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Friday, June 15, 2018

Osaka & Kyoto Hotel Special: Grand Opening Hotels 2018

11:19:00 PM

While the Japanese government just has introduced a new law to reduce the number of apartments rented out through sites like AirBnB, so-called "minpaku", the number of hotels that are welcoming foreigners continues to increase with the steadily growing number of tourists visiting Japan. Just like last year I've made a list of newly opening hotels in Osaka and Kyoto (you can also check out the list for grand new 2018 Tokyo hotels here) for those interested in trying out some of the shiny new hotels while in town.




Area: Minami


Welcome to Osaka's world of neon lights! The southern ("minami ") part of Osaka offers endless options for nightlife, entertainment, and shopping. Shinsaibashi, Namba, and Dotonbori are all popular choices for visitors to this side of town. Although it can be rather congested, the area offers anything from low to mid-range items, so if you are looking for unique gifts to bring back home this place will definitely not disappoint you. Just watch out for large groups of Chinese tourists shopping like there's no tomorrow. 



Opening: Jan 2018


Address:2 Chome-9-15 Minamisenba, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0081
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/KWnscsVPrBy

Closest Station: 
● Shinsaibashi Station 心斎橋駅 (Midosuji Line - 地下鉄御堂筋線, The Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line・長堀鶴見緑地線線)
● Yotsubashi Station 四ツ橋駅 (Yotsubashi Line 地下鉄四つ橋線)

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Number of Rooms: 100

Recommendation Points:
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2962076




Opening: Jan 2018


Address:2 Chome-10 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/EJYeTSXJTKm

Closest Station: 
● Shinsaibashi Station 心斎橋駅 (The Midosuji Line - 地下鉄御堂筋線, The Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line・長堀鶴見緑地線線)
● Yotsubashi Station 四ツ橋駅 (Yotsubashi Line 地下鉄四つ橋線)

Check-in: 14:00
Check-Out: 12:00

Number of Rooms: 186

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2962076




Opening: March 2018


Address:1 Chome-5-24 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/g7u8UPEvuy12

Closest Station: 
● Yotsubashi Station 四ツ橋駅 (Yotsubashi Line 地下鉄四つ橋線)

Check-in: 14:00
Check-Out: 12:00

Number of Rooms: 110

Recommendation Points:
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=104270




Opening: April 2018

Hotel Oriental Express Osaka Shinsaibashi
ホテルオリエンタルエクスプレス大阪心斎橋


Address:3-2-13 Minami-senba,Chuo-ku,Osaka, Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan, 542-0081
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/Lf4dgptgzaF2

Closest Station: 
● Shinsaibashi Station 心斎橋駅 (The Midosuji Line - 地下鉄御堂筋線, The Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line・長堀鶴見緑地線線) 

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Number of Rooms: 120





Opening: May 2018


Address:556-0005 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa-ku Nipponbashi 5-8-25, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/pgrgqMdDe8T2

Closest Stations:
● Ebisu-cho Station 胡町駅 (Sakaisuji Line 地下鉄堺筋線) - 2 minutes walk
● Namba Station なんば駅 (Nankai Main Line - 南海本線) - 10 minutes walk from the south entrance gate

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Recommendation Points: 
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=1620320




Opening: February 2018


Bon Hostel 
ボン ホステル


Address:556-0012 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa-ku Shikitsuhigashi 3-1-3, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/FkG4qRWacg92

Closest Stations:
● Imamiyaebisu Station 今宮戎駅 (Nankai Main Line - 南海本線) - 1-minute walk
● Namba Station なんば駅 ( Nankai Main Line - 南海本線) - 10-minute walk

Check-in: 16:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Recommendation Points:
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda


Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4066663




Area: Central Osaka


Central Osaka consists of the neighborhoods Yodobashi, Honmachi, and Kitahama. Although there isn't a lot to do in this area it is a convenient base for exploring other parts of town. The area is known for its reasonable accommodation prices, and as it mainly is an office district you can also find a large variety of good options for dining out.



Opening: April 2018


Address:541-0043 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku Koraibashi 2-4-10, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/H5bSSMyEEV42

Closest Station: 
● Yodobashi Station 淀屋橋駅 (Midosuji Line - 地下鉄御堂筋線)
● Kitahama Station 北浜駅 (Keihan Electric Railway, Sakaisuji Line - 京阪電鉄 地下鉄堺筋線)

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Number of Rooms: 244

Recommendation Points:
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3008799





Opening: April 2018


Address:541-0046 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku Hiranomachi 1-6-6, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/nu46Xn2G2kM2

Closest Station: 
● Kitahama Station 北浜駅 (Keihan Electric Railway, Sakaisuji Line - 京阪電鉄 地下鉄堺筋線)

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Number of Rooms: 116

Recommendation Points:
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2990780




Opening: May 2018


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

Closest Stations:
● Honmachi Station (本町駅) - 3 minutes walk

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4656519





Area: Kita / Umeda


Umeda is known as one of Osaka's main hubs, and some of the city's biggest shopping malls and companies can be found here, along with a wide range of restaurants and bars. With a direct train to Kyoto and Shin-Osaka's Shinkansen bullet train just a few stops away, Umeda also provides a perfect base camp for exploring other parts of Japan.




Opening: June 2018


Address:3 Chome-1-1 Umeda, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0001
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/MNrPcUhZY8R2

Closest Station: 
● Umeda Station 梅田駅 (Midosuji Line - 地下鉄御堂筋線)
● Osaka Station 大阪駅

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Number of Rooms: 400

Recommendation Points: 
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=2865504





Opening: May 2018

★★


Address:553-0003 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Fukushima-ku Fukushima 6-16-6, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/cyMv7giGegr

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Closest Stations: 
● Osaka Station 大阪駅 (JR京都線・JR神戸線) - 10 min walk
● Fukushima Station 福島駅 (JR大阪環状線) - 7 min walk

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4408028




Opening: August 2018




Address:530-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita-ku Sonezakishinchi 1-13, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/2Lh4H85vq592

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Closest Stations:
● JR Osaka Station 大阪駅 - 5 min walk
● Kitashinchi Station 北新地駅 (JR Tozai Line - JR東西線) - 1 min walk
● Umeda Station 梅田駅 (Midosuji Subway Line - 地下鉄御堂筋線) - 5 min walk
● Nishi-Umeda Station 西梅田駅 (Tanimachi Subway Line - 谷町線) - 5 min walk

Recommendation Points: 
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3733356




Area: Osaka Bay


Most known as an entertainment area, Osaka Bay is the base of Universal Studios Japan, an American-style theme park that is home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If that isn't enough for you, you can also find the Tempozan Harbor Village, which includes a giant Ferris wheel, the Osaka Aquarium, a LEGOLAND Discovery Center (not to be mistaken with the Legoland in Nagoya) and a shopping and dining complex.



Opening: July 2018


Address:6-1-16 Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka 554-0024 Japan

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Closest Stations:
JR Universal City Station ユニバーサルシティ駅 (JR Sakurajima Line - 桜島線) - 2 minutes walk

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4145734



Area: Kyoto


Last but not least, Osaka's neighbor city Kyoto. The ancient Japanese capital has endless adventures to offer (I lived here myself for two years, but still feel I couldn't experience more than a fraction of the city), and if you want to get the most out of the city it might be a good idea to base your stay here. Truly a gem of a city, this metropolis will make you feel like you're visiting a small village with its small and charming houses. 



Opening: March 2018


Address:604-8214 Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku, Shinmachi-dori, Nishikikoji-agaru, Mukadeya-cho 387, Japan

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Closest Stations:
Karasuma Station 烏丸駅 (Hankyu Kyoto Main Line - 阪急京都線) - 5 min walk
Shijo Station 四条駅 (Karasuma Line - 地下鉄烏丸線) - 5 min walk

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3016464




Opening: April 2018


Address:〒600-8092 Kyoto, 239-1, Shinmeicho, Shimogyo-ku
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/DyJjTzWndTE2

Check-in: 13:00
Check-Out: 12:00

Closest Stations:
● Karasuma Station 烏丸駅 (Hankyu Kyoto Main Line - 阪急京都線) - 3 min walk
● Shijo Station 四条駅 (Karasuma Line - 地下鉄烏丸線) - 5 min walk

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4605020




Opening: May 2018


Address:604-0867 Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku, Joshinyokocho 186, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/fPrHK7rzCAB2

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 10:00

Closest Stations:
Marutamachi Station 丸太町 (Karasuma Line - 地下鉄烏丸線) - 2 min walk

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4467546




Opening: May 2018


Address:〒604-8031 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Daikokuchō (Kawaramachidōri), 59-1
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/ejRmeeNxpXS2

Check-in: 15:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Closest Stations:
Kawaramachi Station 川原町駅 (Hankyu Kyoto Line - 阪急京都線) - 3 min walk
Sanjo Station 三条駅 (Keihan Main Line - 京阪本線) - 3 min walk

Recommendation Points: 
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Other New Group Properties opening in Kyoto 2018:
Hotel Resol Kyoto Shijo Muromachi (ホテルリソル京都 四条室町) - Opening in August
Hotel Resol Trinity Kyoto Oike Fuyacho (ホテルリソルトリニティ京都 御池麩屋町) - Opening in October

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=4415553




Opening: June 2018


Address:604-8031 Kyoto, Kyoto, Chuo-ku Kawaramachi Sanjo Sagaru Daikokucho 59-1, Japan
Google Map:https://goo.gl/maps/F8nEHVa949s

Check-in: 14:00
Check-Out: 11:00

Closest Stations:
JR Kyoto Station JR京都駅八条東口 (Hankyu Kyoto Line - 阪急京都線) - 3 min walk

Recommendation Points: 
10% discount available for travelers registered on Agoda

Check Room Availability:https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1732488&hid=3624790



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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Japan Theme Cafes: The Beauty and the Beast Cafe & Restaurant in Yokohama

11:10:00 AM


Beauty & the Beast: A cake elegantly decorated with strawberries 
Photo: Anette

In Japan, you can find a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and bars that specialize in a certain theme. It can be anything from greenhouse cafes and rabbit cafes to Moomin and penguin bars. With the recent popularity of Disney’s movie, the newest addition to this "theme cafe" trend is a newly opened Beauty and the Beast cafe/restaurant that you can visit in Yokohama called... *surprise, surprise*... Beauty&the Beast Cafe & Restaurant (美女と野獣のカフェ&レストラン).

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Best Browser for Bloggers - Vivaldi

10:51:00 PM
A little while back my friend introduced me to Vivaldi, a web browser developed by a team led by one of the founders of the browser Opera. I've been a faithful Chrome user for as long as I can remember, but I decided it was time to try out something new and give Vivaldi a chance.

In this post, I'll introduce my 2 favorite functions that I use a lot when writing blog posts, which I believe makes Vivaldi an ideal browser for bloggers The tile function and the side panel. Although the post focuses on my blogging experience I also use the browser at work to increase my job efficiency.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Chengdu: The Wenshu Yuan Monastery and Tea House

11:04:00 PM

Buddhazen Hotel
On the inside of the Wenshu Yuan Monastery 
Photo: Anette

With a history stretching back more than 1000 years, the Wenshu Yuan Monastery (文殊院) is known as the best preserved ancient monastery in Chengdu. It also boasts of being Chengdu's largest temple complex, and if you're looking for things to do while visiting the capital of the Chinese Sichuan province you can easily spend a few hours here. During a recent layover in Chengdu my darling and I spent the night at BuddhaZen Hotel, and with only 2-3 minutes walk away from the monastery it was a natural place for us to spend the day.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chengdu: Getting the Zen Vibe at Buddhazen Hotel [Hotel Review]

6:02:00 PM

Buddhazen Hotel
A Buddha statue in the hotel courtyard
Photo: Anette

The capital of the Chinese Sichuan province, Chengdu, is a city that boasts not only of hovering skyscrapers but also of century-old temples and a small-townish atmosphere. If you're planning to stay in Chengdu and want accommodation that reflects the laidback atmosphere of the city, the Buddhazen Hotel will not disappoint. Located only a couple of minutes from a Buddhist monastery, the beautiful courtyard inside the hotel will make you feel like you're experiencing a temple stay, but with all the comfort and convenience of a modern hotel at your fingertip. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Chengdu: A visit to the World’s First Mabo Tofu Restaurant - Chen Ma Po Dou Fu (陈麻婆豆腐老店)

11:30:00 PM
Above: The entrance to Chen Ma Po Dou Fu 
The spicy dish Mabo Tofu (or Ma Po Dou Fu) is an all-time favorite you can enjoy in many restaurants across Asia, including Japan where I'm based. But did you know that if you find yourself in the Chinese city of Chengdu (成都) in the province Sichuan (四川) you can visit the restaurant where this dish originally originated from?

With the literary meaning "pockmarked granny's tofu" this dish emerged some time in the latter part of the Qing Dynasty (around 1874) when the wife of the owner of this restaurant (then known as Chen Xingsheng Eating House - 陳興盛飯舖) used whatever she had on hand to serve cheap meals to local workers. Her distinguished appearance with pockmarks on her face such led to the name of this dish, and later on the name of the restaurant also was changed to include the name of her now famous dish (now 陈麻婆豆腐老店).

Although the number of Chen Ma Po Dou Fu restaurants have increased (you can even find one of a chain restaurant in Tokyo), the original pockmarked granny's restaurant is still up and running in Chengdu .
Above: The entrance to Chin Mapo Tofu 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Working in Japan: My experience as a hotel consultant

10:30:00 PM
Above: Art from Wise Owl Hostels Tokyo
It has already been over three years since I started my career in Japan as a consultant for an online hotel booking platform on a quest to make Japan more accessible for foreign visitors. So far it has been a very valuable experience for me, and along with gradually increasing my sales- and consultation skills I've had the chance to improve my business Japanese, learn more about Japan and travel around Kanto through my work. In this post I've summarized part of my work, in case others out there might be interested in taking a similar career path.
Above: At one of my partner hotels.
Above: Night view from Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
Above: Yokohama by night

The job:
As a hotel consultant (market manager) you are in charge of a portfolio of hotels in your own designated area. You keep in touch with hotel representatives (managers etc) on a daily basis to help them improve their sales through our site. This can be done by for instance keeping them updated about our campaigns / making sure they give us the same rates & room types as our competitors / retrieve their newest photos etc to keep their content up to notch or just generally give them advice about area trends using our database and information we've gathered from other hotels. 
Above: A paper crane at the bed of Hotel Okura
The main part of the job is office work, because as you can imagine it takes a lot of time keeping in touch with such a large number of hotel partners. A lot of the communication with the hotel representatives are thus done by phone. But we also are free to structure our days as we'd like and can plan business trips to visit our hotel partners directly to discuss their sales. As I'm mainly in charge of Yokohama I've had the chance to visit the harbor city 2-3 times a month, and I've also had the chance to travel around on business trips to partner hotels in among others Saitama, Izu, Hakone and areas within Tokyo.
Above: My main responsibility is to look after client hotels in Yokohama
Above: The Yokohama Cosmo Clock 21 up close

Requirements:
As a hotel consultant one usually has to be able to communicate in the local language. In my case, most of my hotel partners only have Japanese-speaking representatives, so except for our internal emails that are mostly written in English (since our head office is situated abroad) my work is conducted 100% in Japanese. As you probably know one would have to use business Japanese when communicating with clients, so polite language (keigo) is a must. There are a lot of set phrases needed just for making a simple phone call (see also: Working in Japan: The basics of Japanese business phone calls), so unless you have some previous working experience in Japan it might be tough to enter. For lower positions where most of the work is internal it might be possible to get a job without this sort of experience, but for consultants, it is crucial with some previous background in the field.
Above: Hello there tiny capsule! Japan has accommodations for any taste, here at Do-c Ebisu

What I love about my job
We are getting closer to the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 and inbound tourism is without a doubt a buzzword in Japan these days. A lot of interesting new hotels and hostels are opening their doors to foreign tourists, and through my work, I get to be at the forefront of whats happening within the Japanese travel industry.
Above: From when I tried a night at Tokyo's first robot hotel
Above: Lunch at one of my partner hotels
Because I'm a foreigner I also have a certain authority when talking with the hotels about inbound trends, as they usually only rely on Japanese sources for their information. And as I'm working in an international company it is also relatively more laid-back than most Japanese companies; I can for instance usually go home when the day is done without having to work much overtime. Since I love to travel, my work is also to an extent my hobby, so in a sense, I'm lucky I get paid for both traveling around and practicing my Japanese. There is a lot going on in the industry, and is without a doubt a job that can be recommended for anyone who likes fast-paced and challenging environments!
Above: A visit to the traditional Japanese ryokan hotel Jizo Matsuya in Nagano

Are you interested in working as a hotel consultant in Japan (or somewhere else for that sake)? Feel free to let me if you have any questions about the job or how to apply, and thanks for reading!
-Anette

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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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