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Kirini Santorini

Minimalist escapes that will spark joy

With the equinox upon us, the days are going to start getting shorter, the nights getting longer. So, it’s time to ‘Marie Kondo’ your living space and create a relaxed, calming retreat that sparks joy just in time for the cooler weather. However...

Six places to enjoy a magical white Christmas

Growing up in Australia where the average Christmas temperature tends to float around 30 degrees, the idea of a white Christmas has always stirred my imagination. Cosying up by a fireplace with a glass of mulled wine, enjoying snowball fights and...

Six Places Worth Getting Lost In

I love an urban escape as much as the next man, but sometimes it’s nice to leave the big city behind and reconnect with the natural world. While places like Springbrook National Park and the rolling hills of the Byron Shire Hinterland are my...

The Ultimate Japanese Driving Tour

Driving holidays are one of the greatest ways to get to the heart of a destination, especially when you’re driving a classic car that hums, purrs and roars in all the right places. That’s exactly what featured in The Peninsula Tokyo...

JNTO Launch Official Japan Travel App

JNTO, the official tourism organisation of Japan, has launched a shiny new app designed to offer travellers up-to-date info on public transport, tourist info, Wi-Fi locations and more. Inspirational articles, on and offline travel guides, travel...

Super Nintendo World theme park coming to Japan

It’s finally happened. Nintendo is at last entering the theme park arena with a newly announced expansion – aptly named Super Nintendo World – coming to Universal Studios Japan. Best of all, it’s expected to open in time for the 2020 Olympic Games...

Exploring Japan’s Kumano Kodo

Japan is a destination that warrants repeat visits. When you’ve done the bright lights of Tokyo and spirituality of Kyoto, it’s time to take your journey further afield – but it needn’t be a complete change of direction. If...

A spa retreat in Japan’s Kii Mountains

There’s a lot to love about Japan, but one of the standouts during my recent trip was the onsen experience. I’d visited a bathhouse on a trip to Okinawa several years ago, (read about the experience here) but that was nothing compared to the real...

A taste of Okinawa: Essential dishes every foodie should try

Being a frequent diner at my local Japanese restaurant, I thought I had a fairly good grasp on Japanese cuisine. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to travel to Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, that my eyes were truly opened to the...

Confessions of an onsen virgin

I’ve done a lot of things in my travelling life, but one of the experiences that baffled me most was the Japanese onsen. Yes, taking a bath confused me. On a trip to Okinawa, I had the chance to give the onsen a try. A spur of the moment...