Category Archives: TRAVEL

Hokkaido Welcome Campaign

Autumn, one of the best seasons to visit, has arrived in Hokkaido.

A new campaign welcoming tourists to visit Hokkaido, We are GENKI Hokkaido/ Welcome! HOKKAIDO, JAPAN Campaign started on September 28, 2018.

During this campaign period, many organizations and facilities will be providing special offers for tourists visiting the Hokkaido area, such as discounts on certain services and special benefits for customers, including “Fukkou-wari” (post-earthquake discounts) by the Hokkaido government and Hokkaido Tourism Organization.

Learn more about the campaign here.

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November 2018: Top Cheapo Events Around Japan

Source: Japan Cheapo

Things are getting chilly now that it’s November—but there’s plenty to do to keep you distracted and even warm you up, from fire-walking to ramen festivals!
Gion Odori – Kyoto
This is the only one of the different Kyoto dance performances that takes place in autumn rather than spring, so if you missed the earlier performances you’re in luck. There are 10 days to see geisha at the Gion Kaikan near Yasaka Shrine and two performances on each day.

Gion Odori
1st Nov–10th Nov, 2018
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Hiroshima Ramen Stadium – Hiroshima
Hakata ramen
If you’re a ramen fiend, there’s nowhere else you need to be this week—with countless options for

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Matcha Cafes: Green Tea in Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Matcha, a particular kind of green tea that is characterized by fine powder, has become more popular around the world in the recent years. Before, the term hardly had any recall, but now, you can see it as an ice cream flavor, a latte, or a frappe, and it’s become yet another icon of Japan.

If you’re a green tea lover, of course you’d want to drink some good, authentic matcha when you visit Tokyo. While you can easily find a matcha latte in most coffee shops in Tokyo—Starbucks, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe de Crie, to name a few—you might want to look for cafes that specialize in matcha green tea, offering not only drinks but even matcha desserts.
Surprisingly, matcha cafes aren’t much of a thin

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The Lake Biwa Canal Cruise from Kyoto to Otsu

Source: deep kyoto

Here’s a special guest post from our friend, Edward J. Taylor.

As part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the Meiji Restoration, Kyoto has a calendar packed with events that expound upon the city’s role during that time of great social upheaval. Though the Restoration is considered by many to be a relatively bloodless end to the 268-year feudal Edo Period, Kyoto did indeed suffer, having served as host for most of the violence. The deepest wound of all was the Emperor’s decision to move his court to the new capital, newly dubbed Tokyo.

While most of the events are Japanese language lectures or historic walks, the special Lake Biwa Canal Cruise can be enjoyed by anyone. The springtime cruises proved quite popular, and during the months of October and November the boat trips will once again run each week from Thursday to Monday, with five daily departures downriver, and four up.

Bringing water from Lake Biwa to Kyoto had been a goal of the Edo period government, but it wasn’t until the introduction of western technology at the dawn of the Meiji period that it could be realized. As this influx of western ideas was accompanied by the loss of Kyoto’s 1,100-year old imperial court, Kyoto mayor Kitagaki Kunimachi signed off on the massive project as a means of boosting morale and mustering the energies of local labor. Most incredibly, the project was entrusted to a 21-year old Bachelor of Engineering, Tanabe Sakuro. The construction lasted for five years, from 1885 to 1890, at a cost that was greater than Japan’s national budget at the time.

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Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku to offer Hakone hot spring experience in the heart of Tokyo

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A hot spring (onsen) in Shinjuku?

After the opening of the “super spa” luxury bathhouse Thermae-yu in Kabukicho in 2015, Shinjuku will get a new hot spring resort facility in the form of Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku, which opens in Shinjuku 5-chome in spring 2019.

Measuring 5,514 square meters and with 18 floors above ground, Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku will boast 193 guest rooms as well as an outdoor hot spring on the top story with waters transported to the heart of Tokyo from Hakone.

shinjuku yuen onsen ryokan hot spring tokyo

It will be located five minutes’ walk from Shinjuku-sanchome Station, which serves the eponymous area popular for eating and drinking that has also recently developed into an accommodation district with expensive hotels. Following the opening of the Fukutoshin subway line and the rise of inbound tourism, both 3-chome and 2-chome (the gay district) have become more upmarket as rents have gone up and sightseers have come in.

Operator UDS is targeting not only tourists looking to experience one of the quintessentials of Japanese culture from the convenience of Shinjuku, but also business travelers. Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku will offer services linked to Inbound League, a coworking space in the same neighborhood already run by USD, though details are not yet announced.

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