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Splurge Hotels in Japanese Cities

by Jessica B. October 23rd, 2014 | Destination Highlight, Dining & Lodging, Splurge Hotels
If budget is not an issue, there are some really incredible hotels in Japan. You can choose from traditional five star western hotels, glamorous Japanese ryokans or inns of the top class, or fancy spas. Here are some incredible hotels in Japan that will cost you a pretty penny, but will show you an exclusive side of Japan to give a unique experience:

Hiiragiya: This incredible ryokan or Japanese style inn offers top of the line luxury and a very exclusive atmosphere with a unique Japanese feel. This ryokan is in Kyoto and a great excuse for a getaway from
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Tokyo, Japan

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Tennessee: Mountains, Memphis & Music

by R. Carnavale October 22nd, 2014 | Destination Detour
Destination-Detour The first time I visited Tennessee, I was amazed by the state's natural beauty, music culture and gracious people. Tennessee is a Southern state, but it's far enough north to have four seasons (and that includes snow-filled days in Nashville during winter). There's so much to do and see in Tennessee beyond the usual museums and zoos, so when you visit, be sure to check out the one-of-a-kind, quirky destinations that the Volunteer State has to offer (think Graceland, Opryland and the Great Smoky
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The ABC’s of Shopping for Arts & Crafts in Japan

by R. Carnavale October 21st, 2014 | Arts & Culture, Destination Highlight, Shopping
If you're an arts and crafts aficionado, you'll find several Japanese stores that will cater to your shopping needs, whether you're interested in purchasing lacquerware, kimonos, pottery, antiques, yukata, books or woodblock prints.

Tokyo's Oriental Bazaar is the city's largest and best-known arts and crafts shop. You'll find dolls, kimonos, yukata, antiques, furniture, books on Japan and woodblock prints here. In addition to offering a wide selection of Japanese merchandise, Oriental Bazaar employs English-speaking staff and charges moderate prices.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Thursday
Address: 5-9-13 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku [and a
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Travel With Your Family To Japan

by Jessica B. October 20th, 2014 | Destination Highlight, Family Travel, Travel Style
Destination-Highlight If you think a trip to Japan with your kids may be too difficult, think again. Japan is a great, family friendly vacation spot. With a bit of careful planning, you should be able to enjoy a nice getaway that both your kids and you will remember forever. Here are a few tips for planning a family friendly vacation to Japan:

Ryokan: If you want a unique vacation experience, make sure your family spends at least one night at a Ryokan, a Japanese style inn. Most are very family friendly and love kids, but you may want to check before
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All Around London: Tips for Getting In and Out of the Big Smoke

by Editorial Team October 20th, 2014 | Budget Travel, Travel Style
Travel-Style Everyone dreams of going to London. The city has been known for years as a center of culture and heritage, and many will argue that no matter what other places in the world you’ve been, London will always have something special.

But just as with any other metropolitan city, the hustle and bustle of London can be intimidating. If you’re planning on making a trip out to the Big Smoke, you could probably do with these pointers for getting in and around the city:

1. Take Public Transport
Even those who aren’t privy to the state of London’s streets will know that
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