• Here are the world’s most powerful passports for 2019

    Singapore continues to share the crown of ‘World’s Most Powerful Passport’ with incumbent nation Japan, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. As of 1 July 2019, both Japanese and Singaporean passport holders can travel to 189 countries hassle-free, without the nee...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2019 9 Comments

  • Experience supercar thrills on Tokyo's neon highways

    When the sun goes down and the neon lights of Tokyo begin to glow, the city takes on a vibrant atmosphere, revealing the after-dark side of this sprawling megalopolis. While it can be intoxicating enough exploring this city on foot, if you’re after something more thrilling, look no further...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2019 3 Comments

  • Japan is testing the world's fastest bullet train – the 400km/h Alfa-X

    Japan is pushing the limits of rail travel as it begins testing the fastest-ever shinkansen bullet train, capable of speeds of as much as 400km/h (249 miles per hour). Called the Alfa-X, the train is scheduled to go into service in 2030. Rail company JR East plans to operate it at 360km/h. Tha...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 32 Comments

  • How to book flights to Tokyo and Japan using Qantas Points

    Japan remains one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers, and stash of Qantas frequent flyer points unlocks plenty of ways to fly direct to Japan from the eastern states as well as one-stop options such as Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. So whether you’re hitting the powd...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2019 2 Comments

  • For the ski set, Hokkaido is powder paradise

    With some of the world's best powder, Hokkaido – in the far north of Japan – is taking over as the ultimate ski destination. Poor local snowfall is becoming increasingly common among Americans and ski enthusiasts around the globe. While the world’s best resorts have s...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2018 9 Comments

  • Perth Airport CEO: no direct ANA or JAL flights to Japan this year

    While Perth Airport is in discussions with both ANA and JAL about direct flights to Tokyo, those flights are not due to take wing until 2019 says Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown. "There's ongoing discussions with both airlines," Brown tells Australian Business Traveller, "but it won't be this...

    POSTED 7 May, 2018 18 Comments

  • ANA plans free WiFi on Japanese domestic flights

    Passengers travelling with Star Alliance member All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be able to surf for free above the clouds from next year as Japan’s largest airline rolls out free inflight Internet on domestic flights. From April 1 2018, travellers will spot an ‘ANA WiFi Service’ ...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2017 1 Comment

  • How to register for Japan's new Trusted Traveller scheme

    Japan’s new Trusted Traveller scheme allows frequent visitors to use the same automated passport lanes as Japanese locals, saving time on your next business trip by avoiding the often-lengthy queues for manual processing by an immigration officer. However, enrolling in the program isn&rsqu...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2016 5 Comments

  • Qantas will begin direct Melbourne-Tokyo flights in December

    Qantas will launch daily direct flights between Melbourne and Tokyo in December, resurrecting a route axed in 2008 due to rising fuel costs. The flights will run on an Airbus A330 fitted out with Qantas' latest Business Suite business class (below) to and from Tokyo's Narita Airport. Narita A...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 25 Comments

  • Fraser Suites Tokyo hotel en route for Japanese capital

    Frasers Hospitality will spread its wings into Tokyo, Japan with the opening of a Fraser Suites Tokyo property in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Redeveloped from an existing four-storey commercial building, the hotel will ultimately span 23 storeys to host 223 unit-style serviced residences ...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • The best pre-paid SIM cards for business travellers to Japan

    Japan remains a popular destination for business travellers – particularly those in the automotive and electronics industries – but obtaining a pre-paid mobile phone SIM card with calling and SMS capabilities is near impossible for foreigners. That’s because Japan has very stri...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2016 13 Comments

  • Japan's bullet trains battle airlines with first class seats, lounges

    Japan's high-speed trains are gearing up with high-speed luxe in an renewed attempt to fight domestic airlines on the most profitable routes. This weekend saw the opening of the newest line in Japan's bullet train network, linking Tokyo for the first time by high-speed rail to the northern islan...

    POSTED 30 Mar, 2016 22 Comments

  • Five tips for doing business in Japan

    Japan is big for business being home to many of the world’s major manufacturers of electronics and other consumer goods, but the office and day-to-day customs you’ll encounter on any business trip here are vastly different from those in Australia and even in many other Asian countries...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2016 7 Comments

  • Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station hotel opens in Japan

    Business travellers to Osaka, Japan now have even more choice with where they stay thanks to the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station hotel. Located adjacent to a railway hub which houses both the long-distance and high-speed Shinkansen services as well as more regionalis...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2015 1 Comment

  • Road test: Japan's ANA Crowne Plaza hotels for business travellers

    Business travellers have come to expect a few basic hotel amenities from every stay, whether they've booked a luxurious suite or a simple room with a view. On that list is fast and reliable Internet access, a comfortable space to work while away from the office and a great hotel location to take...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2015 3 Comments

  • Japan: to catch the plane or the bullet train?

    With high-speed rail and a choice of airports in cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, getting from A to B in Japan is one easy task. But which is the best choice for your journey – taking to the skies and flying from city to city, or jumping on a Shinkansen bullet train to cross the country? T...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2015 16 Comments

  • Review: Japan's Shinkansen 'Green Car' first class: Hiroshima-Osaka

    Zooming along at up to 300km/h but without the hassle of airport security and excess baggage charges, Japan's high-speed Shinkansen trains are a great way to commute between the country's major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya. Business travellers will feel most at home in the 'Gree...

    POSTED 9 Feb, 2015 15 Comments

  • This week

    It’s well-known that Qantas Frequent Flyers can amass points and status credits on the likes of Qantas and Cathay Pacific – but you can also scoop those up when flying with Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Airberlin and more! And thanks to an extended Qantas/American Airlines codeshare...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2014 0 Comments

  • Qantas adds Jetstar Japan codeshare flights

    IN BRIEF | Qantas is adding more Jetstar Japan flights to its codeshare roster, making it easier for travellers to Tokyo to continue flying to other cities in Japan on a single ticket while also earning frequent flyer points and status credits. From mid-January, Qantas customers will b...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2014 0 Comments

  • Japan Airlines launches new English language mobile website

    Business travellers heading to Tokyo and beyond with Qantas’ Oneworld partner Japan Airlines can now book their flights, access their reservation details, complete online check-in and view updates for their journey in real-time via JAL’s new English language mobile website. When vent...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2014 1 Comment

  • Tokyo to get new Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku

    Tokyo travellers can soon enjoy new quarters in the Japanese capital with the opening of Hotel Gracery Shinjuku in April 2015. Located in the heart of Shinjuku, the 30-floor, 970-room property will be just a five-minute walk from the Narita Express and other train services at Shinjuku Station. ...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2014 0 Comments

  • Japan Airlines to provide free access to Wi-Fi hotspots across Japan

    From July, passengers on Japan Airlines flights arriving into the airline’s home nation will enjoy free access to WiFi hotspots across half the country. Covering 17 cities and valid for up to 14 days, access will be provided through partnerships with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Cor...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2014 2 Comments

  • Vodafone extends $5/day roaming to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and more

    Vodafone Australia extends its $5 per day data roaming deal to China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand this week. Beginning January 23rd, Vodafone subscribers on the carrier's globetrotter-friendly Red plans can now use their Australian plan's call, text and data all...

    POSTED 26 Jan, 2014 2 Comments

  • Travel tip: the JR rail pass for business travellers

    Japan is a popular destination for Australian business travellers. But after you’ve worked out how low to bow and mastered the correct protocol for exchanging business cards, you’ll often find the most challenging task is getting from A to B on time. Everyone knows how important punc...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2013 5 Comments

  • Travelling to Tokyo? Grab a Suica or Pasmo travel card!

    Japan’s Suica and Pasmo cards are your ticket to ride on Tokyo’s JR trains, private subway lines and Narita’s N’EX express airport train. Add tap-and-go payment at railway kiosks, convenience stores, buses, taxis and even vending machines, plus other public transport syst...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2013 12 Comments

×
×

Forgot Password

If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.

×

Resend activation email

If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.

×