Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima

Osaka and Hiroshima are separated by a distance of fewer than 400 kilometers, or 250 miles. If traveling by train, Hiroshima can be a worthy day trip from Osaka. If you have time, however, consider spending more than just one day in this historic city. Hiroshima can also serve as a base for day trips into the surrounding area, including Miyajima.

Are you wondering how to get there? Check out this handy guide for traveling by train or by bus.

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Rainy season in Japan: Dates and what to expect

Japan’s rainy season starts in early summer, between May and July, depending on the region. The period is called Tsuyu (also pronounced baiyu) which translates to “plum rain” as the season coincides with the ripening of Japan’s plums.

The wet weather is caused by cold winds from the north colliding wind warm southern winds which create several weeks of rain. The amount of rainfall varies dramatically from year to year. Some years are exceptionally wet whereas other years barely see any rain.

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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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