Simultaneously modern and traditional, with a culture that can take you into the future or deep into the past, the Land of the Rising Sun is truly in a class by itself.

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Comment by David Paul Appell on August 27, 2018 at 12:05pm

Just read a pretty interesting article from the BBC about the phrase that makes everything better in Japan: yoroshiku onegaishimasu, meant to convey respect and appreciation. Learn more here:

Comment by edwhatamidoinghere on June 26, 2013 at 6:24pm

any great blog about Japan (possibly written by a Japanese blogger) to suggest?

Comment by William Sarcona on February 6, 2013 at 2:04pm

Please see info below if you are interested in this special sports package to Japan!                                                                                                                               

 KIE/Kintetsu International Express in Association with the WBC (World Baseball Classic) and MLB (Major League Baseball) Announces They Have Been Selected As the Official Travel Provider for the 2013 WBC Travel Packages to Japan!


These Packages Includes Roundtrip Airfare, 6 Night Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast, Series Game Tickets (at an extra charge), Hotel Taxes and Fees for either series in Tokyo or Fukuoka.


Japan specialist travel agency, KIE/Kintetsu International Express, in association with WBC and MLB has been selected as the sole preferred travel provider of travel packages to Japan, for the 2013 WBC series.  The packages feature accommodations for 6 nights or less for the WBC games in Tokyo or Fukuoka.  The packages include the departure cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


The 2009 Classic, the second edition of the event, was won by Japan for the second tournament in a row. Japan is the two-time defending champion, having won each of the first two Classics in 2006 and 2009. Please see below for more travel package details:


The tournament is the first of its kind to have national baseball teams feature professional players from the major leagues around the world including Major League Baseball.  In addition to providing a format for the best baseball players in the world to compete against one another while representing their home countries, the World Baseball Classic was created in order to further promote the game around the globe.


The above package and prices are subject to change. Please contact Kintetsu at 1-855-476-8779 or visit their website  for more details.  You can also e-mail them at for more information.


About KIE/Kintetsu International Express:

Kintetsu International Express USA, Inc. (KIE) is one of the largest travel management companies in the United States, and is currently ranked in the top 50 by Travel Weekly’s Top Power List for 2012.  KNT-CT Holding Co., Ltd., our parent company in Japan has over 62 years of travel service with more than 200 branches all over Japan. 


Contact Information for KIE/Kintetsu International:                            

Bill Sarcona, Asst. General Manager

KIE / Kintetsu International

1290 Avenue of the Americas, Ste. 900, New York, NY 10104

T: 212-259-9722 | F: 212-259-9595


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Comment by Ed Wetschler on January 26, 2012 at 9:39am
Comment by Elaine Baran on September 8, 2011 at 1:30pm
I'd have to agree with Jeff... I'm starting to run into availability issues, especially in Kyoto with some dates actually sold-out this fall.  It's still all last-minute bookings, but we are seeing a little pick up.  Now we hope it extends into next spring.
Comment by Sam Scribe on August 28, 2011 at 9:21pm
That's good news, Jeff. I'm glad tourism is picking up again.
Comment by Jeff Aasgaard on August 28, 2011 at 8:54pm
I just got back from 7 weeks working in our office near Osaka, Japan. It was great to be back and I am very happy to report that tourists are returning. We have been making many reservations at ryokans for guests who had to cancel in March and April. We are also organizing many tours.
Comment by Richard Simmons on August 28, 2011 at 7:30pm

hello all,

I'm glad to be invited as a member here.

been to Japan 4 times. so many aspects of the place that appeal to me. hoping for my 5th visit next year - maybe around cherry blossom time.


Yoroshiku onegaishimasu !.. Richard

Comment by Sarah Harris on June 4, 2011 at 12:22pm

Japan's tourism industry may be heading into a secondary disaster due to cancellations and travellers avoiding the country - hotels have experienced a 27% drop in occupancy not to mention the tour operators, attractions, retail etc... lets hope things improve soon


Comment by Ed Wetschler on May 23, 2011 at 11:24am
Tempting deal: 6 nights, flights from U.S. gateway cities (including NY), and 4 nights hotel for $780, including taxes/fees.



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