Japan Trip

5 Japanese Hotels with Amazing Views

Japan has a wealth of great scenery; both natural and man-made. We've picked 5 hotels that show you the best of Japan from the comfort of your room.

Nara – A Brief Guide

1300 years ago Nara was the capital of Japan, and was the birthplace for much of Japan's modern culture. Nara has some of the oldest temples and shrines in the world, spread over a small area so is well worth...

How to Read Japanese Writing: Katakana

Learning to read Japanese fluently takes years of practice, but this brief guide introduces the katakana writing system. The characters in this system represent different sounds and being able to translate...

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Nagasaki – A Brief Guide

Nagasaki is famous for being the target of the second atomic bombing, but also has a rich history as one of the few ports to allow western trade with Japan.

Sapporo – A Brief Guide

Sapporo is the main city in Hokkaido and is known for its lively nightlife and vibrant festivals. Sapporo has some of the best cuisine outside of Tokyo, and the best skiing and winter sports in Japan.

Beach in Okinawa| © Ricardo Manguel via Flickr

Okinawa Prefecture – An Overview

This string of tropical islands off Japan's southern tip are home to some of the best beaches and dive spots in the whole country. There's also unspoilt rainforests, welcoming locals, unique culture and great food.

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