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  • When’s the best time to visit Japan?

    When's the best time to visit Japan? Every month, our Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist Amy Tadehara brings us insider knowledge on how to access semi-impenetrable experiences, avoid crowds, and find hidden delights well away from those tourist-worn pathways. Amy’s extensive experience of Japan includes four years teaching English in Sendai, where she had the chance to truly become immersed in the country. This month, she’s letting us in on the secret of which is the perfect time of year to visit Japan. (more…)

  • 20 Reasons to Visit Japan in 2020 Part Two: Autumn

    Where are the Best Spots to Experience Japan in Autumn? Good question; everyone swoons when autumn in Japan explodes and its leaves burst into their fierce reds and golds – that’s a given. With a country so vast and diverse however, how the devil are you supposed to choose where you want to experience it? Japan is so huge that autumn even begins at different times across the country. To help you surmount this agonising conundrum and make the most of the season, we’ve shaken down our travel experts for their finest titbits of autumnal wisdom. (more…)

  • Responsible Travel in a Time of Overtourism

    How can we all do our bit on World Tourism Day?  In a week when the world’s oldest tour operator, Thomas Cook, has collapsed and Greta Thunberg has chastised world leaders at the UN climate summit in New York for failing to act on climate change, it has never been more necessary for tourism to consider how best to manage the impacts of its activities.  (more…)

  • Maneki-Neko: The Mysterious Waving Kitties of Japan

    Maneki-Neko: An Investigation   You’re browsing a flea market on a Sunday afternoon, dreamily sifting through limp cardboard boxes spilling over with one-armed barbie dolls, single ballet pumps and cracked china when, suddenly, you spot it. A golden cat, waving at you. (more…)

  • Alternatives to Rugby: Other things to do in 80 minutes in Japan

    If you’re heading out to Japan this month, chances are there’s only one thing on your mind. The Rugby World Cup kicks off in Tokyo on September 20th, and the excitement is palpable. Will the Brave Blossoms triumph on home soil? Will the All Blacks hold onto the top spot? But what if rugby mania is passing you by? For those amongst you that, *shock horror*, aren’t rugby fans or perhaps missed out on getting tickets to your top choice matches, don’t worry! The good news is you’re in Japan and there’s no shortage of weird and wonderful things to do and see to keep FOMO at bay. Here are our top tips from our team of Japan experts on alternative ways to fill 80 minutes of match time: Tokyo 1. Transcend boundaries at teamLab Borderless in Odaiba You can easily lose yourself for ...


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