Category: Japan

5 new hotels in Japan for Banyan Tree

5 new hotels in Japan for Banyan Tree

5 new Banyan Tree properties come just in time as Japan’s borders reopen following a two-year break from international tourism .
Luxury travel news for the week ending 13th February 2022

Luxury travel news for the week ending 13th February 2022

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive regular updates from A Luxury Travel Blog, please make sure you subscribe to our mailing list. With several new luxe hotels, Madrid is now also Spain’s capital of 5-star travel For decades, Barcelona has been Spain’s
7 of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tohoku

7 of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tohoku

Wandering through a blanket of pink-and-white fluffy cherry blossoms is on everyone’s Japan bucket list. And why shouldn’t it be? Cherry blossoms are synonymous with Japan and the iconic blossoms are a sublime sight that kicks off spring. From early April to mid May, the Tohoku area becomes a sakura wonderland for would-be flower watchers.
6 things to look out for in Okinawa in 2022

6 things to look out for in Okinawa in 2022

Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, comprises 160 subtropical islands boasting a year-round warm climate comparable to Hawaii, Miami and Cancun. Just 3 hours by air from Tokyo and blessed with incredible natural beauty, from lush forests to crystal blue waters with abundant coral and golden sands, Okinawa is perfect for beach lovers and sport enthusiasts alike
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5 reasons to visit Tohoku once Japan re-opens for tourism

Tohoku, the historically-isolated northern Japanese region, will be among the best places for international travelers to visit, especially for spiritual and natural adventures, once Japan reopens for tourism. Written about by legendary haiku poet Matsuo Basho in his masterpiece travelogue “Oku no Hosomichi” in 1702, Tohoku has been known in Japan since ancient times for
The safest places to visit in 2022

The safest places to visit in 2022

In conjunction with the upcoming 65th anniversary of its first publication in 1957, Frommer’s has revealed a special list of elite destinations: the Safest Places to Go in the coming year. Using what they claim is a host of internationally respected measures including the Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)
7 beautiful ski chalets in Hakuba, Japan

7 beautiful ski chalets in Hakuba, Japan

“7”, but technically 9, Hakuba White Fox is one of the newer and larger property portfolios in the Hakuba Valley, exuding comfort, style an sophistication throughout their collection. Easily recognisable in their bold and unique architecture – contemporary meets cosy in these luxury Hakuba ski chalets. Aside from the design, the concierge team live full
Once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences from around the world

Once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences from around the world

Red, Amber, Green. The travel traffic light system is now firmly etched into the minds of would-be travellers. Whilst the confusion continues, tour operator Trafalgar has issued The Gold List – a curation of worldly travel experiences that you never knew existed. USA: Meet a member of Johnny Cash’s family during New Orleans Jazz Festival
5 best beaches on Miyako-jima, Japan

5 best beaches on Miyako-jima, Japan

Many things may spring to mind when someone says “Japan”, but it is likely that white sand beaches and turquoise waters are not among them. Best known perhaps for a richness of culture, a deep rooted history, or even as the country that offers arguably the worlds best powder skiing, its merits as a beach
A guide to 5 of Japan’s traditional arts and crafts

A guide to 5 of Japan’s traditional arts and crafts

Japan has a creative streak that dates back 10,000 years, to the Jomon people – the first settlers of these storied islands, and some of the world’s first potters. That streak has continued into the age of anime, chindogu, uncanny robots and idiosyncratic fashion trends… yet the old ways hold an enduring appeal. Below, we
5 mouth-watering destinations for foodies

5 mouth-watering destinations for foodies

Just as a picture can paint a thousand words, a plate of food can showcase a thousand years of history. It can tell the tale of intermingling cultures, the forging of pioneering trade routes, the discovery of new techniques and ingredients… all while delighting and dazzling the palate. If the way to your heart is
5 amazing holistic healing retreats in Asia

5 amazing holistic healing retreats in Asia

Over the last year, we’ve seen our physical and emotional selves suffer. We were isolated from family and friends, lost our health and wellness routines, and our grounding in life. As we begin to think about future travel adventures, how can we address the healing process and destress at the same time? Asia offers the
The best day trips from Hakuba, Japan

The best day trips from Hakuba, Japan

Though Hakuba is a well known international ski destination, and recreational mountain town in the green season, it also serves very well as a base from which to explore some of Honshu’s best destinations. In no particular order, here are five of the best day trips from Hakuba. 1. Matsumoto Castle As one of Japan’s
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