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Japan’s Top 2020 Festivals

Tokyo is preparing for the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer. With that there will be a record numbe of tourists from around the world visiting Japan in 2020. Despite the high number of tourists heading to Japan, Japanese matsuri, or festivals, offer travelers an opportunity to escape the crowds and experience Japan’s rich cultural heritage alongside locals. A number of the country’s top matsuri will take place over the summer, allowing travelers heading to Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games an opportunity to experience Japanese traditions while traveling outside of Tokyo. Hifuri Kamakura Festival,...

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Unique Accommodations in Japan

Where to stay in Japan has become infinitely more interesting recently with a growing range of unique accommodations. From temples steeped in history, to renowned art installations doubling as hotels, the country’s lodging offerings extend much farther than conventional hotels, resorts and even the ubiquitous and wonderful traditional Ryokan inns. Travelers throughout the country can now stay at a selection of unusual overnight alternatives and immerse themselves in Japan’s unparalleled culture, tradition and innovation. Terahaku (Temple Stays) Launched on July 18, 2018, the new Terahaku project (meaning “temple stay”) allows travelers to look for, view and book stays at temples online through a...

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The Luxe Side of Japan: Exploring The Palace Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo is one of the most elegant, refined cities in the world, and the appreciation of true luxury is shown throughout the city in its cuisine, architecture and fashion. Know for its natural beauty, history, entertainment and expansive food and drink options, Tokyo is a must for any world traveler. I had the pleasure of living in Tokyo for three months in 2013 and gained valuable insight to the city of many delights. Upon exploring, I discovered one of the most notable accommodations in the city,  The Palace Hotel Tokyo. Formerly an iconic 60s hotel, the historic property has...

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