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Discoveries, curiosities, and more from the Heartland of Japan

Shojin Ryori: The Japanese Dishes Anyone Can Eat
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Shojin Ryori: The Japanese Dishes Anyone Can Eat

Japanese food is famous around the world for its rich ‘umami’ flavour and healthy yet delicious ingredients, but the common...
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Global Citizenship: What It Means and Why It Matters
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Global Citizenship: What It Means and Why It Matters

You may have heard of a ‘Global Citizen’ before, but what does it mean, and how can you become one?...
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Looking to the Future: Socially Distant Travel after COVID-19
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Looking to the Future: Socially Distant Travel after COVID-19

It’s already July, yet for many of you living across the world, the confusion and disruption caused by the COVID-19...
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Urban Exploration: How to Enjoy Japanese Culture in the City
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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...
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Can’t go to Japan? Here’s how to bring Japan to YOU!
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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...
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Discovering Sumo: The ultimate guide to watching, eating and meeting
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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...
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Kagura – Good and Evil, Demons and Gods
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Kagura – Good and Evil, Demons and Gods

Few traditions are as thrilling and mesmerising as Kagura, a special form of dance-based performance worship that has existed within...
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Experience-based travel: what does it mean, and why should you do it?
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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...
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Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku – Japan’s traditional theatre
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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...
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Understanding Japanese Accommodation
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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...
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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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