Japan
  • Japan Airlines offers new flights direct from Melbourne to Narita

    Japan Airlines offers new flights direct from Melbourne to Narita

    Japan Airlines (JAL) is set to launch new direct flights from Melbourne to Narita, starting 2 September 2017.

  • Spotlight: Japan's Wisteria Festival

    Spotlight: Japan's Wisteria Festival

    Japan might be famous for its too-pretty-for-words Cherry Blossom Festival, but it's about to become the place to go thanks to a floral festival of a different kind. 

  • Travelling Japan by rail becomes more popular

    Travelling Japan by rail becomes more popular

     

    Japan is one of the hottest destinations for rail travellers from Australia and New Zealand, according to RailPlus. 

  • 7 Asian Temples You NEED to See in Your Life

    7 Asian Temples You NEED to See in Your Life

    Whether you're seeking spiritual nirvana or just somewhere amazing to visit on your next romantic getaway, we've found seven Asian temples you need to see.

    Hidden in tropical jungles and clinging to rocky cliffs, these sites will leave you seriously speechless.

  • Qantas adds Japan flights from Melbourne

    Qantas adds Japan flights from Melbourne

    Qantas will launch a daily direct flight between Melbourne and Tokyo (Narita Airport) starting 16 December 2016 in response to a growing demand for Japan.

  • Hokkaido Tops Lonely Planet's list as Asia’s Best

    Hokkaido Tops Lonely Planet's list as Asia’s Best

    Lonely Planet has named Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture as the top destination in Asia to visit in 2016 as part of its inaugural ‘Best in Asia’ list.

  • Blossoming Romance: Why Kyoto is a Lover's Paradise

    Blossoming Romance: Why Kyoto is a Lover's Paradise

    Kyoto’s unique blend of fascinating culture and natural beauty makes it a lover's paradise. Crammed with thousands of years of history, spread across babbling streams and gushing rivers, and encircled by towering mountains, Kyoto is almost too charming to be real. Almost. 

  • Kiroro Hotel, Japan, Under New Management of Starwood Hotels

    Kiroro Hotel, Japan, Under New Management of Starwood Hotels

    The Kiroro, a luxury hotel in one of the world’s best skiing locations, has been snapped up by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and is set to open in December.

  • Spice Up Your Life With Aman Culinary Journeys

    Spice Up Your Life With Aman Culinary Journeys

    The spice of international hotel chain Aman is its focus on embracing the local culture of each of its locations in the kitchen, alongside scrumptious international dishes. Aman's new restaurant in Tokyo, The Café by Aman, exemplifies this eclectic mix by offering guests dishes crafted from fresh local produce ranging from traditional Japanese to Mediterranean.

  • Discover Natural Wonders in Hokkaido, Japan

    Discover Natural Wonders in Hokkaido, Japan

    More natural and less inhabited than the rest of Japan, the northern island of Hokkaido is an ideal place for adventure holidays, with a twist. Take Tomamu, a ski resort about an hour’s drive from Sapporo, whose main summertime attraction is an early morning gondola ride up to 1088 metres, to see a phenomenon called the unkai (“sea of cloud”).

  • Room for Two: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

    Room for Two: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

    Fusing old and new to create ‘a modern day luxury ryokan’ the new Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is set on the banks of the scenic Kamogawa River and enjoys 180-degree panoramic views of the famed Higashiyama mountains.

  • Tokyo for Honeymooners and Holidaymakers

    Tokyo for Honeymooners and Holidaymakers

     

    With it's dazzling mix of all things traditional and modern, Tokyo has plenty to offer honeymooners or couples in search of a unique getaway.

  • Ski Japan: Discover Japan's Top 3 Ski Destinations

    Ski Japan: Discover Japan's Top 3 Ski Destinations

    You'd have to be living under a rock to not know that Japan has quickly become one of the world's most popular places to go skiing. Home to spectacular ski resorts, dramatic mountain ranges and the occasional alpine spa, it's no wonder why the nation is such a hit with winter-loving couples.

  • Asian Islands For Two - Okinawa, Japan

    Asian Islands For Two - Okinawa, Japan

    Surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, blue waters and white sand beaches, Okinawa is to Japan what the Mediterranean is to Europe – a laid-back destination where nationals swap the cultural rigours of the mainland for sand, surfing and sun.

  • Hot Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Japan

    Hot Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Japan

    Fusing old and new to create 'a modern day luxury ryokan' the freshly-opened Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is set
on the banks of the scenic Kamogawa River and is watched over by the famed Higashiyama mountains.

    Within walking distance of many of the city's 17 World Heritage sites, the hotel is imbued with a sense of zen- like Japanese style, from the traditional Meiji-era house and courtyard which is part of the design to the Imabari robes and local artwork you'll find in your room. For a truly traditional experience try the serene Japanese- style 'Tatami' suites or ask about the outdoor gardens modelled after tsukimidai 'moon viewing' decks (available with some suites).

  • Top 10 Asian Honeymoon Hotspots

    Top 10 Asian Honeymoon Hotspots

    A diverse collection of islands, jungles, cities and hinterlands, Asia boasts an almost endless list of incredible destinations, so picking exactly where to visit can be a bit of a challenge.

    Whether you're dreaming of a honeymoon on the beach, in a glamorous city or somewhere remote and rugged, we've handpicked 10 destinations for the perfect post-wedding getaway.

  • Top 5 Things to do in Okinawa, Japan

    Top 5 Things to do in Okinawa, Japan

    Okinawa is a cultural treasure trove just waiting to be discovered by intrepid couples ready for a different experience. Rhonda Bannister shares her top 5 things to see and do …

    1. Immerse in the culture

    The easiest way to experience and learn about the Okinawan culture is to visit those places that illustrate and exemplify its fascinating heritage.

    Ryukyu Mura: A recreated, traditional village with exhibits and parades showcasing various festivals, crafts and foods. Old Ryukyuan homes were brought from all over the islands and painstakingly reassembled here in the village to preserve the heritage of the Ryukyu Kingdom. A wide range of performances are held at the village, including Eisa taiko drumming, dances, concerts, parades and re-enacted historical ceremonies.

  • Okinawa: Where Life is a Treasure

    Okinawa: Where Life is a Treasure

    Scattered through the East China Sea like jade paving stones leading from Japan’s most southerly point to Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa are a modern enigma.

    Stretching for more than 1,000 km and made up of 49 inhabited and 111 uninhabited islands, the name Okinawa translates as ‘rope in the open sea’. This ‘rope’, flanked by Japan, China and Southeast Asia, has evolved as a unique blend of Asian cultures, one that is driving its emergence as a tourism destination.

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