Category: Japan

5 reasons not to write Hakuba off this spring

5 reasons not to write Hakuba off this spring

Yes, the powder days are more than likely behind us for this winter. And while you will probably not be in waist deep Hakuba powder any time soon, there are still plenty of reasons to keep the village in your sights this spring season. Here are my top 5 reasons not to write off Hakuba […]

10 beautiful and lesser-known temples of Asia

10 beautiful and lesser-known temples of Asia

When we think of beautiful temples in Asia, the Taj Mahal in India, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or perhaps Borobudur in Java might spring to mind. Asia is full of stunning places of worship, reflecting Hinduism, Buddhism and other spiritual practices. Here, we take you on a journey of some of Asia’s lesser-known temples. Kailasa […]

5 amazing rail journeys around the world

5 amazing rail journeys around the world

A journey by rail is one of the most romantic ways to travel. And, as passionate Bradshaw’s devotee Michael Portillo will attest, it’s also a fantastic way to discover remote landscapes, communities and cultures across the globe. In the early days of the luxurious Orient Express, just a handful of train rides could claim to […]

Top 5 places in Asia to reconnect in 2021

Top 5 places in Asia to reconnect in 2021

Have you been feeling isolated and lonely in lockdown? Recent times have emphasized how important human connection is. Left with only yourself for company, have you deepened your connection with yourself or binged on the latest boxsets? As travel resumes, long-anticipated adventures await and what better way to reconnect with friends and family than a […]

21 countries to visit in 2021

21 countries to visit in 2021

Following 2020, the year of staying at home, most of us are now yearning to travel again. As we bide our time through the darker winter months while vaccines are being rolled out, more people than ever are looking forward to travelling once more, whenever that may be. With so much culture and so many […]

5 colourful destinations to brighten your day

5 colourful destinations to brighten your day

These five corners of the planet captivate with their beautiful hues, from cherry-blossom pink to jungle green. When you picture your perfect holiday destination, which colours spring to mind? Do you imagine emerald forests, azure oceans, golden sands? Colour can have such a profound impact on the character of a place and its attraction to […]

5 reasons why Hakuba, Japan is the best place for an introduction to backcountry skiing

5 reasons why Hakuba, Japan is the best place for an introduction to backcountry skiing

Since the pandemic began outdoor fitness is an industry that has boomed. Perhaps with more time and less ability to spend it on the things that we used to – such as travel – many seem to be focused on self improvement, learning new skills or picking up new hobbies. One industry that has seen […]

10 reasons to ski at Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park this winter

10 reasons to ski at Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park this winter

For those residing in Japan the prospect of travelling overseas this winter season is increasingly less likely. In the spirit of making the best out of a tough situation, let us instead focus on maximising our enjoyment within Japan and rediscovering some of the magic that is here. As Japan boasts the most ski resorts […]

New luxury treehouse resort in Okinawa, Japan

New luxury treehouse resort in Okinawa, Japan

Japan’s subtropical southern prefecture of Okinawa is set to welcome the opening of a brand new sustainable luxury eco resort in the Spring of 2021. Designed with the concept of bringing its guests closer to nature, Treeful Treehouse will offer secluded private rooms nestled amongst the jungle canopy alongside a communal Aerohouse space and activities […]

shinjuku-neon streets

27 things to do in Tokyo

The ultimate metropolis, Tokyo is one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities. High-tech modern living, urban design and cutting-edge architecture defines the world’s largest city. But dig a little deeper below the contemporary veneer and you will find age-old temples, shrines and stone lanterns tucked amongst outlandish, cartoonish creations and the neon-lit nightlife. […]

Niseko, Japan - Asia’s Winter holiday destination

Niseko, Japan – Asia’s Winter holiday destination

A recent online survey with participants from a dozen different countries listed Japan as their top choice of destination once the worldwide travel hiatus finally ends. Their reasons include obvious agendas such as the food (Japan is also among the top culinary destinations in Asia) and visiting specific cultural and themed attractions, like Universal Studios […]

mt-fuji

27 things to do in Japan

Japan is one of the world’s most unique countries; a vibrant blend of futuristic technology and modern attractions with fascinating ancient history and architecture. It is this wealth of contrasts which makes ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ such a captivating travel destination, with enough to entertain and amaze any visitor seeking to explore its […]

Your travel memories are hiding in your house - go find them

Your travel memories are hiding in your house – go find them

Vivian Green wrote; “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” It seems like the world is waiting for the storm to pass. As every news channel, inspirational Instagram post, and YouTube video, is collectively pointing out, I can look at this as a chance to restart, […]

Pedestrians, Osaka, Honshu, Japan

Photograph of the week: Pedestrians, Osaka, Honshu, Japan

Could this one day be a scene that will once again be familiar to us all? The current state of emergency in many parts of Japan, including Osaka, is due to remain in place until the end of this month, but is also due to be reviewed tomorrow. Osaka is a bit like Betty to […]

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

Supporting the recovery of tourism in Asia: Villa vacation destinations to visit in the near future

Supporting the recovery of tourism in Asia: Villa vacation destinations to visit in the near future

One way or another and in varying degrees, the shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic are definitely felt by all industries worldwide. Yet, the effects on travel and hospitality are particularly both sudden and intensive. In Asia, where millions of livelihoods are reliant on tourism, it is indeed a challenging time. Visiting these affected regions once […]