Category: Japan

Million dollar views: 6 of the world's best city hotel views

Million dollar views: 6 of the world’s best city hotel views

There are many reasons to pay “over the top” for a hotel. Some pay for the service, some for the brand name associated with it, some for the dining options at hand, while others to be a part of history in iconic hotels. But there are a select few who are willing to shell out […]

Japan's cherry blossoms captured on Google Street View

Japan’s cherry blossoms captured on Google Street View

Japan’s Springtime cherry blossom season, or Sakura as it is known, is world famous.  And it’s just become even more famous thanks to Google Street View. In Japan, the cherry blossom has arrived early this year, but Google were still quick off the mark and have covered 50 of these iconic cherry blossom landscapes,  including the […]

10 of the world's most unusual restaurants

10 of the world’s most unusual restaurants

Travelling has its benefits, among them being able to shock people with tales of where you’ve been, what you’ve done and where you’ve eaten. There’s nothing more satisfying than making your friends and family shriek, ‘you did what?!’ Well, if it’s the shock factor you’re after, we’ve got just the thing for you; a list of 10 of the world’s most unusual restaurants. […]

5 of the world's best luxury destinations for Spring skiing

5 of the world’s best luxury destinations for Spring skiing

With blue skies, soft snow and pleasant temperatures, spring is arguably the best time of year for a ski vacation. These top destinations add lively culture and unique experiences that appeal to storm chasers and social skiers alike, so here are our 5 best luxury destinations for Spring skiing: L’Escape Killy, France A vast area encompassing the resorts of Tignes […]

The best 3 places to ski in Japan

The best 3 places to ski in Japan

Japan is becoming increasingly popular as on of the best winter destinations in the world. The mountains in the Central highlands and the Northern regions are blanketed with abundant snow making it an excellent spot for ski enthusiasts. With a picturesque landscape of extinct volcanoes and snow clapped mountains it affords a unique skiing experience […]

3 luxurious getaways in Japan

3 luxurious getaways in Japan

For those looking to experience a mix of tradition and luxury in Japan, it’s important to choose the right location and accommodation for your getaway. Traveling to Japan has never been easier, as American Airlines has recently launched non-stop flights from New York’s JFK airport to Tokyo Haneda, making it the only airline to run this […]

Interview with Owen Coleman, CEO of The Coleman Group Worldwide LLC

Interview with Owen Coleman, CEO of The Coleman Group Worldwide LLC

Owen Coleman is an entrepreneur and world class designer who has created and built many strategy and branding firms since his first design firm in 1966. After 30 years, he became partners with the Interpublic Group, forming the Coleman Worldwide Partnership, comprised of the finest brand design firms in 18 countries. His friendship and mentorship with those partners endures today. […]

Could our passport photos one day be in 3D?

Could our passport photos one day be in 3D?

Remember those days when you used to have to go and find a photo booth to get your passport photo done?  I suspect that most people probably do them on their home PC nowadays, but those photo booths still exist.   But in Japan they’re busy taking them to the next level. Technology is moving […]

5 of the world's craziest road junctions

5 of the world’s craziest road junctions

Are you one of these people who gets a little nervous at the prospect of driving a car when you travel overseas?  If so, then look away now. We’ve scoured YouTube to bring you footage from some of the worst junctions around the world. If you know of any that are worse, then please let […]

The ultimate use for those old phone boxes?

The ultimate use for those old phone boxes?

With more and more people owning mobiles over the last two decades, telephone boxes have become pretty much obsolete. Here in the UK they’ve been used for mini-libraries and even for plant exchanges. But in Japan it seems they’ve come up with something even more original – a giant goldfish aquarium. The idea comes from […]

Top 10 places you won't find on Google Maps

Top 10 places you won’t find on Google Maps

I stumbled upon this video recently, and thought it was rather interesting, so am sharing it here even though there’s no obvious luxury angle. Since even Nevada’s much-talked about Area 51 can be found on Google Maps (though admittedly, much of the operations there probably take place underground), it’s interesting to see what places are hidden. […]

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The annual Luxe List showcases DestinAsian‘s picks of the best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the region’s best new places to stay is as alluring as ever, spanning a dozen countries and featuring no fewer than 30 hotels that truly stand out from the rest. From sumptuous private islands in the Maldives […]

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all […]

5 of the world's creepiest places to visit

5 of the world’s creepiest places to visit

It would be a platitude to say that tourist courtiers usually try to attract tourists and travelers by loud titles like “The best restaurant”, “The most expensive hotel”, “The best polar lights”, etc. Well, I’ve been to the best restaurant of Berlin and the best restaurant of Madrid, and I can’t tell for sure which one is better. […]

I wouldn’t like to be a lifeguard in Tokyo…

Welcome to the indoor pool at Tokyo Summerland. This most definitely isn’t luxury, but eye-opening all the same. In fact, you wonder why people would even pay to be there… surely it can’t be much fun with so many bodies about. And one thing’s for sure… I wouldn’t want to be on duty as a […]

The world's most expensive restaurant doesn't even have its own website

The world’s most expensive restaurant doesn’t even have its own website

It’s hard to define what makes a restaurant ‘the most expensive’, but Tokyo’s Aragawa restaurant – ranked #1 in CNN Go’s list of ’10 stupidly expensive restaurants’ must certainly be up there.  Since getting its first Michelin star, it’s moved from a somewhat shady basement office location in Shimbashi to rather more fitting ground floor […]