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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.

Usage Guide


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The major broadcasting stations in Japan offer tours that include a visit to a live broadcasting studio, scenes from the recording studio, and the broadcasting production site. Photographing sessions or events with characters from various programs are held occasionally, so you can easily enjoy a whole day there.

NHK Studio Park

1. 2-2-1, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
2. 10-min. walk from Harajuku Sta. or Shibuya Sta.
3. 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30), closed on 3rd Mon. (open when 3rd Mon. falls on a national holiday and closed the follwing day.) and Dec. 25-31.
4. Advance booking is not necessary. Reservation required for groups of 20 or more persons. ¥200 for entrance fee.
5. Tel. (03)3485-8034
6. 1 hr.
7. No English-speaking guide is available. (English pamphlets are available.)
8. Smoking is prohibited.

NHK Osaka Broadcasting Station "BK Plaza"

1. 4-1-20, Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka.
2. 1-min. walk from Subway Tanimachi Yonchome Sta., Exit No. 2 or 9, on Chuo & Tanimachi Line.
3. 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30), closed on Tue. & Dec. 29-Jan. 3.
4. Booking is required for groups of 20 or more persons. Only on weekdays for groups.
5. Tel. (06)6937-6020 (Japanese only)
6. 20-30min.
7. No English-speaking guides is available.

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