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Where the Asian super rich buy their weekend retreats. Five hotspots from India to the Philippines

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 12:30pm Some of Asia’s favourite weekend retreats are gearing up for the best weather of the year. Summer monsoons are giving way to drier and cooler temperatures across Southeast Asia and India, while autumns in Japan are a leaf peeper’s dream. The region’s excellent rail and air networks (and growing fleet of private jets) allow wealthy weekenders to congregate in second homes that are only a couple of hours…

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Japan wants to be a 24-hour destination, doesn’t like dancing

The Land of the Rising Sun has some aggressive tourist targets to achieve – 40 million people by 2020, to be exact, or an increase of about 40 per cent. One way it hopes to meet these goals is by turning into a destination that never sleeps and upping its night-time offerings to encourage around-the-clock spending from foreigners. An article published by the Japan Times newspaper on March 27 stated that municipalities across the country…

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Winter Tour: Strolling and Snowshoeing Through Gifu’s Hidden Spots

  One of central Japan’s best kept secrets is Hida-Furukawa, a stop or three (for rapid or local trains) past Takayama station. Hida-Furukawa is a well-preserved old town replete with dark wood and white-washed walls, carp-filled waterways winding along its narrow streets and a riotous spring festival boasting semi-naked men competing in shows of strength and agility, elaborately decorated floats and some of the loudest drums this side of Armageddon. Unlike Takayama, however, its historic…

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7 Netflix Shows That Will Help You Understand Japan

An unmissable list of shows, films and documentaries about Japan By Christy Anne Jones | June 29, 2018 | From Japanese idol culture to historic propaganda to informative trivia, this list has something for every binge-watching Netflix viewer looking to open their eyes to another side of Japan. It’s that time of year again in Tokyo: the parasols are out, the air is sticky, the crowded trains are sweatier and more humid than usual, and…

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