Category Archives: TRAVEL

Whale Watching and Dolphin Swimming in Japan: Where to Go

Source: Japan Cheapo

The word “whale” in conjunction with Japan doesn’t always elicit the most pleasant mental image—sadly. But luckily there is another side to the relationship between humans and whales here.
Many people appreciate how magnificent these marine mammals are and recognize their intelligence and unique behavior. Younger folks especially are quite interested in interacting with them through whale watching or even whale swimming tours. The same goes for their smaller cousins, dolphins. Japanese waters are inhabited by a variety of porpoises (the scientific term for whales and dolphins). Sperm, humpback and pilot whales, as well as bottlenose, spotted and Risso’s dolphins, inhabit the waters around Japan and are frequently sighted.

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Christmas at Tokyo Disney Resort

Partners Information: Tokyo Disney Resort will host a variety of Christmas special events, entertainment and activities from 8th November through 25th December 2019 at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea Park, the Disney hotels and the Disney Resort Line. A special event will also be held at Ikspiari. Guests visiting the resort with their friends, family and loved ones will find a heartwarming atmosphere, perfect for the holiday season.

Tokyo Disneyland

The Christmas event will be themed to “storybooks full of holiday fun with Disney Friends”. The daytime parade, “Disney Christmas Stories” will bring to life scenes of Disney Friends having a fantastic time at Christmas. Other entertainment programs around the Park will also feature holiday elements. A 15 metre tall Christmas tree in World Bazaar will be the centrepiece of a nighttime display of lights, images and music.

Tokyo DisneySea

The Christmas event at Tokyo DisneySea will feature “It’s Christmas Time!” – a splendid revue presented at Mediterranean Harbor during the daytime. The show will enchant guests with live performances of singing, tap dancing and high-kicking precision dancing. The show will create a holiday mood unique to Tokyo DisneySea.

Evening entertainment will include the sparkling and romantic “Colors of Christmas,” featuring the Disney Characters and floating illuminated trees on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor. This will be the final year of the show. Around the Park the themed ports will have unique holiday lights and other decorations. For example, American Waterfront will be decorated with banners and posters of “It’s Christmas Time!” and Lost River Delta will feature colourful decorations of Donald Duck and his friends.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the holiday season outside of the Parks at Disney Ambassador® Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta®, Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel, Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel®, the Disney Resort Line and Ikspiari.

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How to Experience Morning Sumo Training in Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

A highly ritualized sport that is mixed with elements of Shinto, Japan’s own religion, sumo wrestling is not all that accessible to international visitors. Getting tickets to one of the five annual tournaments is not an easy task, but some of the beya (sumo stables) in Tokyo have decided to open their doors to visitors. Here’s how to join them, as a spectator, for their daily morning practice sessions that take place between tournaments.
How to see sumo training in Tokyo
A lower-rank rikishi (sumo wrestler) preparing the ring for training.
Watching sumo training for free
For the true cheapos out there (who don’t mind potentially being left out in the rain, literally), there’s a free option: the Arashio sumo stable in Hamacho has

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Kobe Guided Tours over the Rugby World Cup

Partners Information: 25 tour programs to enjoy the charms of Kobe are available over the Rugby World Cup 2019!

Experience a tea ceremony with beautiful scenery, enjoy a taste of Kobe beef, experience a Zen meditation session at the temple and so much more!

If you’re visiting Japan over the Rugby World Cup, why not add Kobe to your itinerary for some unique and memorable experiences?

These guided tour programs are only available from Friday, 20 September to Tuesday, 15 October so don’t miss out!

Bookings and enquiries

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12 Tokyo Walking Tours to Join

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

In Tokyo this autumn, for the rugby or general sightseeing? Take advantage of one or more walking tours that have been launched by local tourism associations to showcase the capital’s best sights. They have the support of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
From mid-September to mid-December, 2019, you can experience the city on a collection of 12 unique “stroll around town” tours that are primarily aimed at international visitors. Each tour takes in at least two famous spots, covering a distance of between 1-4 km, over a period of 1.5-6 hours.
Themed around interests as diverse as history, culture, nature, shopping and waterways (yes, you read that right), the walking tours are run by experie

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