Ekiben are Japanese gourmet boxed lunches that are sold at train stations for you to enjoy during your Shinkansen ride. It is a quintessential Japanese experience that you cannot miss if you’re ever here! But you might wonder…Which one should Continue Reading
Have you ever heard of or visited Matsushima Bay located in Miyagi Prefecture? It is said that its vast azure sea glistening under the dynamic sky left even the most articulate Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho, speechless. Dotted with over 260 Continue Reading
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) recently launched a new campaign that aims to bring more people to Tohoku, and help support the region’s revitalization after the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the area in 2011 (almost 10 years ago). Continue Reading
Almost 10 years has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake heavily devastated the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011. During these past 10 years, numerous recovery efforts have taken place in the region. Although these efforts still continue to Continue Reading
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
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
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
We are thrilled to announce that JR EAST will be selling a special limited “JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020” which will be available to all foreign passport holders (regardless of visa status) starting from October 16, 2020 until February Continue Reading
Jarman-International sent seven JI Core 50 professionals to Miyagi to consult on a special tour being developed for International visitors. Ideas for Vegans, photographers and Hot Springs aficionados were discussed.
JI CEO Ruth Jarman serves as an expert on a panel of three for the New Tohoku Initiative. This initiative aims to support Northeast Japan’s revival and reconstruction following the devastation of 3.11.2011.