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Best travel deals and discounts in Tokyo and Japan
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Best travel deals and discounts in Tokyo and Japan

Whether you’re looking for a staycation in Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan, these deals will get you more for less

See all Japan’s 47 prefectures in 130 seconds via this stunning tourism video
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See all Japan’s 47 prefectures in 130 seconds via this stunning tourism video

See Hokkaido, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Osaka, Kyoto, Gunma, Niigata and more in this gorgeous new JNTO video

Where to see teamLab art for free in Tokyo
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Where to see teamLab art for free in Tokyo

Public artworks from the digital art collective are dotted throughout Tokyo – here’s where to find them

Visit the virtual Pokémon theme park for games, Pikachu dance shows and Pokémon battles
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Visit the virtual Pokémon theme park for games, Pikachu dance shows and Pokémon battles

The Pokemon Virtual Fest will open online on August 12 – and anyone can visit from anywhere in the world

Tokyo’s most popular places are now empty – here’s where to explore
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Tokyo’s most popular places are now empty – here’s where to explore

Take advantage of the lack of tourists and spend some time at Tokyo’s most popular museums, attractions and restaurants

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These 16 hotels in Tokyo are offering up to 50 percent discounts for local residents
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These 16 hotels in Tokyo are offering up to 50 percent discounts for local residents

Free breakfast and vouchers also included

Sorry, gamers: Akihabara’s iconic Sega arcade will close at the end of August
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Sorry, gamers: Akihabara’s iconic Sega arcade will close at the end of August

It's game over for this massive Tokyo landmark in Electric Town

Tokyo Skytree tickets are 50 percent off for Tokyo residents this August
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Tokyo Skytree tickets are 50 percent off for Tokyo residents this August

Promotion ends August 23

This new Starbucks in Ginza operates like a coworking space
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This new Starbucks in Ginza operates like a coworking space

The Starbucks cafe inside Circles Ginza features reserved booths and meeting spaces

Go sightseeing around Tokyo on an open-roof double-decker bus with meals included
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Go sightseeing around Tokyo on an open-roof double-decker bus with meals included

There's a 30 percent discount in August

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This new campground offers Danish-style glamping deep inside a Japanese forest
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This new campground offers Danish-style glamping deep inside a Japanese forest

This looks like the forest from Princess Mononoke

The most beautiful places in Japan
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The most beautiful places in Japan

Venture beyond Tokyo – add these breathtaking temples, landmarks and hiking trails to your Japan bucket list

Best hotel staycations in Tokyo
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Best hotel staycations in Tokyo

Looking for an easy weekend holiday without leaving the city? These Tokyo hotels have room and restaurant deals for you

Best day trips from Tokyo – updated
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Best day trips from Tokyo – updated

Find some of Japan’s most beautiful temples, hiking trails and nature attractions no more than a few hours from Tokyo

This ramen-themed hotel in Sapporo lets you slurp and sleep in the same place
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This ramen-themed hotel in Sapporo lets you slurp and sleep in the same place

Hokkaido is known for its vibrant annual snow festival, beautiful landscapes and incredible culinary scene. Both locals and tourists can indulge in Hokkaido’s fresh seafood, rich ice cream and, of course, piping hot bowls of ramen anytime of year. Now, noodle lovers can make sure their whole trip to Sapporo revolves around the humble soup noodle at these special ramen-themed rooms at Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel, located in the heart of Susukino, Sapporo’s main nightlife district.   Photo: Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel   A collaboration with Ramen Yamaokaya, a chain famous for its pork-based miso ramen with roots in Sapporo, these limited-time rooms are decked out with all the ramen necessities. The rooms are much more comfortable than falling asleep drunk in a ramen restaurant at 2am – although the detailed decor may have you thinking that’s what you’ve done when you first wake up. There’s a photo of the restaurant counter above the beds, in addition to Ramen Yamaokaya’s signature red sign and curtains, ready to spark some sodium-filled dreams.   Photo: Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel   All this ramen paraphernalia will definitely have you craving some salty noods – Ramen Yamaokaya provides plenty of goodies on hand for porky midnight cravings. The hotel stay comes with two packs of Yamaokaya ramen in shoyu and classic miso, a bottle of the chain’s special ramune soda sold exclusively at the shops, and even a ramen-adorned towel for wiping away those meat sweats. The special hotel rooms ar

Everything you need to know Japan's Go to Travel campaign
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Everything you need to know Japan's Go to Travel campaign

The travel subsidy offers up to 50 percent discounts on domestic trips – here's how to enjoy this great deal

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You can now visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum via virtual tour
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You can now visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum via virtual tour

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the museum has launched 3D renderings of its building and artefacts online

Essential Japanese cookbooks for every home chef
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Essential Japanese cookbooks for every home chef

Learn Japanese home recipes and sushi techniques and discover the secrets to Tokyo's world-famous cuisine with these cookbooks

Video: The giant moving Gundam in Yokohama is now complete
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Video: The giant moving Gundam in Yokohama is now complete

The 18-metre tall Gundam has been blessed with a traditional Shinto ceremony, now ready for its official opening

You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online
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You can now ride Japan’s most famous roller coasters online

Press play for an adrenaline rush

Explore Shibuya, Koenji, Tsukiji and more with these POV video walks around Tokyo
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Explore Shibuya, Koenji, Tsukiji and more with these POV video walks around Tokyo

It'll feel like you're actually walking the streets yourself

Fuji Rock Festival will stream past performances on YouTube for free in August
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Fuji Rock Festival will stream past performances on YouTube for free in August

From August 21 to 23, you can catch acts from the festival archive and donate to some worthy causes

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The best Japanese movies and series coming to Netflix in August
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The best Japanese movies and series coming to Netflix in August

A hit samurai film, food-focussed J-drama, a charming series about a road trip for a cat and its owner, and more

'Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia' will premiere online and in Tokyo
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'Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia' will premiere online and in Tokyo

Some of the previous festival winners are already streaming online for free

Naomi Watanabe and Yuriyan Retriever release a parody of Lady Gaga's ‘Rain on Me’
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Naomi Watanabe and Yuriyan Retriever release a parody of Lady Gaga's ‘Rain on Me’

The Japanese comedians have amassed over six million views of their version of Lady Gaga’s recent music video

Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix
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Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix

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Time Out Tokyo magazine

Time Out Tokyo magazine

Read the digital edition of Time Out Tokyo magazines for free – or download the PDF version for later

Special issue out now: join the green revolution for a better future
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Special issue out now: join the green revolution for a better future

Inside this digital-only edition: Tokyo goes green, Japanese ice cream flavours, botanical gardens, virtual museum tours and food documentaries

New release: 88 things to do in Tokyo guide map
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New release: 88 things to do in Tokyo guide map

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Spring 2020 issue out now
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Spring 2020 issue out now

The best of springtime in Tokyo, the city’s most scenic waterways, food streets, Japanese gardens, restaurants for solo diners, Kanagawa islands, and more

Coronavirus updates

Tokyo Governor Koike asks residents to avoid travel this summer, especially over Obon
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Tokyo Governor Koike asks residents to avoid travel this summer, especially over Obon

Meanwhile, PM Abe says no state of emergency will be declared, despite Japan’s increasing coronavirus cases

Japan plans to ease entry ban for 10 Asian countries and regions
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Japan plans to ease entry ban for 10 Asian countries and regions

Japan will start negotiations to lift travel restrictions for China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and more

Airport coronavirus testing centres in Tokyo and Osaka could open in September
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Airport coronavirus testing centres in Tokyo and Osaka could open in September

The possible loosening of international travel restrictions will call for more coronavirus testing

These are all the countries and regions affected by Japan’s entry ban
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These are all the countries and regions affected by Japan’s entry ban

129 nations and regions are affected by this measure

Guide to buying, wearing and caring for your face masks
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Guide to buying, wearing and caring for your face masks

Where to buy or how to make our own face masks, plus caring tips, donations and more coronavirus-related mask information

The New Normal interview series
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The New Normal interview series

We check in with some of the top experts in Japan to understand the impact the coronavirus pandemic has on society and the world

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Japanese condiments you should know
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Japanese condiments you should know

These Japanese seasonings and sauces will elevate your next meal: ponzu, shichimi, yuzu kosho, miso and more

10 things you didn't know were invented in Japan
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10 things you didn't know were invented in Japan

From pop culture icons like the emoji to technology staple like flash memory, Japan has changed the world profoundly

How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels
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How to make a DIY no-sew face mask from t-shirts, socks and paper towels

Follow these videos to make a simple non-medical face mask – no sewing required

English words that have completely different meanings in Japan
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English words that have completely different meanings in Japan

Did you know 'viking' means buffet in Japan?

Online courses about Japan you can attend for free
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Online courses about Japan you can attend for free

These English-language university-level courses cover everything from Japanese literature and history to architecture and business. Best of all, they’re free

Learn Japanese for free online
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Learn Japanese for free online

These online resources will help you learn and brush up your Japanese language skills at no cost

Virtual tours of Tokyo and Japan

Take a virtual tour of Japan's most spectacular tulip garden
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Take a virtual tour of Japan's most spectacular tulip garden

Explore Hitachi Seaside Park's virtual tour and see 260,000 tulips in bloom right now

Travel through Japan with these VR videos: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and more
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Travel through Japan with these VR videos: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and more

See Japan from the comfort of your couch

Watch now: These 360-degree cherry blossom VR videos are incredibly soothing
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Watch now: These 360-degree cherry blossom VR videos are incredibly soothing

You can now see the flowers all year round

Zoos in Japan are live-streaming their polar bears, white tiger and whale shark
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Zoos in Japan are live-streaming their polar bears, white tiger and whale shark

For your daily dose of cuteness

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Sorry, Mario Kart fans: Tokyo’s IRL go-karting is no more
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Sorry, Mario Kart fans: Tokyo’s IRL go-karting is no more

Sorry Mario Kart fans, Tokyo’s IRL go-karting is no more

Tokyo Q&A: Who are the people on Japanese yen banknotes?
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Tokyo Q&A: Who are the people on Japanese yen banknotes?

Who's printed on the ¥1,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000 Japanese yen notes – and how they will change in 2024

Tokyo has two 'hospitals' for treating soft toys
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Tokyo has two 'hospitals' for treating soft toys

Plushies get the full treatment at these adorable clinics, from a warm bath to a face lift and hair treatment

English words that have completely different meanings in Japan
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English words that have completely different meanings in Japan

Avoid getting lost in translation by learning these commonly used Japanified terms with different meanings...

What you need to know before getting a Japan-inspired tattoo
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What you need to know before getting a Japan-inspired tattoo

Rule No. 5: never rely on Google Translate

The best books set in Japan
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The best books set in Japan

Explore postwar Nagasaki, go on road trip with a cat, and meet Japanese mythological creatures in these five books that take place in Japan

Keep the kids entertained

Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials
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Hanshin Railways offers Osaka and Kobe colouring pages and art tutorials

Learn how to colour trains and landmarks in Osaka and Kobe with these tutorials from Hanshin Railways

This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro
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This Studio Ghibli co-founder is showing us how to draw Totoro

Get an anime art lesson from Studio Ghibli producer and co-founder Toshio Suzuki

Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home
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Doraemon offers free online games and manga to encourage fans to stay home

The new Stay Home Project by Doraemon features free online games, wallpapers, manga and colouring pages

Our favourite Japanese children’s books in English
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Our favourite Japanese children’s books in English

Give bedtime a Tokyo twist with these popular kids’ books from Japan