Three’s a charm: Vietjet launches third Japanese connection

Posted by - August 22, 2018

Mount FujiVietjet has announced the launch of its new Hanoi – Tokyo (Narita, Japan) service with a special promotion on flights to a choice selection of some the airlines more popular destinations this week.
The new route is Vietjet’s third to Japan and comes following the successful introduction of operations to Hanoi-Osaka and Ho Chi Minh City-Osaka, and in response to demand from customers and industry for an additional connection between the two countries.
The Hanoi-Tokyo route will operate a daily return flight, starting 11 January 2019 with flight time of more than five hours per leg. The flight departs from Hanoi at 00:55 and arrives at Tokyo at 08:00; the return flight takes off at 09:30 at Tokyo and lands in Hanoi at 14:00 (all at local time).
To celebrate the new service Vietjet is offering 2.5 million tickets with a starting price of zero Thai Baht (excluding tax and processing fees) for, what the company describes as, “three golden days” over 22, 23 and 24 August 2018.
These promotional prices are applicable to tickets on all domestic routes in Vietnam. As well as international routes from Vietnam to other hot spot locations, including Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai in Thailand; Tokyo and Osaka in Japan and Seoul, Busan and Daegu in South Korea. Other destinations include Yangon in Myanmar, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Singapore.
The flight period for the promotional rate is September 5 2018 to June 30, 2019 (excluding national holidays). Holiday dates to note include 8 November on the Hanoi-Osaka route; December 14 on Ho Chi Minh City-Osaka service and January 11 for flights between Hanoi and Tokyo.
Promotional tickets are available via online sales channels during Vietjet’s “golden hours” from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT+7) everyday.

Could this be the fastest Hello Kitty Collaboration ever?

Posted by - March 16, 2018

SINCE the 1970s, Hello Kitty has been a premature fixture across the globe. Namely in Asia and among teen girls.
Hello Kitty has served as a political figure, a child’s best playmate, a special tourism ambassador for the United Nations and has formed partnerships with just about every brand, from sodas to clothing lines, and ice cream makers to McDonald’s.
And now, drum roll please: Hello Kitty is collaborating Japan Railways to bring commuters and travelers a colorful journey on the Shinkansen, also known Japan’s iconic bullet train.
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The Japanese train operator, JR West has announced it will be working with the beloved Sanrio character on eight trains that connect the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka.
JR West is aiming to revitalize connections between the regions with its new pink-coated bullet train, dubbed “Hello Kitty Shinkansen”.
Arriving in South Korea: Language, etiquette, customs, soju The trains can reach a top speed of 320 kilometers per hour and with the new pink design adorning the sides, the new train is set to be quite the spectacle flying through the Japanese countryside.

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen is set to hit the track running this summer for a limited time only.
But the Sanrio-inspired theme isn’t just an aesthetic. Travelers will be able to admire the cute feline-inspired character in every coach throughout the journey.
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The entire first carriage won’t have any seats and will instead be dedicated to providing passengers with glimpses of what they can expect from their intended destinations, such as specialty food.
Riding the bullet train will cost an average of US$120, but it is so worth it for the fully immersive Hello Kitty experience.
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Discover rich history, culinary excellence and fantastic shopping in Osaka

Posted by - March 14, 2018

When considering where to travel to in Japan, Osaka should most definitely be at the top of your list.
Found on the curve of Osaka Bay, Osaka is Japan’s third most populous city, where a whole world of fascinating culture, cuisine, history, unique experiences and some of Japan’s best shopping awaits you.
If you’re looking to take a break in a destination that can combine the culinary excellence and bustling vibrancy of Tokyo with the cultural curiosities and historical relics of Kyoto, then Osaka is the place for you.
And where better to stay than the perfectly located Swissôtel Nankai Osaka? The deluxe hotel is conveniently placed directly above the Nankai Railway Station, which offers easy transportation to every corner of the sprawling metropolis, direct access to Kansai International Airport and trains to Japan’s other beautiful cities – but we suspect you’ll want to stay put in Osaka, as it has everything you could wish for.

The hotel reflects the cosmopolitan and innovative city which surrounds it. Towering 36 storeys into the sky, the hotel has 546 comfortable rooms, including 42 Executive Floor rooms and 28 suites with upgraded amenities such as Swiss Executive Club Lounge.
Each room has been designed to create a super stylish setting, with luxury bed linen and oodles of natural lighting, waking you up gently for the fun-packed day ahead.
Osaka has a rich 1,400-year-old history which is seamlessly combined with all the modern credentials tourists, residents and business travellers require to make their lives easier, including fantastic transport links, awe-inspiring shopping and exciting entertainment all laid out over the city.
Osaka has a more of cosy feel to it than Tokyo which makes it easily navigable via the perfectly placed metro system underneath Swissôtel Nankai.
Take a leisurely tour around Umeda neighborhood to experience how Osaka has managed to blend cosmopolitan hipness with country charm and create an area full of fantastic department stores, shopping cascades and extensive underground malls, perfect for whiling away a day or two and picking up a brilliant barging.

If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind item or a rare find, then head over to Osaka’s specialized shopping district of Amerikamura which is full of hundreds of inexpensive, quirky boutiques.
If you’re feeling as if you need to balance your shopping spree with some cultural excursions, then head to Hattori Ryokuchi Park and take a step back in time at the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses from the Edo-era.
Catch a traditional puppet show and see incredibly crafted puppets come to life through skilled puppeteers. After all, Bunraku – the centuries-old art of Japanese puppet theater – was created in Osaka, so where better to watch a show than in its birthplace?
However, this is only a snippet of what’s on offer in Osaka, and you can check out Swissôtel Nankai’s website to stay updated with upcoming local events.
If a day of exploring has taken its toll on your body, you can look forward to taking full advantage of Swissôtel Nankai’s full spa and fitness facilities. The Pürovel Spa and Sports offers a selection of indulgent and relaxing treatments, from pampering massages to invigorating facials. Take a dip in the Jacuzzi, before detoxifying in the steamy sauna.

After some well-earned rest, head down to one of Swissôtel Nankai’s seven onsite restaurants and choose from signature dishes at Tavola36, or head over to Empress Room Chinese Restaurant for scrumptious delights.
If you’re more swayed toward trying local cuisine, then grab a table at Minami for the finest Teppanyaki beef and seafood you’ve ever tasted, or book a table at Hana-Goyomi to experience culinary craftsmanship in the most delicious Japanese dishes.
Swissôtel has recently been acquired by the Accor Hotels Group, which means booking a luxury stay at Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka allows you to earn points straight away from July 2nd 2018 and then spend them across a wide range of properties in the Accor group, or on bonus spa treatments or special dinners.
Swissôtel takes pride in every part of creating a welcoming atmosphere and exceptional hospitality; from providing arguably the world’s most comfortable beds, to ensuring Swiss sustainability standards are adhered to in all their properties the world over.
Enjoy your stay and watch as Osaka becomes your new most-loved Japanese city.
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These are the most expensive cities to live in Asia

Posted by - January 19, 2018

MANY of the most expensive cities to live in Asia are in East Asia, according to price aggregation website Numbeo’s Cost of Living Index 2018.
Vietnamese cities among world’s top 100 foreign tourist destinations Indices in the open access Index are listed relative to New York City (100.00), meaning that if a city has Restaurant Index score of 70, it is 30 percent cheaper to eat out there than in the Big Apple. Data about prices is crowdsourced and released quarterly by Numbeo.
Its Index unsurprisingly reflected a strong correlation between levels of economic development and cost of living, with the urban centres of Asia’s wealthier countries being the priciest.
Conversely, most of the region’s cheapest places to live were overwhelmingly situated in the less developed South Asian nations of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
1. Kyoto, Japan Source: Sorasak/Unsplash
The listings found Kyoto to be the only city in Asia which is overall more expensive to live than New York.
While rent was significantly cheaper, the Groceries Index in Kyoto was listed at 118.44, meaning that overall it is more expensive at the checkout than NYC. Rent, however, is apparently a steal at 75 percent cheaper.
2. Tokyo, Japan Source: Riccardo Chiarini/Unsplash
Japan’s capital and the largest city on the planet is also the second most expensive town to live in Asia, according to the Index.
Nevertheless, what the average wage-earner can buy for their yen in Tokyo is better than in NYC, with a Local Purchasing Power Index of 106.42.
3. Singapore Source: Igor Ovsyannykov/Unsplash
The “Little Red Dot” is no stranger to international recognition, however, with great economic success comes great cost of living. The financial powerhouse came in as the third most expensive place to live in Asia.
Still, eating out in Singapore was more than 40 percent cheaper than in New York, while the city-state was listed as having a Rent Index of just 37.07.
All 10 of the world’s fastest-growing tourist cities are in Asia 4. Seoul, South Korea Source: Jenny Kim/Unsplash
South Korea’s megacity capital of more than 25 million came in fourth place, where the cost of living is comparable to Helsinki or Boston, according to the Index.
Groceries are at least seven percent more expensive for those living in Seoul than for New Yorkers, but their Local Purchasing Power was about eight percent better.
5. Hong Kong Source: Redd Angelo/Unsplash
Infamously expensive for its high wages and lack of land, Hong Kong came in at number five.
Eating out was relatively affordable, however, with a Restaurant Price Index of 56.17, while rent was still listed as being around 20 percent cheaper in HK than in NYC.
Canberra makes surprise entry into Lonely Planet top cities for 2018 6. Osaka, Japan Source: Julina Rashid/Unsplash
Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area was also named as one of the most expensive in Asia. Along with Paris and London, the city has one of the most productive hinterlands in the world.
Rent is a whopping 75 percent cheaper than in New York and the Local Purchasing Power Index was 109, meaning more bang for your buck.
7. Taipei, Taiwan Source: Thomas Tucker/Unsplash
The capital of the Republic of China, Taipei, came in at seventh place. Things like rent and groceries in the gleaming metropolis of almost nine million were cheaper than in New York.
What’s more, like their counterparts in Tokyo and Seoul, the Local Purchasing Power Index showed Taipei residents to be around five percent better off than New Yorkers.
This article originally appeared on our sister site Asian Correspondent.
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