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Hokuriku Shinkansen Extension
On March 14, 2015, the Hokuriku Shinkansen will be extended from Nagano to Kanazawa and reduce travel times to various destinations.

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Seasonal Illuminations
See illumination reports from Sagamiko, Osaka, Kobe, Sendai, Ashikaga and Tokyo.
Autumn Color Report 2014
Covering the seasonal colors from the peaks of Hokkaido to the parks of Tokyo and Kyoto.

New Rail Passes for Western Honshu
March 2015 will see three new passes, two improved passes and two discontinued passes.
Which pass is best for Kansai?
The large selection of passes for Osaka, Kyoto and surroundings leaves many visitors confused.

New Rail Pass for Nozomi
A new rail pass has become available for the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen, but it generally underperforms the Japan Rail Pass.
Kusatsu Onsen Beautification
The hot spring town north of Tokyo keeps becoming more attractive thanks to various beautification projects.

Past articles... List of current major renovations - 2011 Earthquake Update

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2014/12/12 - Koyo 2014 - Kyoto, Nara, November 23-29 (agspb)
2014/11/19 - A Day on Miyajima Island (ChenSch)
2014/10/05 - Rainy days in Itoigawa (Csabba)
2014/11/23 - Autumn Colors in Tokyo (just a guest)
2014/11/22 - Arima Onsen Autumn Report (gabrielsalmon)
2014/10/03 - Two days in Takayama (Csabba)
2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms (scarreddragon)
2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors (scarreddragon)
2014/11/10 - A visit to Himeji (Chashitsu)
2014/11/05 - Shigemori Mirei - The Rebel in the Garden (Chashitsu)
2014/11/04 - Arashiyama and nearby sights (Chashitsu)
2014/11/03 - The gems of Matsue (Chashitsu)
2014/10/01 - A day in Kyoto about Shinto (Csabba)
2014/11/03 - The less visited sites of Nara (Chashitsu)
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