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Autumn Colors 2014
Recent Reports
11/21  Osaka  11/20  Kyoto
11/19  Korankei  11/18  Miyajima
11/18  Tokyo  11/17  Kyoto
11/14  Kyoto  11/14  Himeji
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New Rail Passes for Western Honshu
March 2015 will see three new passes, two improved passes and two discontinued passes.


More Travel News
Which pass is best for Kansai?
The large selection of passes for Osaka, Kyoto and surroundings leaves many visitors confused.
Kyoto booked out?
Tips on how to find a hotel room in Kyoto during the autumn color season.

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.

Tabimori - travel app for Japan
A new, free smartphone application including speech translation, route planner, weather forecast and more.
Toranomon Hills opens
Opened on June 11, Toranomon Hills is Tokyo's newest landmark and tallest building.

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

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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)
2014/10/31 - Agon-shu Monastery (Chashitsu)
2014/10/30 - In the footsteps of the Shogun (Chashitsu)
2014/10/30 - Tale of the Genji (Chashitsu)
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