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2020 cherry blossom forecast for Japan

The Japanese cherry blossom, or sakura, has long been adored by people across the globe. It is regarded as a symbol of renewal, vitality, and beauty. During the spring season of each year, thousands travel to Japan to view the wondrous spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming en masse.

Update (April 2, 2020): It seems that the forecasts for 2020 predict a cherry blossom earlier than in recent years in all regions of Japan. Check the updated dates in our table. Next update: 4/9.

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15 best movies to watch before traveling to Japan

There are plenty of Hollywood movies based on Japanese culture you could watch before traveling to Japan, such as Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai, or the remake of J-horror Ringu.

However, there are a number of other Japanese films and Japan-set movies that can give you a much better view of both modern life in Japan and its history, and current Japanese pop culture.

If you’re looking for some cinematic inspiration when planning a trip, browse the list below for some of the best Japanese films ever made and where to watch them.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information


With millions of tourists due to visit Japan in 2020, this page can help travelers to stay up to date with news about travel restrictions to Japan regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Below you’ll find information regarding whether it is currently safe to travel to Japan, essential safety measures, and the Japanese response to coronavirus.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics delayed until 2021 due to Coronavirus

In a joint statement, the organizers of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have announced that the event has been postponed until 2021, and will take place in the summer of that year.

The Games were due to start on July 24th, 2020, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach have both agreed to the delay due to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Things to know before traveling to Japan

Japan is truly a captivating country where the past meets the future in seamless harmony. Only in Japan can you go from having your dinner served by robots, to traveling through the picture-perfect and quiet countryside.

Discovering Japan is understanding the many nuances that make this country unique, so to help you prepare your trip we have gathered a list of important information you should know before your trip to the land of the Rising Sun.

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Haneda Airport to Tokyo: Best ways to travel

Haneda Airport – at one time known as Tokyo International Airport – is an important hub for international travelers. If you’re flying into Japan or flying into Tokyo from another part of Japan, chances are Haneda may be on your itinerary.

How far is it from the airport to your preferred destination? How much does a taxi cost? How do you navigate the commuter train system? If you’re wondering how to get from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station or other nearby areas, check out this handy Haneda Airport travel guide.

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Is it safe to travel to Japan? 2020 travel guide

The simple answer to that question is yes. In many ways, Japan is among the safest international destinations. We’ve compiled the following data on many travelers’ foremost concerns so you can rest easy and enjoy your Japan vacation.

Japan is one of the countries with the lowest violent crime rates in the world, and the Japanese are proud of their safety and order and their culture always prioritizes the common good. That is why it is common to see children traveling in the subway alone, people leaving their keys in the car with the engine running and the doors of their houses unlocked. You can walk alone at night without having to look over your shoulder, although, of course, it is always advisable to act wisely.

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