a festival that takes over major train lines and buildings with Pikachu decorations. This year, however, the Pikachu army isn’t just marching through the streets–they are taking to both air and land in the form of Pikachu boats and blimps! 輸送 #ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ pic.twitter.com/fkkVDid4Sj — オーナー🍕🌭🍢 (@hurousu_07) 2017年8月9日 #ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ pic.twitter.com/GOwTo5Y3U8 — ナーミ…


Tokyo’s New Life-Size Gundam Will Be Bigger And Better, And Even Has A Moving Head

2017-08-09 11:37

You might remember the bittersweet end to the 18 meter tall landmark Gundam statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba last march. The nostalgic life-size statue of the RX-78-2 Gundam was dismantled in dramatic fashion, but Mobile Suit enthusiasts were pleased to hear that a bigger and better fullscale replacement was being built, modeled after the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam and standing at 19.7 meters. 実物大ユニコーンガンダム立像、ツノ(Vアンテナ)の開閉動画。ツノ割れ→ユニコーンモード→ツノ割れ。ちょっとアップにし過ぎた。手持ち撮影なので揺れます。劇中の変身と同じくらいかな、結構速いですね('д')#実物大ユニコーン進捗 pic.twitter.com/tPSxPIKpTk — 湘南パイ(裏ブブリム) (@ShonanPai) 2017年8月2日 While not yet completed, some sneak peek footage has revealed that much like in the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn television show, this new life-size Gundam will have a functional head unit with moving antenna! When the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Mobile Suit shifts into…


Japanese Town Keeps Promise To Open Up A Hot Spring Themed Spamusement Park

2017-08-02 08:42

You may remember that last year, the mayor of Beppu city in Kyushuu, famous for its hot spring resorts, created a promotional video for his proposed concept of a hot spring-themed amusement park where guests could enjoy the refreshing experience of traditional Japanese hot springs while riding roller coasters and other attractions. While it seemed ridiculous at the time, the mayor promised to open up the park if the promotional video went viral with over one million views and cleared a crowdfunding goal. After those hurdles were easily cleared, visual plans for the park were released and now the park has arrived. たなともさん(@tana__tomo)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 31 9:06午後 PDT While…


Tokyo’s “Cosplay Alley” Lets Customers And Staff Cosplay Over Collection Of Japanese Food And Drink

2017-07-21 04:31

Hidden in some of Japan’s more sprawling metropolises are “yokocho”, alleyways that are typically jam-packed with cozy drinking establishments, as well as smokey and adventurous eateries. One of the most famous of these is the nostalgic Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (Shinjuku “Memory Lane”–although it is sometimes less glamorously called “Piss Alley” or “Drunkard’s Alley”), which offers a friendly collection of tiny bars and restaurants that seat you elbow-to-elbow with other patrons in a neighborhood that to this day carries an atmosphere reflective of post WWII Japan’s izakaya. コスプレ横丁の新しい看板が出来ました!!目印にしてね(*^ω^*) #コスプレ #コスプレ横丁 #鶯谷 #鶯谷コスプレ横丁 pic.twitter.com/9u74QIwlx2 — コスプレ横丁(鶯谷の居酒屋です) (@cosplay_yokocho) 2017年6月28日 A recently opened yokocho in Tokyo is offering the same assortment of drinks and…


Japan’s Latest Idol Unit Is A Group Of 60 Miner Mannequins

2017-07-18 04:15

When it comes to regional promotions, Japanese towns in search of escaping the shadow of the bigger cities in the country and showing off their local hidden gems often turn to the attention-grabbing song and dance routine of idol units. In the past we’ve seen areas in Japan promote themselves with idol units made entirely out of credit card company employees, young-at-heart grandpas, and one crazy mascot. Now Hyogo prefecture’s Asago is using the mining history of it’s Ikuno Ginzan to generate interest in the area–with 60 mannequin miners as its “underground idol group”. Once a valuable mining district and source of funds for warlords during Japan’s Sengoku Period, Ikuno…


Sip Coffee On Tatami Mats Inside A Century-Old Building At Kyoto’s Traditionally Japanese Starbucks

2017-06-23 11:48

Walk the streets of any country where Starbucks has planted its roots and you’re bound to see the familiar green logo beckoning passersby to have a cup of coffee every which way. While most of these locations look similar inside and out regardless of where they are found, time and time again there are special Starbucks stores built inside buildings of historical and architectural prominence. Starbucks Japan As a country where its many regions are always looking for ways to pay respects to their local cultures and traditions, Japan is certainly no stranger to such uniquely designed Starbucks locations. The newest Starbucks of this kind is set to be in…


Top 30 Travel Destinations In Japan Chosen By International Travelers

2017-06-14 11:56

When traveling in Japan, sometimes the most rewarding experience can come from “getting lost” in the country and finding hidden gems not promoted in guidebooks and top ten lists. For first-timers, however, the plethora of fascinating areas to explore in Japan can be overwhelming, so it’s not a bad idea to consult with the opinions of those who have been there before you. While you may end up in some tourist-heavy spots, you’ll usually find yourself at least getting a good feel for what is considered “must-see” in Japan, as well as some lesser explored areas mixed in. This year Travel website Trip Advisor released their 9th annual list of…


Award-Winning Japanese Photographer Captures Majestic Scenes Of Fireflies In The Night-Time

2017-06-13 03:22

In Japan, the month of June is often associated with picturesque gardens of blossoming hydrangeas, but award-winning Japanese photographer Hisanori Manabe knows there is another gift of nature waiting to be discovered during the night. 地元の何気ない水田風景ですが形がすごく気に入ってまして毎年楽しみにしています。案外身近に良い風景はあるもんなんですね(^O^) pic.twitter.com/ZaI4y6YSR0 — H.manabe (@Hmanabe2) May 10, 2017 In the outskirts of the city where nature is lush, fireflies can be seen drifting down like glowing raindrops during this time of year. Hoping to capture this magical scene through the lens of his camera, Manabe waited in the dark to immortalize some of the most beautiful moments of his journey. 一先ずホタル前半戦終了です。ここまでのお気に入りです。3.4枚目は昨年のものです。今年も後半に行ってきます(^O^) pic.twitter.com/xJPURSITYG — H.manabe (@Hmanabe2) June 1, 2017 According to Manabe, fireflies come out around…


Cat And Owl Besties Are Just Some Of The Animals You Can Visit At Osaka’s Cat Cafe

2017-06-08 03:32

When it comes to animal cafes in Japan, cat cafes and owl cafes have become so common they’re no longer considered a particularly new or unusual concept. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that both animals are heart-meltingly adorable, and animal-lovers will gladly pay a few bucks to hang out with them for an afternoon. But at Osaka’s 3-floor cat cafe Hukulou Coffee, guests won’t have to choose between visiting one or the other, because they’ll be greeted by cats, owls, and a variety of other animals there. モフりあう2人 pic.twitter.com/q6JVPKfMOt — hukuloucoffee@OSAKA (@hukuloucoffee) June 6, 2017 The two main animal staff members at Hukulou Coffee are Fuku the owl and…


Universal Studios Japan Teases Super Nintendo World In New Trailer, Mario Stage Photos

2017-06-08 02:58

Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan is making preparations for an expansion to their facilities called Super Nintendo World, which as the name should tell you, is a section of the park that will feature attractions in the theme of characters and scenery from the world of Nintendo. Much like the recently announced official Studio Ghibli theme park, you can likely already imagine several attractions, with perhaps a Mario Kart themed racing ride probably the most obvious. While the park isn’t set to open until 2020, several recently released photos show off construction of the site, and an official teaser trailer for the section of the park has been released by Universal…


Former Juvenile Prison Is Being Renovated Into A Hotel For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

2017-06-06 08:46

With just 3 more years until Tokyo is set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Japan has been busy with preparations for the much-anticipated international sporting event. Not only have big-name anime characters like Goku, Luffy, and Sailor Moon been appointed as official ambassadors, companies are getting ready to welcome foreigners with the help of new technology and unique kimono design projects. But more importantly, there has been a rush of new hostels, Airbnbs, and hotels in order to comfortably accommodate the thousands of visitors expected to be traveling from across the globe. Many buildings are being converted into hotels precisely for the Olympic and Paralympic games, including…


Japanese Twitter User Snaps Breathtaking Photos Of Monet’s Pond Before The Break Of Dawn

2017-06-02 01:09

Ever since the world found out about the truly picturesque pond located in Gifu Prefecture’s Nemichi Shrine, the breathtaking travel destination has seen its fair share of visitors coming from far and wide across the globe. Albeit small, the pond is widely known as “Monet’s Pond,” a nickname the spot was given ever since people noticed its almost surreal resemblance to Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies.” Because of its popularity, however, it has become hard to enjoy the tranquil scenery in peaceful solitude — unless, as Japanese Twitter user @EFS17_55 discovered, visitors make their way to the pond at 3 in the morning. 岐阜県 モネの池。人ごみ避けるために朝3時に起きて写真撮りに行って来た٩( 'ω' )و 不思議なくらい透き通った水の色が吸い込まれそうですごくきれい。 pic.twitter.com/Uqio8FAs3i — なえ…


Studio Ghibli Set To Open Up Official Theme Park In Japan

2017-06-01 12:30

The fantastical and charming universes created by Studio Ghibli, the renowned animation studio behind such fan favorites as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke, have long seem perfectly suited for being transformed into an actual theme park. Fans have pushed for the idea so much that fan artists have created elaborate hypothetical designs of an actual park, combining all the worlds of the film. Fans won’t have to dream much longer, it seems, as the Chunichi Shinbun is now reporting that an official theme park called “Ghibli Park” will open in Japan’s Aichi prefecture in the “early 2020’s”. Music&Beer&Dogs&Adventureさん(@brew_huntress)がシェアした投稿 – 2016 3月 18 8:21午前 PDT Sarahさん(@shienna89)がシェアした投稿 – 2016…


Japanese Railway Gets Spark With New Pikachu Train

2017-06-01 11:29

Character-themed trains are nothing new in Japan, but that doesn’t mean old favorites can’t get an upgrade. Introduced originally by Japan Rail East in 2012 to help raise spirits for regions devastated by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the Pokemon with You Train is getting a Pikachu-themed makeover this summer to provide another jolt of fun for Pokemon fans in Eastern Japan. Source: JR East While the train was previously decorated with a general Pokemon aesthetic, the new model will feature a Pikachu-specific theme and was designed under the concept of a Pikachu train that parents and children can enjoy riding together. To facilitate this, the train’s refurbished interior contains “communication…


Stay At A Magical Hogwarts-Inspired Airbnb During Your Next Vacation In Hakata City

2017-05-30 03:59

Cheap lodging may be the preference for many travelers when journeying abroad, but the accommodation itself often leaves a large mark on memories of the trip. So as long as it isn’t imperative to stick to a super tight budget, it’s a good idea to pick a unique, memorable place to stay, even if it requires a little splurging. Those preparing for a trip to Japan’s Kyushu region are lucky to be able to do just that, because newly open since May 17th is the Expected Inn, a Harry Potter-themed Airbnb that will transport you to the magical school of wizards and witches. Anyone who stays here will get the…


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