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New Furano Prince Hotel: Discovering Natural Hot Springs and Flying Through the Air at Hokkaido's Awesome Resort

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo All You Can Eat

The Furano area is located right in the center of Hokkaido, and visited by many people from all over the world. The New Furano Prince Hotel is among the many attractive accommodation options in the city, and it boasts some of the most fulfilling facilities. Guests can experience a relaxing stay unmatched elsewhere, its hospitality refined and well-appointed facilities, such as the cafes and gardens, are in harmony with the beautiful natural surroundings. Let's take a closer look at the 6 reasons why the New Furano Prince Hotel is so incredible!

Tips & Advice for Skiing & Snowboarding in Japan

Sapporo / Chitose Skiing & Snowboarding

Japan boasts amazing powder snow and fun pistes, making it a prime destination for ski and snowboarding beginners! While winter sports may seem intimidating at first, with a few quick tips and words of advice you'll glide over the snow with confidence in no time!

12 Vegetarian & Vegan Sushi Rolls You'll Want to Try

Sapporo / Chitose Sushi

One of the enduring images of Japanese food is of course sushi, which in a way you could call one of the world’s first fast-foods! Its roots lay in how fermented rice was great for storing salted fish, and from this tradition of storing fish with rice chefs started serving up fresh fish on rice in the Edo Period (1603-1868). The final perfected version of sushi is believed to have been dreamed up by a chef in 1824 in Ryogoku, Tokyo, and it was popular with riverside workers. Normally served at street stalls, it was certainly a larger portion of rice and fish then you see today. It was quite a different world to the modern version where sushi is popular in expensive restaurants. However, regardless of whether you are going to an expensive sushi restaurant or a more modestly priced one, a sushi restaurant isn’t going to help if you are hungry but are a vegetarian. However, sushi doesn’t necessarily mean just fish on rice. For a visitor to Japan sushi is a major attraction and actually there are many vegetarian and vegan options available. To help make your food tour absolutely perfect we have brought together some of these.

All You Need to Know About Japan's New Departure Tax that Started in 2019!

Sapporo / Chitose

Even though visitor numbers to Japan continue to grow year by year, we find that supporting infrastructure such as foreign language signage in hotels or commercial establishments leaves much to be desired. Very little is being done in the area of foreign language communication despite glaring inadequacies, and this is a major issue the country is trying to tackle. With the goal of turning Japan into a major tourist destination, and in order to be able to create a more comfortable environment for foreign visitors in view of current needs, the Japanese government has introduced an "international tourist tax" of 1,000 yen (about US$9) per departing person - also known as the departure tax. The tax will be levied from January 7, 2019 and applies to everyone leaving Japan - whether native Japanese or foreign visitor. However, this gives rise to some questions: Who exactly does this new tax apply to? How do I pay? What is the purpose of this new system? What will the tax be used for? If you're wondering about them yourself, wonder no more, because we have all the answers for you right in this article!

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