5 Reasons You Must Visit Nara, Japan; Lucy Bairstow; Wanderlust

Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, traditional gardens and some of the friendliest inhabitants in all of Japan, here’s why the ancient city of Nara is not one to be missed…

Source: 5 Reasons You Must Visit Nara, Japan

Heritage sites taking action to limit damage from tourism; Yuka Kanemoto; Asahi Shimbun

Tourists from Japan and overseas are flocking to World Heritage sites in the country, but the attendant…

Source: Heritage sites taking action to limit damage from tourism:The Asahi Shimbun

Top 5 Must-See Kansai Hotspots – As Recommended By 164 Foreign Visitors!; Live Japan

Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara – three major cities found in the Kansai region – are among the more popular destinations foreign tourists love to visit. As part of the Destination Kansai project, the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry conducted a survey with 167 foreign residents and compiled a list of exciting must-visit hotspots that will no doubt interest anyone planning for a trip to the region, and they have arranged these places into a convenient ranking list for your quick reference!

Source: Top 5 Must-See Kansai Hotspots – As Recommended By 164 Foreign Visitors! – LIVE JAPAN

Despite its painful past, Hiroshima has plenty to charm visitors; R Gowri; New Straits Times

THE tree-lined Peace Boulevard in Hiroshima offers R Gowri welcome respite from a strong October sun as she walks from her hotel, Mitsui Garden, to the Peace Memorial Park some 10 minutes away.

Source: #JOM Go: Despite its painful past, Hiroshima has plenty to charm visitors

Japan’s Emerald Carpets: The Cultural Importance and Environmental Promise of Moss; Oishi Yoshitaka; Nippon.com

Japanese have long had a fondness for moss, whether in the wild or cultivated in a garden. An expert looks at the plant’s cultural significance and ecological importance.

Source: Japan’s Emerald Carpets: The Cultural Importance and Environmental Promise of Moss

Tolerant shrine-temple-church trio’s rare red stamps draw collectors to UNESCO site; The Japan Times

Goshuin stamps made by three different places of worship — a shrine, a temple and a church — at an obscure fishing community within a UNESCO World…

Source: Tolerant shrine-temple-church trio’s rare red stamps draw collectors to UNESCO site | The Japan Times

Attractions Review 2019: October; Andy Knaggs; Attractions Management

Source: Attractions Review 2019: October | attractionsmanagement.com news

Space Tourism: Craters You Can Actually See; Wendy Altschuler; Forbes

Toe the edge of colossal craters, created by meteorites, volcanic activity, or erosion, and likely you’ll feel itty-bitty in comparison. Read on to discover some of Earth’s most amazing craters, some of which you can hike, rappel or drive inside.

Source: Space Tourism: Craters You Can Actually See

‘You can’t go home’: Monthlong escape to Ogasawara Islands a hit with teleworkers; Japan Times

Liner service Ogasawara Kaiun Co. is looking for participants for a 28-day, 27-night tour to the Ogasawara Islands, an archipelago of over 30 subtropical islands…

Source: ‘You can’t go home’: Monthlong escape to Ogasawara Islands a hit with teleworkers | The Japan Times

Hiroshima buildings that survived bomb to be razed; BBC


The city says the buildings, built in 1913, are unsafe – but some locals want them preserved.

Source: Hiroshima buildings that survived bomb to be razed

Shuri Castle and Controversial Heritage in Japan; Oleg Benesch & Ran Zwigenberg; Cambridge Blog

On 31 October, 2019, a massive fire tore through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, sparking a global reaction and comparisons with the devastating fire at Notre Dame, another World Heritage site. The New York Times and other outlets reported that Japanese officials had expressed alarm and concern about the vulnerability of domestic sites like Shuri Castle after the fire in Paris in April 2019.

Source: Shuri Castle and Controversial Heritage in Japan | FifteenEightyFour | Cambridge University Press

Exploring Mt. Fuji : A Day Tour from Tokyo, Japan; Aileen Adalid; I am Aileen

Spend an unforgettable day trip from Tokyo with this Mt. Fuji tour! Choose your pick from stops like Lake Kawaguchi, 5th Station and more!

Source: Exploring Mt. Fuji : A Day Tour from Tokyo, Japan – I am Aileen

Tourist tax for famous Japanese island; Stuff

It’ll only cost $1.40 extra to go to Miyajima, but when you have over 4m visitors a year, that can add up.

Source: Tourist tax for famous Japanese island

Japan Trip: 10 Most Popular Temples in Kyoto (October 2019 Ranking); Live Japan

Here are the best temples in Kyoto, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Live Japan’s ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category. For instance, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, To-ji Temple, Jingo-ji Temple…

Source: Japan Trip: 10 Most Popular Temples in Kyoto (October 2019 Ranking)

Kyoto Trip: 10 Most Popular Temples Around Arashiyama (October 2019 Ranking); Live Japan

Here are the most popular temples around Arashiyama and Uzumasa, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Their ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category. For instance, Jingo-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji…

Source: Kyoto Trip: 10 Most Popular Temples Around Arashiyama (October 2019 Ranking)

Seoul irked by Tokyo report on UNESCO World Heritage site; The Asahi Shimbun

South Korea is taking issue with Japan over a report on follow-up measures for a World Heritage…

Source: Seoul irked by Tokyo report on UNESCO World Heritage site:The Asahi Shimbun

NASA Captures Massive Burial Site in Japan from Space; 4WWL

Daisenryo Kofun is one of the world’s largest tombs, rivaling the Taj Mahal and Great Pyramid of Giza in size. The ancient burial site is located within a UNESCO World Heritage site in Sakai, Japan.

Source: NASA Captures Massive Burial Site in Japan from Space

Seoul protests Tokyo for neglecting forced labor in UNESCO report; Jhoo Dong Chan; Korea Times

Seoul protests Tokyo for neglecting forced labor in UNESCO report…

Source: Seoul protests Tokyo for neglecting forced labor in UNESCO report

Shuri-jo castle to be restored from designs that led to resurrection; The Asahi Shimbun

Work to rebuild Okinawa Prefecture’s treasured Shuri-jo castle, including its Seiden main hall, will…

Source: Shuri-jo castle to be restored from designs that led to resurrection:The Asahi Shimbun

Donations for rebuilding Okinawa’s fire-ravaged Shuri Castle top ¥1.2 billion; The Japan Times

About a month after fire ravaged the UNESCO World Heritage site in Okinawa, donations to help rebuild Shuri Castle in Naha surpass ¥1.2 billion.

Source: Donations for rebuilding Okinawa’s fire-ravaged Shuri Castle top ¥1.2 billion | The Japan Times