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Hotel Granvia Kyoto, located above the magnificent Kyoto Station Complex, has two restaurants that offer Halal Food. On April 1st, restaurant “Ukihashi” gained the official “Local Halal” certificate from the Malaysia Halal Corporation, following Cafe Restaurant “Le Temps”, which was awarded the certificate last year. “Ukihashi”, a 83-seat dining facility offers Japanese Halal menus, “Halal …

Spring in Japan is the perfect season to be outside enjoying the blooming cherry blossoms (sakura) and numerous other flowers. This month’s newsletter from Gunma introduces a few popular cherry blossom viewing spots in the area G’Now Newsletter from Gunma April 2014

This 1-day tour takes you on a flower journey to Gunma and Tochigi, exploring spring: wisteria, azaelea, baby blue eyes (nemophila) and shiba sakura moss phlox. Highlights *Ashikaga Flower Park: Boasting the world’s only white wisteria tunnel and one of Japan’s largest wisteria trees, perfect for flower lovers. *Tatebayashi Tsutsujigaoka Park: 10,000 azalea trees are …

As of 1 April 2014 the below passes have been discontinued: *Suica & N’EX Pass and Suica & Monorail Pass Instead take advantage of the N’EX TOKYO Direct Ticket (one-way) or JR Kanto Area Pass. * Wakayama W Pass Instead take advantage of the JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass or JR Pass and local bus networks.

Nick Arcivos shares some of his photos and experiences from his recent trip to Japan. This journey lets you discover all the wonders offered by this country through its architecture and culture. It begins in Kyoto, fabulous city which has retained much of its traditional appearance with its numerous temples. During spring, you can appreciate …

It is getting warmer and warmer in Hiroshima. Spring is coming soon! In this issue, we introduce okonomiyaki and the upcoming flower festival.                  Okonomiyaki is a local specialty in Hiroshima. It’a kind of pancake, and healthy with plenty of vegetables. There are more than 2,000 Okonomiyaki restaurants …

In recent years cruises have increased in popularity and the number of cruise ships visiting Japan ports are on the rise. Japan Tourism Agency has launched a dedicated website called ‘Cruise Port Guide of Japan’ to help travellers find information on ports including: major airports (for fly & cruise), access by public transport and  local …

Osaka Government Tourism Bureau has launched the Osaka Free Wifi service, allowing tourists free Internet connectivity throughout the prefecture on a unified platform. This initiative was brought about to meet the increasing need for tourists to have local access to information on tourist spots, events and transportation in real-time. The Osaka Free Wifi prioritises user-friendliness …

In response to the growth of international tourists to Japan (over 10 million in 2013), Nankai Electric Railways has launched a website allowing passengers from overseas to purchase train tickets and other travel goods for the Kansai Area online before arriving in Japan. The site has both English and Korean language support, with plans to …

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto, recently awarded as one of the “Top 25 Hotels in Japan” in three categories – “Top Hotels”, “Luxury” and “Romance in the 2014 Travelers Choice awards now continues on its forward path towards satisfying the special and diverse needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples. In cooperation with Shunkoin …

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