VOL. 86 March 2023
The Japan You Never Knew | VICE Guide to Ehime
Ehime is shaping up to be an emerging tourist destination in Japan. Vice went there to check out the unique sustainable travel experiences of the region including the historical castle district of Ozu City, as well as the region’s capital, Matsuyama, to see everything Ehime has to offer.

To check out more about Ehime, including how to see it for yourself, visit: The Japan You Never Knew Existed Ehime

From Trails to Temples: Japan’s Sacred Spaces
Japan's Sacred Spaces

Hundreds of thousands of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, many built on forested slopes and atop mountains across the country, reflect this connection between the earth and the divine, and most are open to visitors looking for deep cultural experiences. On your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, add these sacred spots to your list. 

teamLab Planets in Tokyo: Spring Exhibition

teamLab Planets is a museum where you walk through water, and a garden where you become one with the flowers. It’s been one of the hottest destinations in Japan, and you’ve probably seen so many Instagram photos taken here.


From March 1, 2023 through April 30, 2023, two works, “Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers” and “Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People – Infinity”, will feature cherry blossoms that bloom across the space, on view during the spring season only.

Add Japan’s Sacred “Island of the Gods” to Your List
Island of Gods

Flowing among the southern Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, the balmy Seto Inland Sea, also known as the Setouchi region, is dotted with roughly 3,000 islands. A floating shrine, wild deer, and some of the country’s best seafood: Miyajima Island is a must-visit on any Seto Inland Sea adventure.

Kyoto Restaurant Winter Special 2023
Kyoto Restaurant

The Kyoto Restaurant Winter Special will be held at 153 restaurants, including some of the most acclaimed restaurants. The restaurants, from traditional Japanese-style ryotei restaurants to those in hotels, will be offering special winter menus for discounted prices from Feb 1 (Wed) to Mar 27 (Mon). This year, we have prepared a list showing shops that offer multilingual services or menus, so please have a look!

Post your railway-related photos and videos for a chance to win a JR rail pass!
Instagram Posting Campaign #discoverjapan_jr

Six JR railway companies are giving overseas residents chances to win rail passes for free with their lottery campaign by sharing their memorable highlights traveling in Japan. Simply use #discoverjapan_jr on Instagram for entry!

U.S.-Japan International Exchange and Tourism Symposium 2023
U.S.-Japan International Exchange and Tourism Symposium 2023

Relations between the U.S. and Japan have been supported by multi-layered and extensive people-to-people exchanges, which were severely constrained by the pandemic. Additionally recent world events of aggressive tactics by major powers have made it vital to develop and evolve the U.S.-Japan relationship. This event aims to reconsider the significance of, and rebuild and strengthen, U.S.-Japan people-to-people exchanges to a new and higher dimension post-pandemic.

Special Packages
Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido
by Oku Japan

Hokkaido is the second-largest of Japan’s islands, long regarded as a remote wilderness by other residents of the Japanese archipelago. Taste Hokkaido's famed seafood and local produce- considered some of the best in Japan. Or, experience soothing Onsen Hot Spring baths after incredible hiking! Starting from $4,045 per person.

InsideJapan 2023-2024 Small Group Tours
By Inside Japan

Get beneath the surface of Japan by choosing one of our 13 amazing Japan small group tour itineraries! Led by our own experts and with a maximum 14 travelers, you'll discover Japan's best sights, tastes and experiences. Few spots remaining for 2023 Chery Blossom. Options ranging from $2,665 to $8,554 per person (twin-share)

Sanshoku Dango

With Hinamatsuri (the Doll’s Festival for Girls) and Children’s Day approaching, there are many delicious and colorful snacks to enjoy. Like Hishi mochi, what other tri-colored sweet is popular at this time?

A) Mame Daifuku


C) Yokan

D) Sanshoku Dango

Three lucky winners will be selected among those who answer correctly. The prize will be a set of Japanese chopsticks.

How to enter:

Enter your answer by March 10, 2023, at
Useful Travel Information
We Welcome You to Visit Japan
Japan resumed entry by individual travelers for tourism purposes beginning on October 11. JNTO looks forward to welcoming you back to Japan with the long-awaited lifting of entry restrictions. The resumption of individual travel to Japan and visa waivers, and the elimination of the daily arrival cap will allow international visitors to enjoy Japan in more ways than in the past two-and-a-half years. These measures are long-awaited news for tourists around the world who have been looking forward to visiting Japan. We are eager to welcome you back!
COVID-19 Advisory
Visit our advisory information page for Japan-related Coronavirus information, as well as updates regarding travel and tourism to Japan. Please check our Japan Safe Travel twitter account for live updates @JapanSafeTravel. We also operate a 24/7 hotline specifically for tourists with service in English for any questions, concerns, or emergencies at +81-50-3816-2787.

• JNTO Japan Visitors Hotline: +81-50-3816-2787 (24/7)
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