Summer in Japan can be a bit muggy, but once you escape the big cities the air is much clearer and the wilderness of Japan's rural side comes alive. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders that Japan offers, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. 
The Lake Akan Ainu Kotan is an Ainu settlement inhabited by about 120 people. Master artisans create intricate word carvings of bears, birds, humans etc, which are highly sought around the world as original Ainu art. 
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Summer (also known as the green season) in Japan is full of festivals, outdoor events and making the most of nature. July heralds the start of the climbing season of Mt Fuji, fireworks are aplenty all across Japan, and summer festivals kick off with a flair only found in Japan. 

If you're looking for a warm place to get away from the gloom of winter, Japan is the destination 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. 

Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival

Come to Lake Biwa in early August to see one of Japan's great fireworks displays! With over 10,000 fireworks launched over the lake, this is a great opportunity to see the lesser known areas of Japan. 
Top 5 Places to Visit in Tohoku

Did you know less than 2% of all visitors to the Tohoku region are international travellers? If you're looking for an area in Japan to visit that has yet to be discovered, the Tohoku region is the place to go. 
G20 Osaka Summit - things to know

Osaka will be host to the G20 Summit from Friday 28 June to Saturday 29 June. There will be major traffic restrictions and also coin lockers at the station will be unavailable. Keep and eye out if you're travelling during that period. 
Kyudo archery experience in Hiroshima

A new dojo has opened in the heart of Hiroshima city to challenge visitors in the traditional sport of Kyudo, Japanese archery. Take a shot (pun intended) at hitting the bulls-eye: it's believed to be good luck. 

Luggage-Free Travel by JTB

If you're travelling around Japan using trains or busses, you can consider using the new Luggage-Free Travel service provided by JTB. The service helps reduce the hassle of carrying heavy baggages during the transit stages of your travel. 
New hot spring Kotobuki opens at Rusutsu Resort Hotel

A brand new onsen (hot spring) will open on 1 July 2019, which overlooks the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The onsen covers around 3,000 square-metres with a variety of baths on offer. 
New Animal Quarantine Restrictions

With continuing outbreaks of livestock diseases such as swine flu and avian flu, the Japanese Government has introduced tighter restrictions on the importation of live animals and meat products into Japan. 

Deals and Campaigns

The Great Train Journey of Japan - Autumn 2019

Join Japan Holidays on its inaugural escorted rail tour. Travel from city to country by rail and visit the top 3 rail museums, must do for any rail fan! Departs 07 Nov from $6700pp.

FLEX Round Trip Shinkansen ticket from Tokyo

Between May and 24 September, you can utilise a round trip ticket between Tokyo and Kyoto or Mt Fuji, plus an experience coupon! (and it's cheap!)

Festivals and Events

'Cycling Around Japan' free seminars (AU/NZ)

Have you ever wondered what Japan would look like as it passes you by at a leisurely pace?
Come to the free seminar "Cycling Around Japan - Japanese Culture Through the Cyclist's Eyes" with guest speaker Micahel Rice, host of NHK Japan's Cycling Programme. 

This one-off FREE seminar is coming to:

WellingtonTuesday, 11 June and Wednesday, 12 June

Perth: Friday, 14 June

BrisbaneMonday, 17 June

Gold Coast: Tuesday, 18 June

Click on the city names for more details about each event.

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