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Fun in the Land of the Rising Sun

Rurikoji Temple in Yamaguchi, Japan

Japan Hotels, Restaurants, Spas and More

Konnichiwa and welcome to Japan, a world leader in technology, robotics and machinery. This archipelago nation comprising more than 3,000 islands has the third-largest economy and the longest life expectancy in the world. Its capital, Tokyo, is a progressive metropolis full of high fashion, cultural traditions and unique cuisine. Escape to the serenity of a Japanese garden or sauna, take in the beauty of geishas performing in traditional kimonos, and marvel in the punctuality of high-speed Shinkansen, otherwise known as bullet trains. Known for their love of seafood and rice, the Japanese will not disappoint with their skill for homemade sushi. Get on the floor, cross your legs and enjoy.


One of the snow sculptures at the Odori site during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan

Sapporo Snow Festival
Enter a winter wonderland during the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival beginning February 5, 2016. This major festival in Japan attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. See massive ice and snow sculptures at three different sites: Odori, Susukino and Tsudome. Plus, enjoy activities such as snow slides, snow rafting and a drink at the Ice Bar.

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A guest room at Hoshinoya Kyoto in Japan
Japan Hotel Reviews
Wherever you're traveling in Japan, GAYOT has handy hotel reviews and ratings to help you decide where to book your stay. From luxurious accommodations to budget-friendly properties, you'll find a place that meets your needs.

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A Step Through Time
If you haven't visited Kyoto, you haven't seen Japan. Untouched by World War II bombing, it is a city lost in time. Romantically lit streets and geishas set a backdrop out of the eighteenth century in this city that was the Japanese capital for hundreds of years.
Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Kyoto, Japan with our 72-hour travel guide

Get some R&R at Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Hotels in Kyoto

Though Kyoto's architecture and ambience may reflect eighteenth century Japan, the city boasts a wide selection of modern accommodations. To find your ideal hotel, check out these descriptions, ratings and room photos.


A view of Sumida in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
The capital of the world's third-largest economy, Tokyo is a business powerhouse. Yet it's also a city of contrasts, with shrines in the middle of busy shopping districts and a rich cultural history. Learn where to stay, eat and relax.

Tokyo Restaurant Reviews

From classic Japanese cuisine to Parisian bistro fare, find the best places to eat in this exciting city. Take in the views at New York Grill in the Park Hyatt Tokyo or enjoy a multi-course culinary experience from Masaharu Morimoto at his eponymous restaurant.
Best Value Restaurants in Tokyo

More of the Best Restaurants in Tokyo
New York Grill in the Park Hyatt Tokyo

 Shibuya in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the kind of place where ageless Shinto traditions blend with the latest fashions, where shops sell the newest in high-tech — and calculate prices on an abacus. Amid crushing crowds, it's possible to find moments of serenity, and let's not forget the great food.


Fuji Five Lakes Region
This aqueous quintet lies in a lovely arc surrounding the northern foot of Japan's highest mountain. Both peak and lakes, formed in eons past by lava flows that dammed up several rivers, are part of serene parklands that invite hiking, meditation and other countryside pleasures.
A reflection of Mount Fuji


 The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Best Spas in Japan

Japan has a vast number of great spas. We have visited some of the best, such as The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, with its stunning views across the city. Enjoy the amethyst crystal steam room, vitality pool, sky view sauna and more.

Gora Kadan - Hakone
This ryokan and former retreat for the imperial family in Hakone features treatments such as facials, massage, fango, a sauna, a hammam and more. It's not exactly inexpensive, but specials are available year-round.
Gora Kadan in Hakone, Japan

Japan National Tourism Organization


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