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Autumn in Japan is the best time for outdoor activities such as hiking, because of the beautiful autumn foliage (koyo) and mild weather. Popular hiking spots include Kumano Kodo and Kamikochi. Read more in the spring newsletter.

The Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket is on sale for a limited time to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. This ticket can be used from JR Nagano/Shinano-Omachi Station to Dentetsu-Toyama Station on the Toyama Chiho Railway, or from Dentetsu-Toyama Station to JR Shinano-Omachi Station/Nagano Station. (Not valid for round-trip travel or partial trip round-trip travel) Use …

Here at JNTO Sydney office, we’re lucky enough to get to meet and hear from many Australian and New Zealander travellers through our work. That means we’re also well aware that Aussie and Kiwi travellers aren’t necessarily the same. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of Traditional & Cultural Experiences in Japan, …

Prepaid SIM card vending machines have been installed in the arrival lobbies of Narita International Airport to provide travellers with easy access to Internet while travelling in Japan for leisure or business. Both 7 and 14 day SIM card plans are available SIM cards are available in three different sizes (nano, micro and regular) to suit a …

“TaxFreeShops.jp” launched on August 1, 2015 as your source of information on Japanese tax free shops where you can enjoy great savings. Not only can you browse through tax free shops, the website also provides quick and easy access to travel tips that would enhance your stay in Japan (e.g., where to find free Wi-Fi …

Qantas’ new routes from Brisbane to Narita and Sydney to Haneda have started! To celebrate the launch, Qantas is now offering sale fares* including economy and business classes from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Find the sale fares, dates and details here: http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/flights-japan/au/en Qantas’ new services between Australia and Japan starting 1 August 2015** To/From Sydney …

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  …

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