Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 15 December 2019

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Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 15 December 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

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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:

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.

Sapporo and Hokkaido Winter Festivals

There are a great selection of winter festivals to experience in Hokkaido, see below for the major events.  Regardless of when you plan to visit there will be something special to experience!

Where to Stay in Sapporo

What to do in Sapporo in Winter


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

New Year’s Eve in Japan

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

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.

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.  Click here to check out our article:  How To Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park From Tokyo And Nagano

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

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:

Everything Sumo!

Upcoming sumo tournaments:

  • 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.

How to Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2020


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

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!

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