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Feeling Shy? Here Are 3 Ways to Enjoy a Traditional Onsen in Private

Experiencing a traditional onsen (温泉) in Japan has always posed a problem for me. It’s not the hot water nor the price that worries me, but the obligation to get completely naked before jumping in. That handkerchief-sized, piece of cloth handed to you before entering? That’s intended for a little forehead dab while bathing, not…

Stay at the No. 1 Affordable Business Hotel Around Japan!

When you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Tokyo, the choices are endless. However, one hotel that has never failed me is Toyoko Inn (東横イン). I have been to several different branches of the hotel around Japan and they always provide guests with a great service and an awesome breakfast. Let’s take a look at…

Hotel Niwa Tokyo: A Sophisticated Hotel in the Heart of the City

Do you want to stay in the central area of Tokyo while experiencing traditional and modern comfort at the same time? Located just 3 minutes away from JR Suidobashi (水道橋) Station is Hotel Niwa Tokyo (庭のホテル東京). It is popular for its location as it is near attraction sites such as the Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社) and…

Indulge in Authentic French Cuisine at MOTIF RESTAURANT & BAR in Tokyo

Last October 2016, the iconic MOTIF RESTAURANT & BAR collaborated with Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi in providing limited edition cocktails served in exquisite Carlo Moretti glasses. Everything that was served was inspired by the vibrant and playful flavors of Italy mixed with a Japanese twist. It was actually something that paid homage to…

A Juvenile Prison in Nara to Be Turned Into Japan’s First Prison Hotel?

When you think of prison, you think of a cold, uncomfortable place with barred doors and no windows. You think of a place where toilet bowls are unclean and beds are worn-out. It is something that holds back your freedom. But can you imagine a prison building being turned into a hotel? This is one…

Visiting Kumamoto? Stay at This Lovely Japanese Hot Spring Hotel!

Ever feel like you want to stay somewhere with the luxury of a big, fancy hotel but with the quiet, understated charm of a ryokan? There are countless onsen hotels in Amakusa, with Shimoda boasting dozens to choose from. We stayed at the Amakusa Shimoda Onsen Garasha – a small Japanese style hotel with Western-influenced…

Get a Glorious Matcha Fix at Hyatt Regency Osaka’s Matcha Mania Afternoon Tea Event!

Do you often have afternoon tea parties with your friends or relatives? Some western countries like the United Kingdom often like tea parties and while Japan may have a different image with teas, tea parties are actually quite popular with different hotels throughout the country. With matcha’s popularity continuing to rise, especially with foreign tourists,…

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo: Five-Star Pampering in a Lush Garden Oasis!

When you think of Tokyo, you imagine huge skyscrapers with tall buildings looking much more like a concrete jungle. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a luxury garden stay right in the heart of the city at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, a five-star hotel with a long history dating back 700 years ago. It…