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Japanese onsen stand is part gas station, part hot spring vending machine

We pump some healing waters to go.

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We make pills the old-fashioned way in Japan’s former medicine capital, Toyama Prefecture

Our Japanese reporter adds ‘making drugs‘ to her SoraNews24 resume.

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Japan’s northernmost brewery on the mainland is…a temple?!?

The holiest craft beer in the country.

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We visit Moominvalley Park for a press event, find it super melancholy, exactly as it should be

Never has a theme park left us feeling so introspective before. 

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Why does Japan’s most famous ocean legend end at this temple in the middle of the mountains?

Urashima Taro spent centuries at the sea dragon’s palace at the bottom of the ocean, but this Nagano temple says it’s where the story ends.

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This Japanese capsule hotel tells you how many times you snore during the night

Big brother is watching…and taking notes. 

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Japan to begin accepting tourists from the U.S., three other countries this month

Inbound foreign tourists will have to comply with numerous requirements.

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U.S. Ambassador wins fans in Japan with his love of local trains…and puns

Japanese train otaku recognise Ambassador Emanuel as a fellow railway geek during his “weekend of firsts”.

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Staircase National Highway: the only highway in Japan that cars can’t enter

An unusual hidden tourist site for the intrepid traveller. 

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Former sake brewery in Japan gets a new life as…whatever the heck this is

Looking for a weird place to visit in Japan? This spot ticks all the boxes.

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Eating sushi…from a vending machine? We try Toyama Prefecture’s local delicacy, masuzushi

Our reporter’s unfortunate blunder actually turns out for the best as she discovers a hidden surprise!

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Japan considering doubling entry cap for overseas travelers, waiving on-arrival PCR tests soon

Testing exemptions would be based on nation of departure.

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We visit a restaurant called ‘Otaku’ in France, eat some otaku sushi

We expected the Parisian restaurant to be overflowing with anime goods, but the reality was something quite different.

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This special Tokyo sightseeing cruise sails only once a month, shows city from new perspectives

The Ichinichi Yurari Tabi isn’t your typical short and standard trip.

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American visits Japan, wonders why McDonald’s only sells beef bowls, not burgers

A visit to this unusual branch reveals the mystery behind the burgerless McDonald’s.

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Japan to start easing entry restrictions for foreign travelers next month, prime mister promises

Says Japan’s coronavirus countermeasures have proven successful.

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Japan Rail West offering chance to sleep in a platypus’ mouth

Great for fans of strange mammals and/or contactless payment services.

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A visit to the Studio Ghibli theme park for a secret look at the new areas

Pulling the curtain back on what awaits you when you step into the magical anime world of Ghibli.

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Travel off the beaten path to a secret spot in Japan where bamboo grows wild on an old train line

Like the bamboo grove in Kyoto, but with less tourists and more beauty. 

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We retreat for a day of rejuvenation at Green Hill Yatsugatake recreation facility in Yamanashi

The rec facility is open to anyone for reservations and boasts grounds that are 7.5 times the size of Tokyo Dome.

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