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Everything You Need to Know about Visiting The Imperial Palace in Tokyo

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The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Located in the heart of the pulsating city, this haven proves to be the highly valuable privacy the Japanese royal family crave. In this mini-guide to visiting the Imperial Palace, you will learn about the best times to visit and what you will find…

When and where can you see the Cherry Blossom in Japan?

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Japan’s cherry blossom season is one of the most iconic times of year to visit, often cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life. Here you can read about the best hotspots in the height of the season, and the more unusual spots which will see you dodging the crowds…

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan Now

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Catriona has just returned from an introductory tour of Japan, taking in the iconic sights and must see highlights, travelling from Hiroshima to Tokyo. Here she lists her top ten reasons for why you should jump on a plane right now and visit Japan…

Reporting back from the Aman Tokyo, Japan: Ampersand’s inside view

Enter the slick and shiny realm of the Otemachi Tower in Tokyo’s Financial District and you may struggle to notice the low-key Aman Tokyo welcome desk on the ground floor. The ‘wow’ moment happens when you exit the elevator at the 33rd floor and are drawn into a place of pure drama: a breath-taking atrium lobby with sky-high ceilings, a central water feature with an ikebana-styled tree rising from it and miniature Japanese rock gardens at either side. Designed by Kerry Hill Architects to…

China vs Japan: Two Far Eastern heavyweights go head to head...

The Far East has always had an exotic allure, with images of Geisha, Samurai, glowing red lanterns and Chinese dragons floating into mind. After centuries as closed kingdoms, Japan and China have come to embrace outside visitors and new luxury properties are opening their doors every month. The Chinese Olympics of 2008 and the upcoming Japan Olympics of 2020 have also boosted the cosmopolitan development of these nations, and we are thrilled to now…

Top 5 City Sanctuaries: The brand new Aman Tokyo & other Asian favourites

We could not be more excited about the upcoming opening of The Aman Tokyo. As you may know, here at Ampersand we are serious Aman junkies – we love the effortless, understated glamour of an Aman Resort and how they are designed to reflect their surrounding culture. Aman Tokyo is the 27th property in their portfolio and, besides the Aman in Venice, it is their only city hotel. We’re absolutely mad about cities at Ampersand – we find the chaos and frenetic energy of a large metropolis…

Luxury Holidays to Japan – Ampersand Travel’s Complete Guide

Japan is an incredibly intriguing and rewarding country to travel to; it is also a destination which the uninitiated have a lot of questions about. Here is our handy guide with the answers to the most common questions we get asked... When is the best time to visit Japan? Most people would say April for the cherry blossom, but then Japan is at its most crowded with lots of big tour groups.  We would say the autumn leaf season from mid-September through to the end of November is a better bet –…

Konnichiwa Japan! Ampersand Travel is launching Japan as a new destination

By James Jayasundera, MD & Founder of Ampersand TravelJapan is the first country I ever fell in love with. I remember the day it happened – I was 7, I was living in Rome and it was a scorching hot summer’s day. It was our school’s sports day and all parents were invited. My best friend was called Tayira Fuzigawa and his mother brought a Bento box filled with sushi and sashimi and seaweed rice crackers – I had never seen anything like it before and I swapped my precious collection of Panini…
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