Hi all! I am Tamatsuki and I went to the ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally II’, which is taking place between 21 January and 12 March 2017. Has Kyoto been taken over by Touken Danshi yet?
What is ‘Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally’?
In this special Touken Ranbu campaign you have to collect 6 stamps from these 4 places: Randen Shijo Omiya station, Arashiyama station, Kitano Hakubaicho station, and Toei Kyoto Studio Park. If you are succesful, you can get a ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally II’ original tin badge! In association with this rally, there’s a special train running through Kyoto and collaborative food and drinks on offer to please fans. I’ll tell you all the information regarding these collaborative events in this article on top of the stamp rally report, so read on!
Here I come, Kyoto. Let the rally commence!!
Let’s Set off on the Journey of Collecting Stamps
There is no way I will fail to collect the 6 stamps to get the tin badge! Luckily, there is a special ticket available! It’s called the ‘Randen and Toei Kyoto Studio Park memorial ticket’ (3500 yen, tax included).
You can pay for the ticket in advance at the machines at the convenience stores Lawson and ministop, or on the L-tike website (http://l-tike.com/leisure/eigamura_touken/ *Japanese only). Once you buy the ticket, you can take the receipt to one of the Randen stations listed below: Randen Shijo Omiya station, Arashiyama station, Kitano Hakubaicho station and Katabira no Tsuji station and they will give you the Randen and Toei Kyoto Studio Park memorial ticket.
Randen Arashiyama Station
After exchanging the ticket I got for the special ticket at Randen Arashiyama station, I immediately started searching for the stamp stands. There should be two stands in here…
I started from the front of the station and found one in a flash at the station square. Well done me for getting my first stamp, Yagen Toushirou!
Pressing my memorable first stamp
Where is the next one…? Found it! It’s Hizamaru, located in front of Bar Randen which is serving ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-’ collaboration drinks.
It was a cold day, so I had a cup of clam chowder (700 yen including tax). You can bring this lid and cup home. I got my first nice souvenirs!
The other collaboration menu items were:
- Yamatonokami Yasusada Green Lychee Juice (with alcohol available on request)
- Yagen Toushirou Japanese Purple Basil Lemonade (with alcohol available on request)
- Kasyuu Kiyomitsu Minestrone Soup
- Kogitsunemaru Yuzu Tea
- Hizamaru Chocolate and Mint Drink
Soup and beverages have been prepared to match the colors of different Touken Danshi
Location: Inside Randen Arashiyama Station
Open: 10.00-18.00 (last order at 17.30)
Address: 20-2, Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8384
Randen Kitano Hakubaicho Station
To get to Kitano Hakubaicho station from Arashiyama station, I have to change trains at Katabira no Tsuji station to the Kitano line. After that, I can relax on my seat, as Kitano Hakubaicho station is the terminal station of the Kitano line. I head to Kitano Hakubaicho station while enjoying the scenery of Kyoto.
Stamp! It’s my third one. I’m half way to completion now.
Randen Shijo Omiya Station
Now, my remaining destinations are Shijo Omiya station and Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The park is actually closer from Kitano Hakubaicho statio. However, I realized that I can’t spend enough time to enjoy collaboration events in the park if I go to the park first. It’s entirely my fault as I spent too much time at the previous locations. Well, I couldn’t resist staying a bit longer, could I? I decided to visit Toei Kyoto Studio Park tomorrow and made my way to Shijo Omiya station.
I lost track of time again while admiring Mikazuki Munechika. After a while, I found myself wondering around the station in a flurry with my rally sheet in hand. ‘Where is the stamp stand?!’ Luckily, a member of staff at the station kindly showed me the way to the stamp stand. Phew, panic over!
The fourth stamp
That was it for today! I’m completing the stamp rally at Toei Kyoto Studio Park tomorrow! It was then that I realized that although I was on Raiden trains all day long, I hadn’t seen any special trains. I asked a member of staff at the station and he said there was no special train running today! I checked my rally sheet and it said that there is no special train on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays… There is only one special train running, so I have to be lucky to see the train tomorrow. I’ll put all my luck into seeing it tomorrow!
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Today, I will my final destination, Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The two stamp stands are waiting for me. After the completion of the stamp rally, I can redeem the original tin badge in the park as well. Let’s complete my mission!
A collaboration event with Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru- is taking place at Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Check out the details in this article:
I found the first stamp stand in the park at the entrance of the collaboration event venue.
Only one stamp left before completing my journey! I climb the stairs to the second floor…
My last stamp, Yamatonokami Yasusada is waiting for me!
Finally, I’ve completed the rally! I hurry to the till in the character shop in order to redeem my prize! (There are two places where you can redeem the tin badge, the second floor of Patios in the character shop in Toei Kyoto Studio Park and the ticket office at Randen Shijo Omiya station).
While looking at the badge, I’m full of emotions… It’s the token of my journey in Kyoto!
Randen Special Train for ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki’
I’ve been patiently waiting for the special train at Katabira no Tsuji station, since I couldn’t watch it yesterday. I’m willing to wait here until the train comes, even if it’s the last train today.
I will watch it definitely and unquestionably today!!
Finally, the special train comes!
Fortunately, the train goes the same direction as I do, so I get on it with excitement. Wow, even the posters in the train are Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- themed!
I was filled with joy until the train reached its destination. I’m really glad that I managed to get on it in the end!
I had great fun in the past two days in Kyoto exploring Touken Ranbu. I felt that two days were not enough to fully enjoy the stamp rally, the collaboration event in Toei Kyoto Studio Park, and the exhibitions of the panels of Touken Danshi. I hope I can come back to Kyoto again before the end of ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally II.’
This the end of my on-the-spot report of ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally II’. I hope you enjoyed reading my article and see you again soon!