News from the Heartland of Japan Vol. 5

Welcome to the travel newsletter from Heartland Japan.
We aim to bring you the latest news about regional travel in Japan
as well as our latest offers and tours.
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About Heartland Japan

We at Heartland Japan believe that travel can be a life-changing experience and the means for inspiration. We are a ground operator that provide custom and packaged luxury adventure travel tours to off-the-beaten-track rurally focused locations across Japan. Our mission is to give travellers an insight into authentic Japan. Participants have the opportunity to meet locals, visit historically and culturally important sites, take part in hands-on activities, try regional products and cuisine, as well as enjoy hiking through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful nature Japan has to offer. For more information, please visit our tours website.

Aso Walking Tour Video

Catch a glimpse of our Aso Walking Tour with this video! The tour focuses on the Aso region of Kumamoto Prefecture and the communities that live around Mt Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan. 

News Roundup

In preparation for the influx of visitors in the run up to the 2020 Olympics, a company has built a mobile mosque to cater for Muslim tourists who visit the country. Click the button below to read the full article. 
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From this week, many Japanese will be heading back to their hometown to celebrate the Obon Festival: Japan's festival of the dead. A time for family to come together, the spirit of relatives that have passed away are thought to come back to their homes to be with family. Click the button below to read more about Obon and the events celebrating the festival across the country here.
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An interview with Alex Kerr, who has spent over a decade restoring traditional houses in rural areas to reignite local economies. Click the button below to read the full article. 
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Featured Travel Blog

The team over at All About Japan have a great website featuring destinations across Japan, seasonal events, travel tips and Japanese products. Click the button below for their top 11 things to do in Gunma Prefecture during the summer!
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Spotlight Photo

Higotai Park in Kumamoto Prefecture, a perfect getaway in the heart of nature and a key stop on our Aso Walking Tour! Known for its many flower varieties, it's a paradise for nature lovers!

Upcoming Events

Shimane Prefecture FAM Trip
Following on from our collaboration with METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) for our Aso Tour, we will be holding a FAM trip to Shimane Prefecture in early autumn in collaboration with the Shimane Prefectural Government. We will be looking for agents to invite! More details to follow. 

Office Drop-In Always Welcome

If you happen to be in Japan on business or otherwise, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Address: 4F, Office87, 332 Yamabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 162-0801

Downloadable Documents

You can view and download our brochure for our full-package guided tours here. For inquiries about custom tours please don't hesitate to contact us via the email address provided.
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