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2020/6/8

Photos: What to do in case of a typhoon or earthquake in Japan

Many typhoons strike Japan every year from July to early October. Even in other seasons, you may encounter earthquakes, heavy rain, or heavy snow. If such a natural disaster occurs in Japan, make sure you are in a safe place. If you have any problems, please consult the Japanese people around you. We are not good at English, so we do not speak positively. But if you are in trouble, we want to help you. We also recommend downloading the Japanese Government app "Safety tips". Please share this with the people around you who may go to Japan. If you have any problems, please feel free to contact a Japanese person near you. Photos of Japan in bad weather Japanese landscape in bad weather = AdobeStock   Japanese landscape in bad weather = Pixta   Japanese landscape in bad weather = Shutterstock   Japanese landscape in bad weather = AdobeStock   Japanese landscape in bad weather = AdobeStock     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Evacuation"    

What to do in case of typhoon or earthquake

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2020/6/8

What to do in case of a typhoon or earthquake in Japan

Even in Japan, damage from typhoons and heavy rains is increasing due to global warming. In addition, earthquakes often occur in Japan. What should you do if a typhoon or earthquake occurs while you are traveling in Japan? Of course, you are unlikely to encounter such a case. However, it is a good idea to know the countermeasures in case of an emergency. So, on this page, I will discuss what to do when a natural disaster strikes in Japan. If you are hit by a typhoon or a big earthquake now, download the Japanese government app “Safety tips”. That way you get the latest information. Anyway, make sure you have a safe place to take shelter. Talk to the Japanese people around you. Although, generally Japanese people are not good at speaking English, if you are in trouble they still want to help. If you can use kanji (Chinese characters), you can communicate with them this way. Get information about weather and earthquakes Summer Typhoon hitting Okinawa airport = shutterstock Pay attention to the weather forecast! I have been told by travelers from overseas that "Japanese people like weather forecasts." Certainly, we check the weather forecast almost every day. This is because the Japanese weather changes every moment. Japan has seasonal changes as well as typhoons often from summer to autumn. Furthermore, recently, damage from heavy rain has increased due to the effects of global warming. In addition, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in Japan frequently. If you are traveling to Japan, I would ...

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2020/5/30

11 basic pieces of information to know before traveling in Japan

First of all, I would like to introduce some basics for travelling in Japan. The following pages include summarized information you’ll want to know before your trip. These include information concerning the Japanese time zone, money, climate, natural disasters, annual events, SIM cards and the Japanese language. In addition, I have prepared supplementary websites to address these topics in more detail. If you have time, be sure to read these as well. Do you know about Japanese language, currency etc? When is the best season in Japan? What is the secret strategy to overcome the Japanese language barrier? How to use and exchange Japanese money How to use SIM cards or pocket Wi-Fi in Japan What time is it in Japan now? Do you know about the Japanese emperor and national flag? Let's learn about Japan's holidays It's fun to know the annual events in Japan! The weather and climate in Japan vary according to the season Let's learn about natural disasters such as earthquakes Recommended Japanese related sites in English   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to Home About me Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

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2020/5/30

Recommended sites! Japanese restaurants and festivals

On this page, I introduce sites of so many genres, including restaurants related sites. The link below is useful even when you want to get information about Japanese festivals and attractions, when you want to know Japanese news and weather forecasts, and even if you are interested in Japanese subculture. Please do use it. Restaurant related site GURUNAVI GURUNAVI is the leading restaurant guide site in Japan. It has detailed information on individual restaurants and Izakaya (Japanese style pub) etc. >> The official website of GURUNAVI is here HOT PEPPER HOT PEPPER is a popular restaurant guide site along with the above GURUNAVI. It also has detailed information on individual restaurants and Izakaya (Japanese style pubs) etc. >> The official website of HOT PEPPER is here favy favy is also a site that introduces Japanese restaurants. Although it is not as major as the above GURUNAVI and HOT PEPPER, it is a site that makes it easy for foreign tourists to understand. >> The official website of favy is here SHUN GATE For those who want to know about Japanese food culture, I recommend the following site. SHUN GATE is introducing about delicious food in the region of Japan. This site is very interesting. >> The official website of SHUN GATE is here   Festival and attraction information site JAPAN ATTRACTIONS JAPAN ATTRACTIONS provides up-to-date information on Japanese events such as festivals and illuminations. When you go to Japan, please collect information on this site, which events will be held in various parts of Japan. ...

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2020/5/30

Related sites of airplanes, railroads, buses and taxis that are useful in Japan travel

If you decide to go to Japan, you'd better gather information on airlines and railways (especially about Japan Rail Pass), buses, taxis, etc., as well as hotels, on related sites. Please let me introduce these important websites on this page. Transport related sites Route information sites "HyperDia" HyperDia is a very encouraging site when you search for routes in Japan. It also supports smartphones. Please visit this site and search for it. >> The official site of HyperDia is here Airlines Traditional full service carriers (FSC) JAL JAL (Japan Airlines) is Japan's leading airline with ANA below. It operates regular flights all over Japan. >> The official website of JAL is here ANA ANA (All Nippon Airways) is Japan's leading airline with JAL. At airports in Japan, regular flights are being operated either by JAL or ANA. >> The official website of ANA is here Star flyer Star flyer is an airline based in Kitakyushu Airport in Fukuoka prefecture, Kyushu. Star flyer fare is relatively cheap, but it is not LCC. ANA is a capital participant in Star Flyer. >> Click here for official website of Star flyer Solaseed Air Solaseed Air is an airline company headquartered in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu. Solaseed Air fare is also relatively cheap, but it is not LCC. ANA also has capital participation in Solaseed Air. >> Click Here for Solaseed Air's official website Low-cost carriers (LCC) Jetstar Japan Jetstar Japan is Japan's largest Low-cost carrier (LCC). Qantas Airlines of Australia, Japan Airlines, etc. have capital participation. >> Click here for ...

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2020/5/30

Recommended sites useful for booking hotels in Japan

When you want to find out what hotel you should stay in Japan, I recommend that you use "TripAdvisor" below.  If you decide which hotel you want to stay, let's look for the cheapest reservation site with "Travelko" below. I also listed individual recommended reservation sites. Actually, I introduced these sites in the following articles. So please refer to the following article for details. To avoid duplication, on this page, I only enumerate the data. Comparison sites TripAdvisor TripAdvisor TripAdvisor is very useful when you find a hotel in Japan. Click on the image above, the official Website of the TripAdvisor will be displayed on a separate page.   Travelko Travelko Travelko will find the cheapest accommodation plan from among so many hotel reservation sites in Japan. Click on the image above, the official website of Travelko will be displayed on a separate page.   Hotel reservation sites Rakuten Travel Rakuten Travel Rakuten Travel and the following Jalan.net cover the most Japanese hotels. Click on the image above, the official website of Rakuten Travel will be displayed on a separate page.   Jalan.net jalan.net Jalan.net is the strongest rival of Rakuten Travel. Click on the image above, the official website of Jalan.net will be displayed on a separate page.   JAPANiCAN JAPANiCAN JAPANiCAN is a website operated by JTB, Japan's largest travel agency. Click on the image above, the official website of JAPANiCAN will be displayed on a separate page.   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Recommended sites" About me Bon ...

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2020/5/30

Recommended Japanese Local Site! Central Japan (Chubu)

Now, let's introduce more and more! t Next are sites related to the Chubu region (Mt. Fuji etc.) and the Kansai region (There are Kyoto, Nara, Osaka etc.!). Please find more information on each site. Chubu region related website MT. Fuji There are three recommended sites for MT. Fuji as follows. First of all, if you want to climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji in the summer, please refer to the official website first. Next, for general tourism, I recommend the second site. It is the official site of Yamanashi Prefecture on the north side of Mt. Fuji. I think that Mt. Fuji is the most beautiful in the north now. Indeed, many tourists go to the north side area such as Lake Kawaguchiko. If you approach Mt. Fuji from the south, please refer to the official website of Shizuoka Prefecture, which I listed third below. >> For Mt.Fuji climbing, please refer to this site >> For information on the northern side of Mt.Fuji please visit this site >> For information on the south side of Mt.Fuji please visit this site Nagano For information on sightseeing spots in Nagano Prefecture such as Hakuba and Matsumoto, please refer to the following website. That is the site of tourism department in Nagano prefecture. >> For tourist information in Nagano prefecture please see this site Kanazawa Kanazawa city in Ishikawa Prefecture on the side of the Sea of Japan is a wonderful city where traditional cityscapes and culture are left. Regarding Kanazawa, I recommend the following official ...

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2020/5/30

Recommended Japanese local site! West Japan (Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa)

Next are related sites of Western Japan. If you are thinking of going to Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa, etc., the following sites will tell us useful information. Chugoku & Shikoku region related website Hiroshima Regarding tourist spots in Hiroshima Prefecture such as Miyajima Island and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, I recommend you visit "VISIT HIROSHIMA" operated by tourist office in Hiroshima Prefecture. >> VISIT HIROSHIMA is here Setouchi The Seto Inland Sea between Honshu and Shikoku is a sea with calm waves. It is dotted with small islands and creates beautiful scenery. The Seto Inland Sea and its surrounding areas are collectively referred to as "Setouchi". For Setouchi, "Setouchi Finder" posts the information in detail very much. It is managed by the Setouchi Tourism Authority, a collaboration between the seven prefectures that make up Setouchi (Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime). >> Setouchi Finder is here San'in The northern part of the Chugoku region (the Sea of Japan side of West Honshu) is collectively referred to as San'in, or Sanin. This area is isolated from major cities in the south such as Hiroshima by the Chugoku mountains area. So, San'in area is relatively delayed in development since the late 20th century. For that reason, a surprisingly beautiful traditional world is left. Regarding San'in, I recommend you visit "Discaver San'in" operated by municipalities in this area. >> Discaver San'in is here   Kyushu region related website Kyushu Regarding tourist information in Kyushu, I recommend that you visit "ONSEN ISLAND KYUSHU". This site is managed by ...

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2020/5/30

Recommended local site! East Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto)

Next, I will introduce the many websites that convey local sightseeing spots in Japan. I will introduce them in order from the north side of Japan. If you visit these websites, you can look over each area of Japan. Of course, in the end, please come back to my website! Hokkaido related website Sapporo Tourist Association Sapporo Tourist Association is a tourism related organization in Sapporo. It provides sightseeing information of Sapporo for tourists both in Japan and abroad. >> Click here for official site of Sapporo Tourist Association Hakodate City Hakodate City is also offering sightseeing information for tourists both at home and abroad on the following official website. >> Click here for official website of Hakodate City Biei Town Biei Town, famous for its beautiful flower gardens, also offers tourist information on the official website. >> Click here for Official Site of Biei Town Furano Town Furano Town located in the south of Biei Town also offers sightseeing information on the official website. >> Click here for official website of Furano Town Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association provides detailed tourist information about Shiretoko, a famous tourist destination in Eastern Hokkaido. >> Click here for official website of Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association   Tohoku region related website Sanriku Railway Sanriku Railway runs north and south of the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region. This area was devastated by 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. However, afterwards, Sanriku Railway was restored by the efforts of many people. This railway is now a famous ...

Annual Events in Japan

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2020/5/27

Annual Events in Japan! New Year, Hanami, Obon, Christmas and more!

There are still many traditional annual events in Japan. Many Japanese people choose to celebrate these annual events with their families. Recently, many foreign tourists have enjoyed such events. Through one of these events you can get a good idea of Japanese culture. This article details these annual events. New Year events Annual events for the New Year are the biggest in Japan. From the end of the year the following events take place annually. Joya no kane "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples = Shutterstock "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples. At midnight on December 31st the priests ring the big bells of the temple 108 times. There are seemingly 108 anxieties to humans. The meaning behind the ringing of bells is to drive away those feelings. Toshi-Koshi soba "Toshi-Koshi soba" are noodles customarily eaten on December 31st. The Japanese eat long noodles in the hope that they will lead a fortunate life. Hatsumode Crowd of Hatsumode at Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock "Hatsumode" is one's first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. In the New Year, every shrine and temple is crowded with many people making these visits.   Setsubun "Setsubun" is a japanese traditional event = Shutterstock "Setsubun" is a traditional event to drive away evil. It will be held in early February. People throw beans at home while chanting "Oni-wa-soto, fuku-wa-uti," meaning "Out ...

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2020/5/27

Holidays in Japan! Tourist attractions are crowded in spring's Golden Week

There are 16 statutory holidays in Japan. If the holiday falls on Sunday, the closest weekday (usually Monday) after that will be a holiday. Japanese holidays are most concentrated in the week from the end of April to the beginning of May. This week is called "Golden Week". In addition, there are many days off from mid-September to late September for a week. This week is called "Silver Week". School holiday is from the end of July to the end of August. Please note that during these periods tourist destinations around the country will get crowded. New Year's Day : January 1st Torii gate at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo = Shutterstock New Year is the most important holiday for Japanese people. Many people will take leave from December 29th and spend time with family on New Year's Day. People visit shrines or temples to pray for the new year.   Coming of Age Day : The second Monday of January Young Japanese women wearing kimonos for the coming of age, to celebrate the year they turn twenty = Shutterstock Women in kimono outside the culture center during Coming of Age Day celebrations in Kagoshima City, Japan = Shutterstock On this day, the Japanese celebrate those who are 20 years old. Many municipalities celebrations in their honor. Young people wear Kimono or Suits and celebrate Coming of Age.   National Foundation day : February 11th It is a day to celebrate the foundation of Japan. According to an old legend, Emperor Jinmu, the first emperor, ...

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2020/5/30

Recommended useful sites when preparing for your trip to Japan

On this page, I will introduce various websites related to Japan. I will update this information from time to time. It would be a helpful resource for you to use to gather information. The hotels, transportation, restaurants, and local related websites are summarized in detail by categories. Since there are links at the bottom of this page, please go to the page you want to see from there. Sites that teach widely about Japan Japan National Tourism Organization Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is a tourism related window of the Japanese government. The official website of JNTO contains a lot of sightseeing information for Japan. This information is in 15 languages. If there are major disasters in Japan, this official website will provide necessary information for foreign tourists. >> The official website of JNTO is here japan-guide.com japan-guide.com is a famous website that is operated by foreigners living in Japan. It has gradually increased its number of articles since the website was created. It can be said that it is the tourist information site most familiar among tourists coming to Japan now. In the spring, it provides information regarding the blooming of cherry blossoms in Japan. >> The official website of japan-guide.com is here ZEKKEI Japan ZEKKEI Japan is a tourist information website operated by a company with a head office in Ginza, Tokyo. It provides articles that use beautiful images to introduce Japanese beauty to people overseas. "ZEKKEI" means "the highest beautiful landscape" in Japanese. Like the meaning of its name, it is a ...

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