Best Day Hikes Near Tokyo

We’re thrilled to welcome guest writer Kimi Sugiyama to introduce us to Tokyo’s best day hikes. Don’t miss the final mountain – her favorite!

As the introduction to Japan for many travelers, Tokyo has an incredible amount to offer with its plethora of neon lights, restaurants, and entertainment.

But after several days in the metropolis, the crowds and commute between one neighborhood to the next can leave you craving the outdoors.

Thankfully, a number of mountain ranges and national parks are within easy reach, so it’s surprisingly easy to balance your trip with some quiet time in nature.

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We’re Hiring a Sales Ninja!

Boutique Japan is hiring a brilliant, experienced, and highly motivated Sales Ninja.

Note: Thank you to all who applied! Applications are now closed.

If you have experience designing bespoke trips for savvy world travelers in a comparable sales position, you may be the perfect fit for our globally-distributed team!

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Foodie Honeymoons in Japan

Until recently Japan wasn’t a popular honeymoon destination, but with the rise of Japan as one of the world’s most important culinary capitals, foodie honeymoons in Japan have become an increasingly popular phenomenon.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve had the pleasure of helping an increasing number of wonderful culinary travelers from around the world plan mouthwatering foodie honeymoons throughout Japan.

As you eat your way through Japan, you will have the chance to…

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Top 9 Myths About Japan Travel

If you’ve never traveled to Japan, you can certainly be forgiven for not knowing what to expect – and probably having some misconceptions about what Japan is really like!

Most visitors to Japan are surprised to find out that these common myths are either grossly exaggerated, or simply not true.

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Japan’s Best Destinations: Tokyo, Kyoto & Beyond

If you’re planning a trip to Japan, one of the most important – and challenging! – steps is deciding where to visit.

With so many amazing destinations to choose from, and so much information on the Internet, narrowing down your ideal destinations can seem daunting (whether it’s your first time, or a return visit).

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Traveling to Japan with Dietary Requirements

Japanese food is a huge reason so many of our travelers visit Japan, but what if you have serious dietary restrictions or food allergies?

Many of our clients have important dietary requirements, such as travelers with celiac (coeliac) disease, vegetarians, vegans, and those who adhere to kosher and halal diets.

Is traveling around Japan with strict dietary needs feasible?

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When Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Japan?

One of the most common Japan travel questions we hear around here is, “When is the best time of year to visit Japan?

The easy answer is of course that you should take advantage of any chance to visit, since each of Japan’s seasons is great in its own way!

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Japanese Onsen: An Introduction to Hot Springs in Japan

One of the highlights of traveling around Japan is a relaxing stay at a Japanese onsen (hot springs) resort.

Hot springs are common in many countries, but what makes Japan unique is the onsen culture, which blends an appreciation of nature with a sophisticated philosophy. Here is your guide to onsen – the different types, the best times and places to go, and the all-important onsen etiquette.

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Introduction to Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is one of Japan’s most enchanting walks.

Deep in rural Wakayama Prefecture – but just a few hours south of Kyoto and Osaka – the UNESCO-recognized Kumano region is filled with spirituality and history, as well as beautiful landscapes, charming villages, hiking, and onsen (hot springs).

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Fukuoka: Japan’s Unsung Culinary Destination

The city of Fukuoka, also known as Hakata, is one of Japan’s unsung culinary destinations, not to mention one of the country’s most pleasant and livable urban centers.

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