Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 26 August 2018

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Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 26 August 2018, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

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Key Japan Planning Information

Major Upcoming Events in Japan

August and September are definitely the months for fireworks festivals in Japan, so to find out when an event have been scheduled check out this page for Tokyo and this page for Japan.  You can also see other events which have been scheduled!

Music Concerts in Japan

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.

Book in to a Michelin Star Restaurant in Japan

If you are interested in booking in to a Michelin Star restaurant in Japan then you may not be aware that it can be very challenging to make a booking!  Voyagin offers a restaurant booking service where they either charge a fee to make a booking on your behalf, or they also have arrangements with many restaurants where you can pre-book in for a set menu, usually with different level options available.

Ensure that you get in early to have the best chance of snagging a successful booking to your preferred restaurant.  Click here to see the restaurants available through the Voyagin booking service and to make your booking.  On the left hand side of the page you will options to filter the available restaurants based on location, specific cuisine and the number of Michelin stars.

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

The Mt Fuji Summit Climbing Season is coming to an end on 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 until 2 September 2018 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 kicked off on 4 August 2018 – and sold out within 1-2 days.  The September tournament is one of the most popular so get in early to book your tickets.

Click here to book your September 2018 Sumo Tournament Tickets through Voyagin

The upcoming Grand Sumo Tournaments are as follows.

9 – 24 September 2018 in Tokyo.  Official ticket sales commenced on 4 August 2018 and are now sold out.

11- 25 November 2018 in Fukuoka.  Official ticket sales commence on 6 October 2018.

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.

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.

Featured Japan Activities – Baseball Matches

The Japanese baseball season is rapidly drawing to an end, with the main playing season finishing in late September before shifting into the finals.  We really loved our experience of attending a Yomiuri Giants baseball match and definitely recommend this experience to others as a result.

For more information about how to book your tickets for a baseball match in Tokyo check out our article at this link!

Top Japan Travel Deals This Week

Robot Restaurant – Get 34% off the standard ticket price

A very popular option for many visitors to Japan is to go to the crazy Robot Restaurant show in Shinjuku.  Voyagin offers an exclusive option to get 34% off the standard ticket price, and offers the only option to book front row seats online. (and don’t forget to use the coupon code discount detailed below to get even further discounts! )

Click here to check out Robot Restaurant pricing and to make your booking through Voyagin

Voyagin is currently running their the Summer Sale until 2 September 2018 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`

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.

Click here to check out prices and book your Ninja Wifi through Voyagin

For more information about other pocket wifi rental options I suggest that you check out our article on the Best Pocket Wifi Rental in Japan for Tourists at this link.

Contiki Australia

Contiki Australia has a current promotion with great discounts on Asian tour packages.  There is also an option to combine a standard tour with a skiing package!  Click on this link to check out the options and make your booking.

World Nomads Travel Insurance

I recommend that you get a quote from World Nomads travel insurance using the below quotation tool and then book your travel insurance.  Ensure that you check the terms and conditions to ensure that this product is suitable for your needs.  World Nomads provides travel insurance coverage for people from over 150 countries.


Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

What You Must See in Hiroshima If You Only Have Two Days by Beautifully Travelled

I honestly don’t believe that a two week trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to the city that was once destroyed by the Atomic Bomb and that since then has risen from its ashes. And that is why this post list out all the things that you simply must see in Hiroshima.

Everyone should visit Hiroshima at least once in their life. This city and it’s Peace Memorial Park have a very important message to spread to the world.  Click here to read more…

NEW POST!  How to Buy Robot Restaurant Tickets by Pretraveller

An experience that should be on your Tokyo bucket list is a visit to the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, located a short walk from Shinjuku Station. Everything about the Tokyo Robot Restaurant is over-the-top. From the moment you enter you will feel like you’ve gone down the rabbit hole and entered a futuristic Alice in Wonderland. Every square inch of space (including entries, elevators, walls, hallways and stairwells) is flashy, colourful and an assault to the senses. It’s been described as like walking through the mind of someone on an acid trip.  Click here to read more…

How to Book Robot Restaurant Tokyo Tickets for 2018

Top 15 Tsukiji Street Snacks by TimeOut Tokyo

The lively Tsukiji Market has become one of Japan’s must-visit sites, attracting not only foreign tourists, but also visitors from within Japan, eager to get a glimpse – and perhaps taste – of the freshest seafood in the city. The crowds of visitors have brought plenty of changes to the market – beyond the piled-high stacks of tuna, jumbo crabs and other deep sea delicacies, you’ll now find an increasingly large number of shops selling street snacks to hungry tourists, eager to sample the enticing seafood on offer. Check out our pick of the bunch, and hurry up – the main market is scheduled to move out to Toyosu in late 2018, so the Tsukiji we all know and love may be gone before you know it. Meanwhile, you’ll also want to check out our guide to breakfast at Tsukiji.  Click here to read more…

For more information about the upcoming closure of the Tsukiji market in October 2018 and set up of the new market in Toyosu you may like to check out this article! Of note is that access to the tuna auction will cease from 15 September 2018.

Thanks Anne and Tony.

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

New Facebook Groups! – Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics 2020

We have just set up two new Facebook Groups to have a key focus on planning your travel to Japan for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in 2019 and  the Olympics in 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!

Japan Travel Planning

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