Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto 2019

Cherry blossom peak blooms Sakura (cherry blossoms) came to their forecast peak in western Japan over the past weekend. This was despite unusual blossoming in places in autumn of 2018. Some of the blossoms have already fallen, especially after some heavy rainfall and strong winds. But the later blooming trees still offer a chance to bask in the glory of their cherry blossoms. Great weather; don't forget your sunscreen! The weather was glorious as the blossoms peaked over the weekend. This delighted locals and tourists enjoying their time in Japan. This meant that navigating the crowds was inevitable in major sightseeing spots such as Kyoto and Osaka. That being said, there are still some lesser known spots, such as the Yamashina Canal (where water is directed all the way from Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa). Here there is a nice combination of cherry blossoms, yellow rapeseed flowers, and a nature path alongside the canal to walk and take in the quiet and fresh air away from the crowds. But true to their transient nature, they wont be around for long. So if you want to take in some great sakura sights, make sure to do it sooner rather than later (unless…

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Happy New Year…of the Boar! Japan Travel in 2019

For those of you who managed so Japan travel over the New Year season, congratulations. It can be a particularly trying (but of course also incredibly rewarding) time of year for Japan travel. Things are slowly returning to normal in Japan as we celebrate the start of a new year, the year of the boar. This year, in addition to annual events and festivals that draw visitors for Japan travel from far and near, Japan is also hosting the Rugby World Cup 2019.  This means that international visitors will be particularly high during the months of September to November. And of course late March/early April's Cherry Blossom season, and the extended Golden Week (first week of May) period will see a lot of people travelling all over Japan as usual. If you want to know the best times and locations to cover while avoiding the worst of the crowds and price peaks, we can help you arrange group and private travel to Japan in 2019. So get in touch. Demand for something different during a trip to Japan is growing stronger and stronger, and more people from overseas as the major cities and well known destinations have become a relatively familiar…

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New Year Holidays Notice
taken at Daikanzan, Hakone Turn-pike, Kanagawa, Japan

New Year Holidays Notice

New Year Opening/Closing Hours Notice Wishing all our readers, customers, and partners the very best over the holiday season. Please note our office will be closed over the New Year as follows. Closed 13:00 Dec 28 (Fri) 2018 - 9:30 Jan 4 (Fri) 2019 If you have any enquiries during this period please contact us by email or via the contact form on this website, and we will be in touch from January 4th onwards. Best wishes for the holidays and a very Happy New Year from the Japan Exclusive Travel Team!  

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Japanese Culture Workshop & Student Exchange with junior high school students from Indonesia at Otemon Gakuin

 There were plenty of smiles, learning, and memorable experiences had during the recent visit by 21 junior high school students (and two members of teaching staff) from SMP Lab School Cibubur (Bekasi City, Indonesia) to Otemon Gakuin University (Osaka, Japan), where the Faculty of International Liberal Arts came together with the adjoined junior and high schools, to offer a language and cultural workshop followed by school tour and student exchange activities to the visiting students.The students arrived at Otemon Gakuin University in the morning fresh-faced and full of anticipation of the day to come!The morning origami workshop was held in the beautifully finished tea house complete with tatami (Japanese bamboo rush flooring) and shoji (Japanese paper over wooden lattice) atop Otemon Gakuin University's sloped path. After initial introductions, students from Otemon Gakuin University's International Liberal Arts Faculty began teaching the visiting students how to make origami using a mix of Japanese and English, with the workshop leaders imparting simple but useful Japanese phrases as they instructed the young visitors on how to fold and shape their own origami.The group set out to make their very own paper sumo wrestlers, and hold a sumo wrestling championship, where one student emerged victorious, and…

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