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Food you MUST try in Japan

Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

©Y.Shimizu/©JNTO Japan is the land of delicious food. With fresh produce and amazing flavours, it offers plenty of options for all of the foodies out there. Here are four must-trys:   Okonomiyaki A distant cousin of the pancake, okonomiyaki is simple, but oh-so-sa… Read More

A day of kawaii in Kyoto

Kyoto Manga and Anime GJ Editor GJ Editor

Sarah was inspired by the fact that Kyoto is a city where one can come in contact with and experience Japanese culture on a daily basis. Kyoto is introduced as a historical and traditional setting in most researching it. However, Sarah found that Kyoto is also quite an innovative, modern destina… Read More

Japan with kids: exploring the world of the samurai

Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

When my son heard my husband and I discussing a possible trip to Japan, his eyes instantly sparkled, and he whispered 'can we go and see a samurai?' To ease ourselves into the world of the samurai in Tokyo, our first step was to visit the Samurai Museum in Shinjuku. The museum provides free … Read More

Gotemba: more than just a view of Mount Fuji

Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

Mount Fuji, for obvious reasons, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Japan. The allure of this sacred mountain was no different for Meg and her friend Liv, who stayed in Gotemba to be close to it. On the way, Meg and Liv quickly realised that this had unexpectedly taken them on an adventur… Read More

Tokyo on two wheels

Tokyo Tours & Activities GJ Editor GJ Editor

Melanie booked her trip to Japan wanting to immerse herself in a culture she was unaware of, yet interested in. She had no idea where to go or what to expect, and in her search for tours and experiences, she came across Freewheeling Japan, a cycling tour of Tokyo city. The tour guide was an America… Read More

The fire that lit up snowy Nozawa Onsen

Nagano Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

‘I went to Nozawa Onsen not sure what to expect,’ recounts Chris of his experience visiting this traditional hot spring village in winter. He was soon won over by the the friendliness of the locals, and the fantastic hospitality at the ryokan inn he stayed in. The show-stopper of Chris's visit w… Read More

A date with Tokyo city

Tokyo Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Going on a date in Tokyo is essentially a date with the city itself. You get to know each other just by being there, and wherever you look, something fascinating is looking right back at you. My ideal date with Tokyo city begins in Omotesandō, exploring the streets to find a cute cafe to brunch … Read More

The frenetic, fashionable Shibuya

Tokyo Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Nursing a warm latte, the famous Shibuya scramble crossing sprawls beneath me. My eyes wander over brightly coloured billboards, trucks that blare out J-pop tunes, and young pretty things immaculately dressed, sharing the streets with salarymen and the eccentric. I’m in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most… Read More

Sumo wrestling in Ryogoku

Tokyo Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

There are many sumo stables in Tokyo’s Ryogoku district, but only a small handful offer access to tourists. Even then, their requirements are so strict that you really must be part of a guided tour - a traditional Japan bucket list essential. Kasugano Beya, near Ryogoku Station, is perhaps the … Read More

Connecting with Japan’s cultural heritage

Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Experienced traveler and blogger Kim-Ling tells us that visiting World Heritage sites while overseas will allow you to form your own connection to a country. It also enables you to gain a greater understanding of its culture and history. ‘From the Zen Japanese gardens, located in busy cities, to… Read More

Theme park hopping in Japan

Kyoto Entertainment GJ Editor GJ Editor

Leah, her two children and partner visited Japan for the very first time over Easter break 2017. During their holiday they visited Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. And in each city, they visited one theme park: Tokyo DisneySea, Universal Studios Japan and Toei Studio Park ‘Before heading to a travel dest… Read More

Snowed under in Hokkaido ; OTARU

Hokkaido Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

A seafood lover's paradise near Sapporo, steeped in historic charm   A VISIT to Otaru is a trip back in time to nineteenth-century Japan. Beautifully maintained European heritage buildings constructed during this era still line its picturesque canal district, and on the inside, yield m… Read More

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Nagano Tours & Activities GJ Editor GJ Editor

WORLD CLASS   Niseko Grand Hirafu is the biggest resort in Niseko, with the lion's share of terrain on the 1,308-metre Mount Niseko Annupuri. It has 30 diverse courses, including 9 of more than a kilometre, and a 5.6-kilometre long cruiser. Tree runs, fresh powder and panoramic views… Read More

Steep and deep days in Yamagata

Yamagata Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

A scenic 'hot spring kingdom' filled with natural and cultural highlights   Yamagata Prefecture is one of Japan’s heaviest snowfall areas, making it a naturally blessed snow holiday destination just 2.5 hours north of Tokyo by bullet train. Some 160,000 hectares of the prefecture is na… Read More

FIVE BIG YEARS

Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Highlights from a century of skiing in Japan   1911  THE BIRTH OF SKIING IN JAPAN A demonstration of skiing down Mt Kanaya, Niigata Prefecture, by visiting Austro-Hungarian army officer Theodor von Lerch in 1911 is credited as the birth of the sport in Japan. For many locals of Japan's snow… Read More

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