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A Quick & Quirky History of the Nakasendo: A Deep Dive into the History of Nakatsugawa
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A Quick & Quirky History of the Nakasendo: A Deep Dive into the History of Nakatsugawa

Here at Heartland Japan, we pride ourselves on going that little bit deeper than everyone else. This time we hone...
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6 Secrets of the Nakasendo – Hike from Nakatsugawa to Magome and Experience the Path Less Beaten
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6 Secrets of the Nakasendo – Hike from Nakatsugawa to Magome and Experience the Path Less Beaten

In southeast Gifu prefecture, the city of Nakatsugawa is a historical gem on the Nakasendo road. Too many travelers pass...
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Discover Owari Samurai & Timber
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Discover Owari Samurai & Timber

Samurai! Many places throughout Japan claim to have a strong samurai history, but looking at the history of the Owari...
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A Look Back at 2020 and Projects We’ve Been Doing
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A Look Back at 2020 and Projects We’ve Been Doing

As we all welcome in the new year, the whole tourism industry looks forward to a safe recovery after the...
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Three Great Ways To Explore Rural Japan
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Three Great Ways To Explore Rural Japan

Watching stunning rural scenery fly past your window as you cut through the Japanese countryside on a train or in...
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Japan’s Seasons
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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...
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Omotenashi – the Japanese concept for Hospitality, or something different?
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Omotenashi – the Japanese concept for Hospitality, or something different?

Japanese people are very proud of many things that come from their country, and the concept of ‘omotenashi’ is most...
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Unexpected Items You Should Carry In Japan
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Unexpected Items You Should Carry In Japan

Some holidays are easy to pack for. Two weeks of sun, sea and sand requires sun cream, sunglasses and a...
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Matcha Green Tea
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Matcha Green Tea

Have you heard of matcha? From cosmetics to frappuccinos and everything in between, the health benefits of Japan’s iconic green...
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Tattoos – Why can’t they become “just fashion” in Japan
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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...
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Red-Light Legacy
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Red-Light Legacy

Ornately-dressed women, discrete well-off businessmen, art, performance and slavery... The stories that surround Japan’s historic red-light districts may seem more...
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Is Japan Child-Friendly?
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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...
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