A winter visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

Jan 21, 2017

A winter visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

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As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than a winter escape. But if you’ve got more than beaches on your mind, there’s plenty of upside to ...

Accommodation plan fit for a queen

| Jan 19, 2017

Accommodation plan fit for a queen

For women feeling like they want to be treated like a queen, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is offering a Marie Antoinette-inspired accommodation plan through Feb. 26. The Marie Antoinette Luxury Nail Stay Plan, priced at ¥1 million (for two people), includes a night’s stay ...

Quality time for mothers, daughters

| Jan 12, 2017

Quality time for mothers, daughters

In order to make the happy occasion of starting spring more special as a university graduate, freshman or new worker, Tokyo Station Hotel is offering a mother-daughter “Spring Celebration” accommodation plan until April 28. This unique offer provides a private occasion for daughters to ...

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

Jan 7, 2017

The 'washi' paper trail: from the tree to its many purposes

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Stepping off the bus at the Gakko-iriguchi stop in Higashi-Chichibu Village in Saitama Prefecture, the first things to strike the eye are high-flying clusters of balloons, suspended like colorful dirigibles. Here, the workshops and exhibition spaces of Washi-no-Sato, a well-known papermaking center tucked into ...

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

Jan 7, 2017

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

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When Tokyo first hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1964, many Western-style hotels opened one after another to accommodate the increasing number of foreign visitors. Now that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is in sight, hoteliers have started to offer Japanese-style accommodation and hospitality ...

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

Dec 31, 2016

Buried alive in the shadow of a Kyushu volcano

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“Is the temperature alright for you ma’am?” my Japanese attendant asks in a polished U.S. accent as he cheerfully heaps another pile of hot sand on my torso. “It’s perfect.” Pleased, he pats down the sand — from my neck to toes — with ...

Explore the cheap and chic sides of Belgrade

Dec 31, 2016

Explore the cheap and chic sides of Belgrade

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Tables with posh patrons spill out of cafes onto cobblestoned sidewalks. Roaming musicians ply tourists for tips against a backdrop of restored art nouveau buildings. Across town, the thump of techno beats keeps the young and well-heeled dancing until dawn. It’s not Barcelona or ...

Greet the new year in style

| Dec 29, 2016

Greet the new year in style

The time of welcoming the new year and forgetting the old one is approaching and the Asakusa View Hotel is offering two ways of spending these special days in an elegant manner. From Dec. 27 through Jan. 9 (excluding Jan. 1 to 3) on ...

Hamburg has become a magnet for foodies, arts

Dec 24, 2016

Hamburg has become a magnet for foodies, arts

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For centuries, the port city of Hamburg was a powerhouse in maritime trade. These days, Germany’s second-largest city is still the country’s main entry point for exotic goods. But it’s also a magnet for foodies, fans of the arts and folks who prefer to ...