Our Japan travel blog

Over the years the Original Travel team has been to Japan a number of times. We pride ourselves on our unparalleled knowledge of the destinations we send our clients, so take a look at what our very own Original Travellers have to say about Japan in our travel blogs:

A Room With A View

We may have shamelessly stolen E.M. Forster's title but fear not, we're not embarking upon a literary critique of 20th Century English society (that's next week). We've instead been pondering the very best views from some simply spectacular hotel rooms across the planet… a guaranteed bestseller, you'll agree. And whether you're jetting off in search of a great holiday adventure or simply looking forward to some much deserved R&R, nothing says 'holiday' quite like luxuriating in the new surroundings of your hotel room and gazing out on the scenery you'll soon be exploring. Our team of experts has scoured the globe one panoramic vista at a time (tough gig) and compiled a list of our very favourite spots…

Find Your Travel Tribe

Which Travel Tribe do you belong to? Perhaps you're a Gastronomic Globetrotter; you crave the delectable delights of the world's best foodie destinations. Or maybe you're a Lounger Lizard, chasing the sun around the globe one deck chair at a time. Or are you a Culture Vulture, enjoying nothing more than gnawing on the bones of the finest museums, galleries and theatres? Well, wonder not because the Original Travel Human Behavioural Studies Department (sounds dangerous) has come up with a truly groundbreaking survey (read: 45 second quiz) to delve into your inner psyche (with intensely scientific questions like 'what do you seek?' and 'who are you like?') so you can find your very own Travel Tribe. And once you've taken the quiz, here are a few of our favourite destinations...

Our Top Six Cities Around the World

When asked to picture their perfect holiday, many people's minds immediately hit the beach; warm white sand between the toes, sparkling azure waters and someone rather good-looking fanning you with a large palm leaf. And who are we to deny such glories? But here at Original Travel we're also partial to something a little more… rousing. That is to say we love a good city. Oh yes, we rub our hands together in veritable glee at the prospect of bustling markets, burgeoning foodie scenes, street art, botanical gardens, booming nightlife and incredible architecture. And whether you're in need of a short sharp hit of culture with a classic weekend city break or are exploring as part of a longer trip, we've got the inside track (and a network of concierge contacts), to ensure the ultimate city adventure…

Food Heaven in Japan

Think Japan, think geisha, shrines, samurai, karaoke, manga, bullet trains, neon lights, tea, sake, sushi, sashimi, tempura, tepanyaki, yakatori, miso, ramen, soba, udon... Foreign food is a huge part of why we travel, especially in Asia; to experience the authentic local specialities, flavours and associated customs. Despite the Japanese word for 'meal' directly translating as 'cooked rice', Japan certainly has a variety of cuisine on offer, and its huge number of Michelin starred restaurants can attest to its quality too. Here is my perfect food day in Japan, if time, geography and a full stomach did not hold me back!

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Your honeymoon is the most memorable trip of your lifetime, a holiday you'll reminisce on in years to come with fondness and happy memories. So understandably you'll want to pick the perfect destination. But in a world with so many beautiful countries, which one to choose? We've searched far and wide cherry-picking the very best destinations across Asia that verge on honeymoon heaven. Take your pick from our favourite countries for a honeymoon in Asia…

Happy Chinese New Year!

Clever, lively, flexible - no, we're not trying to simply flatter you into booking a holiday (do let us know if that would work, though), these are in fact three central traits attributed to those born in the Chinese calendar's Year of the Monkey. Ironic really, given the cerebral association, that there's so much confusion over the various suborders of primate (ape, monkey and prosimian, so Wikipedia tells us). Anyway, the advent of Chinese New Year brings not only a good excuse for a party but also another Year of the Monkey, which got us thinking about the best places on the planet to spot these cheeky beasties. And here's a few of our favourites…

The World on Sale

So what's up? It's more a question of what's down, and particularly against the Pound, thanks to a resurgent British economy. The rest will inevitably catch up (we're good sports like that) so the exchange rate bonanza won't last, but in the meantime there are bargains to be had. The World's on sale - get shopping!

Fourteen destinations for 2014

14 for '14? Sounds like a set of Mitchell Johnson's bowling figures from the recent Ashes debacle (one for the chaps there) but on this occasion referring to our predictions for the 14 destinations that are going to be big news in 2014.

Family Wildlife Holidays

Kids love different types of animals, here in the UK we have to go to the zoo to get up close to the weird and wonderful species around the world (don't get me wrong, a zoo always goes down very well) but what's better than choosing a destination for your family holiday where your kids can really experience these animals and take back great memories.

The Best Places to Get Lost and Try Something Different

From remote wildernesses to hectic metropolises, often one of the greatest experiences to have whilst travelling is to lose all sense of time and direction and get thoroughly caught up in your new surroundings. Enter one of our areas of expertise - unique holidays - and some of our absolute favourite places to get lost and try something different…

Top Holiday Destinations 2013

Discover our top luxury holiday destinations for 2013, ranging from the culturally rich Sudan to the glittering coastlines of Greece's Peloponnese…

80 Senses: #4 - Japanese Transport, The Rail System

Here's a radical notion - a rail system that works... It's nigh on impossible for an inhabitant of these fair islands to comprehend the radical notion of a rail system where trains (gasp) run on time, are clean (choke) and smooth running, and where you are given more than (hope you're sitting down) five minutes notice of which platform yours might arrive at.

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Mitja and Katarina Brus

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