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Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan. During autumn it is the perfect temperature to enjoy one of Japan’s scenic hikes. More notably, this is the time that the leaves change colour and Japan’s usually lush greenery is transformed temporarily into a complex palette of reds, oranges and yel… Read More

Summer Festivals in Japan

Tokyo Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Summertime in Japan is associated with music, dance, and festivities. Almost every area has at least one local festival (matsuri) in late summer/ early autumn, where the celebrations are mostly centred around the paddy harvest. While there are no specific dates for when the festivals occur, they ar… Read More

The Wonder of Solo Activities in Japan

Sydney Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Harmony is heavily valued in Japanese society, with the tendency to emphasise groups over individuals. This is said to have emerged from Japanese geography, history and culture. Being isolated from other countries, Japan has yet to experience major racial or cultural invasion, making the country ho… Read More

Naoshima’s Contemporary Art Museums

Kyoto Art Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Located 175km southwest of Kyoto, Naoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Like many other islands in the area, Naoshima was suffering until the 1990s due to its dying industrial waste dumps until it was completely transformed into the con… Read More

The Incredible Train Rides of Japan

Yamanashi Transport GJ Editor GJ Editor

We all know that Japan is very capable of going beyond our expectations of converting something into more unique and extraordinary. The Robot Restaurant, vending machines, digital art museums and Pachinko... and train rides! While Japan is famously known for its efficient and extensive railway netw… Read More

Upcoming Theme Parks and Events from 2020 to 2022

Tokyo Event GJ Editor GJ Editor

Where are you now? Majority of the answers now would be 'home.' Since social distancing started, home is literally the only place we know. Your day passes in the same rooms; and it doesn’t matter whether you are eating, studying, working or hanging out with your family members or friends online, it… Read More

TOYOOKA

Hyogo Travel Information GJ Editor GJ Editor

Hot Spring Therapy that Heals Both the Body and Soul & Rejuvenate Your Body and Spirit in the Countryside of Japan Tucked away along Japan’s western coastline and surrounded by the natural beauty of the San’in Kaigan Geopark lies the city of Toyooka. Conveniently located only a few hours fro… Read More

OSAKA

Osaka Travel Information GJ Editor GJ Editor

Osaka: The Vibrant City of Old and New The world famous Osaka is the capital of west Japan; a trade and cultural hub that offers a completely different experience to that of Tokyo city. Located in the Kansai region of Japan, Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan. You could sa… Read More

KOBE

Hyogo Travel Information GJ Editor GJ Editor

Gateway to Japan and rugby. Tokyo and very slightly to the west of Osaka is the city of Kobe. One of the most well known port city in Japan, and it is located in the Kansai region. Kobe looks up to the gorgeous mountains that surround the city and its many varied and unique sceneries attract vis… Read More

Hello Kitty Palooza in Japan!

Osaka Manga and Anime Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Hello Kitty and the whole of Sanrio Universe are the corner stone of the Japanese kawaii culture. Whether you are obsessed with Hello Kitty already or have a soft spot for anything cute and pastel coloured, you want to keep on reading. Hello Kitty is everywhere in Japan - it's at the supermarket… Read More

Kansai Tourism Seminar Report

Osaka Event Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Do you know what’s in the centre of Japan? The Kansai region known as western Japan is located in the middle of Honshu (the main island of Japan). Not only that, the Kansai region was at the centre of Japanese politics and culture until the 19th century. The region consists of 10 prefectures and m… Read More

Where unreal is the new real. . .

Osaka Entertainment GJ Editor GJ Editor

Universal Studios Japan® in Osaka has gone beyond over the top for its fifteenth anniversary. Unveiling not only new Wand Magic area sand a stunning night show at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,it has also created the world's largest Minion Park.Visitors to Wand Magic at the Wizarding Wor… 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

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

TOKYO AND KYOTO

Kyoto Discover G'Day Japan!

Essential highlights of Japan now and then The towering skyscrapers and ornate temple pagodas that symbolise Tokyo and Kyoto today are also an expression of the rich culture and history of Japan. Each city is a fascinating journey between modernity and tradition, and must be experienced on any tri… Read More

TIMELESS KYOTO ICONS

Kyoto Culture G'Day Japan!

Maiko Maiko are the apprentice geisha of Kyoto, which remains a bastion of this antique entertainment culture in Japan today. Although they may come from any part of Japan to study the geisha arts, once they become maiko, all speak in the Kyoto dialect. Maiko live, study and work in the Gion… Read More

Welcome to Osaka

Osaka Basics G'Day Japan!

Osaka is Japan’s western capital, and the underdog of Japanese travel destinations. Pioneers and built Osaka on innovative ideas; they were the ones who brought us instant noodles, and sushi train. An air of nostalgia complement the city’s modern, trail-blazing energy, which is just what makes… Read More

Quirky and nostalgic by day…

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Osaka’s mecca of street food Kuromon Ichib Known as one of Osaka’s largest food markets, Kuromon Ichiba is a must-visit spot for a tasty feed. Locals come to this 114 year-old market for their daily shop, some socialising, and of course delicious street food. The market spreads out in all f… Read More