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  • Tuesday, 4th August 2015
    In Japan Travel News,

    Incredible drone footage highlights beauty of Kagoshima

    The relatively accessible nature of drones these days means there is more and more footage from the sky available to watch.

    Some is better than others and it is safe to say that the video created by Yuki Eikawa off the Pacific coast of Japan is truly incredible.

    This avid YouTuber has used his flying gadget to capture some of the country's most stunning scenery in high definition.

    Eikawa travelled to the Kagoshima Islands at the south western tip of Kyusha, where the sea is crystal clear, the beaches complete with white sand and rock formations jut out of the water.

    With many people thinking of the cities of Tokyo or Kyoto when contemplating a trip to Japan, or even the natural beauty of Mount Fuji or the cherry blossom, this footage paints an entirely different picture of the country.

    From the air, Eikawa's video tracks the coastline, taking in the shoreline and sweeping hills, with people walking on the beaches and an odd surfer enjoying the waves.

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  • Monday, 3rd August 2015
    In Japan Travel News, Japan Entertainment News,

    Tokyo's Snoopy Museum to open next year

    The latest tourist attraction that has been announced for Tokyo is likely to be a massive hit with Peanuts fans visiting Japan.

    A museum dedicated to Snoopy is set to open its doors in March 2016 and will feature original artwork and vintage memorabilia relating to everyone's favourite beagle.

    The destination for the new Snoopy Museum may come as a surprise to many, as Roppongi, where it will be situated, is best known for its dance clubs and high-class restaurants.

    Tokyo's newest attraction will be a collaboration between local agent Sony Creative Products and the Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center in California, which was named after the famous creator of the comic strip.

    Artefacts will be loaned to the new museum from the Research Center on a six-month rotating schedule, meaning the exhibits are likely to change each time tourists visit.

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  • Thursday, 30th July 2015
    In Japan Travel News, Japan Entertainment News, General Japan News,

    Volunteer Hiroshima tour guide uses models to teach lessons from history

    A volunteer tour guide at the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima has made two intricate models to help visitors understand the impact the atomic bomb had on the site.

    Okihiro Terao had lived in a house just 300 metres from the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, which was the only structure to survive the blast, but his family moved away before the bomb was dropped, reports The Japan Times.

    His interest in the topic has remained, however, and he has been offering guided tours of the remains of the hall to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two this year.

    Terao has created two models out of stained glass; the first showing the dome before it was bombed on August 6th 1945 and the other depicting the damage afterwords.

    He took up stained glass model making after he retired and soon found that he had a particular talent for it.

    It took Terao five months to make a representation of the bombed-out dome, but a much lengthier two years to create a miniature version of it when it was still the promotion hall.

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  • Wednesday, 29th July 2015
    In Japan Travel News, Japan Entertainment News, General Japan News, General Japan News,

    Japan hopes to add Fukuoka ancient monuments to UNESCO list

    The number of sites recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a country is of great importance to tourism. These places of particular interest attract visitors from all over the world, so it is not surprising that Japan is hoping to increase its number.

    At present, the nation has 15 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, but is in the process of trying to get accreditation for others. The Council for Cultural Affairs has now highlighted a cluster of five ancient monuments in the Fukuoka Prefecture to focus attention on in an attempt to get them listed by UNESCO.

    The process will see the Munakata-Okinoshima monuments presented to UNESCO by February next year, with the aim that they will be listed in 2017. This all depends on the opinions of the World Heritage Committee and whether they believe these sites meet the criteria set out by the organisation.

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