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Samurai heritage in the village of Kakunodate!

Over the last number of years, international tourism has seen a trend towards people seeking out new “hidden gem” destinations that are slightly off the well beaten paths of the traditional tourist trails. This process has been accelerated with the pandemic as international tourists are seeking destinations that offer more authentic experiences and a more […]

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Black Friday Deal!!

Offer valid on select 2022/23 small group tours only (see below). Maximum €500 pp off any tour price Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or existing bookings.                 Tohoku Trails  (off the beaten track) Onsen villages, farm stay, luxurious trains, UNESCO & Ritz Carlton Nikko, […]

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Covid 19 Update from Japan

FOREIGN TRAVEL TO JAPAN Foreign travel to Japan is still not permitted beyond some special exceptions. (Japan National Tourist Organisation Travel Updates) however it is anticipated that international travel will be possible again in the near future.  The Japan Business Federation, better known as Keidanren, have been lobbying the government to ease its entry restrictions. […]

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Top 10 Islands to Visit in Japan

1) Amami Oshima Amami Oshima is a tropical island paradise and one of the largest elevated coralline islands in Kagoshima prefecture, close to Yoron yet on a bigger scale. The colourful coral is contained in cobalt seas which surround the dramatic coastlines and lush tropical forests, home to the native Amami rabbit and jay.  In […]

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Top 10 Onsen in Japan

The flow of hot water from volcanic sources brings about the cultural and ethereal experience of bathing in nature. Hot springs come in a variety of sizes, can be rotemburo (open air with sky views) and uchiburo (indoor baths). 3,000 areas and 27,000 facilities make this an authentic way to connect with the traditions of a nation. Take time to recharge, connecting body and soul with this ritual and […]

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Top 10 Family Days Out

1) KidZania  KidZania began in Mexico City with a mission to give “Kidz” under 14 a chance to build a more ideal world. Here in Japan, Kidzania is a city built to scale complete with buildings, shops, paved streets, and vehicles that look like everyday workplaces in Japan. Kids can feel grown up, learn how society works, and have fun. They can choose from 100 careers and get paid for […]

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Top 10 Cultural Festivals in Japan

1) Takayama Spring / Autumn Festival Held twice a year in April & October Takayama Festival in Gifu is set in the Japanese Alps and is one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals. The surrounding mountains Hida Takayama are the backdrop to two festivals at different shrines, one in spring and autumn. The springtime Sanno Festival […]

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Japan’s Roadmap to Reopening

As of yet, there is still no definitive date when Japan will reopen to international travel, however there are promising signs with last week’s announcements about the proposed ending of domestic restrictions. On September 9, 2021 the government announced a plan to assist in the easing of restrictions on travel, dining and public events for […]

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