Friday, March 28, 2014

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Best Walking City in Tuscany (Lucca, Italy)

Posted: 27 Mar 2014 02:48 PM PDT

Lucca is Tuscany's ultimate walking city. Mercifully flat unlike most Tuscan towns, Lucca has been turned over to cyclists and pedestrians with few cars in the city centre, most banished to the fringes of the town or outside the impressive medieval town walls. Virtually every road, town square and laneway is shared as workers, vendors, visitors, locals, shoppers, prams, bicycles and hand-drawn...

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Latest Post from Travel Wonders of the World

Photo of the Week: Baptistery Ceiling (Florence, Italy)

Posted: 14 Mar 2014 02:37 PM PDT

More famous for its bronzed doors, the mosaic ceiling of Florence’s elegant octagonal Baptistery is stunning. Likely started in the early 1200s and taking over a century to complete, (built between 1059 and 1128, the Baptistery predates the Cathedral), the mosaics glow with a spiritual golden halo even in a darkened setting. Relating stories from the Bible, the Medicis, Dante and many other...

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Japan Visitor Newsletter For March 2014

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Welcome to our March 2014 newsletter!

Dear All,

We wish you a very happy March wherever you may be. We are in the middle of the plum blossom season here in Japan with spring and the cherry blossom season and hanami time just around the corner.

We thank you all for your interest in Japan and JapanVisitor and it really helps us if you could like us on Facebook or follow JapanVisitor on Twitter - please see the links below. Onegaishimasu!

Thank you to all our subscribers who entered our previous competitions. We are running a new competition this month based on giveaways of books on Japan.

If you could let us know which of the prizes below you would prefer if you win, that would help us match the winner with a prize you actually might want. Also if you could send us your mail address for delivery please.

See the entry details below and please have a try! Gambatte!


This month Goods from Japan and is sponsoring our Japan competition, which is open only to subscribers to our Japan newsletter.

Each month (or thereabouts!) we will be offering new prizes for our members all sent registered mail from Japan. This month we have a number of books on offer.

First prize is a copy of the new book The Nature of Japan by the renown naturalist Mark Brazil.

Other books on offer include the Kyoto Machida Restaurant Guide by Judith Clancy, Tokyo Hearts by Renae Lucas-Hall, Castles of the Samurai by Jennifer Mitchelhill and The Jungle is Neutral by F. Spencer Chapman, a World War II war story set in Malaya.

We will also send out a voucher code for 10 percent off all items on Goods from Japan to all contestants.

If you have a preference for a particular book please let us know in your answers.

All you have to do is answer these five simple questions (follow the links to find the answers). 

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We will select the winners who will receive the prizes listed above from all entries received before we send out our next newsletter.  

What's New

Hokkaido - Rishiri Island - a remote island of the north west coast of Hokkaido.

Japan Travel - Visit Odawara Castle in Kanagawa Prefecture, 84km west of Tokyo.

Japanese Onsens - Kai Aso Onsen - a luxury hot spa resort in Kyushu.

People - Fukuzawa Yukichi the man on the 10,000 yen note.

Museums - The Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture - is dedicated to the city's interaction with Europe and China from the 15th century onwards.

Kyoto - Kyoto Art & Crafts - a list of places to shop for traditional goods in Kyoto.

History - First Sino-Japanese War was the start of Japanese expansion in the Meiji Period of history.


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Qatar guide, Portugal & The Azores guide, Iran guide and China guide we also cover Great Britain too.


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