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Tokyo Events This Week: Chinese New Year

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Tokyo events for Monday, January 20 to Sunday, January 26, 2020
The biggies this week are the Chinese New Year celebrations, which include a massive lion dance performance and parade on the weekend. There’s also the Japan Brewers’ Cup, a night market and free admission day at the National Museum of Western Art.
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Japan Brewers’ Cup 2020
A competition where national breweries battle it out for top hops honor. Besides the judging portion, it’s also a craft beer festival. The ¥500 entry gives you access to over 300 varieties of beer.

Japan Brewers’ Cup 2020Dates:24th Jan–26th Jan, 2020
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Adults:Advance sales: ¥500
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Usokae Bullfinch Exchange
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On top of Mount Kannomine

Mount Kannomine, 425 meters above the sea on Osaki Kamijima in the Inland Sea, is the highest poinbt on the island and where I chose to spend the night on the second day of my walk along the Akinada chain of islands. This link will take you to the other posts from that walk and the views of sunset from Kannomine.

As well as an observation point that offers stunning views across the

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How to Catch the Keisei Line from Narita Airport

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And Tokyo, too.
If you’re going to be taking the Keisei Line from Narita Airport to your accommodation in Tokyo, you might want to give this walk-through a read first. To make your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible, we’ve put together a guide on getting from Point A (the Arrivals hall) to Point B (your destination). Let’s go!

Cheapo tip: Purchase your Keisei Skyliner ticket in advance to save time on the day.

What a lot of travelers to Tokyo don’t realize is that Narita Airport is actually in Chiba—that’s the next prefecture over. Getting from the airport, which is out in the sticks, to the big city can take a little longer and be a bit more complex than expected. Luckily, both the Keisei Line and Japan

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The Nagamachi Neighborhood: Kanazawa’s Samurai Streets

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Not as famous as the tea districts but just as fascinating, the Samurai District of Kanazawa shows a different side to the city’s past. Once at the foot of Kanazawa Castle, the moat-lined Nagamachi neighborhood was the hub of city security. The earthern walls, paved streets and weathered gates all indicate the area’s role in protecting the city, with the homes of mid- and high-ranking samurai kept safely within.
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The area is now home to museums, restored bukeyashiki (samurai houses) and carefully maintained streets, so it’s perfect for an exploratory stroll back into the Edo period. Aside from strolling through the winding streets, you can head to some of the area’s museums to learn a little more about sam

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50,000 Free Domestic Flights in Japan Summer 2020

(Tourists only need apply)

Sacred Mount Fujisan — photo by Aaron Paulson

(Just to say, I have no connection to the airline involved and am not promoting their product or getting compensated by them in any way — I don’t even have their mileage card! Or, because I live here, even qualify for the contest. But the opportunity for . little off-beat, adventurous travel sounds like the real deal — and I’d sure be interested if i were traveling to Japan between July and September of 2020).

Not the kind of story I normally write about, but I know many of you are excited about the upcoming Summer Olympics Games, and a chance for a little — free — off-the-beaten-path travel is just adding natto to the rice bowl, so to speak.

It sounds too good to be true, but according to the official JAL website the headline checks out: JAL is giving away 50,000 free flights this summer to international visitors.

In conjunction with the Japan National Tourist Organization’s (JNTO) “Your Japan 2020,” Japan Airlines (JAL) is giving away 50,000 free flights to four “mystery” destinations from Tokyo and Osaka during the Summer Olympics.

The flights will be scheduled from July 1st to September 30, which means Olympics-goers can add a little serendipitous adventure before or after the Games.

To add to the sense of adventure, the destinations won’t be announced until later, but will apparently be less-well known destinations than main cities Osaka and Tokyo.

If I had to guess/wish, in no particular order I would nominate Sapporo or perhaps Asahikawa on the northernmost, frontier island of Hokkaido (great for hiking); Naha for Okinawa and access to the southern islands; Kyoto seems unlikely, but Fukuoka on the northern part of Kyushu island has a reputation for being worth a visit; and maybe Nagasaki on Kyushu’s wet …continue reading