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Summer in Japan means festivals, festivals means street food and games, which usually means paying in cash...
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Typical summer festivals include games for all ages, including the above "Yo-yo Tsuri" where participants attempt to fish out the balloon with a paper hook. Those successful will walk away with a new balloon yo-yo and the pride of being a winner. 
 
Hi <<First Name>>,
 

Summer in Japan means festivals, festivals mean street food and games, which usually means paying in cash... 

Though credit cards are accepted at most of the major shopping centres and larger restaurants, many smaller shops only accept cash, so remember to carry a bit of cash around with you for those spur-of-the-moment splurges you will most likely make at a local summer festival. If you're worried about the safety of carrying around a large amount of cash you will be happy to know Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and more often than not lost wallets will be returned with all the cash still inside.

Don't forget to download the Japan Official Travel App to your smartphone to find your nearest ATM when travelling in Japan.

Things to do for families in Tokyo
Follow Evie Farrell of Mumpack Travel as she takes her family around Tokyo to experience what is on offer that is fun and enjoyable for both kids and adults.  See more

Skyscanner Australia has revealed Japan as the fastest growing destination for Australian travellers in 2018. These new findings mark the launch of Experience Japan, a microsite dedicated to help the rising number of Aussies save and uncover Japan's best hidden gems. 

Ikigai: Find your passion/purpose
If you've ever wondered how to find that balance in life that includes your passion and personal pursuits look no further than the concept of Ikigai (pronounced ick-ee-guy).  See more

Climbing Mount Fuji

The Mt. Fuji climbing season for 2018 is now open! The closing time for each trail will vary due to the weather and trail conditions, but all trails are currently expected to stay open until 10th September 2018.  See more

Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2018
This year's Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair will be held on over the weekend of 15-16 September 2018!  See more

10 Regional Japan Experiences
Take a step outside of the major cities and experience a new side of Japan: regional areas. Considering Japan consists of 47 distinctly different prefectures, there are experiences aplenty. Here are some examples:  See more

Heavy rains and flooding
As you may have heard, several areas in Japan have experienced extremely heavy downpour and subsequently been affected by flooding and landslides. If you're travelling around Japan over the next few weeks please take care to note all warnings for the areas.  See more

Place of interest: Karuizawa
Karuizawa is a mountain resort area at the foot of the active volcano Mt Asama in Nagano Prefecture. Karuizawa is a nice place to escape the sweltering heats of major cities, where the concrete becomes a little more oppressive.  See more

Japan Shopping Festival

It's back! The 2018 Japan Shopping Festival will be on until the end of August, so come grab a bargain at one of Japan's largest shopping events for overseas visitors!  See more

Deals and Campaigns

Visit Okinawa with Costa!

Much loved Aussie TV personality and educator Costa Georgiadis is taking his first overseas tour to Okinawa, the stunning tropical islands of southern Japan. This fully inclusive tour will include many of Costa’s favourite things – gardens and farms, fresh food, music, arts and crafts, the ocean and even karate! See more

Goshikigahara Forest Nature Tour

Mt Norikura Goshikigahara Forest is a vast 3,000 hectare forested area located at the south end of Chubu-Sangaku National Park with clear rivers, waterfalls, wetlands, lakes, ponds, plants, flowers, native trees, wild birds and animals.  See more

16 day Food, Culture and Flowers Tour

The decadent Zenbu Haru (spring) tour visits Kyoto during an underrated month to experience exotic foods, unique day trips and cultural extravagance. See more

7 day Kyoto Food & Culture Tour

This new winter tour is perfect for those with a busy schedule looking for a small but utterly decadent slice of Japanese food and culture.  See more
Festivals and Events

17-26 August 2018 - Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival held in Auburn is on again this year and we will be there over the second weekend (25-26 August). Come say hi and get information on travelling through Japan. 

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