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Seeking escape from summer heat at an embassy villa

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It’s no secret that coastal Japan is stiflingly hot and humid in summer. Those with the sense and wherewithal head for cooler climes. This was even more the case in the bygone days before air conditioning. Mountain lakes have long been known to be a great escape. In the late 19th and early… Read

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ANA security check-in cut-off time to be 20 minutes before departure at Haneda Airport for domestic flights

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that as of Dec 1, domestic passengers at Haneda Terminal 2 will need to pass through the security check point at least 20 minutes before departure time, after having checked in online and checking necessary baggage. ANA is enacting this policy to ensure its… Read

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10 'onsen' in Chubu where men and women can bathe together

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Chubu is a massive region in the middle of Japan that comprises nine prefectures. It is also home to Japan’s beloved active volcano, Mt Fuji. With so many prefectures packed into one region, you can find yourself lost in a sea of exciting things to do. But fear not, for one… Read

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Hyatt Regency Hotel opens in Jiading, Shanghai

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Hyatt has expanded its portfolio of hotels in China to the northwest of Shanghai, with the opening of the Hyatt Regency Shanghai Jiading. The Hyatt Regency Shanghai Jiading, designed by Tadao Ando and Super Potato, is adjacent to the Shanghai Poly Grand Theater, Yuanxiang Lake and Jiading Library. The location… Read

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Discovering Tottori’s Mount Daisen through its quirky community and food culture

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Tottori Prefecture may only have around half a million permanent residents, making it Japan’s least populated prefecture, but it’s scant population only makes its abundant culture and community all the more endearing. Mt Daisen looking down over the town Photo: LUCY DAYMAN Beyond its famous sand dunes, one of Tottori’s… Read

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Taking the 'lug' out of luggage with JTB’s new bag delivery service

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Created by official Tokyo 2020 Olympic sponsors JTB, Panasonic and Yamato Transport, Luggage-Free Travel is a service which aims to take the stress and worry out of a trip to Japan, making sure that tourists’ journey throughout the country is more convenient and enjoyable. The service aims to help travelers… Read

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5 of the coolest Studio Ghibli movie locations you can visit in Japan

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Though it does have its own theme park scheduled to come to life in Aichi Prefecture in four years time, Studio Ghibli is more than just the Japanese equivalent of Disney. With anime being one of the country’s biggest pop cultural exports, many expats and travelers will already have some… Read

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United Airlines launches corporate travel program

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United Airlines has launched United Corporate Preferred, a corporate travel program designed to offer travel benefits to the airline's most loyal business customers. A multi-level program, United Corporate Preferred offers escalating benefits at three levels, including United Corporate Preferred, United Corporate Preferred Plus and United Corporate Preferred Elite. Eligibility for… Read

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British Airways has new app for Executive Club members

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British Airways has launched a brand new app for members of its Executive Club. Members can use the app to discover new ways to collect and spend Avios, find new offers and see personalised ways to spend Avios based on the member’s Avios balance.  The Executive Club Reward app will… Read

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Philippine Airlines to begin flights between Manila and Sapporo

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Philippine Airlines will launch flights between Manila and Sapporo, Japan on Sept 10. Sapporo is known for its world-famous beer, delicious food, skiing and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival which features enormous ice sculptures. The six-hour thrice weekly non-stop service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with brand new… Read

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