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What’s new in Japan

Japan has long been renowned for its place at the cutting-edge of cultural trends. That means when it comes to visiting this Far Eastern destination there are always new and interesting things to compete as a holiday highlight.

From naked restaurants to bookshops that double as hostels, there’s never a dull moment in the land of the rising sun.

So if you are off to this part of the orient, or have plans to do so, and want to stay ahead of the game in terms of your travel tales the Flexicover team have rounded up the newest, best and strangest happenings in Japan.

The Snoopy Museum

The popularity of anime, manga and Hello Kitty are testament to Japan’s fondness for all things animated. It’s hardly a surprise that an international comic character has also found a home here. Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang, now have a museum dedicated to them in Tokyo. An off-shoot from the Charles M. Schulz Museum in California this branch features rolling exhibitions about all things Snoopy. Currently there’s the chance to view original drawings and earlier comic books as well as rare vintage memorabilia. Guests can also get their hands on bespoke products at Brown’s Store, the museum shop, including a classic cuddly toy of the pensive pooch. A sweet and original day out, it’s worth a ‘snoop’ around for sure.

A naked restaurant

Certainly not for everyone, a strange trend of naked restaurants is emerging globally. Joining naked restaurants in London and Melbourne, The Amrita in Tokyo serves meals to body-baring diners who take the culinary idea of naturalism to the extreme. This restaurant differs from the others in two respects: firstly, no one is fully naked – diners are spared their modesty with paper underwear (the type you receive in spas), while waiters deliver dinners wearing a skimpy G-string. It also denies entry to people with tattoos, those outside the 18 to 60 year-old age bracket and those who are 15 kilograms (33 pounds) over “average body weight”. Now that’s some door policy.

Four Seasons, Kyoto

A new addition to the Four Seasons collection opened in Kyoto in October slotting in perfectly with the decadence of the hotel chain. Set in an 800-year-old traditional garden in Japan's historic imperial capital, its surrounds can’t be beat. You’ll find the sanctuary at the foot of Higashiyama Mountain in the city's temple district with numerous historic and modern-day landmarks surrounding it. The hotel boasts two restaurants, a bar and lounge as well as a luxurious spa with seven treatment rooms, indoor pool and whirlpool. A definite highlight is its traditional tea house which hosts tea ceremonies by day and sake tastings by night.

An accommodation bookshop

For book lovers who can’t wait to curl up with a new read there’s now the chance to sleep in a bookstore-slash-hostel. It all started with Book & Bed Tokyo who created specially adapted sleeping bunks in the bookshelves of their store. These low-lit, wooden bunks are reached only by ladder and come equipped with a soft mattress, reading lamp and pyjamas. The bookish venture has been such a hit that Book & Bed have announced plans to open a new branch in Kyoto this autumn. It’s officially cool to be a bookworm.

Vogue Japan’s Fashion Night Out

The international editors of Vogue will descend on Osaka this autumn for their annual festival of fashion. Accompanied by some of the best designers in the business, previous attendees have included Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman, Michael Kors and Jennifer Hudson. After a Tokyo launch, the mini festival takes place in Osaka over two nights in November and will feature talks from international designers and creative directors plus musical performances from international artists. Interested in attending? Entry to special in-store events is free but note that guests dress up to the nines – it’s a place to see and be seen. Expect plenty of celebrity appearances and stylish shoppers.

Whether you fancy heading east or west, north or south for your next travel adventure it’s good to know that Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.

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