Category Archives: TRAVEL

Hida Regional Guides

Partners Information: Get more out of your visit to the Hida area (northern Gifu Prefecture) with a certified Hida regional guide. The Hida area contains many tourist attractions such as Takayama and surrounds, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed thatched-roof village of Shirakawago.

The Hida regional guides will enrich your visit with their deep, expert knowledge of the area.

Who are the regional guides?

All members are certified by the local government and cover the Hida area exclusively. They have completed a course for training as a regional guide organised by a council representing local cities and villages.

Available languages

English or Chinese

Service areas

Takayama City, Hida City, Gero City and Shirakawago

Guide fees

All guides registered on the site charge for their services and the guide fees vary depending on the guide. Please contact the guides directly for further details via

The post Hida Regional Guides appeared first on Japan National Tourism Organization.

…continue reading


Winter illuminations at Tobu World Square

Partners Information: Tobu World Square is a theme park near Nikko’s Kinugawa Hot Spring Area, where you can enjoy world heritage and world famous buildings. Tobu World Square will hold a limited time illuminations event during the winter season.

Get there using the NIKKO PASS, a train pass convenient for travelling around the Nikko area. Present your NIKKO PASS at Tobu World Square, and admission to the park will be discounted from 2800 yen to 1800 yen for adults.

Illumination schedule

  • 9 November 9 to 20 December, weekdays 4:30 pm~7:30 pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays 4:30 pm~8:00 pm
  • 21 December to 5 January 4:30 pm~8:00 pm
  • 6 January to 7 February 4:30 pm~7:00 pm
  • 8 February to 1 March 5:00 pm~7:30 pm
  • 7, 8, 14, 15, 20 to 29 March 6:00 pm~8:00 pm

* You can enter the park until 30 minutes before the park closes.

Further information

The post Winter illuminations at Tobu World Square appeared first on Japan National Tourism Organization.

…continue reading


Christmas Dinner at Tadg’s 2019

Source: deep kyoto

Folks in Kyoto hankering for a traditional Christmas will be delighted to know that Tadg McLoughlin will once again be serving up a full gala Christmas dinner with all the trimmings at Taigu Craft Beer Pub.

Christmas dinner will be served up on two days: the 24th and 25th with three servings at 18.00, 19.00 and 20.00. Dinner includes seasonal soup and Irish soda bread (oh yes!), a platter with smoked salmon, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese caprese, Hokkaido venison loin steak, yuzu sherbert, turkey, and gateau au chocolat to complete the feast.

Book this dinner while you can at 075 213 0214!
Taigu (aka Tadg’s craft beer pub) is located on the east side of Kiyamachi just a short walk north of Oike. Here is a map showing the location.

…continue reading


An Insider’s Guide to Visiting Tokyo Disneyland with Children

An Insider's Guide to Visiting Tokyo Disneyland with Children LEAD

On your first trip to Tokyo Disneyland with kids, the grand number of rides, restaurants, parades, and even popcorn flavors can be daunting. What should you pack? When are the parades? And what’s the deal with fast passes? Never fear — just a bit of preplanning will give you an edge.

Here, Savvy Tokyo presents all you need to know for a great day at Tokyo Disneyland with children.

When to go to Tokyo Disneyland

When selecting a day to visit Tokyo Disneyland, consider the crowds. It’s not impossible to enjoy Tokyo Disneyland on a high-crowd day but you’ll wait in longer lines, and you won’t get to experience as many attractions.

The least crowded days are usually weekdays when Japanese schools are in session, so watch out for school holidays and breaks and avoid those days if you can. School is out from mid-March to the beginning of April, the entire month of August, three weeks from the end of December to the week after New Years Day, Golden Week and all Japanese national holidays.

Insider tip: Check the Tokyo Disney Resort crowd prediction calendar before you go.

What to bring to Tokyo Disneyland

Bring what you’d need for one full day out with your children. This means you should dress appropriately for the day’s weather, wear comfortable shoes, and pack a bag or stroller with what you’d expect to use. For example, diapers for infants, a change of clothes for toddlers, etc.

Additionally, these things are helpful:

  • Stroller: Your own strollers (not carts or wagons) are allowed into the park, or you can rent a Mickey Mouse-themed stroller for ¥1,000.
  • Leisure sheet: This is a plastic mat or a small blanket that you can sit on during parades.
  • Portable phone charger: It’ll be a long day, and the park does not have a lot of charging stations.
  • Costumes: …continue reading

7 Places to See the First Sunrise of 2020 in Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot
7 Places to See the First Sunrise of 2020 in Japan Lead

According to both Shinto belief and Buddhist tradition, Toshigami—the god of the new year, harvests and the spirits of ancestors—arrives when the sun rises on New Year’s Day. If you stand outside and make a wish during the sunrise, you will be blessed by Toshigami and your dream will come true during the year to come.

Called “hatsuhinode” in Japanese, witnessing the first sunrise of the New Year is similar to other Japanese New Year traditions like hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the New Year, and hatsuyume, the first dream of the New Year. If you hadn’t guessed, the Japanese word “hatsu (初)” means “first.”

Whether or not you believe your wish for 2020 will come true, seeing the sunrise on New Year’s Day in Japan is indeed something magical, and probably a “first” in Japan for many foreigners!

While some say that the view of the dawn from the summit of Mt. Fuji is the absolute best place for hatsuhinode, it’s worth noting that January is outside of the official climbing season, absolutely freezing and also quite dangerous—so maybe not the best idea unless you have someone very experienced to guide you.

Happily, for us mere mortals not keen on hiking all the way up Mt. Fuji on New Year’s Eve, there are lots of incredible places to see it all across Japan that are much easier, and safer, to access.

Here are our top picks for where to see the first sunrise of 2020 in Japan.

1. Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo (Sunrise 6:46 a.m.)

Sunrise at Tokyo Skytree.

It’s the tallest tower in the world and during its special Jan. 1 opening hours (5:30 to 7:30 a.m.), 940 lucky visitors can enjoy taking in the sight of the first sunrise …continue reading