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  • Affordable Japan with World Expeditions

    November 27, 2014

    The depreciation of the Japanese yen has turned travelling to Japan into surprisingly ‘good value’, with World Expeditions recording significant savings of up to £1,320 per couple compared to its brochure prices two years ago.

  • Japan Voted Best Long-haul Country in Guardian Travel Awards 2014

    November 24, 2014

  • Japan on Film - A Tale of Samurai Cooking Showing in London from 12 December

    November 18, 2014

    Japan’s shinkansen bullet train network is set to expand in spring 2015 with the completion of the Hokuriku line extension to Kanazawa. On 12 December, a film set in this part of Japan will open in London, giving moviegoers a silver screen look into this soon to be easier to access part of Japan.

  • New Website for Exploring Central Japan

    November 13, 2014

    In commemoration of the Tokaido Shinkansen's 50th anniversary, Japan Rail Central has launched a website called, “Japan Highlights Travel”. This new website offers great tips and advice on what to see, do and eat along the Tokaido Shinkansen line.

  • Aman Tokyo to Open on 22 December 2014

    November 12, 2014

    Aman has announced the launch of the brand’s first city property: Aman Tokyo, scheduled to open its doors on 22 December 2014.

  • Japan Trips for Bloggers

    October 30, 2014

    In 2014, Hoshino Resorts mark the 100th anniversary of their founding. To celebrate this major milestone, they have launched a project called "100 Trip Stories", inviting 100 young people from around the world to experience Japanese culture.

  • Who's on the Japan Stand at WTM?

    October 29, 2014

    This year there will be representatives from the destinations of Kinosaki Onsen, Okinawa, Osaka, Kobe, Tokyo and, for the first time, Kyushu on the Japan stand at World Travel Market.They will be joining Japan National Tourism Organization and hoteliers, ground handlers from Japan.

  • Japan Travel News for 2015

    October 29, 2014

    Japan has lots of exciting tourism news for 2015. The shinkansen bullet train line extension to Kanazawa will be opening in March 2015; a Disney animated film inspired by Japan is coming out in January 2015; a new low-cost carrier terminal will open at Narita; AirAsia is to re-enter Japan; Himeji Castle will re-open; + lots of new hotel openings and much more.

  • Michelin Approved Ramen in Fukuoka

    October 28, 2014

    London’s love of ramen continues to grow – Shoryu, Tonkotsu Soho, Tonkotsu East, Bone Daddies, United Ramen, Ittenbari, Kanada-ya and Ippudo have already proven to be hugely popular and this month they are joined by a brand new site for Tonkotsu in Selfridge’s Food Hall and Bones Daddies is set to open in Kensington Whole Foods Market in December. Fukuoka is considered by many to be home to the best ramen in Japan and now the city even has Michelin approved ramen!

  • New Tax-Free Shopping System for Visitors to Japan

    October 27, 2014

    As of 1 October 2014, the duty free system in Japan has changed. The number of items eligible for tax exemption have been increased, making shopping in Japan even more enjoyable and affordable. Tourists in Japan can now buy consumables including medicine, food and cosmetics, tax-free from designated shops.

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