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  • The festival where 9000 naked men fight for lucky sticks in Japan

    The festival where 9000 naked men fight for lucky sticks in Japan

    February 16th, 2016Sophie Hutchings
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    Have you ever wanted luck and happiness for an entire year? All you have to do is slip on a fundoshi (a traditional Japanese loincloth), get purified with freezing cold water in the middle of February and join 9000 other Japanese men – with their 18,000 bare cheeks – in fighting over one of two... Read more »

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  • 7 of the best places to go hiking in Japan

    7 of the best places to go hiking in Japan

    December 1st, 2015Robin McKelvie
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    Few countries in Asia boasts such dramatic natural diversity and such a range of hiking opportunities as Japan. Mountains make up two thirds of the country, with beaches fringing the coast and the balmy southern islands. There are active volcanoes to tackle, epic long-distance pilgrimage routes once smoothed by the feet of emperors, and steep... Read more »

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  • Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    September 4th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel

    Check in with a dinosaur at Japan’s first robot hotel

    August 20th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Often the “weird Japan” trope seems like just another tired travel cliché – but then someone opens a robot hotel. In this case, hotel owner Hideo Sawada beat international journalists to the punch by straightforwardly calling it Henn-na Hotel, meaning “Strange Hotel”.  The idea behind it isn’t actually that weird, though. Sawada’s aims are eminently reasonable:... Read more »

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  • The best Japanese foods (that aren’t sushi)

    The best Japanese foods (that aren’t sushi)

    July 16th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Everyone speaks a little Japanese now – nigiri, maki, sashimi, nori, toro… The only problem is that sushi, delicious as it may be, is only one tiny facet of Japan’s varied cuisine. Here are a few other things worth looking out for when you’re there. Shojin-ryori Eating meat was banned in Japan for a long... Read more »

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  • 15 gorgeous photos of Japan

    15 gorgeous photos of Japan

    July 10th, 2015Nick Jackson
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    Professional landscape & wildlife photographer Nick Jackson shares some of his most beautiful pictures of Japan.  “Japan is a country I always wanted to travel to. I wanted to learn more about the culture, visit the ancient temples and see the beautiful cherry blossom first hand. What I encountered over my two week stay blew... Read more »

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  • 11 things every gaijin learns in Japan

    11 things every gaijin learns in Japan

    July 1st, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Japan is one of those countries you can’t really prepare for – the famously impenetrable etiquette, complex traditions and bitingly modern pop culture combine to make a place which could wrongfoot the most experienced traveller. Here are just a few of the things which any gaijin (foreigner) can expect to find out on their first... Read more »

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  • Tokyo’s tiniest drinking dens: a guide to Golden Gai

    Tokyo’s tiniest drinking dens: a guide to Golden Gai

    June 24th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Shinjuku, Tokyo, is known for skyscrapers, seedy nightlife, suited businessmen and a time-warped tumble of bars called Golden Gai. This perennial haunt of Tokyo’s salarymen has been getting a lot more international attention lately – and for good reason. While the city offers an endless range of flashy, neon-drenched clubs, bars and lounges, arguably only... Read more »

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  • A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

    A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

    April 28th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Because robot restaurants and themed cafés aren’t enough: Tokyo is now home to a Godzilla-themed hotel. Towering thirty storeys above Shinjuku in the Japanese capital, the Gracery Hotel revealed a new permanent resident last Friday – an enormous Godzilla head that menacingly overlooks the streets below. In a bid to cash in on the Godzilla hype... Read more »

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  • These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    March 10th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    If you’re after some rejuvenation on your next break but still fancy a bit of an adventure, there are a whole host of alternative therapies offered around the world. From snail facials to a spot of sauna whipping, you can invigorate your body and soul with a smorgasbord of weird but wonderful wellness treatments. Here... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful city in the world – as voted by you

    The most beautiful city in the world – as voted by you

    February 12th, 2015Lottie Gross
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  • Quirky Tokyo: the top 10 things to do

    Quirky Tokyo: the top 10 things to do

    December 23rd, 2014Site Editor
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    With its sushi and sumo, pop culture and age-old tradition, serene gardens and traffic hell, Tokyo bombards the senses like no other city. Ordered yet bewildering, Japan’s pulsating capital will lead you a merry dance – but being lost has never been so much fun. The planet’s largest metropolis is Asia at its weirdest, straightest,... Read more »

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