Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 29 July 2018

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Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 29 July 2018, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

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Typhoon Jongdari – Take Action to Stay Safe

For those of you in Japan at the moment or who are shortly due to arrive, ensure that you keep track of Typhoon Jongdari which is currently tracking north west towards the area between Tokyo and Hiroshima, and may end up tracking to South Korea. Quite a few fireworks and other festivals are being cancelled as a result of the risk so ensure you check the latest news about events.

If you are planning other outdoor activities such as climbing Mt Fuji also reassess whether it is still safe to do the activity.  You may still be able to make changes to your plans now so that you do not lose your booking fees, so ensure you recheck your options to change or cancel your current bookings so that you know your options and can make timely decisions.

Key Japan Planning Information

Major Upcoming Events in Japan

Japan has a great tradition of many summer festivals with the major events detailed below.  Note that for the Voyagin ticket options below that you may also be able to get coupon code discounts after clicking through to their website.

Japan also has a great range of music concerts available.  Voyagin also offers a concert ticket booking service for a very large range of events.  Click here to go to the Voyagin concert booking page, to see the options click the ‘Book Now’ button, then click on the Option section and the very large list of current options will appear for your consideration and to make your booking.

The Mt Fuji Climbing Season – 1 July to 10 September 2018

The Mt Fuji Summit Climbing Season is open over 1 July to 10 September 2018.  Voyagin has a great affordable climbing tour package with prices starting from $US 204 per person and you can also add on hire of essential equipment,  Click on this link to see the details and to make your Mt Fuji Climb Tour Booking through Voyagin.

Voyagin is currently running their the Summer Sale with the following coupon code discounts:

  • Spend $US 150, Save $US 10, use coupon code`SUMMERSALE10`
  • Spend $US 300, Save $US 25, use coupon code `SUMMERSALE25`
  • Spend $US 450, Save $US 40, use coupon code `SUMMERSALE40`

Everything Sumo!

The official ticket sales for the September tournament in Tokyo over 9-24 September 2018 will be kicking off on 4 August 2018 – and usually sell out within 1-2 days.  The September tournament is one of the most popular so get in early to either pre-order your tickets or to be ready to book as soon as they open on 4 August 2018.  if you miss out do not despair, there are other options to book after the tickets sell out, but they may be more expensive.

Click here to pre-order September 2018 Sumo Tournament Tickets through Voyagin

Additional Information When Pre-Ordering Sumo Wrestling Tickets.

Note that we have had some group members not be successful in pre-ordering tickets through Voyagin - to give yourself the best option for success I recommend that you pre-order as soon as possible through Voyagin to be at the top of their list for tickets for your preferred day. Also be aware that in the event that Voyagin is unable to secure your pre-ordered tickets, they will quickly provide a full refund.

The upcoming Grand Sumo Tournaments are as follows.

For more information about how to purchase your sumo wrestling tickets check out my article on How To Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets In 2018.

Featured Japan Activities – Robot Restaurant

A really popular option for visitors to Japan is go to see the crazy show at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo.  Voyagin are launching a great deal for Robot Restaurant bookings made in August.  They are lowering their price, and in combination with their Summer Sale coupon code (see details higher) you won’t get a cheaper deal to visit the Robot Restaurant.

Voyagin offer both standard and VIP seating options (first row centre seat or 2nd/3rd row centre seat), you can also get cheaper tickets for the earlier shows.  All options include a discount drinks voucher.  To see the booking options go to the top right of the booking page, click on your date and timeslot, then click on the option section to see the different pricing options available.  When you have found the best option to suit you then click to add it to your shopping cart.

After you go to the shopping cart there are some add on options – you can pre-order either popcorn or a sushi bento box if you are ordering at least one day prior to your visit.

Children can visit the Robot Restaurant but it is recommended that you book the daytime sessions, the evening sessions are better suited for adults only.

Click here to book your Robot Restuarant Tickets through Voyagin


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Top Japan Travel Deals This Week

Ninja Wifi Coupon Code Deal

Ninja Wifi is a very popular option to rent a pocket wifi for your trip to Japan.  You can book Ninja Wifi through Voyagin to get a 30% discount off the standard price.

Voyagin is currently running their the Summer Sale with the following coupon code discounts:

  • Spend $US 150, Save $US 10, use coupon code`SUMMERSALE10`
  • Spend $US 300, Save $US 25, use coupon code `SUMMERSALE25`
  • Spend $US 450, Save $US 40, use coupon code `SUMMERSALE40`
Click here to check out prices and book your Ninja Wifi through Voyagin

Cheapoair – Flights and Hotel Bookings

  • Say Goodbye to Summer, Say Hello to Savings! Save up to $27 off flight & hotels with promo code HOT27. Book Now!  Promo code ends 30 August 2018.

End of Summer Season

Universal Studios Japan Deal with FREE Harukas 300 Observatory Ticket


For those of you who are AirBnB fans, you may not realise that you can get a similar service through the Homeaway website.  Click on the below to see what is on offer for Asia!

Great vacation places to stay at HomeAway

Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

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

We have had a LOT of questions about what to do in Tokyo this week – I think I have posted this article at least 10 times in response to people’s questions in the Facebook Group…

To create this article I reached out to the travel blogging community and received 25 contributions.  To help you plan your trip to Tokyo I have grouped each activity by area and have created maps to help you better understand where everything is so that you can better plan your trip.  Tokyo is so large and spread out that visitors do not always realise how much they will have to travel if they plan activities which are not co-located…

Click here to read my Tokyo article…

3 days in Osaka itinerary: Best things to do by Japan Rail Pass

You’ve got three days – three days to tour the second largest city in Japan. What should you see first? Can you taste the best that Osaka has to offer in just two or three days? With the help of this travel guide, yes you can. We’ll help you hit the highlights and provide helpful information along the way.

You’ll likely arrive in the city at either Osaka Station or Shin-Osaka Station, especially if you are enjoying the ease and affordability of the Japan Rail Pass. Choose a hotel in a central location, with easy access to a train station – for example, one of the hotels in or around Osaka Station City. Once you are comfortably settled into your home away from home, your adventure is ready to begin.  Click here to read more…

Get a Volunteer Tour Guide in Tokyo by Contented Traveller

One of the best things we ever did when we first visited Japan over 11 years ago, was to get a volunteer tour guide in Tokyo. It was during our first trip to the city, and we have now been to Tokyo and many other areas of Japan numerous times. Because Japan was so new to us, and we read about this service, we decided to get ourselves a volunteer tour guide, and what a lovely man he was. It was an amazing way to learn that Tokyo does not have to be an expensive place to visit if you know what the locals know. It was also our way of discovering some of the very diverse and surprising districts in Tokyo.  Click here to read more…

Japanese Onsen Tips by Travel 2 Next

One of the best Japanese experiences is to visit a Japanese bath house. Westerners can feel very lost in Japan, more than anything because we cannot read kanji. A Japanese bath can be tricky but I have plenty of help while trying to determine which out of three pumps, is the body gel. There is no greater example of literally immersing oneself in another culture than going to a Japanese onsen. Here are some Japanese onsen tips for an enjoyable Japanese hot springs experience.  Click here to read more…

NEW POST!  How to Buy Studio Ghibli Museum Tickets

After so many questions we decided to put together a comprehensive post about how to purchase Ghibli Museum tickets – they can be hard to get, however there are many options to purchase your tickets so that you do not miss out.

Click here to read more…

Thanks Anne.

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