Tagged With "Japan"

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Re: Japan gears up icons for 2020 Olympics

Travel Rob ·
Tokyo really can be a confusing city to navigate and it has little to do with symbols or written English translations, which they are getting better at. Just a couple issues I've seen. It's hard to find a street address because it's difficult to find smaller street names posted. And there are very few public trash cans.
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Re: Hello Kitty meals for Hello Kitty hotel guests

Samantha ·
O my goodness. My husband and I have a friend who is obsessed with Hello Kitty. I wonder if she knows about this place Weill have to share. Thanks...
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Re: High Tech Toilet Manufacturer to Open Museum in Japan

DrFumblefinger ·
Rob, I believe this is a catapult, not a toilet for the elderly. It's all in the speed of the lifting device.
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Re: We're more than Tokyo, Japan tells tourists

Travel Rob ·
Tokyo can be a very intimidating city for a traveler because of it's massive and crowded metro system and it's lack of English speakers. I think that's why more people don't venture out past the tourist sights in Tokyo.
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Re: We're more than Tokyo, Japan tells tourists

HS ·
A few simple items to remember when transiting Tokyo ... In Tokyo, JR/Subway maps are available for the asking (FREE from the station attendant) with stations listed in either English or in Japanese. Get a copy of both. Have someone write your destination in Japanese. When approaching someone on the street with a "Please direct me towards xxxx" written in Japanese I have ALWAYS been given good directions. (A mix of English and Japanese does NOT often work) This includes traveling solo in...
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Re: We're more than Tokyo, Japan tells tourists

Travel Rob ·
US News published a story by the AP on problems that were occurring with increased tourism in Tokyo. http://www.usnews.com/news/bus...articles/2015/06/18/
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Re: Sensoji Temple in Tokyo Mirrors Japan

vivie ·
Interesting!
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Re: Cost of Japan flights to plummet in 2016

GarryRF ·
With fuel charges at a 12 year low all the Air carriers should stop gouging the public and give us all a refund.
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Re: Iiyama: Hometown Japan

Travel Rob ·
Thanks Holly and welcome to TG! What a wonderfully informative piece about small-town Japan. I'll try to visit Iiyama City on my next trip to Japan.
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Re: Iiyama: Hometown Japan

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating insight into small town life in Japan! I had no idea how serious the reduction of population in these towns were. One would think the natural wonders of the area alone would help bring in residents. Thanks for enlightening article!
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Re: Iiyama: Hometown Japan

RoadWorrier ·
I sure hope things work out well for Iiyama! There seem to be so many places that have lost people and jobs and so forth, and so few of them get such a chance as the Bullet Train. Thank you for a sweet story that's maybe got a happy ending.
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Re: Iiyama: Hometown Japan

Old Car Guy ·
This is exactly the type of town I'm looking for when I travel to Japan. It's made my list. Thanks!
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Re: Iiyama: Hometown Japan

Holly Anna ·
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I hope things look up for Iiyama, too. It really is a beautiful town.
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Re: Iiyama: Hometown Japan

Holly Anna ·
Great to hear! Iiyama is a fantastic place to visit. I'm sure you'll love it.
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Re: Iiyama: Hometown Japan

Alex D ·
I've never been to Japan but it is a country that I wanted to visit for a very long time. I love their history, architecture, language, traditions and I would like to learn more about it. Thank you for your post, I never heard about this city but any information about something I don't know is an information worth having. Good job!
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JAL reduces seats, adds space on 787s

PHeymont ·
In a move we can only hope spreads, Japan Airlines has changed configuration on some of its long-haul 787s, and will make-over more of them. There's upgraded first/business seating, and a "premium economy" section has also been created...but the...
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American adds DFW-Beijing and Asia mileage bonuses

PHeymont ·
Looking to build up its Asia business and partnerships, American Airlines is offering a double-miles promotion on its flights from the U.S. to Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, as well as on many intra-Asia routes served with its partner, JAL.  MORE...
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Free WiFi starts on Japan's 'bullet trains'

PHeymont ·
With demands for free and fast WiFi as the norm spreading all over, it's no surprise that it's been spreading in Japan, too. But up to now, on the railroads, not so much. That's changing!   Since May 1st, free WiFi has been available on the...
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How Japanese Photographers Captured The Big 9.0 Quake

Travel Rob ·
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston  is having an exhibition, April 5 through July 12, called  'In the Wake /Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11.' This exhibition is divided into two sections, one focusing on the earthquake and tsunami and...
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Tokyo Govt. Launches "Hungry for Tokyo" in NYC and LA

PHeymont ·
The Tokyo metropolitan government has dreamed up a new way to draw visitors to Tokyo: give them a taste of the area's cuisine first. They've partnered with over 40 restaurants in New York and Los Angeles for a "Hungry for Tokyo" campaign. The...
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NY to DC in 40 minutes by train? Maybe!

PHeymont ·
A US rail promoter is trying to get funds and approval to build a maglev (magnetic levitation) train line between NYC and DC. TNEM, the company, has already applied for permits to build on an old right-of-way between DC and Baltimore.   Magnetic...
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Japan's mag-lev bullet train sets new 375mph record

PHeymont ·
Magnetic levitation trains—a staple of my childhood Popular Science reading—have not only become reality, they're setting new speed records. Japan's newest "bullet train" line, from Tokyo to Nagoya, is testing its first stretches, and hit...
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May 4, 2020: Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob Explores exciting Ikebukuro in Toshima, Tokyo.
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Japan: Hi-tech toilets; China: playing catch-up

PHeymont ·
This is a tale of two "sitties." Japan is pushing to install thousands more of the high-tech toilets that have become the national standard in advance of the 2020 Olympics, while China is pledging to upgrade its public toilets, mostly squatters, to...
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We're more than Tokyo, Japan tells tourists

PHeymont ·
At the turn of the last century, the Michelin guides were created to promote travel outside Paris (and increase demand for tires!). Now, Japan's ministry responsible for tourism and transport is trying a similar idea by publishing seven regional...
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Hello Kitty meals for Hello Kitty hotel guests

PHeymont ·
A Hello Kitty themed-room at Tokyo's Keio Hotel             Photo: Keioplaza.com   Tokyo's Keio Hotel, in Shinjuku, features several rooms decorated in Hello Kitty themes for fans of the popular cartoon character....
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High Tech Toilet Manufacturer to Open Museum in Japan

Travel Rob ·
"Electric raised toilet seat for elderly"       Photo: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons. TOTO, known in Japan for its bidet equipped toilets,  will be opening a toilet museum in the company headquarters city of Kitakyushu. It will have...
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Las Vegas doubles int'l gates, aims at Asia flights

PHeymont ·
Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is putting a new emphasis on international; it will double its international gates to 14, and make one of them capable of handling the huge A380.    The airport is the nation's 9th busiest, with over...
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Travel to Japan surges again in August

Travel Rob ·
  Inbound travelers to Japan surged again in August, up a staggering 63.8% over August of last year. The Japan National Tourism Organization  announced 1,817,000  travelers arrived in August, beating 2014's high of...
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Priceline Continues to Bet on Restaurant Reservations

Travel Rob ·
Priceline announced in September that it purchased, AS Digital, a restaurant reservation system provider based in Australia. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. This follows their purchase of OpenTable in 2014 for 2.5 billion dollars....
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Sensoji Temple in Tokyo Mirrors Japan

Travel Rob ·
Sensoji Temple is an large Buddhist temple complex in Tokyo dedicated to the Buddhist Deity, Bodhisattva Kannon. Sensoji consists of gates, multiple halls, gardens, a pagoda, and a waterfall. There is also Asakusa Shrine,...
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New travel guidebooks are all about the food

Travel Rob ·
"Rice, Noodle, Fish" is the first guidebook to be published under Anthony Bourdain's partnership with travel and food website Roads & Kingdoms. This book by Matt Goulding focuses on Japan's food culture. Lonely Planet has also come out with a new line of From the Source, cookbooks that that focus on the cuisines of Thailand and Italy. Both lines target people that travel for food. Read More:...
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Luxury Train Travel in Japan Increases as Yen has weakened

Travel Rob ·
Tourists,an aging population, and business people give rise to Japan's luxury train travel. Read here, photo: hdwpapers.com
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British Air parent makes new route connections

PHeymont ·
International Air Group makes some moves to drum up new traffic on both Atlantic and Pacific routes.
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Japan gears up icons for 2020 Olympics

PHeymont ·
Japan's preparation for the 2020 Olympics includes rethinking the symbols that guide people to features and facilities.
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April 15, 2019: Mt. Fuji, Japan

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shares some photos of iconic Mt. Fuji
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Nagoya Castle, Nagoya, Japan

Travel Rob ·
Gumbo was found at Nagoya Castle in Japan
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Saitama Railway Museum, Japan

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shows us one of the world's best railway museums in Saitama Prefecture.
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Sept. 16, 2019: Sun Mary Sakado Bakery, Japan

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob visits a nice bakery in Japan.
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Swiss "Jetman" Buzzes Mt Fuji

Travel Rob ·
Yves "Jetman" Rossy has recently flown 9 times around Japan's Mt Fuji.Previously he's flown over the city of Rio de Janerio, the Grand Canyon and evenCrossed the English Channel. Read about it  and view a video of his latest...
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JetBlue and Japan Airlines: Closer Together

PHeymont ·
JetBlue and Japan Airlines are expanding their codeshare arrangements to include 16 daily JFK-based flights that will carry JAL numbers for passengers arriving in NY on JAL's two daily flights from Tokyo. JetBlue and American (like JAL, a Oneworld...
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NY's Japanese Restaurant Week Features Tradition

PHeymont ·
With the theme "100-Year-Old Flavors of Japan," Japanese Restaurant Week in NY will feature regional dishes at over 30 restaurants in the city as part of a joint promotion between the restaurants, the Japan Tourism Agency and other businesses. It will...
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Record # of Visitors for Japan

Travel Rob ·
2013 brought more foreign visitors to Japan than ever before. This is, in part, due to a weaker yen and an ease on Visa requirements.  This is a remarkleable achievement after the devasting Earthquake and tsunami.  Read more ...
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Japan's 'bullet trains' reach Hokkaido

PHeymont ·
Japan's network of Bullet Trains (shinkansen) has taken another leap forward with the completion of service to Hokkaido island.
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Daio Wasabi Farm, Nagoya, Japan

seesaw ·
Seesaw visits a century-old wasabi farm, and learns how the small green vegetable with the intense flavor is grown and prepared.
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Mitsubishi Tests Japan's First Domestic Passenger Jet

Travel Rob ·
  Japan's first domestic passenger jet, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), had a successful test flight from Nagoya airport.   Mitsubishi's MRJ will seat about 80 passengers and will compete with other regional passenger jet...
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Japan sets its tourism sights higher

PHeymont ·
   Sensoji Temple Complex, Tokyo/ Photo by Travel Rob   Japan is aiming to his "tourism superpower" status with new plans to raise both the number of tourists and their spending that sustains Japanese jobs.   Since it appears that...
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JAL revives long-dormant Tokyo-Dallas route

PHeymont ·
New connections for OneWorld partners
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JAL and Alaska in codeshare, loyalty deals

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines, in another growth move, adds yet another codeshare and miles partner, this one a major OneWorld member.
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Iiyama: Hometown Japan

Holly Anna ·
A small town in Japan struggles with declining population, and pins its hopes of growth on tourism and the recent arrival of a 'bullet train' station.
 
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