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Discovering the Geisha: Japan’s misunderstood hidden world
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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...
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Top 7 best street-photo spots in Tokyo
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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...
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Expat Tours: Heartland JAPAN’s New Ambitions
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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...
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How COVID-19 is affecting the travel industry’s future
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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...
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The People’s Railway – A Story of Community Spirit From Choshi, Chiba Prefecture
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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...
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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 STATEMENT
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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...
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Tradition, Arts and Crafts: 7 Must-Do Activities in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
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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...
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Ube: a city of art and craftsmanship
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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...
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Ube Biennale
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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...
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Nokogiriyama, your next destination in Chiba Prefecture.
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Nokogiriyama, your next destination in Chiba Prefecture.

A unique location in the Boso Peninsula, Mount Nokogiriyama stands proud and imposing above the rich green blanket of forestry...
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Obama: a historical landmark waiting to be discovered
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Obama: a historical landmark waiting to be discovered

Situated just a few hours from the bustling streets of Kyoto by rail lies the coastal city of Obama. Considerably...
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Explore Japan’s Western Kanto Region
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Explore Japan’s Western Kanto Region

A guardian statue of Hōshōji temple in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. Chichibu The Chichibu region, situated in Saitama Prefecture, comprises Chichibu...
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