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06/17/2024 - Posted
Shimane: Discover Izumo Taisha Shrine, Matsue Castle, Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, beautiful landscapes, fresh seafood, hot springs, and vibrant local festivals.
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06/14/2024 - Posted
Hyogo features Kobe's vibrant port, Himeji Castle, historic hot springs, delicious Izushi Sara Soba, and Awaji Island's fresh produce and fish.
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06/12/2024 - Posted
Fukuoka Prefecture, in Japan's Kyushu region, is known as the "Gateway to Kyushu." This area beautifully blends nature, history, and modern city life, providing a variety of attractions. It's particularly famous for its vibrant food culture, including "Hakata Ramen" and "Mentaiko" (cod roe). Furthermore, its cities offer convenient transportation access, drawing tourists all year round.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Hiroshima offers historic sites like Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park, coastal beauty, local cuisine, and the famous Shimanami Kaido bike path.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Embarking on the journey to climb Mt. Fuji is an adventure that promises breathtaking vistas and a profound sense of accomplishment. Here's everything you need to know, from its towering height to the anticipated challenges, ensuring you're well-prepared for this iconic climb.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Ginzan Onsen is an Onsen town in Yamagata prefecture off the coast and towards the inland. Its name means "silver mine hot spring". In the wintertime there is deep mountain snow in the valley surrounding the shinkansen tracks making for a beautiful, photo worthy ride into Yamagata from Tokyo.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
“How old would the oldest cherry blossom be in the motherland of cherry blossoms?” - Here are the answers.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Yamanakako is in a lake region located in Yamanashi prefecture about two hours by bus from Shinjuku Bus terminal. Taxi options in and around Kawaguchiko train station are also available and are very convenient options, preferable to buses. Yamanakako lake is the closest lake to Mt.Fuji and is approximately 14km around.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Welcome to Japan, the birthplace of anime and manga - a treasure trove for enthusiasts or 'otaku' worldwide. Embarking on this tour, you'll step into vibrant, colorful worlds brought to life from your favorite anime series and films.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
If you're seeking a truly serene and mystical experience in Japan, the island of Miyajima, officially known as Itsukushima, is a must-visit.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is celebrated on July 7th each year and is one of Japan's most charming festivities.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
As the warmth of summer gradually recedes, Japan ushers in an enchanting autumn, casting the landscapes in a tapestry of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. The much-anticipated season of fall foliage is a prime time for both locals and travelers to immerse themselves in the country's stunning natural beauty.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Sapporo Snow Festival is an annual winter festival in Hokkaido. It is a celebration of snow and ice held for one week in each February.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Shiga Prefecture is located in the Kinki region and is famous for Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. The area is rich in nature and offers beautiful scenery from season to season, and waterside recreation and fishing are especially popular.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Ibaraki Prefecture has a unique combination of natural beauty and scientific and technological development. Mount Tsukuba and Kasumigaura are blessed with rich natural environments, allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the four seasons.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Tochigi Prefecture, in Japan's Kanto region, boasts historical sites like Nikko Toshogu Shrine and natural wonders such as Kegon Waterfall and Ashikaga Flower Park's wisterias. A culinary hotspot, it offers "Tochiotome" strawberries and specialties like Utsunomiya Gyoza and Sano Ramen.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the world's leading economic and cultural centers. The modern urban landscape of skyscrapers and historic shrines and temples coexist, creating a unique blend of tradition and modernity. The city boasts many famous landmarks such as Tokyo Tower, the Sky Tree, Shibuya's Scramble Crossing, and Asakusa's Kaminarimon Gate. The city also offers a wide variety of entertainment options, including world-class restaurants, shopping facilities, museums, and parks. The city is also home to a variety of seasonal events, making it an attractive city with something new to discover each time you visit.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Yamanashi Prefecture is located in the central region of Japan and is known for its spectacular natural scenery, including Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, in the southern part of the prefecture, and the majestic Southern Alps in the northern part. In addition to beautiful natural spots such as the Fuji Five Lakes and the Shosenkyo Gorge, there are many historical shrines and temples, as well as places associated with Shingen Takeda, which are popular among history buffs. The region also produces many fruits such as grapes and peaches, and the wine industry is particularly noteworthy. It is also known as a hot spring resort, and the Ishiwa Hot Springs is popular among tourists. Yamanashi Prefecture is an attractive region where visitors can enjoy nature, history, and gourmet food.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Located in the northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido is known for its vast nature, rich culinary culture, and diverse activities. Offering four distinct seasons, the region offers cool summers and beautiful snowy landscapes in winter. Tourist highlights include Sapporo's Snow Festival, Hakodate's night views, Asahiyama Zoo, and the hills of Biei. Noboribetsu and Jozankei are also famous for their hot springs. Dining options include fresh seafood, Genghis Khan, and soup curry. For nature lovers, the Shiretoko Peninsula, Daisetsuzan, and Kushiro Marsh are recommended, where visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing and hiking. Hokkaido also offers an abundance of photogenic spots, such as the beautiful Farm Tomita with its flower fields and the Blue Pond. Offering something for everyone who visits, Hokkaido is an attractive destination for tourists from Japan and abroad.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Japan, a splendid fusion of ancient traditions and cutting-edge modernity, offers a plethora of experiences that cater to travelers of all ages. Whether you’re exploring with young kids or teenagers, Japan’s blend of culture, nature, and technology makes it a perfect family-friendly destination. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of your family journey to Japan.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
"Ishikawa Prefecture is located in the Hokuriku region of Japan and is characterized by its rich nature and deep history. Kanazawa City, the prefectural capital, is known for its beautiful Japanese gardens such as ""Kenrokuen Garden"" and modern cultural facilities such as ""21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa”. The ""Higashi Chaya District,"" a traditional townscape, is another popular tourist spot. Famous hot springs such as Wakura Onsen and Yamanaka Onsen are also part of Ishikawa's charm. The Noto Peninsula has beautiful natural scenery, and the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Noto Kongo are beloved by tourists. Local markets, festivals, and crafts also reflect the strong culture of Ishikawa Prefecture."
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Japanese cuisine is inextricably linked to its proud sake brewing heritage, rooted deeply in the ancient city of Nara. This tour offers an extraordinary journey into this traditional craft, perfect for both enthusiasts and newcomers.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Aomori, known for its vibrant festivals and natural beauty, captivates visitors with its scenic vistas of mountains and lakes. From its famous Nebuta Festival to the tranquil beauty of Lake Towada, Aomori offers a unique blend of cultural richness and natural splendor.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Nagano offers stunning mountains, hot springs, historic sites like Matsumoto Castle, and outdoor activities in Kamikochi and Hakuba. Perfect for nature and history lovers.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Are you traveling to Japan? Read this article to learn about types of toilets in Japan (sitting - Western Style, squatting - Japanese Style, and Washlet - Japanese Hi-tech bidet toilet), how to use a TOTO washlet, and about its user-friendly features such as seat warmer, bidet, and Otohime.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
People who visited Japan talk about Japan as such a safe, polite, and clean country. But what actually makes Japan a safe country and is it actually safe regardless of famous rumors about yakuza? The author focuses on Japan's safety from many angles, cultural and political. Learn more about Yakuza, cultural differences, what they do in crime prevention, Limited Immigration Policy, and such.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
The study by Gregory Clark (University of California Davis) and graduate student Tatsuya Ishii came to the conclusion that people with less common samurai corresponding last names, for instance, Sugieda or Shinmi are more likely to appear to be classified as in the upper-class category when compared with last names that are more common in Japan, for example, Japan's top 2 recognized last names like Suzuki and Sato.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Our staff's travel blog. This time, our staff shares her travel experience from Tokyo to Shin Aomori, using the Tohoku Shinkansen line, the longest bullet train line in Japan, 674 km (419 miles) long in total. In this article, you will learn basic information about bullet train and ticket classes, where to buy shinkansen tickets, etc.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Are you traveling to Japan and flying into Narita Airport(NRT)? This article will cover Things to consider when flying into Narita Airport, Transportation options from Narita Airport to Downtown Tokyo such as Narita Express, Keisei Electric Railway, Airport Limousine, and our travel assistance services available at Amnet such as Car Service and Meet & Greet service.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Are you looking for ways to kill time around Narita Airport? There is a place we recommend for a visit when you have a long layover at Narita Airport. It is easy to access: only 2 stations away on the JR or Keisei line from Narita Airport (Terminal 1) and from there, it's within walking distance. In this article, we will show you around the Shinshoji Temple and the history behind some of the Buddhism structures you will find at Shinshoji-temple, also known to locals as Naritasan.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Bullet trains are a great time-efficient transportation option while traveling long-distance in Japan. In this article. This article will look into the types of bullet train seatings - Ordinary Vs. Green, rules about booking bullet train seats with JR Pass, and JR Pass, a special flat-rate pass which grants train access to almost anywhere in Japan, only available to international visitors.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Bullet trains are a great time-efficient transportation option while traveling long-distance in Japan. In the last article, we learned about seating options - Ordinary Vs. Green. This article will look into the types of tickets, Reserved Vs. Non-reserved, list of holidays/dates to be noted when planning your trip with bullet trains, and about JR pass and its perks.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Are you traveling to Japan and want to know how to get around Japan by train? This article will introduce and explain different train types to help you maneuver better in Japan using Japan Railroad systems. Local/Semi-Express/Rapid/Express/Rapid Express/Semi-Special Express/Special Rapid/Limited/Special Express/Bullet Train/Super Express/Shinkansen
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Like people 'When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do', we do like Japanese people do when in Japan! In this article, we will learn about the rules and manners you need to know before taking a train in Japan. Read more to learn about smoking and phone usage restrictions on trains, as well as other etiquettes and useful information to know such as about Women Only Cart and Priority Seats.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Awa Odori is a traditional summer dance whose origin is said to be traced back in the 16th century when a shogun built his castle in Tokushima city, Japan.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
When traveling by train to seek out the best Japanese cherry blossom spots, here are just a few breathtaking locations to add to your itinerary.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Hi there! Our client, John shared his experience with JR Pass last November. John loves theme parks and video games. The purpose of this 7 days Japan trip was to visit Japanese theme parks and meet friends in Japan. Since hotels were more economical for long-term stays, he booked a hotel in Tokyo for 7 days. Also, he purchased an ordinary 7 days JR Pass.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
What are you going to pack? The below list is a suggestion of what you should bring to Mt. Fuji. Get some idea for perfect preparation!
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Imagine an evening that transports you to the heart of Japanese tradition, an exquisite blend of art, taste, and entertainment. This is the Maiko experience – an opportunity to step back in time and immerse yourself in the ancient culture of Japan's geisha.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
From coffee being roasted, knife blades being engraved, oil in woks being fried, sake being poured, knives being sharpened and sampled to the crunch of a fortune cookie being opened, you'll find it all here in the kitchenware capital of Tokyo, Kappabashi.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
The Japanese cherry blossom tree is one of the country’s most iconic symbols. Seeing the cherry blossom in bloom, “Hanami” is a traditional Japanese celebration of this beautiful sight.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Which airport should I use when visiting Tokyo? This article will answer the common questions about airports in the Tokyo area, Japan. Let's dive into learning about the differences between Haneda airport, Tokyo district, and Narita airport, Chiba prefecture.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Want to take bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka/Kyoto area but not sure which line to take? Read more to learn about bullet trains in Japan.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Summer is the season of festivals in Japan! Because the three great festivals of Tohoku are held at nearly the same time, they can all be enjoyed together in one trip.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Tokyo Station, the very heart of Japan's bustling capital, offers an incredibly rich blend of history, tradition, and modernity. This iconic location offers a tantalizing taste of Japanese culture, exquisite cuisine, and a unique shopping experience that is second to none.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
News
As of October 1, 2023, Japan Rail Pass is scheduled to undergo a dramatic price increase, projected at approximately 70%, thus making the pass significantly less cost-effective than its current standing. On July 26, more details about the changes to the pass were released.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
When considering a trip to Japan, many travelers dream of the iconic images associated with this magnificent country: cherry blossoms (sakura) in full bloom, ancient temples, and the delicate dance of a Maiko. But what if you could combine these experiences into one unforgettable evening? Welcome to the world of Yakatabune.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Discover Year-Crossing Noodles: Tradition to Trend - Japan's unique New Year noodle ritual evolves from classic Soba to luxurious Ramen. Join the culinary journey!
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Japan's natural beauty can be seen all year round, from cherry blossoms to brilliant colors of fall.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Explore Japan's rich cultural tapestry with our guide to Spring festivals and events. From the girl-honoring Hina Matsuri to the vivid kabuki of Shiga's Hikiyama Matsuri, the elegant Takayama Sanno Matsuri in Gifu, and Fukuoka's lively Hakata Dontaku, experience the diverse and colorful celebrations that usher in Spring across Japan.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of summer in Japan with our guide to its most dynamic seasonal festivals. Experience the energy and devotion of Tokyo's Sanja Matsuri, the historical elegance of Kyoto's Gion Festival, and the dramatic flair of Aomori's Nebuta Matsuri, among others. Summer in Japan brings an explosion of cultural festivities, each with its unique traditions and exuberant celebrations. These festivals not only illuminate the warmest season of the year but also offer a deep dive into the heart of Japan's rich cultural heritage.
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06/04/2024 - Posted
Nothing is more exciting than seeing the first signs of spring after a long cold winter. Springtime in Japan is a tableau of dreamlike scenes. The blossoms of Japan's iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) light up with their delicate pink glow, attracting tourists and locals alike. The Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) on February 29 released its 6th cherry blossom forecast for 2024. This forecast is based on the "Someiyoshino," which is considered the representative variety of sakura.
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05/22/2024 - Posted
While Northern Japan offers cooler climes, historical vibes, and spectacular snowy scenes, Southern Japan brings warmth, spiritual encounters, and a rich tapestry of heritage. Whether you're basking in the view from Mount Hakodate or reflecting at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, Japan promises an immersive experience that bridges the ancient and the modern.
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05/16/2024 - Posted
Morioka, a charming city nestled in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture, was recently hailed by The New York Times as one of the 52 must-visit destinations for 2023. For those with a love of culture, history, and nature, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of all three, all within a walkable distance.
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05/15/2024 - Posted
For those experiencing the timeless allure of Kyoto for the first time, the city offers a tapestry of cultural wonders, traditional arts, and natural beauty. As a former capital of Japan, Kyoto is a living museum, cradling centuries-old temples, shrines, and districts that whisper tales of the past.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Osaka, the heartbeat of Japan's Kansai region, dazzles visitors with its culinary excellence, historic depth, and electrifying entertainment options. Renowned as "Japan's Kitchen," this city is a haven for food enthusiasts, offering iconic dishes like takoyaki and okonomiyaki that promise a feast for the senses. Beyond its gastronomic delights, Osaka invites exploration with majestic landmarks such as Osaka Castle and the historic Tsutenkaku Tower, alongside the thrilling Universal Studios Japan. The city's soul truly comes alive in Dotonbori, a lively commercial hub where neon lights dance across the night sky. Embark on a journey to Osaka and immerse yourself in the unique culture and dynamic urban landscape that define this captivating metropolis.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Explore Nara, the ancient heart of Japan during the Nara period (710-794), where history and tranquility converge. Roam the verdant expanse of Nara Park, mingling with its gentle deer, and marvel at the grandeur of UNESCO-listed temples like Todai-ji and Horyu-ji. Be captivated by the breathtaking cherry blossoms of Yoshinoyama, and let the serene elegance of Nara's ancient beauty envelop you.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Embark on a captivating journey to Kanagawa, a coastal prefecture where history, nature, and culture converge beautifully. Discover the ancient shrines of Kamakura, unwind in the hot springs of Hakone, and explore the enchanting island of Enoshima. Then, cap off your adventure the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Yokohama. Kanagawa offers a rich tapestry of experiences, blending historical exploration with natural relaxation, all waiting to be discovered by you.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Japan, a land of profound history and enduring traditions, holds the legacy of the Samurai in its heart. Aizu Wakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture is a city deeply connected to the Samurai's rich heritage, offering travelers an immersive experience into their world.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
There are different types of Japanese gardens, each uniquely beautiful and tranquil. The gardens of emperors and nobles were designed for recreation, while the gardens of Buddhist temples were designed for contemplation and meditation- or zen. Below is a guide to some of the most notable Japanese gardens.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Discover Japan's spring beauty! Our 30+ years of experience enrich this free webinar, perfect for new travelers. Learn about cherry blossoms, Tokyo, and Kyoto. Join our Japan Discovery Tours and an engaging Q&A. Plan your dream Japanese journey with us!
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Keio Plaza Hotel, a renowned hospitality landmark in Tokyo, is introducing exciting new features for guests. Catering to both family travelers and those seeking a taste of Japanese culture, the hotel combines modern luxury with traditional experiences.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Japan, a nation where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with futuristic innovation, offers a unique travel experience. Known for its rich cultural heritage, technological advancements, and natural beauty, Japan appeals to a wide range of interests and tastes.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
The genesis of Hotel New Otani Tokyo dates back to 1962, ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Founded by Yonetaro Otani, the hotel emerged in response to Japan's need for world-class accommodation. Nestled in Kioicho, near the Imperial Palace, it stands as a symbol of Japan's commitment to hospitality and tourism excellence, proudly upholding the vision of being the finest hotel in the Orient.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
For those experiencing the timeless allure of Kyoto for the first time, the city offers a tapestry of cultural wonders, traditional arts, and natural beauty. As a former capital of Japan, Kyoto is a living museum, cradling centuries-old temples, shrines, and districts that whisper tales of the past.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Sake is more than just a drink in Japan; it's a cultural experience. By immersing in izakaya culture, relaxing in ryokans, and visiting breweries, you get a holistic experience of Japan, its traditions, and its love for this iconic beverage.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Japan's diverse landscapes, from its bustling urban settings to tranquil countryside, beckon cyclists with promises of adventure. With its well-maintained infrastructure, clear signage, and deeply rooted respect for rules, cycling in Japan offers a unique blend of safety and excitement.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
One of Japan's most iconic offerings to the world is sake, a delectable rice wine that captures the essence of the country in a bottle. We're here to guide you through the must-try sakes that every traveler should experience.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene landscapes of Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, and Kyoto, their journey unfolded with unforgettable memories.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is an enchanting destination that seamlessly blends captivating landscapes with a rich cultural heritage. Its unique geographic location, characterized by cool temperatures and vast fertile lands, has created a food scene that is unrivaled in its diversity and quality.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
A good night's rest can help you explore more tomorrow. Your accommodations are more than just a place to sleep. How will you want to remember your trip? Japan has a range of accommodations.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Not only is it a gastronomic delight, but it’s also healthy for you. Health experts have discovered the mono-unsaturated to saturated fat ratio is higher in Wagyu than in other beef and the saturated fat contained in Wagyu is different. 40 percent is in a version called stearic acid, which is regarded as having a minimal impact in raising cholesterol levels. The profile of marbled Wagyu beef is more beneficial and healthier to human health.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
Learn Zazen meditation from a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk! In our online tour, we visited Ganjyouji Temple, Soto school of Zen Buddhism, Yamaguchi, Japan. In this article, you will learn the essence of Zazen meditation taught by the chief monk at Ganjoji Temple. You can also visit the temple for experiences such as Zen meditation (Zazen) and sutra copying (Shakyo).
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05/10/2024 - Posted
The Tohoku region offers magnificent nature, traditional Japanese culture, and delicious food. Here are some details you need to know about travel with the JR East Tohoku Area Pass.
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05/10/2024 - Posted
If you are traveling by Shinkansen (bullet train), you may not know how to read the tickets and wonder why there are two tickets. This article will help solve your problem in 3min! Read more articles for more travel information & tips.
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