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A Tour of Kinosaki Onsen's Soto-Yu via Video! Learn About the Seven Detached Hot Springs + Recommended Accommodations, Things to See and Do, and Delicious Dining Experiences at the Hot Spring in Hyogo Prefecture!Travel Hotel & Japanese Inn Traditional Culture
Kinosaki Onsen Soto-yu Tour: Video Introduction This video, titled "Kinosaki Onsen Soto-yu Tour - Experience the Bathhouses With a Stroll" (城崎温泉外湯巡り~散策しながら外湯を堪能しました～), was created by "fukuchiyama." The video introduces seven soto-yu (a type of public bathhouse which is not part of the facilities of a hotel or inn), while going into detail on the origins of each, as well as introducing the ryokan (a Japanese style hotel) the video creator stayed in. We especially recommend this video if you happen to be planning a trip to Kinosaki Onsen. Check it out above! Kinosaki Onsen – A Tourist Destination and Hot Spring Town With 1300 Years of History! Origins, Characteristics and Recommended Cuisine Photo：Kinosaki Onsen Located in the northern part of Hyogo on the coast of the Sea of Japan, Kinosaki Onsen, located in the city of Toyooka, is one of the many hot spring towns dotting Japan's Kansai region. This hot spring resort has a long history too, dating back to the Nara period (710–794 AD). Used as a healing hot spring in the past, the resort is also known for the list of famous authors and poets known to have visited it. In 2020 a host of special events were held to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of Kinosaki Onsen's opening. Kinosaki Onsen's popularity isn't limited to domestic tourists either; the Michelin Green Guide gives it two stars, stating "If you're in the area, you should make a detour to visit." This hugely popular tourist spot goes by the slogan "The whole town is an onsen ryokan." Kinosaki Onsen Station (城崎温泉駅, kinosakionsen-eki) is the front door; the streets its corridors. Imagining each individual inn to be a guest room and the soto-yu as the "daiyokujo" (the large communal bathing area found in most onsen ryokan), the residents of the area band together to entertain visitors whilst protecting the traditions of old, giving the resort a lively feel. And then there's the cuisine. Kinosaki Onsen's famed "kani" (crab) is a winter delight. Snow crabs caught at the nearby Tsuiyama Fishing Harbor (津居山漁港, Tsuiyama gyoko) are known as Tsuiyama-gani (津居山ガニ, lit. "Tsuiyama crab"), and are said to be amongst the best quality snow crabs you can eat. Crab season comes in the colder months, and tourists descend upon the town to get a taste of fresh crab, as well as enjoy the hot springs. We're sure plenty of you will be checking lists of crab restaurants in search of the best crab dishes out there. Kinosaki Onsen Soto-yu Tour – Opening Hours, Origins, and Characteristics of the Seven Bathhouses + Recommendations Photo：Kinosaki Onsen's Yanagi yu Kinosaki Onsen is famous for its "soto-yu" bathhouses. "Soto-yu" (外湯, lit. "outside bath") refers to a communal bathing space that is "outside" the facilities of an inn or hotel. In Kinosaki, there are seven soto-yu within walking distance, each with its own unique charm. The waters contain sodium and calcium, and are supposedly effective against nerve pain, muscular pain, bruising and digestive problems. If you're planning to spend the day at the hot springs, you can save money with the soto-yu tour pass, "Yumepa"! For 1,300 yen (650 yen for minors), you can use the soto-yu as many times as you like for as long as you want for one day. In Kinosaki Onsen, where yukata (a casual summer kimono) and geta (traditional Japanese wooden sandals) blend seamlessly into the scenery, why not don a kimono yourself, grab a map, and take a stroll through the ancient townscape whilst immersing yourself in the onsen mood? Next, we'll walk you through the characteristics and origins of each of the seven soto-yu, following the order in which they appear in the video. ● Jizo yu (地蔵湯) Upon leaving Kinosaki Onsen station, head straight down the main road in front of the station to find "Jizo yu." This soto-yu has been a popular spot of the locals since the Edo period (CE 1603-1868). It gets its name from tales that Jizo (the Buddhist guardian deity of children) once appeared from its waters. The building has the most modern Japanese appearance of all the soto-yu, with hexagonal windows that echo the shape of Japanese lanterns and the nearby Genbu Cave (玄武洞, genbu-do). 【Hours】7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 【Closures】Fridays [Video] 1:35 - A large stone lantern marks "Jizo yu" public bathhouse ● Sato no yu (さとの湯), a Hot Spring Inside a Station Located right next to Kinosaki Onsen station, Sato no yu is also known affectionately as "Station Onsen" (駅舎温泉, ekisha onsen). Of the seven soto-yu, Sato no yu's facilities were built the most recently, and the hot spring offers the latest equipment, giving the onsen a spa-like vibe. As well as the open air bath from which you can gaze upon the Maruyama River (円山川, maruyama-gawa), there is a full complement of saunas of various types. There's even a footbath at the entrance that's free to use. Best of all, its proximity to the station makes it ideal for a quick dip while you're waiting for your train. 【Hours】1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 【Closures】Mondays [Video] 2:12 - Sato no yu, Right by Kinosaki Onsen Station ● Yanagi yu (柳湯) Running through the heart of Kinosaki Onsen is the Otani River (大溪川, otani-gawa). The sight of the willow trees ("yanagi" in Japanese) that line the river are a defining image of Kinosaki Onsen, and holds a beauty that the famous Japanese writer Naoya Shiga is said to have held close to his heart. The name "Yanagi yu" comes from the onsen's source, bubbling up from beneath the roots of a willow tree transplanted from China's renowned Xi Lake. Although this is the smallest of the soto-yu, the minimalistic wood-construction bath has an atmosphere all its own. Here, too, there are free footbaths - both out front and in the back - which can be enjoyed as part of a leisurely stroll. 【Hours】3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 【Closures】Thursdays [Video] 3:20 - Yanagi yu as Seen From the Bank of the Otani River Photo：Kinosaki Onsen's Soto-yu tour, Ichi no Yu ● Ichi no yu (一の湯) Ichi no yu stands close to the center of Kinosaki, in front of Obashi Bridge (王橋, lit. "King's Bridge"), as it crosses the Otani River. In the mid-Edo Period, Ichi no yu was known as "Ara yu" (新湯). However, in renowned doctor Shutoku Kagawa's book, "Ippondo Yakusen," the onsen is described as "tenka ichi," meaning "the best under the heavens." Thanks to this, Ara yu's name was changed to "Ichi no yu" (一の湯, lit. "best hot spring") taking the "ichi" from "tenka ichi." With its striking facade resembling a Kabuki Theatre, its stand-out feature is the cave-like bath, hewn from natural bedrock. 【Hours】7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 【Closures】Wednesdays [Video] 4:24 - Ichi no yu With its Kabuki Theatre-esque Building ● Mandara yu (まんだら湯) Mandara yu is where Kinosaki Onsen began. Just off the main road, it is situated at one end of the peaceful Kiyamachi Street. The story goes that when, in the year 717, Dochi Shonin, the founder of Kinosaki's Onsenji Temple (温泉寺) chanted the Hachimandara sutra (八曼荼羅経, hachimandarakyo) for one-thousand days, his prayer was answered and an onsen burst forth from the ground, marking the beginning of Kinosaki Onsen. This is a relatively compact soto-yu, but with its location in the foothills of a mountain it's definitely an atmospheric place, and you can enjoy the view of the mountain whilst taking a dip in the open-air bath. 【Hours】3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 【Closures】Wednesdays [Video] 5:43 - Mandara yu, With Its Impressive Vivid Emerald Green Roof and Karahafu (Curved Gable) Entrance ● Gosho no yu (御所の湯) This soto-yu takes its name, Gosho no yu, from a text in the Nanbokucho period (CE 1337–1392) historical tale "Masukagami," stating that Emperor Go-Horikawa's elder sister, "Anka Monin" bathed there in 1267. Its imposing style - which imitates that of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto - makes it stand out, even when compared to the other soto-yu. Reopening in 2020 following renovation work, it has been reinvented as a spacious, fully open-air bath. Also known as "Bijin no Yu" (美人の湯, lit. Beauty Spring), the facility is fully equipped with an onsen mist sauna with skin beautifying properties. This soto-yu has found favor particularly amongst female visitors. 【Hours】7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 【Closures】Thursdays [Video] 6:48 - Goshono yu, With Its Architecture Reminiscent of Kyoto's Imperial Palace」 ● Ko no yu (鴻の湯) Although not featured in the video, Ko no yu is also one of the seven soto-yu. Its open-air bath surrounded by nature is its stand-out feature. a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1022822-d2364311-Reviews-Ko_no_Yu-Toyooka_Hyogo_Prefecture_Kinki.html" target="_blank" class="textlink">Ko no yu gets its name from a story that long ago, a wounded stork (コウノトリ, "konotori" in Japanese) went there to soothe its wounds. Upon inspection, an onsen was found to be welling up from the place it had been standing. 【Hours】7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 【Closures】Tuesdays Must Bring Items and Need to Know Manners for Visiting the Soto-yu Photo：A woman touring the hot springs at Kinosaki Onsen If you're planning to spend the day touring the soto-yu at Kinosaki Onsen, you're probably wondering what you'll need to take with you. And it goes without saying that proper use of manners from each visitor is an important aspect of enjoying the soto-yu. Allow us to guide you through the most important items to bring and necessary manners for your soto-yu tour. ・Towels The soto-yu do not have free bath towels or face towels available to use, so it's a good idea to bring your own with you. You can also pay to rent bath towels and purchase face towels at the reception at any of the soto-yu. ・Valuables When staying over, you can leave your valuables at your hotel or inn, but this solution isn't useful if you're only visiting for the day. Fortunately, Kinosaki Onsen Station has coin-operated lockers which can be used even for larger luggage, so we recommend depositing your valuables in one of them. ・Yukata If you want to tour the soto-yu in a yukata, we'd recommend visiting a yukata rental store where you can borrow geta and other accessories together as a package. ・Amenities Each soto-yu provides shampoo, conditioner and body soap. Like any regular public bathhouse hairdryers are also available, but don't forget to bring your own skincare products. ・Bathing Etiquette Onsen are public places. In addition to using the shower area and baths in a hygienic manner, behavior such as soaking towels in the bath and placing personal objects somewhere in an attempt to reserve a shower space should be avoided. The opening times and days vary between the soto-yu. To avoid wasting your time and turning up at a soto-yu only to find it closed, be sure to check the opening times and plan out your route in advance. Recommended Cuisine and Accommodation in Kinosaki Onsen Photo：Tajima Beef Whilst crab is the first thing to come to mind when talking about Kinosaki, Tajima beef is also popular. Brand name "wagyu" (high quality Japanese beef) such as Matsuzaka beef, Kobe beef, Omi beef and others trace their roots back to Tajimi beef. Sampling such quality ingredients as crab and Tajima beef in one place is something you can only do in Kinosaki. Make sure you get a bite to eat as you explore the onsen district from one of the shops in the area. Crab sticks from the tempura specialist "Hokyuan" (汸臼庵) or Tajima beef "menchikatsu" (a fried cake of minced meat) from "Gyusho Ueda" (牛匠 上田) are also good choices. If you want to enjoy Kinosaki Onsen at your own pace, why not stay at one of the historical ryokan in the town? ● Yutoya (ゆとうや) Founded in 1688, and situated in the center of Kinosaki's hot spring district, Yutoya's premises include a gorgeous Japanese garden spanning more than 1.5 acres, which is visible from all of the guest rooms. The Japanese style architecture has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Heritage by the government of Japan. Eikitei (one of Yutoya's guest rooms), with its curved gabled roof similar to those used on shrines, once played host to Emperor Showa and (his wife) Empress Kojun. [Video] 4:58 - Historical ryokan "Yutoya," with its imposing facade ● Tsukimotoya Ryokan (月本屋旅館) Founded in 1869, Tsukimotoya Ryokan sits in the heart of Kinosaki Onsen, a convenient location for those planning to tour the soto-yu. It underwent a renovation in October 2021, and the interior has been re-imagined in modern Japanese style. Heading into the coming season, you can get a full course crab dinner included in certain price plans at this extremely popular inn. Kinosaki Onsen Soto-yu Tour: Roundup Loved by some of Japan's literary greats, Kinosaki is not only a hot spring resort, but also a place with a deep connection to the literary arts, dotted with monuments related to literature. Take a trip to see the monuments and lose yourself in the world of classic Japanese literature. A healing atmosphere, delicious cuisine, unique literature; Kinosaki Onsen has them all amongst its history-steeped streets. Whether it be a girls' trip to the top Instagrammable spots, a relaxing ryokan stay with family or close friends, or a crab tasting tour, why not plan a trip to this atmospheric and enchanting hot spring resort for your winter vacation? [TripAdvisor] Kinosaki Onsen
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The Video That's Making Headlines Around the World! This Video Introduction to Japan, Which Captures the Eyes of Viewers Moment by Moment, Is Both High Quality and Inspiring!Travel Things to Do Modern Culture
An Eye-Catching Introduction to Japan This approximately 4-minute video, focusing on modern-day Japan as seen by foreign tourists and travelers, boasts a level of quality that has attracted major interest not only in Japan but in various countries throughout the world. This video's footage goes above and beyond other Japan PR videos and keeps viewers glued to the screen. By the video's end, you'll most likely feel an indescribable surge of emotions, such as those experienced after viewing a magnificent movie of epic proportions! Highlights of the Japanese Introduction Video, "in Japan" This video, "In Japan," taken in 2015 by German filmmaker/creator Vincent Urban, is a nearly 4-minute collection of footage of his 3-week journey in Japan to locations including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. In taking a look at images of landscapes and scenery natural and commonplace to Japanese people which are projected from a foreigner’s perspective, even we as Japanese natives can perceive such images as unknown, brand new discoveries and never-before-seen sights and scenes, and this video therefore allows us to learn about the appeal and charm of Japan in a brand new light. Viewers of this video can also agree that its high quality BGM and camera work is yet another reason for its high acclaim both in and out of Japan. This video condenses a wide variety of discoveries in Japan ranging from regularly seen daily scenery and landscapes to famous tourist spots. Examples of such sights include Asakusa Temple in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo, festivals, Kendo (Japanese martial art with bamboo swords), Buddhist temples, Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine as well as convenience stores, Tokyo Tower, street performances, Tokyo Skytree, sumo wrestlers, clubs and idols, in addition to shinkansen (bullet trains), natural landscapes, the Atomic Bomb Domes in Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Mt. Fuji and metropolitan night scenes. Japan as Seen Through Cultural Changes Photo：Sumo Learning about shifts in modern Japanese culture gives us deeper insights into the allure and attraction of Japan as a nation in the present day. Japan of yore once had superb classic culture primarily consisting of artistic traditional crafts, and as you can see in the video, festivals and martial arts passed down to Japan from ancient times have been regarded as symbolizing the very culture of "Nihon no Wa," or "The Spirit of Japan." It is also well-known that Japan is the birthplace of kendo and sumo wrestling which are now sports famous all the world over. In addition, present-day Japan is going through transitions in which its forms of entertainment, such as manga (Japanese comics/cartoons) and anime (Japanese animation), formerly considered to be types of sub-culture, have been disseminated throughout the globe to be cherished by multitudes of people as pop culture. This signifies shifts in the image of "Japan" in the eyes of foreigners abroad from that of a land of ninja and samurai to an anime & manga nation. The Akihabara area, now the "Mecca" of anime and manga which serves as the center of Japanese contemporary culture, has become a well-known tourist location which draws huge numbers of sightseers visiting Japan, and it's also popular as a town for shopping. Japan as Seen Through Tourist Meccas & Architectural Buildings Photo：Sensoji Temple and women If you're watching this video you probably know that Japan, due to its also being famous as a country abound with history and nature, sees immense numbers of foreigners who visit for sightseeing on a daily basis. Locations in Japan shown in the video, such as Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo and the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, are highly recommended tourist spots in Japan which are renowned even on a global scale. The existence of temples and shrines in Japan, whose number is too great to mention here, attracts hosts of foreign sightseers day by day, and this is proof of how Japan enjoys deep-rooted popularity as a tourist destination amongst abroad residents all over the world. Japan as Seen Through Nature ©Izu City Modifying The richness and abundance of nature, amongst other aspects, is definitely a thing to behold here in Japan. Japan's largest mountain, Mt. Fuji, and its bamboo forest, also featured in the video, are without a doubt natural tourist spots that represent the glory of Japan. The view from Mt. Fuji's summit, in particular, is easily summed up by the words "magnificent scenery," and once you experience climbing this mountain on your own, you'll be able to appreciate the thrill and excitement of this spectacle all the more. Such natural splendor is just one more example of a globally sought-after sightseeing attraction highly recommended in Japan, a fact testified to by the unceasing droves of tourists from abroad who visit day-to-day without end. Japan Introduction Video Summary We hope you enjoyed this video introduction of Japan with its simple yet profound delivery of information. Year after year, Japan sees increasing numbers of tourists from abroad coming in search of such fascinating sightseeing spots as well as world-renowned gourmet Japanese food. Japan still has yet a great deal of appeal which, unfortunately, we can't completely encapsulate into such a short introductory video on Japan’s culture, history, entertainment, nature and festivals. We truly hope that this video and article have piqued your interest in Japan more than ever before!
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Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA 2022! A Gathering of the Fascinating Cultures of Niigata!Festivals & Events Life & Business News Local PR
Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA 2022! Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA was held at Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center's exhibition hall in Niigata Prefecture on November 5 (Sat.) and 6 (Sun.), 2022. The expo is a gathering of cutting-edge information in all fields related to 'Cool Japan' and is held in Niigata Prefecture. The event allows exhibitors with a variety of products and business solutions to interact with visitors from various industries, professions, and positions. With approximately 175 booths, it's a major gathering of 'Cool Japan' contens from all across the country. This year's Cool Japan Expo in NIIGATA also brought together all manner of genres, from modern cultures, such as anime and video games, to traditional crafts that Japan has long preserved. We, the staff of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS, personally attended the event, and in this article, I'll go over the live atmosphere of the event with lots of photos! In the last part of the article, I'll introduce some of the delicious foods and sightseeing spots you can find in Niigata that I enjoyed between interviews, so I hope you stick with me until the end. What is 'Cool Japan'? 'Cool Japan' is a term used in the "Cool Japan Strategy," a brand strategy to achieve economic growth in Japan by capturing international attention through the dissemination of information about the cool things that Japan has to offer, as well as overseas expansion, and inbound tourism promotion. Reference: Wikipedia The Main Genres of Exhibits at Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA had a large number of booths from a variety of different genres on display. ・Koi ・Sake ・Beer ・Wine and other spirits ・Agricultural products ・Agricultural, forestry, and fishery products ・Manga ・Anime ・Traditional crafts ・Cosplay ・Fireworks ・Embassies ・International companies ・Household goods, interior design, health care, etc. ・Leisure ・Entertainment, lodging, tourism, transportation, hands-on experiences, etc. ・Cosmetics, hair care, etc. ・Manufacturing, craftsmen, etc. ・Clothes, watches, accessories, etc. ・Artists, creators, venture companies, etc. ・Food, beverage, etc. Tsubame-Sanjo Booth at Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA: World-Class Traditional Crafts and Metalworking Products At the Tsubame-Sanjo booth "Tsubame Sanjo Factories," 15 companies from the Tsubame-Sanjo area (Gyokusendo (玉川堂), Marunao (マルナオ), Tojiro (藤次郎), Tadafusa (庖丁工房タダフサ, Hocho-Kobo Tadafusa), Mura no Kajiya (村の鍛治屋), Fujinos (フジノス), Yamazaki Kinzoku Kogyo (山崎金属工業), OHIZUMIBUSSAN (大泉物産), TSUBAME BUSSAN (燕物産), Dots and Lines (ドッツアンドラインズ), MGNET, MARUTO HASEGAWA KOSAKUJO (マルト長谷川工作所), As it is, Nakano Kagaku (中野科学), PLUS Y'S (プラスワイズ), and Guardians of the Artisans all gathered at the event. The Tsubame and Sanjo areas of Niigata Prefecture are famous for metalworking, and their products have many overseas fans due to their high quality and functionality. The history of hardware in the Tsubame-Sanjo area of Niigata dates back many years, and the area has flourished as a metalworking and manufacturing town since around the early Edo period (1600 AD). Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA featured a variety of metal products, such as kitchen knives, glasses, spoons, etc., and their beauty is simply astonishing. Traditional crafts in the Tsubame and Sanjo areas of Niigata Prefecture have also been introduced in articles by COOL JAPAN VIDEOS. Be sure to take a look at them as well. Video article 4:19 Tsubame-Tsuiki Copperware - A Traditional Craft From Niigata Prefecture That's Been Passed Down for More Than 200 Years! Watch as a Plain Iron Plate Becomes a Beautiful Teapot Through Masterful Craftsmanship! YouTube Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA allowed visitors to see the refined skills of artisans at the Niigata Prefecture Traditional Crafts booth At the Niigata Prefecture Traditional Crafts booth, visitors were able to see engravers, maki-e artisans, kazari-shi metalworkers, and other craftsmen performing their work from up close. I couldn't take my eyes off the delicate craftsmanship of the artisans! Beautiful Koi Fish Decorating the Event Site of Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA At the opening of the exhibition, beautiful koi of all colors swam in a special booth lit up with lights. The large variety of koi, measuring approximately 90 centimeters long and weighing about 25 kilograms, were a sight to behold. Koi (colored carp) were created through crossbreeding, and the patterns of today's koi emerged in the late Edo period (1800s A.D.). Today, the high-class ornamental fish, also referred to as "living art" or "swimming jewels," has become very popular outside of Japan, especially among wealthy people in Europe and the United States. Overseas exports have increased nearly five-fold in the past 20 years. The birthplace of these globally popular koi, is right here in Niigata. Koi from Niigata have also been introduced in articles by COOL JAPAN VIDEOS. Be sure to take a look at them as well. Video article 4:19 Koi Are Often Called "Swimming Jewels" and "Swimming Art" in Japan... A Look at the Secrets of These Beautiful Aquarium Fish, Including the Different Varieties and Their Characteristics! YouTube Enjoying Some Sake, Wine, and Whiskey From Niigata... Niigata is a major rice-producing region, which means you know it has great sake! There were many booths run by various sake breweries, and enjoying the various tastings was a dream for sake lovers! I was in the midst of covering the event, but couldn't help but do a little tasting myself. Niigata's local spirits include more than just sake! Local beer, wine, whiskey, and gin were also on display at the event. After finishing my work, I enjoyed some drinks along with some delicious delicacies of Niigata! And a bit more sake... Delicious Niigata Delicacies at Food and Beverage Booths at Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA The food and beverage booths were lined with shops offering hegi soba, Italian cuisine, ramen, and more. All of the shops attracted many customers, who were eager to taste the delicious flavors of Niigata. I enjoyed a bowl of rice topped with half-cooked salmon roe and totomame-don from Sushi Tokiwa! This was sooo good! The salmon roe totally melts in your mouth. I've never had such a delicious salmon roe bowl before, and I'm not exaggerating! On the second day, I tried a delicious bowl of ramen from the ramen restaurant Suzu to Rin (鈴と凛) topped with mouthwatering slice of char siu. It was a tasty shrimp broth and the strong aroma of the seashore had my stomach growling for seconds! Many Very Popular Entertainers Performed on Stage! The stage set up at the event site was filled with popular entertainers. Main Performances Saturday, November 5, 2022 ・OURIN ・Furumachi Geigi ・RYUTist & courtesea ・CHIBIUNITY ・Shinobu Enami x Furumachi Geigi ・ASHITAKA ・Jonnobi Community Corp. ・Albirex Niigata ・YOUNG CABBAGE ・Nangu & NiigataNeesan Sunday, November 6, 2022 ・Show Aikawa ・The Sato Brothers ・Toshihiko Nakazawa ・Eri Ogawa ・NGT48 ・Hinata & Rafvery ・Jackpot ・Hirokazu Nakamura I saw the popular TV personality OURIN and NGT48 right before my eyes♪ Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA – Venue Information Date & Time: November 5 (Sat.) & 6 (Sun.), 2022 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (2 days) Venue: Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center Exhibition Hall Address: Bandaijima 6-1, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 950-0078 Admission: Free Access by train: Approximately 20 minutes from Niigata Station on foot. Official Website: https://cje-niigata.jp/en/ Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA – Event Information Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA was an event that brought together tradition, culture, sake, gastronomy, entertainment, and other aspects of 'Cool Japan' that can be found in Niigata. The venue was filled with the passion for sharing the attractive culture of Niigata with both other parts of Japan and with people around the world. I had a chance to talk with many of the exhibitors, and although everyone was from a different field, they all shared the same desire to inform more people about the products, goods, and cultures that they have proudly developed. It was chilly in Niigata as it's nearing winter, but the venue was nice and warm! It was such an awesome two-day event. On a final note, here are some photos from the event that I couldn't cover in this article. I Also Enjoyed Sightseeing in Niigata and Some Delicious Local Fish! In between work, I had a chance to do a little sightseeing and enjoy some delicious local fish. This was my first visit to Niigata, so everything during these two days was fresh and exciting! Niigata is all about sake and fish, so I decided to enjoy some delicious sushi and sake! I couldn't get enough of the fresh, mouthwatering fish! I haven't been able to eat out much in the past few years due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but it was totally worth the wait! For lunch on the second day, I had a nodoguro-don (blackthroat seaperch over rice) at Sushi Marui in Niigata City. The bowl of rice topped with a generous helping of seared seaperch was a flavor you could never experience in Tokyo! I highly recommend trying it if you visit Niigata. When I went for a leisurely drive in Niigata City, I stopped by the Sea of Japan, where I was able to see Sado Island in the distance because the weather was so nice. On the way home, I saw many people visiting Niigata Gokoku Shrine for Shichi-Go-San. Near the Cool Japan EXPO in NIIGATA venue, there's also a photogenic "What's NiiGATA" monument! You can buy souvenirs at Minato Marche Pier Bandai! This is a good place to visit when sightseeing in Niigata, as you can enjoy shopping, as well as a variety of different restaurants. You can also buy fresh fish here. The new coronavirus has prevented me from traveling and sightseeing for nearly three years, but going on a trip like this allowed me to spend some much needed time away in an atmosphere far removed from my daily life. Although I was not able to do any "proper" sightseeing, I'm sure I'll be coming back to Niigata after seeing how much it has to offer. I'm definitely looking forward to it!
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