Winter is a brilliance of snow, winter illuminations, hearty foods, snow festivals and so much more! So if you want to avoid the Australian heat, look no further than Japan!
Imagine yourself in the middle of the Art Illumination at Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, where you can experience the glittering winter light spectacle with the setting sun and Mt Fuji in the background. 
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December, marking the start of winter, sees Japan experience colder weather, increase in the local 'illuminations' and more hot, hearty foods being served (including oden in convenience stores!). Perhaps 2019 will be the year you make it (back) to Japan to tick a few things off your bucketlist? No matter what, Japan is waiting for you...

To stay on top of weather warnings and other major notifications, please download apps such as the Japan Official Travel App, for alerts on natural disasters, to find your nearest free wi-fi and many more features when travelling in Japan. 

JNTO Sydney brochure room and travel information phone line closures:
Please note our Sydney brochure room and travel information phone lines will be closed on the following days for public holidays:
25-26 December (Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
31 December - 3 January 2019 (Japanese new year holiday)

Planning the perfect family holiday in Japan
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Kyushu: The Japan less travelled

Let blogger and videographer Pat Kay take you on a journey through Kyushu, a part of Japan that is unique in it own right. 
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Consumer Hotline for Tourists

The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan has launched the Consumer Hotline for Tourists which offers telephone consultations for overseas visitors that experience consumer issues during their stay in Japan.  See more
Live Like a Local in Japan

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Deals and Campaigns

Temple lodging in Shiga Pref.

Experience the life of a Japanese Buddhist monk in Shiga Prefecture and see what it is like to meditate, train, live and eat the pure life.  See more

Shoryudo 3 day bus pass relaunched!

The ticket gives the user unlimited travel on highway buses and route buses connecting Nagoya, Magome, Komagane, Matsumoto and other places.  See more

Reserve Joyful trains online!

JR East has added 13 new ‘Joyful Train’ services to their online seat reservations service to make it easier for overseas travellers to book.  See more

Wi-Ho! Pocket Wi-Fi delivered to you

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Festivals and Events

World Travel Expo 2019

Visit Japan will be attending the Sydney (2-3 Feb) and Brisbane (16-17 Feb) World Travel Expos, so if you're looking to get some great Japan information, stop by and say hi! Click here for more information

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