Japan Itinerary: 12 Days in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Hakone

Japan offers an incredible juxtaposition of modern technology alongside ancient temples and traditions. It is also one of the world’s safest countries, making it an ideal destination to visit. The frenetic energy of bustling Tokyo, with more Michelin star restaurants than anyplace else on Earth, dazzles both the eyes and palate. Kyoto, the traditional heart…

Trees surround the lakeside Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavilion) Temple in Kyoto, Japan

What to Expect in Hakone, Japan at a Ryokan

Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns renowned for the ultimate zen experience. They typically offer comfortable rooms, traditional kaiseki dining, mineral baths (onsen) and wonderful customer service. Visitors to Japan should definitely plan to stay in a ryokan for a portion of their trip. Here is what to expect from a ryokan in Hakone, located just…

Photo of snow capped Mount Fuji with a cable car

Capsule and Cabin Hotels: Unique Stays in Japan

By Alex Kallimanis: A comfortable stay in Japan will not cost a fortune if you stay at quality capsule and cabin hotels. Capsule hotels are a little like hostel dorms except the small pod-like rooms offer complete privacy instead of a room filled with bunk beds. That makes them much better than typical western style…

spacious capsule room at Hotel Cargo Shinsaibashi