The breathtaking past and the uncertain future of Japan’s ama divers

Katie Gatens reports on a 2,000-year-old tradition that’s in danger of being washed away by the tides

Japan: Amanemu, Ise-Shima

With its minimalist interiors, serene atmosphere and secluded location, this luxury resort is nirvana for Japan lovers – there are even private onsens in each room. Katie Gatens goes all zen

Checking out the front desk of the future

Androids and automatons are popping up in hotels from Nagasaki to Ghent. Are they the logical next step or a dystopian future for travellers, devoid of human contact? Andy Morris investigates the rise of the hotelier robots

Five curious places to see art

You don’t need to go to a gallery to find art. From Lanzarote’s seabed to the rainforests of Belize, Katie Gatens discovers works of art in more natural habitats

Japan: Aman Tokyo

In the city of lights, Hannah Hudson finds a place of serenity and calm at the futuristic Aman Tokyo

On the road with… Foals’ Yannis Philippakis

The bearded frontman talks wild fans, gifts to remember and returning to the Greek Islands

60 second interview: Mystery Jets

Ten years on from their debut, the band from Eel Pie island in Twickenham debut a more mature sound on their new album Curve of the Earth. Here guitarist and singer William Rees talks holy cities in India, embracing Americana in Texas and partying on Eel Pie

Global tribes: the seasonal spirits of rural Japan

French photographer Charles Fréger examines the seasonal rites of fishing and farming communities in Japan for his latest book

Now new next: Harry Potter experiences

Almost 20 years after the boy wizard first hit our shelves, Potter spin-offs are still going strong. Here High Life charts the trend

Japan: The Peninsula Tokyo

With spacious rooms, an enviable location and the world’s nicest staff, The Peninsula is a luxury oasis at the heart of Tokyo. Hannah Hudson checks in

Eight epic adventures for 2016

From a snowy trek across Japan to a helicopter safari in Kenya, these inspiring holiday ideas will guarantee your next trip is unforgettable

Five of the world's best gaming capitals

Do you know your Super Mario from your Sonic the Hedgehog? These days, eGaming is one of the fastest growing sports in the world – creeping onto the international stage. Check out the five best cities in the world to pick up a console

The hottest foodie destinations of 2015

With Danish dining in Asia and Michelin star-spotting in Europe, there were some exciting contenders for the best foodie destination of 2015. Here are five places that pushed boundaries to become celebrated dining hotspots

On the road with… Josh Lloyd-Watson of Jungle

One half of the modern soul musical collective talks to Katie Gatens about his life on tour, from partying in New Orleans to being inspired by South America

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

On the road with… Ella Eyre

British singer songwriter Ella Eyre talks rock ‘n’ roll nights out, her rider requests, and raucous crowds

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

From dusk ’til dawn: five unexpected things to do after dark

In 2015, cities never sleep. Whether you’re jetlagged or a night owl, here’s guide to some of the more unusual late-night activities to indulge in around the world

Japan: Andaz Tokyo

Tokyo’s latest skyscraper hotel certainly has the wow factor, from origami-inspired rooms to the mesmerising views from its rooftop bar. Katie Gatens reaches for the skies

Japan: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

This outstanding hotel has set the bar extremely high. Where else could you order eggs for breakfast from chickens fed on a diet of hibiscus and rosehip, asks Katie Gatens

Five must-visit Tokyo neighbourhoods

With dozens of districts ripe for exploration, it’s hard to know where to begin in a megalopolis like Tokyo. Don’t worry — Katie Gatens has done the legwork for you

60 second interview: Gilles Peterson

The DJ and tastemaker has propelled many artist's careers. Now you can listen to Gilles Peterson on British Airways flights with his Worldwide Mixtape, a carefully curated blend of music from all over the world

On the road with... Gary Barlow

The British singer and songwriter talks about life on tour, from big nights out in Germany to his first tour in Japan with Take That

12 of the world’s most curious tiny islands

Not all islands are tropical paradises. From a Mexican atoll where dolls hang from trees to a Japanese isle where cats outnumber humans, Katherine Price finds that some are just plain weird

Five street food dishes to try in Japan (that aren’t sushi)

Don’t limit yourself to just sushi and ramen. Head to the street and try these bizarre and lesser-known, but just as terrific, creations that the locals can’t get enough of

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Japan for whisky drinkers

Travel from a different angle. This month, the unexpected rise of Japanese whisky

Six of the world’s best experimental restaurants

With more top chefs taking a scientific approach to cooking, food and travel writer Fiona Dunlop reveals the establishments that are leading the way in the cutting-edge food movement

Life in the slow lane: Japan’s Seven Stars sleeper train

Japan’s Seven Stars cruise train has a six-month waiting list for tickets for its journey around the island of Kyushu. Why is everybody so excited about travelling on a train that is so extraordinarily... slow? Railway expert Julian Holland reports

René Redzepi's guide to Tokyo

As Noma, the famous nomad restaurant, sets out for Japan, chef and mastermind René Redzepi share his guide to Tokyo

René Redzepi: Taking Noma to Tokyo

As Noma goes nomad, René Redzepi talks exclusively to Joe Warwick about what it takes to uproot the world’s best restaurant in its entirety – including spouses and children – and move it 5,400 miles

Hot list 2015: foodie destinations

Eating is as much a part of our travel wishlist as views and culture – but where will you find 2015’s best bites?

Japan: Ritz Carlton Kyoto

With the very best of Japanese style and substantial quality to boot, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is the one for a special occasion trip, says Michael Booth

Six of the best alternative fashion weeks

A handful of the best and most unexpected fashion weeks happening around the world

That je ne sais quoi: eight foreign words and phrases that don't translate

Schadenfreude — pleasure in other people's pain — is not exactly an honourable emotion, but a useful addition to the English language. Peter Stewart finds a few more that could enrich our vocabulary

Where to stay in Tokyo

Going to the city of world-class sushi, quirky fashion and futuristic architecture? We round up the top eight Tokyo hotels, according to TripAdvisor

Insider's guide to Tokyo

With more than 30 million residents, Tokyo is the ultimate megacity — and now preparing to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Looking to explore? Michael Booth meets some local heroes who can point you in the right direction

Art in Japan's Snow Country

A mystical, mountainous area, Japan's Snow Country is best known for its winter skiing. But there's another year-round attraction that's bringing more people to this remote rural region... Mark Jones reports

Seven hard-to-access destinations

Only the most tenacious travellers make it to North Korea. And it's not the only place playing hard to get

Tokyo: The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton is a slice of traditional comfort in Tokyo's glitzy Midtown complex — and it caters excellently to its business traveller clientele, says Chris Michael

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

Masculine vs feminine hotel style

As hyper-masculine hotel Belgraves establishes itself in London, other hotels around the world are appealing to the female traveller. But should they be choosing sides? By Mark Jones

Eight of the world's fastest cities

With speedy takeaway coffees and good escalator etiquette, these cities' pulses beat that bit faster

Contemporary Photography in Asia

A stunning new book celebrates modern Asian photography

The topsy-turvy travel planner: baseball in Japan

Travel from a different angle. This month, journey to Japan for a taste of the all-American sport. By Will Hide

Five eco-friendly places in Japan

An eco-friendly hotel, guesthouse, restaurant and more in 
Japan, as chosen by Richard Hammond

Interview: Chef Nuno Mendes

Chef Patron of Michelin-starred restaurant Viajante and founder of The Loft Project supper club lives for seafood and innovative chefs

Tokyo city guide

Ed Peters recommends the best hotels and restaurants, plus a few hidden gems, in energetic Tokyo

Five of the best Asian cities

Ed Peters counts down five of the best cities in the Far East, with a few top tips on dining out, sightseeing and accommodation