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Japan: Watch the rugby unfold

The countdown is well underway for the arrival of the rugby in Japan next year. It is time to look ahead to 2019 when one of the world’s most exciting sporting tournaments will unfold on Japanese shores. The tournament is still almost a year away, but securing match tickets ahead of time and booking accommodation early is vital more »

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Quirky Japan

The birthplace of manga, anime and karaoke, Japan has a number of quirky cultural exports that are now popular worldwide. Here are a few of the weird and wonderful crazes to hail from Japanese pop culture… 1. Manga and anime Manga are popular comics across Japan and are read by people of all ages, both male more »

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Top 6 places to visit in Tokyo

Constantly changing and confronting normality, Tokyo is the world’s ultimate metropolis and will impress, confuse and amaze even the most seasoned of travellers. We would recommend having at least one full day with a guide to get you started. With no real centre, Tokyo is made up of distinct smaller districts that have real substance and more »

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A walk back in time along the Nakasendo Path

Japan, also known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, is known for many things, from mouth-watering sushi, intriguing teahouses and lightning speed trains to ultra modern cities, ancient ryokans and extraordinary temples. Yet, it is Japan’s fantastic hiking that has caught our attention. Head of Asia Product, Kate, steps back in time on one more »

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Beat the heat

As much as we’re loving the hot weather that has taken hold of the UK, we can’t help but find ourselves dreaming of somewhere a little cooler. While office air-con units across the country struggle to combat these remarkable temperatures day after day, some of the coldest spots on the planet begin to seem quite more »

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Japan in pictures

Seamlessly blending past and present (and even future, with its innovative use of technology), Japan can feel both comfortably familiar and endlessly surprising at the same time. It is this ‘surprise’ element that makes it all the more captivating for photographers – amateur or otherwise. Stepping out in search of one of the beautiful temples more »

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