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JAPAN Tucked Away Upriver From Kyoto The Hoshinoya Combines Tranquility Traditional Design And Cleverly Woven Modern Touches Such As Its Bamboo Bend Sofas

Tucked away upriver from Kyoto, the Hoshinoya combines tranquility, traditional design and cleverly woven modern touches such as its bamboo-bend sofas.

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Japan is full of rural idylls. Walk through mystical forests like this on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. 

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JAPAN O Hanami Cherry Blossom Festivities Carry On Late In The Evening In Maruyama Park Kyoto

'O-hanami' cherry blossom festivities carry on late in the evening in Maruyama Park, Kyoto.

JAPAN The Iconic Snow Monkeys Of Yudanaka In The Japan Alps Hang Out At The Hot Spring Pool

The iconic snow monkeys of Yudanaka in the Japan Alps hang out at the hot spring pool.

JAPAN At Sprwaling Tsukiji Fish Market The Main Tuna Auction Is Done By 5 Am And Adjacent Stalls Selling Are Selling The Freshest Possible Sushi Straight Afterwards

At Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji Fish Market, the main tuna auction is done by 5 a.m. and adjacent stalls selling are selling the freshest possible sushi straight afterwards.

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Aman Tokyo boasts the largest rooms and suites in the city, not to mention the most phenomenal cityscape views.

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Each of the Aman Tokyo's 84 guestrooms and suites draw design inspiration from a paired back Japanese aesthetic. Pictured here, the Premier Room's living area is the epitome of Zen.

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Fresh green interiors and a calming atmosphere welcome you on arrival at The Palace Hotel, Tokyo.

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Ryokan Kurashiki has the charm of a fine English B&B with Japanese refinement and 'omotenashi' hospitality, making it an Ampersand Favourite.

JAPAN With Its Leafy Sidewalks Coffee Shop Terraces And High Service Standards The Peninsula Tokyo Equals Experiences At The Sister Property In Paris

With its leafy sidewalks, coffee shop terraces and high service standards, The Peninsula Tokyo equals experiences at the sister property in Paris

JAPAN Upgrade Rooms At The Peninsula Hotel In Tokyo Offer Some Of The Best Views Of The Imperial Palace Grounds

Upgrade rooms at the Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo offer some of the best views of the Imperial Palace grounds.

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Japan is renowned for borrowing and enhancing western ideas, which finds its finest evocation in the grandiosity of the St Regis Osaka.

JAPAN Several Japanese Towns Vie For The Title Of Little Kyoto But Kanazawa Is Perhaps The Second Culturally Rich City In Japan With Many Opportunities To Experience Traditional Arts

Several Japanese towns vie for the title of 'Little Kyoto', but Kanazawa is perhaps the second culturally rich city in Japan with many opportunities to experience traditional arts.

JAPAN The Hoshinoya In Arashiyama Outside Kyoto Is An Exclusive Tranquil Retreat Reached By Boat Up The Hozu River

The Hoshinoya in Arashiyama outside Kyoto is an exclusive tranquil retreat, reached by boat up the Hozu river.

JAPAN From The Citys Finest Pastries To The Beautiful Traditional Washi Paper Lampshades The Ritz Carlton In Kyoto Is The Epitomy Of Style And Luxury In Japans Most Historic City

From the city's finest pastries to the beautiful traditional washi paper lampshades, the Ritz Carlton in Kyoto is the epitomy of style and luxury in Japan's most historic city.

JAPAN Ancient Temples Are Tucked Between The Modern Architecture Of Tokyo The Most Visited Being Senso Ji In Asakusa

Ancient temples are tucked between the modern architecture of Tokyo, the most visited being Senso-ji in Asakusa.

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This iconic beachside sculpture on Naoshima Island is as eccentric as the artist, Yayoi Kusama. That hasn't stopped it being the inspiration for Louis Vuitton products.

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JAPAN Despite Stiff Competition From Newer Hotels Over The Last Decade The Park Hyatts New York Bar Is Still The Place For Live Jazz In The City

Despite stiff competition from newer hotels over the last decade, the Park Hyatt Tokyo's New York Bar is still the place for live jazz in the city.



Japan is truly a destination for all seasons, with lots of bright clear days in winter and excellent skiing in the Japan Alps and the northernmost island of Hokkaido. In spring the famous cherry blossom trees line city streets, adorn temples and grow wild on hillsides and there’s a festive atmosphere as the Japanese have ‘o-hanami’ gatherings under the boughs. In summer you can fly to the tropical Okinawan islands, or escape the heat in the Japan Alps dotted with charming hot spring towns and natural beauty spots like Kamikochi mountain plateau. Then in the autumn, red and gold leaves fringe lakesides, boulevards and mountain bus rides, enriching an experience already full of historic, natural and ultra-modern vistas.

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At the heart of eastern Hokkaido, Lake Akan is most well known for its giant 'marimo' giant moss balls that...

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Aomori grew as a port town serving the northernmost island of Hokkaido before the Seikan undersea tunnel opened in 1988....

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This is the world's largest volcanic caldera, and despite the regular announcements of volcanic activity there are 10,000 people living...

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This little gem of a town is three hours' ride across to the north sea coast from Hiroshima, but it's...

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Less than one hundred kilometres west of Tokyo, in the foothills of Mount Fuji, lies the sleepy town of Hakone,...

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Since the resounding success of hosting several events for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Happō-One ski resort in Hakuba has...

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Hiroshima & Miyajima

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Hiroshima is renowned for its phoenix city status and has truly risen from the ashes, with tree-lined boulevards, friendly locals...

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If you venture far enough North in Japan to reach Hokkaido, we promise you will be rewarded for taking the somewhat unusual...

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Spanning over 800 miles of diverse terrain, the mighty Japanese heartland - Honshu - encapsulates all that springs to mind when...

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Kii Peninsula

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Ise, a pretty idyll found along the Kii Peninsula's coastline, is home to the celebrated Amanemu - but there is much more...

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Izu Peninsula

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Located around 100km south-west of Tokyo, the rugged Izu Peninsula is best reached by one of Japan’s most scenic coastal train...

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Kaga Onsen

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Kaga Onsen is home to four charming hot spring villages, each made up of historic 'Onsen' (bathhouses), traditional 'Ryokan' (inns)...

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Right down at the tip of Kyushu - the southernmost of Japan's four main islands - is the pleasant port town...

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This mountain plateau high up in the Japan Alps is only accessible in the milder months, and is one of...

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Kanazawa is often overlooked by first-time travellers to Japan, yet this city is home to a wonderful mixture of both...

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Much-loved as a weekend retreat by affluent Tokyo urbanites, Karuizawa is set deep within a verdant mountainous valley in the...

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If we had to pick one hot spring town from the dozens throughout Japan, it would be Kinosaki. This little...

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Kiso Valley

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Home to the ancient ‘Nakasendo Way’ walking route, the Kiso Valley offers a genuinely traditional atmosphere reminiscent of the begone...

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Towards the end of the bullet train track in Kyushu sits Kumamoto. You may recognise this city's name as it is...

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This small town's Bikan historical quarter is just half a dozen preserved streets around a picturesque willow-lined canal, but is...

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Tucked away in the centre of the southernmost main island of Kyushu, Kurokawa is an atmospheric hideaway devoted to hot...

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Kyoto & Nara

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This now modern city is filled with historical treasures, seventeen of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At...

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To the south of the mainland lies Kyushu: a mystical island with a subtropical climate and verdant terrain. Dramatic landscapes...

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Well of the beaten track on the Northern coast of western Honshu lies Matsue: home to Adachi Art Museum, an impressive...

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For castle enthusiasts, Matsumoto is a must see. Lying two and a half hours’ train ride north of Tokyo up...

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Three of Japan's top 10 beaches are here on Miyakojima, a far-flung island towards the southern end of the 1,000...

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Mount Koya

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Deep within the majestic mountains of the Wakayama Prefecture, not too far from Osaka or Kyoto, lies Mount Koya (known...

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This port city on the southern island of Kyushu was one of the first to open up to western trade,...

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For contemporary art lovers, Naoshima is one of the most talked about immersive experiences in the world. Home to unique...

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The Nasu highlands are part of a 2000m high mountain plateau that centres on volcanic Nasudake, with well-loved hot spring...

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Just north from Tokyo, Nikko makes for an ideal day trip away from bustling city-life and is well-known for its...

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Niseko on the northernmost island of Hokkaido is Japan's premier skiing destination. As well as having some of the most...

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Noto Peninsula

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If you want to get well off the beaten track, the Noto Peninsula is for you. Along the 200km coastal...

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Nyuto Onsen

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Seekers of the finest hot springs in Japan invariably have Nyuto Onsen in their top three. For three hundred years...

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When one hears of Japan, the images that first spring to mind sit in complete contrast to the bright white...

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Osaka locals have their own dialect and are perhaps a bit brasher than Tokyo-ites, so a visit here is bound...

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Sapporo is the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. It is an area the size of Scotland,...

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Sendai itself is a pleasant modern city and makes a great base for exploration of the Tohoku region. While visiting...

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The charming hamlet of Shirakawago lies within one of Japan’s most picturesque spots in the Gifu region, where feudal ‘shōguns’ and ‘samurai’...

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This small traditional mountain town is a favourite amongst Japanese and western visitors alike. Its fine late 17th century charm...

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The Kumano Kodo

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While the ancient pilgrimage route ‘The Kumano Kodo’ hovers relatively under the radar on an international scale, it is well-renowned...

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The ultimate metropolis, Tokyo is one of the world's most exciting and vibrant cities. While the sheer size and energy...

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A favourite of Japanese tourists but rarely visited by Westerners, Tsuwano is a great day trip from Hiroshima. En route...

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Yaeyama Islands

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At the southernmost end of the 1,000 km Okinawa island chain lie the beautiful Yaeyama Islands with their picturesque turquoise...

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Yakushima island lies just off the southern tip of Kyushu, but has an entirely different rainy climate that has led...

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If visiting the Japan Alps in the winter months then the snow monkeys are a must see, and even in...

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