Unique New Year traditions around the world
Here’s a quick look at some of the quirkiest and most unusual New Year's eve rituals out there, from wearing colourful undies to taking your suitcase for a walk around the block at midnight. The TravelLocal team wishes you all a happy New Year wherever you celebrate!
Hiking in Japan
Japan has a wealth of natural beauty just begging to be explored, and what better way to see it than on foot. Travelling through fairy-tale glades, dense forests and ancient villages you get to see Japan in detail, pausing to absorb the lovely views or the microcosms of local life along the way...
Off the beaten track in Japan
From the wild coastline of the Noko Peninsula to the breathtaking scenery of the Diamond Route, Japan has a lot more to see than just the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto. Leave the famous cities for now, and step foot off the beaten path to explore the lesser known areas of Japan.
Where to go in 2019... and why!
Here at TravelLocal HQ, we are dreaming of the wonders that the world holds in store for 2019. And we aren’t simply thinking of destinations we’ve not been to before, but also the unique events happening there that make them an even more exciting prospect! Discover which countries are hosting exciting festivals, featuring wonderful seasonal events or simply celebrating an anniversary, from Armenia to Tanzania...
Our top 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites
There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites found all over the globe. It is therefore rather difficult to decide which ones to prioritise visiting - whether that's the ever popular Taj Mahal or the lesser-known segments of the Great Wall of China. We've picked out some of our favourite UNESCO recognised sites to help narrow your search.
Cycling in Japan
If you are thinking about taking a cycling holiday in Japan, then look no further. We have gathered together a list of the best places to go in order to pedal through the country's most beautiful scenery, across the longest cable suspended bridges and along breathtakingly beautiful coastlines...
Following in the footsteps of Marianne North
One of the most extraordinary women of the Victorian era, Marianne North was a botanist and artist who travelled wherever she needed to in order to paint plants in their natural environment. Discover where her desire to document these incredible specimens took her...
Japan's gorgeous gardens
Japan is known for having some of the world's most breath-taking gardens scattered across its islands. From the utter tranquillity of a UNESCO recognised moss garden in Kyoto, to the myriad paths of the most beautiful landscape gardens, discover what we think are the best gardens in Japan.
Your Ultimate Guide to Japan
Discover Japan’s venerable culture, with its celebrated sights and its off the beaten track gems. Hike through rustic villages and forested valleys or follow ancient pilgrimage routes to enchanting temples in the hills, with the help of our Ultimate Guide!
An overview of Japanese cuisine
From ramen to gohei mochi, Japanese cuisine is as eclectic as it is delicious. Here we've looked at the key dishes that you are likely to come across in your travels - though there are likely to be many more to discover - as well as advice for those with specific dietary requirements.
Blooming beautiful: the cherry blossom of Japan
Discover the best spots to see the blooming of Japan's famous cherry blossom, a.k.a. sakura. From the parks of Tokyo, to the streets of Kyoto and the forest-clad slopes of Nara, Japan is bedecked in delicate pink flowers from March until April each year, and we can help you get there...
Searching for symbols: Japan’s treasured animals
It is no secret that the Japanese have great respect for the creatures that share their islands. Shinto beliefs have much to do with this, and you can see evidence of this all over Japan. Find out which animals are held in highest esteem and where you can see them and their effigies...