Japan's 3 Great Gardens
Japan's 3 Great Gardens

Colourful flower field in Biei, Hokkaido: The flowers are in bloom from April to October and feature tulips, lupine, lavender, salvia, sunflowers, dahlia and Japanese anemone.


Welcome to the August edition of Japan Agent Update. 


Shikoku named #2 on Lonely Planet's Best in Asia Pacific, 2019

Shikoku is the smallest of Japan's four main islands but there's no shortage of things to see and do. Get in touch with your spritual side on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage (Ohenro), and relax in Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. Explore clear rivers, mysterious vine bridges and a thatched-roof hamlet in the Iya Valley. If your clients have been to Japan once, twice, or three times, perhaps Shikoku should be next on their list! Learn more.


Information on Japanese Festivals & Events: 

- JNTO Head Office, all year round festivals & events.

 ~Insider Tip~

 #30: Online Shinkansen Reservations with JR East


Did you know you can reserve seats on JR East Shinkansen (bullet trains) and Limited Express trains online in advance, even if you are planning to use a JR Pass? It's a great option if your clients are travelling during peak periods or wish to board a special train.

Reservations can be made from one month to 3 days prior to departure, and your clients just need to pick up their tickets at a nominated pick up ticket window by 9pm prior to the day of travel. Show your JR Pass at pick up and the reservations will be free of charge!

Special trains that can be reserved include the POKÉMON with YOU Train, Resort Shirakami and the Hokkaido Shinkansen.

JR-East Train Reservation

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Road tripping in Japan: the checklist


Rental cars are a great way to explore remote areas in Japan and uncover hidden gems, yet many travellers are hesitant to drive in Japan. This article should answer any questions your clients might have about driving in Japan.

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15 Things to do in Kyoto

Japan's ancient capital is packed with so many things to see, do, try and fall in love with! To help with your planning, we've put together a list of 15 recommended things to do!
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Official Mt Fuji Climbing Guide


Mt Fuji Climbing Season is officially underway! Around 300,000 climbers take on the challenge each season. Here's an official guide issued by Yamanashi Prefecture.

Get yours here (PDF: 3.3MB)

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Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony
5, 6, 19 & 20 October 2019

This autumn event aims to pass along the unique Japanese tradition and cultural entertainment of tea ceremony to people of all ages living in Japan and visiting from abroad.

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Kabuki Performances at Takayama Jinya
17, 18 & 31 August and 1 September 2019

Experience jikabuki, amateur kabuki performances by local enthusiasts at Takayama Jinya, a historical government house in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture.

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Real Sushi Making Experience in Hiroshima

Learn how to make sushi from a proper sushi chef at Sushi Nigiriza in Hiroshima City. These 1.5-2 hour classes are available from 2 people to large groups. Non-raw fish options available!

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Top Beer Gardens and Beer Festivals to Visit in Tokyo in 2019 (Tsunagu Japan)

Summer in Japan = Beer Gardens! Here are some top Beer Gardens and Festivals to visit in Tokyo this year. Note: the legal age for alcohol consumption in Japan is 20 years old.

Japan's 3 Great Gardens

Japan's Three Great Gardens

This guide explains the history, features and highlights of Japan's 3 Great Gardens. If your clients love gardens, these gardens are a must-see!

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