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General Information[edit]


  • Helsinki (Terminal 2) - Nagoya
    • Departure: 26.6.2006 17:15
    • Arrival: 27.6.2006 08:55
  • Nagoya - Helsinki (Terminal 2)
    • Departure: 11.7.2006 11:00
    • Arrival: 11.7.2006 15:10

Websites with information about Japan[edit]


Compiled Guides for Special Regions[edit]

Getting around[edit]


  • Rainy season from early June to mid July [1]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Nihon ryõri (Japanese cuisine)


Here are legendary ramen shops with top ranked ramen dishes. They have played pioneering roles in Tokyo Ramen scene, leaving tremendous impact on late-comers.


  • O-konomi-yaki (Can be acquired from Osaka and Hiroshima)

Things to see or do in Tokyo[edit]

Ninja Villages and Ninja Museums[edit]

  • Koga Ninja Village / Ninja Museum
    • Address: 394 oki Koga-cho Koga-gun Shiga prefecture 520-3405*free shuttle buses available from JR Kusatsu line Koga station.
    • Phone: 1-81-748-88-5000 / FAX 1-81-748-88-2108
    • Open: 10am-4:30pm
    • Closed: Mondays
    • Fee: Adult 1000yen Middle school/ high school student 800yen Elementary school student 700yen child (over 3) 500yen
  • Kogaryu Ninjutsu Yashiki (Ninja House)
    • Address: Konan-cho Koga-gun Shiga prefecture 520-33
    • Phone: 1-81-748-86-2179 / FAX: 1-81-748-86-7500
    • Open: 9am-4:30pm
    • Closed: Dec.27-Jan.1
    • Fee: Adult (includes middle school student) 500yen / Elementary school student 300yen

Star Festival (Tanabata festival)[edit]

Colorful Tanabata festivals are held across Japan in early July (7th of July) and August. Among the biggest and most famous ones are the Tanabata Festivals of Sendai in August and Hiratsuka near Tokyo in July.

Tokyo Summer Festival[edit]

"Songs of the Earth—Music in the Streets." Musicians and performers from across the globe. July 5-Aug 6, see website for details.


Here are legendary ramen shops with top ranked ramen dishes. They have played pioneering roles in Tokyo Ramen scene, leaving tremendous impact on late-comers.

Koenji Rock City[edit]

Ueno Zoo[edit]

  • Pandas, Gorillas, etc.
  • Admission for adults: 600 yen
  • Ueno Zoo opens 9:30am. to 5:00pm (tickets sold until 4:00pm) and closes every Monday (closes Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday).

Sumo Stadium (Kokugikan Stadium) and Sumo village[edit]

Check with your hotel's concierge or the Tokyo Journal about the possibility of catching a sumo match while in town. You should attempt to book your tickets well in advance as they sell-out quickly. Walk around the stadium and the nearby sumo village. Sumo wrestlers as far as the eye can see. The crowd around the stadium treats the event like it's the Academy Awards. The amazing thing is that while fans view the wrestlers as being nearly god-like, the wrestlers just seem to wander around aimlessly in the public. Sumos waiting in line for train tickets, Sumos riding a bikes home from the market. They're really just everyday kind of guys

Things to see or do in Nagoya[edit]

See 2006 July Grand Sumo Tournament[edit]

Things to see or do in Kyoto[edit]

Spotting Geishas[edit]

Feel the Kyoto Gion Matsuri festival[edit]

  • Gion Matsuri is one of the largest festivals in Japan. During the month of July, the ancient capital city of Kyoto seems to travel back in time.
  • General info about the festival at also google results some good additional info

Things to see or do in Osaka[edit]

Ninja Museum[edit]

Seems like this is the same place:

  • Iga-ryu Ninja Museum
    • Address: Uedo Park Matunouchi Ueno-city Mie prefecture
    • Phone: 1-81-595-23-0311
    • Open: 9am - 5pm
    • Closed: Dec.29-Jan.1

Things to see or do in Hokkaido[edit]