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Take Mt. Hakodate’s Ropeway and Get a Spectacular Night View!

Hakodate Night Views

No tour of Hakodate is complete without a view of the night sky from Mt. Hakodate! The view from Mt. Hakodate at night is beautiful as it is scattered with lights in the curve between the Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate Bay. The view of this flat terrain at the mountain’s height is just perfect. Reach the summit before sunset to see the color of the sky and the surroundings change!

What are Japanese Emoji and Emoji Goods You Need to Buy

Sapporo / Chitose

In the age of social media, we’re encouraged to say everything as short and sweet as possible. Character limits, along with short attention spans, create an environment where we need to express our thoughts fast. As a result, our written language has adapted to express our emotions quickly and effectively with emoji and emoticons. But not all emoji and emoticon are the same, and Japanese emoji do it best. So, here is everything you need to know about Japanese emoji, plus the emoji goods you need to buy!

Our hotel recommendations for Sounkyo Gorge: Where to stay if you want a bath with a view and delicious cuisine!

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo Ryokan

Sounkyo Onsen is one of the best known hot spring destinations in Hokkaido. Surrounded by the gorgeous natural surroundings of Daisetsuzan National Park, you can relax in a hot spring while enjoying the splendor of Hokkaido’s natural beauty: the serene greenery in the summer, and the changing colors of the leaves in fall. Fall starts earlier here than in the rest of Japan. In this article, we’re going to introduce you to four popular onsen hotels, each with their own distinct features and characteristics!

Japanese Food Fight! 8 Incredible Fried Dishes You Need To Try Right Now

Sapporo / Chitose Other Japanese Food

In stark contrast to Japanese cuisine’s image of being all healthy, there is a bad boy side too. It might seem like Japan is a country which is all sushi and small dishes, but during both night and day it zips on its leather jacket, slips on a pair of sunglasses and gets up to mischief. I am of course talking about Japanese fried foods, in other countries the worst thing you might come across is fried chicken, but in Japan you can come across fried anything – literally anything apart from a fried chocolate bar.

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

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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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