An interactive art museum project utilizing a large underground space created by world-class artists
On Mt. Tochigi, famous for its high-grade stone Oyaishi, there is a closed quarry site spread over a 50,000-square-meter area. The site boasts a vast underground space, with a crane over 220 meters high once used for quarrying, and a majestic quarry site with over one hundred enormous two-meter, square, stone blocks stacked on top of each other. A one-of-a-kind interactive art museum has been created in this space, centering on a giant art installation by Takashi Kuribayashi. Kuribayashi is the only Japanese artist that had been invited to Documenta, a world art festival held once every five years. For those who want to fully enjoy Oya for a day, we recommend the mobility excursion tour, which combines art experiences with food, culture, and adventure.
Special experience that utilizes a cultural asset: “Stay at the Sankeien Garden” “Cruising immersive theater” is an immersive performance onboard a ship that utilizes the space along the water
For one night only, stay in an Important Cultural Property and a city-designated Tangible Cultural Property (the inside of which is normally closed to the public) and enjoy the Sankeien Garden, a nationally designated scenic beauty spot, all to yourself.
- Experience accommodation in a city-designated Tangible Cultural Property in Sankeien (covering an area of approximately 175,000 meters-squared), which comprises the Outer Garden (gaien), which was first opened to the public in 1906 and features a landmark three-storey Muromachi period (1336–1573) pagoda relocated from Tomyo-ji Temple in Kyoto, and the Inner Garden (naien), which combines an old building and garden used as Hara Sankei's private garden. This program provides accommodation (one-night, two meals) for up to two groups of maximum four people per group.
- Dates: From Tuesday, October 31, to Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Premier cruise entertainment ~ Japan’s first "cruising immersive theater" ~ Premium performance for two days only
- Japan’s first waterside "cruising immersive theater" in areas such as “Yoshida Shinden,” the cornerstone of Yokohama’s development
- While taking a cruise down Ooka River and Nakamura River, experience the history and culture of Yokohama through the story of the origins of Yokohama told via an immersive performance
- The performance stages are all public spaces (onboard a ship, pier, or bridge, or in a town near the water, etc.)
- Performance by the dance company DAZZLE, a top tier Japanese immersive theater group, which has achieved many large-scale and regular performances
- Dates: From Friday, October 13, to Saturday, October 14, 2023
- Number of performances: 12 (six performances per day over two days)
- Start times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Special admission to Japan Heritage Ushiku Chateau’s Main Building Revival Banquet to be enjoyed in its large hall
There will be an event to experience the 140-year history of Japanese wine as “lived history” held at the National Important Cultural Property Chateau Kamiya Former Winery (commonly known as Ushiku Chateau) in Ushiku City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Chateau Kamiya Former Winery is the setting for "140 Years of Japanese Wine," a Japanese Heritage recognized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
In the large hall of “Ushiku Chateau’s Main Building,” which is normally closed to the public, you can experience a recreation of the type of banquet where the statesmen and leading figures of the Meiji period’s “Civilization and Enlightenment” days would relish in drinking wine. With musicians performing live, a butler service, first-rate dining, and more, this “aristocrat banquet” is will be an evening unlike any other.
The Japanese wines have all received word-wide acclaim, and the wine connoisseurs in attendance will introduce the history and culture of Japanese wine, the winemaker’s way of life, and so on.
This deal includes special permission to gravel ride through the Okukinu Super Forest Road with professional guides.
The Okukinu hot springs are located in the innermost part of Nikko and Oze National Parks and is one of Japan's most unexplored areas with abundant natural beauty and many gravel courses. After enjoying the gravel courses, relax with a meal made from local ingredients, such as wild game, and soak in the finest hot springs.
Enjoy riding gravel in the steep, mountainous terrain of Japan.
Personal equipment is allowed, but rental equipment is also available, and there is an extensive maintenance system in place.
NAKED, INC., the company that is responsible for event planning and direction, is a creative company that has created various flower- and nature-themed creative events such as Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Spring 2023 and NAKED FLOWERS, a nighttime light installation at the World Heritage site of Nijo Castle in Kyoto.
Fall leaves and light—illumination brings out their natural beauty by night.
This event goes beyond simply lighting up the garden to create a complete new world with projection mapping and sound evoking the atmosphere of Shinjuku Gyoen
Visually appealing food and beverages centered around "fall in Japan" as the theme will be available
A health-conscious menu, including vegan options, with a focus on environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, including less plastic use
Safety and security based on new normal practices
Designed as a safe space, with lanterns to naturally provide distance and extensive measures to prevent crowding, close contact, and accidents, both inside and outside of the venue
Discount! Gero Hot Springs at night “GERO Pura” ~Meal included! Choice plan to experience everything~
You can choose with 5,000 yen! Choice plan “GERO Pura”
Package details: Tickets for local bar 3,000 yen + other experience fees 2,000 yen (Gassho village entry ticket + local art experience + goheimochi rice cake tasting + bus ticket)
- Special autumn foliage light-up event at Gassho village, which is usually closed, to enjoy a festival atmosphere;
- 3,000-yen meal coupon ticket to enjoy local cuisine and alcohol at traditional restaurants and bars in the hot spring town;
- Local arts activities that change weekly, such as a Japanese drum performance or a geisha performance unique to the hot springs culture at the Shirasagi-za Theater in Gassho village;
- Yukata, which are commonly worn when walking around Japanese hot springs. Enjoy the autumn foliage light-up event at Onsen-ji Temple;
- Shuttle bus from the hot springs town to Gassho village.
In conjunction with the "World Cosplay Summit," one of the world's largest cosplay festivals, the new culture of "Nagoya, the mecca of cosplay," will be shared with the world from Chubu Electric Power's MIRAI TOWER (Nagoya TV Tower), which is a designated Important Cultural Property.
In the "Nagoya Cosplay Mecca Photoshoot Tour," participants will visit photogenic spots in Nagoya City with photographers who are active in the forefront of cosplay photography. Participants can take photos at quintessentially Japanese locations, such as at Oasis 21 at nighttime, Chubu Electric Power Company's MIRAI TOWER, and other spots beloved by cosplayers.
Costume production workshops will also be held, featuring instructors who are cosplayers that have created official costumes for many events. The workshop will cover the various processes required in costume production and teach techniques that will be useful when creating your own costumes in the future. What's more, you can take home the items you have created as souvenirs!
A free-entry cosplay museum will also be opened simultaneously at Chubu Electric Power's MIRAI TOWER (from October 25 to November 30, 2023). The costumes of cosplayers who competed for the world's No. 1 position at the "World Cosplay Summit" will be on special display.
This event features a special viewing of the tallest seated buddha in Japan, the Echizen Great Buddha at Seidaiji Temple in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture. The viewing will be held for an hour after the gates open and an hour before they close. Smoke machines will produce a "sea of clouds" throughout the venue, creating a fairyland effect that will turn the venue into Hokuriku region's new top tourist destination.
Past the front of the Daibutsuden Hall (where the Great Buddha is located) and through the sea of clouds, visitors enter the solemn atmosphere of the Hall itself. The Echizen Great Buddha, the temple's honzon (chief object of worship) and the tallest seated statue in Japan, is located in the Daibutsuden Hall, where it is surrounded by numerous Buddha statues of various sizes. In addition to the Great Buddha, visitors can enjoy the view of Katsuyama from the five-story pagoda or spend a leisurely time in the Japanese garden.
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei and Nodame Cantabile will be introduced at Mixa Animation Diary Plus, an event that introduces anime works originally produced by Kodansha.
Simultaneous English interpretation will also be available via earphones for the talk event featuring the lead voice actors.
There will also be an exhibition held at the same time in order for visitors to further enjoy the worldviews of these anime series.
Finally, there will be a special giveaway at the entrance of the exhibition of a newly drawn illustration that is only available at this event.
'・This art exhibition is a fusion of sightseeing elements—the likes of which have never been seen before. At this exhibition, art forms that transcend time and genre, including architecture, film, bio-art, and graffiti art, will be displayed in unique venues in the natural environment of Hokuto City.
・Enjoy site-specific art installations and performances combine elite, cutting-edge contemporary art with Hokuto’s unique, traditional beauty.
・Appreciate things that one does not often get to in everyday life, such as progressive art and technology, and works by world-renowned contemporary artists and architects transformed into tourist attractions.
・Engage with cultural properties in an unconventional way through cross-disciplinary collaborations in venues where music can usually not be enjoyed.
・Rent out the facilities after hours for their very own night of art appreciation, even though access is usually restricted within the Kiyoharu Art Colony and the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection art gallery at night.
・Immerse themselves in a remarkable world of art under the stars.
・Finally, visitors can enjoy a limited-edition local Suntory Hakushu whisky or a Shichiken Junmai sake from the Yamanashi Meijo Brewery in the Kiyoharu Art Colony!