Southern Korea Beckons International Tourists

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Southern Korea Beckons International Tourists

In conjunction with the visit by the delegation from Busan, Jeju and Gyeongnam, Korea Tourism Organisation Kuala Lumpur Office organised the “Jewels of the Southern Korea Seminar 2017” on 29 July 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur to promote the three destinations. The event was mainly to share the beauty of Korea’s southern region comprising Busan, Gyeongsangnam-do and Jeju as must-visit tourism destinations among South East Asians. The tripartite delegation was led by the President of Busan Tourism Organisation Mr Shim Jeong Bo, Executive Director of Jeju Tourism Organisation Mr Yang Pil Soo, and the Director of Gyeongsangnam-do Province Mr Park Jeong Joon. With interesting places to visit and delicacies to savour throughout the four seasons, the Southern […]

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear Celebrates the Fifth Year of KLFW RTW 2017

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Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear Celebrates the Fifth Year of KLFW RTW 2017

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear celebrates its fifth anniversary at Pavilion Bukit Bintang with five highly anticipated days of fashion exhilaration from 16th to 20th August 2017  Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear was conceptualized in 2013 as a B-2-C platform for Malaysian designers to showcase their Ready to Wear Collections and ultimately highlighted the strength and creativity of the Malaysia’s Fashion Industry to local and international customers. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, KLFW RTW 2017 will present an exciting mix of designers in the Malaysian capital over 5 highly anticipated days. Close to 150 designers will be showcasing their never-seen-before “Runway Collection” exclusively at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear from the 16th to 20th August […]

Alila Anji Introduces Amber, an Organic Farmhouse Experience

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Alila Anji Introduces Amber, an Organic Farmhouse Experience

31st July 2017 – Alila Anji is proud to introduce its newest dining concept – Amber, an organic farmhouse experience named after one of the most precious gems in the world. Guests can now enjoy unique and traditional open fire dining every weekend. Inspired by memorable personal travels to Argentina, Marco den Ouden, General Manager of Alila Anji brought the idea of year round outdoor cooking techniques to a previously abandoned farmhouse in the countryside, utilising salvaged materials to create “Amber”. Anji is China’s first national ecological county, and one of the nation’s sustainable environmental development zones, in the Zhejiang province. In alignment with the pristine setting and sustainable footprint of Alila Anji, the cuisine served at Amber comes from the green natural […]

Official Opening of Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

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Official Opening of Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Port Dickson, 31 July 2017 – Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson held its official opening today, marking the third Lexis property in the state of Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus and the first in the district of Si Rusa along Pasir Panjang beach. The resort stands apart in the industry with its unique concept whereby every guestroom is equipped with a private dip pool and steam room. It also reinforces Port Dickson as a major tourism destination in the state. The ceremony was officiated by guest of honour YAB Dato’ Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan who is the Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan. Lexis Hibiscus is the leading and largest resort in Port Dickson and one of the famous icons in Malaysia. Lexis […]

Projek57 Unity Ride

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Projek57 Unity Ride

PETALING JAYA, AUGUST 1, 2017 – Social enterprise, Projek57 is on the move to promote awareness for the need for greater Unity amongst Malaysians with a nationwide cycling event, the Projek57 Unity Ride. Projek57’s cycling venture will be led by co-founders Collin Swee and Syed Sadiq Albar, who together with a team of cyclists, will travel through Malaysia from 6th August 2017 to 16th September 2017. The ride consists of 9 legs and through these travels, the cyclists hope to bring out beautiful stories from Malaysians across our nation including smaller towns and villages. The legs of the ride will also end in pit-stop locations where Projek57 will either engage youths from universities and schools in activities to promote unity, or participate […]

Matcha CaramelCrisp Returns for a Limited Time at Garrett Popcorn Shops

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Matcha CaramelCrisp Returns for a Limited Time at Garrett Popcorn Shops

Green is in again with the return of Limited Time Recipe Matcha CaramelCrisp at all Garrett Popcorn Shops in Malaysia this July.

‘Experience Macao And Macao Mega Sale’ Is Coming To Your City

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‘Experience Macao And Macao Mega Sale’ Is Coming To Your City

Kuala Lumpur, 01 August 2017 – ‘Experience Macao and Macao Mega Sale’, first kicked off at Gurney Plaza, Penang from 27th – 30th July, continues in August 2017. Organised by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), this series of events will be held in Ipoh Parade, Ipoh from 3 until August, then at The Spring Shopping Mall in Kuching, Sarawak from 11 until 13 August and Imago Shopping Mall in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 18 until 20 August. Attractive packages are available during the event offered by participating travel agents, so public is urged to grab the best travel deals from Macao at this Mega Sale. The first 200 customers to purchase packages with a minimum of one night stay in Macao will receive exclusive travel accessories from […]

Getting Hitched in Style Underwater at Alila Manggis

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Getting Hitched in Style Underwater at Alila Manggis

26th July 2017 – Romance and adventure meet by the ocean at Alila Manggis to create unique wedding celebrations infused with East Bali’s tranquillity, beauty, and authenticity. Those who wish to take the plunge in unforgettable and unconventional style will find fresh inspiration in Alila Manggis’ newest offering – an underwater wedding, where couples can exchange their vows beneath the ocean waves in the beautiful clear waters off Bali’s east coast, which are known for their spectacular dive sites. Suitable for divers and non-divers alike, the Underwater Wedding package includes a wedding rehearsal in the pool, dive introduction and dive gear familiarisation, a wedding celebrant, two dive buddies, a beautifully decorated ‘jukung’ boat to transport the bride and groom, as well as two […]

First citizenM Hotel Opens in Asia

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First citizenM Hotel Opens in Asia

Luxury for the wise, not the wealthy – at citizenM Taipei North Gate 27th July 2017 – Artyzen Hospitality Group, the company responsible for bringing innovative hotel brands to Asia, celebrates the opening of the inaugural citizenM hotel in Asia.  Located in Taiwan’s cosmopolitan capital directly opposite the city’s historical site, North Gate, citizenM Taipei North Gate is within short walking distance to both Taipei Main Station and the Airport Express terminal, which offers an efficient 35-minute direct train to Taoyuan International Airport. Near to the popular shopping and tourist area of Ximending, the 267-key property boasts stunning Tamsui River views, contemporary design, efficient service and cutting-edge technology – all at a smart price. A significant milestone for the young and innovative Dutch hotel brand, […]

South Korean Inbound Tour Operator Annual Dinner 2017

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South Korean Inbound Tour Operator Annual Dinner 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 July 2017 – Minister of Tourism & Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz presented Malaysia Tourism Ambassador Datuk Lee Jin Bok with a Certificate of Appreciation for 10 years of Service at the South Korea Inbound Tour Operator Annual Dinner 2017 this evening. The award was given in recognition of his exemplary role in promoting Malaysia to the South Korean market from 2007 to 2017. Datuk Lee Jin Bok’s company, So Good Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd, was also awarded the ” Outstanding Inbound Tour Operator 2016/2017 ” at the ceremony held at the Malaysian Tourism Centre (MaTiC). The awards recognise Datuk Lee Jin Bok’s extensive contribution to the tourism industry. He has represented Malaysia in various […]

10 Reasons Why Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay will Surprise You

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10 Reasons Why Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay will Surprise You

Singapore’s best budget hotel unveils its top ten outstanding features  July 2017 – In one of the world’s most expensive cities, finding a hotel that’s centrally located, comfortable and reasonably priced doesn’t come easy. Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay defies that logic by offering affordable accommodation in one of the most convenient riverside locations – just a short walk from the Central Business District, Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay, China town, the impressive Marina Bay Sands and more. Here’s ten reasons why the hotel is the smartest choice for savvy travellers to Singapore: 1. The only Holiday Inn Express in Southeast Asia with a rooftop infinity pool Not only is it the only Holiday Inn Express in Southeast Asia with a pool, but […]

Sunway Velocity Hotel is Now Open for Bookings

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Sunway Velocity Hotel is Now Open for Bookings

The mid-market 351-room hotel in Kuala Lumpur will welcome guests on 20 September 2017 KUALA LUMPUR, 31 JULY 2017 – Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of property-construction conglomerate Sunway Group, today announced the immediate booking availability for its newest mid-market hotel, Sunway Velocity Hotel Kuala Lumpur on http://velocity.sunwayhotels.com. The 351-room hotel is scheduled to open and welcome guests on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Sunway Velocity Hotel is offering special introductory room rates, starting from RM198.00++ per room per night; valid for stays from 20 September 2017. Room rates are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) and subject to 10% service charge and prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST). Sunway Velocity Hotel is strategically located within the heart of Sunway Velocity Kuala Lumpur, […]

Escape the Ordinary with a Spunky and Sassy Scoot!

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Escape the Ordinary with a Spunky and Sassy Scoot!

Singapore –  Nine months after Scoot and Tigerair announced their intention to pursue a single brand and operating licence under the enhanced Scoot brand, the airline industry today bade farewell to Tigerair Singapore as its last flight departed Singapore for Tiruchirappalli at 2305 on 24 July.  From today, all previous Tigerair flights will be operated under the Scoot brand and Scoot flights will operate under the TR flight designator code.  This marks the completion of the Scoot-Tigerair integration process that began last May when the airlines were brought under a common holding company, Budget Aviation Holdings. Scoot CEO Mr Lee Lik Hsin said, “As we come to the end of Tigerair’s journey, we open up a brand new chapter for Scoot. Building […]

New La Siesta Central Hotel Provides Luxury in a Lakeside Setting

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New La Siesta Central Hotel Provides Luxury in a Lakeside Setting

HANOI, Vietnam (25 July 2017) –  Panoramic views of Hoan Kiem Lake, a prime Old Quarter setting and an exclusive spa are three of the many selling points at the new La Siesta Central, a 27-room boutique hotel that marks its grand opening in Hanoi on August 15th. With its tapestry of colorful neighborhoods, colonial architecture and emerald lakes, Vietnam’s capital lacks nothing in charismatic locations. Few are quite as evocative as its central lake – for many the defining feature in the ancient city. Although bijou, the new property – owned and operated by leading Vietnamese boutique hotel brand Elegance Hospitality Group (EHG) – makes full use of its proximity to the legendary body of water. A total of 19 rooms have […]

6 Instagrammable Spots Around Little India, Singapore

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6 Instagrammable Spots Around Little India, Singapore

Check out our list of the most Instagrammable spots around Little India for photography enthusiasts to check out!

Paradise Cooks Up Exclusive Experience

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Paradise Cooks Up Exclusive Experience

HALONG BAY, Vietnam (July 21, 2017) — One of France’s leading chefs will be in Halong Bay on Aug. 23 when Paradise Vietnam celebrates the launch of its newest cruise line — Paradise Elegance — with the first of three ‘Haute Cuisine on the High Seas’ experiences this year.  Thierry Drapeau, chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin-star Restaurant Thierry Drapeau in the Vendée region of western France, will be joined by representatives of Argentinian wine producer Trivento as they treat up to 62 guests to a gourmet lunch and dinner during an overnight cruise of Vietnam’s most famous natural attraction. “The company you keep is a reflection of your personality,” said Edgar Cayanan, General Manager of Paradise Group Vietnam. “Aligning ourselves with the best in other walks of […]

Ocean Park Summer Splash 2017 Evokes Nostalgia for Summertime Bygone

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Ocean Park Summer Splash 2017 Evokes Nostalgia for Summertime Bygone

6th July 2017 – Kuala Lumpur: As part of Ocean Park’s year-long 40th anniversary celebrations, this year’s Ocean Park Summer Splash will take guests on a trip down memory lane to revisit their childhood summertime. From 1 July to 27 August 2017, guests will be mesmerised by an exhilarating wave of summer activities and attractions. Hot happenings include Hong Kong’s largest-ever sand sculptures created by celebrated US sculptor Ray Villafane, especially for Ocean Park Summer Splash; an exclusive collaboration with classic Hong Kong brand LT Duck to bring thousands of yellow rubber ducks to the Park. In addition to the above, Ocean Park will also be introducing additional water-splashing attractions and not-to-be-missed succulent snacks to help beat the summer heat. “Ocean Park is […]

Traveloka Is Offering Up To RM188 Off Flight And Hotel

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Traveloka Is Offering Up To RM188 Off Flight And Hotel

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 JULY 2017 – With plans underway to introduce visa-free travel around Southeast Asia by next year, now’s the best time to beat the rush and start planning your epic trip around the region. Traveloka, one of Southeast Asia’s leading travel booking platforms, has an exclusive offer for its app users: customers can get up to RM188 off their flight and hotel bookings to 10 exciting destinations around the region with its ‘Walao-Eh!’ promotion. For those who have been dreaming of a fun shopping spree in Bangkok or an idyllic island getaway in Boracay, it’s the perfect opportunity to turn those dreams into reality and visit some of the region’s brilliant gems. Traveloka’s Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore, Halif […]

Bring Home Blessings, Avoid Harm

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Bring Home Blessings, Avoid Harm

Over 30,000 Malaysians are expected to perform the Hajj in Makkah this year. This mass gathering which involves millions of pilgrims…

Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine Just ‘Pho’ You

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Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine Just ‘Pho’ You

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur presents ‘Just Pho You’, authentic recipes of Vietnamese delicacies at its all-day dining venue, Latest Recipe.

Galeri Petronas Hosts Architecture Exhibition

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Galeri Petronas Hosts Architecture Exhibition

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) —  GALERI PETRONAS today launched MANIFEST: Modernism of Merdeka, an exhibition to showcase how Malaysian architecture had shaped the transformation of the nation during its pre- and post-independence period of 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Architects and is part of the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017 (KLA2017), bringing together international and local experts who are catalysts of change in Malaysia’s architectural industry on 13 July 2017. The transformative period of Merdeka brought significant changes to Kuala Lumpur, then the capital of a newly formed nation. Architects were at the forefront of the urban debates, giving shape to planning and architectural questions that resulted in both physical changes and societal […]

Issue 12.3 East Asia Allure

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Issue 12.3 East Asia Allure

In this issue, we focus on East Asia through our coverage of destinations in China, Japan and South Korea, including Indonesia and Malaysia. It is indeed a privilege to be able to work with various organisations in helping to promote destinations that are just being opened up (Tanjung Lesung, page 88; Tanjung Malim, page 94; Keningau, page 102; and Wuhan, page 66) as well as those that are already established (Taiwan, page 23; Bali & East Java, page 42; K-Drama film locations, page 48; Sichuan, page 58; Selangor traditional music and dance, page 70; Hokkaido, page 76; and Melaka, page 82). However, we hope travellers will also check out Perak (tourismperakmalaysia.com), Terengganu (beautifulterengganu. com/) and Labuan (www.pl.gov.my/home), which are all represented on this […]

Crowdsourcing Brings Dutch Electric Car Driver

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Crowdsourcing Brings Dutch Electric Car Driver

Kuala Lumpur, 11 July, 2017 – Crisscrossing the world in an electric car without any money; the route being determined by anyone willing to provide food, shelter and a chance to recharge his vehicle. Far-fetched as this idea may seem, that is what 30-year-old Wiebe Wakker, currently passing through Malaysia, is doing. The adventurous Dutchman who set out for Australia from the Netherlands on 15 March, 2016, arrived in Malaysia from Thailand just over a week ago as part of a unique global mission to promote sustainability in daily life and showcase electric vehicles. Wakker relies on the the crowd to reach his goal. His website plugmeinproject.com offers people the opportunity to support him with energy. So far, more than 1,000 people from 45 […]

Vietjet Offers Discounted Tickets on All International Routes

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Vietjet Offers Discounted Tickets on All International Routes

Ho Chi Minh City, 12 July 2017 – Vietjet has kicked off a new three golden-day promotion offering 200,000 discounted air tickets priced from only USD0 in celebration of its two new international routes. The new routes connecting Seoul and Busan (South Korea) to Siem Reap (Cambodia) is now open for sale and is expected to ease the convenience of travel for individuals, tourists and businessmen to the popular localities. The three day promotion which runs from 12 to 14 July 2017 is available for booking on www.vietjetair.com between the golden hours of 1pm to 3pm (Malaysian time) and applies on all international routes from Vietnam to Kuala Lumpur; Seoul, Busan (South Korea); Hong Kong; Kaoshiung, Tainan, Taichung and Taipei (Taiwan); Singapore; […]

Club Med Welcomes “Young Creators” to Attend Summer Camp

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Club Med Welcomes “Young Creators” to Attend Summer Camp

Kuala Lumpur, 12 July 2017 – Club Med, a world-renowned parent and child resort group, has recently announced that it has launched a new summer camp for kids from 4 to 11 years old in 9 beautiful Asian resorts from now till August 31. There, children will be taken good care of by international G.Os, participate in fun and creative games, and learn new things whilst making new friends. Curious Kids Experiencing Fun and Educational Activities This summer, all “Young creators” aged between 4 to 11 years-old are welcomed at Club Med to experience our premium “all-inclusive” holiday through ‘Fun and Educational’ activities, make new friends and learn new skills. They will take part in exciting treasure hunts on the beach, create colorful sand paintings and […]

Asean Media Bloggers Tourism Hunt to Promote Malaysia via Social Media

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Asean Media Bloggers Tourism Hunt to Promote Malaysia via Social Media

On 11 July 2017,  the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz flagged off 20 cars containing 50 participating ASEAN media, travel bloggers and social network influencers at the Malaysian Tourism Centre (MaTiC) during the second edition of ASEAN Media Tourism Bloggers Hunt 2017, organised by Tourism Malaysia from 11 until 14 July 2017 to promote Malaysia’s unique culture, heritage, cuising and other tourist offerings via social networks and digital platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  This year’s hunt – themed “Malaysia On Wheels” to encourage self-drive holidays among ASEAN travellers to take advantage of Malaysia’s noteworthy highways and road systems – takes the participants through Kuala Lumpur by visiting iconic landmarks such as Merdeka Square and Batu […]

Dinosaurs Come Alive in Kuala Lumpur!

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Dinosaurs Come Alive in Kuala Lumpur!

Watch them move, hear them roar! Get ready to witness the might of over 40 Jurassic creatures at the latest family entertainment attraction, Dinosaurs Alive in Kuala Lumpur, which takes over the MaTiC Lanai precinct, right in the heart of the city. In an amazing, pop-up Jurassic theme park under a massive air-conditioned Big Top, Dinosaurs Alive in Kuala Lumpur brings to life the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth in a thrilling, interactive experience. On top of that, young visitors also get interesting opportunities to become a palaeontologist, chipping away at their very own fossils while donning special outfits. Other highlights include:- Children’s dinosaurs and sand-crafting area Children’s dinosaur bones assembly activities & history area Themed jumping castles Games Themed […]

Red Bull Sugarfree Now Available

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Red Bull Sugarfree Now Available

Red Bull Product of Europe debuted its Red Bull Sugarfree variant – a new addition to the Malaysian market providing the same benefits as Red Bull Energy Drink with no sugar, just wiiings.

DiverseCity’s KL International Arts Festival is Back!

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DiverseCity’s KL International Arts Festival is Back!

DiverseCity’s KL International Arts Festival is back! To be launched on 31 August 2017 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the festival is scheduled to take place throughout September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, showcasing acclaimed and up-and-coming artistes from Malaysia and around the world in celebration of the arts through music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature. Various exciting performances and forums will take place in different venues around Kuala Lumpur including the Auditorium DBKL, Panggung Bandaraya, Nu Sentral, and the Damansara Performing Arts Center, to name a few, and the Festival will include both ticketed and free events. A highlight of the music performances is the open-air ASEAN and DBKL 50th anniversary concert at Panggung Anniversari, Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur featuring local and ASEAN artistes who will perform […]

Five Reasons to Embark on a Wild Japanese Adventure

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Five Reasons to Embark on a Wild Japanese Adventure

JULY 2017 – With a wild side so diverse and a fascinating culture to match, the far rural corners of Japan provide an adventurers paradise. From the rugged landscapes of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical reefs of Okinawa, Japan makes the top of travel bucket lists throughout the year, and here are five reasons why: 1. Stunning scenery Japan’s stunning landscapes offer breathtaking seasonal views. From treks across Hokkaido’s fresh powdery snowscapes with the Hokkaido Snow Tour, to the summer Hokkaido Hike journey from Lake Akan through central Hokkaido to the Daisetsuzan National Park and onto Lake Shikotsu-ko, the vast regions of Japan present us with wonderful experiences against some iconic backdrops. Travellers on the Hokkaido Hike trek across Japan’s wilderness, passing through remote verdant forests to mountain peaks to witness […]