Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 30 June 2019

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Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 30 June 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

A great resource to plan your trip is our Start Here to Plan Your Trip to Japan page.

We have been very busy producing new content following our recent Japan trip.  You can check out our new article below:

  • Getting Around Japan With A Japan Rail Pass.  In this article you can read the story of how we used our 21 day Japan Rail Passes to get around Japan during our recent trip.  We used them a lot and saw and did so much!

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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Japan Travel Deals

Voyagin are currently running their June Sale where you can save up to $US40 per booking using the below coupon codes.  Note that the coupon codes are not valid for Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, or any JR Passes.

Check out out article on the most popular Voyagin tickets and tours for Japan to see how to take advantage of this sale!

  • Save $10 when you spend $150, “JUNESALE10”
  • Save $25 when you spend $300, “JUNESALE25”
  • Save $40 when you spend $450, “JUNESALE40”

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 commenced on 23 May 2019 and quickly sold out.  Click here to order your 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 our article on How To Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2019.

Top Articles This Fortnight From the Facebook Group

The Last Japanese Mermaids by Messy Nessy Chic

​For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama, and if you’ve dipped into Messy Nessy’s archives, you will have already met the few ladies still left in Japan that still make their living (well into their 90s) by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.

In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers (ama means sea woman) in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence. Click here to check out the article. 

The Essential Guide To 10 Days In Japan For First Time Visitors by Pretraveller

As a first time visitor to Japan it can be difficult to put together a 10 day itinerary which will work for you. There are so many choices and options! To help you to develop your own itinerary I have put together three sample itineraries for first timers which can then be easily tailored to suit your particular trip.  Click on this link to check out the article. 

​​​​​​Awestruck in Japan: 12 Natural Wonders to See This Summer by Japan Cheapo

​​When you think of Japan, you may think of the metropolis that is Tokyo, or the stunning Temples of Kyoto, but Japan has some of the most incredible natural wonders in the world.

​​If you’re looking to reconnect with nature and see something truly incredible, there are plenty of awe-inspiring sights you’ll be putting straight on your bucket list. From ice-blue pools in Hokkaido to the turquoise seas of Okinawa, with ancient forests and sand-dunes in-between; Japan is an incredible myriad of natural wonders. Although some may be more of a struggle to reach than others, they are all incredible displays of the power of nature that you’ll never forget.  Click on this link to check out the article. 

What To Do In Tokyo: North, South, East And West Districts by Pretraveller

​​Trying to decide what do in Tokyo is a challenge!  The city has a multitude of places and activities to do, and depending on our interests you have many themes to choose from – from futuristic, historic, cultural and kuwaii (cute)!

Tokyo is metropolis which is quite large in size and has many different neighbourhoods so you need to plan ahead to make the most of your time.  I decided to reach out to the travel blogging community to be able to present a comprehensive list of what to do in Tokyo, so as a result this article has contributions from over 25 travel bloggers, who have each done a different itinerary when we each visited Tokyo!   The list has been structured by district of Tokyo so you can easily cluster together activities in similar areas when you put together your itinerary.   Click on this link to check out the article. 

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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