The perfect five-day itinerary in northern Japan using the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)!

If you’re a foreign passport holder, you might know that you can take advantage of the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area), which unlocks five consecutive days of unlimited travel across northern Japan for only 20,000 YEN (10,000 YEN for children).  Continue Reading

Exploring the Land of the Namahage: Sights, Tastes and Traditions of the Oga Peninsula (Akita Prefecture)

In mid-November, JI Core 50 member Sarah Achilles travelled to Akita Prefecture in the northeastern Tohoku region, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘Land of the Namahage’. In Japanese folklore, namahage are trolls or oni (demons) that scare little Continue Reading

Jarman International team visits Yonezawa to explore all of its historical, cultural and gourmet gems! (Yamagata Prefecture)

During a weekend in mid-October, Jarman International CEO Ruth Marie Jarman along with four JI Core 50 members headed to Yonezawa city in Yamagata Prefecture as part of a monitor tour. This year, Jarman International is becoming more involved in Continue Reading

Kamikoya Washi Studio was featured in a video by Outdoor Japan!

Jarman International has been supporting the owner of Kamikoya Washi Studio in Kochi Prefecture, Rogier Uitenboogaart, who has been hand making traditional Japanese paper (“washi”) for 40 years. In August, Kamikoya was featured in a beautiful video by Outdoor Japan about Continue Reading

Did you miss watching Ruth Marie Jarman on the popular TV show, “Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyou” (The Most Useful School in the World)? No worries! You can still stream it online for free until June 26th!

On June 12, Jarman International CEO Ruth Marie Jarman made her second appearance on the beloved TV Show (Nippon TV channel) called “Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyou (The Most Useful School in the World)”. During the show, Ruth shared with us 20 Continue Reading

Catch Jarman’s CEO, Ruth Marie Jarman, on the popular TV show “Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyou” (The Most Useful School in the World) TONIGHT (June 12) at 7 PM!

Once again this month (TONIGHT at 7 PM), Jarman International CEO, Ruth Marie Jarman, will be back on the beloved TV Show (on the Nippon TV channel) called “Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyou (The Most Useful School in the World)”.  Japan has Continue Reading

JI Core 50 Member Louise George Kittaka Takes Us on a Journey to Old Japan in Tokyo Weekender Article About Kakunodate

In late December, JI Core 50 member Louise George Kittaka visited the former castle town of Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture, using the three-day JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020, available to all non-Japanese passport holders. Founded in 1620, Kakunodate is Continue Reading

JI Core 50 Vicki Beyer Experiences the Beauty and Resilience of Post-disaster Iwate’s Miyako City

The Great East Japan Earthquake left Iwate severely battered, but now, much of its picturesque coastline has been restored. In late October, JI Core 50 Vicki L. Beyer went on a sightseeing trip to Iwate to experience its beauty, just Continue Reading

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody who has used the JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020 thus far!

Has anybody here travelled with the pass? If so, where did you go? We are so grateful for all of the support and positive reactions so far (check out the article linked below to learn more). If you have not Continue Reading