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InterCity Central Hokkaido Bus Pass

Sydney February 17, 2016 - Go Central Hokkaido! Travelling by InterCity Bus is the simplest and easy way to discover Central Hokkaido. The InterCity Bus Pass (3-day & 5-day Pass) is available for a limited time, until 18th March 2016. The pass is strictly for travellers…...

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Ski season in Iwate Prefecture

Sydney February 17, 2016 - GET READY FOR THE SKI SEASON IN IWATE PREFECTURE! Are you planning a getaway to the ski slopes of Japan this winter? Look no further than Iwate Prefecture in the north of Japan! The mountains of Iwate are covered in…...

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2016 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Sydney February 16, 2016 - The 2016 Cherry Blossom Forecast is now available. Use it to help finalise your Japan itinerary this spring. Visit the site....

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Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Winter 2016 Event

Sydney February 12, 2016 - Echigo-Tsumari is a region consisting of Tokamachi city and Tsunan town, in Niigata prefecture, known for heavy snowfall in winter, which covers the landscape completely with snow as high as three metres. The Echigo-Tsumari Art Field is running its Winter…...

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Hello Kitty Meets Chichibu

Sydney February 12, 2016 - Seibu Railway Co is now running the “Winter Chichibu Destination Campaign,” featuring the Sanrio character Hello Kitty as the campaign’s mascot. Since 16th January 2016, and through to 27th March 2016, a “Chichibu Hello Kitty Train” is in operation. A…...

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The Seibu Traveling Restaurant

Sydney February 12, 2016 - Seibu Railway Co., Ltd. has begun development on a “tourism train” to allow customers to enjoy a refined space and experience, and dine their way from Tokyo to Chichibu (in Saitama prefecture, northwest of Tokyo). The train has been nicknamed “The…...

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Promotional Fares

Sydney February 5, 2016 - We are very excited to partner with All Nippon Airways on the Good Morning Japan! campaign, featuring special fares starting from $898 return Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) and only $1098 to other destinations like Sapporo, Okinawa, Kagoshima, Toyama and more.…...

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Traditional & cultural experiences in Japan by season

Sydney February 3, 2016 - 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 :).…...

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The perfect combination: Japanese skiing and an onsen afterward!

Sydney November 18, 2015 - Owain Price has skied over 50 areas in Japan over the past 12 seasons, researching features for SnowAction magazine and their digital Japan Snow issues.  After a dozen winters skiing Japan I have a confession to make: for the past couple…...

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Five Lesser Known Japanese Dishes and How to Eat Them Like a Local

Sydney November 10, 2015 - John Asano ( Japanese cuisine is famous the world over and is known for its fresh seasonal ingredients and immaculate presentation. Japanese food is best known for culinary delights such as sushi & sashimi, sukiyaki, tempura, soba, and udon These…...

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6 Tips For a Truly Authentic Japan Travel Experience

Sydney November 6, 2015 - This article was contributed by Dean Wormald, creator of Japan Travel Mate, a Japan photo blog and travel guide. Find a festival Okazaki’s Cherry Blossom Festival There are thousands of local festivals throughout the country at all times of the…...

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Blog: Destination – Japan (Kyoto Part 3) by Leon Matigian

Sydney July 22, 2015 - 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…...

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Blog: Destination – Japan (Kyoto Part 2) by Leon Matigian

Sydney July 16, 2015 - 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…...

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Blog: Destination – Japan (Kyoto Part 1) by Leon Matigian

Sydney July 8, 2015 - The crescendo of our magical Journey to Japan was maximised upon reaching Kyoto.  Our six night stay in Kyoto was well rewarded with visiting temples, shrines, Imperial Palaces, beautiful gardens and parks. We were totally stunned by the size and…...

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Blog: Destination – Japan (Kanazawa) by Leon Matigian

Sydney July 3, 2015 - Kanazawa sights and attractions are well spread out and we used buses to take us around everywhere – well worth the money and believe me when I say the buses are regular and pretty much on time. We visited the…...

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