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Bon-dancing and Summer Festival at Zojoji Temple Tokyo

Partners Information: Shiba Park Hotel invites guests to experience Japanese culture at a ‘bon-dancing’ festival at Zojoji Temple on 27-28 July 2018. Bon-dancing is a Japanese tradition. Participants clad in yukata (summer kimono) dance around a yagura (wooden tower). The ritual was traditionally…...

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Stay Japan starts Concierge Service

Partners Information: STAY JAPAN has started a Concierge Service to help travellers looking for certified vacation rentals in Japan, or for those who have had their reservations cancelled due to the enforcement of the “Private Lodging Business Law” which takes effect on 15…...

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Shinhotaka Ropeway Star-gazing Tour

Partners Information: Shinhotaka Ropeway Star-gazing Tour Take a trip up into the night sky! Ride the Shinhotaka Ropeway at night and see the stars at 2,156 meters above sea level.(Reservations required) Tour dates August 4-19, 2018 No Buses operating on…...

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Kobe City starts online activity booking site

Partners Information: Book local activities and experiences in Kobe via the new website offered by “Feel Kobe +”  the Official Kobe Travel Guide. Visit the new site https://area-gate.biz/feelkobe/activity?lang=en  ...

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Road to Shiretoko Peninsula

Read part 1: Journey to Eastern Hokkaido here. We drove towards Shiretoko Peninsula – considered to be Japan’s last unexplored region. The name ‘Shiretoko’ comes from the Ainu (the indigenous people of Hokkaido) word siretok, meaning ‘end of the earth’, and…...

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Hokkaido Day Tour

Partners Information: Day tour of Hokkaido visiting Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley), Lake Shikotsu, Lake Toya & Showa-shinzan Take a full day tour to some of the best and most popular natural landscapes that are unique to Hokkaido! Tour offered by Yokoso…...

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Summer 2018 in Kinosaki Onsen: Calendar of Events

Partners Information: Summer 2018 in Kinosaki Onsen: Calendar of Events Summer is full of events and shows in Kinosaki Onsen, Hyogo Prefecture. This year, they will happen over a one month period from Friday, 27th July to Sunday, 26th August.…...

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Kyoto Accommodation Tax

Partners Information: The City of Kyoto will start charging an accommodation tax from 1 October, 2018. The tax will be levied on guests staying at accommodation facilities/residences, which accept accommodation fees. The tax will be imposed on those staying at…...

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Evangelion XR Ride returns to Universal Studios Japan

Partners Information: Evangelion XR Ride, a ride attraction based on the popular anime series Neon Genesis EVANGELION, will return to Universal Studios Japan for a limited period only, from Friday 6 July 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019. The ride…...

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Tsubamesanjo in Niigata Prefecture

Partners Information: Tsubamesanjo, Niigata Prefecture Welcomes the Green Season Tsubamesanjo in Niigata Prefecture is blessed with an abundance of beautiful nature. Mt. Kugami (Kugamiyama), located a 30-min drive from the Tsubamesanjo Shinkansen station, is worth visiting to gaze at the peaceful…...

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Specialities of Takeo City, Saga Prefecture

Partners information: Introducing 3 Specialities of Takeo City, Saga Prefecture in Kyushu 1) Saga Gyu Saga-yu Sukiyaki L.B. (Saga’s brand high-quality beef) Saga-gyu (Saga Beef) won the JR KYUSHU lunch box competition in 2012 and 2013. Saga Beef established itself…...

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Maizuru Castle

Partners Information: After the downfall of Takeda Shingen, Maizuru Castle (also known as Kofu Castle) was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi was known as the man who unified Japan. Today, Maizuru Castle Park includes one part of the castle ruins. History The castle…...

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Journey to Eastern Hokkaido

I was lucky enough to visit Hokkaido’s doto region – Eastern Hokkaido on a recent trip to Japan. Places to see Notsuke Peninsula Notsuke is a curved ‘prawn-shaped’ peninsula stretching 26km into the Nemuro Strait. It is also Japan’s largest sandbank. We…...

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More Koyasan and Kumano Kodo by Bus

Partners Information: Your exploration of the ancient Buddhist complex of Koyasan and the Kumano Sanzan—the grand shrines of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route—just got much easier. Unlimited ride bus passes connecting the Koyasan area and the Kumano Sanzan are now…...

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Hoshino Resorts launches Omo brand hotels

Partners Information: Hoshino Resorts launched OMO, their fourth brand of hotel themed – Get down with the local rhythm. OMO Hotels are made for budget-conscious travellers that want to live like locals. Each hotel provides information on local food, sightseeing spots and fun attractions for a…...

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