Japan

Powder skiing in Hakuba, Japan

Your guide to Japan’s Hakuba Valley Ski Resorts

Hakuba Valley is a sprawling ski area, home to 10 resorts and varied, quality terrain. Here is how best to experience it.

Tokyo districts

Neighbourhoods to watch: our guide to the trendiest Tokyo districts

Tokyo can be daunting to visit until you get to know its districts, each with its own distinct vibe and offerings. Here are six we love.

Japan new featured

What to know for your next trip to Japan

With further restrictions being lifted, there’s never been a better time to plan visiting Japan. But what’s new and noteworthy?

Koyasan, Wakayama prefecture, Kansai. Photo by Samuel Berner on Unsplash

Why there’s no real off-season to travel to Japan

Ditch the skis for summer hiking in Hokkaido, swap the cherry blossom crowds for coastal getaways, and even onsen hopping in autumn.

The streets of Kinosaki

More than Kyoto: a trip to Northern Kansai region

Discover the beauty and hidden treasures of traditional Japan beyond the ‘golden route’.

Spring skiing: A journey through the untouched beauty of Tohoku’s Akita and Iwate Prefectures

Japan’s parks transform to a bubblegum pink while the snow is still soft and powdery in northern Honshu.

Mount Hakkoda Japan

Spring skiing: Traversing Japan’s rugged north, Aomori

Start at Hakkoda Ski Area and then wind your way through Aomori’s best cherry blossom spots.

Okinawa Japan

13 reasons why Okinawa is Japan’s hottest travel destination

The tiny stretch of islands contains stunning beaches, heady jungle, gastronomic delights and some of the oldest living people in the world. We bet you didn’t know that Japan could look like this.

Tokyo is waiting for you… Your ultimate guide to the Japanese capital

The Vacations & Travel Ultimate Guide to Tokyo is an interactive and immersive compendium bringing you everything you need to know about the Japanese capital.

Tokyo Toilets

Awkward or awesome? Why Tokyo’s fancy new public toilets are see-through

These two Tokyo toilets left foreigners scratching their heads until they stepped inside. Then it suddenly made sense.

Gifu prefecture food

Edible art: 5 foods to make you fall in love with Gifu Prefecture Japan

Not far from Tokyo, Gifu Prefecture is foodie heaven. From the perfect ramen to grilled rice cake, these are the dishes you need to try in Gifu.

Kenrokuen Garden

The top 13 things to do in Nagano and Ishikawa Prefectures

Japan’s Nagano and Ishikawa Prefectures are a wonderful destination for those interested in regal mountain scenery, fine architecture, rich cultural history dating back centuries, and a burgeoning food and arts scene.