Narita Airport to Tokyo: How and best ways to get there

The Narita Airport is Tokyo’s primary gateway for inbound and outbound international travel. You might be surprised to learn, however, that Narita Airport is not located within the city itself. Instead, it can be found in a rural area, rich with beautiful landscapes and rice paddies.

How far is it from Narita Airport to Tokyo? Narita’s international terminal is a distance of just over 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) from downtown Tokyo.

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Kinkaku-Ji: The temple of the Golden Pavilion

Kinkaku-ji is the most well-known temple in Japan. Located in northwestern Kyoto on Japan’s main island of Honshu, Kinkaku-ji Temple is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a landmark of exceeding cultural and historical value. It is one of the most visited sites in Kyoto, both by international tourists and by the Japanese people.

What makes the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji so special, and why should you consider a visit on your next trip to Japan? Check out this handy travel guide, and learn all you need to know about this golden gem of Kyoto.

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Public holidays in Japan: dates and meaning

Holidays in Japan are unique, spectacular occasions which visitors, as well as locals, can enjoy. However, they are also very busy times of the year so travelers should expect crowds on Japan’s transportation system and higher prices for accommodation.

Visitors should also be aware that events such as the Obon Festival, the cherry blossom season, Golden Week, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are also very busy times of year to visit Japan. People catching Shinkansen bullet trains should make early reservations during these periods when possible.

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Visiting Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto

Kyoto’s Kyomizu-dera Temple is one of the most celebrated of Japan’s numerous temples and shrines. The meaning of its name is literally translated “Pure Water Temple”. This name is derived from the pristine waters of the Otowa Waterfall, on which site the temple was built. It is also famous for its large wooden terrace.

The Kyomizu-dera was founded in 780. Its present structures were erected in 1633. It was originally associated with one of the oldest schools of Japanese Buddhism, the Hosso sect. Since 1965, it has hosted its own Kita Hosso sect.

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Internet access in Japan for travelers

Whether you wish to post your fabulous travel photos, get directions, or keep in touch with family and friends back home, internet access is a must when traveling. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, consider the following must-have methods for accessing the internet abroad.

There are a number of ways to access the internet in Japan. These include pocket Wi-fi devices, SIM cards, and providers such as hotels, trains, and cafes.
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The new Mickey Mouse Shinkansen bullet train in Kyushu

Mickey Mouse is popular the world over and JR have taken note with the revealing of a new themed series 800 bullet train service inspired by the Disney mascot. The new Go! Waku Waku Trip with Mickey is a Mickey Mouse Shinkansen bullet train experience which is coming to JR this spring from May 17th and is sure to be a big hit with mouse fans.

As part of Mickey’s 90th-anniversary celebrations, Disney and JR have teamed up to create a specially decorated 6 carriage Shinkansen train which will run on the Island of Kyushu between May and November (although the end date may change). This new service will carry on the tradition of previous JR campaigns featuring beloved animation characters like the Hello Kitty Shinkansen and Pikachu train.

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