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The best spots to see autumn leaves in Kyushu

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Japan’s southernmost main island, Kyushu is also one of its most diverse regions, made up of the seven prefectures of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Saga, Miyazaki, Oita, Kagoshima, and Kumamoto. Sunny, tropical vibes radiate across high-rise urban landscapes, emerald rice paddies and even a fiery active volcano in the middle of the sea, making it difficult to picture this kaleidoscopic landscape… Read

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United Airlines helps passengers battle jet lag with Timeshifter

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United Airlines customers now have a new way to try and battle jet lag through a partnership with Timeshifter, an app that outlines the best time to see and avoid light, sleep and enjoy caffeine to adjust quickly to a new time zone. All MileagePlus members can now access a… Read

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Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021

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Hyatt Hotels Corp is the latest hotel company to say it’s removing small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste. Hyatt says it is shifting to large, multi-use bottles for shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and lotion at its 875 hotels worldwide. The Chicago-based company says the transition… Read

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Teisho Basaratei: A visit to the ‘residence of the gods’

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Kashikojima Island in Mie Prefecture has become a more familiar name since it hosted the G7 summit in 2016. The secluded island, believed to be the “residence of gods,” is an ideal place to hold such events. It is the largest island in Ago Bay, and was designated as Ise-Shima… Read

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Top of Tokyo: Observation decks offer panoramic city views

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Tokyo is a gigantic concrete jungle built on layers of tradition and culture. It's difficult to grasp the enormity of Japan's capital in just a few days. One way to gain some perspective on the complex city is to get above it — way above it. Skip the sidewalks and… Read

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The best spots to see autumn leaves in Chugoku

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Chugoku is one of the most culturally rich regions of Japan. Almost every iconic aspect of Japanese culture has an embodiment here, from the country’s oldest and most sacred shrine, the Izumo Taisha, to the colorful manga kingdom of Sakaiminato in Tottori to the sobering A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. One-of-a-kind destinations, too, include an… Read

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Qantas pledges to slash emissions as number of environmentally conscious travelers grows

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Qantas Airways Ltd on Monday pledged to slash its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, joining British Airways owner IAG as the industry's response to climate change activists gathers momentum. "We're doing this because it's the responsible thing to do," Qantas' Chief Executive Alan Joyce said in a statement,… Read

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Virgin Australia confirms March 2020 launch of Brisbane-Haneda service

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Virgin Australia has confirmed that it will add Japan to its network in March 2020, with the launch of daily services between Brisbane and Tokyo-Haneda. Commencing on March 29, 2020, the new route, Virgin Australia’s first-ever service to Tokyo, is expected to attract strong demand from both passengers and cargo… Read

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The best spots to see autumn leaves in Chubu

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Packed full of hillside landscapes, mountainous terrains, and quiet castle towns, the Chubu region throws visitors right into the heart of Japan’s nature. This central area of the country is often overlooked by travelers jetting from Tokyo to Osaka on the shinkansen, but that whir of green you see through the train windows is ripe… Read

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ANA to Increase sustainable activities and reduce ecological impact

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ANA Holdings Inc is taking steps to decrease its environmental impact. Effective Feb 1, 2020, ANA will reduce its reliance on single-use plastics inside its cabins and lounges and replacing the plastic straws, stirring sticks and cutlery used in these areas. The plastic straws will be replaced with eco-friendly bioplastic… Read

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