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Tabea Greuner

Tabea Greuner

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When she’s not hunting for the most Insta-worthy sweets and afternoon tea sets in Tokyo, Tabea likes to travel across Japan with her camera in tow. Follow her adventures on Instagram @pyupyu90.

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8 Japanese subscription boxes that deliver overseas: snacks, makeup and stationery

8 Japanese subscription boxes that deliver overseas: snacks, makeup and stationery

Travelling to Japan as a tourist is almost impossible right now, but you can still bring a little bit of Japan to your home. There’s a range of subscription services offering regular deliveries of boxes filled with exclusive Japanese goods, including food, tea, stationery, kawaii character merchandise, makeup, skincare, beauty products and more. So you can easily keep up with the latest trends in Japan or discover something entirely new. Here are our picks of the best and most unusual subscription boxes to sign up for. RECOMMENDED: These traditional Japanese crafts are perfect practical souvenirs

The most beautiful Starbucks in Japan

The most beautiful Starbucks in Japan

International coffee chain Starbucks may be big around the globe, but in Japan, it has developed a cult-like following. Since opening its first outlet in Ginza more than two decades ago in 1996, the Seattle-born brand now has a whopping 1,628 stores (and counting) across the country. For the past few years, its fandom has reached a fever pitch. In 2015, the opening of Starbucks’ first outpost in Tottori, Japan’s least populated prefecture, attracted a thousand fans to line up from the early morning hours so that they could be the first to enter the new store. Prior to the opening of the world’s largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Meguro in 2019, the coffee giant came up with a lottery system to give winners access tickets based on specific time slots to visit the outlet. Starbucks’ skyrocketing popularity in Japan is partly fueled by its continuous offering of seasonal, limited-time beverages and merchandise, most of which are exclusive to the country. Moreover, the coffee chain has found a way to adapt to local culture, creating Insta-worthy, one-of-a-kind spaces at inspiring locations while featuring cutting-edge architecture and design. In fact, these outlets are so innovative that you wouldn’t have thought it was a Starbucks until you notice the familiar green mermaid logo. So here are the most stunning Starbucks in the country, from one that’s set in a heritage house in Kyoto to the Kawagoe outlet that features a Zen garden. RECOMMENDED: Prefer a gorgeous coffee shop

日本で最も美しいスターバックス9選

日本で最も美しいスターバックス9選

タイムアウト東京 > レストラン&カフェ > 日本で最も美しいスターバックス9選 国際的なコーヒーチェーンのスターバックスは、1996年に銀座の1号店が誕生して以来、現在では全国に1685もの店舗がある。 2015年、日本で最も人口の少ない鳥取市にオープンしたスターバックスには、早朝から1000人以上ものファンが集まった。2019年には、焙煎(ばいせん)所を併設した世界最大のスターバックス リザーブ ロースタリーが中目黒にオープン。入店のための整理券の発券所が用意されたほどだ。 スターバックスの日本での人気は、季節限定、期間限定商品のほか、地元の文化に適応し、最先端の建築とデザインを特徴とした、インスタ映えする刺激的な空間を作り出している。建物自体も洗練されたデザインで、緑の人魚のロゴを見つけるまでスターバックスだとは気づかないかもしれない。 ここでは京都の伝統的な家屋を舞台にしたスターバックスや、禅庭園のある店舗など、国内で最も魅力的なスターバックスを紹介する。 関連記事『東京、ブックカフェ25選』

In photos: Japan's top architects and creatives are redesigning Shibuya's public toilets

In photos: Japan's top architects and creatives are redesigning Shibuya's public toilets

Shibuya is rapidly transforming into a hip shopping paradise – think Shibuya Scramble Square with its Shibuya Sky observation deck, the glitzy Parco department store, and Miyashita Park with its rooftop garden. Sure, those buildings are beautiful, but if you really want to see some cutting-edge design, check out Shibuya's new series of extravagant public toilets. In cooperation with Shibuya’s local government, the Nippon Foundation launched a project called The Tokyo Toilet, which focuses on replacing 17 public toilets in Shibuya with modern, accessible structures. The buildings will be designed by 16 of Japan’s foremost creatives and especially architects including Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma. The first few toilets on the list are now ready for use, with the entire lineup scheduled to be completed by spring 2021. We will update this list regularly, as soon as new toilets are open to the public. For a map showing where all the new fancy loos are located, click here. RECOMMENDED: 50 best things to do in Shibuya

9 best museums in Tokyo for kids and families

9 best museums in Tokyo for kids and families

Touring museums can be tiring when you have kids in tow, but Tokyo houses a large variety of family-friendly museums where the little ones will have as much fun as their parents. These museums are good with kids, as they feature lots of hands-on experiences and games, offer easy-to-understand captions under each exhibit and hand out children-friendly pamphlets. As such, a visit to these museums will make for a fun yet educational day out for the young and old alike. From railway heritage and police cars to historic fire trucks, ancient animal skeletons  plus a walk-in model of the International Space Station, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. RECOMMENDED: The most beautiful spring flowers in Tokyo

東京、藤の名所5選

東京、藤の名所5選

タイムアウト東京 > Things To Do > 関東、藤の名所5選 4月中旬から5月中旬にかけて咲き誇る藤(フジ)。華やかなパステルカラーの花が、都内の神社や公園を彩る。西洋式庭園などで使用される格子状のフェンスである「トレリス」やトンネル状のアーチに栽培されることが多い。 紫、青、ピンク、白など色とりどりの花が垂れ下がる光景は、まるでおとぎ話の1ページのようだ。ここでは、東京や首都圏で楽しめるフジの名所を紹介する。

東京から日帰りで楽しめる、春の花絶景スポット2022

東京から日帰りで楽しめる、春の花絶景スポット2022

タイムアウト東京 > Things To Do > 東京から日帰りで楽しめる、春の花絶景スポット2022 春の象徴ともいえる桜の時期には、日本各地が多くの花見客でにぎわう。そんな桜の見頃は2週間ほど。もし、満開の桜を見逃したとしても、心配はいらない。ここでは、3月下旬から5月にかけて咲く、美しい春の花の名所を紹介する。 各会場の開花状況については公式ウェブサイトなどで確認してほしい。 関連記事『東京、癒やしのパークサイドカフェ10選』『アウトドアサウナできるキャンプ場9選』

Where to get the best views of Mt Fuji

Where to get the best views of Mt Fuji

The highest peak in Japan standing at 3,776m, Mt Fuji is beloved for its elegant, perfectly symmetrical shape. It's the icon of Japan, and whether you're in Tokyo for a short time or you've lived here for decades, a clear view of the mountain never gets old. While it’s possible to get a glimpse of the mountain in the capital when the weather is clear, you're better off travelling out of the city to get the perfect view. Admire Mt Fuji's beauty from these nine scenic spots in Yamanashi, Kanagawa and Shizuoka, all of which are easily reachable from Tokyo as a day trip. Just try to get there early in the morning or in the late afternoon as the midday clouds tend to block the view. RECOMMENDED: Best day trips from Tokyo

11 best things to do in Kawagoe: attractions, restaurants, cafés and shops

11 best things to do in Kawagoe: attractions, restaurants, cafés and shops

Only a 30-minute train ride from Ikebukuro Station, Kawagoe in Tokyo’s neighbouring Saitama prefecture is a popular weekend destination. The highlight of Kawagoe is its well-preserved Koedo area, also known as Little Edo. In this small town, you’ll find plenty of souvenir shops, eateries and cafés, all inside kurazukuri, traditional warehouse-style buildings. Explore the historical streets in a kimono or yukata while enjoying local treats made from sweet potato, Kawagoe’s speciality. Look out for sweet potato ice cream, or imo kenpi (sweetened sweet potato fries), sold along the cosy Kashiya Yokocho – that’s Penny Candy Alley in English. But there’s much more to Kawagoe than just food. The city is a great destination year round: the little stream behind Hikawa Shrine is lined by cherry blossoms in spring and large koinobori (carp streamers) decorate the Taisho Roman Yume Street around Children’s Day in May. To make the most of your visit, check our list below with everything you need for a great day trip to  Kawagoe. RECOMMENDED: Head to the seaside for a perfect day in Kamakura

12 best things to do in Karuizawa: nature, restaurants, cafés and shops

12 best things to do in Karuizawa: nature, restaurants, cafés and shops

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway close to Tokyo, then Karuizawa should be at the top of your list. Hop on the shinkansen at Tokyo Station and you’ll reach this mountain town in Nagano prefecture in about 70 minutes. The town is worth visiting year round, with plenty of activities to enjoy, ranging from golf, hiking and cycling in summer to skiing and ice skating in winter. It’s also a popular destination to enjoy the colourful autumn foliage. In the late 19th century, Tokyo’s influx of foreign residents, including diplomats, scholars and even priests, began visiting Karuizawa as a summer resort due to its cool climate. You can still find a number of beautiful, cosy Western-style buildings and churches from that era around town.  To get an idea of all the things you can do in Karuizawa, check our best picks below. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Kawagoe

7 most nostalgic Tokyo cafés set in heritage buildings

7 most nostalgic Tokyo cafés set in heritage buildings

Tokyo is famous for its diverse food culture, being home to Michelin-starred restaurants and plenty of traditional culinary options such as sushi, gyoza, ramen and more. However, if you like your afternoon coffee with a generous serving of local heritage, then drop by one of these cosy cafés. The coffee shops are all set inside old-school buildings across the city, including renovated sento bathhouses, traditional Japanese-style homes and old shops. Some of the buildings are nearly a century old and a few have even been designated tangible cultural properties of Tokyo. The structures have remained largely unchanged to keep the rustic charm of a bygone era. It’s a great way to get up close with traditional Japanese architecture, all while sipping on a hot coffee. Read on for our favourite Tokyo cafés in heritage buildings. RECOMMENDED: These heritage restaurants in Tokyo prove good food never goes out of style

東京、ルーフトップガーデン10選

東京、ルーフトップガーデン10選

タイムアウト東京 > Things to do > 東京、ルーフトップガーデン10選 高層ビルが立ち並ぶ東京で、群集から離れたいと思ったときは空を見上げてほしい。デパートや駅ビルなどの商業施設の屋上に、隠された秘密の庭園を見つけられるかもしれない。六本木や表参道、日比谷、目黒など、都会の真ん中にあるこれらの屋上庭園は無料で自由に入ることができる。 ぼんやりと遠くの景色や街並みを眺めたり、植物や日陰の下でリラックスしてみてはいかがだろうか。 関連記事『東京、オープンエアで食べる店18選』

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Best temples in Kamakura to see hydrangeas

Best temples in Kamakura to see hydrangeas

With rainy season just around the corner, be prepared for some wet and gloomy days in Tokyo until around mid-July. But the good news is, the rainy season will bring on the bloom of colourful hydrangeas (ajisai in Japanese). To see them all in their colourful glory, hop on the Shonan-Shinjuku (or Yokosuka) line at Shinjuku Station for a direct, one-hour ride to Kita-Kamakura Station. From there, it’s a short walk to three of the area’s most majestic temples – Tokei-ji, Jochi-ji and Meigetsu-in – all of them feature an abundance of the pretty flowers in various shades of blue and pink. Photo: Tabea Greuner Tokei-ji Temple This tranquil temple is just a four-minute walk from Kita-Kamakura Station. The sacred grounds feature several beautifully landscaped walkways, complete with Japanese elements such as Buddha statues and stone lanterns, all of which provide the perfect background for your ajisai shots. Take in the peaceful surroundings over a cup of green tea at the on-site tea house; it even looks out to the adjoining iris garden. Photo: Tabea Greuner Tokei-ji played a crucial and noble role in the local history: founded in 1285 by a nun named Kakusan Shido-ni, the temple offered asylum to women seeking refuge from their abusive husbands. Back then, a woman cannot initiate or file for a divorce. However, after spending three years in the nunnery, the temple could then officially authorise the divorce; this tradition lasted for almost 600 years. 1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, K

You can now go direct from Shibuya to Gotemba Premium Outlets

You can now go direct from Shibuya to Gotemba Premium Outlets

Gotemba Premium Outlets in Shizuoka prefecture is a popular shopping getaway with about 290 stores selling Japanese and international brands. The outlet mall is located at the foot of Mt Fuji and on sunny days you can enjoy scenic views of Japan’s majestic mountain. While there are already express buses from Shinjuku and Ueno stations going straight to Gotemba Premium Outlets, it’s about to get even easier to head there from Shibuya, too. From April 1, the Shibuya / Fuji-Q Highland / Kawaguchiko / Mt Fuji route will make an additional stop at Gotemba Premium Outlets. The bus will depart from Shibuya Mark City, making one stop at Futako-Tamagawa Rise Rakuten Crimson House before heading straight to Gotemba Premium Outlets in under two hours. Buses towards Gotemba Premium Outlets will depart from Shibuya Mark City twice a day at 8.30am and 10.30am. However, if you’re a shopaholic, note that the two buses going back to Shibuya depart as early as 2.10pm and 4.10pm from the mall’s bus stop. A one-way ticket from the Shibuya or Futako-Tamagawa bus stops to Gotemba Premium Outlets costs ¥1,800 (children ¥900) and can be booked via the official highwaybus.com website and app. If you pay via credit card, you’ll get a discount, making the tickets only ¥1,650 per person (children ¥830). Gotemba Premium Outlets is even providing discount coupons with each booking, so you can get a bigger bargain at participating stores. Bus tickets are already on sale for the beginning of April and can b

Kyoto now has two adorable Hello Kitty hotel rooms

Kyoto now has two adorable Hello Kitty hotel rooms

Kyoto is not only famous for its many temples and shrines, but also for its historical machiya traditional wooden merchants’ houses. Some have even been turned into hotels, combining the buildings’ classic ambience with modern creature comforts. If you love old-school Japanese architecture as well as all things kawaii, opt for Resi Stay Nishiki’s adorable Maiko Hello Kitty Room. If you’re more of a fan of Kyoto’s green tea culture and traditional confectionery, then Resi Stay The Kyoto’s brand new Tea House Hello Kitty room is your best choice.  No matter which room you book, you’ll get an original Hello Kitty tote bag to take home, too. To get an idea of what to expect at each room, check the photos and details below. Photo: Resi Stay Maiko Hello Kitty Room A must-visit if you want to live out your fantasy of living in old Kyoto, this room is set inside a wooden machiya townhouse. The interior boasts design touches and artworks based on our favourite cat – she’s dressed as a maiko (apprentice geisha) – that blend in perfectly with the traditional architecture and furnishings of the machiya. Photo: Resi Stay You’ll find Hello Kitty’s signature ribbon on the floor and the beds’ headboards, while illustrations of the famous furball can be found on the bedroom wall, the building’s original fusuma sliding doors – even inside the closet. Photo: Resi Stay The spacious room can accommodate up to four people and even comes with a kitchenette and access to Netflix. Photo: Resi

Get an iconic springtime view of Mt Fuji at this shibazakura flower festival

Get an iconic springtime view of Mt Fuji at this shibazakura flower festival

Spring in Japan isn’t just about cherry blossoms. There are plenty of other colourful blooms that attract crowds of people to see fields of baby-blue nemophila, multicoloured tulips or pink moss phlox. The latter, called shibazakura in Japanese, is a low-growing, creeping evergreen that creates a large floral carpet when in full bloom. And since Japan loves to celebrate its seasons, you’ll of course find a number of shibazakura festivals around the country.  Photo: ©Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival All Rights Reserved One of the most popular events is located at the foot of Mt Fuji: the Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri. The spectacle kicks off on April 16 and boasts 500,000 moss phlox plants of eight different types, featuring pink, red, light purple and white varieties. You can look forward to stunning photo ops – not only is Mt Fuji your backdrop, it’s usually still a little dusted with snow at the time of the event.   Photo: BEATRIX POTTER™ © Frederick Warne & Co., 2021. Frederick Warne & Co. is the owner of all rights, copyrights and trademarks in the Beatrix Potter character names and illustrations. Licensed by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. A new addition to the spectacle this year is the Peter Rabbit English Garden. Admire 300 different types of plants and flowers as you take a stroll through this English-style garden, resembling scenes from the Beatrix Potter book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, set in England’s Lake District. Photo: BEATRIX POTTER™ © Frederick Warne & Co., 2021. Freder

Tokyo greenhouse Hana Biyori has a mesmerising projection mapping show every day

Tokyo greenhouse Hana Biyori has a mesmerising projection mapping show every day

With a greenhouse and Japanese garden next to Tokyo amusement park Yomiuriland, Hana Biyori is widely loved for its lush, plant-filled Starbucks with two massive aquariums of colourful coral fish from Okinawa. It also puts on stunning projection mapping shows on a daily basis. Photo: Yomiuri LandYomiuriland Hana Biyori store in Tokyo Home to lots of blooming plants such as begonias, fuchsias, petunias, geraniums and bellflowers, a section of the greenhouse transforms into a theatre of sorts for a psychedelic light and sound show several times a day. Hana Biyori has presented four different seasonal shows since its opening in 2020. The spectacle fuses digital projections with sound design while incorporating the on-site greenery to create an immersive treat for the senses. The visual stretches across the room, covering an expansive 60 metres, and utilises 20 projectors plus 18 speakers. Photo: Yomiuriland The latest show is themed on Impressionism, with art by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. You’ll see a digitised treatment of classic landscape paintings including Monet’s famous ‘Water Lilies’, Renoir’s ‘Bal du moulin de la Galette’ and Van Gogh’s beautiful ‘Sunflowers’. Photo: Yomiuriland The 10-minute show ends with a collage of flowers by all three artists moving simultaneously across the screen. Photo: Yomiuriland‘Spring Flowers Blooming in the Sun’ For the new show featuring Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, aim for 12noon and 3pm on weekdays, or 11.3

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse will be closed from May to December 2022

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse will be closed from May to December 2022

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, one of Yokohama city’s most popular attractions, will temporarily close from May 9 until December 2022 for extensive renovations. Photo: © Yokohama Akarenga. All rights reserved. Built in the early 20th century, the port city’s two red brick buildings are home to shops, restaurants and bars, and are regularly used for exhibitions. Photo: © Yokohama Akarenga. All rights reserved.Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market Despite the temporary closure, seasonal events will continue to be held at the large outdoor area between the two buildings including the popular Oktoberfest party in early autumn and the Christmas market in winter. Here’s a list of the events that will go ahead at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse this year: Curry & Music Japan, mid-July Red Brick Resort; end of July until end of August Yokohama Oktoberfest; end of September until mid-October Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market; end of November until December 25 Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Art Rink; mid-December until mid-February 2023 For more information, see Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse’s official website. More news Survey: tell us what living in Tokyo is really like for you It’s happening: Japan to reopen borders from June Soak in the sights on Tokyo Bay with this discount cruise deal This Tokyo hotel has an amazing rooftop infinity pool with views Tokyo greenhouse Hana Biyori has a mesmerising projection mapping show every day Want to be the first to know

This Tokyo hotel has installed a shinkansen simulator at its lobby

This Tokyo hotel has installed a shinkansen simulator at its lobby

Train geeks rejoice! Now you have the chance to ‘drive’ an E5 shinkansen at the Hotel Metropolitan Edmont in Iidabashi. The train simulator, which takes pride of place at the hotel lobby, will be here until March 2023 for guests to enjoy a simulated test-drive in the Tohoku region. This is the simulator's first public appearance – and there are a few ways you can settle in on the driver’s seat. Photo: JR-East Hotels The machine boasts the E5’s iconic turquoise colour and it’s nearly as big as the cockpit of an actual E5 shinkansen. You’ll get to navigate the train along a short route between Oyama and Utsunomiya stations at 320 km/h, the highest speed for a commercial train in Japan. This faithful reproduction is equipped with an original driver’s seat, gauges, switches and levers. Aside from the train’s original signal security system DS-ATC, you can also check the speedometer, S-TIMS (Train Information Management System) and other information on three monitors. For the simulation, choose between a 5-minute and a 10-minute experience. While the former includes guidance on the screen and travelling a short route in between stations, the latter, intermediate level lets you navigate the train from one station to the other without any assistance.  Photo: JR-East Hotels Unfortunately, you can’t just walk into the hotel and hop into the cockpit. To test-drive the shinkansen model, you have two options: spend a night at the hotel or make a booking for the hotel’s lunch buffet.

The manager of this second-hand shop covers famous songs using broken instruments

The manager of this second-hand shop covers famous songs using broken instruments

Japan is home to many recycle and second-hand shops and one of the most famous chains – as much for its suggestive name as its ubiquity – is Hard Off. Founded in 1972, Hard Off stores can be found across the country, selling used furniture, clothes, toys, home appliances, musical instruments and more. Yusuke Nagata, Hard Off Ambassador and manager of the Kurume Kokubu branch in Fukuoka, found a way to combine his job with his passion for music. After business hours, he transforms the store into a budget music studio and performs a variety of songs using damaged instruments and other objects from the shop. He’s covered hit songs by girl band AKB 48, Japanese rock band X Japan, J-Pop star Ayumi Hamasaki and many others. Nagata has been doing these covers for quite a while now, including at his previous store in Fukuoka’s You Me Mall Chikugo. Not only does Nagata sing, play and record all of the instruments himself, he also films and edits the music videos, uploading them to the store’s YouTube channel. And they’re a huge hit. A recent cover of X Japan’s signature tune ‘Rusty Nail’ has over 2 million views and band leader Yoshiki even reached out to Nagata on Twitter. Check out the videos below to see what Nagata gets up to after hours. X Japan – ‘Rusty Nail’ AKB 48 – ‘Heavy Rotation’ L’Arc-en-Ciel – ‘Ready Steady Go’ (Anime fans will recognise this as one of the opening songs of Fullmetal Alchemist). Nagata updates

ディズニーがコロナ禍で変わった6のこと

ディズニーがコロナ禍で変わった6のこと

新型コロナウイルス感染症の影響で、都内の最も知られたテーマパークである東京ディズニーランドとシーは、入場者数制限やソーシャルディスタンスなどの措置を余儀なくされてきた。料金改定や新たな感染予防対策の規則なども設けられている。こうした変化の一方で、変わらないものもある。乗り物は素晴らしく、可愛らしいフードや長蛇の列は健在だ。 本記事では2022年、2つのテーマパークを楽しむために知っておくべきことを紹介していきたい。 Photo: Tabea GreunerA photo of Disney tickets taken before the coronavirus pandemic 1. シーズンごとに異なる料金に気を付けよう 最も大きく変わった点は、料金の値上げだろう。例えば、東京ディズニーリゾートは、週末やハロウィン、クリスマスなどのシーズンには9,400円まで上昇する。日程ごとの料金詳細はこちらから参照してほしい。 Photo: Screenshot of Tokyo Disney Resort’s ticket booking page 2. チケットは事前予約制 コロナ禍前でさえチケットを入手するのは容易ではなかったが、それでもシーズンオフには楽しむことができていた。しかし、今後はオンラインでの事前予約が必要になる。オンラインでは、2カ月先のチケットを14時から確保できる。例えば、3月7日のチケットは1月7日から予約できる仕組みだ。しかし、チケット上限に達すると販売終了になるので注意してほしい。なお、キャンセルなどで再販売になることもある。 View this post on Instagram A post shared by ♡𝕞𝕚𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕜𝕠♡ (@michikooo_smille) チケットのほかにも、レストランも人気なので予約をしておく方が無難だろう。列に並ばずに済むだけでなく、週末や休日は予約優先となるからだ。 ディズニーランド、ディズニーシーそれぞれの公式ウェブサイトから予約できる。 3. 早めの到着を心がけよう 余裕を持って到着するのはおすすめというより、もはや必須の条件になりつつある。特に週末や休日、ホリデーシーズンなどは感染対策の影響もあって入場までに1時間はかかる。荷物や身体検査も行われ、遅々として進まない長い列に並ぶのは空港さながらの光景だ。 4. ディズニーのアプリケーションは必需品 コロナ禍前はスマートフォンはパーク内の写真は撮るためにだけのものだったが、今や多くのアトラクションで搭乗に欠かせなくなっている。訪問前に公式ウェブサイトからダウンロード(Android/iOS)しておきたい。 Photo: Tabea Greuner; photo of the Tokyo Disney Resort appThe Tokyo Disney Resort app 5. ファストパスは休止中 指定時間に列に並ぶことなくアトラクションを体験できる、紙製のファストパスは現在発券休止中だ。代わりに上記アプリケーションで入手できるスタンバイパスが導入されている。 スタンバイパス このパスは、施設と時間帯をアプリ上で選択できる。人気のアトラクションは埋まってしまう前に、早めに予約しておきたい。スタンバイパスを取得していない場合、対象施設には並ぶことができないので注意が必要だ。 スタンバイパス

Tokyo is getting a Winnie the Pooh pop-up café in Shinjuku

Tokyo is getting a Winnie the Pooh pop-up café in Shinjuku

Disney fans, you’d want to check out this limited-time Winnie the Pooh café that's popping up in Shinjuku’s Odakyu department store. The café is opening for just two short months starting from April 20, just in time for the Golden Week holidays. Photo: © Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. The menu, which offers six dishes and seven drinks, is inspired by the 1968 animated film ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day’, in which a great storm causes some trouble in the Hundred Acre Wood. The movie even won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in the year of its release. Photo: © Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. The food certainly looks colourful and appetising, like this blue bagel filled with avocado and beans. It features a frightened Piglet that’s being washed away by flood (¥1,859). Photo: © Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. This deli-style plate, on the other hand, re-creates the scene where Pooh protects its beloved hunny pots from the storm. The little pots here are filled with tofu meatballs, an edamame-corn salad, and a yoghurt (¥1,639). Photo: © Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. This tomato chicken sandwich (¥1,639) recreates the signboard of Piglet’s house, where Owl moves in after its home got destroyed by the storm.  Photo: © Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A.A. Mi

The popular Zushi Beach Film Festival is back for the Golden Week holidays

The popular Zushi Beach Film Festival is back for the Golden Week holidays

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Zushi Beach Film Festival is making a comeback this Golden Week. The super fun open-air cinema in Kanagawa prefecture is organised by Cinema Caravan, a group of artists and creatives who organises community events around the world to bring people together. Photo: © 2016 Long Way Home Holdings Pty Ltd and Screen AustraliaThe Oscar-nominated film 'Lion' The 11-day festival is screening a variety of Japanese and international films, with half of them being in English with Japanese subtitles. Every day is a different movie and the show starts at 7pm. Here’s the lineup of English films:  Thursday Apr 28: ‘The Greatest Showman’ (2017) musical starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. Sunday May 1: ‘Any Day Now’ (2012), which depicts a gay couple adopting a teenage boy with Down syndrome. Monday May 2: 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' (1959), a documentary and concert film highlighting the major jazz artists who performed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. Tuesday May 3: the Oscar-nominated ‘Lion’ (2016), which tells the true story of a boy looking for his biological family after he was separated from them 25 years ago in India. Thursday May 5: ‘Lords of Dogtown’ (2005), which revolves around a group of young skateboarders in California in the 1970s. Photo: Zushi Beach Film Festival For its 11th anniversary this year, the seaside film festival will have more than just screenings. You can look forward to a daily-changing array

Kanto's largest tulip festival has 550,000 blooms – and it’s near Tokyo

Kanto's largest tulip festival has 550,000 blooms – and it’s near Tokyo

Spring is finally here and Tokyo’s cherry blossoms have started to bloom. However, sakura are not the only spring flowers that turn people on the streets into Instagram-photographers. Another floral highlight at this time of year are tulips, with the Kanto region’s largest fields found in Tokyo’s neighbouring Chiba prefecture. Photo: Sakura city The annual Sakura Tulip Festa at Sakura City’s Sakura Furusato Square kicks off on March 26. You can look forward to 550,000 flowers of 80 different tulip varieties, complete with a Dutch-style windmill for that perfect photo. There will also be street organ performances every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Photo: Sakura city If you’d like to grow your own tulips at home, make a beeline for the designated field to pick your favourite flowers. You’ll have to dig out the entire plant with its bulb, so make sure to wear some sturdy shoes that can handle getting muddy. Ten tulip plants cost just ¥500. Photo: Sakura city It’s easy to spend an entire day here as the festival features food trucks and stalls run by local restaurants. Plus, you can also go on a sightseeing cruise across the adjacent Lake Inbanuma, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the festival grounds. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes and runs eight times a day on Saturdays and Sundays. The boat departs at 9.30am, 10am, 10.50am, 11.20am, 12.40pm, 1.10pm, 2pm and 2.30pm. A ticket to ride will set you back ¥1,000 (children ¥500). The Sakura T