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Comment by EnLinea Media on April 22, 2011 at 10:24am
New on our Tripatini blog: useful Travel Tips for Tokyo from a recent visitor. Let's not forget to encourage tourism to Japan to help them out during a difficult time!
Comment by Robert Haru Fisher on March 15, 2011 at 4:40pm
Just like the missionaries who went to Hawaii to do good and ended up doing well, you can donate to relief in Japan and profit a tiny bit. Donate to the American Red Cross through the American Airlines website and earn 250 or 500 miles on your AAdvantage card. While looking to donate, I stumbled across this one. I plan to donate on more than the one site, anyhow.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on March 15, 2011 at 1:36pm
This just in from the Japanese National Tourism Office:

"Popular destinations such as Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo, Kanazawa and Hiroshima, didn’t receive any impact from the earthquake.

Tohoku Region: Tohoku is the hardest hit region. With no recovery of public transportation systems and continuous aftershocks, it is extremely difficult to travel to this region. Due to the nuclear power plant accident after the earthquake, it is strongly advised to refrain from traveling to Fukushima as well as to follow the updates.

Tokyo and Surrounding Areas: Despite the brief recovery of the public transportation networks, periodical blackouts have been imposed for power conservation, causing train delays and cancellation. Some hotels and other businesses shorten the business hours, and it is recommended to refer their updates in advance.

Other Regions: Hokkaido, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu are unharmed, and tourism facilities and transportation service are operated as usual."
Comment by EnLinea Media on March 12, 2011 at 10:42am
Please donate to the Japan post-earthquake/tsunami relief effort; click here for a list of reputable relief agencies.
Comment by EnLinea Media on March 11, 2011 at 11:09am
Our thoughts and prayers today are with Japan and its people.  Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has issued an alert advising suspension of nonessential travel to the country through at least the rest of March.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on January 10, 2011 at 8:28pm
A Tripatini member asks a good question about Tokyo. Can you help?
Comment by Ed Wetschler on November 29, 2010 at 10:21am
"A Japanese lingerie maker has unveiled... a 'Welcome to Japan' bra. Buttons on the bustier, when pushed, play messages saying "Welcome to Japan" in English, Korean or Chinese.
A matching skirt flips up to reveal a map of Japan."
Comment by A Hedonist's Guide To... on October 29, 2010 at 6:29am
Don't know where to go out tonight in Tokyo? Hg2 reveals its favourite Friday night hotspot;
Comment by Tripatini on October 16, 2010 at 3:28pm
Learn about Japan's art museum turned hotel, new on the Tripatini blog.
Comment by Tripatini on October 10, 2010 at 2:45pm
For an upcoming trip, a Tripatini member would like leads and tips on cutting-edge developments in Tokyo. If you'd like to help, kindly reply to the following link on Ask A Travel Expert:




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