Japan

    10 Must-See Holy Cities in Asia

    A holy city transcends mere religion or even spirituality. At its core, a venerable holy place provides magnificent insights into other cultures and traditions. Count these ten among the best of the best.

    Top 10 Izakayas in Tokyo

    In the food and drink department, Japan comes correct. No other country gets so niche when it comes to specific types of bars and restaurants. In a lot of other places you go for grub at one spot and go for drinks at another. Not so in the colossal capital of Japan, where the izakaya […]

    Our Favourite Secret Beaches in Asia Pacific

    While we’re well aware that entitling this post the way we did let’s the proverbial cat out of the bag, these ten truly remarkable beaches still have a clandestine quality about them. Even, we should add, as we extol their virtues to the world. From Southeast Asia to Western Australia, discover ten hidden gems well […]

    Yamayaki 2013

    The sum of Japan’s cultural festivals charms, bewilders and borders on absurdly excessive – in a very, very good way, of course. One perpetual fave, however, is the enigmatic, and fiery, festival of Yamayaki, which takes place every January on Mount Wakakusa in Nara. Take a look at the spectacle. You need to a flashplayer […]

    Best Dive Spots in Asia Pacific

    Strap on your scuba set and grab that underwater camera – we’re about to plunge into the top dive sites on the planet.

    10 Important Bird Areas in Asia Pacific

    This one is truly for the birds. Now, you can watch birds or you can watch birds. If you ever plan to undertake a second career as a birder (and it can feel like a second career for enthusiasts), you need to get with BirdLife International. The global network of conservation organisations publishes the popular […]

    Extraordinary Wildlife Refuges in Asia

    We yearn for Asia’s big, busy, brassy capitals but, once in a good while, we long for escape from the urban hustle bustle. This is where the continent’s extraordinary wildlife refuges come in. Discover ten of the very best.