TW is collaborating with Tokyo-based illustrator Jean Freund for a limited series, ‘Bon Voyage Tokyo’. Every Monday from April 5, Freund will write about his experience as he develops and draws for…

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JAPAN RAIL CAFE TOKYO in Tokyo Station is a place where travelers' paths intersect. It is a great base for your next adventure, whether you grab a cup of matcha, use the WiFi, or have JR staff help you with your trip planning. This is the best place in Tokyo to learn all about the Tohoku area, a beautiful and vast stretch of several prefectures to the north. JAPAN RAIL CAFE TOKYO with TW hosted six workshops on six Tohoku prefectures last year. This year, on March 27 and 28, there were six more events where they invited foreign residents to see, taste and learn about the highlights of Tohoku. Each event showed participants some of the best travel spots (with an accent on where to see cherry blossoms) and provided an introduction to the special JR trains that can take you there. Presenters then introduced a traditional craft, and each event ended with an online sake brewery tour and sake tasting. Several participants expressed regret for overlooking Tohoku up until now, but they seemed determined to travel there as soon as possible. Those inspired to travel to Tohoku found out it's very convenient to get there, especially now that JR have made their popular money-saving passes available to foreign residents too. JR EAST offers a great travel deal with their JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) and JR EAST PASS (Nagano and Niigata area), among other passes to other parts of Japan. Not to be confused with the JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020 from last year, these new passes are similar and are available from April 2021 to all foreign passport holders (regardless of visa status). "I've had my eyes on Tohoku for a while, and this pass will make my trip possible," one participant shared with us, and she went to plan her trip with the JAPAN RAIL CAFE TOKYO staff at the tourist information counter. "I want to swim in this lake" and "I'm definitely booking a seat on the foot onsen train," were remarks expressed by other enthusiastic participants. Though cherry blossom season will be soon be over, any time of the year is a great time to start planning a Tohoku excursion.

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