Japan

Japan is a country marked by spectacular natural beauty, gracious hospitality and rich artistic heritage. Cities are a wonderland of gleaming skyscrapers, groundbreaking technology and frenetic pace of life whereas the countryside hums along with its rustic lifestyles and time-honored traditions.

GREAT FOR

Culture, History, Nature, Food, Shopping and Technology

WHEN TO GO

An archipelagic nation that stretches over 3,000km from north to south, travel to Japan can be made year-round throughout its four distinct seasons. A popular time to visit is the cherry blossom season in March and April. Summer is ideal for hitting the mountaintop ski resorts of Hokkaido; autumn is great for chrysanthemum shows and maple viewing; while year-end is a good time to visit Kyushu and Okinawa for their warmer and milder winters.

Go Ahead, Start Planning Your Next Trip to Japan

The emergency decree is ending and coronavirus cases in Japan are waning, so naturally we’ve started to plan our next trip.

What Lockdown Looks Like for 10 People Around the Globe

Apart, but somehow not alone. Here’s what lockdown looks like for 10 people across the globe.

8 Off-The-Wall Family Trip Experiences

Mix things up on your next family trip with activities that get the imagination—and the adrenaline— flowing.

Hotels for Cool Kids

Family stays can be stylish too—these new and refurbished hotels, resorts and villas let you go glam with the fam.

The T+L Guide to Japanese Wine

Japanese viticulture might seem new and strange, but Koshu grape-cultivation has been around for centuries. We take a tasting tour of a wine country you’ve probably never considered.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Most Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Around the World

We may all be stuck indoors, but, thanks to Google Earth, we can still experience the dreamy pink trees from our couches.

Kyoto: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

A cheat sheet to the newest hotels and restaurants in the imperial city.

10 of the Most Colorful Places in Asia

Happier days are ahead! For now, virtually escape to these 10 cheerful places.

These are the Most Absurdly Delicious Dishes We’ve Eaten Recently

Quarantining has the T+L staff daydreaming of many things (social interaction?) but especially these dishes.

Experience Next-Level Comfort with Oakwood

An alternative to mainstream hotels, serviced apartments offer more space, in-room facilities and privacy.

Here’s How to Gear Up for the Olympics in Tokyo

The best way to gear up for the Tokyo Olympics? Three days of intensive training in sport and culture. Just keep your gloves on.

This Luxe Tokyo Hotel Combines Culture with Modern-Day Style

New to Tokyo’s buzzing hotel scene, TRUNK(HOUSE) is a modern-day “salon”—an exclusive, residential-style hub for sophisticated travelers who appreciate culture and luxury.

Here’s Another Reason Why You Should Go to Hokkaido (As If You Really Needed Another)

Portom International Hokkaido is about to open up, and it’s the perfect, most luxurious base to explore Japan’s northern-most island.

One of Japan’s Most Trusted Hospitality Experts Just Launched a New High-End Hotel Brand

You probably know JR Kyushu for their trains, but the group’s new hotel brand THE BLOSSOM is going to make waves in Japan’s hospitality industry.

Take a breath of fresh air amid centuries-old life in timeless Kyoto

Don’t get us started on the zen of Japan’s ancient capital: from the towering trees to the handcrafted everything, the sense of tradition here slows the heart rate. Culinary-focused Park Hyatt Kyoto brings a new retreat— and sundry feasts— for all the senses.

Wonderland on top of the world in ski paradise Hokkaido

With the famed ‘Niseko Express’ refreshing plentiful powder daily, Japan’s winter capital is on every downhiller’s list. Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono brings serene sophistication, exceptional dining experiences and their signature service to this resort town—which has plenty of summer draws, too.

Where to go 2020

Twenty places to visit this year, including the majestic Hunza Valley, Bangkok for those with an appetite, and a new-look Kyoto.

Park Hyatt Kyoto

If it’s authenticity you seek in Japan’s ancient capital, a low-rise beauty wrapped around Kyoyamato, a kaiseki restaurant run by the same family since 1877, is where you want to lay your head.

Trunk(House)

Matching traditional tatami floors, a genkan-style entryway and a hinoki-wood bathtub with Charles Eames furnishings and Noguchi lights, this one-room boutique stay is a designer’s daydream.

Textura

Spain meets Sichuan in Tokyo’s central business district, where chef Hirofumi Saito opened Textura earlier this year.

Sushi Shin by Miyakawa

The first Tokyo outpost of Hokkaido’s Michelin three-starred Sushi Miyakawa has touched down in the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.

Hotel Okura Tokyo

After a three-year, 110-billion-yen renovation, Tokyo’s grandest of dames is back looking as elegant as ever before—intentionally.

Making magical at Tempura Tarojiro.

This Is How To Eat Your Way Through Osaka

How can you not love a city where they revere their culinary traditions high and low as much as they warmly welcome visitors from near and far? Stephanie Zubiri makes a whirlwind gustatory visit to Osaka that takes in a temple to world-famous Japanese beef and a bar themed on cannel mackerel.

The New Aman in Kyoto is Just as Serene as You’d Expect

Set in old forest amid history-laden north Kyoto, a new Aman wants you to do little more than wander, contemplate and explore both its own vast grounds and the neighborhood it calls home.

We Went to Japan For A Citrus-Focused Tour

Squeezed into whisky or steeped in a bath— Japanese citrus works its magic on us.

Japan’s Sado Island Is a Trip Back to the Country’s Golden Age

Off the west coast of Japan, Adam H. Graham visits Sado Island seeking an immersion in the nation’s golden age, and discovers a shingle-roofed, pine-ridged, Midcentury time capsule.

Change is Brewing: The Women Who Are Transforming Asia’s Craft Beer Industry

Craft beer isn’t the sole domain of men anymore. Across Asia, trailblazing female brewers are transforming the industry.

Shopping in Tokyo with Fashion Designer Tomo Koizumi

Fashion designer Tomo Koizumi pauses from his breakout year to share some of his favorite places to shop in the Japanese capital, stops that inspire him every day.

3 Reasons to Travel in August

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

ANGLO JAPANESE BEER (ABJ)

Co-founder Livesey and company take a traditional German gose (a salty/sour beer) and mix in sake ingredients and local peach to create a distinctly Japanese beer rooted in German traditions.

6 Craft Breweries in Asia Worth Checking Out

Asia’s craft suds scene keeps getting better. Craig Sauers checks in with six exciting breweries using local flavors and ingredients to push beer boundaries.

Winter Warmers in Hokkaido

Japan’s most northerly island isn’t just for thrill-seekers. Julian Ryall bypasses the ski slopes for three distinct tastes of the prefecture’s best booze.

Shishi-Iwa House in Nagano is an Architecture Buff’s Dream

On the way to Nagano and far from the metropolis that is Tokyo, there’s a new address that’s meant to stir your creative juices. At the very least, it will calm your day.

Bella Vista Spa and Marina Hotel Onomichi

From the owners of Setouchi Seaplanes and luxury cruise ship Guntû, this superbly located resort overlooking the Seto Sea regales its guests with the wonders of the great outdoors.

Marriott Moxy Honmachi, Osaka

Marriott hits a millennial home run with this new 155-room Moxy property, which opened last year. The hotel occupies a former 11-story undergarment warehouse in Osaka’s shabby-chic Honmachi district, minutes away from the station and chock-a-block with izakaya and kushikatsu joints.

Fufu Kawaguchiko

Opened last autumn, this elegant 32-room newcomer overlooks Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi Prefecture, just two hours from Tokyo.

These 6 Design Hotels Are Millennial-Approved

Low-budget, high-design, next-gen hotels have begun to sweep Asia, an on-trend fit for digital nomads, flashpackers and aesthetes alike.

Inside Tokyo’s Hidden Restaurants

It takes an expert to find some of Tokyo’s finest restaurants, which is why we asked photographer Shinsuke Matsukawa to take us on a visual tour of covert izakayas and tempura speakeasies.

The 6 Best Hotels to Celebrate A Special Occasion

From a former royal guesthouse to a room with sweeping Mount Fuji views, these intimate, extravagant and picturesque resorts are just the spots to celebrate those once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Japan’s first “dispersed” hotel encourages guests to stroll Kyoto

A night in a ryokan is already a singular experience, but a new, unconventional accommodation concept in Kyoto provides a stay that’s truly immersive.

8 Creative Hotels For Digital Nomads

With designer digs and creative spaces, a new crop of hotels is making it easier than ever to ditch the nine-to-five and embrace the digital nomad lifestyle.

5 Unforgettable Dishes You Have to Try

Whether they’re served in a bar, a humble street restaurant or a Michelin-worthy gastronomic temple, some specialties are worth seeking out no matter where in the world they may be.

Hotel Chinzanso

The surrounding Chinzanso Garden has 20 varieties of sakura trees and a 1,000-year-old pagoda.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo

For more than a century, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo has been a meeting place for the world’s glamorous and powerful.

Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Located in the stylish Shinjuku neighborhood, Hyatt Regency Tokyo is a short walk from the serene Meiji Shrine, as well as the more earthly delights of the fashion-forward Shibuya area.