tourism

Travelling to Japan soon? New entry requirements you need to know about

Things have recently changed, making the process smoother for international tourists.

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Nara unveils new vending machines that sell deer crackers

If only the animals had coins to buy them.

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Tourists warned about fake volunteer guide near Kinkakuji in Kyoto

“Guide” continues to pester travellers despite the city’s requests for him to stop. 

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Tourists return to Japan, and Mario Karts return to Tokyo roads with them

Locals lament the reappearance of the controversial go-karts.

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Foreign tourists react to mask-wearing in Japan, and Japanese people react to foreign non-maskers

If you’re asking yourself the question “Do I have to wear a mask in Japan?” you might want to read this first.

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Five things that’ll surprise foreign tourists in Japan when they visit

Visiting Japan after it’s been closed off to tourists for so long is making people see the country with new eyes. 

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Travelling to Japan soon? Beware the “Three Small Hells” awaiting tourists upon arrival

Japan may have opened its borders, but there are still some requirements that might trip you up when visiting.

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Japan’s Three Most Disappointing Tourist Sites: Sapporo Clock Tower

Why does this top tourist spot fall short of so many people’s expectations?

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Pokémon vending machine lures us in with its cute animated Pikachu

The beloved electric Pocket Monster powers up some special goods at this highway stop in Japan. 

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Slowpoke takes center stage at special collaborative festival at Takamatsu Airport this October

The official Udon Prefecture ambassador takes part in special events at the airport where you can also win fabulous prizes.

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The roller slide of terror: Treetop fun ride for kids is a terrifying experience for adult butts

When the only thing to save your buttocks from catching fire is a piece of cardboard.

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How hard is it to break Japanese tiles like a karate pro?

This Tokyo store lets you write a wish on a tile to help make your dreams come true.

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International tourists travel to Japan, spend big at top tourist spots in Tokyo

First weekend following new entry procedures sees foreign visitors picking up loads of bargains, thanks to the weak yen.

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Visit the mythical cave that hid the Sun Goddess in Japanese mythology

An unsual tourist site shrouded in intrigue and mystery.

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Japan ends travel ban on individual tourists, waives visa requirements for certain countries

Travel restrictions finally set to be lifted as country returns to pre-pandemic entry procedures. 

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What it’s like to spend the night in a Pokémon hotel room

Dreams come true for a Pokémon-loving father his equally obsessed six-year-old daughter. 

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Japanese government wants to encourage wealthy foreigners to travel deeper into Japan, NHK says

Agency will select areas outside major cities to promote to big-spending travelers, according to report.

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Travelling to Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine? Best to be a glass-half-full type of tourist

Heartfelt advice for those hoping to visit the World Heritage site before the end of the year. 

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Kyoto curry bread comes with a very special filling

Karepan gets a specialty upgrade at this renowned bakery.

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Bizarre “shikadamari” deer gathering at Nara Park baffles people in Japan

The animals behave differently this summer.

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