Food & Drink
For two days on November 4 (Saturday) and 5 (Sunday), the FUSHIMI YOKAI SAKE FESTIVAL will be held in Fushimi, Kyoto. Just as the name suggests, this event is themed around sake and “yokai” (monsters).
Fushimi is one of the top sake producing towns in Japan. The charming and nostalgic town streets are lined with historic sake breweries. Just like Japanese sake, yokai are an aspect of Japanese culture that has gained international attention.
Now, the FUSHIMI YOKAI SAKE FESTIVAL is being held to encourage people to learn more about Japanese culture through Japanese sake and yokai.
Various activities will be prepared, such as the “Fushimi Night Parade of 100 Demons,” where yokai will walk through the town, sake tasting by yokai, and a bar-crawl style event that involves enjoying sake from various bars. The general public can also wear yokai costumes, adding an extra element of fun to this spooky event.
[Produced by JUNKO KOSHINO] Limited time event from 12/17-12/24! POP-UP BAR fusing the music culture of Koza (Okinawa City) and table tennis as well as street table tennis that suddenly appears in town
The professional table tennis team Ryukyu Asteeda from Okinawa is holding the Asteeda Festival from December 23 to 24! This festival will be a fusion of sports, tourism, technology, entertainment, and food at the Okinawa Arena, the most cutting-edge stadium in Japan!
Ahead of the Asteeda Festival, internationally acclaimed designer JUNKO KOSHINO will produce a street table tennis event and table tennis POP-UP BAR!
● Table Tennis POP-UP BAR
Dates open: December 17 to 24
Venue: REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, Floor 8, Music Bar “LEKT”
Tickets: 5,000 yen with two drink tickets (tax included)
● Street Table Tennis
Event period: December 17 to 24
Location: Koza Music Town, Southeast Botanical Gardens, REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, other locations in Naha City
REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, the site of the table tennis POP-UP BAR, is a hotel opened on August 1, 2023, based around the concept of THE CHANPURU. This space lets visitors feel the atmosphere of Okinawa City, where a unique culture has taken root that “CHANPURU” (mixes up) the cultures of Okinawa and America.
The music bar on the top floor of the hotel, LEKT, fuses the Koza music culture and a pool terrace that is reminiscent of an Okinawan resort. In this event, the worldview of JUNKO KOSHINO and table tennis will be “CHANPURU” (mixed together) as well. What sort of chemical reaction will be created? Please come and see for yourself!
The ultimate tasting seminar will be held at the historical Kagamida Yashiki building in the city of Ukiha.
Specialists from two highly popular distilleries—renowned not only in Japan but also worldwide—have been invited to hold exclusive, in-depth tasting seminars for a limited number of participants.
Please enjoy to your heart's content whiskies specially brought out from the distillery, as well as rare bottles no longer available for purchase.
Afterwards, during the Bar Time, participants will enjoy a meal, cocktails, and a variety of whiskies that offer a different perspective.
Appreciate precious moments in a serene atmosphere achieved by patience and time.
Lecturer: Day 1: December 2; Day 2: December 3; Tatsuro Kusano, Chief Distilling Manager and Blender of Tsunuki Distillery, Hombo Shuzo Co., Ltd
Day 3: December 9; Day 4: December 10; Yumi Yoshikawa, Brand Ambassador, Venture Whisky Chichibu Distillery
Dates: December 2 (Sat.), December 3 (Sun.), December 9 (Sat.), December 10 (Sun.) 2023
Capacity: Limited to 18 individuals per session
Fee: With accommodation at Minamo: 50,000 yen (incl. tax); Tour-only ticket: 55,000 yen (incl. tax)
Combining seamless transportation centered around HondaJet: high value-added visit planning focused on three gastronomic areas
■ Means of Transportation
We provide seamless inter-city transportation by combining HondaJet, helicopter, and a chauffeur service with the aim of minimizing the burden of boarding procedures and waiting times. A chauffeur remains on stand-by at the times of takeoff and landing on HondaJet to optimize travel.
■ Visit Planning
(1) Hakuba Village: There will be private dining at a top-class villa with chefs from exclusive, hard-to-book restaurants (Sushi Saito, etc.). In winter, the fast track plan offers gondola lift rides from 6:30 a.m., allowing participants to enjoy powdered snow first thing in the morning. During the green season, we will provide a private stargazing experience by running gondola lifts at night.
(2) Annaka City: We will offer special access to “The Club,” a strictly members-only golf course. We plan to use original local golf maker goods that are normally not for sale and offer rounds with Japanese pro golf tour champions. We will offer hard-to-find premium whiskey and more at an outdoor BBQ, where local ingredients can be enjoyed at a special location within the facility.
(3) Toyama City: Experience a premium lunch at the Michelin-starred auberge-style lodge L'évo and a visit to Masuda Sake Brewery in Iwase, which is followed by members-only restaurant hopping. We will also offer a special brewing experience at IWA (opened by former chief winemaker of Dom Perignon in collaboration with Mr. Kengo Kuma and Masuda Sake Brewery), which has garnered worldwide attention. There will be the option to take a private night tour of the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design.
On par with Matsue Castle (designated National Treasure) and considered the heart of Matsue City’s tourism is the MATSUE WATER TERRACE. For a limited period of three months between September and November 2023, visitors to Matsue can enjoy views of the Horikawa Pleasure Boats drifting leisurely down Hori River, various shops, such as Karakoro Plaza, and cafes and bars from the comfort of “waterside terrace seat” located in the Katahara/Kyoten water embankment area. During the day, you can relax while gazing at the boats that drift down the historic Hori River; during evenings, delight in the beauty of the area lit-up spectacularly thanks to the designs by lighting designer Shiho Nagamachi. What’s more, various restaurants and bars in the area have decided to come together to create an area of communication and social exchange, with a special take-out menu and plenty of opportunity to interact with the people around you. We hope that this limited-time MATSUE WATER TERRACE becomes a hub of both interaction as well as water tourism in Matsue City. MATSUE WATER DINING (an evening outdoor restaurant) will also be held for a two-day period.
About One Ariake Art Festival 2023
One Ariake Art Festival is a walk-through art project that allows visitors to discover the charms of the region while walking around the Ariake Sea. The theme for the festival is "Composition of Local Resources." The objective is to create new experiences, products, and value by combining arts, crafts, sports, food, sake, tea, and other things unique to the areas around the Ariake Sea, which have been nurtured over a long period of time. Through cultural experiences and nature conservation activities only available here, visitors can fully enjoy the charm of the region.
Kawazu SAKURA x WASABI Premium Tourism Home of the new Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and the famous wasabi-don (wasabi rice bowl)!
(1) Kawazu SAKURA x WASABI Premium Tour
This tour features the Suruga Bay Ferry + Mt. Fuji Taxi from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport or JR Shizuoka Station during the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience the towering 3,776 meter height of Mt. Fuji from a ferry, and try harvesting mizu-wasabi, a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage, in an area usually not open to the public.
(2) Premium experience at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Terrace, only in Kawazu
Enjoy special moments on a charming terrace for some Kawazu cherry blossom viewing and carefully selected Kawazu cuisine. You will be waited on by the famous Dancers of Izu.
(3) SAKURA & WASABI Premium Accommodation Plan
A premium dining and accommodation plan featuring Kawazu cherry blossoms, local wasabi, etc. has been planned by accommodation facilities exclusively for this season.
(4) Creating tourism content as the home of the wasabi-don (wasabi rice bowl)
Grate on your own wasabi to sample the flavor and excitement of world-class mizu-wasabi from Kawazu, a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage.
Flourishing from the Muromachi period (1336–1573) to the early Edo period (1603–1867), the World Heritage site “Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape” was a renowned silver mine.
Experience the culture and lifestyle in two traditional towns, Omori and Yunotsu, as well as a limited-time opening of the Okubo Mabu Mine Shaft, the largest in Iwami Ginzan, which is usually closed to the public. Feel the value of World Heritage site “Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape” through an accommodation plan that combines kominka old traditional houses (Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings) with small luxuries.
Experience Heian culture in a program themed around prayer and elegance at the captivating Saiku historical site ～Enchanted Saiku: A Spiritual and Aesthetic Experience～
The main feature of this program is the Saiku firelight Noh performance held on Saturday, November 4 and Friday, February 2. A special stage will be set up in the reconstructed buildings from the Heian period in Saiku Heian-Era Park on the site of the Saiku National Historic Site, with special performances of Saiku-related Noh theater to be held. In November, a stylish projection mapping event called Saiku Heian Emaki 2023 will be held at the same location for two days, before and after the Noh performance. Enjoy an evening of Heian-themed art that varies from Noh theater. Every Saturday and Sunday from November to January, various Heian pastimes (ban-sugoroku, kai-awase, ceremonial kimono dressing, bows and arrows, etc.) can be enjoyed here. Visitors can also try out the sokaren palanquin of the Saio princesses. High value-added tours that combine well with the main Noh performance viewing include (1) a mini-tour with a Japanese historian of the Emado ruins and Take Shrine, both of which are connected to Noh performances; (2) special commentary on Noh performances by Yoshimasa Kanze; (3) a Saiku Terroir Culinary Evening, showcasing the ingredients and cuisine of this land where the capital stood for 600 years; and (4) a journey back in time to the Heian period at the Hotel Saio-no-Miya, named after the Saio princesses. On New Year's Eve, the annual Taina event is held here to ward off demons from the Heian period. Visitors can take part in the Hyakki Yagyo procession dressed as demons (Japanese-style cosplay) to ward off evil spirits. Following this, there will be a special New Year's tour to see the first sunrise at Oyodo Beach, which appears in the famous book The Tales of Ise.
Participants can enjoy Ainu and Japanese culture to their heart's content with this tour. They can also take part in special events at the State Guest House and Akasaka Palace in Tokyo's Minato-ku(tentative),
and at Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park in the town of Shiraoi, Hokkaido.
Ainu Dance and State Guest House Visit: Indulge in Ainu culture in a luxurious state guest house and watch a traditional Ainu dance performance.
Guests will also enjoy a special meal prepared by a renowned chef.
Noh Performance at Upopoy: Visitors will watch a Noh performance at Upopoy, which serves as the crossroads of Ainu culture and traditional Japanese performing arts.
Come discover the richness of Japanese culture.
Special event tours within Upopoy Park: Visitors will get to enjoy special events
held in collaboration with the upcoming Sapporo Snow Festival while immersing themselves in Ainu culture within Upopoy Park.