May 27, 2018

Candle night in Osaka

The Osaka Candle night is an exhibition of glass and fire sculptures. Held on two Wednesday night in June, the earlier night is held in Chayamachi, while latter one cuts through the center of Umeda's business district. Anything held for free in the middle of Osaka will attract a lot of people, and the sculptures, while beautiful, often felt swamped by spectators. Sadly the ambient light of the nearby skyscrapers also dims the effect somewhat. However, if crowds aren't a problem, and you are in the area, the Osaka Candle Night is worth a look.

The closest station for visiting Umeda's night, is Nishiumeda station on the Yotsubashi line. Candles light up from 6pm until pm. Free entry.

Mar 31, 2018

Digital Sakura in full bloom

There was an art aquarium a few years ago at Nijo Castle and was absolutely amazing but this is another beautiful event called "Nijo Castle Sakura Matsuri" A projection mapping show is being held featuring cherry blossoms at Nijo Castle's  Karamon gate in Kyoto. This event is directed by NAKED. The digital images show the cherry blossoms in full bloom and petals blowing about beautifully.Real cherry blossom also in full bloom at the castle too! 

Admission is 600 yen ($5.67) for adults, 350 yen for junior and high school students, and 200 yen for elementary school children.

Date:March 23rd-15th of April
Time: 1.8:45am-5pm 2.6pm-9:30pm
Place:Nijo Castle (541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawanishiiru, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto)

Mar 26, 2018

Sakura season is coming soon!

Hello there! This is Yuka from Osaka Hana Hostel.

It is almost over in March as well.
There is a day to cool down occasionally, so we can not say that it will rush in spring yet.
However, the cherry blossom forecast predicts that Osaka has already started flowering.

Anyway, I think Osaka Castle is famous for cherry blossom, but there are many nice other places of cherry blossoms in Osaka.

☆Banpaku Memorial Park☆

About 5,500 trees are planted in the venue of the venue of the Japan World Exposition, 9 varieties including Yoshino cherry tree, Yamazakura, Yaezakura, and fern leaves.
Cherry blossoms are located in various places in the park and you can enjoy with your family because there are large playground equipment, museums and Japanese gardens!

It will be the light up in the night during the festival period, and you can feel a different atmosphere.

Place:1-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka Prefecture 〒565-0826

Cherry blossom festival schebule:From the 28th of March to the 15th of April

Time/Close:9:30~21:00/Every wendnesday

Jan 25, 2018

Ghibli 3D structure exhibit

Numerous animation works of Studio Ghibli have shown "structures" since its establishment.
This exhibit presents about 450 pieces including background pictures and artistic image boards of structures appearing in each work. Signature structures are displayed in 3D. You will not be disappointed.
Abeno Harukas Art Museum
〒545-0052 16F Abeno Harukas, Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka City
SCHEDULEDec 2 (Sat), 2017 – Feb 5 (Mon), 2018
10:00 - 20:00 (Last admission: 19:30)
Closed on Dec 4 (Mon), 11 (Mon), 2017, Jan 1 (Mon/national holiday), 2018
FEEAdult: 1,500 yen
University/High school student: 1,100 yen
Elementary school/Junior high school student: 500 yen
Child younger than school age: Free

Jan 20, 2018

Osaka-jo Castle Illuminage

Slip back in time to Japan 150 years ago!?

Running for a limited period of three months,the "Japanese Illumination" event,unique even by global standards,is set on the stage of Osaka Castle,the site of a significant turning point in history,to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of modern Japan.

●Date:until the 25th of February 2018
Opening hours:17:00~22:00
●Place:Osaka Castle Park "NISHINOMARU GARDEN"
●Admission fees:Adults 1200 yen/Children 600 yen

Nov 23, 2017


Syoren-in is located in the middle of two important temple (Heian Jingu & Yasaka Shrine), it was a really surprised to find such a nice and quiet temple in Kyoto.The garden is gorgeous and you can sit an contemplate it from an inside (and warm) room.  Totally worth it !

October 29 –December 4, 2011
Opening hours
18.00–22.00 (Entry accepted until 21.30)
Admission fees
Individuals: Adults, 800 yen; Grade 18 students and Younger Pupils ,400yen

Groups (over 30) :Adults, 700 yen; High School students, 350 yen; Middle school students, 300 yen; Younger Pupils , 200 yen

Nov 12, 2017

Expo Park Autumn Foliage Festival

Natural culture garden and Japanese garden in Expo park is the one of the places to must-visit to for spectacular autumn foliage .
More than 10000 trees, 20 kind of them such as maples, ginkos, taxodium distichums , acer buergerianum and others , are ablaze with autumnal tints.
During this autumn foliage festival, several special events are held.

PLACE 〒565-0826 Senri EXPO Park, Suita City
SCHEDULEEarly November - Early December, 2017
9:30 - 17:00(Entry till 16:30)
FEENatural culture garden・Japanese garden
Adult 250 yen
Elementary and Junior high school student 70 yen
INQUIRIESName : Expo Park
TEL : 06-6877-7387