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International communications provider Brastel Co., Ltd. has commenced the online sales of prepaid data SIMs. The website is available in 11 languages which makes it easier for foreign tourists to purchase data SIM cards before they arrive in Japan. Moreover, customers who purchase Japan Travel SIM from the Brastel website get a Brastel card to …

We were totally captured by Kyoto’s beauty and charm.  Thank goodness we had booked to stay 6 nights in Kyoto as it just gave us enough time to visit and appreciate the main sights. We strolled through Gion, which is well known for being the geisha district in Kyoto.  We happened to be there in …

ANA, Japan’s leading airline, announced the expansion of its footprint in the Oceania region, with the addition of non-stop flights from Sydney to Tokyo Haneda Airport. The daily service, commencing Saturday,12th December 2015, takes full advantage of the convenience and comfort of Haneda, a hub for 42 of ANA’s domestic routes. Flights to Haneda will …

Kyoto is like a gift that keeps on giving.   So much to see and do.  We visited Ginkaku-ji Temple (the Silver Pavilion), which contrary to its name, is not silver at all.  It was intended to be coated in silver but never got completed.  It is however an outstanding structure to visit and enjoy, the  …

Destination Japan special feature in the Weekend Australian is now available for download in PDF.

The Japan travel guide published in the Weekend West Australian on 4-5 July can be downloaded in PDF here.   The Japan travel guide published in the West Australian on 25 June 2015 can be downloaded in PDF here.

The crescendo of our magical Journey to Japan was maximised upon reaching Kyoto.  Our six night stay in Kyoto was well rewarded with visiting temples, shrines, Imperial Palaces, beautiful gardens and parks. We were totally stunned by the size and height of this space-age futuristic train station, which contains amongst other things, department stores, souvenir …

Kanazawa sights and attractions are well spread out and we used buses to take us around everywhere – well worth the money and believe me when I say the buses are regular and pretty much on time. We visited the Higashi Chaya District to better appreciate the Geisha world.  Many of the houses are now …

The best part of Takayama is that it can be easily explored on foot.  It is surrounded by mountains and Takayama has its own architecture, food and crafts.  We admired the beautifully crafted traditional merchant homes in the elegant historic district with homes of classical design.  We went to the lively city markets in a …

The tourist information at the Matsumoto train station was one of the best we visited on our trip.  All the information we needed for our visit (and the hike) was given to us and they even suggested visiting the annual Art and Craft markets held at the Gardens which draws a lot of people from …

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