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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Japan’s First Street Workout Gym - Kamui Park

11:10:00 AM
During a recent trip to Osaka, I had the chance to stop by Japan's one and only street workout gym called Kamui Park. This gym was opened just a couple of months ago by a friend from college, Kamui, who had been working out in local parks for some years before he decided to take the chance and open up Japan’s first street workout gym.

Monday, April 16, 2018

[Hotel Review] The Next Step to Explore Asakusa - Hotel Amanek Asakusa Azumabashi (ホテル アマネク 浅草吾妻橋)

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Above: Tokyo Sky Tree as seen from the hotel bedroom
Spring is the season for new beginnings, from everything to new fiscal years to the start of new semesters. It is also a season for newly opening hotels, and last week I went to check out a new hotel called Amanek that is scheduled to open its doors to tourists from April 18th 2018.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Oiran Cherry Blossom Festival Report: Tsubame Sakura Festival - Oiran Dochu (つばめ桜祭り)

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The cherry blossom period is one of the best time of the years to visit Japan. Not only can you enjoy the marvelous sight of the thousands of flowers in bloom, but the temperature is also perfect (Japanese summer can be extremely hot and humid). If you want to combine the sakura season with a traditional Japanese festival featuring an Oiran Dochu parade you even have the chance to do this after the last sakura in Tokyo has fallen.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tokyo Hotel Special: Brand New Tokyo Hotels 2018

10:45:00 PM
Japan hit another tourist record in 2017 with no less than 28,7 million foreign visitors taking the trip to the once so secluded island nation. With the government's target of 40 million visitors by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the hotel industry sure doesn't let the opportunity go to waste, and just like in the past years there's a large number of hotels scheduled to open their doors to foreign visitors in Tokyo 2018. So what are you waiting for? The hotels are definitely waiting... To welcome you with their world-class omotenashi service.


Area: Asakusa

Opening: Autumn 2017

★★★


Address:9-3 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, 131-0045
Home Page:https://onetokyo.com/en/
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/LYfQAwteAmA2

Access: 
A 3-minute walk from Oshiage Station (Keisei Line / Toei Asakusa Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Tobu Line).

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Recommendation Points: Funky hotel designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates with a rooftop garden and a spectacular view of the Tokyo Skytree. All rooms come equipped with a "handy" smartphone you can use for free during your stay, and Chromecast is available in every guest room. Great location only a few min walk from the Skytree and the Oshiage station.
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2089426




Area: Shinjuku


Opening: Autumn 2017

★★★

Address:4-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, 160-0013
Home Page:http://nippon-seinenkan.or.jp/en/
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/u2eBH4HZHFx

Access: 
・Tokyo Metro Ginza Line G03 Gaien Mae Sta. Exit 3 … 5 minutes
・Toei Oedo Line E25 Kokuritsu Kyogijo Sta. Exit A2 … 10 minutes
・JR Chuo・Sobu Line (local) Sendagaya Sta. … 12 minutes
・JR Chuo・Sobu Line (local) Shinanomachi Sta. … 12 minutes

Check-in: 14:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Recommendation Points: A centrally located hotel with relatively large rooms. Here you can find both large conference rooms and a grand hall, perfect for both smaller and larger events.

Check Room Availability: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2282122




Area: Ginza


Opening: Spring 2018

★★★


Address:3-7 Kyobashi,Chuo-ku,Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0031
Home Page:https://www.intergatehotels.jp/en/tokyo_kyobashi/
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/xGPtkp3TnAB2

Access:
・Kyobashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.(1min. walk from Exit 1)
・Takaracho Station on the Toei Asakusa Line. (1min. walk from Exit A4)
・Ginza-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. (5min. walk from Exit 7 )
・JR Tokyo station. (10min. walk from Yaesu South Exit)

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Recommendation Points: Located just a block away from Ginza's main street, perfect for shopping. ★10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3016463



Opening: Spring 2018

★★★


Address:〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chūō, Ginza, 7-12-9 Ginza
Home Page:https://www.m-inn.com/musse/ginza/english/
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/xGPtkp3TnAB2

Access:
・JR Shinbashi Station Ginza Exit / About 6 minutes on foot.
・Subway Ginza Station A3 Exit / About 6 minutes on foot.
・Subway Higashi-ginza Station A1 Exit / About 6 minutes on foot.
・About 70-80 minutes from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station and about 4 minutes from Tokyo Station to JR Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
・About 30-40 minutes from Haneda Airport to Higashi-ginza Station.

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Recommendation Points: Close to the upscale shopping district Ginza. Also within 10 min walk from the Tsukiji Fish Market.

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2822654



Opening: Autumn 2018

★★★★
Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande 
(ホテル京阪 築地銀座 グランデ)


Address:3-5-4, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, 1040045 agoda
Home Page:http://tsukijiginza.hotelkeihan.co.jp/
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/Gj9Xga9B3SK2

Access:
・2 minutes away from the Tsukiji Station (築地駅) on the Hibiya Line (日比谷線)
・3 minutes away from the Shintomicho Station (新富町駅) on the Yurakucho Line (有楽町)

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Recommendation Points: Situated in Tsukiji this is a good option for visitors planning on an early morning trip to the Tsukiji fish market.

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3587181




Area: Akasaka


Opening: Spring 2018

★★



Address:3-23-16, Nishishinbashi, Shinbashi
Home Page:https://www.nexusdoor.jp/ja/
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/NwqP9jE7VYB2

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Access: 
・1 minute on foot from Toei Subway Mita Line Onarimon Station A5 exit.
・About 15 minutes on foot from JR Line Shinbashi Station Karasumori Exit.
・About 15 minutes on foot from JR Line · Tokyo Monorail Hamamatsucho Station.
・About 13 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Toranomon Station.
・About 13 minutes on foot from Kamiyacho station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.
・About 40 minutes by taxi from Haneda Airport.
・Approximately 25 minutes from Haneda airport by taxi to Daimon station and 13 minutes on foot from Daimon station.

Recommendation Points: Hotel offers a wide range of services for staying guests. Those who stay at this hotel can enjoy Apple TV with unlimited viewing, a free Handy smartphone that can be used during the stay (also provides free international calls),  and 2 giga WiFi for swift internet. Guests can also enjoy a club lounge free of charge that serves free drinks, baked bread and cereal, and even can be used as a meeting space if you're on business.
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4167892




Opening: Spring 2018




Address:3 Chome-12-5 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/NWFTbzsj57U2

Access:
・1 minute from the Akasaka Station (赤坂駅)
・5 minutes away from the Akasaka Mitsuke Station (赤坂見附駅)

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Recommendation Points: Situated in the heart of the posh neighborhood Akasaka you've got the best of Tokyo's nightlife on your fingertip.
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2559217




Opening: Spring 2018





Address:3 Chome-12-5 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/NWFTbzsj57U2

Check-in: 14:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Access:
・1 minute from the Akasaka Station (赤坂駅)
・5 minutes away from the Akasaka Mitsuke Station (赤坂見附駅)

Recommendation Points: Situated in the heart of the posh neighborhood Akasaka you've got the best of Tokyo's nightlife on your fingertip.
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2908762



Area: Tokyo Station


Opening: Spring 2018



Address:3-11-15 Kanda Nishikicho, Chiyoda., Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, 101-0054
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/vB2tUonEHUA2

Check-in: 
13:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Access: 
・3 minutes from Takebashi Station
・12 minutes from Kanda Station
・22 minutes from Tokyo Station

Recommendation Points: Nine Hours is a popular capsule hotel chain that already attracts a large number of foreign guests to their futuristic capsules in for instance Shinjuku (Nine Hours Shinjuku-North), Akasaka (Nine Hours Akasaka) and Narita (Nine hours Narita Airport Hotel). Their new hotel Nine Hours Takebashi follows their recipe for success with low prices, good location, and minimalist interior.
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3582702




Opening: Spring 2018





Address:8-1 Kanda-Konyacho, Chiyoda, Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, 101-0035
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/Ww3BHvJvj7z

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Access:
・4 Minutes walk from the JR Kanda Station (神田駅)'s south exit on the Yamanote Line (山手線)
・5 minutes from exit 1 on the Kanda Station (metero) on the Ginza Line (銀座線) 5分
・6 minutes walk from Exit 4 of the Kodemmacho Station (小伝馬町駅) on the Hibiya Line (日比谷線)
・5 minutes walk from Exit 8 of the Shimbashi Station (新日本橋駅) on the JR Chuo Soubu Line (総武線)

Recommendation Points: Sotetsu Fresa Inn is a popular Japanese chain with the word Fresa being made up of FResh, Sense & Amenity. With a great location, only 4 minutes walk from Kanda station this is a central and safe choice for travelers looking to explore Tokyo.
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3008798



Opening: Autumn 2017



Address:1-1-7 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Koto, Tokyo, Japan, 135-0024
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/mqtWdZGuoop

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Access:
・10 minutes walk from Exit 4 of the SuitenguMae Station (水天宮前駅) on the Hanzomon Line (半蔵門線)
・10 minutes walk from Exit A3 of the Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station (清澄白河駅) on the Hanzomon  (半蔵門線) & Oedo Line

Recommendation Points: The property has a river-view terrace available outside the building with a magnificent view of the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa river. With fun events held at the property throughout the year you can ensure a relaxing and fun stay in Tokyo as a guest at Lyuro.
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=1637453



  Chain


Opening: Throughout the year

APA Hotel (アパホテル)


Recommendation Points: APA Hotel is known for providing hotels with close access to public transportation, so if you're looking for good access this is definitely a safe choice. On the other hand, their rooms are among the smallest available in Tokyo. Here is the list of their new hotels of 2018:

APA Hotel Hatchobori Shintomicho - アパホテル〈八丁堀 新富町〉
② APA Hotel Nihombashi Bakurocho-Ekikita アパホテル〈日本橋 馬喰町駅前〉
APA Hotel & Resort Nishishinjuku-Gochome-Eki Towerアパホテル&リゾート〈西新宿五丁目駅タワー〉
APA Hotel Asakusa Tawaramachi Ekimae - アパホテル〈浅草駅前〉
⑤ APA Hotel Nihombashi Bakurocho-Ekikita - アパホテル〈日本橋 馬喰横山駅前〉
⑥ APA Hotel Kanda Ekimae - アパホテル〈神田駅前〉


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

[Hotel Review] The Center of Osaka Nightlife - Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba

11:08:00 PM

Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba is a new and modern 4-star hotel that opened up its doors to guests on July 15th, 2017. Situated right next to the popular areas NambaShinsaibashi, and Dotonbori you literarily have the streets of Osaka at your fingertips. We recently spent a night at the hotel, and I've added some photos and information about the hotel in this post.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sakura Season in Japan: A visit to Enoshima (江ノ島)

11:25:00 PM
Above: Mt. Fuji seen from Enoshima
Spring has finally arrived here in Japan, and one of the most characteristic parts of the Japanese spring is the blooming of the cherry blossom trees sakura. As a part of a small sakura sightseeing trip last week to Shonan we stopped by the famous island Enoshima where we also got a glimpse of the Japanese symbol. The timing of the sakura season changes depending on the area you visit (sakura forecast for 2018 here), and early March was perfect for seeing the beautiful flowers by the Oide River. We did see some sakura on Enoshima as well, but if you're considering to visit Enoshima for the sakura season you might want to include a stop by the Oide River to your itenary.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Japan Sakura Season: Early March Cherry Blossom Viewing in Shonan - Oide River (小出川)

10:52:00 PM
Above: Sakura flowers by the Oide River
One of the most popular seasons to visit Japan is in spring when the cherry blossoms color the Japanese landscape with its pink cape. The timing of the sakura season changes depending on the area (sakura forecast for 2018 here) and the type of sakura. If you find yourself in the Kanto area you can see the Japanese national flower already in January in Atami and in February the flowers bloom in the southern part of Izu, Kawazu.
Above: The sakura trees, seen from the road 
As a part of a small day trip to the Shonan area (south of Tokyo) I and some friends stopped by the Oide River (小出川) where they were having a small sakura festival.
Above: A sign that says Oide Sakura Festival


We were quite lucky with the timing, as most of the flowers were in full bloom. It seemed like some of the locals were enjoying flower-watching (hanami) by the river, but to be honest there wasn't that much going on there besides the little hanami.
Above: A blooming cherry tree with locals enjoying their hanami in the background.
Above: Visitors viewing the beautiful flowers.
Above: Sakura date with hubby
This is an event most recommended to those who have other plans in the vicinity. There are some entertainment scheduled during the festival period, but if you visit on a day without anything scheduled there honestly isn't that much to see besides the flowers. We got our nice cherry blossom pictures and headed over to Enoshima for some more in-depth sightseeing. If you find yourself in the Tokyo area early March and looking for opportunities to see the sakura it might be a good option as a part of a trip to Shonan.

Thank you for reading! Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below
- Anette

 Basic Info
  • ・Oide River Cherry Blossom Festival (小出川桜まつり)
  • ・Event Page: http://www.city.chigasaki.kanagawa.jp/kankou_list/event/1006878.html (Japanese only)

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Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Tokyo: The Gajoen Hinamatsuri Doll Festival (百段雛祭り)

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Above: Inside the Gajoen. Photo from the official event page
The Meguro Gajoen is one of Tokyo's best-hidden gems, and one of the few sightseeing spots I wouldn't mind revisiting multiple times. Not only does the Gajoen offer one of Tokyo's best-rated hotels, inside the former wedding complex you also find the historical hundred-stairs staircase that helped inspire part of the architecture in the Ghibli movie "Spirited Away". Although much of the Gajoen was rebuilt after the Second World War the old wing still remains in its former glory and is used throughout the year for special exhibitions. This time we went to see the special Hina Matsuri (ひな祭り) doll festival exhibition that is held at the Gajoen from mid-January to mid-March.
Above: Inside the Gajoen 
The Hina Matsuri doll festival is a yearly event held in Japan on the 3rd of March to celebrate and pray for the health and happiness of girls. It is common that a collection of dolls is displayed in both private homes and public buildings, often set up in a multi-tiered doll stand called hinadan (雛壇). The Hina Matsuri tradition is celebrated all over Japan, but the features and details of the practice vary from area to area. In the Gajoen they have collected Hina dolls from various places in Japan, giving visitors a chance to see and compare dolls from different Japanese prefectures.

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The classical story about a girl who went for a one-year exchange program to Japan, fell in love and got stuck there. Starting out as a student in Kyoto in 2010 I now work full-time in Tokyo as a hotel consultant, and write mostly about my travels, working life in Japan as well as a bunch of random stuff.
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