The above photo is of Matsue Castle located in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, framed by beautiful autumn leaves. Its construction began in 1607 and is one of a few feudal castles that maintains its original wooden framework, rather than a modern reconstruction.
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This edition of our newsletter focuses a little heavier on autumn as Japan begins to transition from lush greens to a wide array of gold and red hues. Take this opportunity to see the great outdoors of Japan and experience life out of the fast line.
Japan Official Travel App
We’ve launched our first travel app, the “Japan Official Travel App”! The app aims to better assist international travellers in Japan with public transport guidance, restaurant listings, luggage-forwarding spots, ATMs, and much more! See more
Visit the Rose Gardens of Shiga
If you're visiting Japan in Autumn you must stop by the rose gardens of Shiga Prefecture: Biwako Otsukan and Moriyama Rose & Herb Garden.See more
The cheapest and most expensive gourmet foods you'll find in Japan
Here's a great listicle to help you decide what to eat while you're travelling through Japan. See more
Autumn Leaves at Lake Chuzenji
Come to Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, to see the beautiful autumn hues across a picturesque lake. Make the most out of your trip with a leisurely lake cruise. See more
Closure of Edo-Tokyo Museum from Oct 2017 - Mar 2018
The popular museum in Tokyo will be closed from 1 October 2017 through 31 March 2018 due to renovations. See more
An essential guide to eating in Japan
If you've ever had reservations about eating in Japan before, fear no more. We have complied a quick little summary on how you should conduct yourself when you find yourself in a classy Japanese establishment. See more
Deals and Campaigns
Keikyu Kannonzaki Glamping
Snow Peak Glamping Keikyu Kannonzaki has opened a multilingual booking site for their glamping facility, located just one hour from central Tokyo. See more
Strawberry picking in Yamanashi
Strawberry picking at local farms is available in Omagaricho (south of Kofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture) from January to May.See more
Sightseeing Train Tours Club Tourism YOKOSO Japan Tour has launched tours that offer travellers the chance to board special sightseeing trains. See more
Diving with Ama in Ise-shima, Mie
Want to experience a dive with a real life mermaid? Try this unique activity in Ise-shima, Mie Prefecture. See more
Festivals and Events
October 2017 - Halloween Party at Hello Kitty Land Tokyo
Sanrio Puroland (aka Hello Kitty Land Tokyo) will be holding a Halloween party everyday until the end of October. Various activities will run with both daytime and nighttime activities.
Oct-Dec 2017 - Japanese Film Festival Australia (JFF)
Our good friends at Japan Foundation are once again bringing the Japanese Film Festival to various cities across Australia between October and December.
Kicking off the event, we're giving away 5 double passes to our readers. To enter the competition, simply email [email protected] and tell us where you think the best place to film a movie in Japan would be and why.
9 Dec 2017 - Matsuri in Sydney Where better to experience authentic Japanese culture (other than Japan, of course) than at a traditional Japanese summer festival (matsuri) in Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour?