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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 …

Calling all Japanese pop-culture lovers! SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show will be at the Rosehill Gardens (Sydney) on August 8 and 9. Featuring an action-packed program of cosplay, anime/manga, Maid Cafe, gaming and arts, this is an event not to be missed.   That’s not all – special industry guests will be coming from …

This beautiful part of the world, Hakone, deserves 2 nights and 3 days.  We bought Odakyu’s 3 day round trip Hakone Free Pass, which covered different modes of transport (train, tram, cable car, bus and the Ropeway, which was unfortunately closed while we were there) for the duration without needing to fork out any more …

A short walk from the Tsukiji Fish Markets leads you to the famous Hama Rikyu gardens. We saw it as an urbane oasis in the middle of modern high rise buildings. The gardens were beautifully presented, including three bridges draped with wisteria and a fantastic promenade along the bay lined with pine trees. We went …

Join a popular fruit-picking tour on your next visit to Japan. Bus tours take the hard work out of getting to the fruit orchards, which are often located outside the city. Fruit-picking is a fun activity for friends, couples and the whole family. They’re also a good chance to escape the bustle of the city. The following …

“Just do it” comes to mind when I think of our 4 week tour of Japan. For years we hesitated going there, but now that we have seen much of the world we decided it was time to see and appreciate Japan. As it turned out it was the best travel decision we’ve ever made …

From March this year the Narita Express (N’EX) departing from and arriving at Narita Airport is extended to Kawaguchiko Station on the Fujikyuko Line. It is convenient for travelling around Mt Fuji from Narita Airport. Period Every day from August 10th to 14th Prior to September 27th on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays Trains that will …

JR East will once again commence the limited-time sale of the Mt Fuji Round Trip Ticket, a discounted ticket for tourists visiting Japan to sightsee near Mt Fuji, for the fourth year in a row. The pass provides the holder unlimited use for two days in the Free Area on the Fujikyuko Line and Mt …

Additional stations on the Yamanote Line JR-EAST will expand its free Wi-Fi service to an additional 24 stations on the Yamanote Line. With the expansion, the service can now be used at 41 stations and five JR EAST Travel Service Centers in the JR East area. The service will be available around the access points …

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