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Japanese government wants to build luxury resorts in all national parks for foreign tourists

Wants plan completed in time to celebrate 100th anniversary of Japan’s national park system.

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Fourth dead body found on Mt. Fuji in less than one week from climbing season start

In less than a week, Shizuoka has seen double the amount of deaths than it has in any entire climbing season in the past five years.

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Three people die on Mt. Fuji less than 24 hours after official start of climbing season

Shizuoka opened its trails on Wednesday, and three bodies were found by the next morning.

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Government bear attack warning poster in Japan may be too cute for its own good

Governor promises “devil” bears in redesign.

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An unexpectedly creepy path takes us to Utopia in east Japan【Photos】

Searching for Ubara Utopia.

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Three dead bodies found near summit of Mt. Fuji

Search and rescue team goes looking for missing hiker, brings back three bodies.

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Sorakaze: New Hakone sightseeing cruise boat on Lake Ashi is as stunning as the Mt Fuji views

Complete with a grass deck, this “green park floating on a lake” is a beautiful way to travel.  

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Beautiful flowers bloom just one day each at 500-year-old Kyoto temple, and they’re blossoming now

Torinin’s natsu tsubaki are a symbol that beauty can be fleeting, which sometimes makes it all the more captivating.

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You can be on this beautiful Japanese island in less than two hours from downtown Tokyo

A daytrip visit to Hatsushima.

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Japanese hand-dug tunnels on a bamboo forest trail are like a quest in a video game

Complete with advice from a local side character, this off-the-beaten path adventure is wild and frightening at the same time. 

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Hayao Miyazaki-painted Totoro post cards on sale, proceeds help preserve real-life Totoro forest

Postcards and more are part of the special Totoro Fund line.

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Delicious ramen, cursed hills, green spaces, and more on the Sugimaru bus【Tokyo Loop Buses】

Exploring the delicious beauty of Suginami Ward.

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Japanese department store rooftop is a secret oasis where you can escape the crowds in Tokyo

A secret world awaits you above the bright lights of Kabukicho. 

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There’s a park inside Japan where you can also see Japan inside the park

Koyaike Park has a surprise when viewed from above.

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Cherry blossom forecast updated with later start date, full-bloom predictions added

Behind-schedule buds mean we’re going to have to wait just a little longer to see sakura.

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Toll fees officially added to Mt. Fuji hiking trail

Required fees will be in place by the start of hiking season, and probably won’t be the only thing you’ll need to pay for to see the sunrise from the summit.

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Need a taste of spring before the cherry blossoms? Try this Osaka park with over 500,000 flowers

Harvest Hill has you covered with spring this year! 

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Updated cherry blossom forecast moves up blooming date, predicts sakura season start for Ueno Park

Fine-tuned forecasts for this year’s cherry blossom season.

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Updated sakura forecast: Cherry blossoms coming to Tokyo first, but later than first expected

Newly updated forecast maps show shy sakura are going to keep us waiting a little longer.

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Entrance fee and gate closing at sundown may be coming to Mt. Fuji’s most popular hiking route

Local government plan would aim to prevent crowding and “bullet climbing.”

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