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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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 and the travel industry across the world.  COVID-19 has had an intense and negative impact not just on the tourism industry, but on the lives …

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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 its conception in 1961. However, there’s a lot more to Ube than just its Biennale; from discovering its traditional, artistic side to the area’s rich …

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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 of the most industrialized prefectures in Japan. The increased rate of industrialization lead to more jobs for citizens and a boost to the local economy, …

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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 that cloaks rural Chiba.  Despite the mountain’s intimidating title (鋸山 ‘Nokogiriyama’ means ‘Sawtooth Mountain’) and its curiously-named Jigoku Nozoki (地獄覗き, View of Hell) Viewpoint, the mountain is actually a relatively simple hike, with the extra …

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A Brief History of Japan from the Late 19th Century to the Early 20th Century.

Bakumatsu Bakumatsu is the Japanese phrase used to categorize the pivotal years at the end of the Edo era (1603-1868). The Chinese characters for Bakumatsu signify “the end of the Bakufu”. This was the end of Tokugawa Shogunate, who ruled Japan from 1600 to 1868. What partially resulted in the decline of the Tokugawa Shogunate …

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