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JR, Tokyo Metro, other rails lines adding discounts for mentally impaired riders, caregivers

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In many parts of Japan, the most populous cities in particular, taking the train is an essential part of maintaining a reasonable standard of living. Stores selling daily necessities, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and clothing stores, as well as hospitals and government offices, tend to be clustered around rail stations,… Read

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Shirahone Onsen: Located in Chubusangaku National Park, its unique milky waters are worth the trip

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Shirahone Onsen is located in the quiet and peaceful Chubusangaku National Park in Nagano Prefecture. This hot spring resort in the northern Japanese Alps may be small, but its unique milky waters rich in calcium and magnesium and beautiful scenery are worth a special trip. While the village of Shirahone has a four… Read

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Nemophila season off to an early, and beautiful, start as baby blue flowers bloom in Maishima

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Right now, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Japan’s most populous cities. As beautiful as the sakura are, though, there’s often a certain sense of anxiety that comes from going out to see them, since the petals don’t last for very long before falling off the trees and… Read

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Kumobaike Pond is a must for tourists all year round

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Only 20 minutes by foot from JR Hokuriku Shinkansen’s Karuizawa station, Kumobaike Pond is a must for tourists all year round. Sometimes called Swan Lake by locals for the swans that visit the area in winter, this pond is a lovely spot for birdwatching due to the many wild birds that call the… Read

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Explore Aomori Prefecture in spring

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To ease over-tourism at some of Japan’s most famous sites, especially in Tokyo and Kyoto, and explore parts of the country less traveled by tourists, why not head north to Aomori prefecture this spring? Here are some quick facts about the northern prefecture: Average spring temperature: 8-18℃, depending on time… Read

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Bihoku Hillside Park offers best views of seasonal flowers and winter illuminations in Hiroshima

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Located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Bihoku Hillside Park was the 11th national park designated in Japan and the first in the Chugoku region. Head to the vast area for greenery, seasonal flowers, illuminations and more. The Park An extensive green space that makes for a great day trip option. Image: PIXTA/ TOMI Covering… Read

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Accor expands portfolio with 22 hotels in Japan

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Accor has doubled the group’s footprint in Japan with the opening of 22 hotels and over 6,000 rooms in the country. Prior to the addition of the 22 new hotels, Accor was operating 24 hotels in Japan, under eight brands: MGallery, Pullman, Swissôtel, Mercure, Novotel, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis… Read

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Hong Kong Airlines resumes flights to Kagoshima

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Hong Kong Airlines has resumed flights to Kagoshima, Japan. The airline will operate the route with thrice weekly flights taking off every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight HX670 is scheduled to depart from Hong Kong Airport (HKG) at 08:45 and arrive at Kagoshima Airport (KOJ) at 12:55. From KOJ, flight… Read

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As international travel grows, so does U.S. use of technology: A look at how it's used at airports

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The Belgian family of four was on their fourth trip to the United States. They had been dreading the long line at passport control when they entered the country but had heard about a new app they could use to ease their way and decided to give it a shot.… Read

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Shhh, I’m on vacation. Travelers are on a quest for the quiet

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At home in the New York City suburbs, Oscar Sandoval has lots of friends and an active social life. But when it’s time for vacation, he prefers to keep it quiet. Like, literally. Sandoval began practicing Zen Buddhism a few years back, and has been on silent retreats to Buddhist… Read

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