Ikebana is the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement, one of the many traditional art forms found in Japan. By beautifully arranging seasonal flowers you can not only appreciate the beauty of the flowers in your own life, but also have fun taking part in this refined and elegant art.Learn in English! Try Ikebana in Nishiarai, Adachi Ward The participants in today’s workshop were guests of Emblem Hostel Nishiarai and residents from the Nishiarai area as well. As everyone in the group had never taken part or tried ikebana before, all were eagerly listening to Ms. Imamura’s explanations regarding ikebana from the start. It was much easier to understand the differences between ikebana and flower arrangement when everyone learned about the various schools of ikebana and looked at photographs as these points were being explained. As the teacher explained, “ikebana is an art that reflects the personality and individuality of the artist”.What sorts of tools are required and other points were also thoroughly explained in this lecture as well. Emblem Hostel Nishiarai View Informationlodging The next most important item is the flower vase. Depending on the size and style of the work you intend to make, the type of vase best suited to your work will change. This time we were attempting to make a basic ikebana work, so this small vase was prepared for us. Inside the vase a piece of green material known as an oasis is placed. This sponge helps sustain the flowers in the desired position. Usually, a tool made of iron called kenzan is used, but in order to make the arrangements easy to carry, at this workshop the convenient oasis was used.Let’s Start Arranging Our Flowers! The flowers need not all be placed perfectly straight up and down; drastic or gradual slopes, different heights are all important features in ikebana arrangements. By doing this, different views and expressions in the flowers can be created. Under the guidance of Ms. Imamura, the participants slowly gained self-confidence and went from working too cautiously to gradually becoming more bold with their arrangements. To begin with, one of the most important tools are the scissors for ikebana, which can only be purchased from an ikebana specialty store. Luckily, today all the necessary tools were prepared for everyone in advance. And once the last arrangement had been made, in The Round, Emblem Hostel Nishiarai’s Cafe and Bar, a small ikebana exhibition was held. For those that would like to experience ikebana firsthand while in Japan should by all means take part in an ikebana workshop held at a culture center or ikebana classroom.Today we would like to introduce the Ikebana Workshop offered by Emblem Hostel Nishiarai (participation cost is 2000 yen, which covers the cost of the flowers used). Our lecturer was Ms. Sogyoku Imamura, a member of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, who has been instructing in this method for the past 30 years. A translator was present and provided Ms. Imamura’s lecture in English, which made it easy even for those that don’t speak a word of Japanese to take part in this lesson.Here is our account of the Ikebana Workshop that took place on November 9th, 2016. Although everyone was a bit unsure at first, slowly but surely they got started on their arrangements. Before pushing the stems into the oasis, the desired length of the flower must first be decided. If you cut it too short, the flower will have been wasted, so everyone was very carefully considering their desired lengths and overall image of the work before doing anything else. Our teacher looked at each work individually and gave comments and further explanations on each piece, which enable everyone to gain the aesthetic sense and proper means of appreciating other ikebana works.The very last thing that Ms. Imamura taught us was the importance of enjoying the flowers along with conversation.In ConclusionWhat do you think? Emblem Hostel periodically holds ikebana workshops, the next of which will be held on February 3rd, 2017. If you would like to take part in this or any of the other workshops offered through Emblem Hostel, please contact the hostel staff through their website.If you would like to know more about the ikebana classes of Ms. Imamura and of the ikebana exhibitions she organizes with her students, please check out the website of Flower Salon Sougyoku.For information on other ikebana classes, please refer to the JNTO Introduction page.Read also:Experience Kabuki, Sumo, Tea Ceremony and Other Traditional ActivitiesJapanese Tea Workshop in Nishiarai – Put Your Heart into Making Tea!EMBLEM Hostel Nishiarai: A Bond Between Travelers And LocalsIkenobo Style Ikebana Exhibitions – Flowers Mirroring The Seasons And in a flash, beautiful arrangements took shape!Although everyone was using the same basic flowers, drastically different arrangements with various senses of refinement were produced by the students.It’s just as the teacher said, “Ikebana is an art that reflects the personality and individuality of the artist”.A Mini Flower Exhibition
In Hyogo prefecture, there are five famous sake-producing areas collectively known as the Nada Go-gō 灘五郷. This time, we are going to pay some attention to the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery, one of the long-running sake cellars that represents Mikage-gō 御影郷. Today, we will introduce the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, where you can learn a lot about the history of Hakutsuru and its sake-making.Established more than 270 years ago, the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery is one of Japan’s representative alcohol producers. The museum warehouse, constructed during the Taishō era, was actually in use for sake production until 1969.There are spheres known as sakabayashi and sugidama, hanging at the front of the entrance. These were made by gathering cedar leaves, so they resemble the signboards of sake dealers.Admission is free, so let’s head inside without delay.There are English, Chinese and Korean pamphlets at the entrance.Enjoy The Museum Exhibits!The scene of large buckets for sake preparation being carried up to the second floor with a large pulley, known as an amida-guruma, is recreated with life-sized mannequins. These dolls are modeled on the actual workers. You can almost hear them breathing and calling back and forth to each other.This is the upper section of the pulley, on the second floor.This is the sight of the kamaba (釜場), where the raw rice is steamed. Above and below the koshiki (甑), the large vessel for steaming, there is a scene of workers, called kurabito (蔵人) in the brewery, working in tandem.Before the stairs, there is a rack where the kurabito put their zōri sandals. There was a detailed organization among the kurabito that affected where they put their sandals, from the chief brewer, or tōji 杜氏, all the way down to the meshitaki (飯炊き) who cooks the rice.Steamed rice is cooled on the second floor. Here, the windows are constructed to let in the cool wind blowing from north to south, and the rice cools down rapidly.The little room known as the kōjimuro (麹室) is a hot, humid area set up to promote the multiplication of yeast cells. Yeast is a variety of mold, but is indispensable for the fermentation process of Japanese sake.This is part of the second floor in the northern warehouse. Working while standing on the thin edge was very dangerous.This scene depicts the creation of komodaru (菰樽), decorative casks. They are decorated with ropes made from braided wild rice or straw. These ropes, which have become decorative, were originally meant to protect the casks during transport. These days, the casks are used for celebrations.Tools used in sake-making were given names of animals, like horse, cat, frog and the like. The picture shows a kitsune-oke (狐桶), or fox bucket. This naming system was thought of in order for the tools to be easily remembered by young workers.Sip Some Samples and Buy Some Bottles!You can try some delicious Japanese sake at the tasting corner on the first floor. This is Tokubetsu Junmai Genshu Kurazake (1080 yen, tax included). It has a sharp, refreshing flavor. You can also try plum and yuzu lemon sake.This set is popular with visitors from China. The ukiyo-e design is delightfulIndigo T-shirts (3240 yen) and branded aprons (1080 yen) emblazoned with the Hakutsuru logo are also popular.There are two tax-free registers which have Chinese-speaking staff. Relax and enjoy shopping.Services For Overseas CustomersThe building is fully equipped with KOBE Free Wi-Fi.Each area has an explanatory video playing, and pushing the switch will change the audio over to English. All these services show the consideration towards the customers.Let’s Take A Souvenir Photo!At the end of the route, there is a spot for taking souvenir photos, and you can borrow a happi (Japanese traditional coat) to wear.We got a message from our guide at Hakutsuru, Mr. Tanaka, who said “We’ve designed the various displays so that they convey the appeal of Japanese sake. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask a staff member. After you have gotten a look at the workings of the sake brewery, try some sake for yourself.”Japanese food culture has become a World Heritage item, and sake is an essential part of this culture. By all means, visit Kobe’s Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum in Mikage-gō and experience the world of sake.InformationHakutsuru Sake Brewery MuseumAddress: Kobe, Higashi Nada-ku, Sumiyoshi-Minami 4-chome 5-5Opening hours: 9:30 – 16:30 (Entry until 16:00; reservation required for groups)Fixed holidays: New Year’s break, Obon festival (may close temporarily at other times, so call beforehand to confirmWi-Fi access: Yes (Kobe Wi-Fi)Credit cards: Accepts almost all credit cards, including Ginren (China Union Pay) cardsForeign language support: Chinese speaking staff at shopsForeign language pamphlets: English, Chinese, KoreanNearest station: Sumiyoshi Station 住吉駅 on the JR Kobe line, Sumiyoshi Station 住吉駅 on the Hanshin RailwaysAccess: Heading south, a 15 minute walk from Sumiyoshi Station (JR Kobe line) and a five minute walk from Sumiyoshi Station (Hanshin Railways)Price range: FreeReligion: N/APhone number: 078-822-8907Official HP: Hakutsuru Sake Brewing (Chinese, Korean)
Then check the month of birth, which is written on the left side. The omikuji of your year (eto) and month is the one that you should draw.While Dazaifu Tenmangu is famous for answering prayers of visitors wishing for better grades, it is also a shrine to enjoy unique types of omikuji. If you have the chance to visit this shrine dedicated to the god of scholarship, give these omikuji a try!InformationDazaifu TenmanguAddress: Fukuoka, Dazaifu, Saifu 4-7-1Business Hours:The gate opens at 6:30 a.m.**From Vernal Equinox Day to the day before Autumnal Equinox Day, the gate opens at 6:00 a.m.From June 1 to August 31 the gate closes at 8:30 p.m.From September 1 to May 31 the gate closes at 7:00 p.m.From January 1 to 3 the gate will be open 24 hours.Fixed Holidays: There are no fixed holidays.Wi-Fi: Not AvailableCredit Cards: Not AcceptedLanguage: -Menus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, KoreanNearest Station: Nishitetsu Dazaifu StationAccess: 5-minutes walk from Dazaifu Station.Admission: -Religion: ShintoTelephone Number: +92-922-8225Website: Dazaifu Tenmangu Dazaifu Tenmangu is located in Dazaifu, Fukuoka prefecture. Sugawara no Michizane, an eminent Japanese figure who lived in the 9th century, is enshrined here.Sugawara no Michizane is also known as “Tenjin-sama”, and venerated as the “god of scholarship” in Japan. Tenmangu is a shrine where Tenjin-sama is worshiped. There are about 12,000 of such shrines in Japan, and the Dazaifu Tenmangu is one of the prominent ones, boasting a rich history.Many students visit this shrine to pray for good grades and success at entrance examinations. At Dazaifu Tenmangu, visitors buy good-luck charms or dedicate ema (wooden wish plaques) to wish for good grades. But they should also venture to try the omikuji (fortune-telling papers), as this Tenmangu offers a very unique kind.This article will introduce three types of omikuji you should draw at Dazaifu Tenmangu.Read also:Visit Dazaifu Tenmangū Shrine in Fukuoka For Better Academic ResultsMake your wish at a shrine! How to dedicate EmaJapanese Encyclopedia: Omikuji (Fortune Telling)1. The Cute, Vividly-Colored Usodori MikujiThis is our number one recommendation – the usodori mikuji, priced at 300 yen.Usodori is said to be the guardian of Tenjin-sama (Suagawara no Michizane), a bird that improves people’s fortunes and brings them happiness. A regular omikuji is a piece of folded paper.However, the usodori omikuji is a wooden tube, with the paper inside. This is a rare type of omikuji, so we drew one.The usodori bird is portrayed on the outside, with vivid colors.Pull the string sticking out from the bottom, and the paper comes out.2. The Colorful OmikujiMost shrines use white paper, but Dazaifu Tenmangu prints their omikuji on papers of various colors.At the booth near the main shrine, yellow omikuji are sold.Blue omikuji are sold near the three bridges leading to the main shrine. There is a number of places to draw omikuji on the shrine grounds, and their colors are different according to where they are sold. Whatever the color, this omikuji is uniformly priced at 100 yen.3. Kamado Jinja MikujiThere is another famous shrine in Dazaifu City, named Kamado Jinja. Visitors can draw the special Kamado Jinja omikuji at Dazaifu Tenmangu.This is the Kamado Jinja mikuji, priced at 100 yen. A regular omikuji is randomly drawn from a box, but the Kamado Jinja mikuji is determined by the visitors’ year and month of birth.The eto (the animal sign of the zodiac corresponding to each year) is written on the top of the board. First, check the animal symbol according to your year of birth.
Tsukiji Market is one of the largest wholesale markets in the world and is bustling with many people from early in the morning. Walking along Shin-Ohashi-dori Street toward northeast from Tsukijishijo Station while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the market, you will find Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple. First of all, you will be astonished by its appearance. The ancient Indian Buddhist style is rare in Japan, and it’s hard to imagine that the design is for a Japanese temple. Mr. Chuta Ito, the designer of this temple, had visited India for many times to sketch ancient Indian Buddhist architecture.The Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple is originally not a tourist attraction. It is a branch temple of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha denomination, whose main temple is Nishi Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto, and was built as the largest Nenbutsu-dojo (a place of Buddhist practice or meditation) in the Kanto area to promote missionary activities around Tokyo. Established in 1617, it has been destroyed in the fire following the great earthquake in 1923. It has been rebuilt in 1934.What’s Unique is Not Just the Appearance!Image from http://guide.travel.co.jp/article/693There is a stained glass window above your head at the entrance of the main hall. Although stained glasses are associated with Western churches, this place is a Buddhist temple. The window depicts lotus flowers.Stepping in the main hall filled with the smell of incense, you will be captivated by the principle image of Buddha, the standing statue of Amida Nyorai in front of you. The interior is basically in Japanese style, but chairs are lined up instead of tatami mats. Offer incense first and put your hands together in front of the Buddha in the cooling and relaxing space.After offering incense and turning around, you will notice there is a stately pipe organ. Some people may wonder why there is a pipe organ in a temple.This pipe organ was donated to encourage the popularization of Buddhist music about 40 years ago. It consists of 2000 pipes and was designed for Tsukiji Hongwanji by Walker, a pipe organ manufacturer in former West Germany. The pipes on either side form six mountains that represent the six Chinese characters 南・無・阿・弥・陀・仏 (na mu a mi da butsu). There are 48 pipes in the center of each side, and they represent the 48 Vows which is a central sutra of Jodo Shinshu.Pipe Organ Concert at Buddhist TempleThis pipe organ is of course not a mere decoration but is used for the monthly lunch time concert. Admission is free, so it would be nice to be healed by the tone of pipe organ, surrounded by the smell of incense.Most tourists might be satisfied if they see the bustle Tsukiji Market and eat fresh seafood bowl, but why not make a little side trip to Tsukiji Hongwanji?InformationTsukiji Hongwanji TempleAddress: 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, TokyoOpening hours: Apr-Sep 6:00-17:30, Oct-Mar 6:00-17:00Wi-Fi: Not availableAccess: 1-min walk from Exit 1 of “Tsukiji Station” of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line/5-min walk from Exit A1 of “Tsukijishijo Station” of Toei Oedo LinePhone: 03-3541-1131Official HP: Tsukiji Hongwanji TemplePipe organ concert: Last Friday of each month 12:20-12:50 (Schedule may change.)
Their dango line up always includes Isobe Dango (slightly salty, seaweed-wrapped mochi), Yaki Dango (grilled mochi dipped in sweet soy sauce) and Andango (edible grass mochi covered in red bean jam).Their dango is priced at a very affordable 80 yen per piece. Most people coming to Japan enjoy mochi, the soft cakes made of glutinous rice. They are part of the Japanese cuisine and you can find them in some kind of version at every supermarket.You can enjoy mochi with soy sauce, nori (roasted seaweed) or sweet with anko (red bean jam). Mochi are also part of traditional Japanese soups such as ozoni (traditional New Year’s soup) and the popular oden (Japanese one-pot winter dish).However, no mochi bought at the supermarket will ever compare to the fresh, soft, melt-in-your-mouth mochi you can get at a little shop just a short train ride away from Ikebukuro on the shopping street called Oyama Happy Road.Iseya Oyama – The Place to Find Delicious, Fresh Mochi! Kashiwa Mochi (a rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf) falls in the daifuku category as well. This spring treat is very tasty, with a slight hint of the oakleaf aroma, but please be aware that the leaf is not edible, so you should remove it before eating the cake. The daifuku rice cakes cost 120 yen each. If you come all the way to Oyama, it would be a real pity not to taste these excellent, truly Japanese sweets!Onigiri (Rice Balls) and Other Items at Iseya If you pick up one of Iseya’s mochi you will feel the difference right away. Most of their mochi are so fresh and soft that they will bend over the sides of your hand.This quality is stronger with some of their mochi then with others. They have a millet mochi which hardens within hours while their edible grass mochi stays soft for days.Three Different Types of Mochi Left to right: millet mochi and edible grass mochiTheir rectangular-shaped regular mochi comes in three different flavors. They only make small batches of their mochi to guarantee a fresh product, so it happens very often that just one or two kinds are available. Your best chance of getting all three kinds is on the weekend during the winter.The rectangular-shaped mochi comes in packs of five which cost 550 yen.White Rice MochiThis is a simple mochi made with a white rice flour base. It has the same base as the dried mochi you can get at the supermarket but it tastes completely different due to its freshness.You just have to slightly toast it and it will be creamy and melty. It is perfect to add in soups as is or wrapped in fried tofu skin (Inari age).Millet (Kibi) MochiMochi is already quite healthy as it is basically just rice flour based. However, if you want to opt for the healthier variation you might want to try Millet (Kibi) Mochi.This mochi is made with rice flour infused with millet. Millets is a type of small-seeded cereal grain, grown all around the world. It is rich in vitamins and fibers and considered very healthy. This is the mochi that hardens the fastest due to the millet absorbing the water. However, rest assured that this type of mochi is just as easy to toast back to perfection as the white rice mochi mentioned above.KusamochiIf you like the taste of leafy greens and don’t mind experiencing new flavors, I highly recommend the edible grass (kusa) mochi. It might look a little odd as it is dark green in color but it is really flavorful.It tastes great by itself or in fried tofu skin. The grass aspect also keeps this mochi soft the longest.2. Namako Mochi The main items you can buy at Iseya are mochi rice cakes, daifuku (bean jam filled rice cakes) and rice balls. Everything is made fresh at the shop in small quantities.Although they don’t speak English, they are always very helpful and you can just point at whatever you would like and state the amount you would like.The Freshest Mochi In Tokyo Iseya’s daifuku line up changes each season. This time, I decided to get Mame (Bean) Daifuku and Kusa Daifuku. Most people know mochi as the small rubbery blocks one can find in packages at supermarkets. You have to toast them in an oven or pan to make them soft and edible. Even most Japanese are only used to this kind of mochi. Iseya has been around since 1955. It is a traditional family-owned Japanese rice and mochi shop located close to Oyama Station on the Tojo Tobu Line. The elderly gentlemen with the big smile is the shop owner and he is there most of the time but you might encounter his daughter at the register as well. 1. Cut Mochi in Three Different Flavors One of the best treats at Iseya Oyama are the daifuku (red bean jam filled mochi) and dango (small round mochi on a skewer). The Bean Mochi at Iseya is a slightly salted white flour base infused with black beans. It is extremely smooth and soft and it stays this way for an extended period of time. Testing it side by side with their Mame Daifuku (bean rice cake filled with bean jam), I came to the conclusion that this is the Mame Daifuku skin without the red bean jam.You can buy one of the big triangular Bean Mochi for 110 yen.Please be aware that the shop sometimes stops making mochi all together in the hotter months because they can’t keep it fresh in the humidity. The mochi can be kept in the fridge but they harden very quickly this way and they should still be eaten within two or three days.Daifuku and Dango – Fresh and Creamy Rice Cakes Black sesame namako mochiNamako is the Japanese word for “sea cucumber”. This mochi gets its name because it has the same shape as a sea cucumber. It is long and flat and you cut it yourself.You can also buy bags of precut Namako Mochi but they will harden faster as they are just small slices.At Iseya you can get Namako Mochi in four different variations. They have a white mochi base infused with Black Sesame, Edible Grass, Dried Shrimp or Black Beans. You can also get a pack with samples of all four variations.A Namako Mochi is priced at 550 yen.3. Bean Mochi At Iseya you can also satisfy your curiosity about the popular onigiri (rice balls), which come at 100 yen each. Some will even come with a fresh sheet of seaweed you can wrap them in. They are perfect if you crave something savory to eat right away.I recommend their Karaage (fried chicken) rice ball, which is especially savory and filling. The red bean rice balls (akameshi) or their tea rice balls are also excellent choices.At Iseya, you can even buy homemade smooth and coarse anko (red bean paste) that goes so well with the mochi. It is also delicious on lightly buttered toast.Affordable, Delicious and Fresh Mochi – at Iseya Oyama!In a big city like Tokyo, it is rather difficult to find a shop like Iseya which specializes in handmade mochi for an affordable price. The atmosphere of Iseya is warm and you can clearly feel its a family business and that everything is made with love.On top of this, it is just three short stations away from Ikebukuro Station. So if you are in this area, why not give the freshest mochi in Tokyo a try?In cooperation with Iseya Oyama Iseya View InformationstoreYou May Also LikeBlue Seal – Okinawan Ice Cream And The Best Japanese Crepes In Tokyo!Unique And Healthy! 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Toshikoshi Soba, or “year-end noodles”, refers to the buckwheat noodle dish eaten on the evening of December 31st (New Years eve). It is a traditional Japanese custom.Why Is Soba Eaten on New Year’s Eve?Source: Namikiyabu Soba: a 100 Year-Old Soba Shop Loved By Everyone! (Asakusa)The custom of eating soba on New Year’s Eve started in Japan’s Edo era (1603-1868). There are various theories as to why this has become a tradition. One suggests that its easy-to-cut properties, when compared to other types of Japanese noodles, is representative of cutting away any bad luck (yaku in Japanese) built up over the course of the year.Other theories explain that soba is healthy, so eating it on this day is a good way to wish for good health in the new year. Also, the fact that soba noodles are long and thin is said to be representative of a long life, so it is customary to eat them in the hopes of leading a long life.In the past, Japanese artisans used rolled up balls of soba flour to gather up scattered pieces of gold dust. This implies that eating soba will you give you the Midas touch, as you will essentially be able to gather up money.When’s the Perfect Time to Eat Soba on New Year’s Day?The most popular time to eat soba is late at night, just before ushering in the new year.Having said that, there are customary time differences depending on the area or family, with some regions preferring to eat toshikoshi soba for dinner, and some preferring to eat it on New Year’s Day.As toshikoshi soba is said to cut away bad luck it is said to be bad luck to continue eating from New Year’s Eve over into the early hours of New Year’s Day. It is also said that having soba leftovers negatively affects your luck with money, so it might be a good idea to reduce your portion size if you’re not feeling particularly hungry in the first place.A traditional Japanese New Year’s Eve is a far cry from the lively celebrations that involve fireworks and parties. However, listening to the midnight bell (“joya no kane” in Japanese) and eating soba with your family is a dignified and altogether heartwarming experience. Joya no kane is a Buddhist service that involves the temple bell being rung a total of 108 times to coincide with the number of worldly desires an average person experiences in their lifetime.If you have the chance to spend New Year’s Eve in a Japanese household, please do stay up and eat soba together.For more information on other types of soba, refer to this article: Soba Noodles: Their Calorie Content, Ingredients And Where To Eat Them
In Kitsuki, many samurai lived on the elevated grounds of the northern and southern parts of the castle town. In the lower parts, merchants lived and ran their businesses. The unique structure of the town is frequently referred as the sandwiched castle town. If you would like to get the most out of your time in the castle town of Kitsuki, exploring the town in traditional Japanese clothes such as a kimono or yukata is recommended. Stop by Rental Kimono Warakuan to casually wear Japanese outfits while touring around. You can visit empty-handed and select from approximately 250 styles of kimonos and get dressed-up by professional dressers. The most popular dish at Wakaeya is the “Ureshino”, which is a tai chazuke (red snapper over rice covered in tea). The name is derived from the time when the feudal lord was ill and expressed his happiness being able to eat the dish while saying “ureshii noo” (うれしいのぉ “I am happy!”). After spending a full day of fun in Kitsuki, why not spend a night at Hyugaya? Hyugaya is a traditional Japanese inn that is popular not only among tourists but also among the locals as well. Tai chazuke is a dish where slices of red snapper covered in a sesame sauce are placed on a bed of rice then covered with tea. The warm tea makes the red snapper more tender and brings out the flavor of the sesame. You will surely be able to say “ureshii noo” like the feudal lord when taking a bite out of this delicious dish! Wakaeya View InformationrestaurantJapan’s Smallest Castle – Kitsuki Castle After walking past a long path aligned with a clay wall and many samurai houses from the Edo period, a place that is highly recommended for you to stop by is the Ohara residence. Relax with a bowl of matcha green tea prepared by yourself, along with some store original rakugan (Japanese sugar confectionery) and you will surely be recharged.Traditional Entertainment at Kitsuki Shuurakuan This is the kitchen. There are many real samurai helmets and you can even wear one yourself! Why not transform into a brave samurai warlord? You will surely be surprised when you experience the weight of a real armor here!Take a Break at a Tea Ceremony Inside the house, you will be able to take photos with a real Japanese sword. Why not strike a pose in front of the camera as if you were a samurai for memorable photos of your trip? Ohara Residence View InformationTai Chazuke, A Dish That Made the Feudal Lord Happy This is the where people bathed, but as you can see, there is no tub. Water was scarce at that time and people washed their body without heating water in a tub. Here, you will be able to witness a traditional theatrical play that has been passed down for generations among the people of Kitsuki. Shows are on every day and it is only performed in Japanese. However, there are plenty of songs and dances, just like in a musical, so you will likely be able to enjoy it despite the language barrier. Despite being called the smallest castle in Japan, Kitsuki castle is on top of a hilltop where you can see a magnificent view of the castle town and the sea from the castle tower. Only thirty minutes from Oita Airport by car, Kitsuki city facing the Beppu Bay is known to be the castle town with Japan’s smallest castle – Kitsuki Castle. With many historical neighborhoods still remaining, Kitsuki city has been promoting themselves as “a town to walk around in traditional Japanese outfits”.This time, we will introduce you to the wonderful charm and attractions of Kitsuki while wearing a yukata (light summer kimono).Wear Traditional Japanese Outfits while Touring the Historical Castle Town Looking for good local food in Kitsuki? Why not taste the flavors of the Edo Period like the feudal lord of that time? Here atWakaeya, you will be able to taste dishes that the feudal lord loved, which have been passed down since 1698. The castle tower was constructed in 1970 and it is used as a museum to display many important artifacts and documents. Known for their fresh fish, it is a historical inn that has been operating for over 100 years. The stonefish sashimi is a highly recommended dish that has a nice fresh texture with a light taste.The inn only has eight rooms, but this is a wonderful place for visitors to taste the flavors of local specialties in a relaxing atmosphere. You may also visit to eat without staying the night. Another reason for their popularity is their convenient pickup and drop-off service from Oita Airport or surrounding areas within a 30-minute radius. Hyugaya View InformationrestaurantVisit the Historic and Cultural City of Kitsuki in OitaAmong the traditional shops and buildings, you will be able to see the history thriving throughout the castle town of Kitsuki. It is easily accessible from Ogura Station and Oita Airport, so why not slip back in time to stroll around the streets of the Edo Period in a kimono on your next visit?Learn more about Oita:Discover The History And Nature Of Hita, Oita PrefectureHalf The City Is A National Park! Kokonoe, OitaJapanese Encyclopedia: Kyushu RegionKyushu Tourist Information Center: Find Out What You Need To Know!Ways to Travel From Tokyo To Fukuoka! A Thorough Comparison Once the show ends and you are about to leave, the actors will come out to bid you farewell. This is also a great opportunity to ask them to take pictures with you!Indulge in the Flavors of the Sea at Hyugaya While enjoying your time in Kitsuki, a must-go place is the Kitsuki Shuurakuan. The former sake cellar has been reformed and is now used as a tourist communication center. If you feel tired while exploring Kitsuki, why not take a break with a cup of delicious matcha green tea and some tasty Japanese sweets? A great place to stop by is a historic Japanese tea shop, Ocha Dokoro Tomaya.The shop is constructed in the traditional Japanese techniques where the wood is fitted together in such a way that nails are not necessary. Surprisingly, this shop has been standing for over 280 years! You will be able to see rare teapots and utensils that have been around since the Edo period inside the store.At Tomaya, not only do they sell tea, but if you order the matcha green tea set at the cafe area, you will be able to experience a simple tea ceremony on the spot. For those who dress up in a kimono or yukata and explore the town, some of the admission fees to samurai houses or tourist attractions become free or you can get discounts at certain restaurants. These two ladies in the photo also enjoyed strolling through the city in their kimono. The Ohara residence used to be the house of an elite samurai and it still remains today. Here, you will be able to witness the lifestyle of a samurai through the historical thatched roof house and the elegant Japanese garden. The most distinctive feature of the Shuurakuan is how the audience and actors get very close. You will see the actors perform right before your eyes, so you won’t miss a thing! If you turn your camera to them, they may even strike a pose just for you.Time flies by when having fun. The amazing theatrical performance will surely make you lose track of time easily. Former samurai houses are located on top of the hill.Out of the many hill streets, this Suya no Saka (“Hill of the Vinegar Shops”) was considered to be the symbol of Kitsuki. Like the name suggests, in the past there were shops here that sold vinegar. With a picturesque view, it is well known as a great photo spot for visitors to Kitsuki and as a filming spot for historic dramas.Ohara Residence: the Massive House with an Elegant Japanese Garden When venturing into the castle town area of Kitsuki city, it would be best to use the handy audioguide system available in English, Chinese, Korean or Japanese for more information.The Symbol of Castle Town Kitsuki – Suya no Saka Part of the fun is going through the many styles of kimonos and yukatas with your friends and family. With so many to choose from, if you happen to get confused, the staff will gladly give you suggestions or advice! Kimono dress-up and rental is best done if reserved in advance three days prior online through their website (Japanese). Warakuan View InformationWalk Around Kitsuki in Japanese Clothes
The Autumn Jugoya FestivalAfter the end of the summer, when the temperature begins to slowly drop, you will hear people mentioning the word “Jugoya”. Jugoya, otherwise known as the “the night of the full moon” or the “night of the 15th”, is the traditional custom of celebrating the autumn harvest. Let us introduce this custom of leisurely gazing the moon and spending time under the moonlight.A Regular Event Celebrating the Autumn HarvestWhen is the night of full moon?In the past, the Japanese used the lunar calendar, which is different from the calendar we use today. The ways to count the months are different, and according to the lunar calendar, autumn arrived in the eighth month of the year. The fifteenth of the eighth month happened to be in the middle of autumn and people referred to the “night of the 15th” as the day to celebrate and appreciate the year’s harvest.With the lunar calendar following the waxing and waning of the moon, the 15th of the eighth month happened to be a full moon. Therefore, on the night of the 15th, it became a regular custom to observe the moon.Why Offer Dango Rice Cakes and Pampas Grass?In Japan, dango (Japanese) rice cakes and pampas grass are offered while watching the moon.The reason behind this custom comes from the festival celebrating the crops.The pampas grass represents the rice grains and wishes for good crops for the year. The pampas grass is also said to ward away evil.The round dango rice cakes represent the full moon and have been used as an offering to pray for the good health of children and their descendants.Rabbits On The Moon? The Way The World Sees The MoonIn Japan, it is said that there are rabbits on the moon. The belief has derived from the shapes of the craters on the moon which are said to look like rabbits. Therefore, many songs about the jugoya commonly feature rabbits.What about the rest of the world?In Europe, there are various perspectives depending on the area. In eastern Europe, they believe that the moon looks like the “portrait of a lady”, while in southern Europe they see a “crab” and in northern Europe, they see “an old lady reading a book”. Meanwhile, in Arabic countries, they see a “lion”, which is the complete opposite from rabbits.How To Spend The JugoyaWhy not enjoy a relaxing jugoya at home? Gaze up at the moon while sipping some sake under the moonlight.Move your table by the window and decorate it with some pampas grass and round dango rice cakes. It will make you feel like you slipped back to the Heian period while sitting back and savoring some sake or a meal under the moon. With the dango as dessert, your dinner will instantly turn into a festival of the moon!It would surely be a fun evening plan to search for some rabbits on the moon or talk about the various stories about the moon in the world.Aside from the traditional festivities, during this season in Japan, there are many sweets and fast food delicacies related to the moon or the jugoya ceremony on sale. The “Tsukimi Moon Burger” is a classic. It is a hamburger with a large egg representing the moon inside the burger. It is a seasonal menu only available during this time, so it is worth a try!How about making the jugoya night a special event, celebrating it with friends and family?Recommended Articles:Autumn In Japan On Video! Great Scenic Spots With Fall LeavesAutumn Festivals in JapanAutumn Activities, Weather And Clothing In JapanJapanese Encyclopedia: Momijigari (“Admiring Autumn Leaves”)4 of the Best Spots to See Tokyo Foliage
What is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park?The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a public park in the Naka ward of Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, was built near the blast epicenter of the bomb which America dropped on the city on August 6th, 1945. The grounds are home to three facilities: the Atomic Bomb Dome, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which features exhibits about the atomic bomb being dropped, and the National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, which honors those who died.© JNTOIn addition to these facilities, the park contains the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims to grieve for the lost, as well as the Children’s Peace Monument, which was built to mourn the children who died, including Sadako Sasaki, who died from radiation exposure-induced leukemia. The park also has Phoenix trees, which survived radiation exposure without wilting and continue to thrive to this day.© JNTOEvery August 6th, the Cenotaph is where a Peace Memorial Ceremony is held to comfort the souls of the atomic bomb victims.We’ve put together a guide to getting around the Peace Memorial Park, and what you can see there.Hiroshima Peace Memorial ParkAtomic Bomb Dome© JNTOThe Atomic Bomb Dome was originally used as a government office. During the Second World War, it was called the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. Built by the Czech Architect Jan Letzel in a neo-baroque design style, it opened in 1915. At the time, three-floor Western-style buildings were unusual, to the extent that the Industrial Promotion Hall became one of the most famous spots in Hiroshima.However, the beautiful building was utterly destroyed by the atomic blast, leaving behind only the central dome, the surrounding framework and the outer wall. Most of the surrounding buildings were flattened by the shockwave, and it is said that only the Atomic Bomb Dome survived because the blast happened directly above it. It was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.Hiroshima Peace Memorial MuseumThe Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum consists of the main building and an east building. The main building exhibits, which feature displays such as bricks melted by hot wind and tattered clothing, convey the horror of the atomic bomb. In the east building, you can see a CG recreation of Hiroshima’s postwar reconstruction, as well as other displays using the latest technology.** The main building is currently being renovated and is expected to reopen in July 2018.National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb VictimsA facility built to honor those who died in the blast, the hall contains exhibits such as journals from victims chronicling their experiences.
If you’re a pro wrestling fan, then you owe it to yourself to see a live match at least once.Hi everybody, my name is Hilary and I’m a Canadian who writes English content for MATCHA’s website. In today’s article, as a representative for wrestling fans, I’ll be giving you a full report on what I experienced when I attended a New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) event right here in Tokyo!For those interested in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling world, by all means, check out the following link before reading today’s article.A Must For Wrestling Fans: Complete Guide To New Japan Pro-Wrestling!First Let’s Go to the Tokyo Yoyogi National Gymnasium!The event I attended was the BEST OF THE SUPER Juniors 24, held on June 3rd, 2017 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It’s a large event that’s held only once a year, and put on by New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the country’s largest wrestling promotion company. Same day tickets for events of this nature can be purchased at the walk-up ticket counter. Tickets can often sell out quickly, so if there’s a match you’d really like to see, we highly recommend purchasing your ticket ahead of time. Today, many of the seats were already sold out.To learn more about how to get tickets, please refer to the section on how to buy tickets in the following article.Many Overseas Fans Have Also Come to See the Action! The one item that my eyes kept wandering back to, was this change purse in the shape of Jushin Thunder Liger’s mask. It doesn’t get any cuter than this! Consisting of pavilion number one and number two, the Yoyogi National Gymnasium was built for the 1964 summer olympics, and various events, athletic and otherwise, are held here every year.Wrestling matches are mainly held in gymnasium number two. Inside the facility, the seating surrounds the arena floor area, offering good sightlines regardless of where you sit.The closest station to the venue is JR Harajuku Station or Tokyo Metro’s Meiji-Jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station. However, please note that if you stop at and exit from JR Toei Subway’s Yoyogi Station, you’ll have a long walk to get to the gymnasium. This is star wrestler “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. When these stars make their initial entrance, you can feel yourself getting excited.The one wrestler I was especially cheering for was a fellow Canadian by the name of Kenny Omega. On this day, Kenny Omega and his partner competed against superstar Kazuchika Okada and his partner in a two-on-two tag team match.I was so lucky to be able to see such a star-studded match. This Los Ingobernables de Japón cap also looks pretty cool!At the goods shop they also take into consideration the fact that some fans don’t speak Japanese and might not know what to buy, so English speaking staff will be more than happy to help you out. All prices listed on the merchandise include tax, and the shop is open during the intermission and after all the wrestling matches are finished. KUSHIDA comes out hard from the corner using his deadly technique called ‘Back to the future’.Finally the main event! The championship bout of BEST OF THE SUPER Juniors 24, featured Will Ospreay versus KUSHIDA.Charging toward the outside of the ring while doing flips, and mounting an attack while using the rope as a spring board, these wrestlers employed superhuman-like movements one after the other. This was one match where I couldn’t take my eyes off the action even for an instant! After buying your souvenirs, all you need to do is take your seat and wait for the festivities to begin. Venues sometimes have large video screens showing famous bouts from the past and CM-type promotions of the wrestlers headlining the event you’re about to see.It’s Time to Start! All the Action Is Right in Front of Me! Fans from various countries including the US, New Zealand and the Philippines, have also come to watch Japanese wrestling. The New Zealanders in the photo above became fans five years ago, and they told me that the New Japan Pro-Wrestling circuit has many international wrestlers and is filled with superstars galore.When I spoke with some of the other fans who were visiting Japan, some mentioned the team called Bullet Club, which has a strong base of non-Japanese wrestlers, while others said that among Japanese wrestlers they especially liked Tetsuya Naito. In particular, it seems that junior heavyweight class wrestlers are popular among international fans.Let’s Buy Some Souvenirs to Remember This Event By! Kenny Omega (right) holds out an umbrella in an attempt to help Marty Scurll (left), who looks like he’s about to be taken down onto the mat. Next, I ventured over to the wrestling goods shop and saw tons of interesting goods lined up. There were T-shirts, caps, and other clothing, a cushion in the shape of a champion belt, and miscellaneous goods, just to name some of the items I saw. KUSHIDA rejoicing in his victory with all the fansAfter the three count it was all over. When KUSHIDA was announced as the winner of the BEST OF THE SUPER Juniors 24, the inside of the gymnasium was sheer pandemonium! The fans jumped for joy and as the victory run began, KUSHIDA’s fans congratulated him as he passed by.For me, this was one amazing experience that I’ll never forget.Let’s Make Sure to Have Good Manners During the EventFans are encouraged to enjoy the event freely, but let’s keep some good manners to make this experience even more fun for everyone.1. While a match is in progress, please don’t leave your seat or stand up on your chair (exception: when a free-for-all occurs outside the ring).2. If a free-for-all occurs and the wrestlers start coming in your direction, please follow arena staff instructions.3. Videotaping and audio recording inside the gymnasium is strictly prohibited (but taking photos is ok).4. Cheering is encouraged. If you’re too shy to cheer, then, by all means, clap.5. Shouting at and yelling obscenities at a wrestler, and doing something that might offend or interfere with another fan’s enjoyment of the match is strongly discouraged.If you’re interested in learning more, watch this video (Japanese) featuring wrestlers asking fans to cooperate and have good manners. These “young lion” wrestlers are giving it everything they’ve got!Watching wrestling on TV or on the internet can be a lot of fun, but nothing beats watching a match in person. This was my first time to see a New Japan Pro-Wrestling event, but beginning with the opening match unfolding right in front of me, the experience clearly went beyond anything I had ever imagined! Will Ospreay’s powerful kick! Watching a wrestling event in person, packs a hundred times more power and enjoyment than watching it on TV!For those who have yet to see a live match, how about making your wrestling fan debut right here in Japan during your next visit?For information on upcoming matches and events, please refer to the official homepage or Facebook page.New Japan Pro-Wrestling Official HomepageNew Japan Pro-Wrestling Facebook Page (Japanese)Sponsored by New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co.,Ltd.
The traditional clothing of Japan has been the kimono for centuries. Perhaps the pinnacle of the beloved kimono is the famous Ōshima Tsumugi weave, yearned after by kimono-fashionistas all across Japan. It’s no wonder that this fabric is believed to be so precious – from start to finish the entire process behind making the fabric itself takes roughly a year to complete.Today, let’s take a closer look at the appeal of Ōshima Tsumugi weave, the jewel of the kimono world.Traits of Oshima Tsumugi WeaveIn order to be referred to as authentic Ōshima Tsumugi weaving, the fabric must meet the following four conditions.1. It must be made in Amami Oshima.2. The color must have been made through the technique called dorosome (dyeing with mud).3. The threads must be 100% silk.4. The fabric must be a plain weave.Let’s take a closer look at each of these points individually.1. It Must Be Made in Amami OshimaIn order to be called Ōshima Tsumugi weaving, the fabric must have been made in Amami Oshima; if it were made anywhere else, it would have an entirely different name. This point is the simplest to explain.2. The Color Must Have Been Made through Dorosome DyeingTo begin with, this technique requires the threads themselves to be individually dyed before being woven into textiles with different patterns or illustrations. The threads to be woven into these incredible fabrics are dyed using a technique that has been passed down for generations in Amamiōshima.Dorosome or mud-dyeing, is an all natural fabric dyeing technique that can only be found in Amami Oshima; it is not possible anywhere else in the world. Using the yeddo hawthorn trees (called te-chi in Amami Oshima), a red dye is first extracted from the wood and the silk threads are saturated in it. When these red threads are mixed with the iron-rich mud,a chemical reaction takes place and turns the silk black.3. The Threads Must Be 100% SilkAuthentic Ōshima Tsumugi textiles are only made with pure silk, making them both high quality and high class fabrics.All over the world, there are many different varieties of textiles; some of the most well-known are France’s Gobelins tapestry, Persian carpets and Ōshima Tsumugi textiles. With a history spanning 1300 years, Ōshima Tsumugi textiles are considered to be fabrics of the finest quality on an international scale.4. The Fabric Must be a Plain WeavePlain weaving refers to weaving where the vertical and horizontal threads are woven alternatively (one over the other). Though this is a common technique, what sets it apart in Ōshima Tsumugi weaving is the minute nature of the silk threads. This fabric requires a highly skilled technique to make it accurately, but when done so, it is a particularly light and sturdy fabric.After already undergoing this lengthy process under expert hands, finally the quality of the design or pattern of the Ōshima Tsumugi weaving further adds to the impeccable quality of the overall fabric. We visited the Maeda Tsumugi Kōgei (Maeda Weaving Arts Center) to see the carefully woven designs of their artisan. Though already 88 years old (as of June 2016), their artisan still actively produces the Ōshima Tsumugi textiles herself.It’s very impressive to watch her as she works so diligently to make these dearly loved Ōshima Tsumugi textiles on her well-used wooden weaving loom.When the merchandise has been finished, it is placed in this storefront. With a wide range of designs and prices, by consulting with the shop staff and the mirror, you are sure to find the Ōshima Tsumugi textile that best suits you, be it a kimono, shirt or something else. They also sell business card cases, coin purses and wallets for both men and women. Doesn’t it sound fashionable to have an accessory made from Ōshima Tsumugi textiles? It must be lovely to carry such a beautiful traditional handicraft like an Ōshima Tsumugi wallet about in your pocket or bag.FinallyThis is the shopkeeper, Mr. Maeda. We were able to learn a lot about Ōshima Tsumugi textiles and their charms from him. According to Mr. Maeda, the feeling of wearing Ōshima Tsumugi fabrics is something completely different. When the Japanese author of this article tried on a shirt for themselves, it was just as Mr. Maeda had said: it was the most extraordinarily light feeling shirt he had worn, almost weightless in fact. And, as the threads are so fine, you really feel as though you have been wrapped up in something comfortably warm and soft.Only in Amami Oshima can you find these traditional handicrafts. With numerous designs to choose from, you are sure to find one that best suits you, and could even cover yourself from head to toe in this luxurious fabric. What do you think of trying out some of these fabulous Ōshima Tsumugi fabrics for yourself when you visit Amami Oshima?Recommended articles5 Activities Unique to Amami Ōshima IslandAmami Ōshima – A Paradise Only Two-And-A-Half Hours AwayDyed Black By Mud! Dorosome Handicrafts From Amami OshimaKagoshima Prefecture in Southern Kyushu: Its NatureKagoshima Prefecture in Southern Kyushu: Its CultureInformationMaeda Tsumugi KōgeiAddress: Kagoshima, Ōshima, Tatsugōchōura166-3Hours: -Closed: -Wi-fi: -Credit Cards: Maybe availableOther Languages: -Phone Number: 0997-62-3076Website: Maeda Tsumugi Kōgei (Japanese only)
After arriving at Hakone-Yumoto Station (OH51), take the Hakone Tozan Train (pictured top right) to Gora Station (OH57).Transfer to the Hakone Tozan Cable Car (pictured bottom left) at Gora Station, get off at Sounzan Station (OH62), then change to the Hakone Ropeway (pictured bottom right) to travel to Owakudani (OH63). During the ride, the elevation gradually increases and the temperature will also begin to decrease.Although there are many stations, they are located adjacent to one another so there is no need to worry about losing your way.The Hakone Ropeway gondola lift has a 360° glass window that provides a view of the magnificent surrounding scenery. During the fall on clear days, you’ll see brilliant autumn leaves together with Mount Fuji like pictured above. If you want to get a good view of the Mount Fuji’s majestic figure, then please sit by the door.Hakone Ropewayhttps://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/50610:45 – Owakudani’s Scenery and Black Boiled Eggs!? To travel home, take the Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus to return to Shinjuku Station from Gotemba Station. There are free buses that travel from the outlets to Gotemba Station that depart four times every hour. It will arrive at the station in about 10 minutes.It will take up to two hours from Gotemba Station to Shinjuku Station, with the last bus departing at 20:35. Show your Hakone Freepass when purchasing your ticket and you’ll be able to purchase the ticket, normally priced at 1,680 yen, for 870 yen (*5).*5: This option is best for those using the Hakone Freepass that began from Shinjuku like outlined in the course above. Have Time? Stay Another NightThis is the end of a tour around all of the popular spots in Hakone! The Hakone Freepass is valid for two days, so those that have extra time can enjoy their trip even more by staying another night in Hakone.** Various information in this article, such as restaurant menus or prices, is subject to change. https://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/Sponsored by Odakyu Hakone Holdings Inc. Get your hands on Owakudani souvenirs at the Owakudani-eki Shop inside the Hakone Ropeway station. The shop carries an abundant variety of souvenirs, including kurotamago-inspired sweets and chocolates in the shape of Mount Fuji. If you’re looking for something traditionally Japanese, we recommend the Yosegi-zaiku (*2), a Hakone handicraft, keychain.Owakudani-eki Shophttps://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/482*2 Yosegi-zaiku: a woodworking craft made by combining several types of wood into a design. 12:40 – Gaze at Mount Fuji and Red Torii Gates on a Cruise If you visit, don’t forget to try the famous kurotamago, or black eggs! It is said that eating one of these pure-black boiled eggs, cooked with the heat of the volcano, will prolong your life by seven years.The eggs can be bought at Kurotamago House where the kurotamago art statue is found (five eggs for 500 yen including tax).Kurotamago Househttps://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/73The Souvenir-Lined Owakudani-eki Shop Take the Hakone Tozan Bus (Route Y) from Motohakone-ko (OH67). Then, transfer at Gora Station (OH57) to a bus (Route M) bound for the Gotemba Premium Outlets®. It will take 90 minutes.Our last destination, Gotemba Premium Outlets®, is one of the largest shopping outlets in Japan. Be sure to pick up a map when you first arrive.Time to Recharge! Have Sushi at Numazu Uogashizushi Our departure point is Shinjuku Station. Travel directly to our destination Hakone-Yumoto Station (OH51) via the Limited Express Romancecar. The inside of the train cars are comfortable and you can enjoy the view from the windows.The ticket we’ll be using today is the Hakone Freepass! This pass allows you to take the Romancecar (*1), Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Tozan Cable Car, Hakone Ropeway, and the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, a pleasure cruise on Lake Ashi (some exclusions may apply).*1: Riding the Romancecar with the Hakone Freepass from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station requires a separate fee (1,090 yen).9:20 – Arrive at Hakone-Yumoto Station and Go to Owakudani! Owakudani was created by an eruption about 3,000 years ago. Even to this day smoke continues to rise from the nearby volcano.The contrast between the clear blue sky and yellow smoke is spectacular. The sulfuric smell hanging in the air gives a sense of realness to its volcanic activity.Owakudanihttps://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/99A Single Egg Prolongs Your Life by Seven Years!? Next is lunch on the shore of Lake Ashi! Hakone Kohanso Eatery Sakura Honjin is in about a 5 minutes’ walk from Motohakone-ko.A popular dish here is wakasagi, a small fish caught in Lake Ashi. The Wakasagi Fish Gozenage is a set styled so that you fry the wakasagi and vegetables yourself. It is priced at 2,200 yen per person, including tax(can be ordered by parties of two people or more).The aromatic, deep-fried wakasagi has a crispy coating while the meat is soft and tender. It is a set that also comes with rice, salad, famous local miso soup (kumosuke soup), and grape juice.Hakone Kohanso Eatery Sakura Honjinhttps://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/71514:30 – Pray for Love at Hakone-jinja shrine! Next, we’ll be going to Hakone-jinja shrine. Upon exiting Hakone Kohanso Eatery, walk along the street and a staircase along a large cedar avenue, torii gates, and bright vermillion toro (*4) will come into view.Hakone-jinja shrine is a historic shrine famous throughout Japan.*4 Toro: a type of lantern seen at shrines and temples. It is similar to modern street lights. Adjacent to Hakone-jinja shrine is Kuzuryu Shrine Shingu. This shrine is said to be effective at helping people find love. Many Japanese people visit the shrine to pray for future relationships.The water from Ryujin Suisha, an area where water flows from the mouths of nine dragon heads, is believed to hold spiritual power that purifies impurities. It is valued for its high-quality water that people drink and use for cooking.After finishing your shrine visit, go down the steps and walk to the lake shore. There, you will find the Torii Gates of Peace, a popular photo spot that you previously saw from the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise Ship!Hakone-jinja shrinehttps://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/10515:40 – Shopping at Gotemba Premium Outlets® 7:30 – Depart from Shinjuku Station! A Pleasant Ride in the Romancecar There are also several restaurants in the outlet. Numazu Uogashizushi is a delicious sushi restaurant in the East Zone.The Special Mount Fuji Nigiri (comes with miso soup for 2,480 yen including tax) is a set served with popular sushi ingredients including chutoro (medium-fatty tuna), salmon, sea urchin, anago (conger eel), and more. There’s also the Sungoi Salmon! (734 yen including tax), a dish of salmon piled high on a plate.After satisfying your stomach, it’s now time to shop! We arrived at night, but the afternoon will look something like the image above. You will be able to see Mount Fuji from the outlets, making the scenery very picturesque.There are over 200 shops inside the outlet, including world famous brands such as Gucci and Prada, Japanese brands such as G-Shock and Seiko, electrical appliances, cosmetics, hobby goods, sports brands, and more. Of course, there are also tax-free services (depending on the store)!Gotemba Premium Outlets®https://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/47419:40 – Return to Shinjuku by Bus from Gotemba Station Use the Hakone Ropeway again to reach Togendai Station (OH65) from Owakudani Station (OH63). Once you’ve arrived at Togendai, take the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise.On the ship’s third floor is a deck from which you can get a view of the entire lake.During the cruise, you’ll be able to see the red torii gates (*3) of Hakone-jinja shrine with Mount Fuji in the background like pictured above. Get off the ship at Motohakone-ko (OH67).Hakone Sightseeing Cruisehttps://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/spot/105*3 Torii: a gate-like structure at the entrance of a shrine. 13:10 – Savor Wakasagi Fish Near Lake Ashi
Shirahama is a tourist spot on the southern side of Wakayama prefecture. It is also referred to as the Nanki Shirahama and it is a well-known resort area with beaches and hot springs. It is especially popular among the people of the Kansai area. Photo courtesy of Shirahama Tourist AssociationHamachidori no Yu KaishuThis hotel located on the cape has two hot spring sources and you can take a soak in the open-air bath with a scenic view of the sea. In addition, there are three private open-air baths, a large communal bath, two indoor baths, two public open-air baths, and a dry sauna to enjoy.In the hanare, there are rooms with open-air baths for those who wish to spend a luxurious moment.Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama, Shirahama 1698-1Website: Hamachidori no Yu Kaishu (Japanese)Onsen Zanmai no Yado ShirahamakanWith fourteen types of rooms with open-air baths, there are also six types of open-air baths and a large communal bath that is open for 24 hours. You can indulge in a full hot spring experience right here.Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama, Shirahama 1379Website: Onsen Zanmai no Yado Shirahamakan (Japanese)Kishu, Shirahama Onsen MusashiFrom two sources, there are kake nagashi springs that can be enjoyed in an open-air bath, large communal bath, a split bath house with a half private and half open bath. There is also a sauna and low-temperature bath that is perfect for a moment of relaxation.Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama 868Website: Kishu, Shirahama Onsen Musashi (Japanese)Pointers on Enjoying Shirahama Onsen Photo courtesy of Shirahama Tourist AssociationThe secret behind the Shirahama Onsen’s 1300 year plus long popularity comes from the quality of the springs. There is more than one type of springs in Shirahama Onsen and the quality of the spring changes according to the origin of the spring. Therefore, depending on the inn or hot spring facility, you will be able to find hot springs with various qualities. There are three main springs; sodium chloride, simple hypertonic springs, and alkalescent hypertonic spring that are said to relieve muscle pains, joint pains, improve blood flow, and help chronic skin problems.Getting to Shirahama Onsen Photo courtesy of Shirahama Tourist AssociationShirahama Onsen, located in Shirahama, is a historical hot spring that is said to be one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan along with Arima Onsen and Dogo Onsen. There are records of the emperor visiting Shirahama Onsen from the sixth to eighth centuries. Shirahama Onsen has great outdoor and foot baths and hot spring hopping is part of the fun. You can enjoy the amazing view of the Pacific Ocean right by the open bath.The Health Effects of Shirahama Onsen What Kind of Place Is Shirahama Onsen? Sandanbeki Cave photo courtesy of Shirahama Tourist AssociationShirahama has plenty of picture perfect nature spots such as the Engetsuto island that is considered to be the symbol of Shirahama, the Senjojiki with layers of rocks, and the 50-meter high cliff of Sandanbeki. There are also sports facilities for scuba diving and golfing.At Shirahama, you can also find dishes featuring the rare grouper fish, Kishu sour plums and even yuzu citrus that is also popular. Shirahama is very temperate and warm, but summers here get hot and winters can also get quite cold as well. Please be prepared for the weather when visiting.For more information about bathing in hot springs, please read What You Should Know About Bath Culture In Japan. 白浜観光協会 View Informationtravel_agencyYou May Also LikeLet’s Hit The Road! A Trip To Wakayama PrefectureThe World Of Laputa – Tomogashima Island In Wakayama Photo courtesy of Shirahama Tourist AssociationSaki no YuOut of the many outdoor baths, the only water reservoir left out of the Yuzaki Nanayu baths is Saki no Yu. Dating back 1300 years, you can see the ocean a mere 10 meters away from the open air bath here.Enjoy listening to the sounds of the waves crashing against the rock formations while indulging in the aroma of sulfur and the sea breeze.Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama, Yuzaki 1668Fee: 420 yen for 3 years old and above. Includes bathing tax and consumption tax.Website: Saki no Yu (Japanese)ShirasunaLocated by Shirahama beach, there is an open-air bath that is as big as a pool here. During the summer you can bathe with your bathing suit on and in the winter, you can soak your legs in the foot baths.Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama 864Fee: 100 yen for 3 years old and above. Includes bathing tax and consumption tax. Free during foot bath times (Oct 1st-Apr 30th)Website: Shirasuna (Japanese)Muro no YuThe hot spring here has been continuously gushing out for the past 1300 years. Here, you can enjoy two types of baths at the Mabuyu and Miyukiyu at once.Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama, Yuzaki 1665Fee: 420 yen for adults over 12 years old, 140 yen for children between 6-12 years old, 70 yen for children under 6 years old. Includes bathing tax and consumption tax. Age range is an approximation.Website: Muro no Yu (Japanese)Chosei no YuThis is a one-day hot spring facility where you can enjoy three types of baths. There is an open-air bath, bincho charcoal bath, and indoor bath. You can enjoy the seasonal view of nature from the open-air bath.Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama, Kogaura 2763Fee: 600 Yen for adults, 350 Yen for elementary school students and below. Includes bathing tax and consumption tax.Website: Chosei no Yu (Japanese)Recommended Accommodations in Shirahama Onsen To get to Shirahama Onsen, head toward Shirahama Station and transfer to the bus. You will be on the bus for about 20 minutes and it costs 400 yen. In the next section, we will explain how to get to Shirahama Station from various parts of Japan.*Please note that transportation fee, time, road conditions and traffic will vary according to the season.From TokyoGoing by TrainFrom Tokyo Station, take the JR Tokaido shinkansen to Shin-Osaka Station and transfer to the JR Limited Express Kuroshio and go to Shirahama Station. It takes around five hours (not including transfer time) and costs 16,210 yen for unreserved seats.Going by PlaneFrom Haneda Airport to Nanki Shirahama Airport, there are three flights per day operated by JAL. It takes around an hour and 15 minutes and costs 35,290 yen for a standard fare.From Nanki Shirahama Airport, if you take the local bus, it takes around ten minutes and costs start at 240 yen. If you take the taxi, it takes around five minutes and costs around 1500 yen.Going by BusFrom Ikebukuro Station, stop by Shinjuku Station before heading to Shirahama Onsen by an overnight express bus. It takes around nine hours and costs start at 8700 yen.From OsakaGoing by TrainFrom Shin-Osaka Station, get on the JR Limited Express Kuroshio from Kyoto until Shirahama Station. It takes around two hours and 30 minutes and costs 5080 yen for unreserved seats.Going by BusFrom Osaka Station, stop by the Namba Station before going to the Shiraham Station. There are about ten express buses per day. It takes around three hours and 40 minutes and costs 2980 yen.From FukuokaFrom Hakata Station get on the JR Sanyo shinkansen to Shin-Osaka Station and transfer to the Limited Express Kuroshio. It takes around 5 hours and costs 16,850 yen for unreserved seats.Transportation Methods in the Shirahama Onsen AreaHot springs and inns in Shirahama Onsen area are spread out over a large area so it is advised to travel using a local bus or a rental bicycle.There is a handy unlimited hop-on-hop-off bus pass in the Shirahama Onsen area and tourist spots. For a 1-day free pass, it costs 1100 yen for adults and 550 yen for children. A 2-day free pass costs 1500 yen for adults and 750 yen for children, while a 3-day free pass costs 1700 yen and 850 yen respectively. Hop-on-hop-off passes can be purchased inside buses running in the city.Bicycle rentals are great for Shirahama that has many hills and ups and downs. You can rent an electric assisting bicycle for one day (10:00-16:00) for 1000 yen (insurance is 1000 yen). You can rent bicycles at Machikado Gallery Shirasuna.Machikado Gallery Shirasuna (Rent-a-Cycle)Address: Wakayama, Nishimuro, Shirahama 1384-57Phone number: +81-0739-43-1618Hours: 9:00-17:00Website: Machikado Gallery Shirasuna (Japanese)One-Day Bathing Spots at Shirahama Onsen
The feed-loving rabbits are totally fearless, and will even cling to your feet. It’s a very comforting sight! While you can lightly pet them, do not chase the rabbits around or try to hold them. Rabbits are actually very cowardly creatures. If they are held, they will try to squirm out and flee, and they may break some bones. During World War I, Okunoshima was the home of a poison gas production facility. In order to conceal it at the time, Okunoshima’s existence was not noted on maps, and it became a “deleted island.”However, production ceased along with the end of the war, and the entire island was scrubbed clean of poisonous material, so there is no need to worry about any remaining hazards. The ferry ticket counter is outside the souvenir shop. Hit the red button for a ticket to Okunoshima (620 yen for one adult round-trip ticket).Arrive On “Rabbit Island,” An Animal Lover’s Paradise!Okunoshima, otherwise known as Rabbit Island, is three kilometers away from Tadanoumi Port and a 12-minute journey by boat.The History Of Okunoshima Well, how did the rabbits get to the island? One theory holds that eight rabbits raised at an island elementary school were released into the wild, where they reproduced. For the rabbits, this island has plenty of food for them to fill up on every day, so they can live happy, sleepy lives. For that reason, their numbers only seem to increase.Play Around With The Free-Roaming Rabbits! The first things to do on your itinerary when you arrive in Hiroshima are going to be getting a good view of Itsukushima Shrine’s giant torii gate and savoring a meal of large Hiroshima oysters. If you’re not sure what to do after that, we’ll introduce you to a place in Hiroshima where you can spend time with some cute little critters. To get to Okunoshima, you’ll need to head to Tadanoumi Port first. The port is in walking distance from Tadanoumi Station, two hours from JR Hiroshima Station on the Kure Line. Once at the port, check out the available ferries. There are ten per day. While waiting, you can pick up postcards, stationery, key holders and many other rabbit-themed products at the souvenir shop. Of course, you can also buy rabbit feed. Okunoshima currently has around seven hundred rabbits for visitors to play with, making it a delight for kids. Due to the constant feeding by visitors, all of the rabbits have become round and plump. This rabbit seems to be saying “I can stand on my tiptoes if you’ve got some food for me!”Rabbit feed is only sold at the Tadanoumi Port souvenir shop, not on the island. You can also feed the rabbits with mizuna mustard greens and radishes from the supermarket, which makes them equally happy.In Closing If you get tired after walking around the island for a while, you can take a break on a bench. If you have feed on hand, the rabbits will come to you, and you can enjoy your newfound popularity with them. The island of Okunoshima is a must-visit for anyone who likes animals. Visit this island and you can have the dreamlike experience of being surrounded by adorable little rabbits!Hop On A Boat To Go Visit Okunoshima’s Bunnies! Pull out a bag of feed and the adult rabbits will crowd around you. The baby rabbits will be overwhelmed by the crush of adults, and unable to get to the feed. When you give the rabbits food, take care of the little ones, too! In recent years, Okunoshima has become a sightseeing spot for international and Japanese visitors in search of solace. If you love animals, by all means, visit Rabbit Island. By playing with the cute rabbits, the childlike spirit in your heart will be fulfilled, and you’ll want to run around with them yourself. It is said that animals and children can naturally bring a smile to your face, but if you come here to Rabbit Island, you can recover the pure, smiling face you that may have started to wear away from the daily grind. Keeping the return ferry in mind, we recommend that you take the 3:15 PM ferry from Tadanoumi Port, at the latest.Timetable ReferenceThis article was translated and edited from traditional Chinese. Matsumoto Kaiso shop Omishima Ferry View Informationtransit_station
Picture courtesy of KOBE TOURISM BUREAUAt night the tower is lit up, giving it different beauty compared to daytime. If you go up onto the observation deck at this time you will be able to encounter Kobe’s beautiful night view. From Stylish Kobe Spots – Cafes And Unique Stationery At Kobe Brick Warehouse!The lovely staff a the branch of the well-established stationery store NAGASAWA Kobe Brick Warehouse Store has collected unique stationery from all over the country. With customers coming from all over the world to buy what the store has on offer, you don’t have to love stationary to enjoy the exciting atmosphere. Indulge In Kobe Beef With Exquisite Gyudon At Hiroshige Read also Kobe Area Guide – Sannomiya, Kitano, Bay Area, And Arima Onsen 15 Things To Do In Kobe1. Bay Area – Get a Breathtaking View of Kobe from the Port Tower Enjoy A Retro Kobe Vibe At The Artsy Yume Nomad Hotel! Picture courtesy of KOBE TOURISM BUREAUThis is Arima Onsen’s famous Golden Spring which has a uniquely reddish brown color. Although the source of this hot spring is clear, it contains a lot of iron which oxidizes and changes color when exposed to the air. It is said to heal issues like poor circulation, lower back, muscle, and joint pain.If you get some in your mouth you will discover it is extremely salty. One characteristic of water with a high salt concentration is that it has lasting moisturizing effects. Feel free take some time to heal your daily fatigue at Arima Onsen. Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Ikuta Shrine Power Spot In Kobe Stylish Kobe Spots – Cafes And Unique Stationery At Kobe Brick Warehouse! Kobe is a stylish city in Western Japan, not far from Osaka and Kyoto. It is very popular for its Kobe beef and for shopping along its port.However, the city of Kobe is much more than this. It offers an interesting mix of different cultures. It has flourished as a port town long ago which is the reason why a mix of Western and Japanese cultures created the sophisticated cityscape still found here today.In this article, we will introduce you to a selection of 15 things to do in Kobe including model routes and tips on how to thoroughly enjoy yourself on your trip!ContentsKobe Area Guide15 Things To Do In Kobe1. Get a Breathtaking View of Kobe from the Port Tower2. Unique Houses Up on the Hill Known as Ijinkan3. Try Street Food In Nankinmachi4. Take A Stroll Along Kobe’s Number One Shopping Arcade5. Pray For Love At Ikuta Shrine6. Enjoy The Sea Breeze At Harborland7. Take A Walk Through The Unique Fashion District8. Explore Kobe’s History9. An Unforgettable Night View10. Savor Delishes Kobe Beef11. Take a Break at a Trendy Cafe12. Experience Everyday Life in a Retro Area13. Try Freshly Made Sake14. Heal Your Fatigue at Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring Town15. Breathe The Fresh Mountain AirRecommended Accommodation – Hotels And GuesthousesA Two Day Tour Through KobeAccess To KobeKobe Area Guide 6. Bay Area – Enjoy The Sea Breeze At Harborland Located about five minutes on foot from the south side of Sannomiya Station is Sannomiya Center Street. This historical shopping arcade is about 600 meters long. It consists of a wide street with all kinds of stores including big electronic brands, clothes shops, and cafes on both sides. The Inari Shrine in the northeast side of the grounds is an especially popular photo spot. The vermillion lacquered tori gates are there for those whose prayers have been met to offer their gratitude. Like the tori gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, it is believed that the more there are, the more likely your prayers at this shrine will be answered. There are also plenty of huge shopping malls, such as umie, that you can visit nearby Kobe Brick Warehouse. Decadent Kobe Beef For A Reasonable Price At Tanryu in Sannomiya 10. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Savor Delishes Kobe Beef From Indulge In Kobe Beef With Exquisite Gyudon At HiroshigeIf you would like to try something different than steak, Hiroshige Gyudon is another recommended. Here you can try the luxurious Kobe Beef version of the classic Japanese beef bowl. From Kobe Port Tower – The Red Symbol Of The City Sparkling In The Sky”, Port Tower is a symbol of KobeThe Port Tower is a 108-meter high observatory tower and the symbol of Kobe. The bright red hyperboloid structure with its twisting center looks especially beautiful against the blue sky. 7. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Take A Walk Through The Unique Fashion District Read also 2 Day Kobe Trip – Real Kobe Beef, Harbor Views, And Hot Springs! Kobe’s Weathercock House, A Century-Old Foreign Residence Read also A Two Day Tour Through KobeKobe is very compact and many of Kobe’s main spots are located in the Sannomiya-Motomachi area, so two days can be more than enough to just take a look around.In the morning of the first day, you start by heading over to the Injinkan in the Kitano Area. This area has a lot of hills, so it’s best to go while you still have all of your energy. You can have some Kobe Beef for lunch and in the afternoon why not head to Torwest or the Sannomiya Center Street? If you decide to go shopping around Sakaemachi and Nankinmachi, make sure not to miss the Bay Area’s romantic night views in the evening.On the second day, let’s go to Arima Onsen. Enjoy public hot springs and spend a moment at one of Arima’s old cafes or standing bars. Read also Kobe – A Mix Of Western And Japanese Culture Read also Kobe Port Tower – The Red Symbol Of The City Sparkling In The Sky Read also Read also A short walk south from the Motomachi-Nankinmachi you’ll arrive at Sakaemachi, an area that has taken on a new style with a collection of retro buildings transformed into variety goods stores, clothes shops, galleries, and cafes.Torwest Google MapSakaemachi Google Map8. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Explore Kobe’s History Read also Savor Coffee By The Sea At Starbucks In Kobe’s Meriken Park The PEANUTS HOTEL Kobe – Enter The World Of Snoopy And Friends Experience Everyday Life In Japan At Guesthouse Maya In Kobe Picture courtesy of KOBE TOURISM BUREAUKobe’s night view is known as one of Japan’s Three Great Night Views. Specifically the night view from an observation point near the top of Mt. Maya Kikuseidai. The easy access from Kobe’s center makes it a popular spot, especially for dates.You can even see the Osaka area from here if the weather is clear. During winter you can see all the way to Kansai International Airport. Kobe’s night view is also called the “Ten Million Dollar Night View,” referring to the cost of maintaining the number of lights you are able to see from the observation deck. How To Get To Kobe From Osaka – Visit The Port City! Enjoying your lunch at one of the many restaurants is a great option, but since there are a variety of street stalls, why not try some street food instead?In the photo above you can see an example of Peking Duck from a food stall. The crispy Peking Duck skin is covered in a sweet sauce and topped with green onions. Its aromatic and delicious! From Cafe Freundlieb In Kobe – Enjoying Tea Time In A Former ChurchThere are plenty of cafes around Kobe, blending perfectly with the sophisticated atmosphere of the city. Cafe Freundlieb is a cafe located inside a building that once used to be a church. Built for the Christians visiting from the port, it survived through both the Second World War and the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. A five-minute walk from Motomachi station you can find Western Japans’ most famous Chinatown, Nankinmachi. You can find over a hundred stores in the only 110 by 270-meter area. Starbucks Kobe Kitano Ijinkan: Have Coffee In A Tangible Heritage Site TorwestIn the shopping area Torwest between Sannomiya station and Motomachi station, you will be able to find an area perfect for shopping or just strolling around! Savor Kobe Beef At Misono, The Originators Of Teppanyaki! Access To Kobe Kobe has six main areas. It is divided into the Sannomiya-Motomachi, Bay, Shinkaichi, Nada, Arima Hot Spring and Mount Rokko areas.You can find Kobe’s tourism center in the Sannomiya-Motomachi area. This area is in itself divided into two different sections. The Kitano Area, which located north of the Sannomiya-Motomachi Station, also known as the mountainside. It is distinctive for Western Style houses called Ijinkan. The other section is the shopping area located south of the station, known as the ocean side. This area is home to Kobe’s number one shopping streets.Just five minutes walk from Motomachi Station you can find Kansai’s greatest Chinatown, Nankinmachi. Filled with Chinese restaurants and plenty of food offering popular Chinese snacks.The Bay Area is home to the spacious Meriken Park. Kobe’s landmark, the Port Tower, is located at its center along with Harborland, a collection of large commercial complexes.For a chance to see a slightly different side of Kobe, you can visit Shinkaichi. This area is distinctive for its rows of old shopping arcades and stores. If you love Japanese sake then you should definitely check out the sake brewery in Nada located here.A little further away from the center and you’ll find Kansai’s famous hot spring town, Arima Onsen as well as an area full of nature known as Mount Rokko.Let’s take a look at what to do in each area and how to make the most out of your Kobe trip 11. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Take a Break at a Trendy Cafe Read also Since the opening of the Kobe Port in 1868, foreign residents have lived in the area. This has introduced a completely new culture to Kobe. The houses of these initial migrants are known as Ijinkan.The house in the photo is the Weathercock House, the Former Thomas House built around 1909. Currently it is open to the public. The former master of the house, Mr. Thomas, was a German trader who fused German architectural styles with Japanese, giving the inside of the house an extremely elegant atmosphere.There are currently more than 30 different Injinkan in the Kitano area, of which more than ten are open to the public in general. As seen in “Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Ikuta Shrine Power Spot In Kobe”The Ikuta Shrine is located a ten-minute walk from Sannomiya Station. Although Kobe may have an image of being a stylish port town, historic shrines like this one can also be found here.A goddess named Wakahirumeno Mikoto is enshrined at Ikuta Shrine. She is the goddess of fabrics, and it is believed that she ties people’s fates together. Currently, the Ikuta Shrine is gaining popularity as a spot for love fulfillment. Arima Onsen – Complete Guide To Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring Town Hankyu “Kobe Sannomiya Station”From Osaka and KyotoThe fastest trains take 21 minutes from Osaka (on the JR Kobe Line Rapid Train – 410yen) and a 52 minutes from Kyoto (on the JR Kyoto Line Special Rapid – 1080yen) to the JR Sannomiya Station.From Kansai International AirportIf you are traveling from Kansai International Airport (Kankuu) we recommend using a bus.From Kansai Terminal 1Leave the International Arrivals lobby and head to bus stop 6 where you can ride the Kobe Sannomiya – Rokko Island bound bus. The travel time is around 65 minutes.From Kansai Terminal 2Leave the Arrivals lobby and head to bus stop 4 where you can ride the Kobe Sannomiya – Rokko Island bound bus. The travel time is around 1 hour 20 minutes.Please use the ticket machines available at the bus stop.Arrival Point: Kobe Sannomiya Google MapTicket Cost: One way：1,950yen(Adult) / 980yen(Child), Return Discount: 3080yen(Adult) 12. Shinkaichi Area – Experience Everyday Life in a Retro Area The Kobe Foreign Settlement is an area where foreigners dealing in trade would live after the opening of Kobe Port. Unlike the Ijinkan Area introduced earlier where people from Japan and many different countries would live together, only foreigners really lived in The Kobe Foreign Settlement district. From Enjoy A Retro Kobe Vibe At The Artsy Yume Nomad Hotel!For those wanting to experience everyday life in Kobe, you have to look no further than the Shinkaichi Area. Once hosting an array of cinemas and theaters, it used to be one of Kobe’s most bustling areas.It still offers many retro buildings, locally loved cafes and shopping areas making it an area with a lot of history. This area can show you a different side Kobe.Shinkaichi Station Google Map13. Nada Area – Try Freshly Made Sake Kobe Guesthouse Minato Hütte, Your Home Away From Home From Hakutsuru Sake Museum In Kobe – A Must-See For Liquor LoversKobe’s Hyogo prefecture produces the largest Japanese sake amount in Japan. Many sake breweries are located in an area called Nada.Established more than 270 years ago, the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery includes the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. The warehouse was previously used for sake production and now hosts an easy to follow exhibition of the sake production process. The entry is free and at the tasting area you can try and buy freshly brewed sakes! From Starbucks Kobe Kitano Ijinkan: Have Coffee In A Tangible Heritage SiteThere are also Injinkan that have been converted into cafes. This is the Kitano Injinkan Branch of Starbucks Coffee. Here you can experience drinking coffee in a century-old Injinkan. Many cafes in Kobe are not only trendy but many of them also have a deep history. 14. Arima Osen Area – Heal Your Fatigue at Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring Town Read also Catch a Lift From KIX Into Kobe On The Convenient Bay Shuttle! Starbucks Kobe Kitano Ijinkan: Have Coffee In A Tangible Heritage Site Picture courtesy of KOBE TOURISM BUREAUMount Rokko is an area bursting with nature and it is located just a cable car ride away from Arima Onsen.At Rokkosan Country House you can immerse yourself in the clear air outdoors with barbecues and activities in the Rokkonsan Field. And at Rokkosan Pasture you can play with animals as well as try fresh milk, cheese, and ice cream, making it perfect for families.Mt. Rokko Google MapRecommended Accommodation – Hotels And Guesthouses Arima Onsen Day Trip -Top 3 Recommended Hot Springs Doesn’t this juice look delicious? Follow this street towards Motomachi and find the entrance to Chinatown at the end of it.Motomachi Center Street Google Map5. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Pray For Love At Ikuta Shrine Cafe Freundlieb In Kobe – Enjoying Tea Time In A Former Church 3. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Try Street Food In Nankinmachi From Experience Everyday Life In Japan At Guesthouse Maya In KobeKobe is full of hotels and guesthouses. “Guesthouse Maya” is located near Nada Station, 1 stop from Sannomiya Station. With a local shopping arcade nearby, it is popular for with those who want to experience daily life in Kobe. Hakutsuru Sake Museum In Kobe – A Must-See For Liquor Lovers Read also Read also 2. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Unique Houses Up on the Hill Known as Ijinkan As seen in Stylish Kobe Spots – Cafes And Unique Stationery At Kobe Brick Warehouse!Harborland is a collection of large commercial complexes. Our recommended spot here is the Kobe Brick Warehouse. Found inside the impressive brick building, built in the late 1890s, are cafes, restaurants and a famous stationery store. From Japan’s First! Dive Into The World Of Snoopy At Kobe’s Peanuts HotelKobe’s Peanuts Hotel near Sannomiya station opened in August 2018. With a different concept in every room, you might just feel like you entered the world of Snoopy and friends. Kakuniman, soft braised pork belly wrapped in a soft steamed bun. Prices vary depending on the shop but most food items are a couple of hundred yen each, so you can have fun trying a variety of things!Kobe Nankinmachi Chinatown Google Map4. Sannomiya-Motomachi Area – Take A Stroll Along Kobe’s Number One Shopping Arcade 15. Mount Rokko Area – Breathe The Fresh Mountain Air A Stellar View From The Summit of Kobe – Mt. Maya Kikuseidai Picture courtesy of KOBE TOURISM BUREAUNowadays it is a home to high-end fashion brand stores and boutiques, including open cafe where you can spend an afternoon in elegancy.Kobe Foreign Settlement Daimarumae Station (The Closest Station To The Foreign Settlement) Google Map9. Mt. Maya Kikuseidai – An Unforgettable Night View From Decadent Kobe Beef For A Reasonable Price At Tanryu in SannomiyaIf you come to Kobe, the home of Kobe Beef, you should definitely try it! Kobe Beef is a special kind of meat from the “Tajima cattle” in the Hyogo Prefecture. It has to be certified by the “Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association” to be called Kobe beef. Misono is the birthplace of Teppanyaki steak and a place where you can indulge in the highest grade steak to your heart’s content. Kobe Tanryu is a Kobe beef specialty restaurant located in Sannomiya-Motomachi (central Kobe) operated by the Kissho Group. Here you can enjoy high-grade Kobe beef at a low cost. The price is around 3000yen for a Kobe beef lunch set. From Arima Onsen – Complete Guide To Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring TownArima Onsen is Japan’s most ancient hot spring town, dating back to over 1000 years ago. This hot spring town is only 1km squared and very compact while including an array of hot spring resort inns, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Read also
Tsukiji Fish Market, located in the Chuo ward of Tokyo, is not only the largest fish market in Japan, but also in the world and as such sees countless visitors from overseas each day.Tsukiji can be easily reached from most parts of Tokyo, and it is this ease of access that it is well-known for. Today, we will go over the best routes to take to Tsukiji from Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Ginza.1. Traveling from Shinjuku to Tsukiji Market=”https:>Shinjuku Station has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the busiest station with the highest number of daily passengers in the world.The most convenient route to Tsukiji to take from this bustling station is the Oedo subway line. To reach Tsukiji, simply take the Oedo line bound for Roppongi/Daimon, then get off at Tsukijishijo Station. It only takes 20 minutes to travel from Shinjuku to Tsukiji Market by this route.In order to reach the market, you will need to use the A1 Exit of Tsukijishijo Station. As soon as you step out of the exit, you will see the Chuo Ichiba (Chuo market) intersection, as it appears in the above photo. This is the entrance to Tsukiji Market.2. Traveling from Shibuya to Tsukiji MarketShibuya has become very famous in recent years for its bustling Scramble Crossing.If you are planning on visiting Tsukiji from Shibuya, we recommend taking the Tokyo Metro Ginza line or the Hibiya line. At Shibuya Station, take the Asakusa-bound Ginza line subway to Ginza Station, then switch to the Hibiya line subway.If you are taking the Hibiya line, then please board the subway train bound for Kita-Senju, and you will arrive at Tsukijishijo Station in about 5 minutes. If you are taking the Ginza line from Shibuya and then transferring trains, the total journey one-way including transfers will take about 20-25 minutes.It is important to note that the Hibiya Line Tsukiji Station and the Oedo Line Tsukijishijo Station are two different stations located in different places, so please be careful not to confuse them.After going out of Exit 1 of Tsukiji Station, first head south. After walking for a short distance, the distinctive Tsukiji Honganji Temple will appear on your left; from there continue to walk for about 2-3 minutes and you will find yourself at the Tsukiji 4-Chome intersection.Continue straight through the intersection. Two intersections ahead of you, you will find the Chuo Ichiba intersection that we mentioned earlier in this article. Once you have reached this point, you will have arrived at Tsukiji Market.See Tsukiji Honganji Temple – Amazing Architecture Near Tsukiji Market for more on this incredible temple and the surrounding area.Traveling from Ginza to Tsukiji – Subway RouteGinza is where you will find the majority of Japan’s brand name flagship stores. Actually, Ginza is also exceptionally close to Tsukiji. In fact, from Ginza, you can either take the subway or walk to Tsukiji.First let’s take a look at the subway route.Take the subway towards Kita-Senju at Ginza station on the subway Hibiya line and get off at the Tsukiji market. From Ginza Station to Tsukiji Station it takes only 5 minutes by subway, and the route from the station to the market itself is the same as explained in the route from Shibuya to Tsukiji.Traveling from Ginza to Tsukiji – Walking RouteAnother convenient way to reach Tsukiji Market from Ginza is to walk. In this case, we will explain how to reach Tsukiji starting from Exit A6 of the Ginza subway station.After going out of the A6 exit, you will see the post office on your left. Keep walking straight from here.After walking for a short distance, you will notice the Ginza Mitsukoshi building on your left. Keep walking straight onwards past this building as well.Next you will pass the exit of the Higashi Ginza Subway Station, just keep walking straight ahead.Soon you will arrive at Tsukiji 4-Chome intersection. The signs for the entrance to the off-site market and the light blue Lawson convenience store are your landmarks to watch out for. Turn right at this intersection and continue straight onwards.At two intersections past the Ichibashi intersection you will find the entrance-way to Tsukiji Market.Tsukiji Fish Market has gained international recognition and popularity partially because of its convenient access to the subway stations. If you are going to be sightseeing in Tokyo, then this a spot that you just can’t miss!InformationTsukiji Fish MarketAddress: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 5-2-1Closed: Market Schedules (Japanese only – holidays indicated in red)Nearest Station: Tsukijishijo Station (Oedo line), Tsukiji Station (Hibiya line)Access: Across from Tsukijishijo Station, 15-minute walk from Tsukiji StationPhone Number: 03-5478-0115Website: Tsukiji Fish Market
When AirAsia X takes its 100 Airbus A330neo widebodies as part of a massive expansion in the long-haul arm of the bellwether low-cost carrier, it will update economy seats but eschew both changes to the premium seats in the pointy end and any form of premium economy, says the group’s chief executive officer.Established just over a decade ago, AirAsia and its international airlines operate some two dozen Airbus A330-300 aircraft under the AirAsia banner, the standard configuration for which is a 377-seat high-density layout with 365 economy seats in the ultra-narrow 3-3-3 configuration, plus 12 Rockwell Collins angled lie-flat Minipod seats in what the carrier is in the process of rebranding from Premium Flatbed to just Premium.Speaking to Runway Girl Network following the carrier’s upgauge of its Airbus A330-900neo order from 66 to 100 at the Farnborough Air Show, AirAsia X Group Chief Executive Officer Kamarudin Meranun noted that the airline has studied other options extensively — both in terms of seating and in terms of aircraft, having leveraged serious consideration of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and the airline’s existing orders of Airbus A320neo family jets against the A330neo deal.“We were contemplating having shorter range [versions of the Airbus A330 family], where we would not have any business or Xtra seats in the front end, or premium economy,” Meranun said.“There were discussions on whether some of the seats we’d be able to change,” Meranun noted, but highlighted that “you’ve got to think about the whole route big picture. If you change, then what about changing the aircraft from one route to the other? It gets a little bit complicated: rescue of aircraft and all that kind of thing. We’ve tried to maximise optimal operations. As of now, it’s still the same configuration.”Meranun sait the airline has given its teams freedom to “look at all different possibilities, not only in terms of customer comfort but in terms of commercial availability”, including around newer fully flat seats, several of which offer a superior passenger experience at either the same or a more efficient seat pitch.AirAsia X is one of the few airlines still to take an angled lie-flat seat in its premium cabin, with most other long-haul low-cost carriers opting for the current premium economy standard (recliners in a 2-3-2 layout on an A330 or 787 with approximately 37-38” of pitch and 19-20” of seat width) or one of the newer types of seats (like Stelia’s Equinox, as seen on Air Caraïbes’ Airbus A350, or the bespoke Lufthansa business class seat manufactured by Rockwell Collins, as seen on Eurowings’ Airbus widebodies).The Premum product on board is more than a decade old, but priced keenly. Image: AirAsiaMeranun said that the airline’s research weighted factors “not only in terms of customer comfort but in terms of commercial availability of such a seat. Some of them may offer a better customer experience, so it enhances your sales, but there is a cost to moving to them. It’s a totality.”Premium economy was also discussed and, Meranun explained, rejected in favour of the tried-and-tested model. “The success in AirAsia is in sticking to what we know best. Obviously you will have to listen to new technology. We’re looking for lighter seats and all those things. All this is explored. Whether you should decide depends on more things than just getting the latest technology.”There’s no real PaxEx upgrade to the premium seating other than the premium seat itself. Image: AirAsiaMeranun also revealed that the airline is “very happy” with the shipments of seats it has received from UK seatmaker Mirus, which won contracts to supply both AirAsia’s fleet of Airbus A320 family narrowbody aircraft and the A330 family of widebodies. “So far,” Meranun said, “no complaints.”Lastly, Meranun said in an aside, AirAsia X has no current plans to take the longer-range Airbus A321LR member of the neo family, although “we never rule out any possibilities”.The price premium for the Premium cabin is markedly lower than that for other carriers. Image: AirAsiaRelated Article:Airbus seeks to sell passengers on “experience” of A330neoEase of maintenance cited by AirAsia in Mirus seat pick for A320sAirbus believes passengers will seek out A330neo with new cabinAirAsia explains drivers behind big order for high-density A321neosMirus adds 1.5″ to AirAsia knee room, aims high with new optionsWomen playing pivotal role in AirAsia’s growth: CEO Fernandes
Today, Alaska Airlines becomes the first carrier to bring SkyLights’ new Allosky Cinematic VR entertainment to North American airspace. The end-to-end solution, which enables passengers to escape to another world and enjoy 2D, 3D and forward-facing 360° films on a Full HD cinema screen, will be piloted as a First Class amenity onboard Alaska Airlines’ Seattle-Boston and Boston-San Diego routes.“Alaska Airlines is excited to be the first airline in North America to trial virtual reality headsets as an inflight entertainment device,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of guest products. “We’re thrilled to partner with innovative companies like Skylights that share our desire to enhance the guest experience.”SkyLights is an American-French company specializing in immersive in-flight entertainment. It first showcased the Allosky device, which offers Full HD resolution (1080p per eye), a sleek, lightweight design, Bluetooth and WiFi at the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo in September 2017. Having since commercially deployed the new solution in Europe, SkyLights is now focusing on securing deployments around the globe.“The Allosky is now ready to deploy and we are delighted to see it take flight with an airline renowned for its customer experience. We strongly believe the Allosky marks a new age in in-flight entertainment and we aim to validate this in North America with the help of Alaska’s First Class passengers,” said David Dicko, SkyLights’ CEO.The Allosky headset is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ platform, to deliver enhanced performance and power to inflight entertainment for passengers.“SkyLight’s product design is a great example of a VR device that is easy to use, without cables, that provides an awesome user experience to passengers who can sit back and relax with a cinema view powered by our Snapdragon solution. We look forward to more airlines providing mobile XR experiences to passengers” said Hugo Swart, head of XR, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.In terms of content, passengers onboard the pilot flights will be able to choose from a selection of 2D and 3D blockbusters provided by SkyLights’ partners 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and EIM. Noteworthy titles include Academy Award winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Spielberg’s Ready Player One in 3D, and Ferdinand for the kids. The Allosky will also be preloaded with forward-facing 360° films to further differentiate the passenger journey. Especially selected for their suitability to view inflight, the short VR films cover subjects including freediving, classical music and acrobatics.About SkyLightsSkyLights is an American-French company that leverages cinematic VR as premium passenger entertainment. It has a signature immersive-IFE solution that transports passengers to their own, private, in-flight movie theater, where they can enjoy 2D and 3D blockbusters and forward-facing 360° content on a wide-angle cinema screen. Working with airline customer experience managers, the end-to-end solution (content, hardware, software & operations-setup) is tailored to upgrade and differentiate the business class experience. The company was founded in February 2015 and has offices in San Francisco, Paris and Toulouse.Qualcomm and SnapdragonQualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.
While most yogis try to avoid words like “right”, “wrong”, “should”, and “shouldn’t”, Justin Heyman, the founder of Manhattan-based BigFoot Yoga says there is definitely a better way to stay centered and grounded when traveling for business.Three of the eight disciplines, or limbs, of yoga philosophy tend to dominate most on-the-mat yoga practice – the third limb, Asana (posture), the fourth limb, Pranayama (breath control) and the seventh limb, Dhyana (meditation). But when it comes to frequent flyer yoga enthusiasts, Heyman suggests that “branching out” is key.“Global business travel provides an excellent opportunity to engage with many of the other vibrant limbs of yoga, in particular, the first limb, Yama (ethical standards), the second limb, Niyama (self-discipline/spiritual observations) and the sixth limb, Dharana (concentration),” says Heyman, adding that the challenge to become a more unified yogi while traveling for business begins the moment you arrive at the airport.“As humans we occasionally suffer from an engorged sensitivity to our own egos. And nowhere is this flawed human condition more blatantly apparent than at the airport where thousands scurry around and other people are often viewed as objects, or worse yet, obstacles, that form meandering lines and keep us from security, duty free, the gate, and our precious flight,” he says. By embracing Yama’s golden rule-like philosophy, passengers can sometimes change their entire outlook before even boarding the plane.Heyman adds:We all expect a comfortable and peaceful flight, [but] what are each of us truly doing to contribute towards that end? Take heed. Cultivating patience and compassion at the airport is a quest worthy of the most dedicated and compassion-filled yogi. Notice people, be aware and above all, be patient.Rather than immediately immersing oneself in work or other inflight distractions, Heyman says studying a “sacred scripture” is an excellent way to start and flight and embrace the practice of Svadhyaya, which is a key part of the second limb of yoga, Niyama (self-discipline/spiritual observations).But whether your idea of a “sacred scripture” is The Bhagavad Gita or watching a Real Housewives marathon on your seatback IFE screen, Heyman says finding your bliss in-flight isn’t strictly relegated to the realm of the cerebral. In fact, Heyman even has a few yoga poses passengers can do while seated, which he calls, appropriately enough, Inflight Flow.“Once you’ve settled into your flight at cruising altitude it’s time to get your Inflight Flow on,” explains Heyman. If you’re not constrained by an ultra-tight seating configuration, start with a Seated Forward Fold then return to sitting and take gentle twists to the right and left, breathing into the stretch, he suggests. “To strengthen the wrist, hands, arms, and core, push your hands into the armrests for leverage as you bring yourself into a modified Lolasana (pendant pose). Rise to your feet and bend your knees while sitting back into your Utkatasana (chair pose). Return to standing and make your way to the aisle.”“Vrksasana (tree pose) is an accessible pose for many tight spaces and with a wide enough aisle you may be able to sneak in a Utthita Trikonasana (extended triangle) and a Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) pose. Afterwards take a deep Forward Fold with bent knees. Rise up, walk to the galley, grab a bottle of water from the flight attendant, and head back to your seat.”Though you might get some strange looks from your seat mates, Heyman says a Loving Kindness Meditation – in which you wish happiness, health, and wisdom upon the people in your row, the cabin, the entire plane, and then the billions of people on the ground below you – should clear any projected negativity and conflict from your mind rather nicely. And speaking of negativity and conflict, Heyman is quick to point out that passengers aren’t the only ones who could benefit from a little Inflight Flow.“I have a client who works in flight crew training at United and we’ve talked about maybe working on building some kind of a program that flight attendants could use,” says Heyman, adding that stressed-out cabin crews are, not surprisingly, often in more need of balance and calm than the passengers they serve.Depending on the plane and the layout, cabin crew might have enough space in the galley to do some Forward Folds, some Downward Dogs, or maybe a Tadasana (mountain pose), where you basically just try to stand in a straight line and focus on your breathing. “Anything to just really kind of open themselves up a bit would be good,” says Heyman.The yogi freely admits that practicing what he preaches while flying is a skill he himself has yet to master entirely, but it is definitely something to aspire to. And aspirational living through yoga is the name of the game at BigFoot Yoga.“Building on the fusion of mindfulness and business through yoga to achieve work-life balance is mission critical for BigFoot Yoga,” he explains. “I’ve been working in midtown Manhattan for over a decade in the digital marketing arena [and] during that time my regular yoga practice became a solace for me. I was able to create an urban zen within the intensity of the city [and] I realized there were other nine-to-fivers and straphangers who could also benefit. Deep breathing and forming shapes on our yoga mat is fun, but the real challenge of yoga is to take the benefits we cultivate on the mat like balance, harmony, and patience, and extend those qualities off the mat to our regular life.”Whether you’re jetting around the world for work or commuting from your bed to the living room, Heyman says it’s important to remember that, at the end of the day, we’re all just beings on a journey.“Yoga gives us access to connect with and be grateful towards the journey of our own perfectly unique being. Life is a vacation from eternity, enjoy it.”Justin Heyman of BigFoot Yoga believes yoga practices can aid frequent flyers. 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Leading inflight mobile service provider SITAONAIR has forged a deal with major mobile network operator (MNO) Etisalat that will completely transform how inflight cellular services are offered to airline passengers.SITAONAIR’s new partnership with the United Arab Emirates-based MNO means subscribers to Etisalat’s business roaming packs, who fly with any airline using SITAONAIR’s Mobile ONAIR network, will now be able to use their data and minutes inflight as part of their bundle at no extra cost.This new, all-inclusive SITAONAIR-Etisalat roaming agreement offers consumers a stress-free, seamless mobile connectivity experience, whether they use their mobile on the ground or in the air.Not only that, as inflight technology evolves from 2G, 3.5G and 4G networks, the agreement also represents a positive step in preparing for future inflight connectivity provision from the UAE, one of the world’s leading business and commerce hubs.Yann Cabaret, VP Customer Programs at SITAONAIR, said: “We have long encouraged our mobile network operator partners to bring inflight mobile usage rates as close as possible to on-the-ground mobile usage rates. This roaming agreement takes this even further, with the world of inflight mobile connectivity opened up to all Etisalat customers when they fly, with no additional usage costs, and a seamless mobile experience up in the air, just as they have at home.“We fully expect the growth in mobile use to continue, as customers’ hunger for data grows with the available capacity – especially in a 5G world, where data could transmit at a rate of 1GB per second, driving the delivery of new Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, automation and artificial intelligence services and capabilities. To meet this future demand, major mobile operators have announced their plan to move into the 5G era with early commercial launches in 2019, including in the UAE.“Airlines need to be ready to respond to this changing mobile reality. To meet their passengers’ burgeoning demand, they will need a gameplan for providing future-proof inflight mobile connectivity that delivers seamless, high-capacity and dynamic connected experience onboard, as we fly to 4G and beyond.”In recognizing that the majority of business passengers need to remain connected on the go, Etisalat and SITAONAIR have delivered a game changer for travellers. Etisalat’s roaming network currently covers 190 destinations, including onboard aircraft.About SITAONAIRSITAONAIR is the air travel industry’s trusted connected aircraft service expert, powering innovation with recognized expertise and future-proof solutions. With our unrivalled industry-backed heritage, SITAONAIR delivers the promises of the connected aircraft, empowering 400+ airlines, 60+ ANSPs and 16,000+ aircraft to navigate the complexity of connectivity with our best-in-class solutions and services for passengers, cockpit and cabin crew, flight operations, aircraft big data and air traffic management. We believe that embracing a digital shift will reinvent the operation of aircraft, flight and on-board experience – making it safer, more efficient and enjoyable.SITAONAIR is a subsidiary of The SITA Group, the communications and IT solution provider that transforms air travel through technology for airlines, at airports and on aircraft.