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  • 5 anime films for people who don’t like anime

    For Japan fans, the world is divided into three distinct sections: those who love anime, those who hate it, and those who have absolutely no idea what anime is. For the benefit of those in the third camp, anime (pronounced like “Annie-May”) are most easily understood as Japanese-style cartoons – the word anime being simply a shortening of “animation”. These are the cousins of manga, or Japanese-style comic books, and a popular comic book will often become the inspiration for an anime serialisation or movie. (more…)

  • A beginner’s guide to Takayama

    As someone who was based in Fukuoka on Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island, I had very little cause to travel north when I lived in Japan. In fact, the furthest north I had ever been was Tokyo. Of course, when I was presented with the opportunity to go back to Japan and visit the Japanese Alps with InsideJapan Tours I simply had to see what all the fuss was about. In particular I was very keen to visit Takayama, which features in the vast majority of our trips. (more…)

  • Japan: A Pescetarian’s Paradise

    Having dietary requirements when visiting Japan can add extra challenges to your holiday, but with the help of your travel consultant, tour leader or guide, and Info-Pack you should still be able to have a delicious time in Japan, no matter what you eat; vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian or otherwise! If you happen to be a pesky pescetarian like me, you needn't worry. My recent trip to Japan has reminded me that Japan really is a pescetarian's paradise. (more…)

  • 7 reasons to visit Kyushu

    So far in our exploration of Japan's different regions, we've had a look at 10 reasons to visit Shikoku, 5 reasons to visit Tohoku, and 10 reasons to head to Hokkaido. Today, we'll be taking a look at just a few of the reasons to consider Kyushu... (more…)

  • 10 reasons to visit Shikoku

    Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, yet it has some of the country’s most beautiful sights. Much more rural than most parts of Japan, its lack of mega-cities and world-famous sights means that it is rarely included on holiday itineraries – but I strongly urge you to give it a thought! Here are a few reasons why… 1. Dogo Onsen Thought to be Japan’s oldest bathhouse, Dogo Onsen is so old that it’s mentioned in the oldest book of Japanese classical history, the Nihon Shoki. It’s also rumoured to have been the inspiration behind Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece, Spirited Away, and it has special baths reserved just for the Japanese royal family. Don’t worry though – there are baths for commoners like ourselves too. 2. Kazurabashi vine bridges Criss-crossing the I ...


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