Razed Shuri Castle to be restored; NST

THE world famous Shuri Castle in Shuri, near Okinawa, which was razed in a fire last October, will be fully restored by the Japanese government by 2026.

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Japan to open information center on Hashima Island and other Meiji sites; Cho Ki-Weon; Hani

Center likely to distort history of forced labor and claim no anti-Korean discrimination took place…

Source: Japan to open information center on Hashima Island and other Meiji sites

Nara’s deer lonely for humans bearing snacks; Ronan O’Connell; Straits Times

The five-storey pagoda of Kofukuji Temple. PHOTOS: RONAN O’CONNELL

Considered messengers of the gods, 1,200 wild deer live in Japan’s first capital, Nara, roaming this ancient city’s main park and being hand-fed by crowds of tourists…

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AP PHOTOS: Oh, deer! Treasured animals wander Nara streets; Jae C Hong; AP

Source: AP PHOTOS: Oh, deer! Treasured animals wander Nara streets

Psst! Wanna Hear Some Surprising Secrets About Mt. Fuji?; Yu Sato; Live Japan

Mt. Fuji in Japan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing at 3,776 meters (about 12,388 feet) above sea level, it’s also famous for being the tallest mountain in Japan. These are facts that many people would already be familiar with, but there are some lesser-known trivia about Mt. Fuji that can be quite interesting as well. For example, what is Red Fuji and why is it considered an auspicious sight? Is there really an unidentified mysterious animal called Mossie lurking in the nearby Lake Motosu? Join Yu…

Source: Psst! Wanna Hear Some Surprising Secrets About Mt. Fuji? | LIVE JAPAN travel guide

The Mount Fuji Research Station: A Scientific Treasure Trove; Kamogawa Masashi; Nippon.com

The Mount Fuji Weather Station on the Kengamine ridge on the summit of Mount Fuji was closed in 2004 after 72 years of continuously manned weather observation. Since then, the nonprofit Mount Fuji Research Station has leased the facility for research use during two summer months each year. Mount Fuji’s height and unique isolation from other mountains has made it an ideal location for a range of important environmental research.

Source: The Mount Fuji Research Station: A Scientific Treasure Trove

Nara’s Famous Deer Wander Streets, Station In Search Of Food After Coronavirus Tourism Drop; Design You Trust

Nara, Japan boasts the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue and the UNESCO World Heritage Site it is enshrined at, Todaiji Temple, but tourists may be equally enamored by the famous free-roaming deer that reside in the nearby Nara Park. At least 1,500 deer roam around the park, and have become the symbolic…

Source: Nara’s Famous Deer Wander Streets, Station In Search Of Food After Coronavirus Tourism Drop

In the footsteps of Okinawa’s forgotten priestesses; Alex Martin; The Japan Times

Utaki (sacred sites) are scattered throughout the islands of Okinawa. Historically the purview of priestesses and kings, these sites have recently seen an uptick in visitors interested in exploring their own history.

Source: In the footsteps of Okinawa’s forgotten priestesses | The Japan Times

Soon you’ll need to pay a fee to climb Mt Fuji; Kasey Furutani; Time Out

Summer in Japan is marked by traditional festivals, lush greenery and the official opening of the Mt Fuji climbing trail. Climbing Japan’s national landmark is…

Source: Soon you’ll need to pay a fee to climb Mt Fuji

March to a different drum for that special experience; Stephen Scourfield; The West

Travel Editor STEPHEN SCOURFIELD suggests new destinations and approaches…

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Instagram Evergreen: Japan’s Top 10 World Heritage Sites and National Treasures!; Live Japan

Japan is an increasingly popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. In fact, by 2020, the country is aiming for 40 million tourists! The country offers more beautiful landmarks than one could visit in a lifetime, as well as culture, tradition, innovation, great food, and entertainment. Japan is also home to a number of National Treasures and globally recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered all over its territory. These locations are gorgeous, and are all worth visiting. But time is always running against you when you’re…

Source: Instagram Evergreen: Japan’s Top 10 World Heritage Sites and National Treasures! – LIVE JAPAN

Pagoda at World Heritage temple in Nara to undergo repairs for 1st time in 120 years; Keiko Shioji & Tatsu Shingu; Mainichi

A five-storied pagoda designated as a national treasure at Kohfukuji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in this Japanese ancient capital city…

Source: Pagoda at World Heritage temple in Nara to undergo repairs for 1st time in 120 years

Compulsory fee planned for Mount Fuji climbers; Oona McGee; SoraNews/Japan Today

Hiking to the top of Mount Fuji, or “Fujisan” as it’s known in Japanese, is high up on the bucket-list for many locals and international tourists in Japan. As the country’s highest mountain, this active volcano (which last erupted in 1707-1708) has inspired painters and filmmakers over the centuries, standing tall as one of the country’s UNESCO World…

Source: Compulsory fee planned for Mount Fuji climbers

The 13 most Instagrammed villages in the world; Ellie Walker Arnott; Time Out

There are hundreds of photogenic villages around the world, but these are officially the most posted about on the planet…

Source: The 13 most Instagrammed villages in the world

Interview with Author Joanne Socha; Passion Passport

In this interview with Joanne Socha, the author talks about the importance of mindful travel and why everyone should adopt it.

Source: Interview with Author Joanne Socha – Passion Passport

As coronavirus spreads, Kyoto launches campaign to bring back tourists; Alex Bresler; Matador Network

Just in time for cherry blossom season.

Source: As coronavirus spreads, Kyoto launches campaign to bring back tourists

Mitsubishi once transformed a Japanese island into a bustling coal mining metropolis. Now it’s an abandoned, derelict mess; Ryder Kimball; Business Insider

Hashima Island was a Japanese coal-producing powerhouse, but after its reserves became depleted it slowly transformed into an abandoned relic.

Source: Mitsubishi once transformed a Japanese island into a bustling coal mining metropolis. Now it’s an abandoned, derelict mess.

2020 Hiroshima Travel Guide Blog with a P7,000 DIY Itinerary and Budget for First Timers; Mervz; Pinoy Adventurista

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Off the beaten path: Tohoku deserves a spot on your travel list for an authentic Japanese experience; Melanie Chalil; Malay Mail

Source: Off the beaten path: Tohoku deserves a spot on your travel list for an authentic Japanese experience | Malay Mail

Shinkansen or Bus? How to Travel from OSAKA to HIROSHIMA?; Mervz; Pinoy Adveturista

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