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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Although most music festivals in Japan are held in summer, Countdown Japan is one of the few rock festivals held in winter. This festival is being set as an event for seeing in the New Year as it runs through New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Japanese artists get together at Countdown Japan, which is held over 3 days in 2 big cities simultaneously: Makuhari (Chiba prefecture) and Osaka. Some artists switch between the 2 sites.
In addition to the stages, there are other interesting attractions such as the DJ booth, drinking/eating area, shop corner (official festival and artists' goods are sold here) and a gallery showing the progression of Countdown Japan.

[Opening time]
Period: 29 to 31 December every year (3 consecutive days)
(Chiba) Makuhari Messe (A few minutes walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on the JR Keiyo Line)
(Osaka) Index Osaka (Approx. 10-min walk from Cosmos Square Station on Osaka Municipal Subway Chuo Line)

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