Category: Japan

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

A Japanese ski resort on the island of Hokkaido, Niseko, is curiously behind a new Mazda MX5 that is about to be on sale in the UK. Only 240 soft tops and 560 roadsters of this limited edition Mazda will be on sale from 1st January 2008, with entry level prices starting from £17,995. Niseko
Mobile office from Nissan

Mobile office from Nissan

One for some of the business travellers among you!  Nissan is to unveil a new mobile office concept at the  40th  Tokyo Motor Show which begins this Friday. Their NV200 concept has a rugged exterior and a rear packed with features. This latest model happens to be specially deisgned for professional ocean photographers and is
Floating bar in Tokyo

Floating bar in Tokyo

The Jicoo floating bar is  Japan’s answer to futuristic travel in Tokyo Bay. Once on board you’ll find the floor of the vessel changes colour, apparently enhancing your mood and perception of the journey.  Failing that, head for the bar and unwind somewhere away from the psychadelic lights. If sharing this experience with strangers is
The Peninsula Tokyo makes its debut

The Peninsula Tokyo makes its debut

Situated in the business district of Marunouchi, and near the shopping  capital  of Ginza, The Peninsula Tokyo  opens today. The 24-storey hotel offers  commanding views of the  Tokyo skyline, Imperial Gardens and Hibiya Park; it has 314 guest rooms, including 47 suites.   If you want to be really lavish, go for The Peninsula Suite
Interview with Heather Holman of Hotels of the Rich and Famous

Interview with Heather Holman of Hotels of the Rich and Famous

Heather Holman is the owner and architect of Hotels of the Rich and Famous. She currently resides in the United States near the Capital of Washington D.C., has travelled to over 20 countries and visited hundreds of luxury hotels. Her hobbies include wine tasting, shopping, photography and, of course, travelling. Heather hopes to one day
The world's most expensive water

The world's most expensive water

Talk about expensive water! If you thought Bling H20 – at $24 for a 750ml bottle – was expensive, then think again.   Kona Nigari water from Hawaii  is apparently selling at $33.50 for a mere 2 ounce bottle.   Yes, you read that right… that’s seawater at more than $2,000 per gallon.   The
Expedia Insiders' Select

Expedia Insiders' Select

I wasn’t familiar with Expedia Insiders’ Select, a list of their  best hotels and resorts worldwide  based on the opinions of Expedia users, until receiving a recent email from The Reef Resort in the Cayman Islands, proudly pointing out that they rank as #1 in the Caribbean and #14 in the world.   It’s an
Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Richard  Whitfield is  Managing Director  of Half Moon, a beautiful resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that has been welcoming guests for over 50 years.   Richard joined the resort as Financial Controller back in 1976 and became Director of Operations in 1986.   Following the retirement of Heinz Simonitsch in 2002, Richard was promoted to
Frommer's Top Travel Destinations for 2007

Frommer's Top Travel Destinations for 2007

The editors at Frommer’s Travel Guides and Frommers.com have come up with a list of 12 emerging destinations that they recommend we visit in 2007.   Making the shortlist of places not to be missed are: Krakow, Poland Tokyo, Japan Minneapolis, Minnesota Panama Asheville, North Carolina Ethiopia Portland, Oregon Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Okanagan
Ishi No Yu, Japan

Ishi No Yu, Japan

The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, at the foot of Japan’s Hakone Mountains, has opened a Japanese style heated stone spa ‘Ishi No Yu’ featuring 18 warm stone beds, relaxation room and lounge. The warm stone beds penetrate deep into the muscle tissue to relieve, relax and increase circulation. It is a unique treatment for
Japanese Odyssey

Japanese Odyssey

Japan is without doubt one of the most fascinating countries in East Asia –  a fascinating mixture of ancient history and cutting edge modernity.   Absolute Travel  is offering a comprehensive 15 day tour of the country which takes in all of the major sights from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo to the back streets

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Shangri-La International Management Ltd. are to mark their international debut with the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo. The new hotel will occupy the top 11 floors of the 37-storey Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building but will not open until March 2009 as the building is currently under construction.
A year of island hopping: June

A year of island hopping: June

This is post  six of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For June, the following are recommended: British Virgin Islands Capri: Grand Hotel Quisisana and Villa Brunella Galápagos, Ecuador Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: The Edgartown
Most expensive city in the world

Most expensive city in the world

The fact that Moscow has overtaken Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city has got a lot of media attention recently. Mercer Human Resource Consulting‘s survey of 144 cities across six continents also showed Seoul move up in the rankings, pushing Tokyo down into third place. Many of the changes are due to exchange rate
Temples and Gardens of Ancient Japan cruise

Temples and Gardens of Ancient Japan cruise

Join Clipper Cruise Line for an extraordinary voyage to the Temples and Gardens of Ancient Japan, departing 1st June 2006 aboard their award-winning small-ship Clipper Odyssey. Experience the unmistakable beauty of Japan’s elegant gardens, ancient castles, and opulent temples and shires as you travel in the company of a distinguished group of onboard historians and
Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”.