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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 […]

Out of the Closet – a New Japan?

Out of the Closet – a New Japan?

For many LGBT travelers, a primary concern is the reception they’ll receive in a country whose culture and customs are unfamiliar to them, and Japan is no exception. Like most countries, a combination of history and religion shapes Japan’s unique relationship with gender and sexuality, but times are changing. In modern Japan, the focus is […]

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 […]

Remote Lands’ Dozen Dream Destinations 2017

Remote Lands’ Dozen Dream Destinations 2017

Well, it’s that time of year once again. We’re back with some of Asia’s most exciting destinations for the coming 12 months, places that are guaranteed to awaken your adventurous spirit and leave you mesmerized by the planet’s beauty, diversity and fascination. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting, undiscovered and jaw-dropping locations from […]

Many destinations, one private jet

Many destinations, one private jet

The world of luxury travel is evolving, and demand for access to ever more exotic and far-flung places is growing. To cater to travelers looking to combine a number of difficult-to-reach destinations, and get all the flexibility of private guides, Remote Lands has designed two unique shared experiences. These trips are a chance to enjoy […]

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. […]

“Tastes Like Home” – The Comfort Foods of Asia

“Tastes Like Home” – The Comfort Foods of Asia

It’s an individual choice – that dish you crave when you’ve been away from home for too long. Or the food you hanker after when you’ve had a long day, or when the weather turns colder. Comfort food, the cuisine nearest and dearest to our hearts, varies from nation to nation and even city to […]

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