JAPAN Travel Newsletter Vol.74 March 2021
Popular Excursions in Spring
With warmer temperature and slightly longer days, spring is a good time for weekend excursions. Head west to experience Japan's spiritual and cultural capital of Kyoto and Nara, and the unique gourmet culture of Osaka!
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Spring Getaway to the Japan Alps
The Japan Alps hold everything an outdoor sports enthusiast dreams of. But that's not all! This region is full of hidden treasures just waiting to be explored. From the splendor of its natural wonders to its long artisan tradition, Japan is endlessly captivating. Take the Nagoya – Takayama – Shirakawago route, and step back in time to pre-modern Japan.
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Cherry Blossom
Japan in April – Say Hello to Cherry Blossom Season!
Spring really bursts into life in April as the brief period of blossoming cherry trees gives way to pleasing green foliage and milder temperatures. The Japanese have adored this once-a-year spectacular for more than a thousand years by simply walking, having a picnic under a tree, or taking in the scenery on a boat.
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Experience Japan’s Local Ekiben Culture
Ekiben, (eki = station, ben =short for bento) the boxed lunches sold at train stations and onboard trains throughout Japan, are small universes of local flavor presented in often unique and imaginative packaging. They are a great introduction to local specialties.
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#JapanTravelDreams Contest
While travel continues to be restricted around the world, we look forward to being able to safely explore again. As we wait, share your musings or memories of Japan to win award miles in Japan Airlines’ JAL Mileage Bank program redeemable for roundtrip air to Japan. Enter today.
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The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. launched a new website, AwamoriTime.com. Awamori is one of the world’s oldest distilled beverages from Japan's subtropical island of Okinawa. They also launched an Instagram Reel challenge. There are 3 prize levels: a grand prize of $3,000 worth of Okinawa Travel vouchers, a $300 equivalent 2nd Prize, and an Okinawan gift basket for five 3rd prize winners. Enter today!
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Useful Travel Information
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COVID-19 Advisory
Visit our advisory information page for Japan-related Coronavirus information, as well as updates regarding travel and tourism to Japan. Please check our Japan Safe Travel twitter account for live updates @JapanSafeTravel. We also operate a 24/7 hotline specifically for tourists with service in English for any questions, concerns, or emergencies at +81-50-3816-2787.

• JNTO Japan Visitors Hotline: +81-50-3816-2787 (24/7)
• JNTO Japan Official Travel App: https://www.jnto.go.jp/smartapp/eng/about.html
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