Category: Japan

Top 5 wildlife watching holidays

Top 5 wildlife watching holidays

There is something very special about seeing animals in their natural habitat. Beautiful albeit sometimes heart-breaking, a spectacular wildlife event will afford memories that last forever. From the great migration of East Africa to spotting nature’s giants in the Indian Ocean, here’s our pick of wildlife experiences which will blow you away Wildebeest migration in […]

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12 of the best hotel interiors

As travellers today are more frequently in search of the unique and insta-worthy, ever more ravishing interiors are fast replacing the cookie-cutter ‘hotel look’ around the world. There is nothing more exciting than staying in a hotel that far exceeds expectations, capturing the ‘wow factor’ from the very first sight, and the industry is brimming […]

Luxury hotel irritations after two weeks of spending $1,000+ per night

Luxury hotel irritations after two weeks of spending $1,000+ per night

When my 60th birthday mark loomed, I decided to declare 2018 “the birthday year”, and to book an extravagant holiday for my husband and me. I had taken similarly luxurious trips (with stays at the Mandarin or Peninsula group of hotels) intermixed with hostel-type places, but that was 10 years ago. With my husband of […]

Top 5 cities that merge the old with the new

Top 5 cities that merge the old with the new

We love places where history thumps through the streets like a heartbeat, but some of the world’s greatest cities are even greater thanks to contemporary influences. Here’s our collection of our favourites that manage to perfectly marry the very old and the very, very new. Brooklyn & Manhattan, New York In the city that never […]

5 luxury food experiences in Japan

5 luxury food experiences in Japan

Japanese cuisine is revered the world over – it’s not difficult to see why. There are informal yatai (street food stalls) selling yakitori (skewered chicken) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), high-end establishments with delicate kaiseki multi-course meals, and sushi made by master itamae (sushi masters)… and that’s not even starting on those hearty bowls of ramen […]

14 of the best cities to visit this April

14 of the best cities to visit this April

April can be a fantastic time of year to get away and enjoy a city break. For many of our readers, it’s a time when temperatures are just starting to pick up a little, when destinations are beginning to open their doors more to tourists, and yet it isn’t a peak time to travel… meaning […]

Guide to seeing the cherry blossom in Japan

Guide to seeing the cherry blossom in Japan

Up there with geisha, samurai and Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers, sakura (cherry blossom) is one of the most recognisable and much-loved symbols of Japan, inspiring poetry, painting and many a picnic. Whether framing Mount Fuji’s snow-capped summit, forming a sea of pink around a samurai-era castle or trailing around the gardens of Kyoto’s many temples, those […]

Takayama Festival

7 celebrations around the world

It seems like every day, somewhere in the world, a celebration of some form is underway. Many of these festivals are known around the globe and form the crux of a trip to that destination. Others are more low-key, local affairs that you may just stumble upon while out and about. Here are seven celebrations […]

6 luxurious trains that'll spoil you

6 luxurious trains that’ll spoil you

Trains are one of the oldest means of long-distance travel. They do a good job of providing an uncluttered, simple and straightforward travel experience where the problems are few and the advantages many. However, for those of us who’d like a touch of sophistication added to this seemingly simple mode of transport, what are the […]

5 of the best vegan restaurants in Japan

5 of the best vegan restaurants in Japan

Traveling as a vegetarian is challenging, having to explain chicken isn’t a vegetarian diet (looking at you, Europe). Traveling as a vegan is even harder. Especially to Japan that places non-vegetarian produce at the center of its gastronomy. You can taste a refined fusion of different Umami in Japanese food culture, accentuated by meat and […]

Video of the week: A spirited journey to Kyoto’s most isolated restaurant

Video of the week: A spirited journey to Kyoto’s most isolated restaurant

Fuyoh Kobayashi is a master calligrapher and owner of the famed Shoraian restaurant in Japan. Located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Shoraian is perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking the Oi River and can only be reached by foot. To call Shoraian simply a restaurant sells it short. Visitors come as much for the celebrated […]

18 of the best countries to visit in 2018

18 of the best countries to visit in 2018

Travel and tourism is one industry that has continued to thrive in recent years, consistently out-performing the global economy, and 2018 looks to be no exception. We spoke to a number of experts in the industry to find out their opinions on the countries to visit in the year ahead. And so here are 18 […]

5 reasons to travel solo in Japan

5 reasons to travel solo in Japan

Whether you’re running a finger over a map searching for your next solo holiday destination, or you’re daydreaming about travelling alone for the very first time, there’s a cluster of islands with rich culture and history, delicious food and kindly people. A country perfect for every kind of solo traveller. Japan, a place with diametric […]

Pila Italy

Top 5 hidden gem ski resorts in the world

What could be more luxurious than having your own slice of ski heaven? Quiet slopes are just as important as perfect powder and first-class services, which is why we’ve put together our top five secret ski destinations in the world. Pila, Italy Pila has the sought-after combination of being both lively and intimate: its small […]

Travel guide to Aman Resorts

Travel guide to Aman Resorts

Phenomenal luxury, exquisite comforts and an astonishing array of different cultures and landscapes, Aman serves up the best of the best every time. Below we have listed their properties in Asia, but specifically highlighting what we love about each one. Carry on reading and let us know in the comments if you have any other highlights […]

5 of the quirkiest hotels in the world

5 of the quirkiest hotels in the world

These properties will make you rethink how you view hotels. They are cool, they are quirky, that have broken the mould. Stay at one of these amazing places and you’ll have dinner party conversation sorted for years to come… Benesse House, Naoshima, Japan Restaurants with rooms are de rigueur these days. For something a bit […]

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