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The Resort Shirakami train that runs from Akita to Aomori.
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5 Days Exploring Akita, Aomori and Iwate Prefectures with the JR East Pass

Foreign residents of Japan can now travel through Tohoku and beyond at a discounted price previously only available to inbound tourists.

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Discover Tohoku with the New JR East Pass

Non-native residents of Japan can now travel through all of Tohoku and beyond, for a discounted price previously only available to inbound tourists.

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Explore Kyushu with the Island’s Ultimate Train Ticket Deal

Get the budget-friendly JR Kyushu Rail Pass and travel Japan’s scenic third island in comfort.

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GaijinPot’s Guide to Go To Travel

Everything to catch you up to speed on Japan's domestic travel campaign.

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How to Use a Mobile IC App

Wondering how to set up a mobile Suica or Passmo? Check out our step-by-step guide.

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How You Can Support Local Businesses in Japan During COVID-19

Do your part to help Japan's local economy all from your computer.

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5 Reasons Japan is a Budget Traveler’s Dream Destination

Forget full moon parties in Koh Phangan or rickshawing through the streets of Hanoi, there’s a new budget paradise in town.

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5 Guided Tours Where You Can Experience Tokyo Like A Local

Crash courses in bar lingo, uncovering secret hideouts and boozing up in suburbs, these tours will show you the true Tokyo.

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Why Are These Things So Expensive in Japan?

Movies, pizza, bullet trains and mobile phones seem more expensive in Japan than elsewhere. Here's how you can save.

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3 Simple Ways to Discover Japan’s Unique Food Culture

Let Japan and its unique culture of food blow your mind — and your senses — with amazing “konbini,” exclusive “ekiben” and subterranean “depachika.”

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Golden Week 2019: Make the Most of This Year’s Super-Sized Break

Day trips, overnight stays or something longer, here are three “Platinum” Week options.

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Making Reservations in Japanese

Failsafe ways to book accommodations, tickets and dinners out in Japan.

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