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Diving in the Kerama Islands – Okinawa

Sydney August 15, 2014 - Okinawa conjures images of an exotic island paradise that became entangled with the USA’s involvement in the Pacific War of WWII. The cluster of the some 160 islands which make up the Okinawa archipelago is starting to nudge travellers radars…...

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The Mystifying world of the Elusive Geisha

Sydney July 23, 2014 - 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…...

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Blog: Matsushima spring by Lyndall Green

Sydney July 16, 2014 - 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…...

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A Journey to the Heart of Japan

Sydney July 11, 2014 - On 1st -7th June 2014, eight wholesale travel agents from Australia were invited by Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney Office on a 5-night hosted product development and familiarisation trip to the Chubu region of Japan. After flying from Sydney…...

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Yakushima – an island of mystery and natural beauty by Lyndall Green

Sydney June 8, 2014 - We went to Yakushima after reading about their ancient cedar forests and status as a World Natural Heritage Island. The island is not well known by international tourists but is popular with the Japanese, especially nature lovers. It’s subtropical and…...

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Shikoku – Remote and Undiscovered Japan

Sydney May 1, 2014 - Ask someone to name the four islands of Japan and you will find that most people can manage at least two or three – Hokkaido, Honshu and sometimes the odd person will get Kyushu. Mention the smallest and least visited…...

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Blog: My Japan journey by Nick Arcivos

Sydney March 21, 2014 - 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…...

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Cherry Blossom Season in Okinawa

Sydney August 23, 2013 - The cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) open on the island of Okinawa in January, each year. Michael Lynch, an American photographer, travel writer and long time resident of Okinawa shares some of his images, taken over the years, to demonstrate…...

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Blog: JAPAN – a mysterious and intriguing destination by Douglas (Part 2)

Sydney July 5, 2013 - Part 1: Tokyo can be found here. Day 6 Matsumoto Today I bade farewell to Tokyo. What I missed most about Tokyo was the satisfying food such as baked sweet potatoes, sushi, hotpots and the bizarre structures that lined the…...

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Yamazaki Distillery

Sydney May 31, 2013 - Situated on the JR Kyoto line between Osaka and Kyoto, the Suntory Yamazaki distillery is a popular destination for serious whiskey-philes and casual imbibers alike. Built at the foot of leafy, rolling hills a short walk from JR Yamazaki station,…...

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Blog: JAPAN – a mysterious and intriguing destination by Douglas (Part 1: Tokyo)

Sydney May 20, 2013 - A travel blog by Douglas, 10 years old, about his recent family trip to Japan. Day 1 Today I arrived at this unique location and was in intense anticipation to observe these breathtaking sites, first visiting the Senso-ji temple in…...

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Blog: Hidden Japan by Sonia Jones

Sydney April 23, 2013 - Sonia Jones from Noller & Turner Travel Associates has just returned from escorting a tour group to Japan to experience the wonder of the cherry blossoms. With her first-hand knowledge, her Japanese language skills and extensive experience as a travel…...

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Kagoshima

Sydney March 6, 2012 - Kagoshima is a vibrant city of about a half a million people.   It is the southernmost Japanese city (excluding the island cities of Okinawa), and it is just across a bay from one of the world’s few active volcanoes,…...

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Blog: My nostalgic trip to Japan and thoughts thereof by Greg Pampling

Sydney November 1, 2011 - In August of this year I undertook to travel to Japan in order to visit many friends and acquaintances whom I had not seen for a number of years. I had been living in Japan until 2009, after which I…...

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