This town in Japan installed autonomous water cannons to protect historic buildings from fires

A fire broke out about 500 metres away from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed farmhouses of Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture on Monday 4th November. Two huts burned down as fires easily spread across the thatched roofs. However, clever engineering prevented many more buildings from burning down. The 114 gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than…

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What to do and see in Hiroshima

It may not be as popular as visiting the likes of Tokyo or Kyoto, but there is no doubt that a trip to Hiroshima will not disappoint travelers and tourists. That’s especially the case for those who are fascinated by sites and cities of important historical significance. And there is no more historically significant city…

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What to do and see in Osaka

Osaka is one of Japan’s most ancient settlements, dating back more than 2,500 years. It is brimming with history and culture to a degree almost unparalleled by the rest of Japan. Strangely, though, the city tends to be forgotten among those traversing the country by rail, with Tokyo and Kyoto taking the lion’s share of…

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What to do and see in Kyoto

If you think that a trip to Kyoto is just about visiting historical monuments and temples, then think again. While the city has more than its fair share of historical monuments – being the birthplace of ancient Japanese civilisation – it’s also home to a host of modern attractions too.  The purpose of this article…

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Where to drink sake in Japan

Sake is a way of life in Japan. There are few things that define Japanese culture better than a cup of aromatic and flavourful sake. This is the drink of choice for so many across Japan, and visitors have long been sampling the delicious rice wine beverage. If you are planning a trip to Japan…

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What to do and see in Tokyo

For many holidaymakers around the world, Tokyo offers the ultimate vacation experience. A city that has to be seen to be believed, Tokyo is one of the most exciting capital cities in the world and a great place for adventure-hungry visitors explore. In Tokyo you’ll experience sights, sounds, scents and tastes that are utterly unique….

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What to do for breakfast in Japan?

Japan has no shortage of culinary delights and whether you’re looking for the latest Japanese food trends or some Western comfort meals, there’s something for everyone to fall in love with. However, one of the most difficult things to get accustomed to in Japan is the notoriously difficult breakfast options. While there is a Japanese…

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Japan Rail Route Templates

Not sure where to go on your rail trip around Japan? Get your plan started with our customisable route templates. These routes aim to inspire your travel around Japan – you should research your trip thoroughly in addition to using these templates. Some of the routes are quite fast-paced so edit your journey to make…

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The best temples to visit in Japan

Konichiwa intrepid travelers! If you are serious about exploring Japan, then it’s so important to absorb some of the history and culture of this beautiful country. If you find yourself here, it’s because you’ve decided to explore the Land of the Rising Sun by rail. This has become much more common in recent times, with…

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