Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 2 June 2019

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Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 2 June 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

We apologise for not sending out a new newsletter last fortnight – after returning to Australia we have both had quite a bad cold which has lingered way too long.  Hopefully we can get back on track for the fortnightly newsletters from now on!  We have also been very busy producing new content following our recent Japan trip.  You can check out our first two new articles below:

  • The Ultimate Guide – Things To Do In Tokyo With Kids.  This is a big article with details of 30 different activities that we have done with our own children in Tokyo which they loved! Most of these activities are also good options for adults so check it out anyway – we have lots of anime and gaming activities included!
  • Enjoying A Luxury Ryokan Experience At KAI Kinugawa Onsen.  We really enjoyed staying at Hoshino Resorts KAI Kinugawa Onsen which is in the Nikko area.  The onsen baths were amazing and their Keiseki Dinner was fantastic!  Check out the article to see more details and lots and lots of photos…

We have a list of around 60 or more new articles to produce so that will keep us busy for quite some time to come!

Avoid FOMO… Order Your Japan Planning Calendar Now!

A real challenge when you start planning your trip to Japan is to understand when public holidays, school holidays and significant events are occurring, so that you can either choose to join in with these events or avoid them.

As a result we have spent many hours creating detailed planning calendars for Japan which include details of all of the public holidays, Japan school holidays and major events to help you plan your trip. The downloadable PDF documents include clickable links for each event to help you easily find out more information and more confidently plan your itinerary.  Click here to find out more and purchase your Japan Planning Calendar.  

Your Japan Planning Calendar

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Key Japan Planning Information

Major Upcoming Events in Japan

Other Japan Events

Upcoming major events for the next month (and you can find many more events into the future in our Japan Planning Calendars as mentioned previously!):

Summer is the time for many festivals in Japan – both the major festivals as well as many smaller festivals in smaller townships.

Click on this page for Tokyo and this page for Japan to see further information about upcoming events.

Everything Sumo!

Upcoming sumo tournaments:

  • 7 – 21 July 2019 in Nagoya.  Official ticket sales commence on 23 May 2019.  Click here to pre-order tickets through Voyagin.  Ensure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.
  • 8 – 22 September 2019 in Tokyo.  Note that this sumo tournament overlaps with the Rugby World Cup 2019, so get in early to pre-order your tickets through Voyagin to ensure you have the best chance of success.  Official ticket sales commence on 3 August 2019.  Click here to pre-order tickets through Voyagin.  Ensure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.
  • 10 – 24 November 2019 in Fukuoka.  Official ticket sales commence on 5 October 2019.  Click here to pre-order tickets through Voyagin.  Ensure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.

For more information about how to purchase your sumo wrestling tickets check out my article on How To Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2019.

How to Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2019


Top Articles This Fortnight From the Facebook Group

13 things to do in Shinjuku after dark by TimeOut Tokyo

From glamourous drag queens to late night shopping spree and spy games, here’s how you can keep yourself entertained through the night in Shinjuku.  If you’re a night owl, you’ll love Shinjuku, Tokyo’s vibrant nightlife district that really comes alive after dark. Whether you’re looking to eat and drink the night away, test your skills at a spy game, or watch a live show, Shinjuku has all you need for an action-packed night in the capital. Here’s a list of 13 things you can do, all of which operates through the night until the wee hours of morning. Week days or weekends, get ready to pull an all-nighter.  Click here to read more…

31 Crazy Tokyo Experiences by Contemporary Nomad

We came to Japan for the specific goal of diving into the country’s legendary craziness. We had visions of pouty Lolitas posing in front of multi-story video screens, robots performing the Nutcracker, warehouse-scale electronic sushi emporiums, and Gozilla peeking over a skyscraper down upon the city’s legendary street culture. Did we find it? Absolutely, it’s everything we ever dreamt of and more.

Over time, we have been building the ultimate list of quirky, crazy, weird, wild and wonderful activities, a sort of must-do menu of fun and kitschy Tokyo delights. Hai, dozo!  Click here to read more…

7 Food Theme Parks and Museums in Japan for the Hungry Traveler by GaijinPot

Some people visit Japan to admire the ancient temples of Kyoto, challenge their mind and body with a hike up Mt. Fuji or take part in some of the celebrated summer matsuri (festivals) that happen each year. Then there’s the rest of us, who come to Japan to live out our foodie dreams. We scour the streets to eat like a local, the Anthony Bourdain of tourists experiencing culinary masterpieces unique to Japan.

The beauty of food culture in Japan is that it is everywhere. You can enter a ramen shop for a bowl of noodles, only to see a cooking show playing on the TV overhead debating shio (salt) versus miso broth. Even Japanese convenience stores have food that can put some restaurants to shame. Japan loves food, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are food-themed parks and museums scattered throughout the archipelago. At these sites, the Japanese showcase some of their most revered and beloved food, whether it be takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or pollock roe ice cream.

For those who are always hungry when on holiday or want to show their deep appreciation for Japanese culinary traditions, here are seven food-themed parks and museums for you to check out.  Click here to read more…

Thanks Anne and Tony.

PS. If you have any questions you are welcome to ask questions in the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

Other Facebook Groups – Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics 2020

If you are planning to visit Japan for either (or both!) of these events you are invited to join the groups with details below

We are just getting started in putting together the content for each of these groups and look forward to having a dedicated area where group members can interact without overloading the main group!

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you be inspired and to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

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