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Culinary Japan, Lonely Planet's Best in Asia Top 10, Insider Tip, new Qantas flights, and more!
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We hope that everyone enjoyed seeing the judges and contestants travel around Japan during JAPAN WEEK of MasterChef, which was sponsored by JNTO! For more inspiration on culinary travel in Japan, visit the Cuisine section of our website, which includes a full page on locations that MasterChef visited, as well as our culinary brochure. See more on the brochure below!

In other news, Japan has taken two of the top ten spots in Lonely Planet's 2017 Best in Asia list! In second place is South of Tokyo (Yokohama and Kamakura), and in sixth place is Takayama. See more below!

Qantas has brightened the day of many an Australian wanting to travel to Osaka and western Japan, by launching a new SYD=KIX route! Currently the route is scheduled to start seasonal operation from December through March, running three times a week (Mon/Thu/Sat).


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JNTO Head Office Monthly Magazine - August 2017 edition
Insider Tip #23: Restaurant Service Etiquette
After hearing how excellent Japanese service is, first-time visitors to Japan may be a little befuddled by the way restaurant servers seem to ignore you. This is actually out of respect for your time and space - they don't want to bother you unless you need something. So, instead of hovering around your table and asking you repeatedly if you want a top-up, they wait to be summoned.

Some restaurants will have a button on the table for you to call your server. If there is no button, then call out "sumimasen" (excuse me) loudly enough to be heard, and someone will come to take your order, top up your drink, or bring you the bill.

In terms of paying the bill, at higher-end restaurants you may pay at the table, but for most casual restaurants you take the bill up to the front register and make payment there. If in doubt, ask your server where you should pay - you can use this phrase: "Okaikei wa doko desu ka?"
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The Yokohama Triennale, which started in 2001, is celebrating its sixth year in 2017. See what's happening in the city voted #2 in Lonely Planet's Best in Asia list!

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The Matsuri Okinawa – Performing Arts Event
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New hotel to open near KIX (Nankai Electric Railway Co.)
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A Complete Guide to Enjoying Tokyo’s Ameya Yokocho (Wa-Oh!)
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A Model Itinerary For Kamakura (Matcha)
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