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Why Heartland JAPAN?

Here at Heartland Japan, we are passionate about rural Japan and are excited to share this land’s unique and hidden cultures and customs with you. As locals we have a strong understanding of the regions in which we offer tours, and feel that this local knowledge will help you appreciate the spectacular sights that can only be found here.
We warmly welcome you to the heartland of Japan! – Your Japan Travel Specialist

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Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku – Japan’s traditional theatre

Here at Heartland JAPAN, we love including authentic, traditional Japanese performances into the itineraries of all the exciting, off-the-beaten-track package and custom tours we create. For many of our customers,...
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Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku – Japan’s traditional theatre
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Understanding Japanese Accommodation

When it comes to planning your perfect Japan tour, you’re sure to come across some confusing, unfamiliar terms - especially when it comes to accommodation!  Here at Heartland JAPAN, we...
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Understanding Japanese Accommodation
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Discovering the Geisha: Japan’s misunderstood hidden world

When it comes to traditional Japanese culture, few things are as globally-misunderstood as the art of the ‘Geisha’ - beautiful women with flawless hairstyles, intricately-detailed silk kimonos and faces coated...
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Discovering the Geisha: Japan’s misunderstood hidden world
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Top 7 best street-photo spots in Tokyo

Here at Heartland JAPAN, we strive to introduce rural communities and off-the-beaten-track locations to our customers, but more often than not our tours will actually start and end in Tokyo....
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Top 7 best street-photo spots in Tokyo
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Expat Tours: Heartland JAPAN’s New Ambitions

COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the tourism industry, with international travel at almost a complete standstill thanks to a series of movement restrictions and bans in place across...
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Expat Tours: Heartland JAPAN’s New Ambitions
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How COVID-19 is affecting the travel industry’s future

COVID-19 Overview When the first few cases of COVID-19 occurred within China’s Wuhan region in December 2019, nobody could have predicted the devastating impact it would go on to wreck...
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How COVID-19 is affecting the travel industry’s future
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The People’s Railway – A Story of Community Spirit From Choshi, Chiba Prefecture

The old 801 wagon displayed at Tokawa Station Cutting its way through the beautiful coastal countryside of Tokyo’s neighboring Chiba Prefecture, the Choshi Electric (Dentetsu) Railway serves around 20,000 local...
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The People’s Railway – A Story of Community Spirit From Choshi, Chiba Prefecture
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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 STATEMENT

Updated: 3 April 2020 - 13:00 JST The situation regarding COVID-19 and its spread is rapidly changing, and Heartland JAPAN is closely monitoring the advice given by governments, medical experts...
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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 STATEMENT
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Tradition, Arts and Crafts: 7 Must-Do Activities in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

The city of Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is well known as the host of the Ube Biennale, an international sculpture contest and exhibition that has taken place every two years since...
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Tradition, Arts and Crafts: 7 Must-Do Activities in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
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Ube: a city of art and craftsmanship

There is no denying that Ube is a city with art pulsing through its veins. Playing host to the internationally-renowned ‘Ube Biennale’ sculpture competition every second year, the city’s links...
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Ube: a city of art and craftsmanship
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Ube Biennale

Following the end of World War II, the war-torn and ruined Yamaguchi prefecture turned to industry as a way of rebuilding; within a few years, it had developed into one...
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Ube Biennale
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