Accommodation

Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

  Sit back. Relax. Let’s ride to the spa. Kobe Minato Onsen is a luxury contemporary ryokan and natural hot spring, just five minutes from the heart of Kobe city centre. Located in a prime location, overlooking Kobe’s famous Harbourland, the hotel offers extensive, spa, health, dining, pool, sporting, yoga, personal training and relaxation facilities. Not only for guests but to those taking advantage of its Day Spa – which we indulged in. Included within…

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Period Charms of Aburaya Ryokan, Takahashi

Period Charms of Aburaya Ryokan, Takahashi

Aburaya ryokan can be found in Takahashi – a small city in Okayama Prefecture, towards the southern end of the main island Honshu. Nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains, Takahashi is often used as a base for those visiting the nearby Bitchū Matsuyama Castle. We were here mid-winter, in early January, as an overnight stop before heading up Mount Gagyu early the following morning to explore Bitchū Matsuyama Castle – Japan’s highest castle.  …

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12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

  There are hundreds of reasons why Japan is a tourist paradise. And they go beyond the robots, geisha and neon lights we’re used to seeing in the media. Not that there’s anything wrong with robots, geisha or neon lights of course. ;-) Whether you’re staying in a hotel or a traditional ryokan, catching a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyushu or jumping on a long-distance bus, eating out in a high-end restaurant or a…

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How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

How To Stay In A Decent Cheap Hotel In Tokyo

    Isn’t Japan Prohibitively Expensive? Is there such a thing as a cheap hotel in Tokyo? One of the most common, recurring myths about Japan is that it is prohibitively expensive. So expensive in fact that, as much as you’d love to go there, you’re simply not sure you can afford to go for any decent amount of time. Whilst it’s true that travelling in Japan isn’t likely to be the cheapest trip you’ll…

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The Best Way to Experience The Real Japan? – Stay In A Ryokan

The Best Way to Experience The Real Japan? – Stay In A Ryokan

You must stay in a ryokan! There are many things you can do, and experience, in the land of the rising sun that will get you closer to and give you a feel for The Real Japan. But, for me, there is one experience that stands above all others in delivering that enigmatic essence of feeling like you’ve really felt and experienced The Real Japan. What is it? To experience The Real Japan you must…

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How To Plan A Trip To Japan In Just 4 Steps!

How To Plan A Trip To Japan In Just 4 Steps!

Planning a trip to Japan should be exciting! But it can also be daunting and the options for what to do potentially overwhelming. To help you get started, I’ve compiled 4 steps, in the form of key questions you should think about and answer. These will help you determine where to go, how long to go for, what to see and do and how to manage when you are there. This is only the first…

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