Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 23 September 2018

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Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 23 September 2018, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

We have just locked in our flights to visit Japan again during the cherry blossom season next year, so are looking forward to sharing our planning of this trip with everyone!

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Key Japan Planning Information

Japanese Baseball Season Finals Tickets

Rugby World Cup Ticket Ballot

The Rugby World Cup 2019 general ticket ballot is now OPEN!  Head to tickets.rugbyworldcup.com to apply for tickets until November 12th.

The Rugby World Cup is being held over 20 September to 2 November 2019, so if you are planning to attend you need to start taking action now to plan your trip.  The Rugby World Cup is being held in 12 venues from the top to the bottom of Japan so once you know which tickets you have you should be able to start planning your itinerary.  As a starting point I suggest you check out my article on the seasons in Japan to better understand what to expect in Autumn in each region of Japan.

Click on this link to join our dedicated Rugby World Cup Facebook Group to help you plan your trip to Japan with like minded folk.

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Major Upcoming Events in Japan

For those of you planning to visit Japan from now to mid December you are almost definitely planning to try to see some of the glorious autumn foliage colours throughout Japan.  Click here to check out a comprehensive fall foliage map and schedule for Japan to incorporate these dates into your itinerary planning.

Click on this page for Tokyo and this page for Japan to see the upcoming events.

Voyagin September Autumn Sale Promotion

Voyagin is currently running their the Autumn Sale until 30 September 2018 with the following coupon code discounts:

  • Spend $US 100, Save $US 7, use coupon code`SEPTSALE7`
  • Spend $US 250, Save $US 20, use coupon code `SEPTSALE20`
  • Spend $US 400, Save $US 30, use coupon code `SEPTSALE30`

Note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea

To see a great range of popular purchase options through Voyagin to take advantage of this sale I suggest you check out our Voyagin Tours and Tickets page at this link.

Voyagin Tours and Tickets for Japan

Everything Sumo!

Upcoming sumo tournaments:

  • 11- 25 November 2018 in Fukuoka.  Official ticket sales commence on 6 October 2018.  Click here to pre-order tickets through VoyaginEnsure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.
  • 13-27 January 2019 in Tokyo.  Official ticket sales commence on 8 December 2018.  Click here to pre-order tickets through VoyaginEnsure 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 2018 and 2019.

How to Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2018 and 2019

Top Japan Travel Deals This Week

Tour Radar Online Travel Expo – finishes on 26 September 2018!

Between September 19th and 26th Tour Radar are offering incredible travel deals up to 75% off around the globe from the industry top tour operators. Operators include G Adventures, Topdeck, Intrepid, and many more!  Click here to see the great deals on offer.


Tokyo Treat Subscription Boxes – Get $3 off the standard price

Get $3 off Tokyo Treat Premium, YumeTwins and nomakenolife subscription boxes using coupon code AUTUMN3.  Click on this link to see the options and place your order.

We love receiving our Tokyo Treat boxes each month – they are a great option to bring the flavours of Japan home, and also make a great gift to share the tastes of Japan with others.  It is very hard to say no to our children to ordering the YumeTwins box as they have such cute plushies and other Japanese kawaii items!

Skyroam Go Data Launch

The big launch day is here! We are happy to announce Skyroam GoData, a new subscription based on feedback from users that they’d like to use Skyroam for everyday use on-the-go and have full control over data speeds. How it works:

  • Get 1GB of always fast, full speed global 4G LTE data – $9/mo (or 8€/mo).
  • Need more? Buy more data anytime for only $9/GB (or 8€/GB).
  • Get the best local connection at home or abroad with the GoData subscription.

Learn more about this plan here.

Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

These are 15 reasons you should never travel to Japan by Japan Inside

This article generated quite a strong response!  Click here to read more…

21 things people miss after leaving Japan by Japan Inside

Sometimes, even when we love a place with every fibre of our being, we just can’t stay forever. Family anxiously awaiting our return; work commitments; financial constraints and more mean that, at some point or other, many of us have to wave goodbye to Japan and return to our respective homelands.

Some of the things people miss about Japan will be immediately obvious, but others tend to sink in only a few weeks or months after returning home. Today, we’re taking a look at 21 of the little things, in no particular order, that Japan does so uniquely or so incredibly well that foreigners really start to pine for them once they finally say sayonara and head home.

Pooling the responses from my fellow RocketNews24 writers and talking with a number of people who have recently moved back to their homeland after living in Japan for anything from six months to more than a decade, I came up with this list of things that people really start to miss after heading home.  Click here to read more…

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…

What you must see in Hiroshima if you only have Two Days

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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