Hoto Noodles ・ A Local Specialty From Mount Fuji In Yamanashi to see Japan's most famous mountain? Treat yourself to a savory noodle soup while you're there! A Sake Brewery Tour at Urano Brewery in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture Attention all sake lovers! Take a look at our exclusive tour of this award-winning sake brewery. Explore the Icy Caves Underneath Mount Fuji The official natural monuments of Fugaku Fuketsu Wind Cave and the Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave are unique geological features underneath Japan's most iconic mountain. 【Photo Focus】 Filming at Tsubamesanjō Station with JR East ・ Japankuru in Niigata A behind the scenes look at Japankuru's recent trip to the Tsubame-Sanjo area, and what we were up to there! 【Photo Focus】 Artisans at Gyokusendo ・ Crafting Copper in Tsubame-Sanjo Since 1816 The Tsubame-Sanjo area is famous for Japanese handicrafts and factories, and Gyokusendo has been at it for over 100 years. See Fields of Yellow Sunflowers in the Summer Sun at APA Resort Joetsu Myoko Check out the sunflower magic worked by “Gardening Magician” Kazuyuki Ishihara in Joetsu Myoko! The Mysterious Case of the Hedgehog in Kuragaike Park Zoo There's something a little off about this hedgehog. It just makes us... bristle. A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ④: Spring Cherry Blossoms and Seasonal Sightseeing Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, where springtime brings warm weather and pink cherry blossoms. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ③: Nature in Niigata, Where Mountains Divide the... Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, steps from Japan's ancient forests, majestic mountains, and gleaming blue seas. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ②: Cultural Experiences, Handicraft Workshops, and... Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, in a part of Japan immersed in Japanese craftsmanship. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ①: Local Artisans, Traditional Methods, and... Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, in a part of Japan where exquisite craftsmanship meets modern artisan elegance. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A Trip to See the “Tensan” Silk of Azumino ・ Japan's Most Beautiful Silk You've Never... At the Azumino Tensan Center you can learn about the finest wild silk in Japan, see it being made, and even take home a piece as an elegant souvenir. Fall Travel in Kurobe, Toyama ・ Fall Leaves, Luxurious Onsen, and the Classic Torokko... This train trip along the Kurobe Gorge is even more beautiful in the autumn, and a must-see “koyo” experience. Nagano's Everyday Gibier - Wild Game in the Forests of Japan and on the Dinner Plate In Nagano gibier cuisine is a part of life, so whether you like your food cheap and tasty, or sumptuous and high-end, you'll want to see what's available. What Is “Koyo”? ・ Japan's Most Important Autumn Tradition Do you love to watch the leaves change color every autumn? Well, so does Japan! The Culture of the Japanese Ashi-yu - Luxurious Onsen for Your Feet Is Japan's dry winter chilling your toes to the bone? Take a dip in an ashi-yu (足湯), a Japanese foot bath! Goheimochi: A Uniquely Delicious Mochi Experience in Aichi Mochi, a tasty treat made with glutenous rice, comes in all shapes and sizes. But don't expect sweet red beans or ice cream fillings with this central Japanese specialty! The Onsen-Loving Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani Monkey Park There's nothing better than a dip in a hot spring on a cold winter day, and the snow monkeys of Nagano couldn't agree more. 3 Must-Eat Foods in Kurobe, Toyama - Delight Your Taste Buds with Local Toyama Cuisine! Known for seafood found nowhere else and uniquely colored ramen, don't miss these Kurobe culinary specialties. Real Wasabi in Azumino! This Japanese Flavor Can Liven Up All Kinds of Cooking Wasabi: a key flavor in Japanese cuisine, but most people never even taste the real thing. Sushi and sashimi are just the beginning, so join the Japankuru team as we explore the secrets of wasabi in Azumino, Nagano, home to the largest wasabi farms in the world. Japanese Campers Crowd a Tateyama Campsite, Trying to Escape the Crowds and Coronavirus... During a recent long weekend, Japanese travelers rushed to campsites to enjoy the fresh air and escape the city, but all did not go as planned. Mt. Fuji: Renowned National Monument or Rubbish Dump for Tourists? Mt. Fuji and the surrounding areas faces a problem that requires solutions and quickly. A group of organisations have banded together to form the Mt. Fuji Clean-up Committee but what caused this problem, and how can this group help? 5 Unexpected & Unusual Destinations - Japanese Spots That Don't Look Like Japan Like traveling the world, without ever leaving Japan! Far from the stereotypical Zen temples and views of Mount Fuji, these spots are in Japan, but they sure don't look like it. Ghibli Park: Construction Has Begun on the Studio Ghibli Theme Park Due to Open in 2022! When news of a new Studio Ghibli theme park opening in Japan's Aichi Prefecture was announced in early summer 2019, fans around the world (and on the Japankuru team) rejoiced. The much-beloved anime studio is a favorite of many travelers visiting Japan, and tickets to Tokyo's Ghibli Museum (soon reopening after closing for COVID-19) sell out within minutes every month. So the prospect of an entire theme park themed around the many worlds created by Studio Ghibli is almost too much to handle―especially after seeing the gorgeous concept art for the new facility, full of intricate detail and color.
But after the 2019 announcement, not very much had been specifically announced to the public regarding the park's development, and with the outbreak of coronavirus putting many plans on hold in Japan, some of us weren't sure where the Ghibli Park stood in terms of delays.,All of this background is what makes this new announcement all the more exciting. On July 28, 2020, a collection of important Aichi political figures and Studio Ghibli higher-ups gathered in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park to take the next step towards Ghibli Park's partial opening in 2022, and full opening in 2023. ,2️⃣今回起工するのは、全5エリアのうち、2022年秋に開業予定の「青春の丘エリア」「ジブリの大倉庫エリア」「どんどこ森エリア」の本体工事。ジブリ作品の世界観を表現した唯一無二のジブリパークが、世界中の皆様に愛され笑顔をお届けできるように❗さあ、鍬入れです。 pic.twitter.com/u86t5zTtMO— 大村秀章 (@ohmura_hideaki) July 28, 2020 ,After speeches from Aichi's Governer Hideaki Omura and Studio Ghibli's president, Kiyofumi Nakajima, where they called the park "not just a dream, but a dream come true," regional government officials and Ghibli staff came together to finally break ground at the new park's location, so that construction could begin in earnest.
We can't wait to see more concept art of the park-to-be, and we're even more excited to visit the park in 2022! For more updates and information from Japan, be sure to follow Japankuru on twitter, instagram, and facebook!