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Osaka to Fukuoka for less than ¥4,000? It’s possible with Japan’s overnight ferry

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For long-distance travel in Japan, most people’s default choice is to take the Shinkansen, since Japan’s bullet train network is often faster and more convenient than flying. By land and by air aren’t the only options, though, as Japan also has a network of long-distance ferries, like the one operated by Meimon… Read

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Ready to travel abroad again? Watch out for superbugs, study says

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Newly vaccinated travelers enjoying a return to trips abroad may find a drug-resistant "superbug" hitching a ride in their gut, a study in Genome Medicine says. U.S. and Dutch researchers studying the effects of travel on the bacteria in our stomachs were unnerved to find that a third of their… Read

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U.S.-based cruise lines, eager to go, clash with Florida on vaccines

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U.S.-based cruise lines are chafing to resume voyages from Florida ports in July as the pandemic wanes -- but for vaccinated passengers only -- yet the state and its governor won't let them demand proof of inoculation. So far, neither side has blinked, even as two guests on one of… Read

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Europe tells tourists: Welcome back! Now work out the rules

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Europe is opening up to Americans and other visitors after more than a year of COVID-induced restrictions, in hope of luring back tourists — and their dollars — to the continent's trattorias, vistas and cultural treasures. But travelers will need patience to figure out who's allowed into which country, how… Read

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ANA and Peach to begin codeshare flights

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) will begin a codeshare agreement with Peach Aviation Ltd. Set to begin in August, the codeshare agreement will allow travelers to reserve and purchase flights for Peach under ANA and accumulate ANA miles while flying on Peach aircraft. In addition, ANA mileage may be exchanged for… Read

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IATA warns of potential airport chaos

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IATA has warned of potential airport chaos unless governments move quickly to adopt digital processes to manage travel health credentials (COVID-19 testing and vaccine certificates) and other COVID-19 measures. Pre-COVID-19, passengers, on average, spent about 1.5 hours in travel processes for every journey (check-in, security, border control, customs, and baggage… Read

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Hotel Okura Kyoto Okazaki Bettei to open in January 2022

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Hotel Okura Co Ltd will open the Hotel Okura Kyoto Okazaki Bettei in Kyoto in January 2022. The company has contracted with Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd to manage the new property. The new hotel will offer 60 guest rooms ranging from 40 square meters in size, including eight 80-square meter… Read

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Walking the Tamagawa Josui

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The Tamagawa Josui 玉川上水 (River Tama Aqueduct) is a freshwater canal that originally ran from Hamura 羽村 in western Tokyo to Yotsuya Okido 四谷大木戸, a distance of 43 kilometers. The canal is not used anymore, and the stretch nearest the city runs largely underground, but the entire length has been turned into a… Read

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Airbnb upgrades service for hosts and guests

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Airbnb has introduced more than 100 upgrades to refine and improve every aspect of its service, from the platform’s website and app to community support and policies. Although the changes apply globally, in Thailand the Airbnb 2021 Release will add features to give guests more flexibility when planning their travel… Read

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European air lobbies fear summer chaos at airports

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A year after the coronavirus pandemic emptied airports, air travel associations fear chaos during Europe's summer holiday season as travelers could wait hours before boarding planes due to health checks. Strict controls are still in place at most European airports even though vaccination campaigns are making progress and infection rates… Read

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