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Lake Ashi – Volcanoes, mountains, paddy fields… and cats

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park covers 1,227 square kilometres, so it’s going to be very hard to see the whole or even most of it.


Japan – Videoing Mount Fuji’s rise to World Heritage status

Sometimes when travelling you can be lucky enough to witness a little bit of history happening.


Japan – A foggy ride up Mount Hakone

Rising through the fog you might be forgiven for thinking Mount Hakone has fallen back upon its volcanic past. But this Japanese giant hasn’t erupted in 3,000 years.


Qatar – Dusty, sunny and full of money

If shopping, sand and sports cars are your idea of fun then Qatar might be just up your dust filled road. They are not mine.


Blog – Where in the World? The answer

Rarely visited by tourists from outside Japan, this week’s Where in the World? teaser came from Nakatsu Castle. Well done to anyone who got the right answer.


Hong Kong – Asia’s World City in pictures

The Hong Kong Tourism Board uses the slogan, ‘Hong Kong. Asia’s World City’ to advertise the city’s cosmopolitan mix. The coastal island was under British colonial rule until 1997, when it was handed over to the Chinese – and its historic legacy is even more varied.


China – How I proved a bigger attraction than Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world. Its 440,000 square metres is home to a huge image of Mao Zedong, China’s great Communist founding father.


Japan – All aboard the bullet train

The journey is too smooth. I know it sounds weird, but when sitting on a 124mph bullet train I had hoped to get a real feeling of speed.


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