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Japan Has an Incredibly Low Number of Five-Star Luxury Hotels. Why is That?

Here is an interesting question, what’s something that countries like the United States, China, France, and Italy have in great numbers and that Japan lacks? The obvious answer, based on the article’s title at least, is five-star hotels. To put into perspective just how few five-star hotels Japan has when compared to other places, London…

30 Modern Hotels and Traditional Ryokans in Kyoto for a Gorgeous Stay in 2019

Kyoto is one of the most visited cities in Japan. With its 1600 temples, maintained cultures such as the Japanese tea ceremony, geisha, and kimono, and a huge amount of things to do, it remains as one of the country’s most popular destinations to visit. Many people stop over for a day or two on…

44 of Hokkaido’s Best Luxury Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at in 2019

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…

Take a Look at These 30 Charming Hotels in Hokkaido for a Relaxing Trip in 2019!

Hokkaido is the most northern of Japan’s four main islands and is a stunning place boasting natural beauty and unique experiences. With excellent ski and snowboard resorts such as in Niseko, Rusutsu, and Asahidake, impressive mountainous areas all over the island, and charming traditional towns such as Biei and Tsurui, this area of Japan is…

Savour the Goodness of Akita’s Local Flavours with Japanese Dish Kiritanpo!

At the mention of Akita Prefecture (秋田県), what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it beautiful snow-covered scenery during winter? Or the famous hot springs at Nyuutou Onsen (乳頭温泉) nestled within Towada-Hachimantai National Park (十和田八幡平国立公園)? Or Tamagawa Onsen (玉川温泉) featuring the charm of the old Showa era (昭和時代)? Akita has an abundance of…

The Top 10 Hot Spring Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at Near Tokyo in 2019

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…