Japan

Qantas and Virgin will compete for new services to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

September 20, 2019

Those who have been to Tokyo before would know that the immense Japanese capital has two airports; one more convenient than the other. Narita, probably the best known and most frequented, is furthest from the city, while Haneda is highly sought by visitors as the most convenient of the two. This is largely due to […]

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Travel Deals: All Nippon Airways just announced a huge sale on flights to Japan

July 26, 2019

Japan’s largest five-star airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has today launched their largest sale throughout Asia and Australia to date, greatly reducing prices for flights from 17 different cities to Japan. Aussies who have been enjoying greater access to Japan for the past few years, now have a better chance than ever at heading to […]

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Melbourne band Sunnyside and five other acts to see at Fuji Rock 2019

June 25, 2019

You know Sunnyside, right? The Melbourne six-piece that bring all kinds of funk and jazz wherever they go, slithering through the pits of sweaty nightclubs and steamy jazz clubs with misshaped textures and hypnotic time signatures. Yeah, those are the guys. And they’re about to make their exciting debut in Japan, heading on over to […]

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Tokyo’s latest co-working space makes being a digital nomad so much easier

May 22, 2019

Tokyo may be one of the most popular travel destinations for Aussies right now, but it doesn’t necessarily have a reputation for being a “digital nomad” city. Given that space is a premium, language barriers still very much exist, and Japan’s love of rules and paperwork, it’s a reputation that in the past has been […]

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Himi, Japan: Where the mountains back onto the sea

May 9, 2019

It’s an outrageous understatement to say that Japan is a country full of natural diversity. From the snow-capped peaks of Hokkaido’s mountains to the tropical islands of Okinawa, for a nation whose landmass is relatively humble, it doesn’t matter how many times you visit, there will always be something new to discover. Case in point […]

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Flight Review: Does flying in AirAsia’s Quiet Zone make the seven hour Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo flight more bearable? (D7552)

April 8, 2019

When I think about taking a budget flight, I tend to fly for a maximum of 4 hours – about the length of a flight from Perth to Sydney. Anything longer than that and I’d never think twice about flying any budget carrier. But I had a 7 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo […]

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The Oita Prefecture in Southern Japan is waiting to be explored

March 9, 2019

Kyushu, the southern island of Japan is an excellent destination for tourists who’ve had their fix of Honshu (mainland Japan) and are seeking something a bit more local. Oita is a prefecture within Kyushu that is rarely referenced by travellers outside those who chase onsens, and although that may be a selling point, there are […]

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An insider’s guide to Kyoto’s best secret hangouts, with Japanese band Zahatorte

January 31, 2019

Kyoto band Zahatorte are a genre-defying trio who blend old-world European cafe sounds with the undeniably Japanese penchant for perfectionism. They’ll be coming to Australia next month for the first time, and before we show them our own country, we asked them to share with us their nine favourite secret hangouts in their hometown. So […]

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This Asian country just overtook Singapore to claim “The most powerful Passport in the world”

October 10, 2018

The results are in and Japan has overtaken Singapore to claim the top spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index. This triumph comes as a result of Japan gaining visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, meaning Japan now enjoys visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. Beating out Singapore by just one destination, the two have […]

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Exclusive Album Premiere: The Lagerphones’ Japan-inspired record ATARA-CD (あたらシーディー)

August 21, 2018

Today we’re excited to premiere the brand new album from Melbourne party jazz collective The Lagerphones, who have gained themselves quite a following in Japan. Off the back of this, and ahead of their fourth tour of the country in as many years (with 15 mostly free shows across 15 days), the group are set […]

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