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Newsletter No. 11 - February 2014
 Regional Rail Passes in Japan   

Most visitors to Japan will have heard about the amazing value Japan Rail Pass but did you know that there are numerous other local passes?
You can use these if you are going to be travelling in just one area and they can save you money over buying single tickets in Japan.  

Order Regional Rail Passes here


 Tips to help you in Japanese Train Stations

There are a lot of signs, symbols and numbers in Japanese train stations, some you might not understand or can even confuse you. Do not worry! Have a look at our guide to door and carriage markings to help you easily get on board.

Also have a look at some useful train vocabulary you may want to use in train stations (even though it is usually in English too!).

 TOP 5 sakura views from train   

Train travel is one of the most efficient and comfortable ways of traveling through Japan.

If you're planning your trip for cherry blossom season, you can make the most of your travel time with 
these stunning views from the windows of your train.

 Catching the sakura : organizing

“How can I guarantee I see the best sakura?”

One of the most difficult questions when organising a trip to Japan in the springtime is making sure that you get to see the cherry blossom.

Our tips for catching the sakura

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+ An interactive sakura blossom map

+ All our tips to best enjoy hanami!
 Jodoji refurbished
Our beautiful three-story Jodoji House has recently undergone some renovations.
The heating unit has also been restored to ensure that you're nice and toasty, even on the coldest of nights. On the second floor, we've created a small sitting area where you can unwind before bedtime. The third floor's large traditional tatami room has undergone a few touch-ups here and there.
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+ Typical Japanese decoration

+ A stunning balcony view of Mt. Daimonji!
 Video : A night in the ryokan Kai Alps
Enjoy a breath of fresh air in this cosy and charming Japanese Hot Spring Inn, combining both modern and traditional style in the heart of the Japanese Alps. A perfect location for skiing, strolling around in the snowy scenery or just relaxing in a refreshing onsen.

Watch our video of Kai Alps

Our opinion

+ First class accomodation 

+ Onsen included
 Read the experiences of one of our recent guests in Kyoto
Marie from Okinawa Hai stayed in two of our houses in Kyoto recently. Have a look at the article on her blog where she writes about her first experience staying in a vacation rental. As well as falling in love with Terrazza House, you can see her amazing photo of Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavillion, just after a snowfall.

Read the article in Okinawa Hai blog

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+ Complete description of our houses

+ Special mention to our Travel Angels
 Take a virtual tour of our rental vacations in Kyoto and Tokyo


Take a virtual tour of our houses with our collection of videos on our YouTube channel.

Get a real feel for the place where you will stay before you even get to Japan and you can decide who gets which room to avoid any fights when you get there.


Let's visit our rental vacations

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+ Over 35 vacation rentals

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 Book: Zen Landscapes
One of our customers, Allen S. Weiss, has published an absolutely stunning book which we would like to share with you. If you can’t get to Japan this year, then you can easily get your fix with "Zen Landscapes: Perspective on Japanese Garden and Ceramics". If you are interested in landscape design, ceramics and the customs and culture of Japan then this is a must-read.

Read more

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+ Over 100 beautiful illustrations

+ A great addition to any library
 A Free Guide Book with your Japan Rail Pass Order

We are very pleased to announce that from March 10, 2014 all customers buying a Japan Rail Pass from us will have our new guide book "The Japanese Railways Guide" included in the order free of charge. Visit our dedicated website for the Japan Rail Pass and you will be able to benefit from this great offer for a guide book written especially for users of the Japan Rail Pass.

Order JR Pass here

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