Category: Japan

Embracing The World Around Us: Travel Trends Report 2023, Part 1; Angelina Villa-Clarke; Forbes

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In this first in a series of articles, Angelina Villa-Clarke talks to travel experts about how we will travel next year and beyond. Today, Angelina looks at the rising trend of looking for a feeling of familiarity when travelling, and the quest to follow a path less travelled.

Source: Embracing The World Around Us: Travel Trends Report 2023, Part 1

World Heritage temple in Kyoto Pref. lit up for 1st time in 3 yrs in 970th anniv. event; Mainichi

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Byodoin Temple’s Phoenix Hall, a national treasure in this western Japan city, will be lit up at night for the first time in three years for a limited number of visitors starting on Nov. 19, as part of a 970th-anniversary event.

Source: World Heritage temple in Kyoto Pref. lit up for 1st time in 3 yrs in 970th anniv. event

Kyoto-Nara-Osaka luxury train in Japan takes passengers on a sightseeing trip through the country’s historic heartland; Steve John Powell & Angeles Marin Cabello; SCMP

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Kyoto-Nara-Osaka luxury train in Japan takes passengers on a sightseeing trip through the country’s historic heartland…

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Heritage vs war: Cultural & heritage sites that have borne the brunt of armed conflict; Shubhangi Shah; Financial Express

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Whenever a war breaks out, cultural properties and heritage sites bear the brunt either as collateral damage or on purpose. But there’s no clear winner here, either in conflict or during peace.

Source: Heritage vs war: Cultural & heritage sites that have borne the brunt of armed conflict

World’s threatened places now protected by UNESCO; Frances Carruthers; Exploring

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Every year since 1978, UNESCO has added new natural and cultural places to its World Heritage sites list and the organization has is expected to announced its newest additions for 2022 soon. In order to preserve locations’ “outstanding universal value”, the accolade provides enhanced protection against climate change and human development, as well as educating people about why these places are so special. From Korean tidal flats to a scenic Iranian railway, here are last year’s stunning additions.

Source: World’s threatened places now protected by UNESCO

Yanbaru: Northern Okinawa’s Natural Heritage Site; Nippon.com

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Okinawa Prefecture has long attracted interest in its history, customs, and distinctive culture, and today, the northern part of the island, recently registered as a UNESCO natural heritage site, is the focus of special attention. Yanbaru, as the region is known, features several points of interest, including Daisekirinzan and Cape Hedo.

Source: Yanbaru: Northern Okinawa’s Natural Heritage Site