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As June comes to a close, the rainy season is in full swing in most of Japan (except Hokkaido, which doesn't really have a rainy season!). If you have clients getting ready to depart for Japan soon, review last month's Insider Tip on the rainy season.

This month's header image is the “Chagu Chagu Umakko Festival” in Japan's Tohoku region. With over 200 years of history, the main event of this festival held in Iwate Prefecture is a 13km parade with over 100 colourfully dressed horses. The parade goes from Takizawa City's Oknikoshi Sozen Shrine to the Morioka Hachimangu Shrine for a ceremony that gives thank for the workhorses. The "Chagu Chagu" in the name is the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of horses' bells.


JNTO Head Office Calendar of Upcoming Events (link)
Insider Tip #4: Using Hyperdia to work out train routes, timetables, fares and travel times

Hyperdia.com is a great tool for working out train routes for your clients' itineraries and is available in English. Input your FROM and TO stations and date of travel to see up-to-date information.

If your clients are travelling with JR passes, be sure to uncheck 'Private Railway' and 'Nozomi/Mizuho bullet-train' when searching for routes.
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