Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 17 November 2019

Japan Travel Planning

Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 17 November 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.

Key Japan Planning Information

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! We have already updated our Black Friday Sales article with some great deals already coming through pre-sale, so check it out take advantage!

Start Planning Your Trip to Japan

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 Year End Sale Promotion

Voyagin are currently running their Year End Sale from 1 November 2019 to 6 January 2020 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.

  • Save $10 when you spend $150, “2019YEAREND10”
  • Save $25 when you spend $300, “2019YEAREND25”
  • Save $40 when you spend $450, “2019YEAREND40”

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.

Major Upcoming Events in Japan

Winter Illuminations in Japan

Japan puts on a wonderful range of illumination events across Japan over the winter months.  Here is a selection of links to help you find out about the most popular options:

Upcoming Major 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!).

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.  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.
  • 8 – 22 March 2020 in Osaka.   Official ticket sales commence on 2 February 2020.  Voyagin pre-sales have not yet commenced.
  • 10 – 24 May 2020 in Tokyo.  Official ticket sales commence on 4 April 2020.  Voyagin pre-sales have not yet commenced.

For more information about how to purchase your sumo wrestling tickets check out our article on How To Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2020.


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.

Autumn Foliage Season 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.  the autumn foliage season runs until mid to late November in the more southern areas of Japan.

Key Japan Planning Information

Featured Tickets – Japan Rail Pass

We have had a lot of questions about Japan Rail Passes over the past couple of weeks, so I wanted to let you know that we have just finished a major update to our Japan Rail Pass article which should answer most of the common questions, and also provides you with our recommended options to purchase your JR Pass.

Click here to check out our article:  Heading To Japan? Want To Buy The Cheapest Japan Rail JR Pass? Read This.

If you are interested in learning more about how we put our 21 day Japan Rail pass to good use during our recent trip to Japan then check out our detailed article about Getting Around Japan with  Japan Rail Pass, which includes how to order, activate and use your JR Pass.


Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

How To Buy Japanese Kit Kats Online by Pretraveller

Most people who travel to Japan return home with a new found love of the vast range of Japanese Kit Kat flavors – and many with quite a few boxes and packets in their luggage! But once they have all been eaten the next question many people ask is how to buy Japanese Kit Kats, and therefore start the search to look for a Kit Kat store. The aim of this article is to help you find the best options to buy your Japanese KitKats.

You may be surprised to realise that the easiest option to buy Japanese KitKats online is through the Amazon store! They offer a great range of different flavour options to help you re-create those moments in Japan (or try them out in preparation for your trip!).  Click here to read more…

How to Buy Japanese Kit Kats Online

Top Things To Do In Kyoto: Kyoto Sightseeing and Tourist Spots by A Passion and a Passport

Headed to Japan and looking for the best things to do in Kyoto? You’re in luck, because I’ve compiled a whole bunch of Kyoto sights and attractions!

Wondering what to do in Kyoto? Oh, there’s so much! With it’s classical Buddhist temples, lush gardens, and imperial palaces, Kyoto is not to be missed on any trip to Japan. It’s also wildly famous for geisha entertainers, kaiseki dining, and traditional wooden houses. Continue reading for some of the most popular things to do in Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, which is located in the Kansai region of Japan, and is roughly 3 hours away from bustling Tokyo via high-speed bullet train. Promise me that you’ll make the trip to Kyoto at least once in your life – yes, it’s just that spectacular (aka I’m currently scheming another trip there asap).  Click here to read more…

Top 25 Easy Day Trips from Tokyo by Tokyo Cheapo

Tokyo is great, there’s no doubt about that, but sometimes you just want to escape and see another side to Japan. And we’re here to help you do just that with these easy day trips from Tokyo.

The skyscrapers can be suffocating in the summer heat and isolating in winter, but don’t limit your trip to this metropolis. Even if you don’t have much time in Japan, it’s great to explore some of the quieter areas and experience the great variety Japan has to offer. From river-boat journeys to vineyards, mountain ranges to island hikes—a day trip can be a whole mini-holiday in itself. If you’re keen to see what else is out there, then here, in no particular order, are our top 25 easy day trips from Tokyo to make your feet itch!  Click here to read more…

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 Olympics in 2020.  If you are planning to visit Japan for this event 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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