“Attack on Hita Project”: Anime and manga tourism with special events for Attack on Titan, a treasure of the manga world with over 110 million copies sold worldwide
Hita City, Oita prefecture, the hometown of Hajime Isayama, the author of Attack on Titan, has attracted fans from around the world as a popular spot for manga and anime-related tourism.
Popular sightseeing spots include the bronze statues of young Eren, Mikasa, and Armin in front of Oyama Dam, and the bronze statue of Captain Levi installed outside of Hita Station. There is also the Attack on Titan in Hita Museum and Attack on Hita Cafe .
Fans can further enhance their travel experience by downloading an exclusive smartphone app in which they can use AR to find Attack on Titan characters around Hita City and participate in a stamp rally to earn prizes.
As of Summer 2023, the Attack on Titan in Hita Museum ANNEX is now open to the public! The cutting-edge museum displays original Attack on Titan manga pages from Volumes 1-34 that were hand-selected by Mr. Isayama with special commentary included as captions, and uses digital technology to create immersive exhibits. Please enjoy the world of Attack on Titan with cutting-edge technology!
*Attack on Titan and all related names, characters, and trademarks are copyrights of Hajime Isayama and Kodansha.
With Tohoku’s premiere cycling facility, Natori Cycling and Sports Center, as a base, participants can travel around Sendai and Natori’s eastern sea coast on bicycle. Enjoy delicious the best Yuriage ark shells from Natori, as well as other gourmet seafood like Hokugen whitebait, while learning about restoration efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.
There is also a scenic hill-climbing course that involves visits to Natori’s Kumano, Kumano Hongusha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha shrines. Both courses allow participants to enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze while cycling coastal roads.
Cyclists can also challenge both courses in a single day with the full course option, for a total of three available plans. Please feel free to join even if you are a beginner,
a cycling guide will accompany you. (Foreign language support available via automatic translation device)
Kawaba Denen Plaza is Japan’s largest roadside station facility. It welcomes over 2 million visitors per year. What’s more,
Denen Plaza serves as a starting point to attract visitors and introduce experience-based and accommodation-based tourism in the surrounding area, as well as provide transportation to nearby facilities through electric bicycle and kickboard rentals.
Mini-tours of the site and the surrounding area are also offered. From September this year, there are plans to offer brief helicopter rides for an exciting new way to attract more visitors.
Experience-based events and lodging plans for inbound visitors are also available in conjunction with major accommodation facilities, sake breweries, ski resorts, and other facilities in the village in order to increase the value of tourism and increase the amount of money spent per visitor.
As an element of pioneering new areas of tourism for inbound visitors, this package offers five incredible experiences, including a premium baseball viewing experience and a pass for a handful of entertainment facilities. With the round-trip Nippon Pass, you can experience a variety of different entertainment activities, including leisure facilities, karaoke, and video game arcades! It also allows for participation in a variety of extraordinary events, including the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game, taking photos with professional players, and playing catch out on the stadium field! After the game you will even get to take a commemorative photo on the field, creating memories that will last a lifetime! The baseball match is viewed from special seats not normally available to the public. You can also have other uniquely Japanese experiences, such as taste-testing Japanese sake! It's even possible to stay in lodging facilities adjoining the stadium. Enjoy baseball and entertainment in Japan, winner of the World Baseball Classic!
Sharing the Blessings of the Sakurajima Volcano with the World through the Gastronomy Music Festival—from Expansive Nature to Shochu, Public Baths, and Gourmet Food
Everything that makes Kagoshima special can be found on this tour! An active volcano? Live music? Gourmet dining? Drinking shochu? Take the Sakurajima Ferry to experience them all on the internationally-renowned Sakurajima and around Kinko Bay. Here you will discover new and appealing ways to experience the Kirishima-Kinko Bay National Park Marine Park, Sakurajima-Kinko Bay Geopark, and the port city of Kagoshima. From the Kanze Lighthouse floating in the sea to Okogashima Island and the Taisho Lava Field, these are all sights you won't be able to see through a car window! If you get lucky with the weather, it's possible to see the three big volcanoes of Kagoshima Prefecture—Sakurajima, Kirishima, and Kaimondake—all at the same time. There is also a chance of bumping into some of the dolphins (Southern bottlenose dolphins, long-beaked common dolphins) that live in Kinko Bay. While out on the magnificent ocean, you can also enjoy gourmet dishes and drinks from Kagoshima, including special rice cakes, Kagoshima black beef, udon noodles, and shochu, while listening to classical music, jazz, island songs, and other local music. Kagoshima local Ryutaro Higashikawa also narrates a guide to Sakurajima. During the premium hiking on Sakurajima, you will get to experience the dynamic views of the volcano from areas that are normally off limits and enjoy sampling sushi made from local ingredients. As part of a year-round city walking program, you can also enjoy some public bathhouse hopping! Enjoy hot springs in the city—the majority of the 30-odd public bathhouses in the city draw hot spring water—and the traditional streetscapes in the Tenmonkan and Meizanbori areas while eating and drinking local specialties such as Kagoshima black pork and shochu.
In this era of such rapid technological advancement, the vision of this tour was always to reaffirm the humanity of us all. The tour provides the value of actually experiencing things for ourselves, and the empathy and joy that come from interacting with others. Taking our existing tour a step further, we have added the extra value of "otaku" into the mix! We define "otaku" as the "masters and professionals of a specific subject," and through working alongside them, we now have a tour of the otaku, by the otaku, for the otaku. The tour is composed of three parts: sightseeing, experience, and interaction. Starting from the standard sightseeing, you will be accompanied by both a guide and a cameraman. The experience part will allow you to enhance your plastic model making under the tutelage of a plastic model otaku—in this case, someone involved in the industry and who creates guidebooks for the hobby! Otaku will also share other aspects of the appeal of Akihabara that are hard to access on other tours, or when visiting alone. During the exchange section at the end of the tour, you will be able to enjoy a meal while chatting with native otaku of Akihabara, providing a chance to meet and interact with otaku themselves. The implementation of this event will make full use of the latest technology in order to remove the language barrier as much as possible. You will also receive a commemorative gift for taking part in the tour.
The Tokyo National Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, currently houses approximately 120,000 items passed down over the past 150 years. Of these, 89 are National Treasures and 649 are Important Cultural Properties (as of April 2023), making it one of Japan's leading collections in terms of both quality and quantity. Within its grounds stands the Okyokan, a Japanese house of great value that is not usually open to the public. For a limited time only, the Okyokan will be open as a teahouse. Visitors can enjoy a number of Japanese cultural activities while viewing fusuma screen paintings (currently reproductions) by Maruyama Okyo, a painter of the Edo period. Visitors can try on kimono garments crafted in Kyoto, or try Zen breathing exercises. There will also be a variety of food and beverages made with ingredients produced in Japan. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit during this limited season.
This may be the first golf event in Japan in which visitors from overseas can take part and engage in golf as a form of intercultural exchange. Each golf course will present a variety of friendly golf events, including closest-to-the-pin and long drive competitions, both for local golf course members and for golfers visiting Japan. Come to Hyogo and interact not only with Japanese golfers, but also with many other golfers from all over the world. Aside from golfing, local market events will also be held at the golf courses. There will be introductions of local products and opportunities to interact with the local Japanese community! At WGW in Hyogo, you’ll enjoy experiences you’ll simply never have on a normal golfing trip. Meet golfing friends from all over the world here in Hyogo, enjoy great golfing in Japan, and enjoy Japanese food and drinks in Kobe after playing. World Golf Week in Hyogo is an international exchange golfing event that delivers experiences you’ll never have on a regular golf trip.
The Saitama Criterium is the world's first cycling event to be named after the world's most prestigious cycling road race, the Tour de France.
Every year, world-class athletes including the Tour de France winners of that year gather to compete on the special Criterium course around the Saitama-Shintoshin area. The primary appeal of this event is the thrill of being able to experience the value, message, and appeal of the Tour de France at a location in Japan.
In addition to seats for watching the Saitama Criterium, the premium spectator tour special is available in four categories (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze), with privileges such as watching a pre-race course test run, interacting with athletes, and sightseeing in the city.
The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, the only public bonsai museum in Japan, will be open for the first time for night illuminations, giving visitors a fantastic opportunity to experience the enchanting world of bonsai.
Take this opportunity to visit Saitama City!
"A walkable gem."
The New York Times listed Morioka City, in Iwate Prefecture, second only to London in its "52 Places to Go in 2023" article.
Morioka, and all of Iwate Prefecture, is truly a gem, full of culture, food, and historical buildings that are a joy to discover.
Morioka holds special events such as a jazz café in a historical building designated National Important Cultural Property, where dining is not usually permitted. There is also a premium sake brewery tour where visitors can observe the refined techniques of Nanbu brewing masters and sample sake intended for competition, which is not commercially available. A specially designed event, the Morioka Premium Town Walk, takes strolling around the city to another level of fun.
In addition, a premium buffet only available on certain days and venues will be held at the Morioka Castle in Morioka and at three World Heritage sites (Hiraizumi, Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site, and Goshono Jomon Site). Visitors will have the opportunity to savor the food and local sake of Iwate to their heart's content while watching special stagings of traditional local performing arts which are passed down from generation to generation.
There’s also "wanko soba," a traditional specialty of Iwate Prefecture. A waiter fills bowls, one after the other, with bite-sized portions of soba noodles, and the bowls are stacked to show how much soba you have eaten. This year, the world's first ever International Wanko Soba Championship will be held, and it awaits visitors ready to take up the challenge.
Such special experiences in Morioka and nearby World Heritage Sites are sure to shine in your heart forever.