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EAT JAPAN: an essential guide to this culinary hot spot

Sydney June 26, 2017 - We recently partnered with the team at Qantas along with Gourmet Traveller & International Traveller magazines to produce this must-have 16-page guide on the incredible culinary experiences that await any hungry (and thirsty!) explorer to the land of the rising…...

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Mt Fuji Climbing Dates and Tips

Sydney June 13, 2017 - Mt Fuji climbing season is starting soon! With proper training and preparation, your Mt Fuji climb will be a memorable experience. 2017 climbing season dates The trails will be open as follows: Yoshida (Yamanashi Prefefecture side): Sat 1 July to Sun 10 September…...

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Japanese films at Sydney Film Festival

Sydney May 22, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 22, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 22, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 18, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 18, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 18, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 17, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 15, 2017 - MasterChef Australia judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris Follow Masterchef Australia judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris, and contestants as they journey to Japan for the first time! Sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO), Japan…...

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Capsule toy vending machines at Kansai Airport

Sydney May 12, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 12, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 11, 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

Sydney May 11, 2017 - 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?

Sydney May 8, 2017 - 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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