Asia : 31 reports


Nikko, an exceptional and sacred place

In 1999, the whole world paid tribute to the baroque splendour of the shrines and temples of Nikko that gleam among the giant cedars, when the complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These architectural masterpieces are tightly bound up with the history of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled from the 17C to the 19C.
Shin-kyo Bridge Shin-kyo Bridge
Shin-kyo Bridge

Okunikko’s natural assets

In the upper reaches of the sacred city, the mountainous region of Okunikko is stunning in every season. While the cedars planted in the late 17C serve as a backdrop for the temples and shrines down in the valley, at altitude the lakes, moors and rivers surrounding Lake Chuzenji complement the pe...
Lake Yunoko Lake Yunoko
Lake Yunoko

Lake Chuzenji, a holiday resort for Westerners

When the country opened up to foreigners in the late 19C, the cool summer weather and high altitude of Lake Chuzenji (1 200m) quickly won the hearts of Western tourists, diplomats and writers. The resort offered an escape from the stifling heat of Tokyo, without visitors having to travel too far.
Kanaya Hotel historic building Kanaya Hotel historic building
Kanaya Hotel historic building

Four good reasons to pay a visit to the Amami Islands

Idyllically poised between earth and sky, the Amami Islands are only a 3hr-flight from Tokyo and 1hr from Kagoshima. Despite being little more than a stone’s throw from the very touristy island of Okinawa-honto, they remain as yet off the beaten tourist track. Here are four good reasons to visit these tiny pristine pearls of paradise.

Amami islands: an outstanding geology

The northern Ryukyu Arc is the geological extension of the Outer belt of southwestern Japan. Of volcanic origin, the Amami Islands possess a granite subsoil and are lined in coral reefs. Some are also entirely covered in ancient corallian limestone reefs.
Mushiroze Walkway Mushiroze Walkway
Mushiroze Walkway

The outstanding kimonos of the Oshima Tsumugi workshop

The Oshima Tsumugi workshop in the north of Amami Oshima Island upholds ancestral know-how devoted to the manufacture of exquisite silk kimonos. Set in an idyllic landscape at the foot of a mountain, the craftsmen and women continue to use natural ingredients to dye the fabric, together with traditional weaving techniques.
Ōshima Tsumugi Garden and Kimono Workshop at Oshima Tsumugi Mura Ōshima Tsumugi Garden and Kimono Workshop at Oshima Tsumugi Mura
Ōshima Tsumugi Garden and Kimono Workshop at Oshima Tsumugi Mura

The 2018 MICHELIN guide Bangkok selection

Michelin is pleased to unveil the first selection for the MICHELIN guide Bangkok, which features a total of 98 restaurants.

Five must-sees of Laos

Mysterious and cut off from the rest of the world for many years, Laos is justly proud of its contrasting landscapes, dotted with caves, waterfalls and temples. Welcome to the Land of a Million Elephants!
Vat Pa Huak Vat Pa Huak
Vat Pa Huak
Luang Prabang

Holidaying in Thailand: 3 paradisiacal islands

Immaculate white sandy beaches, jaw-dropping swimming and snorkelling or hikes through lush green jungle… Ko Chang, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Adang are three of Thailand’s must-see islands and here are a few tips to help you choose which one will suit you best !
Ko Phi Phi Ko Phi Phi
Ko Phi Phi
Phi Phi Don

The spa resort of Kinosaki, poised between tradition, harmony and delight

Tucked away on the north coast of the prefecture, between wooded mountains, rivers and splendid beaches, Kinosaki appeals by its incredible tranquillity, well-preserved architectural heritage and the diversity of activities on offer. Relaxing in some of the country’s most famous spas is a truly unforgettable experience.


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