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Disney Theme Parks Worldwide Expanding

At the annual fan-con #D23, organized by Disney’s most loyal fans in Tokyo this month, the company’s top executives revealed that characters from Pixar, Marvel and classic Disney franchises would power new developments and expansions at properties worldwide. Here are some of the most exciting announcements for family travelers, who will also have lots of special summer-only events to look forward...

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5 Multigenerational Vacation Ideas For Winter Getaways

According to AAA, 103 million Americans traveled over the 2016 holiday season, a 1.5 percent increase over the previous year. Although 9 out of 10 vacationers took road trips, air travel was also up by 2.5 percent, largely due to lower fuel prices. If your family’s summer plans are as busy as most, consider planning a multigenerational getaway during the shoulder season between Thanksgiving and...

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Hello Kitty is Catnip at Japan’s Family Friendly Hotels

To wow your family with unforgettable memories, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo and Keio Plaza Hotel Tama rent stunning Hello Kitty Rooms, special guest rooms decorated with the favorite character “Hello Kitty,” ideal for devout fans. As you can see from the photos and video, both types of themed rooms have two queen beds and feature the adorable feline fatale on the...

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Kidzania Makes Play Out Of Work

Parents (practitioners of the helicopter style or otherwise), often fret about what their kids are going to turn out to “be” and how much influence they will have once they’re grown up. A company like Kidzania dispels those fears by making play out of work. Each of the 23 Kidzania branches around the world offers children a play space filled with career opportunities,...

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Japan Introduces Sapporo Bullet Train

Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train is one of the country's most recognizable symbols of modern technology. These masterfully engineered high-speed trains link Japan’s major cities in a jiffy, making them a practical way to tour this beautiful country. If you’re a train buff, you are already acquainted with these sleek machines. Until recently, elegant Sapporo, the largest...

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Omotenashi:1,300 Years of Japanese Hospitality Await

Families traveling to Japan who want to give their children a taste of authentic Japanese hospitality will find it easier than ever plan their vacations, thanks to the Ryokan Collection. For those who don’t know, a ryokan is a traditional Japanese-style inn, the likes of which have been a central part of Japanese culture...

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Tips for Family Travel in Japan

In my role as a public relations officer for the Japan National Tourist Office in North America, I have traveled with my children to this far-off country on two occasions. Specifically, I took my daughter, Brianna (at age 6 and 8) to Japan twice, and my son (age 4) once. The first time, my daughter and I traveled together for 2 1/2 weeks over...

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Kirei

I tell my high school students that when I first came to Japan, I felt like a fish. Why would Emily Sensei feel like a fish? I ask. Because you are wearing a red shirt! Nope, guess again.  Because you like to swim. I do, but no, that’s...

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Giving What You Can

I began digging into the soil with my shovel. Not being able to plunge too deep, I carefully sifted through the debris and inch-by-inch I made my way into the destroyed park. Glass shards, wood chunks, and other kitchen utensils were popular items being excavated but this one particular item shot chills up my spine. It was a picture frame of a family, not knowing where they are currently present,...

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Asia’s Fall Festival Calendar

Planning an autumn family vacation in Asia is not only affordable, it's also the best time of year to travel the region as countries such as India, China and Japan come to life with autumn festivals celebrating religion, culture and the harvest. In many areas, the summer heat has abated, the rains have stopped, and airfares have fallen as days in the northern hemisphere begin to shorten. If you’re...

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