tourism

Free in-flight KitKats discontinued by Japanese airline, sad day for sweets and Pokémon fans

A bittersweet moment for skyborne sweets.

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Japanese manhole covers become a hit with foreign tourists in off-the-beaten path Tokyo area

Street lids are now some of the city’s most unusual tourist sites, and there’s a way you can take them home as free souvenir cards.

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New Japan rail pass gives you a week of free rides in a huge space to chase the cherry blossoms

Go east, and north, Japan travelers!

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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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7 ways people in Japan deal with heavy snow, including the use of special ponds called “tane”

Locals teach us how to live comfortably in areas that experience heavy snowfall.

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New JR Shinkansen-inclusive rail pass is a huge bargain, great way to help out a region in need

The four-day Hokuriku Ouen ticket is rooting for the earthquake-stricken area of Japan.

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Why not celebrate your graduation with a cool boat trip to the world’s biggest tidal whirlpools?

Embark on a new stage of life with a symbolic boat journey!

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Tokyo/Saitama train line to hold cherry blossom viewing tour with meal included

This will be Seibu Railway’s first hanami train tour.

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10 romantic date spots to fall in love with (and maybe at) in Hokkaido【Survey】

Locals sound off for their picks for the best date spots in Japan’s biggest prefecture.

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Sailor Moon manhole covers to be installed in Tokyo at sites linked to the anime/manga series

Artistic covers will lead you on a walk through Sailor Moon history.

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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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Tokyo’s busiest commuter line slowing things down with special one-lap Yamanote sightseeing train

Conductors share special views from the downtown loop line.

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Sanyo Shinkansen ending in-car food cart sales (unless you’ve got the cash for first-class)

Last bastion of regular-car Shinkansen wagon sales between Tokyo and Fukuoka falls.

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Why Sensoji temple in Asakusa is better at night

One of Tokyo’s most historic areas is even more spectacular without the crowds.

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Akutai Matsuri: Japan’s Verbal Abuse Festival, where insults and bad behaviour are encouraged

People in Japan are known for being polite, but not at this weird winter festival.

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Gem hunting: A top Japanese activity more tourists need to know about

Walk away with garnets, amethysts, rubies and sapphires at this little-known tourist spot.

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Free alcohol and curry make this cheap capsule hotel near Shinjuku Station a great place to stay

A whole load of free perks await you just seconds away from the station.

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Stay at a Japanese capsule hotel in Tokyo for less than US$20 a night

Tokyo accommodation doesn’t get much cheaper than this.

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Mysterious mountain restaurant in Japan whisks us away to another world

Hidden gem wows us with its atmospheric setting, and its amazing food.

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