AirAsia announces new services to Okinawa

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AirAsia announces new services to Okinawa

AirAsia announced a new route from Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa Naha, strengthening its position as the carrier with the most connections and capacity between Malaysia and Japan.

“Noh” Japanese Traditional Performing Art Event and Exhibition

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“Noh” Japanese Traditional Performing Art Event and Exhibition

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo(KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a special event and exhibition of the Japanese traditional performing art called “Noh” from September 27 (Friday) to November 27 (Wednesday), 2019. This exhibition is held in cooperation with The National Noh Theatre and marks the fourth time that this event will be held. This year’s exhibition is based upon the “Tale of the Heike” historical epic poetry that portrays the battle between the Heike and the Minamoto clans for control of Japan and the rise and fall of the Taira Family (Heike). Also, various precious props, art and literary works, including masks carved from wood, costumes and other items, associated with Noh plays such as “Shunkan (A Buddhist priest who plotted to bring down the ruling Taira Family)” and “Atsumori (A young warrior of the Taira Family who was killed in battle)” will be provided by The National Noh Theatre for display. Complimentary shortened performances of Noh programs will be held in our Lobby on October 15 (Tuesday) and 28 (Monday), 2019 by Tsunao Yamai of the Komparu School of Noh, who will also provide a lecture on the art of Noh.

Costa neoRomantica Ports of Call – Where the Anchor Drops

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Costa neoRomantica Ports of Call – Where the Anchor Drops

Explore four beautiful port cities – Kobe, Kochi and Miyakojima in Japan; and Keelung in Taiwan – in a nine-day cruise with Costa neoRomantica by Costa Cruises.

Keio Plaza Hotel Tama is the First Hotel to Open “My Melody” and “Little Twin Stars” Themed Rooms With Upgrades of Hello Kitty Rooms

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tama is the First Hotel to Open “My Melody” and “Little Twin Stars” Themed Rooms With Upgrades of Hello Kitty Rooms

The Keio Plaza Hotel Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s most prestigious hotel companies operating hotels in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo and other locations, is proud to announce that our Keio Plaza Hotel Tama has become the first hotel in the world to open theme guest rooms based upon “My Melody” and “Little Twin Stars” (Kiki and Lala) who have been adored by fans around the world since their creation in 1975.

Discover Authentic Japan at your Own Pace with Walk Japan’s Self-Guided Wayfarer Tours

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Discover Authentic Japan at your Own Pace with Walk Japan’s Self-Guided Wayfarer Tours

Walk Japan, the leading pioneer of small, guided group tours, also offers an appealing selection of Self-Guided Wayfarer Tours. Like Walk Japan guided tours but this time at one’s own pace, these self-guided tours reveal the beauty of the country and its people, its various and varied regions, cultural highlights and rich history.

ANA Launches Limited “HELLO BLUE SALE”

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ANA Launches Limited “HELLO BLUE SALE”

All Nippon Airways (ANA) launches a limited sales event called “HELLO BLUE SALE” running from July 26, 2019 to July 30, 2019.

7 Teahouses Around the World that You Shouldn’t Miss

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7 Teahouses Around the World that You Shouldn’t Miss

If you have never experienced waiting in line for an hour just to get bubble tea (Taiwanese tea-based drink), we need to do some serious discussion

6 Peculiar Museums to Visit this Hari Raya Holiday

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6 Peculiar Museums to Visit this Hari Raya Holiday

If you’re one of these people or about to be, we suggest you to visit the following offbeat museums for a different Eid experience!

7 Divine Libraries that can Turn You into a Bookworm Forever!

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7 Divine Libraries that can Turn You into a Bookworm Forever!

If being immersed in a good book could sweep you away into another world, how about reading a good book amidst a spectacular place? Read on to find out the seven bewitching libraries where you can visit to take your reading experience to a different level!

7 Beautiful Cherry Blossom Spot You Won’t Want To Miss This Spring 2019

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7 Beautiful Cherry Blossom Spot You Won’t Want To Miss This Spring 2019

Spring is upon us and it’s THE most exciting time of the year as seasons transition, trees bloom and the landscapes emerge from the winter. We have all experienced travel moments that were so perfect, we could have stayed in them forever. And what probably made the moment even more memorable was the fact that it felt like it ended too soon.

7 Things to Love About Miyajima Island

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7 Things to Love About Miyajima Island

Want a quiet place to escape from the bustling noise of the city? Located in Hiroshima Bay, a small and laid-back island known as Miyajima Island, is a great place that travellers shouldn’t miss.

AirAsia touches down in Fukuoka

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AirAsia touches down in Fukuoka

FUKUOKA – AirAsia has touched down in Fukuoka (Japan), marking the only direct service in operation from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. Fukuoka joins an ever-growing list of long-haul destinations for AirAsia, with the airline announcing it would operate four times a week between Kuala Lumpur and Kyushu’s largest city. AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said, “Welcome to Fukuoka, our very first destination on Japan’s southernmost island, Kyushu.” “More than 156,000 seats per year will be available on this new route, providing guests with the opportunity to book low-cost travel to yet another amazing destination in Japan.” Since launching flights from Malaysia to Japan in 2010, AirAsia has flown more than 6.5 million passengers between the two countries. Today, the airline operates […]

Six Senses Fiji Combines Early Bird with Bonus Nights Offer

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Six Senses Fiji Combines Early Bird with Bonus Nights Offer

Trifty travelers looking for a vacation, there’s the Early-Bird offer that saves 10 percent of the total accommodation cost for bookings at Six Senses Fiji

Aman Announces the Launch of Aman Kyoto:  A Secret Garden in Japan’s Ancient Imperial Capital

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Aman Announces the Launch of Aman Kyoto: A Secret Garden in Japan’s Ancient Imperial Capital

Aman is pleased to announce its third resort in Japan with the launch of Aman Kyoto, scheduled to open on 1st November 2019.

10 Places You Can Visit with JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

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10 Places You Can Visit with JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

Get the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass by JR-Central and JR-West to save on transportation cost when travelling across Central Japan.

Hotels.com Recommends Top Destinations for Year-End Holidays

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Hotels.com Recommends Top Destinations for Year-End Holidays

As we are exiting 2018 and entering 2019, leading online accommodation booking website, Hotels.comTM reveals the top destinations to head to for the year-end holidays.

Discovering the Hokuriku Region using Shinkansen

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Discovering the Hokuriku Region using Shinkansen

Many of us are familiar with Japan’s famous high-speed bullet trains called shinkansen. Operated by Japan Railway Company – called JR for short – the shinkansen network consists of multiple lines, amongst which the oldest and most popular is the Tokaido Shinkansen that connects Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka, reducing rail travel time from eight hours to only three. The Hokuriku Shinkansen line was popularly known as Nagano Shinkansen because it connected Tokyo to Nagano in 1997 for Nagano Winter Olympics. Over a year ago, the service is extended to Kanazawa, which is part of the Hokuriku region. Hokuriku Shinkansen connects passengers between Tokyo and Kanazawa for only two hours and a half. Standard Class (unreserved)  Standard Class (reserved) Green Car Gran […]

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Launches Traditional Japanese Performing Arts and Sushi Package

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Launches Traditional Japanese Performing Arts and Sushi Package

Guests can catch a glimpse of ancient Japan by booking Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo’s Traditional Japanese Performing Arts & Sushi offer. This provides guests with an opportunity to explore the hotel’s historic Nihonbashi neighbourhood and visit the newly opened Suigian theatre restaurant nearby, where they will be transported back in time.

AirAsia X strengthens Malaysia – Japan ties with exclusive direct flights to Fukuoka

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AirAsia X strengthens Malaysia – Japan ties with exclusive direct flights to Fukuoka

AirAsia X today announced the launch of an exclusive direct route connecting Kuala Lumpur with Fukuoka, Japan today. The four times weekly service set to commence on 28 February 2019, will be the airline group’s fifth destination in Japan and fourth route from Kuala Lumpur, strengthening Malaysia – Japan bilateral ties while stimulating local trade and tourism growth.  

7 Places to Visit in Asia if You Love Flowers

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7 Places to Visit in Asia if You Love Flowers

It is human nature to love beautiful things, and those things could even be as simple as flowers! You would definitely feel that the world is a better place whenever you walk along a path flanked by vibrant-coloured flowers under the clear blue sky, wouldn’t you? For such wonderful experience in Asia, do take time to discover the following places that are sure to uplift your spirits!

7 Things to Check Out in Chiba

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7 Things to Check Out in Chiba

If it is not because of Adventure Japan, in collaboration with Chiba TV, I would not be here, dipping myself in this island country.

Rethinking Japan through Okinawa – Part II of II

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Rethinking Japan through Okinawa – Part II of II

Okinawa, as described in our previous issue, makes a perfect all-inclusive destination for travellers who want to experience it all: rich history, tropical islands with crystal-blue waters and white sandy beaches; deliciously varied food; and interesting mix of cultures. But the list does not stop there, as this Japanese prefecture offers extensive shopping options for shopaholics and browsers alike such as popular luxury goods, meticulous artisanal crafts, tasty snacks, cute souvenirs or exotic street products. Be sure to bring along an extra empty bag and bring plenty of cash! Kokusaidori Kokusaidori reminds me of Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur – it is busy, vibrant and rich with history. This is, in fact, the place where they held the annual Naha Tug-of-War festival […]

Rethinking Japan through Okinawa – Part I of II

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Rethinking Japan through Okinawa – Part I of II

“Why didn’t I consider visiting Okinawa before?” I thought to myself, after finishing the ‘Ku Tinggalkan Cinta Di Okinawa‘ drama series marathon starring the sweet Hanis Zalikha, witty Sharnaaz Ahmad and a handsome Okinawan actor, Shogen Itokazu. This southernmost prefecture of Japan is certainly beautiful, and comes with a unique culture that is entirely distinct from the rest of the country. I have to admit that the images of Okinawa in the show have won me over, leaving me feeling determined to see the show’s trail with my own eyes. Fortunately, when the Okinawa government via Mabui Stone Corporation invited Gaya Travel Magazine on a trip to discover the prefecture, I jumped right on it. ARRIVING & DEPARTING Naha Airport is only 90 minutes […]

6 Instaworthy Spots in Nikko, Japan

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6 Instaworthy Spots in Nikko, Japan

Camera strapped on, marched to a beautiful spot but just to find the place crowded and too touristy? Finding the perfect picturesque spot during travel is every Instagram-lovers’ dream! Here’s some recommendation for those who opts for something unique and quaint in Nikko, Japan! 1. Hangetsuyama Observation Deck The perfect spot for sweeping views of Lake Chuzenji and Mount Nantai with the blissful fluttering autumn leaves. Best in October 2. Kanmangafuchi Abyss’s Bake Jizo Statues A gorge formed by lava erupted from Mount Nantai. About 70 jizo statues lined along the trail through the forest and along the raging river. What’s strange is that every time the statues were counted, it sums up to different numbers – hence their name Bake Jizo […]

Exploring Kansai Through the Stomach: Part II

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Exploring Kansai Through the Stomach: Part II

In this part, Farah Nadiah continues to explore Kansai’s delights, this time covering Kyoto, Hyogo, Osaka and Sakai City.

Roadshow to Japan 2018

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Roadshow to Japan 2018

19 Mac 2018, OSAKA – Tourism Selangor (TSSB) – together with the support from Tourism Malaysia Osaka & Tokyo Office and participation from Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor, Cyberview Resort & Spa and Kuala Selangor District Council – connects businesses from Selangor and Japan by staging seminar sessions that will take place from 18 until 24 March 2018, firstly at Osaka City Central Public Hall in Osaka, Japan, and then followed by Wink Aichi in Nagoya, and Asian Japan Centre in Tokyo. This is the first road show seminar about Selangor in Japan and AirAsiaX will be the Official Partner for the entire road show. The event provides local participants from Japan that come from various travel agencies, government agencies, hoteliers, health and wellness operators, and education sections to […]

9 Places To Explore In East Hokkaido!

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9 Places To Explore In East Hokkaido!

I was given an opportunity to unearth the hidden gems of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, under a special invitation from Hokkaido Tourism.

Chiba, Where The Fun Begins!

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Chiba, Where The Fun Begins!

First and foremost, let us tell you that Chiba is definitely where the fun begins! Being the home to Narita Airport, Chiba is the strategic international gateway into Japan. The prefecture is the closest destination for locals and foreigners to escape the bustling metropolitan life through its endless fun offerings like natural wonders, amusement parks, culture, heritage, shopping, and cuisine. Chiba is also blessed with mild climate all year long, suitable for growth of blooming flowers in most months of the year. Check out some of the attractions that travellers need to explore when in Chiba.   Natural Wonders Nomizo Falls Stepping into the grounds of Nomizo Falls gives you the surreal feeling of entering a fantasy world portrayed in the popular […]

Hokuriku-Shinetsu Region Beyond Expectations! (Part II)

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Hokuriku-Shinetsu Region Beyond Expectations! (Part II)

Gaya Travel Magazine continues travelling using bullet trains and buses around the Hokuriku-Shinetsu region, located on the northwestern part of Japan’s Honshu island. The entire experience introduces the writer to the legendary Japanese efficiency, excellent customer service and obsession with hygiene and cleanliness that all of us should emulate. The region is also teeming with pristine nature, inspiring landscapes and quintessential Japanese culture.

Okinawa Journal : 6 Places to Shop – Part 2

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Okinawa Journal : 6 Places to Shop – Part 2

Okinawa offers extensive shopping options for shopaholics and browsers alike such as popular luxury goods, meticulous artisanal crafts, tasty snacks, cute souvenirs or exotic street products