Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 20 October 2019

Japan Travel Planning

Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 20 October 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

Black Friday Sales – 29 November 2019

Be aware that the Black Friday Sales will be coming on 29 November 2019 – and usually there are many great deals available for travellers to Japan!  You can check out our article from the 2018 Black Friday Sales to see the sort of deals which were available last year, and plan ahead in terms of what you may wish to plan to book,  We are already starting to receive emails with details of the upcoming sales, and will update our sales article about one week prior to the Black Friday Sales starting.

Start Planning Your Trip to 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 most recent articles below:

What next you may well ask?  We are planning to release more Universal Studios Japan articles over the coming weeks, as well as many more articles to help you plan your visit to Japan.

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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Voyagin Halloween Sale

Voyagin are currently running their Halloween Sale from 1-31 October 2019 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, Universal Studios Japan 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, “HALLOWEEN10”
  • Save $25 when you spend $300, “HALLOWEEN25”
  • Save $40 when you spend $450, “HALLOWEEN40”

Key Japan Planning Information

Japanese Baseball Season Finals Tickets

  • The Nippon Series, where the winners of the Climax Finals Series play against each other, is conducted over late October to early November.   The main option remaining for visitors to Japan is to purchase reseller tickets through viaGoGo at this link.  Ensure you click on the option to sort by date to see the Nippon series matches.

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!).

It is a big list this time as I have included all of the Rugby World Cup 2019 matches, and extended beyond one month to cover the RWC2019 finals.

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

Everything Sumo!

Upcoming sumo tournaments:

  • 10 – 24 November 2019 in Fukuoka.  Official ticket sales commenced on 5 October 2019, looking at the official site today a lot have sold but there are still tickets available.  You can also order tickets through Voyagin at this link.
  • 12 – 26 January 2020 in Tokyo.  Official ticket sales commence on 7 December 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.


Key Japan Planning Information

Autumn Foliage Planning

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.

I have found a very comprehensive guide on the Matcha website which includes detailed information about the fall colour dates and locations across all of Japan from north to south.  Click here to check it out and to incorporate into your itinerary planning.


Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

Lunch at the Pokemon Cafe in Tokyo by Reflections Enroute

Tokyo is well-known for its eclectic eateries and cafes. We make an effort to try a new one each time we go into the city, and we’ve loved the animal cafes and the themed restaurants so much that we could just not wait to visit the Pokemon Cafe right next to the Pokemon Center. Popular Japanese restaurants can get filled up pretty quickly, and we were afraid we wouldn’t get in. As it turns out, we were lucky and all we had to do was wait for 45 minutes, perfect time to go Pokemon shopping across the hall.  Click here to read more…

Types of Toilets and Their Usage in Japan by Nippon Utsukushi Toilets

There are basically 3 types of toilets, the Japanese-style toilet, Western-style toilet, and the multi-function toilet and the type installed will vary depending on the location.  The Japanese-type toilet is most common at sight-seeing locations and adjusting to the needs of the people, these are currently being converted to Western-style toilets.  Click here to see exactly how to use each kind of toilet…

34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo by Conde Nast Traveler

Pulsating with energy and dripping with Michelin stars, Tokyo is the place to be for food lovers right now. From humble yakitori joints serving skewered grilled chicken, to multi-course traditional kaiseki feasts, dishes are prepared with care and respect for seasonal ingredients. But the city’s culinary greatness isn’t limited to Japanese cuisine: There’s phenomenal Italian, refined Chinese, and a genre-defying style of French that deserves a category of its own. “It’s getting hard to eat anywhere else, because Tokyo has it all and does everything better,” a world-weary Brazilian gastronaut confessed recently. We agree completely. Read on for our picks for some of the best places to eat when you’re in Tokyo.  Click here to read more…

If you are interested in booking one of these restaurants, we suggest you check out the Voyagin restaurant booking service.  They offer options to either pay a fee to book a restaurant, and there are also restaurants where they have set menu arrangements at different levels.  After you click through you can use the filter option on the left hand side to search for the particular cuisine, location and number of Michelin stars.  Click here to check out the Voyagin restaurant booking service.

Thanks Anne and Tony.

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

Japan Travel Planning with Kids Facebook Group

We have also just started a new Japan Travel Planning with Kids Facebook Group, to help families plan their trip to Japan – if you are travelling as a family please click on the link and request to join.

Japan Travel Planning With Kids Facebook Group
Japan Travel Planning With Kids Facebook Group

Our Other Facebook Groups

We have additional Facebook Groups to have a key focus on planning your travel to Japan for the  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

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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