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Lake Chuzenji Cruise in Nikko

Sydney May 4, 2017 - 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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1-Day Bus Tour to Takayama and Shirakawago from Nagoya

Sydney May 4, 2017 - Join a one day bus tour to Takayama and Shirakawago from Nagoya with English-speaking staff. Buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi and a power-point! Takayama, Gifu Prefecture Since Tayakama used to be a capital of Hida-no-kuni province, it is often…...

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Six top tips for a first-time visit to Japan

Sydney May 2, 2017 - Get a Japan Rail (JR) Pass If you’re planning to do some travelling around by shinkansen (bullet-train) while you’re in Japan, you’d be a few steps ahead by purchasing a JR Pass before you travel. Granted, at $362 per adult…...

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Japanese sweet making class in Shiga

Sydney May 2, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 2, 2017 - 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

Sydney May 1, 2017 - 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

Sydney April 28, 2017 - 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

Sydney April 28, 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

Sydney March 31, 2017 - 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

Sydney March 28, 2017 - 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

Sydney March 21, 2017 - 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!

Sydney March 21, 2017 - 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

Sydney March 17, 2017 - 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

Sydney March 17, 2017 - 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

Sydney March 9, 2017 - 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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