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First Rosewood-branded hotel to open in Japan on Miyakojima

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Rosewood has signed a management agreement with Mitsubishi Estate to open the first Rosewood-branded hotel in Japan. Scheduled to open in 2024, the 55-villa Rosewood Miyakojima will be located on Mikayo Island in the Okinawan archipelago. Miyako Island and nearby isles offer miles of soft, white sand with endless vistas… Read

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Tracing the remains of the ancient Fujiko cult in Tokyo’s mini Mount Fujis

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Mount Fuji has always been regarded as a sacred mountain, but for much of their history, the Japanese have been content to admire the iconic peak from afar. The only people interested in actually climbing it were the mountain-loving followers of Shugendo, (修験道 "the way of self-discipline"), a sect of… Read

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Saga: Fun in the mud

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Saga is the smallest prefecture on the island of Kyushu, best known for its prized and pricey pottery. Located between the lively Nagasaki and Fukuoka, Saga’s attractions are refreshingly rural. Visitors are drawn to the picturesque natural landscape and hot springs dotted around the prefecture, safe knowing they’re unlikely to run into large crowds… Read

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Udo Shrine – origin myths in a cliff-side cave

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There are many reasons to visit Japan’s shrines. They are, of course, religious sites, often dedicated to particular guardian gods or to receiving prayers for particular purposes. The shrine structures themselves are often of architectural interest and many are located on sites of great natural beauty, often selected based on… Read

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IHG signs 3 hotels in Japan

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IHG has signed an agreement with Iwate Hotel & Resort Co Ltd to open or refurbish three hotels in Japan’s Appi region and badge them under IHG brands in December 2021. With more than 1,000 rooms joining IHG’s Japan portfolio across the ANA InterContinental, ANA Crowne Plaza and ANA Holiday… Read

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Make waves this summer with this ‘Mermaid Swim’ diving package in Amami Oshima

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Dive right in and get closer to the underwater world than ever before with this unique "Mermaid Swim" diving package from OCEANZ. Based in Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, OCEANZ is a diving school which specializes in skin diving (the act of diving and exploring the ocean without the use of any breathing… Read

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Sakura season is over; time for tulips at Osaka’s Expo Park

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Cherry blossom season came early this year, and it disappeared just as quickly. Everyone’s SNS feeds were full of white and pink petals for a few weeks, but their fleeting beauty is gone now… However, that’s not to say you have to forget about flower viewing completely until next spring.… Read

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ANA to introduce plastic-free meal trays

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) will become the first Japanese airline to introduce meal trays made from biodegradable materials. Composed of bagasse - the waste fiber created from pressing sugarcane - these biodegradable trays will further reduce ANA's carbon footprint. This is the latest in a long line of sustainability initiatives from ANA,… Read

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Japanese whisky tasting online: Suntory’s Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries now have remote tours

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Ever since the pandemic hit Japan last year, Suntory’s Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries have been closed to the public. That means their popular distillery tours have also been put on hold, but thanks to the Internet, the tours have taken a new form, and are now being offered online. This newfound… Read

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Why not a workation in the wilderness of Wakayama?

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Deep breaths. One foot in front of the other. I’m ascending a section of the Kumano  Kodo, a network of ancient roads that run through the mountains of Japan’s Kii  Peninsula. A canopy of cedars towers above me. The stones that comprise my path  have been worn smooth after centuries… Read

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