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Whether you are celebrating New Year or the Christmas season in Japan, enjoying Japan’s winter festivals or hitting the slopes this winter, you can enjoy some delicious winter foods as the weather turns colder which are sure to please and keep you warm. Eating and drinking are also a big part of end-of-year parties (bonenkai) and …

The season of autumn leaves has arrived. Please come and enjoy this seasonal beauty along with the museum’s art The leaves are slowly changing hue and soon the autumn colours will reach their full glory. From the museum’s Tea Room you can view the proud plumes of pampas grass. You also won’t want to miss …

Experience entertainment of an overwhelming scale and quality, featuring four popular brands from Japan that are renowned across the world. UNIVERSAL COOL JAPAN A range of attractions based on four popular brands that can be seen all at once Time limited for 108 days from January 23 (Friday) to May 10 (Sunday), 2015 Universal Studios …

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

NTT Communications has launched a fast, convenient LTE prepaid data service to allow business travellers and tourists visiting Japan to enjoy up to 100MB of data per day under a new 7-day plan, in addition to the existing 14-day plan. “Prepaid SIM for JAPAN” provides short-term visitors with an easy, safe and inexpensive way to …

At Seven Bank ATMs (located in 7-Eleven convenience stores and elsewhere) in Japan, you can use your own cash card or credit card issued overseas to withdraw Japanese Yen. When you need yen for shopping or other purposes, use “the Japan ATM Navigation” smartphone app to find the nearest Seven Bank ATM, anytime, anywhere. The …

As of 1st October 2014 the duty free system in Japan has changed. The number of items eligible for tax exemption have been increased and all items are now duty free, making shopping even more enjoyable and affordable. Tourists in Japan can now buy consumables including medicine, food and cosmetics, tax-free from designated shops. See more …

Mt. Ontake Eruption

September 29, 2014

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Mt. Ontake, a 3067-metre volcano located on the west side of the Kiso Valley, erupted around noon on Saturday 27th September. According to the Nagano Prefecture Tourism Department the mountain is currently closed for climbing until further notice. Nearby Route 19, the main highway along the Kiso Valley, as well as the JR Chuo Line …

The Japan Special feature in the Sunday Telegraph’s Escape is now available for download in PDF: http://bit.ly/1vS7jIx    

More than 70% of Japan is covered by mountains and many of these are active volcanoes. Therefore, geothermally heated hot springs (or ‘onsen’  in Japanese) can be found all over the country in both indoor and outdoor facilities. Since ancient times, Japanese people have been very fond of onsen, which have become an integral part of …

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