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Walking quietly passed wooden and bamboo houses through the hauntingly empty streets of Gion. Lanterns float and bicycles lean against the wooden walls. My feet slap on the wet stones as I take in these picture perfect surroundings with thoughts running through my head as to what I am about to learn and witness. Butterflies …

I read that Matsushima Bay (Miyagi Prefecture) was one of the three most scenic places in Japan and couldn’t resist adding it to our itinerary, especially as we were travelling in spring.  Having grown a fondness for the smaller, less visited places in Japan, we found Matsushima ideal for a 3 night stay – no …

On 1st -7th June 2014, eight wholesale travel agents from Australia were invited by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office on a 5-night hosted product development and familiarisation trip to the Chubu region of Japan. After flying from Sydney to Narita on Japan Airlines, the group took a domestic flight to Nagoya and stayed …

The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) and Championship will once again be held in the city of Nagoya in central Japan from 26th July – 3rd August 2014. ‘Cosplay’, the combination of the words ‘costume’ and ‘role-play’, is a Japanese pop-culture phenomenon that has been increasingly growing in popularity across the world. Costumes are lovingly hand-made …

With so many things to see and so many places to visit, choosing the right app for your travel is a must! NAVITIME for Japan Travel provides: A complete rail and subway map of the Tokyo area Transit search Offline Wi-Fi spot search Maps and spot information All-in-one route search Train Service Status / Alternative …

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East) have partnered to offer a free Wi-Fi service for tourists visiting Japan. Foreign visitors who purchase JAL flights to Japan are eligible to apply for a free ID and password on JAL overseas websites. With the free ID and password, users can connect …

“Visit Shibuya Bus” – the free sightseeing bus with both English and Japanese commentary and free Wi-Fi! THE TOKYU GROUP & TOKYO FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd. & XCom Global, Inc. will launch the “VISIT SHIBUYA BUS Summer Promotion”, between 1st July to 31st August 2014. “VISIT SHIBUYA BUS” is a loop-line sightseeing bus service operating …

Explore Hokkaido’s flowers and nature this July: visit the beautiful lavender fields of Furano, Shikisai-no-Oka and Aoiike ‘Blue Pond”. This tour is available in July only. Highlights Farm Tomita: View fantastic lavender here Shikisai-no-Oka: 30 kinds of flowers can be enjoyed here, such as lavender, lupinus, cosmos, sunflowers, etc. Aoiike “Blue Pond”: Watch the forest …

One of the largest international cycling events in Japan, accommodating more than 8,000 participants from all over the world will be held on October 26th (Sun) 2014. Participants will cycle along the Shimanami Kaido (Shimanami Sea Route), a 60km long expressway spanning the Seto Inland Sea connecting Imabari (Ehime Prefecture) and Onomichi (Hiroshima Prefecture). They …

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. The pass provides the holder unlimited use for two days in the Free Area on the Fujikyuko Line and Fuji Tozan (Climbing Mountain) Bus. It can also …

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