It’s time for this week’s Quick Takes, let’s go!
- JR Kyushu had announced their Mojiko Station building will soon complete a 6+ years reconstruction and repairs, and will reopen in spring of 2019. Mojiko Station was known for it’s stylish station building (as in the above photo, taken in 2011 by this writer), and as the first station on Kyushu nearest to Honshu, built in 1914 at the current location. The new station building will keep the architecture, while reinforce the internal structure and add elevators. Another major addition to the station is the introduction of a new restaurant called Mikado Shokudo, which will be operated by Narisawa, one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurant in 2017 and Michelin Two Star. (Article translated: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Ftrafficnews.jp%2Fpost%2F81036&edit-text=&act=url)
- Peach Aviation, one of the biggest LCC operators in Japan, had started a new direct service between Kansai International Airport and Kushiro Airport, Hokkaido. This is the second domestic LCC line to Hokkaido outside New Chitose Airport, the other one is operated by Vanilla Air from Narita Airport to Hakotate. Peach is offering one daily flight to and from Kushiro on this service, using A320 planes, and base charge for one way ticket will be 5290 yen plus service charge (fuel surcharge already included). Based on test bookings, you can get a ticket with one checked baggage for around 7800 yen from October. Comparing with other Kansai International to New Chitose flights, it’s around 1500-2000 yen cheaper, so it’s probably most economic to use this service for open jaw trip to Hokkaido (i.e. Kansai to Kushiro one way, head back down Hokkaido, fly out at either New Chitose or Hakodate). (Article translated: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fdsk.ne.jp%2Fnews%2Fpeach_kushiro_20180801.html&edit-text=)
- Do you know you can learn traditional Japanese dance (Buyō) in Asakusa? Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center () is now offering weekly one hour workshop for foreigners, with professional Buyō dancers teaching the art. Admission is free, and costumes will be provided. You can take photos of yourself in costume dancing, too! It’s held every Sunday at the Tourist Information Center at Asakusa. (Article translated: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fmatcha-jp.com%2Fjp%2F6161&edit-text=)
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