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Japan’s Seasons

It’s often said that Japan is particularly noteworthy for its distinct and varied four seasons, each bringing a stark change in not only temperature and weather, but also in seasonal produce, flora and traditions as well. For this reason, the season during which you travel to Japan can have a considerable influence on what sort …

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Tattoos – Why can’t they become “just fashion” in Japan

From tribal designs and ancient runes to meaningful lyrics and memorable dates, chances are high that either you or someone close to you has at least one tattoo. These special, personal artistic adornments are incredibly popular in the West and have become increasingly common in modern years, yet there are still many countries and groups …

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Is Japan Child-Friendly?

Japan may be at the forefront of games, cartoon and comic creation, yet for many parents, it can be difficult to tell whether it would make a good destination for a family holiday – particularly if your impression of Japan is one of crowded trains, respectful silence and unique culinary experiences that may not appeal …

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Do I Need Japanese?

When travelling to a foreign country, it’s natural to worry about potential language barriers and communication issues causing problems during your trip. What’s more, you may have read online about restaurants, hotels and other tourism services charging extra to people who can’t understand or read menus or information displayed in a country’s native language.  While …

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Urban Exploration: How to Enjoy Japanese Culture in the City

Taking an active, off-the-beaten-track tour through rural Japan makes for a truly unforgettable and unique trip, with plenty of opportunities to explore and experience Japan’s authentic culture and traditions first-hand. With that said, we also know that travelling around the countryside isn’t the right fit for everyone. Whether it be due to scheduling restraints, activity …

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Can’t go to Japan? Here’s how to bring Japan to YOU!

There’s nothing better than a holiday, and very few things can beat the excitement and anticipation that accompany a trip to Japan.  Unfortunately, travel restrictions and health concerns mean that for most people, travelling abroad is not a current possibility. For those who had plans to visit already in place, this is understandably disappointing – …

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Discovering Sumo: The ultimate guide to watching, eating and meeting

The traditional Japanese sport of ‘Sumo’ is widely-known across the world, with the instantly-recognisable image of a Sumo wrestler now considered synonymous with the country’s global reputation.  Yet despite Sumo’s global appeal, very few people outside of Japan have ever actually watched the sport, or know much about it. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways …

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Experience-based travel: what does it mean, and why should you do it?

Planning your dream holiday can be pretty tough. Quickly search for your ideal destination online and you’re sure to find hundreds of different companies, all claiming to provide ‘perfect’, ‘unforgettable’ and ‘once in a lifetime’ trips that sound suspiciously similar to what all of their competitors are offering too. What’s more, you may discover that …

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Useful guides for your trip

Travelling to Japan for the first time can be daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the local language or the country’s cultural norms.  To help make your trip go as smoothly as possible, Heartland JAPAN has created a series of helpful guidebooks, covering a range of useful topics such as how to navigate around Tokyo’s …

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