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Senko-ji Temple: See you in hell

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Finding your way to the heaven or hell temple, Senko-ji, is like navigating your way through a bizarre purgatory in Osaka Prefecture. Once you get there, though you’ll have the chance to experience the horrors of hell on one side and the serenity of heaven on the other. This mysterious temple is… Read

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ANA’s new Economy Class seats receive Good Design Award

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Toyota Boshoku Corp have received the prestigious Good Design Award from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion for its new Economy Class seats. Intended for ANA's domestic aircraft, the seats were created in collaboration with Japan's top automotive seat designer Toyota Boshoku to increase comfort and convenience for… Read

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Narita Airport accommodation: New hostel opens in a converted elementary school

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In Japan, more and more rural schools are being forced to either merge with others or completely close down, as municipalities struggle to deal with the effects of the nation’s aging population, declining birthrate, and depopulation. However, there is a silver lining to all this, as old schools are now being converted into new accommodation… Read

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Naoshima: A remote island of world-class art

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One of the most progressive, dynamic, and celebrated hotbeds of contemporary art in the world is a small fishing island sleeping on the waves of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. That might sound like a contradiction, but it encapsulates the spirit of Naoshima: an immersive art experience that fuses stubborn opposites… Read

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Peach launches direct service between Narita and Amami

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Peach Aviation Limited has begun offering direct service between Tokyo (Narita) and Amami. This is the only direct and regularly-operated service between Narita Airport and Amami as daily flights in both directions. The first flight, Flight No. MM545, on Oct 1, was nearly full with 161 passengers on board. A ceremony… Read

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Airbnb adds getaways in tune with the animal kingdom

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Airbnb on Thursday began offering "Animal Experiences" -- promising harmony with nature, from lazing with alpacas to helping dogs struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The startup expanded beyond home-sharing services about three years ago into offering ways for travelers to dive into local happenings.… Read

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Six magic spots to see on a day trip to Kawagoe

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Imagine cobbled streets, 1,500-year-old shrines and traditional culture evoking memories of a time that has long since passed—this is Kawagoe, a small town suspended in time. Dating back to the Edo period of 1603-1867, this “Little Edo” is tucked away in Saitama Prefecture, under an hour north of Tokyo. Historically a… Read

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Hyatt announces new hotel brand

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Hyatt has unveiled plans to launch a new hotel brand. The company says that the Caption by Hyatt brand of hotels will be “anchored by a distinctive F&B experience” that will be a mix between café, market and bar. Hyatt consulted with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) on… Read

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Daimyo: Where the cool kids hang out in Fukuoka

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Fukuoka city is one of the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts. Head to Daimyo for pre or post-game drinking! If you’re looking for a place to drink with Western vibes and a hip young crowd, look no further than Fukuoka’s Daimyo neighborhood. Nestled in the heart of southern Fukuoka Prefecture’s capital city of… Read

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American Airlines to launch flights from Dallas, LA to Haneda

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American Airlines has unveiled plans to launch flights to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport (HND) from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Scheduled to begin March 29, 2020, American and its Pacific Joint Business partner Japan Airlines will offer a total of five daily flights… Read

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