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Japan Rail Pass is now being sold at a limited number of locations in Japan as a trial run and will continue until March 31st, 2018.   Below is a list of Stations and Airports where you can purchase. Stations you can buy JR Pass Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu and Hakata Airports you can buy JR Pass New Chitose Airport, Narita Airport, Haneda Airport and Kansai Airport....

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There are many high-end Japanese restaurants in Ginza, but no places give off the same refreshing personality as “Tsurutokame,” which opened less than two years ago. The restaurant is special for its seven itamae chefs, who are all women. Together, they have ushered in a new whirlwind in cooking and cuisine. Indeed, “Tsurutokame” is a rare and special restaurant in Japan. From the moment you open the door of “Tsurutokame”, the chefs’...

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<Good News!!>JR Passが一定条件で日本パスポート保持者のも発売開始! 2017年3月末までは日本人パスポートで条件を満たしていれば購入可能だったJR パスが、4月からは購入できなくなっていました。しかしこの度、一定の条件を満たせば新たに6月1日より2020年12月31日までJRパス購入ができる事になります。今までのJRPassの購入条件とは異なり、下記の条件を満たしていないと購入ができませんのでご注意ください。 <<6月1日以降の引換証販売からの新たなご利用資格>> 日本国の旅券及び「在留期間が連続して10年以上であることを確認できる書類で、在外公館で取得したもの等」を有する方がご利用いただけます。 (注意) ※日本国外での引換え書のお買い求め及び日本国内でのパスへの引換えの際に、旅券及び確認書類の提出が必要です。 ※旅券のコピーでは、引換所のお買い求め及びパスへの引換えはできません。...

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Spring time is the most popular time to visit in Japan! Among the most popular reasons to visit Japan in the spring, and perhaps the most famous signature of spring are the sakura (Cherry Blossom Trees). Sakura in Japan have a deep and long history, romanticized by the Samurai, they are often viewed as an allegory of life—beautiful, yet ephemeral. Every year, people come from all over the world just to see this wonderful sight, but...

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If you’re interested in going to Japan, or you’ve been numerous times, chances are that you’re familiar with what a Ryokan is. On the other hand, you’re probably also aware that Ryokan have beautiful, but limited facilities in comparison to hotels. Both Ryokans and hotels in Japan allow you to live in the lap of luxury, but which one is right for you? For many of us, such as me, it’s both! There are things to consider for your next...

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Like temples and shrines, the ubiquity of gardens is something you’ll notice when you visit Japan. Gardening culture stretches far back in time and nations from all over the world have their own gardening culture and aesthetic.  Japanese gardening culture breaks down into a few categories, often influenced by Shinto and Zen, as well as influence of other Asian gardens, such as Chinese gardens. Here are three types of gardens that...

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