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Japanese sweet making class in Shiga

Kanou Shoujuan Sunai no Sato is a longstanding Japanese style confectioner, now synonymous with Shiga. Along with delicious delicacies, they also offer a chance to make your own wagashi, Japanese sweets. Using ingredients carefully selected by the highly skilled Kanou…...

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Kumano and Koyasan Access Bus

Koyasan and Kumano are two notable sacred sites in the Kansai region (Wakayama Prefecture), and are getting more and more popular among international tourists. Koyasan is the eternal sacred site of Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism with more than 1,200 years…...

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Here’s five reasons why Japan is a country of contrasts

There’s always calm to be found amongst the chaos Whether it’s the noise and crowds or the sea of neon lights and tightly packed skyscrapers, Japanese cities promise an intense experience for your senses. They’re densely populated hives of life…...

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The six most instagrammable places in Japan

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or you just like to get a bit snap happy on your smartphone, you won’t have to look far (or try too hard) to get some impressive, envy-inducing travel shots in Japan. The list of…...

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Entries open for Kobe Marathon 2017

Overseas registrations are now being accepted for 7th Kobe Marathon 2017, held on 19 November 2017. The event’s concept is “Thanks & Friendship”. Kobe City has recovered immensely since the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. This event will allow participants…...

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Keio Plaza Hotel Ikebana Exhibition

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo will host a special “Ikebana” (flower arrangement) exhibition by renowned artist Hiroki Maeno from 1-16 April 2017. A large 2.7 x 5 m flower arrangement adorned by some 200 “sakura” (cherry blossom) branches will be…...

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Short Trips from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

JNTO Head Office has launched a new website highlighting short trips from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The site provides model routes for one- and two-day trips. Foreigners living in Japan have selected their favourite places to visit and written up their…...

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Nikko 100km Ultra Marathon

The first Nikko 100km Ultra Marathon will be held on Sun, 2nd July 2017. The course runs through shrines and temples, inside theme parks such as Tobu World Square and Nikko Edomura, Nikko Cedar Road, Irohazaka Route and other famous places…...

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10 must try eats & drinks in Japan!

Quirky, colourful and downright strange – here are my top 10 eats & drinks! Full to the brim with all things weird, wonderful and delicious, Japan is a culinary delight with everything from sugary delights to hearty soups and noodle…...

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Tourist friendly taxi in Kyoto

Kyoto started a new tourist friendly taxi service, Foreign Friendly TAXI. It is the first of its kind in Japan and features: Drivers that have completed a foreign language seminar and customer service training Taxis that readily accept credit cards and IC cards…...

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Book your room on the Seven Stars Kyushu

Book your room on Japan’s first luxury sleeper train, the Seven Stars in Kyushu for autumn and winter. Applications open from April 1-15. View PDF for full details of tour contents, prices, and premium add-on travel products. Available dates 4 days, 3 nights…...

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Traveling Japan through Art, Design & Architecture

Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) head office has published a new website and pocket guide highlighting creatively designed spaces across the length and breadth of Japan. Get off the beaten path and onto a more creative trajectory by planning your…...

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Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

2017 marks the 100th year of Hirosaki’s famous Cherry Blossom Festival. The area around Hirosaki Castle is well known as one of the best cherry blossom flower sites in Japan. Visitors to the site in late April can marvel at over…...

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Nakasendo Trail – Villages of old Japan

The Nakasendo trail linked Kyoto to Tokyo during Japan’s feudal period. It was the ‘road through the mountains’ (as opposed to the Tokaido route which travelled the Pacific coast) travelled by feudal lords and their retainers, samurai, merchants, and travellers.…...

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1-day Bus Tour: Strawberry Picking and Mini-cruise

This special one day bus tour from Nagoya includes strawberry picking, a buffet lunch and a mini-cruise around Shimizu Port. Download the tour flyer Tour dates Every Saturday and Sunday between Apr 1st to Apr 23rd, 2017. Price 8,980 yen/adult…...

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