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Ikigai: Find Your Passion and Purpose the Japanese Way

What is ikigai (生き甲斐)? Pronounced ick-ee-guy, ikigai roughly translates to ‘reason for being’, and is essentially your true passion and calling in life—what gets you up every morning. This age-old ideology offers the answer to the one question that has…...

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Top 10 Regional Japan Experiences

A short trip from any major city, in any direction, is a Japan often overlooked. With plenty to see, do and eat, regional Japan is the place to be if you’re looking to avoid the tourist traps and discover the…...

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Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Partners Information: Sumida River Fireworks Festival – The oldest fireworks festival in Japan The Sumida River Firework Festival is one of the largest and most famous fireworks festivals in Tokyo. The annual event dates back to the Edo period. Enjoy watching around…...

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Discovering Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a mountain resort town in Nagano Prefecture. From Tokyo, it’s a 65 min one-way trip by Hakutaka Shinkansen or 75 mins if you take the slightly slower Asama Shinkansen (both are covered by the JR Pass). In winter, Karuizawa…...

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International Tourist Tax

Effective from Monday, 7th January 2019, visitors to Japan will pay a 1,000 yen departure tax to expand and enhance the country’s tourist infrastructure — a small tax that will make a significant difference. Revenue from the International Tourist Tax…...

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Notice about Private Lodging in Japan

In Japan, from June 15 when the Private Lodging Business Act (hereinafter “PLB Act”) becomes effective, any intermediary activities to reserve rooms at accommodations not licensed under the Inns and Hotels Act or those not duly registered under the PLB…...

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2018.6.18 Northern Osaka Prefecture Earthquake

Updated 19 June 2018 On June 18th, 2018 at approximately 8:00 am JST (23:00 pm GMT), a strong earthquake (Magnitude 6.1) occurred in the northern Osaka area. According to Japan Meteorological Agency, this earthquake poses no tsunami risk. Japan Meteorological Agency’s…...

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Furano Biei Rail Ticket

Partners Information: Take a train trip to the Furano and Biei areas of Hokkaido! The Furano Biei Rail Ticket allows includes round-trip travel from Sapporo Station to Furano-Biei using the non-reserved seats section of the limited express trains. It also…...

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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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