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Cheap Flights to Japan: Top 10 Tips and Flying FAQs

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Looking for cheap flights for your trip to Japan?

Then take a look at my latest blog post for the best airfares to Japan right now and for my tips on flying to Japan.

Be sure to check out my Top 10 Tips for finding cheap flights to Japan.

The post also includes the cheapest, best and most expensive times to fly to Japan, plus flying to Japan FAQs.

Wabunka: Unlocking Japan's Enchanting Spirit

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Wabunka is a new gateway to the heart of Japan, offering clients unparalleled immersion into the country's rich cultural heritage.

Unlike conventional tours, Wabunka's meticulously crafted experiences transport you beyond the surface, revealing the artistry and time-honored traditions that define the Japanese way of life.

Through Wabunka's exclusive access and connections, you'll have the rare privilege of witnessing master artisans at work, gaining intimate insights into their revered crafts and lifestyles.

These private, behind-the-scenes encounters not only enrich your understanding, but also play a vital role in sustaining Japan's treasured artistic legacy. Which is part of the reason I've added Wabunka to my list of Recommended Japan Travel Resources.

Prepare to be swept away by the beauty, grace, and timeless allure of Japan's most cherished traditions.

Japan Launches Digital Nomad Visa

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Japan is introducing a new 6-month visa specifically for remote workers and digital nomads earning at least ¥10 million - circa £53k/$66k - per year.

The program aims to attract more global talent and further energise Japan's tourism industry.

Eligible remote workers from 49 countries can use the visa to immerse themselves in the country while they work.

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan (ISA) made the announcement last month, and is scheduled to go live this month.

Though the eligibility requirements are stringent, this new visa represents Japan's efforts to attract remote professionals that will also contribute to the wider economy.

In comparison with other nearby Asian countries the visa isn't particularly generous (South Korea's version allows stays up to 2 years with the ability to bring their families along), and the earnings threshold is at the high end of the range offered by other countries.

Still, if you'd like to know more, there's a good piece on the BBC Travel website about the visa HERE.

12GoAsia Introduces New Japan Routes

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Ticketing platform 12GoAsia reports that bookings of Japan travel grew by 15% since January.

Their site is dedicated to providing instant seat confirmation for buses, ferries, flights and trains in Japan and throughout Southeast Asia.

They've recently made a few upgrades to the booking process, ensuring a faster ticket confirmation and a better user experience.

They’ve also added new Japan routes since January, including new flight, train and bus ticket options.

Most Popular Japan Routes

Here's the current list of the most popular Japan routes:

Tokyo → Osaka

Tokyo → Kyoto

Tokyo → Hiroshima

Tokyo → Shin Yokohama

Tokyo → Karuizawa

Tokyo → Kanazawa

Tokyo → Atami

Tokyo → Echigo Yuzawa

Tokyo → Koriyama

Tokyo → Miyagi

Osaka → Tokyo

Kyoto → Tokyo

Kyoto → Osaka

Osaka → Kyoto

Clicking on any of the above links will take you to the page for that journey, offering a selection of modes of transport between the two cities.

You might want to bookmark 12GoAsia.

The Real Japan Community Building Update

2 weeks ago I cleared my calendar for the week so I could focus on getting the first draft of The Real Japan community space built.

Above is a sneak preview.

It went well.

So much so that I worked on it during the 4-day Easter Holiday weekend. (Don't worry, I also made time to eat hot cross buns with my wife. 😋)

Although this was mainly to play around with the basic structure, I made better progress than I expected.

Of course, this is just the bare minimum of my vision for it (see this post for more details on what I have in mind), but I can already see the huge potential.

I will be looking for a handful of 'beta testers' to get early access to the community in exchange for feedback on the user experience, what you'd like to see inside it, etc.

If you think you might be interested in being one of those beta testers drop me a message.

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Book Your Accommodation
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Book Your Japan Rail Pass
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