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LATEST Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Updates

For the latest - and official - information on developments with Coronavirus and how this is affecting travel in and out of Japan, I recommend using JNTO's advisory page.

This is regularly updated and reliable.

https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/



NEW POST! Is It Rude (For Foreigners) To Wear Kimono?

rude to wear kimono The Real Japan Saki Yoshida

Is it rude for non-Japanese to wear kimono? Is wearing kimono cultural appropriation? How to wear kimono respectfully? Tips on wearing kimono? Read our new guide.

In this guest post passionate kimono livestreamer Saki Yoshida guides you through this sometimes tricky subject. Includes tips on wearing kimono and using kimono rental services.

READ: Is It Rude (For Foreigners) To Wear Kimono?



Japan Considers a Limit of 2,000 Arrivals Per Day Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics

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TimeOut.com reports that the potential cap on people entering the country could be implemented after Tokyo’s state of emergency is lifted.

Recently, Japan has been considering whether to allow overseas spectators into the country ahead of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. As reported by Nikkei, the government is now looking to set a daily limit on the number of people entering the country.

A cap of 2,000 people per day has been proposed and is under discussion. If approved, it would take effect sometime after Tokyo’s extended state of emergency is lifted. According to the report, this daily limit would include Japanese citizens returning to Japan along with foreign residents, businesspeople and other travellers.

Read the full story on the TimeOut website



Finding Peace In The Mountains of Wakayama

Koyasan (高野山) is a sacred Buddhist mountain retreat in Wakayama Prefecture. Founded in the 9th century by the great Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.

Followers believe Kobo Daishi did not pass away, instead entering a state of eternal mediation.

The mausoleum of Kobo Daishi is inside Okunoin (奥の院) an immense graveyard of 200,000 Buddhist monk graves, the largest in Japan.

Twice a day, every day of the year, monks make a sacred ritual offering of a meal to Kobo Daishi.

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Epic Japan Tour: Shinkansen and Street Food - 15% OFF

TRJ partner G Adventures have a special offer on right now on this 11-day tour starting in November. 

Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions and cutting-edge modernity with lots of free time to do your own thing.

Target age range for this is 18-39 (so that rules *me* out!) but if you fit the profile check it out here:
Epic Japan Tour: Shinkansen and Street Food - 15% OFF



NEW POST! 10 Top-Rated Virtual Japan Tours To Beat The Pandemic

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Can't travel?

As much as we'd all love to be exploring the sights, hidden gems and back streets of Japan right now, unfortunately the global pandemic has other ideas.

But we won't let that stop you experiencing The Real Japan!

Use my NEW guide to 10 Top Rated Virtual Japan Tours To Beat The Pandemic, inspire your dreams for travel and escape to The Real Japan!

https://therealjapan.com/virtual-japan-tours/



Japan Airlines To Cover Covid-19 Expenses

In a bold and attention-grabbing move, Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced it will automatically cover the expenses related to any of its passengers who is diagnosed with Covid-19.

The new move is likely to encourage bookings in that group of travellers who, concerned about possibly catching Covid-19 after booking their flights and losing out, might otherwise have held off making their plans.

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According to JAL, the time-limited offer takes "safety and secutiry to the next level." All customers on JAL international flights are eligible for the JAL Covid-19 Cover, which provides complimentary support in case of Covid-19 infection.

Full details on the scheme are available on the JAL Website HERE.

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