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How’s Your Yōkai Today?

How’s Your Yōkai Today?

Japanese history is steeped in legendary myths and folklore that, even to this day, creep into and shape modern life and culture throughout the country. Among them are yōkai, mischievous mythological beings that for centuries were believed to be the cause of everyday misfortunes and incidents. Did you trip over your own feet today? Did […]

Culture and Etiquette of a Travel Frontier: Understanding Japan

Culture and Etiquette of a Travel Frontier: Understanding Japan

When we close our eyes and envisage Japan, what springs to mind? The bustling Harajuku district of Tokyo? Shinto shrines and bamboo forests? Perhaps delicately prepared sushi, or the majestic outline of Mount Fuji. It is likely though, that the customs of this fascinating culture remain something of a mystery to most travelers. Japan is […]

Natural Wonder in Japan – Exploring Eastern Shikoku Island

Natural Wonder in Japan – Exploring Eastern Shikoku Island

Located on the eastern side of Shikoku Island, Tokushima is home to some of the best natural wonders in Japan, and it is a place I have long wanted to explore.     I took a ferry from Naoshima Island to Takamatsu and then drove on to Mima City. Mima is famous for its remarkably […]

Beyond Niseko: Japan’s Secret Ski Resorts

Beyond Niseko: Japan’s Secret Ski Resorts

Japan has been steadily gathering attention as a go-to ski destination for snow-lovers, and top on the list for most aficionados is Niseko. On Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, this powder paradise is hugely popular among skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, thanks to its great range of runs for beginners and professionals, plus excellent […]

New Japan Adventures – Discovering Southern Kyushu and Sacred Yakushima Island

New Japan Adventures – Discovering Southern Kyushu and Sacred Yakushima Island

In my perpetual quest to find ever more fantastic remote destinations, I went to Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island of her four main islands, in February 2016. Numerous Remote Lands clients are going back to Japan for the second or third or fourth trips, and they seek ever more off-the-beaten-path places where few other tourists venture. […]

Cycling through Japan

Cycling through Japan

One of the best ways to explore of Japan is on two wheels: hopping aboard a bicycle and pedalling your way through the gorgeous countryside, hidden gems and golden coastlines of this beautiful country. This active, family-friendly holiday lets you weave off the beaten tourist path – while allowing you to guiltlessly indulge in all […]

Asia with kids

Asia with kids

Traveling with the kids, whether they’re tiny tots or troublesome teens, can be fraught with hassle: there’s so much to consider, from getting the right vaccinations to packing all the essentials. But, it’s worth it: nothing is more edifying for young minds and more bonding for a family than exploring new places together, and for […]

Asia’s Best Food Destinations

Asia’s Best Food Destinations

From quaint sidewalk stalls and hip eateries to the rarefied ambiance of Michelin-starred restaurants, Asia’s epicurean offerings are as delightful and varied as its spectacular geography. Market visits and cooking classes pop up in our itineraries regularly, and for good reason – the procuring, making and sharing of meals is at the very heart of […]

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