Japanese hot springs (onsen)

44 of Hokkaido’s Best Luxury Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at in 2017

Hokkaido (北海道) is the most northerly of Japan’s islands. Celebrated for its abundant nature and distinct four seasons, you can enjoy the dramatic changes in scenery from incredible snow-covered treetops in winter to beautiful white and pink cherry blossom in spring to cooler temperatures in summer offering relief from the heat of the rest of…

11 Things to Do in Odaiba, the Entertainment Island of Tokyo!

Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, separated from central Tokyo by the famous Rainbow Bridge and accessible by monorail, subway and even boat. It is home to various small theme parks, museums, shopping malls, and boasts beautiful views of the sea and the city. It is a must-visit for families, friends, and…

32 Recommended Luxury Hotels in Tokyo You Should Stay at in 2017!

Japan attracted almost 20 million tourists in 2016 and with the upcoming 2020 Tokyo (東京) Olympics, that number is only expected to increase. Tokyo, the glamorous and fashionable capital of Japan, is a fantastic city hosting hundreds of things to do, from the historical and traditional to the fashionable and futuristic. No matter what your…

8 Things to Do in Kichijoji, Tokyo's Hip and Arty Neighbourhood

Kichijoji is located in the west of Tokyo and is viewed as one of the trendiest parts of the capital. Most famed for its expansive Inokashira Park, the town is also an artist’s wonderland with unique arts and crafts available on every street corner. Much quieter than central Tokyo, Kichijoji is just one 15-minute train…

How Many of These 5 Facts About Japanese Hot Springs Do You Know?

Have you ever experienced bathing in a hot spring or onsen (温泉) in Japan? In the summer of 2016, I took my European husband to an onsen ryokan (温泉旅館), a Japanese-style hotel with hot springs. Apparently, his expectations were hugely betrayed in many ways. He had heard about onsen many times before but imagined something…

The Top 10 Hot Spring Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at Near Tokyo in 2017

Japan is a country that has perfected a complex blend of tradition and modernity on many levels. If you’re planning a trip to Japan in 2017, finding a hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese guest house) that reflects both traditional and modern aspects of Japanese culture, history and architecture is one of the best ways…

Try Japan’s Top Breakfasts at These 3 Hotels and Inns!

Breakfast is generally considered the most important meal of the day as it provides fuel for the day ahead. While traveling in Japan, the hotel or ryokan (旅館; traditional Japanese inn) where you are staying at will most likely provide breakfast for its guests, be it in Japanese-style or Western-style. Usually, the Western-style breakfast is…

Not a Fan of Crowds? Here Are 3 Places to Visit in Tottori, Japan

Tottori (鳥取), a prefecture in the Chugoku (中国) region of Japan, is blessed with volcanic mountains and white sandy beaches. It abounds in sceneries that it becomes a dream escape for those who want to experience quintessential Japan. It hosts so many tourists every year that it becomes a little crowded during seasonal times. However,…

Top 30 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan’s Glamorous Capital!

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the most glamorous cities in Asia. With its low crime rate, countless bars and restaurants, and numerous cultural and historical sites, it’s no wonder that it sees millions of tourists every year. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are coming and an even larger number of tourists is…

3 Things to Do and Experience in Nasushiobara, Tochigi

One of the most attractive tourist destinations in Tochigi (栃木) is the mountain resort city of Nasushiobara (那須塩原). Nasushiobara is situated about an hour and a half ride by bullet train from Tokyo. In this article, we will talk about things to do at Nasushiobara. As soon as passengers step out of the bullet train,…
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