Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 16 December 2018

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Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 16 December 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

Featured Activity – Sapporo Mini Guide

With winter now here in Japan many of you will be planning to visit Sapporo to go skiing and enjoy winter in Japan.  You may also be planning to stop in and see some sights so here are some resources to help you plan your trip:

Where to Stay in Sapporo

What to do in Sapporo


Voyagin Year End Sale Promotion

Voyagin is currently running their Year End Sale from 1 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea tickets or whole of Japan Rail Passes:

  • Spend $US 80, Save $US 5, use coupon code`YEAREND5`
  • Spend $US 130, Save $US 10, use coupon code `YEAREND10`
  • Spend $US 350, Save $US 30, use coupon code `YEAREND30`

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 JR Pass Promotion

Voyagin is also currently running their JR Pass Promotion from 1 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal can only be used for 7, 14 or 21 day unlimited National JR Passes– with the option for international shipping to all destinations.

Spend 58,000 Yen, Save 2000 Yen, use coupon code`JR2000` (ie. spend $US 510, get $US 18 discount)
Spend 87,000 Yen, Save 3000 Yen, use coupon code`JR3000` (ie. spend $US 766, get $US 26 discount)
Spend 100,000 Yen, Save 4000 Yen, use coupon code`JR4000`(ie. spend $US 881, get $US 35 discount)


Major Upcoming Events in Japan

New Year’s Eve in Japan

Here are some articles to help you plan your New Year’s Eve in Japan:

Other Japan Events

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

Snow Monkey Season!

With winter now here in Japan many of you will be planning to visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park near Nagano to see the monkeys bathing in the hot springs.  We have just completed a major update to our article on how to visit the park either as part of a one or two day tour, or to visit independently.

Click here to check out our article:  How To Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park From Tokyo And Nagano In Winter 2018-2019

How to Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park from Tokyo and Nagano in Winter 2018-2019

Everything Sumo!

Upcoming sumo tournaments:

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 2019


Top Japan Travel Deals This Week

Groupon Australia: Hakuba, Japan: From $759 Per Person for a Ski Getaway with Lift Tickets, Onsen Tour and Daily Meals at Folktale Hakuba

Pension Folktale Hakuba is an intimate, family-run lodge by the Suzuki’s, quietly nestled in between the Tsugaike and Cortina ski runs on the Norikura ski field. Surrounded by fluffy white powder, the chalet-themed pension houses Japanese-style rooms, two and six-bedroom quarters, self-contained cottages and a communal dining area for up to 35 guests. Groupies start the day with a belly full of home-cooked breakfast dishes by Mrs. Suzuki before heading out for a day of snow-filled fun.

The ski in, ski out lodge and pre-organised ski tickets, allows keen ski and snowboarding bunnies to be able to clip in and hit the slopes immediately, carving up a range of runs from beginner to intermediate or pro. With the Suzuki’s expert local knowledge, Groupies can partake in a luxury onsen tour. Come dinner time, hunger will be sated with a traditional Japanese meal in the dining hall, provided by the pensions busy kitchen. Folks can pass the time by chatting with fellow holidaymakers, reading by the fire, or making friends jealous by uploading holiday snaps to social media.

Click here to check out the Hakuba Skiing Deal through Groupon Australia

20% Off Skyroam Solis Holiday Gift Set

20% Off Skyroam Solis Holiday Gift Set – which includes Global Hotspot, Travel Case and 5 Days Wifi Access.  Click here to check out this great deal and to order your Skyroam Solis!

20% Off Skyroam Solis Holiday Gift Set

Tours4Fun December Travel Guide

The December Travel Guide is here! Start your Winter Adventures off with up to 20% off trips at Tours4Fun.com!


Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

The Five Japanese Streets That People of Japan Most Want to Visit by SoraNews24

If you’ve ever longed to go back to an old Japan, where samurai stayed at old ramshackle inns and merchants filled the air with the scent of food, then some of these traditional streets will be right up your alley. We take you to five of Japan’s most-loved streets, from well-worn paths in secluded valleys to bustling pilgrimage routes in scenic villages, all with an amazing history and atmosphere. Let’s take a stroll together and see what they have to offer.  Click here to read more…

Seven things you should know before visiting Toyosu Market by TimeOut Tokyo

After much controversy and delay, the wholesale seafood market at Tsukiji finally moved to its new home in Toyosu and it’s now open to public. The new Toyosu Market is very different from its predecessor in terms of setup and visitor experience. Here’s what you need to know before going to the world’s biggest seafood market.  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

Other Facebook Groups – Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics 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!

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