As the ski fields of Japan experience an abundance of Ja-pow, we start to think towards the upcoming months, such as the glories of spring and the beauty of an everchanging landscape. 
A quintessential Japanese winter experience is taking a dip in a natural onsen (hot spring). If you're a bit brave you can consider trying a public onsen where you must bathe in the nude, but if you prefer solitude then a private onsen is the way to go. 
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Japan Meteorological Corporation has recently released their 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast with the expectation they will bloom a little earlier this year. Tokyo's forecasted flowering date is 24th March and expecting full bloom on 31 March, and Kyoto's forecasted flowering date is 26th March with full bloom on 3 April. For more information on other cities, take a look at this website.

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. 

ANA new direct flights from Perth

For those in Western Australia who want to fly direct to Japan, this news is for you! Starting from 1 September 2019, All Nippon Airways (ANA) will have daily flights between Perth and Tokyo Narita. 
3 Lesser Known Cherry Blossom Spots

Take a short ride outside of Tokyo to see some lesser known cherry blossom spots without the usual crowds. Time to experience sakura like a local!
Japan Visitor Hotline

The Japan Visitor Hotline is a 24-hour, 365 days a year, multilingual call service for travellers in Japan.

Call the hotline for information or if you require assistance.

Okonomiyaki Cooking School

OKOSTA has opened an okonomiyaki cooking experience for international visitors in JR Hiroshima Station. Participants are able to learn how to make their own okonomiyaki.

Digitized Hiroshima Castle

teamLab (the art collective behind ‘Borderless’ and ‘Planets’ in Tokyo) presents Digitized Hiroshima CastleThe exhibition is part of teamLab’s Digitized City art project.
We have 5 TOKYO Guides to giveaway to readers in Aus! This guide is a specially curated list of places and experiences that are tried and tested by the authors. 
For your chance to win a copy, please email and tell us in 25 words or less what you recommend as a 'must-see area' in Tokyo. If you've never been tell us instead which place you'd like to visit in Tokyo and why. 
Deadline for entries: Midnight 6 Feb 2019
JR West to start online train bookings

From March 2019 JR West wiill launch a service to allow travellers to purchase JR Tickets before they arrive. After arriving in Japan, customers can pick up their pre-purchased tickets from various locations.
Hotel Vischio Kyoto to open May 2019

Located next to Kyoto Station, the new hotel includes a large communal bath equipped with saunas for guests to relax and enjoy.

Deals and Campaigns

Featured tour: Backroads of Japan

This tour, escorted by Tomato Travel, spends 11 days visiting some excellent off-the-beaten track destinations, including world heritage sites, museums, cultural activities, and of course, some of Japan’s beautiful nature.

1-day private taxi tour of Nara City

If you've ever wanted to be chaufeurred around whilst exploring a city, this is your chance. Experience a private tour with an English-speaing guide and their local knowledge. 

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!
Auckland Japan Day

Visit Japan will be attending the Auckland Japan Day which will be held on Sunday 3 March 2019 at Eden Park. Come by to get the latest information on travel in Japan. 

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