Category: Japan

6 great reasons to go skiing in Japan

6 great reasons to go skiing in Japan

With a landscape that is 70% mountainous, it’s unsurprising that Japan’s terrain has some of the best skiing conditions in the world – just look at snow-topped spectacle Mount Fuji. Unique weather conditions teamed with a unique culture make Japan a destination well worth packing your skis for. 1. Powder snow If snowball fights are […]

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Is this the most luxurious train journey in the world?

Could this incredible train journey, which is filled with discoveries and experiences, like you’ve never known before, be the most luxurious train journey in the world? From glass-encased observation cars, you can breathe in the eternal aesthetic beauty of North Eastern Japan’s countryside. If you fancy it, you will need to apply soon, as the […]

24 hours in Tokyo

24 hours in Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating city, with a greater Tokyo population of nearly 40 million, and deserves far more than 24 hours, but if that’s all you have, en route to another destination in Asia, I have some recommendations for making the most of your visit. 1. Arrive refreshed in ANA First Class, JAL First Class […]

9 of the best volcanoes to visit

9 of the best volcanoes to visit

What more says adventure and jaw dropping experience than the sight of an erupting volcano. The sheer splendour of watching the natural vibrant glow of molten rock seep or explode out of the earth’s crust is incredible and quite simply never gets boring! Across the globe we have many accessible volcanoes in near and far […]

7 Asian holiday destinations that will take your breath away

7 Asian holiday destinations that will take your breath away

Holiday tastes change with the seasons. Only a month or two ago, we couldn’t wait to hit the piste, curl up in-front of a blazing log fire, or sit in an outdoor Jacuzzi surrounded by snow. But now, as the weather starts to show signs of improvement, we’re ready for some sun. And no continent […]

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11 places to see street art around the world

The term ‘street art’ was coined during the 1980s, when graffiti began to transcend spray-can tags, becoming a specialised craft. Much of the artwork is unsanctioned, but communities around the world have begun to see the value in these visual bursts of life. We’ve compiled some of our best recent street-art discoveries across the globe, […]

Top 8 hot springs in Japan

Top 8 hot springs in Japan

In Japan, hot-spring bathing isn’t just a favourite pastime – it’s a national obsession. Straddling two bucking tectonic plates on the Pacific’s infamous ‘Ring of Fire’, Japan is extremely volcanically active – and this proliferation of geological activity has one very fortunate side-effect: hot springs. There are thousands of hot springs (onsen) in Japan, and […]

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When and where to see cherry blossom in Japan

There are some rightly renowned and beautiful cherry blossom spots in the world – Kew Gardens in London and the approach to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. spring to mind – but none are more well-known than the Japanese blooms which open in late March on southern Kyushu Island and can be seen as […]

How to ski around the world throughout the year

How to ski around the world throughout the year

The ski season is not limited to Europe, with a number of ski fields dotted all over the world to ensure skiing is possible around the year and around the globe. When the sun goes down on the season in the Swiss Alps, there’s no need to panic – it just means it’s rising on […]

Top 5 destination hotels within 5 hours of Hong Kong

Top 5 destination hotels within 5 hours of Hong Kong

Whether you live in Hong Kong or in Europe/USA, Hong Kong is a well-known and frequently-vistied business and leisure travel hub. Locals enjoy its proximity to exotic locations while the city acts as a stopover for travellers from around the world, typically on their way to Thailand (Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai, Phuket, Koh Samui) or Indonesia […]

Geisha in Japan

12 of the most exclusive experiences in Japan

Steeped in tradition and culture, Japan is a country with lots to offer—especially when it comes to one-of-kind experiences. From forging your own samurai sword or going behind the scenes in a sumo stable, to learning the craft of calligraphy from a master, we’ve rounded up our favourite bespoke experiences that get you away from […]

15 unique things to do in Japan

15 unique things to do in Japan

Japan is a versatile country that holds on to its heritage while advancing in architecture and technology. This unusual combination means a broad range of adventure is at your disposal, whether you are on the mainland or one of the tropical islands. Its hospitable citizens, immaculate facilities and diverse landscapes make it an ideal destination to add […]

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14 islands not to miss in Okinawa

With over 160 isles under its belt, you can basically pick and choose your own ultimate island experience in Okinawa. Whether you’re looking to enjoy myth-rich culture, rare and exotic wildlife, or completely escape and have a beach all to yourself, with Okinawa’s island itinerary you’re guaranteed to find at least one island that is your […]

6 beautiful places to see Autumn leaves in Japan

6 beautiful places to see Autumn leaves in Japan

Japan is world-famous for its cherry blossom, making spring by far the most popular time for tourists. But did you know that autumn has its own natural displays that are just as spectacular – if not more so? Just as hanami (flower-viewing) is integral to the Japanese enjoyment of cherry blossom, koyo, or momiji (leaf-viewing) […]

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Top 5 luxury boutique hotel chains in Asia

Asia is home to some of the luxury hospitality and hotel industry’s most iconic names, from The Peninsula to Mandarin Oriental, Taj to Oberoi, and Shangri-La to Banyan Tree; you may even have heard of or stayed at some of the more boutique chains such as Alila, with their iconic pools, to Aman, with their […]

4 of the best Olympic cities

4 of the best Olympic cities

As the Olympics gather pace in Rio (c’mon Team GB!), one of the most vibrant and photogenic cities on the planet, I decided to take a look back at some of the other great cities that have hosted the world’s biggest sporting event. Impossible as it was to pick just a handful, here are a […]

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