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2020 Autumn Tour Launch

Journey to the East launch a wide range of tours for the 2020 Autumn (Fall) Colours Season…

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2020 Food Tour of Hokkaido Launch

Journey to the East are proud to announce the latest in our popular series of food tours, the 2020 Food Tour of Hokkaido. Culinary delights include everything from street food and Sapporo’s famous ramen, right through to Michelin starred restaurants and traditional kaiseki multi-course cuisine…

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Mt Fuji with cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossom Season 2019 Concludes and 2020 Forecast

It has been a hectic time for The Journey to the East team over the past few months! It is now May and the iconic cherry blossom season across Japan is drawing to a close for 2019. We take a look back at 2019 with our clients and look forward to the 2020 Cherry Blossom Season…

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When is the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan?

  I know you are looking for a quick easy answer to ”When is the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan?’ Well, it isn’t quite that easy, and that is probably why you are are asking it.   The answer revolves around four key factors that drive the cherry blossom:- The latitude –…

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Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine

When is the best time to visit Japan?

The best answer:- The best time to visit Japan is ‘anytime’. There are 4 very distinct seasons and you can enjoy any of them, so read on!

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Japanese Gardens

When you think of Japanese Gardens, order and tranquility seem to spring to mind. There again, there are the Japanese sand and stone (or dry landscape) gardens made from such harsh substances yet they convey idealism and potential for contemplation on a totally different plane. The variety of gardens in Japan is staggering. Some of…

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Japanese Cuisine (1)

Until recently, UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage included only one traditional cuisine – French.  However, there are now two cuisines listed; French and Japanese. The traditional Japanese cuisine known as “washoku” was recently added to this exclusive list. We are all familiar how good chefs around the world have frequently turned to the foundation…

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Ryokan & Minshuku

There is a wide variety of accommodation in Japan, from the large 5* international chains to the smaller more personal type of accommodation. Of interest here are two particular types of accommodation in Japan; ryokans and minshuku. Some ryokans can be quite large up to 100s of rooms, whereas minshuku approximate to our family operated…

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