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Is Japan Open? Latest on Japan Travel Restrictions: Entry, Events & More (Updated 9/2022)

Countries all around the globe have also been easing up travel restrictions. Naturally, many have also wondered if and when they could travel to Japan again. The rules and details around visiting Japan can be a little complicated to understand. Several restrictions for entering the country changed on September 8, and from October 11, independent travelers will be able to enter Japan, with no restrictions on number of daily entries, and no short-term visa. Based on government information, we'll explain everything you need to know about Japan travel restrictions, from entry conditions and necessary documentation, to mask requirements and the current state of Covid-19 in Japan. Information is as of September 26 Main image: PIXTA

Where to Go For Silver Week: Recommended Destinations & Spots for Autumn 2022


Autumn 2022 will be full of back-to-back holidays! With two three-day weekends in September and national holidays in October and November as well, are you looking at your calendar and wondering when and where to go? Here, we pick up the best spots for fall travel from Okinawa, Hokkaido, and Osaka (according to research by travel agency HIS), which are popular destinations this fall. From autumn foliage spots to art museums perfect for the fall season of art, we will share a variety of fun travel ideas!

Become a True Gundam Pilot - Stepping into the P.O.D. at a Tokyo Arcade! (Video)


Japan and robots go together like a hotdog and mustard. One of the nation’s most famous robot exports is known worldwide simply as “Gundam.” What started out as an anime has become a huge franchise with its own games, movies, and even a life-sized statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a way to pilot your very own Gundam robot!

10 Hotels in Osaka: Recommended Places to Stay Near Sightseeing Areas

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Hotels

Osaka is a perfect place to stay, thanks to its proximity to Kyoto and other major sightseeing locations! Here we'll introduce recommended places to stay in Osaka that are close to sightseeing spots in areas like Umeda (north) and Namba (south).

Experiencing ‘Kintsugi’: The Japanese Art of Mending Cracked Ceramics with Gold


Japan is full of ancient traditional arts. One of those is kintsugi, the art of bringing new life to cracked ceramics by mending them with gold. This kintsugi experience is growing in popularity, especially amongst younger women. Here we share our kintsugi experience report, courtesy of two of LIVE JAPAN's editors. The studio we visited, Taku Nakano CeramicArts☆ (TNCA☆), is located in Tokyo's neighborhood of Omotesando. What exactly is kintsugi? What is the process? The more you learn about it, the more you'll come to understand Japan's 'mottainai' spirit.

Autumn in Japan 2022: Fall Foliage Forecast & Where to Enjoy the Colorful Leaves


Autumn in Japan is almost as famous as spring. Visitors can't get enough of the Japanese maple leaves and other vivid fall foliage colors! Plan a trip to Japan between October and December, and you can enjoy many beautiful places with autumn colors. The peak season for autumn leaves in Japan varies by region. Check the official fall foliage forecast according to the Japan Meteorological Corporation and make the most out of autumn in Japan!

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