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What’s New in Japan for 2020
- There are many reasons that so many visitors flock to visit Japan every day, from delicious cuisine such as Sushi and Yakitori, to tradition and culture such as Shrines, Temples, and castles, and of course pop culture like Anime and gaming. In 2020 the Olympic and Paralympic games will be coming to Japan and as a result the country is seeing a huge amount of new attractions, festivals, and other changes. If your interests are cultural, we will give you the scoop on where you can stay in a historical castle, where you can see the best art exhibitions and when famous Shrines will finish their current renovations. If you’re looking for excitement, we have the details on what’s new in Tokyo Disneyland and Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan. If you don’t mind traveling a bit, we can even lead you to the world’s largest Godzilla, also new in 2020. To make sure you make the most of your Tokyo 2020 trip, read on! Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 Tokyo will be taken over by the Olympic (July 24, 2020 – August 9, 2020) and Paralympic (August 25, 2020 – September 6, 2020) Games in 2020. This means that the city is seeing a slew of upgrades to athletic facilities, such as a new national stadium, new stores, transportation, and much more. Visitors can expect a futuristic vision in the 2020 games as Japan intends to use cutting edge technology (such as robotics) to make sure Olympics fans in Tokyo and beyond can all join in on the spectacle. Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 New national stadium Please note that there will be changes in Japan’s usual national holidays due to the Olympics. Marine Day and Sports day will be moved to July 23 and 24 while Mountain Day to August 10, the day after the closing ceremony. The aim of this change is to reduce traffic congestion, but it can also affect opening and closing hours in stores and restaurants. National holidays due to the Olympics Exciting New Worlds Coming to Tokyo Disneyland and USJ (Universal Studios Japan) ― Tokyo Disneyland New Fantasyland In 2020 Tokyo Disneyland will be expanding with its ‘New Fantasyland’ based on the world of Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. Adults can enjoy a hefty dose of nostalgia as they stroll through Belle’s village which will include Maurice’s Cottage and Gaston’s Fountain (but likely no sheep). The ‘Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast’ will take place in the castle itself. The area will also feature Disneyland’s first full scale indoor theater, the Fantasyland Forest Theater. Over in Tomorrowland visitors can spend time with adorable Baymax on ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax’. New Fantasyland The Happy Ride with Baymax ― Universal Studios Japan Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has been extremely secretive about its new expansion, Super Nintendo World. Newly released images seem to indicate that there will Mario Kart and Yoshi themed rides and an area dedicated to Donkey Kong. The new expansion will be open to the public before the start of the 2020 Olympics so look forward to having your own Mario Party in USJ! Super Nintendo World Super Nintendo World Futuristic Aquariums, Miniature Theme Parks, Godzilla and More! ― Shikoku Aquarium 四国水族館 in Kagawa In March 2020 the Shikoku Aquarium will officially open its doors. This “Next-Generation Aquarium” has a theme of showing off the wonder of Shikoku’s waterscape so visitors can enjoy not only observing fish but also seeing how they act in their natural habitats and how they change with the seasons. This aquarium will also feature a Shark Shadow Aquarium, where you can see the large shadowy profiles of Hammerhead sharks as well as a large dolphin area which promises a spectacular sunset over the Seto Inland Sea. Shikoku Aquarium ― Small Worlds Tokyo in Tokyo In Tokyo a new type of theme park is set to open, Small Worlds Tokyo will be home to miniature areas based in reality and fantasy. Feel like a giant by passing through the Gulliver tunnel and then take your time enjoying the Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Global Village, Space Center, and Kansai International Airport models. It’s not just viewing though; advanced 3D mapping is available so that you can join your favorite area and make items to display as well. It’s set to open April 25, 2020 and will make the perfect indoor adventure if you are caught in rainy spring weather. Small Worlds Tokyo Evangelion Area ― Itsukushima Shrine’s O-torii Gate 厳島神社 in Hiroshima Popular sightseeing place and UNESCO World Heritage Site Itsukushima Shrine has unfortunately been covered by scaffolding for renovation as of June 2019. These repairs are expected to take one year so visitors can expect this beautiful floating Shrine to be fully viewable by summer 2020. Itsukushima Shrine’s O-torii Gate ― DMM Kariyushi Aquarium DMMかりゆし水族館 in Okinawa Okinawa, already famous for its wealth of natural beauty, will be opening a new aquarium in April 2020, the DMM Kariyushi Aquarium. Their focus will be blending art installations with underwater environments to create a new type of aquarium enjoyment. It’s not far from Naha airport so it is much more easily accessible than the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which is good news for those who have limited time on the island. DMM Kariyushi Aquarium DMM Kariyushi Aquarium ― Okinawa Kokusai Goodwill Street 国際通りのれん街 in Okinawa Over in Naha the street known as “the miracle mile” is set to get some new editions as the site of Mitsukoshi welcomes the new Okinawa Kokusai Goodwill Street. Those who are interested in the varieties of Japanese cuisine available in Okinawa will love the new food court and shoppers are sure to be delighted by the variety of shops. All of the stores will open in February 2020. Okinawa Kokusai Goodwill Street ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 18. January. 2020
Phrases To Help You Make Friends in Japan
- One of the best bits about traveling is meeting new friends, and that’s no different in Japan; however unless you have a little grasp on the language, it may be tricky. There are already countless phrasebooks, and apps to teach you survival Japanese but this piece isn’t about memorising the basics. Below is a list of small chat ammunition, little conversation starters you can give a go at next time you’re feeling confident and ready to make some new local friends. Kyou wa ii tenki desu ne [今日はいい天気ですね]: Kyou wa ii tenki desu ne [今日はいい天気ですね]: Talking about the weather is the ultimate small-talk fallback topic across the globe, and in Japanese, this is how to say it. In English, this translates to ‘good weather today, isn’t it?’ Without diving too deep into a dry language lesson, some words from here worth saving to the memory bank are: Kyou - Day; tenki - weather; and ii- good. Oshigoto wa nan desu ka [お仕事は何ですか？]: Oshigoto wa nan desu ka [お仕事は何ですか？]: This means what is your job? A typical question asked when you meet someone for the first time in the west. It may not be as common in Japan, but it’s still a handy way to get to know about someone. If you’re at say, a bar and are feeling super casual, you can always try the abbreviated version ‘Oshigoto wa? [お仕事は？]’ but be sure the scene is right. Otherwise, it could seem a little too casual. The most critical piece of vocab to take from this is oshigoto which means work. Dochira shusshin desu ka? [どちら 出身 です か?]: Dochira shusshin desu ka? [どちら 出身 です か?]: Want to sound a little more like a casual, familiar Japanese user? Then is it a more relaxed way to ask someone where they’re from. There are other textbook variations of this question, but give this one a go, and you’ll be chatting away in no time. [Restaurant/ bar/ place etc] no osusume arimaska? [location の おすすめ ありますか？]: [Restaurant/ bar/ place etc] no osusume arimaska? [location の おすすめ ありますか？]: This is a good question to ask if you want to get to know what someone likes, but also to potentially pick up some local tips on the best places in the area. The term ‘no osusume arimaska’ basically works as ‘what do you recommend?’ So you could add, ‘restaurant’, ‘bar,’ ‘izakaya,’ ‘karaoke’ practically any location at the beginning and you’ll get the point across. [Word] wa Nihongo de nan desu ka? [___は日本語で何ですか？] [Word] wa Nihongo de nan desu ka? [___は日本語で何ですか？] This sentence means ‘How do you say ___in Japanese?’ It's a fun way to pick up new vocab, or a handy one to have in the arsenal if you’re hanging with bilingual friends. If you’re just here for a short time or planning to study Japanese in the future, this question will get you far. It may also work as a good excuse to talk to someone. Nihongo de hanashimashou [日本語で話しましょう!] Nihongo de hanashimashou [日本語で話しましょう!] So you’ve had a drink or two, you’re feeling increasingly confident about your Japanese skills, and you want to practice. You could always preface the conversation with this one, which means ‘let’s talk in Japanese!’. To remember, ‘hanashimashou’ translates in English to let’s speak! The Nihongo (read: Japanese) part can always be switched out for another language too. Mou ichidou itte kudasai [もう一度言ってください ] Mou ichidou itte kudasai [もう一度言ってください ] Say you’ve been practising your Japanese phrases and you’re doing so well, your new Japanese buddy assumes you’re fluent, and rapid fire starts shooting sentences in Japanese at you, then this one may come in handy. It translates in English to ‘can you please say it again.’ It’s a rather polite wording, but if you're not too sure what’s going on, it’s always safest to be a little extra polite rather than too blunt. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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Chiba Main Areas
The Boso Peninsula forms the main body of Chiba prefecture, and this is where you’ll find its endless warm water beaches and jagged mountains. Further inland, Naritaーmost famous as the home of Narita Airportーis a secret haven of tradition and history in the form of centuries-old Shinshoji Temple and quaint wooden Edo buildings. Chiba prefecture is also home to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
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