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Enjoy a secret Mt Fuji view with this ‘Scenic Morning Trek’ from Hoshinoya Fuji

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When winter is over and the snow melts away, the mountain slopes awaken, greenery sprouts and nature springs into life. That’s when the complete mountaineering season begins. Surrounded by mountains in every direction, Yamanashi prefecture is one of the best places to let out your inner mountaineer, with Mt Fuji,… Read

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Major U.S. airlines will voluntarily collect international contact tracing info

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Major U.S. airlines say they will adopt a voluntary international contact tracing program, months after the White House under then-President Donald Trump blocked a mandatory effort. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and other major airlines said they had committed to collecting contact tracing data from passengers… Read

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Singapore virus-secure hotel looks to lure business travelers

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Singapore has launched what it billed as a coronavirus-secure hotel and meeting complex where visitors communicate via intercom through glass panels, as the Asian financial hub slowly opens up to the world for business. Short-stay business travelers to Singapore will be able to avoid the official 14-day quarantine rule if… Read

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Toyama: Majestic mountains, tall dams, traditional villages and walls of snow

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The mountains of Toyama, located in Japan’s Chubu region, are some of the best you can find. For starters, there’s the 90-kilometer adventure route through the Tateyama mountain range, the sightseeing Kurobe Gorge Railway through tunnels, across gravity-defying bridges and the panoramic observatory on top of Japan’s tallest dam. However, if hiking isn’t your… Read

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Peach Aviation starts sales of Simple Peach Plus fares

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Peach Aviation has started sales of Simple Peach Plus fares – an optional 2,000 yen surcharge to the Simple Peach fare that permits ticket-holders to change flights without any change fees. Simple Peach Plus are available for all domestic and international Peach routes. They can be bought by adding 2,000… Read

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Matsumoto Castle: An irresistible air of composure and grace

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Matsumoto Castle (松本城, Matsumoto-jo) in Nagano Prefecture is one of the best-known of Japan’s historic castles, alongside Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture and Kumamoto Castle in Kyushu. The castle is a National Treasure of Japan and is the oldest surviving six-story castle in the country, as well as one of the most complete.… Read

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SADO ISLAND ENJOY PASS opens up Niigata island's rich nature and traditional culture

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Sado is a treasure island in Niigata Prefecture that has condensed all the charms of the Japanese archipelago. It is a place where you can enjoy the rich nature and traditional culture of Japan. Travelers can pack so much into one trip. That ranges from exploring its natural beauty, including… Read

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Etihad Airways world's first airline to vaccinate 100% of cabin crew and pilots

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has become the first airline in the world to have vaccinated all its operating pilots and cabin crew against COVID19. This achievement was made possible through Etihad’s "Protected Together" employee vaccination initiative which was formally launched in January of this… Read

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The rice is right in Niigata, where there's skiing in winter, festivals in summer and sake all year round

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Benefiting from the heaviest snowfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu, Niigata is known for its top-notch winter resorts featuring long gondolas and historic hot springs, like Tsubame Onsen. But the snow also blesses the prefecture with another famous attraction — rice. When spring comes, the snow melts, bringing nutrient-rich water from the… Read

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A visit to Japan’s forbidden forest of Yawata no Yabushirazu

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Ichikawa is a fairly large and developed city in Chiba Prefecture. less than half an hour from downtown Tokyo and with a population of nearly 500,000 people. So when you come across this, it really sticks out. That’s Yawata no Yabushirazu, a leftover clump of forest right in the middle of an otherwise… Read

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