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Japanese films at Sydney Film Festival

A selection of Japanese films will be showing at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, which runs from 7-18 June 2017. Ama-San Ama-San A lyrical introduction to the traditional world of Japan’s free-diving fisherwomen. A multiple award-winning documentary from Portuguese director…...

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Firefly viewing spots in Shiga

Moriyama Hotaru Park and Walk A 3km walk from Moriyama Institute of Fireflies to Moriyama Station is set up for firefly viewing, a symbol of early summer in Moriyama. Various events will take place during the festival. When Late May…...

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Experience Zen Buddhism at Enryakuji Temple

More the teachings of Zen, the origin of Japanese culture. Learn about the spirit of Zen Buddhism, practice Zen meditation, transcribe sutras and try your hand at other Zen practices at the pilgrims’ lodgings in Enryaku-ji Temple, a World Heritage…...

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Fukuoka Fair at Tobu Department Store 25-30 May

Indulge in Fukuoka favourites at the Fukuoka Fair at Tobu Department Store! Must-try dishes include the traditional Hakata Tonkotsu (pork bone) Ramen and fluffy shaved ice. Date Thursday 25th to Tuesday 30th May 2017 Time 10am – 8pm (closes at…...

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Tobu Nikko Station’s Tourist Information Center renovated

Tobu Nikko Station’s Tourist Information Center has been renovated to better cater to non-Japanese visitors. New facilities include a home delivery service counter and multilingual ticket vending machines. The home delivery counter can store your bags all day or can deliver them…...

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Serenity Now! Five places to escape the crowds in Japan

While Japan’s fast-paced cities are a veritable playground for travellers keen on bar-hopping, fine dining and vintage shopping, the quieter corners of Japan offer a peaceful getaway from Japan’s well-trodden urban centres and tourist hot spots. Here are some top…...

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One-day Cherry Picking Bus Tour in Minami Shinshu

Spend the day picking fresh cherries in Minami Shinshu on a bus tour with English-speaking staff. Free Wi-Fi and power-points are available on the bus. Price 8,500 yen adults / 7,500 yen children (aged 2-5) Infants (0-1 year olds cannot…...

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MasterChef Australia in Japan

MasterChef Australia judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris, and the top 9 contestants journeyed to Japan for the first time in MasterChef Australia history! Sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization - (JNTO), Japan Week 2017 featured episodes filmed at…...

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Capsule toy vending machines at Kansai Airport

Kansai Airport has installed capsule toy vending machines (known as “gacha” machines) in Terminal 2. Capsule toy vending machines are popular with Japanese but area also becoming increasingly popular with visitors from abroad. Installing these gacha machines at the International…...

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Summer at Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort will offer special events and programs at Tokyo Disneyland® Park, Tokyo DisneySea® Park, the Disney Hotels and other locations this summer, 11 July to 31 August 2017. Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo DisneySea will hold “Disney Pirates Summer” for the…...

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BeerFest Daisen 10-11 June 2017

Gaze out at the majestic Daisen and enjoy wonderful craft beers from all over Japan, including Daisen G beer. In addition to the beer, visitors can enjoy delicious dishes and stage entertainment. Price All day drinking ticket: 5,000 yen (advance…...

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1000 yen bus from Osaka to Tottori

From 1 June 2017, visitors can travel to Tottori from Osaka Namba OCAT for 1,000 yen by highway bus. These discounted tickets are available exclusively to tourists holding passports from countries outside of Japan. Purchase your tickets from Kansai Airport,…...

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Where to experience Hanami in Japan?

Anytime is always a good time to visit Japan, but there’s just something so magical in witnessing the blooming of the sakura at the beginning of spring, it completely blew me away when I visited last April. I’ve seen cherry…...

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Here’s six things you didn’t know about Japan

So you’ve heard all about it, and maybe even read a few guides, but do you really know what to expect from a trip to Japan? Here’s a few things below about an experience in Japan that might actually surprise…...

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Lake Chuzenji Cruise in Nikko

Fully enjoy cruising on Lake Chuzenji in Nikko! Lake Chuzenji, with a circumference of 25km, depth of 163m and 1,269m above sea level is “the lake in the highest place in Japan” (*among the lakes bigger than 4km2 / excluding…...

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