Category: Japan

21 of the best things to do in Kyoto; Jamie Lafferty; Times Travel

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Discover ancient Kyoto with its shrines and temples, tea ceremonies, geishas and centuries of tradition.

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Travel firms in Japan thrown in confusion as country reopens to foreign tourists; Bangkok Post

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As Japan resumed visa procedures to accept foreign tourists last week, travel companies have been thrown into confusion over the lack of communication regarding entry procedures and last-minute Covid-19 guidelines.

Source: Travel firms in Japan thrown in confusion as country reopens to foreign tourists

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

The best Japanese islands to visit; Times Travel

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Japan is a nation of 6,852 islands. Want to know how to go island hopping in Japan — by bike, boat and bullet train? The Times guides you through the main islands.

Source: The best Japanese islands to visit – Times Travel

Mount Fuji – highest mountain in Japan, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage site; Azertag

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Kyoto, Japan’s beautiful old imperial capital, is going broke fast; Lucy Craft; CBS

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Before COVID hit, the ancient city’s 17 world heritage sites and 2,000 temples and shrines drew 88 million tourists in in a single year. But it still can’t pay the bills.

Source: Kyoto, Japan’s beautiful old imperial capital, is going broke fast

10 found dead after Japan tour boat with 26 aboard sinks; Mari Yamaguchi; AP

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Rescuers said that 10 people who were retrieved Sunday from the frigid sea and the rocky coast of a northern Japanese national park had died, a day after a tour boat with 26 aboard apparently sank in rough waters, triggering questions why it was allowed to sail.

Source: 10 found dead after Japan tour boat with 26 aboard sinks

Tour boat with 26 aboard missing in north Japan after distress call; AP

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A tour boat with 26 people aboard was missing in rough and cold waters off northern Japan Saturday after its crew issued a distress call and reported it was sinking, the coast guard said.

Source: Tour boat with 26 aboard missing in north Japan after distress call

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

Pink paradise: 30,000 blooming cherry trees blanket west Japan mountain; Mainichi

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Some 30,000 cherry trees of about 200 varieties are now in peak bloom on Mount Yoshino in this west Japan town, turning the UNESCO World Heritage mountain pink.

Source: Pink paradise: 30,000 blooming cherry trees blanket west Japan mountain

7 Places you must visit when in Kansai, Japan; Sarah Pollok; New Zealand Herald

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From floating golden temples to ancient pilgrim routes, there is much to be discovered.

Source: 7 Places you must visit when in Kansai, Japan

10 Unique Things to Experience In Nikko, Japan; Lauren Feather; The Travel

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Nikko offers a haven for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, along with a slew of unique, off-the-beaten-track activities.

Source: 10 Unique Things to Experience In Nikko, Japan

Japan Sparks Feud With South Korea Over 400-Year-Old Gold Mine; Go Onomitsu; Bloomberg

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A dispute over the history of a 400-year-old gold mine has touched off fresh animosity between Japan and South Korea, just as the Biden administration needs their cooperation to confront new North Korean weapons that threaten the U.S. allies.

Source: Japan Sparks Feud With South Korea Over 400-Year-Old Gold Mine

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

The fragile gems of Okinawa prefecture; Alex Smith; Cruise And Ferry

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Japan’s best castles to visit at least once; David McElhenney; CNN

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During Japan’s Sengoku “Warring States” era (1467-1615), castles were constructed, bolstered and fortified all across the Japanese archipelago, resulting in approximately 5,000 individual keeps.

Source: Japan’s best castles to visit at least once

The secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed thanks to satellite images; EurekAlert

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The secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed by a research group of Politecnico di Milano thanks to satellite images. The results show that these tombs are oriented towards the arc of the rising sun, the Goddess Amaterasu that the Japanese emperors linked to the mythical origin of their dynasty.

Source: The secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed thanks to satellite images

World Heritage Shirakawa-go settlement in central Japan lit up for 1st time in 2 years; Mainichi

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Source: World Heritage Shirakawa-go settlement in central Japan lit up for 1st time in 2 years

 

Futarasan Shrine: A World Heritage Destination in Nikkō, Tochigi; Nippon.com

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With more than 12 centuries of history, Futarasan Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture has been inscribed as part of the “Shrines and Temples of Nikkō” UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the neighboring Tōshōgū mausoleum complex and the Buddhist temple Rinnōji. It remains popular today as a spot to pray for good fortune and matchmaking luck.

Source: Futarasan Shrine: A World Heritage Destination in Nikkō, Tochigi

3 must-visit places in Japan’s Three-Star Road; Kristin Mariano; Travel Daily Media

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Three-star Road offers visitors a chance to experience a truly authentic Japan with jaw-dropping scenery, spellbinding castles and delicately manicured gardens.

Source: 3 must-visit places in Japan’s Three-Star Road

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