Category: Japan

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

If you thought the likes of London were expensive, then think again. The English capital doesn’t even make the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Worldwide Cost of living survey. It looked at over 130 cities and based its findings on more than 400 different price indicators, only to find that Singapore deserved [...]

Asia’s most romantic resorts

Asia’s most romantic resorts

Nothing quite says romance like a secluded spot on an exotic island, fringed by powdery white beaches and deep aqua blue waters, or a lush green jungle brimming with biodiversity, complemented by a world class spa that engages the best of nature. The world’s largest continent, Asia, naturally contains all of the above, sometimes even [...]

Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Top 5 things to do in Osaka, Japan

Many seasoned travellers and enthusiasts believe that Tokyo is not the best destination in Japan. Located in Honshu Island, in the heart of Japan, is Osaka—a commercial port and city that is perfect for those who want to get away from the stifling throngs of people in the Japanese modern capital. Here are the top [...]

6 of the best places to see natural wonders

6 of the best places to see natural wonders

Feel inspired by nature and the sheer magnificence of the amazing planet we live on.  From bleeding icebergs and flaming fire pits to bubbling sulphur springs and surreal landscapes, each of these natural wonders is guaranteed to take you breath away.  Here are our top 6 countries to see nature at its very best… Turkey [...]

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

Lonely Planet’s “travel experts” have come up with three lists for where to visit in 2014.  The top 10 cities to visit in 2014, the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 and the top 10 regions to visit in 2014. I do feel it lacks credibility when one of the “countries” they list is [...]

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

Our 10 of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers blog post from a few months ago proved to be quite a hit, so we here we are back with more weird and wonderful offerings. So, if you think your taste buds might be tempted by a spot of barbecued donkey or perhaps a scorpion [...]

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve [...]

Fascinating ice sculpture festivals from around the world

Fascinating ice sculpture festivals from around the world

Ice sculpting continues to not just intrigue but to fascinate many people. It is the extreme skills of the sculptors themselves, their technical ability and their imagination that is part of the mystique. It is also the magic that surrounds the many ice sculpture festivals held all over the world – literally. Even the countries [...]

Luxury Autumn: where to spend the Fall

Luxury Autumn: where to spend the Fall

With the last few days of the Summer upon us, my thoughts have turned towards the coming season. The British Autumn is a great time to visit a number of countries around the world, whether it’s for Fall colours or a more relaxed pace of travel. Here is my top pick of countries to visit in [...]

Kyoto – a city with a Zen village feel

Kyoto – a city with a Zen village feel

The former capital of Japan is the delightful Kyoto. This is a very beautiful place and the people are hospitable and… well, just nice. It could possibly be the Zen atmosphere that envelops it. Steeped in history and culture, Kyoto is at its best during cherry blossom time, though in reality it is extremely impressive [...]

5 of the best luxury vacation destinations in Asia

5 of the best luxury vacation destinations in Asia

Travelling to Asia is a big commitment, especially when you want to do it in style. Inter-railing and gap year travel aside, enjoying the finer side of the East means looking for only the best, luxurious destinations and below we’ve got five top picks you must consider when planning that trip of a lifetime. Maldives [...]

The best places to stay in Nozawa Onsen, Japan

The best places to stay in Nozawa Onsen, Japan

As a typical Japanese village, you will find high end accommodation, but perhaps not as you would expect in the United States or Europe. What you will find are superlative Japanese experiences.  Traditional ryokans, or inns, tend to have belonged to the one family for generations, and originated in the Edo period. It is here [...]

The top 5 ski resorts in Japan

The top 5 ski resorts in Japan

Japan has become a must ski destination renowned for its deep powder, reasonable prices and unique atmosphere. Interestingly there are a lot of ski resorts coming into their own as the word spreads about the reliability of not only the snow, but of the ambient and relaxed atmosphere in these ski areas. The food speaks [...]

Hotel bookings with a difference!

Hotel bookings with a difference!

Remember those crazy Japanese game shows that became a hit in the 1980s?  Well, it seems the Japanese still haven’t lost their enthusiasm for being a little crazy. Here the Tokyo Shock Boys are involved in a great PR stunt for Hotels.com showing how their online booking app can still be used in even some [...]

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

Tokyo, traditionally regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world, no longer tops those rankings. The global cost of living survey conducted by ECA International sees them fall from 1st to 6th, whilst cities in Norway (due to the strong krone) and Africa are now regarded as the most expensive places to [...]

Japan’s latest bullet train, capable of speeds of up to 311mph

Japan’s latest bullet train, capable of speeds of up to 311mph

Japan is continuing to lead the way in high-speed rail travel with a ‘levitating’ train capable of speeds up to 311 miles per hour (that’s equivalent to 500 kilometres per hour). Tests have been underway in the Yamanashi prefecture on the nation’s new generation L0 Series trains which, instead of having conventional wheels, use the latest magnetic [...]

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