Category: Travel

Zekkei’s guide to Niseko 2020

This winter is poised to be the most happening in Niseko yet. With a variety of new vacation rentals welcoming their first guests, exciting expansions of visitor facilities and recent enhancements of premium services, here we take a closer look at what to expect the next time you step foot on Hokkaido's alpine wonderland. Hirafu main street [...]
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Building your own wellness retreat to Ubud, Bali? We round up a few must-dos

In the center of Bali is a popular art village that is Ubud, a scenic tourist charmer that health nuts and luxury seekers alike come to relax, cleanse and heal. Just an hour away from the party central down south, Ubud offers a different type of travel, one that doesn’t rush you through all the [...]
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Nozawaonsen is the up-and-coming Japan destination you should check out soon

On our ever-growing list of must-visit travel destinations, Niseko and Koh Samui are among the tried and true gems, while there are always new, lesser-known hotspots emerging. 21 years since the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano has secured its reputation as a premier winter sports destination. While Hakuba is already firmly on our radar for a [...]
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9 beautiful day trip destinations in Hokkaido

Visitng Hokkaido this summer? The largest and northernmost prefecture in Japan offers a rich variety of landscapes. It takes time to get to these beautiful places — but the payoff is well worth it. Based in Furano Tokachi Millennium Forest Forest Garden If there is one place you really get to know in Hokkaido, it [...]
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7 wellness retreats for every type of self-care vacation

Time to let go of our daily stressors… Travel is as much self-indulgence as it is self-care. Away from routines and buzzing phones, a few days of nap-inducing massage, physical exercise, plenaty of sun and healthy eating is just what the doctor ordered. Start packing and book the ultimate health and wellness vacation to rejuvenate [...]
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4 family-fun things do to in Furano this summer

Summer is almost here, which means it is time to start planning our vacation. First on our wish list is to soak up the sum in Hokkaido, again (I know), because there is something about the access to nature and the irresistible food that being on the gorgeous wild northern island will bring. To families who [...]
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The ultimate Hakuba summer bucket list

Step outside the city and a different world unfolds. Cheers to Japan’s great outdoors. A morning’s commute (a 100-minute bullet train ride and another hour’s drive) leaves behind Tokyo’s overpacked humanity to the scenic resort town of Hakuba. It was the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano that put Hakuba Valley on the map as a [...]
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Choosing your Phuket beaches: One for every mood

Phuket is a little piece of paradise blessed with a good mix of developed beaches popular with visitors, and also a few hidden gems where you can almost, briefly, be alone. Since 2014 when the government closed down most businesses on the west coast - due to them unspoiled beaches, bays and coves being too [...]
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Sri Lanka itinerary: Make the most of the island in 10 days

The ancient sites, scenic routes and serene beach... this 10-day itinerary helps you make sure you don't miss any of the recommended highlights of a trip to Sri Lanka. Traveling in Sri Lanka, you realize it is a resplendent island with a diverse landscape and experiences. We will begin near the airport for a mini [...]
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Discover Furano, Hokkaido’s winter hidden gem

There is no “perfect” or “the best” winter destination as such, while there are best ones for you. Though less known for skiing than Niseko, Furano is preferred by some seasoned Japan-bound skiers as there is more fresh powder minus the crowd. Some international skiers also believe Furano offers more Japanese culture while Niseko feels [...]
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Where to eat in Niseko? 7 new restaurants to try in 2019

Niseko is pulling in not just the best of traditional Japanese, but also of France, Spain, and many more. There is always a new restaurant or (sushi) bar popping up in Niseko. These hottest newcomers are our favorite places to eat in Hirafu (and around) right now. RELATED: FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN NISEKO YOU NEED TO [...]
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Where to stay in Koh Samui: Guide to choosing your beach

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5 Fun Festivals To See in Hokkaido Summer 2019

Japan has a new emperor and a new imperial era, and do we look forward to those new colors and looks in the streets and dashi festival carts this year! One would imagine we have quite a travel bucket list, as we plan other people's vacations for a living, after all. We daydream and talk [...]
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5 modern hotels in Niseko you should book ahead for winter

Ah, Niseko. There is no skiing like it. Hirafu is our favorite village in the ski town, a great jumping off point for exploring some of the world’s best powder, and the resort-esqe way of life that is synonymous with Niseko. When it comes to planning a ski trip to the popular destination, many like [...]
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Where to eat in Hakuba? Top restaurants to try in 2019

There are a wide range of Hakuba restaurants and bars in Happo and Wadano. No doubt you may have heard good things about the food scene in Japan. The country is home to some of the pickiest eaters in the world. Our favorite destination in the Japanese Alps Hakuba produces an impressive array of cuisines [...]
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Where to eat in Whistler? Top restaurants to try in 2019

If you love the Whistler outdoors as much as we do, you are probably going to get hungry at some point. Here is your essential guide to restaurants, whether you are looking for a quick meal after a long day of skiing, a romantic celebration or a luxurious fine dining experience. Keep it safe because [...]
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Fine dining in Niseko? Top restaurants to try in 2019

here is a guide that should give you a fair selection to work with. Whether for a special occasion or a regular treat-yourself Tuesday, splurge at the best fine dining restaurants in Niseko, Japan's #1 snow resort. DETAILED GUIDE TO EATING OUT IN NISEKO, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN SOMOZAHanazonoOpen 1200-1600, 1800-2200 daily Lovers of Japanese crafts, artistic [...]
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Where to eat in Kutchan? Top restaurants to try in 2019

If you were wondering where to spend your time in Niseko for the food, here is a guide that should give you a fair selection to work with. Whether you are craving sushi of the very traditional kind, or entertaining guests for an exclusive experience off the beaten track, Japan's #1 snow resort of Niseko [...]
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Niseko summer 2019: a family fun checklist

See how many you can cross out before school year begins. Sunny days, grilling out, s’mores bonfire at dusk... We want each summer with the kids to be more memorable than the last, and with that comes the need for a few new ideas every season. The kids helped us brainstorm (not before suggesting a [...]
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10 hot spring baths in Niseko you shouldn’t miss

Flakes fall around you. Steam drifts into the air. Try one of these onsen baths where you can bathe among Hokkaido’s nature. The heat of the mineral-rich, geothermal water is believed to cure aches and stimulateinitiate deep healing. Although the measurable effectiveness is not quite yet proven or understood, we don’t really need more reason [...]
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