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Unique Table Manners in Japan

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Every culture has its own table manner to follow and Japan is no exception. While Japanese will be generous and won’t be offended if you’re unable to conduct the correct table manners, it is always nice to understand and follow the common etiquettes to demonstrate your good manner and respect for t… Read More

Essential Japanese phrases for Japan Journey

Sydney Language GJ Editor GJ Editor

Tired of pointing and nodding? Here are some phrases to assist your trip to Japan! While the language barrier is still an issue in some areas, rest assured that you will be able to survive most of your journey (hopefully) and make your experience even better with the following. Please note, that yo… Read More

Pre-travel guide to Japan

Basics Brendan Vestergaard Brendan Vestergaard

Unfortunately, travelling in Japan is simply not feasible at this time. However, you can still plan for your epic adventure in Japan! Instead of binge-watching Netflix during these unprecedented events, why not plan your next trip to Japan. I get it. Planning holidays can often be time-consuming an… Read More

Tokyo’s whackiest hotels!

Tokyo Basics Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Japan has this special power of going the extra mile in anything they set out to do. This includes their commitment and love for the more whacky and kooky side of Japanese culture. From theme parks to themed restaurants and food, to Hello Kitty trains and Anime themed planes, the whacky and kooky m… Read More

TOKYO TOWER VS TOKYO SKYTREE

Tokyo Basics Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Tokyo city is full of towering buildings, but did you know there are two rivalling towers there? Image via Klook Both Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree are free standing broadcasting towers. They are both quite tall and visitors can take a long elevator ride up to look over Tokyo city, but that's as … Read More

RYOKAN

Sydney Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

Ryokan Gojyuan: a little bit of Japan in Balmain Experience an authentic ryokan, complete with a Japanese garden Soak for hours in the aromatic hinoki bath to music of your choice Savour a classic ichijū-sansai breakfast overlooking the koi pond   In Sydney's inner west subur… Read More

Powder bliss in Nagano ; NOZAWA ONSEN

Nagano Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

> Deep powder resort with a vast slope area > Grand samurai-era bathhouses and inns > Traditional hot spring healing destination Nozawa Onsen has depth as a snow holiday destination in more ways than one. The first things that come to mind for skiers and snowboarders are its avera… Read More

Powder bliss in Nagano-Niigata ; YUDANAKA ONSEN

Nagano Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

History flows through this Snow Monkey town near AN idyllic hot spring inn town some 30 kilometres from Nagano City, Yudanaka Onsen is a popular base for visitors to the nearby Zenkō-ji Temple, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Hokusaikan Museum, and Shiga Kogen resort area. The town is the final stop o… 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

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

Travel Japan like a pro!

Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

What you need to turn a good trip into a great one So, can you save money on riding the shinkansen, and free up some more for exploring Japan's never-ending maze of awesomeness? Do you know where to drop your suitcase so you're not heaving it along with you? Here we introduce why Japan is not just… Read More

SHIBU ONSEN

Nagano Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

The neighbouring town to the snow monkey park, full of charm and tradition SHIBU Onsen is a quaint hot spring town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed, still standing tall and proud. The town's original spring-head w… Read More

HOTEL GRAND PHENIX OKUSHIGA

Nagano Basics G'Day Japan!

HOTEL GRAND PHENIX OKUSHIGA Situated amongst the 1500 metre high Okushiga Kogen, Hotel Grand Phenix was made to please skiers and sport enthusiasts. The hotel has a warm atmosphere with touches of Europeanstyle decors. Each of the room is prepared to provide guests with the utmost comfort dur… Read More

Enjoy Hakuba from a level above and beyond

Nagano Basics G'Day Japan!

The Hotel Mont Blanc Hakuba Group is well trusted and well established as the provider of home away from home for many Australians. The staff at both accommodations by the group is known to provide friendly, flexible and formidable service. ‘The staff have continually gone above and beyond in makin… Read More

STAY IN THE HOSHINO RESORTS IN HOKKAIDO

Hokkaido Basics G'Day Japan!

Stay in Tomamu and Asahikawa,  and enjoy the best of Central Hokkaido! Great snow holiday areas in their own right, Tomamu and Asahikawa are also convenient bases for visiting Furano, Sahoro and Kamui, and enjoying the best of the Central Hokkaido region. This area is famous for even drier, fin… Read More

STAY IN THE HOSHINO RESORTS IN HOKKAIDO

Hokkaido Basics G'Day Japan!

STAY IN THE HOSHINO RESORTS ASAHIKAWA GRAND HOTEL FOR THE PERFECT CENTRAL HOKKAIDO WINTER HOLIDAY BASE The Hoshino Resorts Asahikawa Grand Hotel is a stylish landmark of Central Hokkaido's major city. Its lobby and entrance was designed in a luxurious European period fashion by John Edison, gre… Read More

HOTEL MONT BLANC HAKUBA GROUP HOTELS

Nagano Basics G'Day Japan!

HOTEL MONT BLANC HAKUBA GROUP HOTELS Mont Blanc Hakuba Familia has newly joined Hotel Mont Blanc Hakuba and Hotel Sejour Mint. The friendly staff will ensure you the best stay with their savvy footwork. Online Reservation www.hakubacherry.com   HOTEL MONT BLANC HAKUBA Shuttle… Read More

SHIBU ONSEN

Nagano Basics G'Day Japan!

The neighbouring town to the snow monkey park, full of charm and tradition Shibu Onsen is a quaint hot spring town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed, still standing tall and proud. The town's original spring-h… Read More