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  • Discovering Kanazawa: the rise of Japan’s “Little Kyoto”

    Discovering Kanazawa: the rise of Japan’s “Little Kyoto”

    October 9th, 2018Olivia Rawes
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    Japan Trip: Kanazawa – the rise of “Little Kyoto”. Once one of Japan’s largest cities, in recent decades Kanazawa has languished in the shadow of its better-known rivals. But all that’s changing now, with the west coast city surging on a new wave of optimism boosted by the arrival of the Shinkansen’s high-speed rail links. Kanazawa is well... Read more »

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  • Japan House: a new cultural crossroad between Britain and Japan

    Japan House: a new cultural crossroad between Britain and Japan

    June 22nd, 2018Eleanna Zanga
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    Travel to Japan has boomed over the past year, with over 300,000 UK visitors rushing to the country in 2017. But if you want to experience the country’s exquisite culture without an 11-hour flight, get yourself down to London’s brand new Japan House, which opens today (June 22). The Art Deco building at 101–111 Kensington... Read more »

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  • Revisiting Kyoto: why Japan’s cultural heart will win you over

    Revisiting Kyoto: why Japan’s cultural heart will win you over

    May 8th, 2018Olivia Rawes
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    Kyoto hardly needs an introduction. In a country often associated with logic-defying bullet trains and kaleidoscopic mega cities, Japan’s former imperial capital holds an eternal appeal. It’s traditional Japan distilled – history-steeped tea houses, cherry-blossom-cloaked streets, elaborately sculpted temples – and yet, it’s also a city with a burgeoning modern spirit. Last year Japan recorded... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best homestays in Japan

    An expert’s guide: the best homestays in Japan

    December 15th, 2017Joe Minihane
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    With a reputation for expensive hotels, Japan is the perfect place to try a homestay. There’s no better way to experience the real Japan than with a stay with friendly locals who can help you explore areas that tourists often never get to see – not to mention cook you a traditional meal and help... Read more »

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  • All aboard: the most incredible sightseeing trains in Japan

    All aboard: the most incredible sightseeing trains in Japan

    November 28th, 2017Neil McQuillian
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    None of this choo-choo stuff – Byun! Shu! are the sounds that a Japanese train makes. And while bullet trains – shinkansen – are one of the symbols of modern Japan, the Japanese adore trains in all their forms. Some of the best loved are “sightseeing” trains, which run along lines with gorgeous landscape views... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons why Osaka should be on your radar

    6 reasons why Osaka should be on your radar

    September 26th, 2017Tamara Hinson
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    Osaka is affectionately known as “Japan‘s kitchen”. It’s the birthplace of ramen noodles (which celebrate their 60th birthday in 2018) and is home to some of the country’s quirkiest restaurants. But there’s more to Osaka than the food. Add to that buzzing canal sides, blossom-filled parks and the country’s most luxurious toilets and you’ve got... Read more »

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  • Staying in a Japanese ryokan: a first-timer’s guide

    Staying in a Japanese ryokan: a first-timer’s guide

    June 12th, 2017Ros Walford
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    It’s a cliché to say that Japan is a land of contrasts – but, in terms of accommodation, it really is. There are some weird and many wonderful places to stay, from personal capsules and love hotels to lodgings in five-star luxury. But there’s one type of accommodation that has preserved its tradition for centuries: the... Read more »

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  • Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    Uncovering Tokyo’s nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    June 9th, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Until recently, running a club in Japan was a risky business. The fueihō laws, created in 1948, put restrictions on any small venue where patrons had to “actively seek out pleasure” – including dancing. Though usually these laws weren’t enforced, any club or bar owners caught by police letting their patrons bust a move could face... Read more »

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  • A Rough Guide to: the Japanese tea ceremony

    A Rough Guide to: the Japanese tea ceremony

    May 15th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Hushed voices, the scratch of a bamboo whisk, then a bow, a nod and a bowl of steaming matcha is handed around. Any delicate sounds in the room are amplified by the formality of the occasion – so quiet you can hear people holding their breath – which heightens the sense that something very important is... Read more »

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  • Eating Kyushu: a guide to Japan’s secret foodie hotspot

    Eating Kyushu: a guide to Japan’s secret foodie hotspot

    March 29th, 2017Ros Walford
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    Kyūshū, the most southerly of Japan’s four main islands, is pretty much left alone by tourists. Yet, the island – only a bullet-train ride from Tokyo – is one of the country’s culinary hotspots. Proximity to mainland Asia and historical legacies from trade with the British, Dutch and Portuguese has led to a fusion of styles.... Read more »

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  • 11 tips for backpacking Japan

    11 tips for backpacking Japan

    December 12th, 2016Tamatha Roman
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    With its tech-centric entertainment, ancient temples, lightning fast rail system and traditional art forms, Japan offers a fascinating mix of the new and the old. Between rural Hokkaido and the tropical islands of Okinawa, you’re bound to find something to embrace as a curious backpacker. And with the following insider tips, backpacking Japan can be both memorable... Read more »

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  • Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    Japan travel tips: 13 things to know before you go

    November 14th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    With its glittering royal palaces, ancient temples and sacred shrines as well as sandy beaches, some of the world’s best skiing and beautiful national parks, Japan is a country you’ll want to return to again and again. It’s also a very traditional place with a strict etiquette; if you’re visiting for the first time, follow our... Read more »

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