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Okinawa Journal : 6 Places to Shop – Part 2

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Okinawa Journal : 6 Places to Shop – Part 2

Okinawa offers extensive shopping options for shopaholics and browsers alike such as popular luxury goods, meticulous artisanal crafts, tasty snacks, cute souvenirs or exotic street products

Okinawa Journal: 6 Tourist Spots to Visit – Part I

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Okinawa Journal: 6 Tourist Spots to Visit – Part I

The Okinawan people have a wonderful rich history. It was once part of an independent kingdom called Ryukyu that acted as a key player in the maritime trade networks that reached medieval East and Southeast Asia like Malacca, Pattani, Palembang, Siam and Sumatra.

7 Places to Explore in Asakusa, Nikkō and Kawagoe

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7 Places to Explore in Asakusa, Nikkō and Kawagoe

Travelling in Japan is more convenient and definitely safe for travellers from different walks of life. I had the opportunity to visit this country again and decided to explore three different prefectures using TOBU Railway.

Disney’s Easter Coming to Tokyo Disney Resort from April 4 to June 14!

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Disney’s Easter Coming to Tokyo Disney Resort from April 4 to June 14!

Tokyo Disney Resort will celebrate spring with special programs from April 4 through June 14, 2017 at Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park. This year the special spring event “Disney’s Easter” will be presented at both Parks for the first time in two years, giving Guests even more opportunities to enjoy the colorful springtime season at Tokyo Disney Resort. At Tokyo Disneyland, the bunny-eared, mischief-making egg characters, “Usatama*,” make their debut in the Park and cause a big commotion in the special event, “Disney’s Easter.” The Disney Friends were busy making Easter eggs in preparation for Easter when a breakdown at the Easter egg factory led to the “Usatama” characters escaping into the Park and creating pandemonium. Along the parade route […]

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Hosts Hinamatsuri Girls’Dolls Festival Exhibition

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Hosts Hinamatsuri Girls’Dolls Festival Exhibition

Keio Plaza Hotel (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a special exhibition of traditional Japanese arts entitled “Enjoying Japan’s Traditional Hinamatsuri Girls’ Doll Festival at Keio Plaza Hotel” displaying various traditional art ornaments in the third floor lobby of the hotel from February 1 to March 27, 2017. This annually held exhibition has been extremely well received by guests, and this year features some 6,500 finely hand woven silk doll decorations, Japanese art items depicting scenes of “Japanese female culture” from the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912), and “Bonsai” miniature decorative sculptured plants to give visitors a taste of Japan’s traditional arts representative of the “Hinamatsuri Doll Festival”. In addition, ten of their restaurants […]

Aman 2017 Highlights

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Aman 2017 Highlights

Aman is delighted to announce a series of beguiling and enriching experiences for 2017, set to charm guests across the globe. With each experience comes an insight and connection into the destination like no other – from saffron farming in Marrakech to pearl farming in the Philippines. For those looking to achieve a sense of escapism and wellbeing that only Aman destinations can bring, crystal sonic healing and restorative yoga in the captivating canyons of Southern Utah, Zazen meditation in Japan, In Pursuit of Happiness in Bhutan, and the recently unveiled Spa Houses at Amanoi pave the way for the wellness offerings from Aman for the year. Visit http://www.kesemhamaga.co.il/ for more relaxing Spa Houses. Amankora, Bhutan Combining the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ […]

Friendly Okayama

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Friendly Okayama

Gaya Travel Magazine recently explored Okayama with Malaysian leading travel agency Corporate Information Travel Sdn. Bhd. and Okayama Prefecture.

Off-Season Gems with Aman

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Off-Season Gems with Aman

  5th January 2017 – Exploring a destination out of season can lead to a path of discovery and charm otherwise hidden by the bustle and busyness of peak seasons. Aman hotels around the world are magical destinations all year round, exceeding every expectation of popular sights in season, but promising something almost more special once the crowds have dispersed. Whether breathing in the rain-cleansed jungle air amid Angkor’s iconic temples or witnessing Japan’s plum blossoms delicate announcement of spring; each reveals a new side to a destination without the crowds.   AMAN TOKYO, Japan Visitors flock to Tokyo in spring from March to May, when the parks and gardens of the capital blush pink with cherry blossoms. During the city’s quiet […]

Discovering Central Japan by Bus

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Discovering Central Japan by Bus

Gaya Travel went back to Japan; this time to the Central region. Ed has a different experience because this time he went discovering Japan on highway bus using a bus package called Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket. Sounds like fun, yes? Central Japan is also called Shoryudo, hence the package name. Shoryudo means rising dragon, coined from its shape on the map that resembles a rising dragon, which in Japanese culture symbolises wealth and power. There are five prefectures in Central Japan: Aichi, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, and Toyama. Central Japan has a lot to offer through its vibrant mixture of modern urban cities and fascinating culture and history as far back as the Edo era. Forget about Mount Fuji. Instead, check out the Japanese […]

View Japan’s Spectacular Winter Sceneries Via Tobu Railway

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View Japan’s Spectacular Winter Sceneries Via Tobu Railway

KUALA LUMPUR: 12 December 2016 – Dining in an igloo, meeting snow “monsters” and walking through a “Samurai Village”; Japan offers beautiful natural sceneries and unique experiences during winter. Tobu Railway Co. Ltd, the biggest private railroad company in Kanto, Japan, offers routes to various winter wonderlands in Kanto and Tohoku.Along the routes to these winter wonderlands, travellers will be wowed by the great wonders of nature as well as numerous historical buildings.  There will also be recommendations for the special food and accommodation along the routes.In the Tochigi prefecture of Kanto, be sure to visit Yunishigawa Onsen, Yumoto Onsen and Chuzenji Onsen. Stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) and soak in the hot springs to enjoy the Omotenashi experience, or […]

Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the Grand-Opening of its first Boutique in Japan

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Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the Grand-Opening of its first Boutique in Japan

November 9th 2016 – saw the official opening celebration of the first Japanese flagship Boutique in Tokyo, on Ginza Namiki Street. In the morning, Jaeger-LeCoultre hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with influencers from the watchmaking world to the fashion universe, followed by a cocktail reception in the evening. Daniel Riedo, Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO and Stefano Bossi, Jaeger-LeCoultre Brand Manager in Japan, personally welcomed 150 guests and officially inaugurated the Grand Opening of the Boutique.     Special Guest, Maki Tamaru, wore a Reverso by Christian Louboutin from the Atelier Reverso, a unique concept created to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the iconic Reverso watch. On this occasion, exclusive watches were on display at the Boutique: the grande complication watch Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon and a high jewellery […]

British Airways Helps Malaysian SMEs to Fly

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British Airways Helps Malaysian SMEs to Fly

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 NOVEMBER 2016 – British Airways is reaffirming its commitment to Malaysia with the launch of On Business loyalty programme aimed at benefiting and enabling businesses to maximise their travel budget. New members from Malaysia can enjoy a welcome bonus of triple On Business Points on the first six eligible flights within the first 12 months of the new membership*. The On Business loyalty programme, which already helped companies to save £47 million in 2015 worldwide, brings together the business loyalty programmes of three airlines – British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines and codesharepartner airlines – allowing business travellers to collect points and spend on all partnered airlines under one scheme. Members will be rewarded based on the money spent rather […]

Niseko Village Poised for Prosperous Winter With New Ski Development Set to open 1 December 2016

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Niseko Village Poised for Prosperous Winter With New Ski Development Set to open 1 December 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 27 October 2016: YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village on the island of Hokkaido in the north-east of Japan, is gearing up for a thriving winter season with the December launch of significant ski infrastructure, including new lifts and gondolas and the hiring of 90 international staff across the resort. As part of Niseko United, voted Japan’s Best Ski Resort in the World Ski Awards three years running, Niseko Village has seen its visitor numbers increase steadily from 209,700 in 2009 to 484,330 room nights in 2015. To support the growing visitation of the resort, YTL Hotels has invested in two allseason lifts. The state-of-the-art Village Express and Upper Village Gondola are both unprecedented construction designs for a major ski […]

Illuminate Your Holidays in Japan This Winter!

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Illuminate Your Holidays in Japan This Winter!

KUALA LUMPUR , 27 October 2016 – Tobu Railway Co. Ltd, the biggest private railroad company in Kanto, Japan, offers routes to five special winter illumination events to spend the year-end holidays.  Limited to winter season, the displays start in late October and run till March 2017. The light displays are located in areas along Tobu Railway’s massive rail network through Tokyo and four neighbouring prefectures. Travellers can make their way to Tokyo, Tochigi, Saitama, and Miyagi all within a day or overnight trip to witness the spectacular sights. The journey can start from Asakusa or Tokyo station.   Ashikaga Flower Park – A Light Flower Garden This is the biggest illumination event in Kanto area with 3.5 million lights.  It is […]

Best Autumn Holiday Spots – South Korea and Japan

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Best Autumn Holiday Spots – South Korea and Japan

Malaysia – 17 October 2016 – Some travel destinations are best explored during a particular season, when the blossoming of flowers or pleasant temperatures highlight the country’s already-exciting attractions. Hotels.com identifies 4 cities in South Korea and Japan that transform into a haven of red and scarlet leaves in October.  In addition, Hotels.com is also offering hotel deals that are only valid for the period of this beautiful season.   Japan Colorful autumn leaves, known as koyo in Japanese, draw just as many visitors in autumn as the cherry blossoms do during spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries. Today, tourists still set out from all over the country to find the best spots […]

Oita Hot Spring Trail

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Oita Hot Spring Trail

Walk Japan, the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track tours of Japan, announces the launch of the Oita Hot Spring Trail, a walking tour in Kyushu, west Japan. This fully-guided, six-day tour explores Oita Prefecture, which rightly claims the accolade as Japan’s mecca for onsen hot springs. Here they are found both in abundance and variety including an unusual one with naturally carbonated, fizzy waters. A delight to relax in, onsen are an attractive element of any tour and the Oita Hot Spring Trail, as its name implies, makes them a central theme. We luxuriate in them frequently and enjoy the distinctive and gracious Japanese culture associated with bathing. The onsen are complemented by Oita’s beautiful countryside, variedand high-quality cuisine, enlightened history and its relaxed, friendly people. The tour is suitable for […]

Hokkaido Snow Tour

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Hokkaido Snow Tour

Walk Japan, the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track tours of Japan, announces the launch of the Hokkaido Snow Tour, which joins the company’s popular Snow Country Trek and Winter Nakasendo Way for further adventures into Japan’s snowiest regions. The eight-day, seven-night Hokkaido Snow Tour is a fully-guided, snowshoe exploration of east Hokkaido, a seemingly empty and vast landscapes, bordered by towering mountains and the steely-grey Pacific Ocean and Sea of Okhotsk. Here high-quality powder snow, the same snow that has made west Hokkaido a soughtafter destination for skiers, falls copiously and creates a beautiful winter landscape. Few visitors come this far. Even fewer venture onto the snow, where wildlife usually leave the only other footprints to be seen. Sunny weather brings crystal clear air […]

Japan National Tourism Organization at the MATTA Travel Fair KL 2016

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Japan National Tourism Organization at the MATTA Travel Fair KL 2016

The Japan National Tourism Organization is participating in the KL MATTA TRAVEL FAIR 2016 at the PWTC from 2 to 4 SPETEMBER 2016. Endless discovery and great holiday deals awaits you at the grand travel extravaganza! Japan’s unique climate and beautiful natural surroundings for each of the four seasons, fascinating cultures in each region – Japan combines the attributes of both a traditional and modern culture of an advance nation. It is a beautiful country throughout each of it’s four seasons. The sheer variety of plants that changes color during the autumn are immense all over Japan. Castles decorated with trees bearing colorful red and yellow leaves falls to welcome the fairy tale winter, with snow-covered slopes. In contrast with cherry blossoms, […]

3 Ways to Experience the Best of Autumn Koyo with Walk Japan

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3 Ways to Experience the Best of Autumn Koyo with Walk Japan

The Autumn Koyo (colourful leaves) season is one of the most beautiful times to visit Japan, when large groups of travellers flock to admire the dramatic changes of colour across the country.  With the Autumn season just around the corner, check out these best three experiences offered by the pioneers of off-the-beaten-track walking tours in Japan, Walk Japan, for those wanting to see the very best of Koyo away from the main busy, tourist haunts. Experience the best of Autumn Koyo with Walk Japan The Kyushu Expedition Kyushu – Japan’s third largest island, located southwest of the main island Honshu. An 8 day tour through mountains and forest trails, starting in Yufuin and finishing in Kagoshima, with accommodation in traditional Japanese inns and onsen […]

Hokuriku-Shinetsu Region Beyond Expectations! (Part I)

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Hokuriku-Shinetsu Region Beyond Expectations! (Part I)

Gaya Travel received an invitation to join a familiarisation trip to Japan organised by Hokuriku-Shinetsu Ministry of Tourism & Transportation, coordinated by Relation Japan Inc.

Viator Reveals Top 5 Most Luxurious Experiential Tours In Asia

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Viator Reveals Top 5 Most Luxurious Experiential Tours In Asia

With travellers becoming increasingly demanding and in search of new, culturally immersive and unique experiences, Viator’s Asia Pacific team of travel veterans unveil a list of their top five picks, created especially for those wanting to explore the region in style: An Exclusive Private Tour to Mount Fuji and Sengen Shrine in Tokyo, Japan This one-of-a-kind exclusive tour from Tokyo showcases the mesmerising and beguiling beauty of iconic Mount Fuji. Accompanied by a personal guide, travellers venture to the majestic mountain to experience its snow-sprinkled peak and panoramic vistas, followed by a visit to a sacred Shinto shrine where a local priest will lead a private guided tour and share some of his personal anecdotes. The tour comes to a close with a […]

Issue 11.3 – Eat Well, Travel Often

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Issue 11.3 – Eat Well, Travel Often

It in interesting to see that despite the economic slowdown and evident cost-cutting measures in place, the public’s appetite in travelling, as well as delicious food, remains resilient.

Explore Japanese Trends at Atré’s First Pop-up Store in Kuala Lumpur!

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Explore Japanese Trends at Atré’s First Pop-up Store in Kuala Lumpur!

Japan is easily one of the most-visited destinations by Malaysians. The country has it all; beautiful nature wonders, vibrant lifestyle and impressive culinary offerings which often fascinate curious travellers who value exploration and discovery. But for those of you who haven’t had the chance to visit the country (or those who will be visiting in the near future for that matter), can now grab the opportunity to learn more and experience the current Japanese trend in person through Atré first pop-up store in Malaysia! The event is currently happening until 24 July 2016 at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, where visitors can expect various Japanese brands ranging from food, cosmetics and fashion items on sales. There are also exhibitions being held by partners such as […]

Issue 11.2 : Blooming Japan: Best Places to Go During Spring

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Issue 11.2 : Blooming Japan: Best Places to Go During Spring

Mention springtime in Japan, we bet the first image that comes to your mind would be the sakura (cherry blossom)! This flower is taken very seriously in Japan, and we were quite amused when we noticed that news reports on where the sakura blooms are treated as importantly as the weather forecast.   Spring time in Japan peaks in April till May – for those who want to travel to Japan during that time should be mindful of the Golden Week, which is a series of public holidays when the locals take opportunity to visit the most popular spots due to the week-long break. It could get very crowded that time, therefore it is best to find out the dates when planning […]

10 Unique Things About Kansai

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10 Unique Things About Kansai

Kansai, comprising seven beautiful prefectures, has always attracted travellers all over the world, luring them through its unique culture, gastronomy, and eco-tourism, which includes landscapes and outdoor activities.

How To Do Tokyo, Japan in Six Days!

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How To Do Tokyo, Japan in Six Days!

“Incomplete,” said a fellow friend of mine when asked about not including Japan as a must-have in a standard travel bucket list. The reason is simple: Japan is really meant for everyone from adventure seekers and bold trendsetters to families with small children. So, when Gaya Travel Magazine received an invitation to join a familiarisation trip to Japan courtesy of Kanto Transport Bureau and Relation Japan Inc. last September 2014, I simply jumped for joy. The fact that Japan itself is considerably large with many worthy attractions, it is near to impossible to explore all of them in such a short period. Therefore, how on earth did I make the most of my recent visit to Japan? Thanks to Kanto Transport Bureau […]

Okinawa, The Tropical Side of Japan

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Okinawa, The Tropical Side of Japan

Japan has always been known as one of the most advanced countries in Asia and the world. The futuristic yet reserved Japanese have always intrigued people from other parts of the world. As a matter of fact, Gaya Travel thinks that such paradox is what makes the Japanese and Japan special. Talking about paradox, our recent trip to tropical Okinawa offered us a glimpse to the totally different side of stereotypical Japan such as glass and steel skyscrapers, dense and compact spaces, fast pace and eccentric cosplay fashion. It is interesting to find out that the Japanese landscape is indeed diverse, therefore inviting people to realise that Japanese panorama are not only limited to the snowcapped Mount Fuji or a meticulously manicured […]

Palace Hotel Tokyo Draws Art Lovers to 2014 Exposition

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Palace Hotel Tokyo Draws Art Lovers to 2014 Exposition

Furthering its ambitions as a patron of the arts, this week Palace Hotel Tokyo complements its role as Official Partner Hotel of Art Fair Tokyo 2014 with the debut of a three-night package designed to entice art enthusiasts from around the world with exclusive VIP access to the event.

Issue 8.5 – Discover Malaysia Thru Fly-and-Drive

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Issue 8.5 – Discover Malaysia Thru Fly-and-Drive

The past few months have been hectic for us, as we had been heavily involved in large scale programmes such as the Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia to Central Sarawak, Kembara Kraf Selangor 2013, Malaysia Tourism Hunt (MTH) 2013, all of which are covered within the pages of this issue. Speaking of MTH, which is Tourism Malaysia’s laudable effort, it encourages international tourists to drive around Malaysia on their own and take advantage of the country’s good road systems to know more about the destinations and people. We therefore invite all travellers coming into Malaysia to consider renting a decent car (equipped with navigation system of course) and begin exploring the country independently and flexibly, allowing them to uncover more interesting facets of Malaysia along the way.

Palace Hotel Tokyo Celebrates Japan’s New Year Traditions

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Palace Hotel Tokyo Celebrates Japan’s New Year Traditions

Across the moat from Japan’s tranquil Imperial Palace gardens, the city’s most lauded, new luxury hotel is abuzz with preparations for a New Year celebration that’s equal parts tradition, sophistication and fun.

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