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Finding the sublime in Tokushima

On first glance, Tokushima City, located on Japan’s Shikoku island seems a typical Japanese city: clean streets, a mix of high rise modern buildings and quaint traditional houses further at the edges, leading up...

Afternoon Tea at the St Regis, Osaka

The St Regis hotels almost needs no introduction if you've seen the right Hollywood movies but as we don't have any in Australia and there's only one in Japan, I was definitely curious to...

The case for ryokans

The word ryokan - meaning ‘traditional Japanese inn’ - is a word that pops up quite frequently when talking about Japanese travel, often associated with 'traditional' cities like Kyoto. While you can probably find...

Dinner buffet at NOKA Roast and Grill, Intercontinental Osaka

In all my buffet-eating experiences - on cruise ships, in RSL clubs, school camps and the like, I’ve always found that they tend to lure you in with the spectacle of plenty - plates...

Hidden Gems of Okayama, Japan

Located between Hiroshima and Osaka, the Okayama Prefecture is a peaceful, mountainous region in Japan that I hadn't really paid attention to in the past, but wound up surprising me in the best way.  Don't...

Why you should visit Onomichi, Hiroshima

The typical ideal travel itinerary in Japan seems to occupy one of two types of experiences: the bustling modern concrete jungle of Tokyo or Osaka, or a temple-filled 'traditional' experience full of tea ceremony...

The Happiest Place on Earth for Sake Lovers: Saijo & Takehara

Saijo Sake Festival The happiest place on earth is loud, crowded and just a little bit gross, but it's something worth experiencing for sure.  Picture this: all the sake available from all over Japan, meaning over...

Wanda Reign on the Bund – a Seven Star Luxury Landmark in Shanghai

Although there is no unified international classification system standardising the rating, ‘seven-star' is used to recognise the ultra-luxurious amenities and world-class service of world’s top hotels.  We were lucky enough to spend nights at...

Shang Palace, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most vibrant international cities with a melting pot of traditions and customs, a sign of its Chinese and colonial past. While its cultural diversity can be seen...

Shanghai Sundays: Champagne Brunch at The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

One of the most beautiful areas of Shanghai, is Xintiandi just next to the French Concession precinct. This leafy green area is home to gorgeous old buildings that line the streets, with their classic...

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