WAttention Tokyo Vol.23 Survey

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your interest in WAttention Tokyo!

The WAttention’s editorial team would like to make a magazine more in line with your interests. That’s why we would like to know your opinion.
Please help us make a better magazine by letting us know which articles you found interesting by answering our survey.

The people who answer our survey will have a chance to become one of the 10 winners of these amazing prizes!

-5 handmade owls made with love by one of our staff member’s aunt. Owls are said to bring good fortune in Japan.

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-5 character pens with unique Japanese designs, an original product by Noren, a Japanese brand carrying amazing souvenirs with stores in Asakusa, Kagurazaka, Kyoto, etc. Visit them and find the perfect gift!
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Kagurazaka Store
1 Chome-12 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Asakusa Store
1 Floor, 1 Chome-33-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Make sure to fill out and send us the survey before March 31st, 2017.
* We will only contact the winners.

*The information you provide will only be used when choosing the winner and mailing the prize, as well as a reference for improving the contents of the magazine. We will never use this information for any other purpose unless we have your prior consent.

Survey : December Giveaway

This campaign has ended. Thank you for all of your submissions!

Got 3 minutes? Please let us know your preferences regarding WAttention media. Five winners will be chosen and we will send the prize free of charge. This includes overseas shipping! Don’t forget to share your referral code that we will send to you via email to increase your chances of winning.

The prize

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One adorable character pen from Japan for five winners. Be the envy of your school or workmates as you write your New Years resolution with this pen. *Please note that you will not be able to choose the design of the pen even if you win.

Urgently Required: WAttention Travel Surveyor To Chichibu in Saitama!

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The application period for this event has ended. Thank you all for your submissions!

WAttention is looking for participants to send to the Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture as travel surveyors to investigate what elements would be attractive for foreigners. We welcome those who are interested in Japanese history, culture, crafts, food, nature, activities, or Japan’s tourism business.

Requirements:
– Foreign national with intermediate to advanced level Japanese comprehension (JLPT N2 level and above or able to ask questions and understand explanations from the local Japanese people)
– Please also make sure that it is okay to have your picture taken during the travel survey since the local Tourism Organization and/or local businesses may take photos for their own usage (press reports, newsletters, etc.)
– Able to cover for their own transport fees up to the meeting point (Seibu Ikebukuro Station)

Schedule:
There are two slots that you can choose from:
December 7, 8, 9 (2 nights 3 days) or
December 12, 13, 14 (2 nights 3 days)

Meeting point: Seibu Ikebukuro Station, Tokyo
* All expenses such as accommodation costs, food costs and workshops from the meeting point and back will be covered by WAttention.

Reward:
20,000 yen (for 3 days including tax)

Fill in the registration form below by Dec. 2 (Friday) to apply. If you have any questions or technical problems about the form, please contact us via email to [email protected]

Experience Chichibu Night Festival

The application period for this event has ended. We will email the results by Nov 28. Thank you for all your submissions!

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The Chichibu Night Festival, which has a history of more than 300 years, is Chichibu Shrine’s annual festival, held in December. The Gion Festival in Kyoto, the Takayama Festival in Hida, and the Chichibu Night Festival are regarded as the three greatest parade float festivals in Japan.
The festival is held on December 2 and 3, when the area is crowded with a large number of tourists. Six yatai floats shaped like small houses are paraded through the city streets.

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The festival is listed as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage recently. And to celebrate this memorable moment in the city’s history, participants are allowed to pull elaborately decorated Yatai floats with the locals.

Why not participate in the Chichibu Night Festival?

■ Schedule
Date: Friday Dec 2nd, 2016 (Festival will be held, rain or shine)
Hours: 11:00 at Ikebukuro Station to 15:00 after the festival, participants are free to go.

※The event organizer will provide each participant a limited express train ticket to Seibu Chichibu Station. For going back, a regular train ticket will be provided upon arrival around 13:00. (Not a limited express train ticket)

■ We are looking for…
・Foreign Nationals
・Those who are OK with being photographed at the event. There will be media personnel and a cameraman.
・Those who are responsible and will not chancel at the last minute.

If you fulfill the requirements, sign up by Nov.24 using the form below. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience authentic Japanese Matsuri. Pulling the elaborately decorated festival float with the locals will be something you will treasure for a long time.

If you have any questions or technical issues with the form, please contact us via email to [email protected]

Survey : November Giveaway

This campaign has ended. Thank you for your submissions!

Got 3 minutes? Please let us know your preferences regarding our content and newsletter. Three winners will be chosen and we will send the prize free of charge. This includes overseas shipping! Don’t forget to share your referral code that we will send to you via email to increase your chances of winning.

The prize

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One beautiful laser cut out autumn greeting card from Japan for three winners. With intricately cut autumn leaves and a Japanese style tower in the background, you can send this card to someone special, or keep it for yourself and use it as a tasteful interior decoration.

The requirements

1. Make sure you are subscribed to our monthly newsletter
2. Answer the survey below

Here’s your chance to participate in the Kawagoe Festival 2016!

The sign up period for this event has ended. Thank you so much for all your submissions!

WAttention is looking for 20 foreign residents in Japan to participate in the Kawagoe Festival on October 16th, 2016.

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If you’re chosen, you will wear a happi coat and rub elbows with the locals in the festivities pulling one of the festival’s colossal floats! You will also receive the convenient Seibu Rail Pass from Shinjuku Station to go to and from the event place for free.

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Here are the very simple requirements:

Foreign national who will be in Japan on October 16th, who will be alright to have their pictures published in our magazine and website and has a sense of responsibility as not to cancel suddenly.

If you think you fulfill these requirements, please register through the form below by September 30th (Fri). We will choose a total of 20 people and contact them via email.

If you have any questions or technical issues with the form, please contact us via email to [email protected]

Toshichi Onsen

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Toshichi Onsen is situated in the Towada Hachimantai National Park, which lies between Akita prefecture and Iwate prefecture. Sitting at an altitude of 1,400m, it is the highest hot spring in Tohoku region. It is said that its name came from the name of a logger, Toshichi, who discovered the hot spring. In this area, there are some open-air baths where you can take a bath and feel the fresh mountain air at the same time. Many climbers and skiers visit here every year. Towada Hachimantai Hot spring Resort including Toshichi Hot spring is designated as one of the Public Hot spring Resort in Japan.
Toshichi-Onsen-300x188Toshichi Onsen Saiunso It is a ryokan which stands around the summit of Mt. Hachimantai. Toshichi Onsen Saiunso has some open-air baths from which you can enjoy breathtaking view of both Mt. Iwate and Mt. Hachimantai.  The spring water is milky white and it contains sulfur that is effective in treating neuralgia, digestive disorders, diabetes, hypertension, various skin conditions, poor circulation, etc.

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Address : Kitanomata, Matsuoyoriki, Hachimantai,
Iwate Phone : 090-1495-0950
Hours: 8AM – 6PM
Admission: 600 Yen
Web: http://www.toshichi.com/index.html (Japanese only)

How You Can Help Kumamoto Recovery Efforts

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One week on since the first magnitude-6.5 quake hit Kumamoto last Thursday – a foreshock before the main magnitude-7.3 tremor two days later – the prefecture has been assaulted by a rapid succession of over 600 powerful and minor aftershocks, faces a death toll of 45 and counting, over 3,000 casualties and more than 117,000 people seeking shelter after their homes were destroyed.

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This series of temblors is the same type as the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake that hit Kobe and the surrounding cities, which killed over 6,000 people.

Here are some international relief efforts that you can support:

1) The International Medical Corps is deploying its emergency response team to Japan. It had also promptly assisted in the Great Tohoku Earthquake in March 2011. The Medical Corps has supported local partners in delivering critical humanitarian services including delivering hot meals, medicines, telecommunications equipment and mental health and psychosocial services and training.

2) The Japan Red Cross Society welcomes international cash contributions to its humanitarian assistance for the people affected by the earthquakes which hit Kumamoto. The Japanese Red Cross will issue reports on the activities funded by the contribution, and upload them on its official website. This donation drive will end on 15th June, 2016. Contact [email protected] for more details.

Bank Account Details:
Bank Name: SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION
Branch Name: GINZA BRANCHSWIFT
Code: SMBCJPJT
Bank Address: 5-8-10, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Beneficiary Name: The Japanese Red Cross Society
Account Number: 026-8372918
Beneficiary Address: 1-1-3, Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Telephone: +81-3-3438-1311

3) Second Harvest Kumamoto Earthquake Relief

4) Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Bitcoin Relief Fund

Want To Win A Hotel Stay By Mt. Fuji? Here’s How!

This campaign has ended, thank you for all your submissions!

We will notify you via email if you are selected as one of the winners. Stay tuned for our next campaign!

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Majestic Mt. Fuji, just a quick registration away! 

One can’t come to Japan without trying to catch a glimpse of the symbol of Japan, Mt. Fuji. Of course, it also depends on the weather – so why not try your luck to win a stay by Mt. Fuji as well?

All you have to do is become a WAttention member, and two lucky members will win a night’s stay at one of FUJI-Q RESORTS’ luxurious hotels and a full day of fun at Fuji-Q Highland. 

The hotel stay and Fuji-Q Highland passes are valid from June to November this year. The area is cool and pleasant in the early summer, and in autumn the vivid autumn colors make a stunning contrast to Mt. Fuji.

Gaze upon Mt. Fuji while relaxing in Hotel Mount Fuji’s outdoor onsen, Mantenboshi no Yu.

Prize Package #1: One selected winner will receive a one-night stay for two people (Standard Twin Room) at Hotel Mount Fuji (includes breakfast buffet), as well as two Fuji-Q Highland Free Passes. Built near the banks of Lake Yamanakako, enjoy dynamic views of Mt. Fuji from this resort’s guest rooms, courtyard, and open-air bath.

The Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

Prize Package #2: The second selected winner will receive a one-night stay for two people (Standard Twin Room) at the Highland Resort Hotel & Spa (includes breakfast buffet), as well as two Fuji-Q Highland Free Passes. Conveniently located next to Fuji-Q Highland, guests here can both enter the park 30 min early, as well as recharge at the sprawling Fujiyama Onsen facility next door for free.

Fuji-Q Highland Free Pass: Both winners will receive two Fuji-Q Highland Free Passes, allowing entrance to and unlimited riding for one day on the world’s tallest, fastest and steepest roller coasters at Fuji-Q Highland – possibly the most scenic theme park to scream your lungs out. The Free Pass also grants you free entrance to the next-door Fujiyama Museum, displaying a variety of artwork devoted to Mt. Fuji.

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So, what are you waiting for? Take part in WAttention’s web campaign now and win this Mt. Fuji package!

NOTE: This campaign period is from Apr. 1 (Fri) to Apr. 30 (Sat). The hotel stay and Fuji-Q Highland Free Pass are valid anytime between Jun. 1 (Wed) to Nov. 30 (Wed), 2016 excluding the dates between Aug. 6 (Sat) – Aug. 20 (Sat). Please also note that Fuji-Q Highland is closed on the following dates: Jun. 21 (Tue), Jul. 12 (Tue), Oct. 18 (Tue), Nov. 15 (Tue).

For more details, check the campaign page below.

Hotel Mount Fuji: http://www.mtfuji-hotel.com/english/
Highland Resort Spa & Hotel: http://www.highlandresort.co.jp/english/
Fuji-Q Highland: http://www.fujiq.jp/en/

For more information about traveling around Mt. Fuji Five Lakes area, check out: http://mtfuji-jp.com/wattention/

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Yokote Kamakura (Snow Huts)

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Yokote Kamakura, Snow Huts in Yokote, Akita Pref.

Playing in snow huts is a popular pastime in winter for children living in the heavy snowfall areas. They make snow huts called “Kamakura ” in which they play games and eat traditional delicacies.

Yokote City in Akita prefecture is known for the Kamakura, and the locals have been celebrating Yokote Kamakura Festival for more than 400 years. The festival is held every February where about 100 snow huts and a number of snow creations are built on Kamakura-dori Street, in front of Yokote City Hall branch office and at Yokote-jo Castle. A wide range of events are held during the festival including Kamakura making and mini-kamakura illuminations.

Access:
(1) The JR Ou Honsen Line to Yokote Sta., and then walk 10 min.
(2) 3 min. by bus from JR Yokote Sta. to Yokote Chiikikyoku-mae Bus Stop.

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Abashiri Ice Breaker Cruise

Abashiri is a major tourist destination in winter. Its shores by the Okhotsk sea are the southernmost point where the ocean freezes.

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icebreaker cruiseOne of the most popular attraction is the Drift Ice Sightseeing Icebreaking Ship Aurora that takes passengers out amid the outstanding whiteness of the ice. Departing from Abashiri Port, a highlight of the trip is when blocks of ice strike the bottom of the boat and cause its entire body to shake as the Aurora ship proceeds at a constant speed of 3 knots. But don’t worry! The boat is very safe and sturdy, and the sailing is overall very smooth.

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Be astounded by the sight of drift ice stretching across the ocean horizon and see the ice shift and churn while being greeted by sea birds and seals. Recommended for all nature and scenery lovers.

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The 491-ton, 3,000-horsepower ship usually operates from late January to March. Hope for fine weather as the ships do not sail when the weather is bad.

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Address: Minami 3, Higashi 4-5-1, Abashiri city, Hokkaido
Fare: 3,300yen (Booking required)
Phone: 0152-43-6000
Web: ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/

 

WAttention Tokyo+ VOL.15 讀者贈獎活動!

本期的讀者抽獎活動,贈品是旅行筆記文字者Milly所撰寫的《東京大人旅》,共有兩個中獎名額。請於2016年6月30日前填寫以下問卷,即可參加抽獎。我們將於2016年7月初抽出中獎名單,並以電子郵件與得獎者聯絡寄送地址。

注意事項:
1. 寄送地址限台灣
2. 本活動如有未盡事宜,全公司擁有保留、修改、暫停及解釋活動內容之權利,修改訊息將於網站及臉書專頁上公佈。

獎品:《東京大人旅》,共兩本。

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Cloudy with a Chance of Crazy: Fuji-Q Highland

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Cloudy with a Chance of Crazy: Our Fuji-Q Highland Experience

Jelaine from the Philippines was one of two winners of our recent Fuji-Q Campaign. Here, she gives WAttention readers a first-hand review of three of Fuji-Q Highland’s most daunting rides.

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Jelaine, at the Fuji-Q Highland entrance.

Fuji-Q Highland was a relatively unknown entity to me, unlike Universal Studios or Disneyland. So when the opportunity to visit the theme park presented itself, the only reasonable reply was, “YES PLEASE!”

The day we visited though started with a disappointing 91% cloud cover forecast, which meant a very narrow chance of seeing the magnificent Fuji-san. However, we were still stoked by all the crazy attractions, and at once queued at the nearest and most imposing roller coaster: Fujiyama, fittingly called the King of Roller Coasters.

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Fujiyama previously held the title for the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Although these records have since been beaten, Fujiyama is still one heck of a ride. The coaster started slowly, taking its sweet time to reach its peak height (with markers on the way up indicating the height), which just added to the excitement and tension, and the drop from its highest point left us gleefully screaming our lungs out.

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The highest point of Dodonpa, on the left of the ferris wheel.

Our next stop was Dodonpa. We were curious about this screamer after we saw its length and speed. The coaster began with a countdown, after which it took off at its fastest speed of 172 km/hour immediately upon launching. I was literally speechless for a few seconds from shock, but before I could scream properly, the ride ended. It was just too fast!

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Last, and definitely the most impressive of them all, was Takabisha, which had some exciting inversions and rolls leading to the vertical lift. Similar to Fujiyama, the ascent was teasingly slow, but this one had more of a fear factor, since we were leaning back and couldn’t see anything but the sky in front of us. It stopped for what seemed like an eternity at the top before its scary 121 degree descent.

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Fuji Q Highland is a must try if you’re a thrill seeker like me. But even if you’re not, there are plenty of less heart-stopping attractions to try like the 4D Fuji Airways. Plus, you will have a great view of Mt. Fuji on clear days. Just be sure to check the weather forecast!

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