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Before departing for Japan last week we had to take a COVID test which makes good sense. We then took another test upon landing. This took a long time but was well organized and they processed us smoothly. At that time, Japan was only allowing in 10,000 people a day so it would be fairly easy to manage. I would think this would be unmanageable to do once Japan is open to tourists. I am also guessing that very few people tested at the airport tested positive and had to fly back home. Hopefully, Japan can reopen to tourists very soon.
Japan scraps airport COVID-19 tests for arrivals from low-risk nations The government is aiming to avoid overburdening airport quarantine staff through the drastic relaxation of its COVID-19 border control measures.
While in Nara, I suggest you take a look at this biking tour that will take you well off the beaten path to see a side of Japan most tourists never see.
Heart of Nature Bike Tour in Nara City - Full Itinerary Thank you very much for watching our videos.HEART of NATURE Bike Tour in Nara CityITINERARY :Kikuichi Knife ShopTop of WakakusayamaRuins of Kofukuji TempleUg...
Japan has a ton of bakeries that bake and sell everything from simple bread to amazing pastries and DONUTS like what you will find at Koe Donuts in Kyoto.
Koé Donuts Kyoto has hundreds of great sights and you might be very tired after sightseeing, so take a break. For example Koé Donuts offering a large variety of organic...
Japan in June anyone?
Japan to ease COVID border controls like G-7 states in June: Kishida Japan will further ease in June border controls implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and bring them on par with other Group of Seven nations, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida saiys.
The beauty of Japan
Tenjuan Temple: Private Visit Tenjuan is one the subtemple of Nanzen-ji temple, the head temple of the Rinzaishu-Nanzenji shool, one of the Zen sects. Tenjuan is dedicated to the Zen mast...
Japan is closer to reopening for travelers!
Japan cuts quarantine to 3 days, reopens to foreign students and business travellers From March 1, the daily cap on new overseas arrivals will also be raised as part of relaxed border rules
Setsubun is the day before spring in the old Japanese calendar. This is a celebration of the rebirth of spring where we castaway the devils of last year "Oni wa soto!" and welcome in good fortune "Fuku wa uchi!" In most families, the father will wear the mask to represent the devil and the kids will throw bean or mame at him. We then sit down for a meal with Maki sushi (rolled sushi) facing a specific direction depending on the year and in silence. It is a lot of fun and a great way to welcome spring. Vincent from our Japan office made this wonderful video of his family celebrations this year!
Setsubun Setsubun is the day before spring in the old Japanese calendar. Nowadays Japanese mainly celebrate it in two ways. Firstly they eat Maki sushi (rolled sushi)...
It is hard to believe that it has been 27 years. I was dating my future wife at the time and we hiked into Kobe from Osaka to bring food and supplies as all the roads were closed. Kobe is completely rebuilt and is an amazing city filled with resilient people.
A Winter Dream by Maria:
We arrived at the end of December and were happy it snowed a little. But it didn’t stop the whole night. In the morning the whole village was white and soft and silent like a winter dream. Our stay (a family of four) in Nakaya was very pleasant and one of the most impressing experiences we had traveling in Japan so far! The room was specious, the futons comfortable and warm. Even though it was cold outside and a traditional Japanese house doesn’t have a central heating and very thin walls, even the hallway and the toilet and washing area were not cold. The house is very clean and much effort is put on even small details and decoration. For example the washing area had three thick layers of carpets piled on each other so the cold couldn’t creep into your body. The dinner was excellent and very beautifully arranged. I liked the grilled fish on a stick, hold warm at the fireplace till we arrived for supper, best! The next day we traveled further to Shirakawa-go and where shocked by the tourist masses that paraded through the village. I didn’t expect that many large tourist groups with Corona still going on. What a sharp contrast between the idyllic quiet Ainokura and the loud and busy Shirakawa-go. I can warmly recommend a stay at Ainokura village and of course at Nakaya. An excellent price-value-balance and an unforgettable memory!
Setouchi Triennale 2022 art display in Japan. Check it out at
This is why we recommend bringing boots when you visit Shirakawa-go in the winter. Simply Beautiful!
Gifu Prefecture, Japan. 🇯🇵 Home to the most snowfall on planet earth.
Something fun to listen for while traveling in Japan.
Japanese Railroads Have a Huge Variation in Train Departure Melodies! The amazing part about Japanese railroads is not just the punctuality. Each station has its own original melody that plays as a train departs.
Forgotten in Osaka
Sumiyoshi Taisha Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha, "Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine" is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displ...
Japan has something for everyone
Unforgettable Views! Hokkaido’s Sea of Clouds: Access and How to Enjoy It | MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE Hokkaido's sea of clouds is one of the most impressive natural phenomena in Japan. The sea of clouds can be enjoyed from UNKAI Terrace, which is located within Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU. We explain how to get there from the nearest airport and how to enjoy the sea of clouds to the fullest.
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Japan is getting closer to reopening to tourists. First business people and then travelers.
Japan to reopen borders starting Monday Businesspeople, students, technical trainees to be allowed in, but not tourists
Fukuoka, Japan offers so much and should be added to everyone's list of destinations.
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Thank you to all fans who have joined our 1st "Re-Discover Fukuoka Campaign".
Followed by the Kitakyushu area, the upcoming 2nd campaign held this September is themed on the Chikugo area!
Here's where you can find countless camera-happy spots, think of the soothing river cruise in Yanagawa, heart-shaped motifs in Koinoki Shrine, and the tunnel of torii gates in Ukiha Inari Shrine which amp up the region's photogenic factor!
Are you ready? Let's Re-Discover the Chikugo area of Fukuoka Prefecture♪
Of course, 10 entrants will receive goodies of Fukuoka Prefecture! 🎁
10 September 2021 (Fri) ～8 November 2021 (Mon)
* Japan Time GMT+9
ℹ️Destinations/gems in Chikugo area
1. Nyorinji Temple (Ogori City)
🛕 The "Frog Temple" which is filled with over 5,000 frog statues welcoming guests!
2. Ukiha Inari Shrine (Ukiha City)
⛩️ Its 90 torii gates lining up the mountain is a sight to behold!
3. Okawa Kumiko (Okawa City)
🎨 A traditional craft which puts wooden pieces together without using any adhesive or nails.
4. Koinoki Shrine (Chikugo City)
⛩️ Famed for items with heart-shaped motifs and heart-shaped shrine crests scattered all around the precincts.
5. THE RAIL KITCHEN CHIKUGO (Omuta City)
🚂 The course-tailored menu using regional ingredients takes you on a train trip that satisfies both in taste and visually.
6. Hoshino-mura (Yame City)
🌾 Rice terraces with 425 areas with 137 steps creating staircase pattern along the side of the mountain.
7. Yanagawa Hina-matsuri Sagemon Tour (Yanagawa City)
👘 Colourful "Sagemon" decorations and Japanese dolls are hung and a water parade where children ride a boat is held during the period.
8. Yanagawa Sunflower Park (Yanagawa City)
🌻 A flower aradise at which sunflowers bloom in a 5-hectare-wide field.
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Each winner will receive an assortment of prizes worth a total of JPY5,000, such as sweets and crafts!
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Have you ever wanted to be a Shogun, Ninja, or Samurai? Neold is Yoshino, Japan allows us to live our biggest dreams.
NEOLD Private House NEOLD is a unique accommodation located in Yoshino, Nara Prefecture. Here you will rent the entire space for you (about 1,200m² or 13,000 ft²) and become the...
Let's get vaccinated 😀
Japanese Guest Houses got some press
Hidden Gems: Meet Jeff Aasgaard of Rediscover Travel - Voyage Michigan Magazine Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Aasgaard. Hi Jeff, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself. I moved to Japan in the early 1990s with the idea of starting a business but I was not sure of the industry or how I could add value to […]
Experience an authentic tea ceremony in Kyoto with Camellia
If you are going to make it you might as well make it cute - Japan
Explore Japan's top cities on these 10 cool old-school trams | Time Out Tokyo From Hiroshima to Sapporo, these streetcars make for a fun and ideal way to discover the city at street level
Sowaka is a beautiful ryokan in Kyoto. It is a wonderful blend of traditional and modern Japan.
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Sowaka Welcome to Sowaka. This luxurious ryokan is located in the heart of Gion (Traditional district in Kyoto). Sowaka is a Sanskrit word meaning happiness or wel...
Gacha are little vending machines in Japan that are mostly for children but in Akihabara Station in Tokyo you will have a wide selection of Gacha that are for adults. Japan can be very quirky and fun.
The most preposterous "adult" gacha capsule toys at Akihabara Station Gacha collections so weird we can't work out why they were even made.
The detail and precision is impressive, thanks Euan Craig for sharing
Drones can do some amazing things.
Sodoh Restaurant in Kyoto is an excellent blend of Italian/French and Japanese.
The Sodoh, Restaurant in Kyoto The Sodoh in Kyoto serves tasty Italian-French dishes combined with Japanese ingredients. The food is good and you also get to enjoy a meal in a beautiful tr...
Some of the best sights are the ones you never think about.
How One Photographer Is Putting Kyoto's Small Buildings on the Map | Tokyo Weekender Kyoto Journal editor John Einarsen's photo series has grown into something much bigger than its humble beginnings.
Uji is located near Osaka and Kyoto making it a wonderful day trip from either destination.
Uji & the Bloody Temple Ceiling Uji is a pretty little town between Kyoto and Nara.While in town, try its high quality green tea and visit temples such as Byodoin or Koshoji.Byodoin was bui...
Here a review of Taenoyu Ryokan from one of Japanese Guest Houses travelers.
"Over a year later, we still think and talk about our visit to Taenoyu on an almost-daily basis (which I know sounds a bit obsessive - but it was that good!). The staff were lovely and thoughtful (and very kind about our clumsy foreigner missteps), the food was amazing, and the baths were so relaxing. We were there in early March, and the deep snow was so beautiful on the mountainous landscape. We loved our whole trip to Japan, but Taenoyu was the highlight. We desperately hope we may be lucky enough to go again someday!"
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Izuyasu Ryokan is a 183-year-old ryokan in Kyoto run by the same family for 7 generations and known for its amazing Kyoto ryori (cuisine) prepared by the owner. Izuyasu Ryokan is filled with museum-quality works of art that have been collected over its long history. This is an amazing ryokan in the heart of Kyoto.
Visit Izuyasu Ryokan with its Chef-Owner In this video the owner-chef of Izuyasu Ryokan, in Kyoto is showing us his traditional ryokan. Izuyasu Ryokan opened in 1839 and was remodeled in 2013 by the...
Vincent was in Kyoto filming some of our ryokan inns and stumbled on this amazing bonsai gallery. It is not easy to find but it is worth the search as you can see. Some of the trees are over 800 years old.
Japan should open soon and there are a number of ryokan inns in this area of Kyoto which you can reserve at Japanese Guest Houses
Best Bonsai Gallery in Kyoto After lots of research we finally found the best bonsai gallery in Kyoto. Most locals don't even know about it though it's really beautiful. Enjoy bonsai pre...
This is a great tour for art lovers.
This is some great advice about taking your bike on a train in Japan.
How to take a bike on a train in Japan Wondering if you can take bikes on trains in Japan? The answer is yes and this post explains the different trains and how to bag up a bike.
Staying at a shukubo or Japanese temple can be one of the best experiences of your life. Gyokuzo-in near Osaka created this video to give you a clearer idea of what they offer.
Temple Stay near Osaka Gyokuzo-in This video was produced by Gyokuzo-in.Welcome to Gyokuzo-in. This Buddhist temple was first established about 1400 years ago. It is located on the east side ...
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