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10-day holiday to celebrate enthronement: Apr 27-May 6, 2019
In celebration of new emperor’s enthronement, Japan is adding more holiday to connect its traditional Golden Week and the outcome is a rare and joyful 10-day holiday.
Trivia on the imperial transition:
1. Emperor Akihito is the first Japanese emperor set to abdicate while alive in over the past two hundred years.
2. Naruhito is Japan’s first emperor who was born after World War II.
3. Successor Prince Naruhito will change the era from Heisei (peace everywhere 昭和) to Reiwa (auspicious and peaceful 令和).
4. Era name is decided by a special committee composed of political leaders and literary experts.
5. Heisei is the first era name that originated from Japan scripture, not China.
Say Hello to Toyosu Fish Market
Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market - the largest in the world - has been moved to a former gas station to make way for the 2020 Olympics. The new market at Toyosu opens on October 11, 2018.
Toyosu market sells fish, fruit and vegetables and is set along the Tokyo Bay. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of food and flowers in Tokyo. The market handles over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. In addition to touring the market you should sample some fresh sushi at one of the market’s small restaurants – this is indeed the freshest of the fresh!
Experience the traditional stay at Hakone's Ryokan - Gora Hanaougi
Apart from the renowned Gora Kadan, we have sourced you another Ryokan in Hakone to experience the traditonal Japanese hotel stays.
Strategically located at the heart of Hakone and just one to two hours travelling distance from Tokyo, Gora Hanaougi is blessed with magnificent view of natural landscape. With a portfolio of Japanese style rooms ranging from 36 to 80 sq. m., every room is equipped with open-air bath. Kaiseki meals are included and their master chef rotates menus based on seasonal ingredients from local farms; fishes from inshore waters and best quality Hida beef will be served.
2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan
It is never too early to plan your trip to Japan, there is much going on in the coming years and we can't wait to give you some updates.
In 2019, the Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan in 12 cities from 20 September to 2 November. The tournament will be played in 12 cities including, Sapporo, Kamashi, Kumagaya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Shizuoku,Toyota, Hanazono, Kobe, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, and Oita.
Don't forget the 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo! Whether you are a sports enthusiastics or not, Japan should stay on top of your list in the coming three years.
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