A Few Hours in Nishiki

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A Few Hours in Nishiki In Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto, hidden behind the opulent avenue of Shijo and the wide streets of Teramachi, lies a unique Kyoto treasure. The narrow alley of Nishiki Market runs just a few hundred meters East to West and absolutely brims with food, shops, and food. Were Nishiki Market not […]

Mastering Sushi in 1 Day

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Next Japan Travel runs our own cooking class in Tokyo and Kyoto. People are shifting more and more towards experiential travel from traditional sightseeing tours, and cooking class is gaining more popularity in that trend. On Valentine Day 2017, we welcomed 2 passionate home cooks from Panama to our Tokyo studio. They sent us one […]

The Four Seasons of Kyoto

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Elegance… When it comes to luxury hotels in Asia, Japan may not be the first place that comes to mind. Yet in regard to hospitality, really no other country can hold a candle to the Japanese. Case in point: the newly opened Four Seasons in Kyoto. Its opening in October added just the second international […]

In Search of Vegetables

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Any vegetarian will tell you that it’s just plain difficult to find a good meal. Most restaurants of the world serve meat, perhaps less than 20% of the menu could be considered vegetarian. In Asia, especially Japan, that portion shrinks significantly. That’s because most dishes in Japan call for some kind of animal products (usually […]

Mountain of the Fire Deity

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In Kyoto’s west, towering above the small village of Kiyotaki, lies Atago-san, Kyoto city’s tallest peak  at 924 meters. A holy mountain for over a thousand years, once a year pilgrims come here to hike to the top during the night. By doing so, one shows reverence to the fire diety and gains 1,000 days […]

Nobody Else

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Microbus in Japan

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As a destination management company, Next Japan Travel often receives questions from our overseas business partners about the quality of buses, most of which asks if they are new or not. I say ‘don’t worry’. In Japan, every private vehicle has to go to maintenance every two years, and moreover, every business use vehicle has […]