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Enjoy the great outdoors in the shadow of Mount Fuji at Lake Yamanaka

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Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Lake Yamanakako is the third-highest lake in Japan and the largest one in the Fuji Five Lakes region. For great views of nearby Mount Fuji and a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, head to Lake Yamanakako any time of year. The area surrounding Lake Yamanakako… Read

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Norwegian Cruise Line unveils details of 24 port-intensive cruises across Asia

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has unveiled details of over 24 new port-intensive cruises across Asia, for a total of 85 Asia Pacific voyages from September 2024 through March 2026 on new-to-the-region ships, the Norwegian Spirit, Sun and Sky. NCL will operate an extended season of voyages from 15 departure ports,… Read

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Jogashima: A seaside day trip from Tokyo

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Tokyo residents and visitors to the city alike often seek a break from the urban jungle in the form of day trips out of the city. And what better respite can there be than a trip to the seaside? A fishing village and a rocky shoreline is an ideal escape:… Read

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For birdwatchers and nature lovers, Lake Hyoko is one of the top spots in Niigata Prefecture

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Attracting thousands each year to its natural beauty and wildlife, Lake Hyoko in Niigata Prefecture makes for a great weekend getaway. From birds to cherry blossoms, not to mention the lake, this site has plenty to soak up all year round. Despite its name, Lake Hyoko is not a natural lake. The site… Read

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Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report

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Japan ranked third in a list of destinations in a travel and tourism development report by the World Economic Forum released Tuesday, scoring highly for its natural and cultural resources and transport infrastructure. The United States topped the list, with Spain coming second. Japan was the highest-ranking country in the… Read

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Plaza Premium to open City Terminal lounge in Osaka

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A City Terminal by Plaza Premium Lounge will open this summer in Osaka’s Umeda district, one of the busiest travel hubs in Japan. City Terminal will join the company's portfolio of Plaza Premium Lounges, Aerotel airport hotels, airport dining brands, ALLWAYS airport concierge services, and the global rewards program, Smart… Read

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Learn about one of the most powerful clans of Japan’s Warring States period at Takeda Shrine

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Located in Yamanashi Prefecture’s Kofu City, Takeda Shrine was built in the early 20th century but has much deeper historical roots. For a mix of shrine architecture and Yamanashi’s history, head to Takeda Shrine. The Takeda Clan The Takeda clan were a significant family from the Heian period until the late 1500s.… Read

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Hasedera or the 'Temple of Flowers' resides high on mountainside in Nara Prefecture

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Hasedera Temple in Nara Prefecture is the main temple of the Buzan sect of Shingon Buddhism, giving rise to 3000 member temples in Japan. This temple is beautiful throughout the year because of an abundance of seasonal blooms, earning the name “Temple of Flowers.” Additionally, there is also a magnificent five-storied pagoda… Read

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You can now buy shinkansen first-class 'oshibori' moist towelettes online

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Speed and convenience may be the primary selling points of Japan’s shinkansen bullet trains, but it’s the little details that really make the ride pleasant. Things like the dulcet voice that greets you with the ever-so-classy “Welcome to the Shinkansen” over the in-car speakers, the silky smooth, near-silent acceleration as you pull away… Read

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For a famous view of Mount Fuji, take a hike up Yamanashi Prefecture’s Arakurayama Sengen Park

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With one of the most iconic views of Mount Fuji, Arakurayama Sengen Park shouldn’t be missed on trips to Yamanashi Prefecture. For a dash of nature and shrines amidst an incredible backdrop, head to Arakurayama Sengen Park. Arakurayama Sengen Park was opened in 1959 and covers over four hectares. Located at the… Read

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