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Kyoto creates new for-tourist buses to address overtourism with higher prices, faster rides

A win-win idea that’s long overdue.

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Foreign passenger shoves conductor on one of the last full runs for Japan’s Thunderbird train

Tokkyuken check leads to altercation and delay.

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Kyoto bans tourists from geisha alleys in Gion, with fines for those who don’t follow rules

Historic area wants foreign visitors to know it’s not a theme park.

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Has Kyoto Prefecture’s super spicy food area still got the heat, or has it sizzled out?

A trip that was meant to be pleasantly nostalgic resulted in a big shock, but also came with a silver, spicy lining.  

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Ridesharing services legalized for Tokyo and Kyoto, but does this change anything?

Law changes next month, but the way people get around Japan’s biggest cities might not.

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The most popular places in Japan for viewing sakura in 2024, according to local travel agency

Here are the most popular picks for cherry blossom-viewing in both eastern and western Japan, based on bookings.

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Stay in a special Tokyo Metro train room at a hotel with a front seat to the railways

You don’t have to be a train otaku to enjoy all the unusual perks included in this accommodation plan.

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Dragon’s Maze: Japan’s built-by-hand giant labyrinth that gets bigger and harder every year

81-year-old owner/designer builds what he sees in his dream, want visitors from overseas to experience his maze.

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Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan has the perfect balance of class and convenience for your Tokyo stay

Our stay at a great hotel in the heart of Tokyo with a big Japanese-style bath, sauna, and great breakfasts.

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Japanese prefectural governor wants  foreign tourists to pay special extra fee

Osaka governor wants foreign tourists to pay extra, but who is “foreign?”

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Cherry blossom taxi tours are a great way to save steps and see sakura in Tokyo and its neighbors

Sakura season is short, and Sanwa Koutsu wants to help you see as much of it as you can.

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Extreme Budget Travel! Can you do a trip to Manila with 50,000 yen (US$333)? – Part 2

What will Go’s first full day in the Philippines bring him?

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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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Extreme Budget Travel! Can you do a trip to Manila with 50,000 yen (US$333)? – Part 1

Go takes a short weekend trip to the Philippines and enjoys delicious food and more.

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Kyoto’s Nishiki Market has great bento boxed lunches, and here are our top 3 picks

Whether you’re looking to eat in the park, along the river, or on the Shinkansen, “Kyoto’s Kitchen” has you covered.

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New Spirited Away and The Boy and the Heron exhibits unveiled at Ghibli Park

Some of the studio’s most magical characters step into the spotlight.

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An overnight trip on the Sunrise Izumo, Japan’s awesome Tokyo-Shimane sleeper train【Photos】

Mr. (and Mrs.) Sato ride the overnight rails back to his hometown on one of Japan’s coolest cross-country travel options.

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Pokémon travel gear lineup includes transformable pillows to keep your neck comfy and heart happy

If you’re taking a trip, Pikachu and some of his pals want to tag along.

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Beware the rise of overpriced “Inbound Don” at tourist spots in Japan

Return of inbound tourists means prices are skyrocketing, with some places charging US$120 for a bowl of seafood. 

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