Where We Are Going Today: Nippon Sayko, A slice of Japan in Jeddah

Updated 17 January 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Nippon Sayko, A slice of Japan in Jeddah

  • The store stocks everything from retro collections of anime figurines and merchandise from “Rose of Versailles”

For fans of Japanese pop culture, from anime and manga to action figures and comic books, Jeddah’s Nippon Sayko is a treasure trove.

The Red Sea Mall-based shop stocks everything from retro collections of anime figurines and merchandise from “Rose of Versailles” and “Treasure Island,” to 90s cult hits like “Detective Conan,” “Hunter X Hunter” and “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” Best-selling modern manga and anime series like “Attack on Titan,” “One-Punch Man” and “Tokyo Ghoul” also feature heavily.

Nippon Sayko not only focuses on anime collectibles, though, but also caters to the Kingdom’s K-pop fanbase, with T-shirts, posters and keyrings from all of Korea’s most popular artists on sale.

If Asian pop-culture is not your thing, though, the store also sells Japanese and Korean food, from savory delicacies to snacks and sweets, as well as other staple products, such as tea sets, Kimonos (Japanese traditional robes) and Korean Hanbok dresses.


AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

Updated 02 June 2020

AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

  • Historic destination in northwest of Kingdom will now be accessible to visitors all year round

JEDDAH: When you’re already a quarter-of-a-million years old, a few months out of action because of a coronavirus pandemic is no more than a blip in time.

It is therefore safe to say that when visitors return to AlUla, the culture and heritage destination in northwest Saudi Arabia, not a lot will have changed.

AlUla’s attractions, including the Kingdom’s first UNESCO world heritage site, will reopen in October — and they will now be accessible all year round.

Walks, treks and trails will be available, guided by the local Rawi (Arabic storyteller) or self-guided, for visitors who want to delve deeper into the stories and customs of the region.

A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks.

“We are developing immersive, light-touch experiences that harness the power and silence of the landscapes, experiences like guided stargazing in a desert night sky that has inspired science, religion, philosophy, art and literature for millennia,” said Phillip Jones of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

Adventure tourists can tear around in a desert buggy or take to the skies in a vintage light aircraft to see volcanic craters and the lava fields of Harrat Khaybar. 

For families, Hijrat Noura, or Princess Noura Farm, offers a chance to observe the local flora and fauna. Winter Park, developed for the Winter at Tantora festival, will also return.

“A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks,” Jones said.