releases 2018/19 winter holiday packages

Posted by - July 17, 2018 has released its 2018/19 Winter Holiday Packages brochure and has announced a new Hakuba operations and service base for this coming season.
The Hakuba Gateway is an 18-room hotel with tour operations and onsite services in the heart of the Happo Resort Area in Hakuba Valley. The newly added location is within easy walking distance to the closest chairlifts and the many nearby restaurants, bars and local services.
Hakuba Valley is located in the Japanese Alps and just a three-hour trip from downtown Tokyo. Host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, Hakuba is one of Japan’s largest and most renowned alpine resorts. The valley consists of 10 ski resorts, giving an incredible variety of alpine terrain, accommodating for everyone from novice to expert.
“Amazing selection of trails and terrain”
Belinda White,’s general manager said: “Our team will provide guests with the same excellent service that has offered in Niseko for over 20 years.
Related Posts “The Hakuba Valley and other Honshu resorts such as Shiga Kogen, Lotte Arai, Myoko Kogen, Nozawa Onsen and the lift-connected Naeba and Kaguru Resorts are gaining more and more interest each year, with their amazing selection of trails and terrain, unique cultural experiences and the proximity to Tokyo.” offers a wide selection of accommodation options in the established and emerging resorts of Japan’s main island Honshu and the very popular north island of Hokkaido with some great Early Bird deals on a range of accommodations still available.
Book a stay at the Hakuba Gateway Hotel before 31 August and get 10% off the standard nightly room rate. Guests will also receive a free onsen pass per guest and 10% off food and beverages at the nearby Hakuba Goryukan Hotel. There’s also an Early Bird Special, with Free Kids Rental or 15% off Kids Rentals from its NBS outlet in Niseko and the new Hakuba Gateway outlet in Happo, in conjunction with every accommodation/land package.

NokScoot’s ‘Best Job in Thailand’ awards winners with trip to Tokyo

Posted by - July 10, 2018

Lucky winners to fly to Tokyo on NokScoot with complementary accommodation provided by Expedia NokScoot will send ten winning travellers to explore Japan’s most iconic destinations as part of its ‘Best Job in Thailand’ campaign.
Social media has emerged as a great way to engage with travellers across the globe, particularly through competitions. The offspring of Singapore’s Scoot and Thailand’s Nok Air that carries the DNA of both airlines, NokScoot encouraged those passionate about travelling to introduce themselves in unique, quirky and fun videos that capture their personality and wanderlust.
Over 200 eager applicants applied for the ‘Best Job in Thailand’ campaign, of which ten lucky winners and their guests are awarded the chance to fly to Tokyo on NokScoot for free. They have also receive complementary accommodation provided by Expedia plus an additional THB 15,000 (USD 452) pocket money to spend on the town, compliments of NokScoot. While in Tokyo, the new recruits are expected to report back on hidden gems they come across in the Japanese capital.
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“We have been very successful with our social media campaign. It reaffirms our belief that most Thais enjoy travelling to Japan. Contestants who are passionate about travelling put their courage and passion on display when introducing themselves in unique, quirky, and fun-filled videos. This captured their personalities and wanderlust spirit,” said Buhdy Bok, head of commercial at NokScoot.
NokScoot operates daily flights on the Don Muang-Narita route using Boeing 777-200 wide-bodied twin-aisle jets. Configured with a total of 415 seats, the 777 offers 24 business class seats and 391 economy seats. Passengers can customise their travel experience to suit personal preferences, such as a selection from variety of meals, preferred seats and additional baggage allowance as they wish.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”: Okura Tokyo rebuilt and rebranded

Posted by - July 5, 2018

Following the rebuild of its flagship property Hotel Okura Tokyo four years ago, Hotel Okura has announced that its replacement, The Okura Tokyo, is on target to reopen for business at the beginning of September 2019.
Featuring a total of 508 luxury rooms, stretched across two buildings on the central-Tokyo Okura property, the new accommodation will not do away with the prized looks of its predecessor and will aim to retain the air of sophistication attributed to the “cherished simplicity and elegance” of the Hotel Okura Tokyo.
A traditional Japanese aesthetic combined with contemporary design will run throughout the hotel. The smaller of the two buildings, The Okura Heritage Wing, which will have its own reception, will be a 75-metre, 17-story structure overlooking the garden from three different angles.

Within the larger structure, the Okura Prestige Tower (41 storeys), guest rooms will begin on the 28th floor, affording wonderful vistas of Tokyo from every room. The Tower will offer fine dining options and banquet facilities, including one of the largest ballrooms in Tokyo.
“As Leonardo da Vinci said, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. This is what we are trying to realize with The Okura Tokyo, a hotel designed on the philosophy of simplicity and elegance,” said Toshihiro Ogita, president of Hotel Okura.
Related Posts “It was sad to put our much-adored Hotel Okura Tokyo to rest, but I am fully confident that The Okura Tokyo will be equally loved by our worldwide guests and visitors. The Okura Tokyo will proudly offer the incomparable Japanese-style hospitality and other attributes that distinguished our original hotel, which we will combine with the highest standards of contemporary luxury to ensure that guests enjoy memorable, supremely comfortable stays.”
“The original lobby designed by my father was extremely popular”
In addition, the lobbies of The Okura Heritage Wing and The Okura Prestige Tower, plus The Okura Square, The Okura Salon and selected restaurants and bars have been designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, celebrated architect of the redesigned Museum of Modern Art in New York and son of Yoshiro Taniguchi, designer of the Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famous lobby – a further nod to the Okura legacy.
“The original lobby designed by my father was extremely popular,” said Yoshio Taniguchi, so I felt a special responsibility to create distinctive Japanese designs that would similarly inspire guests for years to come.”
Advanced reservations will be accepted from April 2019; reservations for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions will be possible from September 2018.

Could Japan be the next country to close due to overtourism?

Posted by - July 5, 2018

Following the huge drop in inbound tourists after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, the Japanese government boosted its tourism efforts and reintroduced Japan to the world, making the country nowadays a prime tourism destination. However, it seems that the inhabitants of this one-of-a-kind Asian country may be regretting it now, as they start to suffer from the effects of overtourism.
In 2011, the number of tourists that visited Japan plummeted to 6.22 million from 8.61 million in 2010. Figures hit 10.36 million in 2013 and have been in an upward trend since then. The UNWTO estimated that 28.7 million overseas travellers stayed in Japan in 2017.
Mt. Fuji with Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida, Japan The above statistics were results of the “Japan Revitalisation Strategy – Japan Is Back” approved by the cabinet in 2013 as part of its tourism policy. Japan also relaxed its visa restrictions for nations like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. In 2015, Japan also eased the restrictions for Chinese citizens that prompted the onslaught of tourists from mainland China that has predominantly fuelled the country’s tourism boom.
The vision of the tourism policy was clear: to make Japan known to the world and to attract business opportunities for the citizens. Will it be the victim of its own success?
Kankō kōgai The influx of inbound tourists has resulted in endless crowds, unknown and apparently rude neighbors, and destruction of treasured landscapes. For some Japanese, the tourists are overstaying their welcome to such an extent that the natives coined a term for it – Kankō kōgai, which means “tourism pollution”.
Rapid growth means overcrowding in key cities and major attractions; Tokyo is already more crowded than usual. Moreover, people from Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto, are complaining of a large number of tourists visiting the region. They said that the residents are unable to deal with the tourists by themselves.
Related Posts Some locals are also disappointed with the behaviour of the tourists. Some tourists are disrespectful to the locals and environment in order to gain validation on social media. The city’s “miyabi“, a refined atmosphere unique to Kyoto, has been destroyed, locals say. The prime example is tourists defacing Bamboo Groves in Arashiyama, a UNESCO World Heritage site by etching their names on the bamboo.
Locals also complain about unknown neighbours in “minpaku” towns, wherein houses are turned into accommodations. The Japanese government resorted to tightly clamping down on illegal Airbnb and similar homestay accommodations or “minpaku” across the country in response to an overwhelming number of complaints. These new laws aim to help ease the negative impacts on communities from the hordes of tourists disturbing locals at all hours.
Tokyo 2020 and solutions Tourism is Japan has no sign of slowing down and the Japanese government is banking on the Olympic Games in 2020. The government estimates overseas arrivals of more than 40 million by then.
The recent “minpaku” law thwarting short-term rentals is a step in reining in the tourism mania. Moreover, starting next year, the Japanese government will charge overseas visitors a ¥1,000 (USD 9) exit tax and use the funds to boost infrastructure.
The Japan Tourism Agency has also formulated the “Tourism Vision Realisation Programme 2018” highlighting an action plan for the year to realise the tourism vision:
Open up more attractive public facilities and infrastructures, spreading the tourists from Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Fuji Enhance multilingual commentary on cultural properties, disseminate their charm by utilising VR Further develop the branding of national parks Pioneer new tourism resources such as enhanced night life and the utilisation of beaches Accelerate immigration procedures by utilising state-of-the-art technology such as facial recognition Realise world-class tourism services such as the development of a free Wi-Fi environment on the Shinkansen Promote campaigns centered on Europe, the US and Australia Strengthen training of local DMOs (corporations who will take the steering role in tourism areas) The Japanese government will implement the measures of the 2018 program at once, and we will work together with public and private entities to realise a “world-class tourist industry,” a place the world wants to visit – and a place the local want visited.

World’s “most efficient offline translator tech”, ili, comes to UK

Posted by - July 2, 2018

Probably the most daunting challenge when first arriving in a new country is the dealing with barrier between your language and the local lingo. It might be easy enough to coast by on loud staccato English for a day or two but anything beyond that and the novelty of not being understood begins to grate and quickly becomes frustrating. But this could all be about to change with the ili wearable translator, which has now been released to the UK market.
Takuro Yoshida, ili’s founder and CEO, said: “When I moved to the US from Japan my biggest challenge was being understood by the locals, the first thing I tried to do was order a water in a restaurant and even though I could speak English they couldn’t figure out what I was saying. This happened many times and led to a lack of confidence and frustration. That’s where the idea for ili was born.”

The device, believed by Yoshida to be the most efficient offline translator available, contains a powerful CPU and travel software which supports a library of phrases and words. So far, the 42g ili can translate English into three languages, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin in as little as 0.2 seconds.
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Yoshida spent two years perfecting ili, before releasing it in the USA; where it picked up 10,000 orders in just three days, since going on to sell more than 50,000 units globally.
“We are so lucky to live in a time where accessing other countries has never been easier in terms of travel, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy when we get there. Being able to communicate makes a big difference to your travel experience so we are excited that ili can be a part of that process.”
ili is available for purchase from Smartech at Selfridges, London, now.

This Thailand-based platform will match travelers with locals

Posted by - June 26, 2018

MODERN DAY TRAVELERS seeking off the beaten path attractions and experiences at their destinations like a true local will appreciate TakeMeTour.
Created by robotics engineering graduate Taro Amornched, the online platform aims to match travelers with locals – but not in the sleazy Tinder kind of way.
Bali’s ‘Airbnb Experiences’ second most popular in Asia Specifically, it matches travelers with locals who can show them around.
So whether it’s a gastronomical tour of Bangkok’s Chinatown, a hiking trip along Japan’s nature trails, or a dance in a sunflower field your heart desires, TakeMeTour will connect you with the experts with all the know-how.
“On our website, a traveler can browse tours, itineraries, and experiences that are offered by locals. Currently, we have more than 20,000 local experts from 55 different cities. It’s like having a friend, some people you can trust, to show you around,” Amornched said in an interview with The Jay Kim Show.
Let’s get started Log in to the website and select a city you’d like to visit.
Source: TakeMeTour.
Then, choose from the list of one-day tours and experiences available. Once you find what you like, pick a date on the calendar or chat with said local for availability.
When all details are confirmed, book with them directly. Bookings will only be valid once the payments are made through Take Me Tour with a valid credit card.
It’s like making one new local friend with every booking.
“All the local experts speak Thai and English. We have been focusing on English-speaking travelers in the past two years, but starting this year, we will start focusing on a third language. That means you would see local experts who can speak Japanese, Chinese, and French as a starting point,” Amornched added.
About safety and security Is it okay to throw caution to the wind and simply follow a local around in a foreign country?
How safe is it, really?
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“We have very strict security measures. We check the ID, bank account, criminal record, and the like to make sure these local experts are actually legitimate. We also make sure we know how to find them,” Amornched explained.
Newly-listed tours will go through stages of approvals by both TakeMeTour as well as its network of bloggers to assure they’re meeting quality standards.
What if things go bad?
“If something bad happens, we can still make refunds. We also provide accident insurance for both travelers and local experts,” Amornched said.
Every listing also includes reviews from previous guests so travelers can gauge if the experience is something that they’d like.
Healing on a holiday: Cheap rehabs boost Thailand’s medical tourism Currently, the Asian countries that TakeMeTour covers are Thailand, Cambodia, and Japan. The platform is looking to expand to Myanmar next month.
Check it out here.
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Robots to take over our airports by 2030

Posted by - June 22, 2018

Robots are set to replace airport staff and our air travel may soon be devoid of any human contact, says recent research.
Service robots are set to take over our airports by 2030 – this is the startling finding of a study conducted by Aira and Vero Solutions. Robots will replace existing check-in processes, will have access to real-time airline customer data, and will understand customer’s health and emotional states.
An increasing number of airports are using robots for cleaning or providing passengers with their flight information. More upcoming technologies, to improve the services in airports, are currently in testing and passengers will soon be seeing end-to-end transformations across the flying experience.
AI and chatbots Artificial intelligence and chatbots are slowly being adopted by airlines to handle bookings and inquiries of passengers. Air New Zealand’s Bravo Oscar Tango, or simply Oscar, provides the answers to customers’ questions 67% of the time.
“Quick answers on the day of travel”
Avi Golan, Air New Zealand chief digital officer, said: “We know customers generally turn to him when looking for quick answers on the day of travel and for booking flights, with hot topics including booking confirmation, baggage allowance and Airpoints queries.”
Robots of the more physical variety are roaming the airports, too, such as Kate of Kansai airport, which is an intelligent check-in robotic kiosk that autonomously moves to busy or congested areas of the terminal as needed. It uses data related to passenger flow at the airport to reposition itself, thereby reducing passenger wait times.
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Automated check-ins are implemented in some airports, cutting waiting time of passengers while resolving issues during check-ins such as missing luggage or items.
Security and maintenance Robots are also used for cleaning and maintenance as well as security. Incheon Airport in South Korea has deployed Airport Cleaning Robot by LG Electronics, which is a large vacuum cleaner fitted with cameras, light sensors, and sensor-laden bumpers which moves around the airport vacuuming up rubbish.
The cleaning robot can move autonomously choosing the best route for cleaning using a map of the airport in its database. It is like having a Roomba for your house.
In terms of security, robots will be useful in detecting threats using facial recognition. A number of instances revealed that criminals are spotted in the airport escaping. Deploying security bots is like adding another layer of safety net to catch hoodlums. Robots can also be used to handle risky situations like dealing with bombs.
Shenzhen’s Bao’an International Airport deployed Anbot, a security robot to patrol the airport. Its objective is to monitor the departure hall at the airport, identify suspicious people and help people navigate through the airport. Anbot is equipped with a taser.
Cost versus experience Aside from the things mentioned above, another advantage of replacing the staff with robots is its cheaper cost. However, just like in any service industry, human interaction in airports is essential. Whether the advent of robots in airports is for the better can only be answered in the foreseeable future.

LaSalle acquires hotel ibis near Tokyo Disneyland

Posted by - June 20, 2018

Real estate investment group LaSalle announced that it has acquired Hotel ibis Styles Tokyo Bay. Located close to the Tokyo Disney Resort in Hinode, Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture, the 216-room ibis Styles Tokyo Bay comprises of eight floors with a total floor space of 6,714.68 m².
It is in an attractive tourist location that boasts of excellent access to the theme parks around Maihama, with the nearest station, Shin-Urayasu Station, only a short 15-minute walk from the hotel.
“Urayasu, Chiba, in particular, is experiencing strong growth for its hospitality sector”
Kunihiko Okumura, Head of Acquisitions of LaSalle Investment Management in Japan, commented: “We are delighted to continue to expand our portfolio exposure in the hospitality sector further to the successful close of our LAO V fund. Japan holds many opportunities for us and Urayasu, Chiba, in particular is experiencing strong growth for its hospitality sector, underpinned by a booming domestic tourism market and its growing reputation as a resort destination. We have seen a remarkable growth in the rate of inbound travellers in recent years, and expect hospitality assets in the region to perform well backed by a strong support base of investors.”
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“The AccorHotel brand is a renowned hospitality and international brand. We believe its stellar reputation will lend great value to boost the profile of ibis Styles Tokyo Bay, and attract international travellers to make the hotel their accommodation of choice”, added Kunihoko.
The investment is anticipated to capitalise on rapid growth in inbound tourists to Japan over the next three to five years, supported by the increasing number of middle-income households in China and the rest of Asia region. In particular, hotels near major tourism attractions are expected to benefit from the trend the most, as visitors stay in and around key destinations. The Tokyo Olympics is also expected to boost tourism in and around Tokyo.

Food tourism: Where are the top food destinations in Asia?

Posted by - June 20, 2018

DO YOU LIVE TO EAT or eat to live? In Asia, it’s likely the former.
Asia is a melting pot of cultures and that translates well into the plethora of cuisines and tastes that can be found in the region. In fact, Asian countries are beginning to come out on top of well-known culinary destinations such as France and Italy.
Don’t make these cultural Pho-pas when eating in Asia Any visitor to Asia will find that “Where to eat?” and “What to eat?” are important everyday questions.
For the Malays, Chinese, and Indians, “Have you eaten?” is probably the first thing that people you meet will ask you.
Good food is the very thing that keeps their stomachs and hearts full, so much so that it’s a major deciding factor for the vacations that they take.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their desire to sample food and drinks motivates their travels.
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According to a survey conducted with over 50,000 global travelers, 82 percent of Hong Kong travelers are planning to take a dedicated food tourism trip sometime this year and 70 percent of them say they pick a destination for its great food or drink.
The survey also said that gastronomy tourism or food tourism is particularly popular among Asian travelers from China (65 percent), India (57 percent), Thailand (53 percent), Indonesia (50 percent), and Hong Kong (48 percent).
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Asian travelers are particularly attracted to just about anything Instagrammable, including food. Beautiful flat lays or close-ups of food and an explosion of colors are bound to get their attention.
The top four food destinations in Asia, according to millions of’s traveler reviews, are:
Ipoh, Malaysia Located nearly 180km north of Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh is a city in Perak that first got its claim to fame for being the world’s largest producer of tin way back in the 1900s.
Aerial view of Ipoh at sunrise. Source: Shutterstock.
In the 1980s, after the collapse of tin prices, Ipoh took a seat back and simply became the ideal retirement place, thanks to its beautiful limestone karst mountains and serene ambiance.
These days, Ipoh has become a main “pit stop” for travelers heading to Cameron Highlands or Penang.
And truly, when it comes to its food, it can get pretty hard to decide what to eat.
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Our picks: Ming Court dimsum, Concubine Lane tau fu fah (bean-curd pudding), Thean Chun kai si hor fun (flat rice noodles with shredded chicken in broth), Thean Chun caramel pudding, Lou Wong bean sprout chicken rice, and Sin Yin Loong Ipoh white coffee.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan What first started out as a small trading village in the 17th century is now Taiwan’s must-visit destination.
Tips: Go to Kaohsiung with an empty stomach. Source: Shutterstock.
Located in southern-western Taiwan, the bustling Kaohsiung is a massive port city with impressive skyscrapers, gorgeous sprawling parks, and lively night markets.
Natural, historical, and industrial attractions aside, the city also boasts culinary delights and mouthwatering hidden eats that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
The food here is also relatively cheaper than Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.
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Our picks: Gang Yuan beef noodles, Gao Xiong Po Po shaved ice dessert, Hongmaogang Restaurant (for seafood), Liuhe night market, Wu Pao Chun Bakery, Duck Zhen braised duck, Royal Beef Cubes’ hand-torched wagyu beef cubes, and Ban Jiushi pan-fried milkfish.
Nagoya, Japan With a population of over two million people, Nagoya is the fourth-most populous city in Japan.
Nagoya has more than just its Edo period castle to be proud of. Source: Shutterstock.
It’s also an agricultural and economic center with automotive as its main industry due to its strategic location near the fertile Nobi Plain and the Pacific coast on central Honshu.
What really sets Nagoya apart from other Japanese cities, however, is its distinctive cuisine, referred to in Japanese as “Nagoya meshi”, which means Nagoya’s local food.
“A study conducted by the city of Nagoya related to domestic tourism found that more people visited the area to enjoy the food (50.9 percent) than to see the famed Nagoya Castle (49.9 percent),” CNN wrote.
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Our picks: Nonkiya doteni (pork or beef and vegetables simmered with miso), Atsuta Horaiken hitsumabushi (grilled freshwater eel with rice), Yabaton misokatsu (deep fried pork cutlets served with miso sauce and rice), Yamamoto Honten misonikomi (udon noodles simmered in miso), and Nadai Kishimen Sumiyoshi (flat udon noodles in broth).
Johor Bahru, Malaysia Just a short causeway ride away from Singapore and at the tip of peninsula Malaysia is the capital of Johor, Johor Bahru.
Johor Bahru is one of the biggest cities in Malaysia. Source: Shutterstock.
Regarded as one of the fastest-growing cities in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru (or JB, as locals would call it) is the main commercial center for the state and is located in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle.
However, the city flies under the radar when it comes to Malaysia’s food havens as it’s often overshadowed by Penang, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, and Ipoh.
This just means there are more surprising culinary gems for travelers to discover, from restaurants to the simplest hawker fare.
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Our picks: Hwa Mui Kopitiam chicken chop (Hainanese-styled), Bukit Chagar roti canai (Indian-styled flatbread), Kerala Curry House banana leaf rice, Hiap Joo Bakery banana cake, Restoran Ya Wang herb roasted duck, Restoran Tua Thow kway teow soup (flat rice noodles in broth), Ong Shun Seafood Restaurant, Restoran Ah Piaw wantan mee (wonton noodles), Kam Long Restaurant fish head curry, and Toddy’s Coconut Wine Shop.
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‘Peter Pan’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Tangled’ stars get their own Tokyo DisneySea ports

Posted by - June 15, 2018

TOKYO DISNEYLAND operator Oriental Land Co. has announced a US$2.3 billion investment in Toyko DisneySea.
Together with the large-scale enhancement of the park scheduled to begin in 2020, the expansion will mark the company’s biggest investment in nearly 20 years.
Tokyo Disney Resort’s rumored new park will be sky-themed DisneySea’s development comes at a time when other Disney parks around the world are also getting upgrades, such as the Marvel-themed rides and properties coming to Hong Kong, Paris, and California.
While Tokyo’s Disneyland and DisneySea are the only Disney parks in the world not to fully or partly owned by the Walt Disney Company, Disney still has total autonomy over the park’s creative direction.
And what dazzling creative control it’s exercising over the new expansion.
What do we already know? The announcement, made on Thursday, detailed plans to create a magical spring which will lead guests into a port where the world’s of three Disney animated films spectacularly collide.
Once inside the port, guests can explore Elsa and Anna’s Kingdom of Arendelle from Frozen, roam through the forest and up the tower from Tangled, and hang out with Peter Pan, the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell in Neverland.
According to Attractions Magazine, the expansion also incorporates a new exclusive hotel with a special wing, set to be the most luxurious accommodation at the Tokyo Disney Resort.
Here’s a sneak peak of the new lands:
Frozen Guests can explore the Kingdom of Arendelle where Elsa and Anna live in the film. Upon boarding a boat, guests will experience the sisters’ heartfelt journey while singing along to the famous songs.
The Frozen-themed restaurant can be found inside Arendelle Castle at the foot of snow-capped mountains.
Source: Oriental Land Co., Ltd.
Tangled Rapunzel’s tower stretches tall out of the charming forest in this land. The theme follows Rapunzel’s “best day ever” as she journeys with Flynn to the lantern festival.
Guests will also board gondolas to the lantern festival with a sing-a-long finale.
Source: Oriental Land Co., Ltd.
Peter Pan Perhaps the most enchanting port of them all is Neverland from the story of Peter Pan. Guests can explore the villainous Captain Hook’s ship, Skull Rock, and the mountains.
Guests will embark on a rescue mission with Peter Pan to save Wendy’s younger brothers who have been kidnapped by pirates via an immersive 3D experience.
Then, they can take a stroll around the oversized world of Pixie Hollow where Tinker Bell hangs out.
Source: Oriental Land Co., Ltd.
The hotel The fantasy-themed hotel will be located inside the park and offer 475 deluxe-type and luxury-type rooms.
There will also be a gift shop on the first floor for park-goers to pick up a souvenir or two.
Source: Oriental Land Co., Ltd.
Guests can explore the different magical lands via pathways between the Arabian Coast and the Lost River Delta.
All you need to know about Indonesia’s Cartoon Network theme park Upon completion of the proposed expansions across Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland, the licenses between The Walt Disney Company and Oriental Land will be extended from 2046 to 2076.
So, that’s 58 more years of guaranteed Disney fun.
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