Japan

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Japan, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Conrad Hotel, Osaka

In a city which is all about business and a tad short on glamour, the Conrad Osaka is an oasis, adding the dose of cosmopolitan elan one expects from establishments in Hilton’s top tier.

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Getting into Hot Water in Kyushu Japan

The seismic activity means that there are hot springs everywhere, greatly prized for their medicinal properties by the Japanese, offering treatment for diverse ailments such as anaemia, poor blood circulation, and liver trouble.

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Hiroshima and the Setouchi Region

It’s dusk as I make my way down to the Motoyasu River to see the iconic Genbaku Dome, the shell of the Industrial Promotion Hall, preserved exactly as it was left after the blast.

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The Road to Paradise on Mount Tateyama

In the town of Tateyama, around 400km North West of Tokyo, blindfolded women walk to paradise during the sacred ritual of Nunobashi Kanjoe.

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HOSHINOYA Fuji Hotel Glamping Resort

The HOSHINOYA Fuji Hotel is not so much a glamping experience as we know it in the west, more of a luxury rustic retreat in a delicious red pine forest.

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Exploring Honshu beyond Tokyo

The colourful chaos that is Tokyo with its high rises, nightlife and neon is stuff of legend, but no more than an hour outside of the city, Japan’s countryside is another world entirely. Andy Mossack goes exploring Honshu beyond Tokyo.

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