While in Japan, you must spend a night in the serene atmosphere of a ryokan. Really. It’s an amazing Japanese experience. There are a lot of them spread across the country (even in central Tokyo) and they come in a vast array of price categories. The experience is more enjoyable if you go on the country-side though, like the region of Hakone close to Mount Fuji (and fairly close to Tokyo as well) for example.
Each spring Japanese people enjoy world’s most beautiful cherry blossom, due to the high amount of cherry trees in the country. This magnificent phenomenon usually takes place in the Tokyo/Kyoto area between mid-March and mid-April. The exact moment varies from year to year according to meteorological conditions, and this year it’s just about to begin now! The peak bloom is short and intense, so everything is about timing. Thepickytraveller was there in 2015.
Singapore’s biggest (over 2500 rooms) and most visible hotel surely is a pricey tourist catch. But how can you resist the temptation of getting access to the Infinity Pool, probably world’s most famous overflowing swimming pool? You can’t have a dip in it unless you are a hotel guest, that is.
The easiest way to discover this Singapore’s special island is to reserve a few hours for the purpose before your flight departing from Changi airport. Singapore’s international airport is famous for its different one-of-a-kind attractions (like an open-air cactus garden with views of the planes on the tarmac or a butterfly garden), but you should rather skip them for a visit to the authentic and well preserved Pulau Ubin Island.