How I ate my way through Japan’s northern-most island. Blessed with fertile hinterland and bitterly cold, crystal clear waters, Hokkaido is a food-lover’s paradise with fresh succulent seafood, abundant produce and some of the world’s sweetest and creamiest dairy products. I came to Hokkaido in search of a taste of nature’s bounty and to experience… Continue reading A Gastro-Tour of Hokkaido, Japan
Golden Gai is a hidden slice of retro cool and hole-in-the-wall bars located behind the neon lights of Shinjuku.
It is all so very kawaii the minute you get off the metro at Harajuku Station in Tokyo. This quirky part of town is home to all things cute and pink. Harajuku is most famous for its unique fashion and Lolita-dressed locals, but there is so much more to experience in this exciting part of… Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Harajuku
Come with us on a starry gourmet odyssey as we dine at some of the leading restaurants by celebrity chefs around the region. The Shining Stars in Japan Asia might have previously flown under the radars of the Western-centric judges behind the Michelin Guide, but their ‘inspectors’ have certainly been making up for lost time.… Continue reading A Gourmet Odyssey through Michelin Star Restaurants in Southeast Asia
By Explorer Gillian Birch – According to an ancient Japanese proverb, ‘He who does not climb Mount Fuji is a fool, but he who climbs Mount Fuji twice is also a fool’. For many people, climbing Mount Fuji is a rite of passage and around 200,000 people take on the challenge each summer. Standing at 3776 metres… Continue reading Hiker’s Guide to Climbing Mount Fuji
There is something quite magical about visiting Disneyland. For kids but honestly, it brings out the kid in us grown ups too with all the amusement park rides and when Mickey gives you a hug. In Asia, there are a few great theme parks well worth the trip on any family holidays where kids are… Continue reading Family Fun Asia: Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea
Japanese savoury cabbage-based grilled pancakes, dating back to the Edo period. Skewered deliciousness with serious no double-dipping etiquette. And a hipster's dream in Osaka.
We wanted to experience another side of Japan. We had overindulged in the heady consumerism of Tokyo and needed a break from that fast-paced city. And so it was decided: we’d spend one night in a traditional Japanese monastery in the hope of experiencing something simple; peaceful. About Mount Koya Mount Koya seemed like the… Continue reading A Night in a Monastery: Mount Koya, Japan
Where: Hilton Niseko Village in the Abuta District in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan Scene: Stunning, snow-capped scenery in the best ski spot in the world Niseko Village is THE ski destination. The Siberian winds and surrounding climate result in dry, fluffy snow – the perfect quality snow blankets a total of 2,191 acres of skiable… Continue reading Hotel Feature: Hilton Niseko Village, Hokkaido, Japan