We are about to say konichiwa in Tokyo Olympics, but unfortunately thanks to Covid-19 there is no chance of seeing Japan in person this year.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning for future trips to cherry blossom country, especially since there are plenty of exciting new openings for 2022.
Pokémon fans will rejoice at the opportunity to hunt Pikachu at a brand new Yomiuriland theme park attraction, while Disney lovers have a very special new kingdom to look forward to.
And if you need to travel through the iconic cities of Japan, a new fleet of high speed trains will be waiting for you soon.
Pokémon Wonder, Tokyo
If your idea of sport is less javelin, more “Pokémon fighting!” Then you’ll want to make a pilgrimage to the new Pokémon Wonder, located in a vast forest behind Yomiuriland, a theme park on the outskirts of Tokyo.
With games like Pokémon Go and the new Pokémon Snap, an entire forest is available for fans to walk around and soak up the treasure hunt experience.
Upon entering the 4,500m² space, you will be greeted by the legendary Pikachu and his research cohort, Professor Kureso, who will give you an orientation briefing.
Then it’s up to you to spot over 50 species of Pokémon, including Oddish, Diglett, and Rowlett, in the beautiful surroundings of the park. It runs until April 2022.
From £ 32 per person.
Treeful Treehouse, Okinawa
Japan may be overcrowded, but you can still find splendid seclusion. The sustainable eco-friendly Treeful Treehouse, powered solely by solar energy, is due
will soon open in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island collection.
Designed to bring guests closer to nature, its secluded private rooms are set amid the jungle canopy and offer 360-degree views.
There will also be a common Aerohouse area – outfitted with bathrooms, rest and relaxation rooms, and a kitchen – connected to the treehouse rooms by a series of floating walkways and jungle trails.
From your elevated base, you can explore the rugged coastal region, with both intrepid hikes and time spent on the beautiful beaches.
Price to be confirmed
Triennale Oku-Noto 2020, Suzu
Billed as “a leading art festival at the end of the world”, the Oku-Noto Triennale 2020 – delayed from last year due to the pandemic – takes place at the tip of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture on the coast, the other side of Tokyo.
The festival will take place in the city of Suzu, with 48 artists from 16 countries, including sculptor Noe Aoki, adventurer turned photographer Naoki Ishikawa and German visual artist Carsten Nicolai.
Don’t miss the Okura Zarae Project, which features local folk tools and other artifacts from the once-mundane past, as well as memorabilia from their owners.
The objects were collected from private warehouses with the help of local residents, folklore experts and artists.
From September 4 to October 24.
Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea
Japan has creativity bleeding from its eyeballs, so it’s no surprise that the epic and over-the-top Tokyo DisneySea theme park is considering an expansion, which is expected to open late next year or early 2023. .
Named Fantasy Springs, the site will add four attractions to the park based on popular Disney movies, including Tangled, Frozen, and Peter Pan.
Visitors will be able to explore Anna and Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle, the forest and tower where Rapunzel lives in Tangled, and Neverland, the home of Peter Pan.
Neverland already looks ridiculously exciting: an attraction will have guests soar over the jungle in a battle with Captain Hook and his crew to save Wendy’s brother John.
ALFA-X High Speed Train, Tokyo to Hokkaido
No trip to Japan would be complete without zooming in on a bullet train, and two new ones will be launched in the next few years.
Last year saw the testing of the new experimental Alfa-X bullet train on the Tohoku Line that connects Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuro in Hokkaido.
It is hoped that the new fuel-efficient service will cut travel times on the line in half thanks to speeds of up to 360 km / h (it broke records with 382 km / h in its test).
In addition, there will be an extension of the line connecting passengers to Niseko Ski Resort and Sapporo City by high-speed train from Tokyo by 2030.
Finally, a new six-car high-speed train called Kamome – which means seagull – will be introduced on the new western route of the Kyushu Shinkansen in fall 2022, connecting Takeo Onsen – a town at the southwestern tip of Japan that is famous for its hot springs – with the city of Nagasaki.
Don’t miss these iconic Japanese cities
The bustling capital of Japan is full of must-see sights, hair-
elevate Shibuya Crossing to the old Tsukiji Fish Market and Tokyo Skytree (billed as the tallest tower in the world).
Known as the “temple city” thanks to the more than 2,000 temples and shrines across the city, you can’t miss the gold leaf-covered Kinkaku-ji or Ryoan-ji, with its alluring Zen garden.
Foodies should visit this city, as it is one of the best places to eat in the country.
Try local specialties such as takoyaki, fried octopus balls, and okonomiyaki, a tasty pancake.
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