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Coronavirus in Japan: What You Need to Know !

Here are some useful links to make sure you can find all the information you need about travel to Japan during the COVID-19 situation.

Article updated on May 2022

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Cherry blossoms in Japan - Forecast 2022

The blooming of cherry blossoms, called sakura in japanese, announces the arriving of Spring. Incarnating ephemerality, they unveil their beauty for only two weeks.

Cherry Blossom in Japan

Coronavirus - How to cancel your trip to Japan?

Were you traveling to Japan with Japan Experience? Here is the information on how to get a credit note or refund.

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Shinkansen: Reservation for suitcases and bulky luggage

From May 2020, passengers of the Tokaido-Sanyo-Kyushu Shinkansen are required to reserve a special seat with an area to store oversized or bulky luggage when they wish to travel with suitcases with

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Unmissable Exhibitions this Winter

Whether you're a lover of contemporary art, traditional art and crafts or even Japanese pop culture, there's an exhibition that will interest you among our selection of winter exhibitions.

Tokyographie 2019 - Tokyo Photography Festival

Tokyographie photography festival returns for its second year and takes place in the Japanese capital from November 29 to January 12 2020. Discover the artists and exhibitions not to be missed!

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Marathon moves to Sapporo

One of the most popular events of the 2020 Olympics has changed location from Tokyo to Sapporo. It's now the capital of Hokkaido that will host the marathon events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!

Japanese runners Arai (silver medal), Kobayashi (bronze medal) and Maruo (fifth) at the track and field world championships in August 2017 in London

Sustainability at the 2020 Olympics

The preservation of our environment has become one of the significant challenges of the early 21st century. The most-watched sports event in the world hasn't escaped this global issue.

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An official 2020 Olympics Store opens in Shinjuku

On July 23, 2018, just two years after the launch of the Olympic Games, a permanent official store opened just a stone's throw from Shinjuku Station.

Le Torii du sanctuaire d'Itsukushima à Miyajima est en travaux.

Monuments under renovation

Touring the countless mythical monuments of the archipelago is at the top of the list for many visitors, but be aware of closures and obstructed views due to renovations.

Unmissable exhibitions in Japan this fall

Whether you're a fan of contemporary art, traditional arts and crafts or even Japanese pop culture, you'll surely find an event to interest you from our selection of autumn exhibitions.

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Discover the Welcome Suica and Pasmo Passport

Specially designed for tourists, discover the "Welcome Suica" and "Pasmo Passport" transport cards! Available from September 1st 2019 in airports and major railway stations throughout Tokyo.

As an architectural ripple, the facade of the National Art Center Tokyo was designed by Kisho Kurokawa.

Unmissable exhibitions in summer 2019

This summer, why not enjoy one of the exhibitions selected by Japan Experience during your visit to Japan? Events are mostly in Tokyo, but also in Kyoto.

Aman Kyoto

After opening in central Tokyo in 2014, and then in Ise Shima National Park in 2016, it's finally Kyoto's turn!

The Shinkansen prototype ALFA-X

JR East has recently started testing for a new type of Shinkansen, one that's expected to reach speeds of around 400km/h, the ALFA-X.

Hakone Free Pass Now Available Online

The Hakone Free Pass is now available to purchase online!

The JR "FUJI EXCURSION" train

From March 16, 2019, a new train has started running from Shinjuku Station twice a day (at 8:30am and 9:30am) to reach the city of Kawaguchiko in less than 2 hours!

Reiwa: the new Japanese era

On May 1st, Japan gets a new emperor. After 30 years of rule, Emperor Akihito will leave the chrysanthemum throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Golden Week 2019

Golden Week this year is especially long, and will be from Saturday, April 27th to Sunday, May 5th, 2019.

Lake Kawaguchiko Sakura Mont Fuji

Cherry blossom forecast 2019

To better plan your itinerary and enjoy the best possible hanami, stay informed about the 2019 sakura flowering forecast!

"Flowers" by Naked, 2019

The 4th edition of the artistic event "Flowers by Naked" is being held from January 29th to March 3rd, 2019 at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo.

The first cashierless store in Japan

Last year Amazon's "Amazon Go" store in the USA made international news for being both cash and cashierless.

Harry Potter Wizarding World Cafe

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter universe?

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The Tokyo Gardens "Stamp Rally"

Every autumn, the city of Tokyo organizes a "Stamp Rally", a crazy race to collect stamps while exploring the nine gardens of the capital, grouped in the collective Tokyo Metropolitan Park Associat

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The 2025 World Expo in Osaka

On Friday, November 23, 2018, the member states of the Bureau International des Expositions designated the city of Osaka to host the World Expo in 2025.

The official 2019 Rugby World Cup logo

Rugby players will need to cover their tattoos

Japan will organize the next Rugby World Cup ™ which will take place from September 20 to November 2, 2019.

New accommodation tax in Kyoto

As in New York or Paris, the City of Kyoto has recently adopted the idea of a tourist tax for accommodation used by holidaymakers.

Hello Kitty train launched on the Keio line

Sanrio is set to launch a special train in partnership with the Keio line, covered with images of the famous 'Hello Kitty' character.

Moomin Theme Park opening 2019

Do you know the Moomins? They're friendly hippo-like trolls from a series of Finnish illustrated books from 1945.

Battle Godzilla in virtual reality!

Climb aboard a helicopter and prevent Godzilla from destroying the city. A new virtual reality attraction has been announced in the "VR Zone" of Tokyo and Osaka.

The cat-bus from My Neighbor Totoro

Studio Ghibli Exhibition in Hiroshima

30 years have passed since the release of "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" and the creation of Studio Ghibli in 1984, and "When Marnie was There" in 2014.

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen

From July to September 2018, the most kawaii train in the world, with a Hello Kitty theme, will connect Osaka with Fukuoka, in northern Kyushu.

Peanuts Hotel opening in Kobe

The characters of many franchises have become incredibly popular in Japan. Shops, cafes, restaurants, theme parks... there's something for everyone!

Ghibli Park to open in 2022

The films of Studio Ghibli are known for their themes encouraging respect for nature.

The abdication of the Emperor of Japan

On April 30th, 2019, Emperor Akihito will give up his symbolic role. Look back on his reign and the path to his abdication.

Wasao, the stationmaster dog

For the seventh year running, the Akita dog takes on the role of stationmaster of a small town in Aomori, northern Japan.

The New Odakyu Romancecar

On March 1st the Odakyu railway company revealed the new 'Express Romancecar' train model, which connects Shinjuku station with Hakone-Yumoto station.

Tokyo plans to build the world's tallest wooden building

The timber company Sumitomo Forestry has just proposed its next project: to build the tallest wooden tower in the world, right in the center of Tokyo.

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The mascots for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Discover the two creatures chosen to cheer on the teams at the Rugby World Cup which will take place for the first time in Japan in 2019.

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Sumo tournament in Tokyo in January 2018

The first championship of this year 2018 began on January 14 in Tokyo and the fights will be linked for two weeks at the Kokugikan stadium in Ryôgoku.

New services at Narita Airport

In order to reduce waiting time at the airport, Narita has devised several new ways to help ease the strain of massive tourist arrivals to Japan.

The next France-Japan rugby match will be played in Nanterre

The French Rugby Federation has announced that the friendly match of rugby between France and Japan will be disputed at the U Arena in Nanterre on November 25th.

The "Drive Hokkaido!" app

The company NAVITIME JAPAN have launched the "Drive Hokkaido!" App, running until 30 November 2017, with hopes of encouraging travelers to visit Hokkaido by car.

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Steam train now back in Nikko

Tobu Railways have reactivated a steam train as of August 10th, 2017 to attract travelers to Nikko. It's the first since 1966!

The privileged relationship between man and nature.

The hermits of Dewa Sanzan introduce foreigners to yamabushido

In the sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan, Yamagata prefecture, the Yamabushi hermits now welcome tourists in search of spirituality.

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The new Pokemon train

The new Pokemon train will start running on July 15th in the Tohoku region. Like its predecessor, its mission is to help the children in disaster areas.

A new Japanese-style Starbucks in Kyoto

The American Starbucks coffee chain opened its first traditional Japanese-style shop in Kyoto on June 30, 2017.

Mario and Luigi, The Mascots of Nintendo

Nintendo Amusement Park, Coming Soon!

The first "Super Nintendo World" amusement park, dedicated to the world of Mario, is expected to open before the summer of 2020 in Universal Studios Japan, Osaka.

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The new spring JR Passes

From the 1st of April 2016, new regional JR passes are on sale, to the delight of foreign travelers. There are four in total.  

Interior of Luxury Train Shiki Shima

Two New Japanese Luxury Trains

The luxury train experience returns to Japan with the commissioning of two new models in 2017, for unique train journeys in the north and south of the country.

Sakura Matsuri Tokyo 2017

During March and April of 2017, Tokyo gets the taste for sakura, with great deals on sakura themed macarons, pancakes and other sweets, in many shops in the capital.

Daigo-ji, Flower Alley, Kyoto

Six Kyoto events celebrating cherry blossoms

This year in April, Kyoto is one of the preferred destinations for the hanami, sakura viewing. There are many ways to enjoy the cherry blossoms other than a picnic.

"Takayama, the real, traditional Japan"

We had the honour of having Hidekazu Hayashi, who works as the Director of Strategy for International Relations in Takayama, in our office during his visit on February 10th 2017, to answer our ques

Tokyo taxis change their prices

As of January 30, 2017, the base taxi fare in Tokyo has become cheaper.

Mount Fuji: No longer free

 

Last year, Mount Fuji joined the long list of Japanese UNESCO natural and cultural heritage sites

 

Tokyo Skytree, lit up for Christmas

From December 10 to 25, the Tokyo Skytree is lighting up for the holiday season in the color of champagne!

The best winter illuminations of 2016-17 in Japan

The end of the year in Japan is heralded by beautiful winter illuminations. Here is a selection of some of the best displays in the country. 

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Ramen at Haneda

Who said airport restaurants were always bad? 

The 2015 Michelin Guide

 

The 2015 edition of the best restaurants in Tokyo and Kansai has just been released, with a new bonus "restaurants for small budgets" section!

 

Hakone's Volcanic Activity

Since April 2015 the Hakone region, famous for its onsen and views of Mount Fuji, has been affected by renewed volcanic activity in the sources of Owakudani.

Industrial Japan Joins UNESCO

n 2015, Japan added 23 new sites to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, designated as "Industrial sites of the Meiji Era" 23 new sites scattered throughout Japan, and mostly unknown.

A Christian missionary and a Samurai (1600).

The 'Hidden Christian' Museum

To mark the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the "hidden Christians" of Nagasaki, a new museum opened, dedicated to this fascinating and little-known story.

The Tokyo Metro lines and Tôei unlimited access with new maps 1-Day, 2-Day and 3-Day.

Promo on the Tokyo subway

While VAT has doubled in Japan, the Tokyo Subway is offering new favorable rates on day travel cards: Tokyo Subway Day Ticket, which allows you to

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Ascent of Mount Fuji

From July 1st to September 14th, this iconic mountain in Japan is open to visitors. A moment awaited every year with great anticipation by mountaineers around the world.

Rent a phone when you arrive in Japan remains the safest and most economical solution.

Osaka offers free wifi

 

The capital of Kansai offers a service connection free of charge and accessibility to wifi for all, including tourists.

 

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Magic Beach

Opened on June 16th, 2014, Magic Beach is 1800 square meter resort in the country's capital.

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Thai time Tokyo

 

Thailand comes to Yoyogi Park on  May 17th and 18th, 2014. A cultural event that started in 2001 and which welcomes around one hundred exhibitors.

 

Awa Odori dancer of the festival (Tokushima), wearing the traditional hat amigasa.

The Awa Odori in Paris

One of the most famous Japanese matsuri is being exported to Paris: Awa Odori from Tokushima will be sung and danced on the Place des Vosges in the spring of 2015.

Find free wifi

Among the useful apps to download before a trip to Japan, Navitime for Japan Travel promises to soon be a must: it allows you to locate free wifi networks offline , throughout Japa

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Tourism with Added Value?

Should you rush your trip to Japan before the Japanese VAT hike , expected on April 1, 2014?

Michelin Guide 2014

With 14 references, the Japanese capital has the largest number of 3-star restaurants in the world.

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Tokyo & Kyoto What's On & Events

What's On in Tokyo and Kyoto is a current listing of museum and art exhibitions in Tokyo, craft gallery exhibitions, concerts, performances, dance events, club nights, flea markets and festivals in