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  • When to visit the Hakuba Valley

    Possibly the best skiing in all of Asia is just a three-hour bullet train trip from Tokyo. The Hakuba Valley gained international fame after hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics and now attracts thousands of foreign visitors every year. But when is the best time to visit? That entirely depends on your personality and interests. (more…)

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  • Video: Winter Highlights in Japan

    December is finally here! During winter in Japan twinkly lights adorn the cities, powder snow piles on to mountains and countless cups of hot sake thaw out chilly fingers. This sneak peek behind the scenes of Winter Highlights, one of our most popular Small Group Tours, gives a taste of Japan’s most magical season. (more…)

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  • Japan rugby history: The Brave Blossoms

    Following the excitement of the autumn internationals, we're looking ahead to the biggest rugby tournament of all next year in Japan! Phil McGowan, curator at the World Rugby Museum, looks behind the scenes of Japan's surprising love affair with rugby. (more…)

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  • Top 10 things to do in Kobe

    “The home of Kobe beef?” 9 times out of 10, when you ask someone if they’ve heard of Kobe, the famous marbled meat comes to mind, but (while apparently delicious) this port city has a whole lot more going for it. Despite being overshadowed by big brother Osaka, it's a great addition to any itinerary. (more…)

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