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Japanese government looking for people to join new official “Your Name” anime pilgrimage tour

The all-expenses paid trip will take foreign visitors to sites in Tokyo and Gifu Prefecture that feature in the hit animated film.

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“Japan’s USA” catches flak for celebrating Trump inauguration

One quaint little town calling themselves “Japan’s USA” unexpectedly found themselves in hot water for celebrating the new American president.

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Sakura 2017: Japan Meteorological Corporation releases first national cherry blossom forecast

Find out when the sakura are set to blossom and peak around Japan this year.

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Japanese spray toilets receive new standardised symbols to help foreign tourists

These eight pictograms will be used from April to make functions easier to understand for toilet users.

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Tokyo’s “bookstore hotel” adds a bar for travelers who love reading and drinking

Just be careful not to spill your drink on the pages you’re reading.

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JR Kyushu runs possibly confusing “Kiss My Nagasaki” campaign

You want me to kiss you where now?

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Tokyo bus operator adds free-to-use USB chargers for tech-loving passengers

While you’re progressing towards your destination, your smartphone could be progressing towards a full charge.

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Heavy snowfall in Kyoto creates scenes of breathtaking beauty at tourist sites around the city

According to locals, this much snow only falls once every two years in Kyoto.

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Japanese mother travels to Egypt, strikes silly poses in masked Pharaoh hoodie

Not quite walking like an Egyptian, but we’ll take it!

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Survey picks the eight most disappointing sightseeing spots in Tokyo

Don’t scratch them off your itinerary just yet, though.

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Crowdfunding campaign aims to revitalise disaster region by opening abandoned theme park in Japan

The eerie ruins of this once-thriving amusement park look set to become Japan’s next unusual place to visit.

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Survey reveals the most popular time to slip into a yukata at a traditional Japanese inn

Before bathing? After bathing? As soon as you arrive? Or not at all? Find out when most people usually change into yukata when staying at a ryokan.

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Japan’s cosplay inn giving a new lease on life to beautiful family business

Traditional hospitality mixes with modern otaku culture at mountainside ryokan.

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Mysterious “Bra Temple” makes news around Japan

Did you know that a bra temple exists in Japan?

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Tokyo government teams up with Japanese rapper to promote roller coaster subway system【Video】

Take a look at Tokyo’s underground tunnels from the driver’s seat of a train in this awesome new music video.

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Japanese couple capture their 400-day honeymoon around the world with spectacular drone footage

This beautiful video is so uplifting it will bring tears to your eyes.

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Sleep in a Japanese rail carriage at new train hostel in Tokyo【Pics】

This beloved sleeper train might be off the rails now but it’s still bringing joy to guests from all around the world.

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Tokyo travel tip: Use all of your leftover yen coins at Narita Airport’s huge capsule toy area

Change your pocketfull of change into a fistfuls of cool souvenirs from your trip to Japan.

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Japan’s top train station bento boxed lunches for 2016, as picked by travelers

If you’re riding the rails in Japan, here’s how you should be stuffing your face.

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Pac-Man rickshaw rides available for a limited time around Asakusa’s famous Senso-ji temple

The magical rides include mysterious “invisible” ghosts chasing the carriage, which can be seen by passers-by.

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