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For most travelers visiting Asia for the first time, the flight spent getting there may mean that you want to experience as much as possible. It’s natural to want to make the most of your first visit and take in as much as you can and we recommend that you visit at least three locations a day, each accompanied by a wonderful meal.  Once your at your destination remember to slow down and take in the iconic locations by taking pictures, video and picking up some souvenirs.

Research Your Destination
Do some research on the locations you wish to visit on your trip by renting books in your local library and researching on the web. Try to not take other traveler’s opinions of what they thought of the destination you’re going to visit, after all wonderful is different for every person. Knowing the history of your destination, why it was built and who built it will make your visit more fulfilling and you can focus on what you want to take pictures of. Learn what you can about where you might like to visit or will be visiting and you can minimize the feeling of being rushed or that you’re missing out on something you would have liked to see.

Get to Know your Destination
Once you’ve landed and checked into your hotel, consider taking a walk around the area a few blocks around your hotel. Walking or biking is a great way to experience the daily life of your town or city. There are a lot of wonderful luxury Asia tour options that can be the perfect way to meet your new destination and once you’ve sampled your location, you can absorbed the local culture more easily throughout your trip.

Plan to Discover
Make sure you leave time in your itinerary and day-to-day schedule to wander around and discover your own unique town or city. Giving yourself time to tour means you’ll be free to discover hidden gems and sights that aren’t on your itinerary. When you leave time to explore and lose yourself in the experience of traveling you wont simply be a tourist but an explorer.

Challenge Yourself and Discover
We all know our comfort zones, foods we normally eat and experiences where comfortable with. You might be the adventurous type, or you might be traveling for the first time and everything seems intimidating. But the entire reason of traveling is to get out of your comfort zone and discover. Try to learn local words and phrases or how to recognize certain words or signs, sample local foods that are exotic to your palate and get yourself unique souvenirs such as local clothing styles and jewelery. Getting out and taking in as much as you can will make your trip to Asia a memorable adventure for your all your senses.

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Food and travel go together like pictures and memories. Where ever one travels your’e going to experience at least one culinary dish that will help you understand the local culture on a nearly unexplainable level. In some countries the food may be the highlight of the entire trip, drawing many travelers to its remoteness for that delicious mix of spices you can’t get anywhere else. Here are our favorite countries in no particular order, that your taste buds will thank you for visiting.

Indonesia (Bali)
Indonesian-food-globotoursTravel to Indonesia offers a change to discover a cuisines that’s a mix of Chinese, Portuguese and Indian spices and ingredients, all influenced by their own country’s culinary concepts, mixed with the locals original palate. With the abundance of rice characteristic of the region’s fertile terraced landscape and fresh tropical fish from the surrounding oceans, the spicy food is reminiscent of the time of traders mixed with fiery chillies. Indonesian and Malaysian cooking is not necessarily complex and tastes tend to stay separate, but the simple and substantial food will leave you very satisfied.

Sri Lanka
sri-lanka-hopper-globotoursnetIt may seem that Sri Lankan cuisine can be compared to South Indian food but it remains distinctly its own form of cuisine. Sri Lanka travelers throughout the years of colonization and influence from other countries, have been adapted into its palate of blending different curries, sea-food and rice dishes. Sri Lankans use lots of spices and the just about every dish will produce an explosion of mouthwatering flavors. Being an island with a warm and inviting tropical climate, coconuts and fresh fish are two of the most influential components of Sri Lankan cuisine and fresh fish is made into curries with coconut included in almost all dishes. Rice and curry is the Sri Lankan staple, though various kinds of flat breads and unique dishes are equally as common including the famous egg “hoppers” a yummy pancake bowl with coconut milk and an egg in the middle.

Japan
japanese-cuisine-globotoursMost Japanese restaurants concentrate on a specific cuisine such as yakitori or grilled foods, sushi, sashimi or raw fish and ramen noodle bars. The principle of Japanese cooking is derived as an association with the tea ceremony and combines ingredients, preparation and settings over several small courses to distinguish a gentle art of eating. Traditional food of Japan is based on rice with miso soup and smaller dishes, each in its own serving bowls. To fully enjoy Japanese cuisine is to participate in an age-old tradition and participating will help make your Japan tour a luxurious escape.

Borneo
Borneo-cuisine-globotoursnet With a rich variety of traditional foods created by its many tribes and indigenous people, Borneo cuisine uses wild plants, herbs and fruits in culinary dishes. The coastlines and many large rivers provide plenty of seafood and freshwater fish and together with rice create wonderful dishes. When Traveling to Borneo visit the far north, where corn and tapioca are regularly used instead of rice. You can enjoy dishes that are carefully spiced using more meat and served with a range of breads or dishes that use mango as the main ingredient or rich creamy dishes that use coconut milk and curry.

China
Chinese-cuisine-globotoursFrom small dumpling shops to four-star banquet restaurant, China has one of the world’s finest menus. In traditional cuisine service and presented with cooling foods such as vegetables and fruit to counter hot foods such as warming spices and meats. In Chinese cuisine there will almost always be rice but also noodles. When in China one should try and sample the traditional taste of popular items such as Dim Sum, Moo Goo Gai Pan or fresh mushrooms with sliced chicken and Cantonese Roast Duck.

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TChili-Yak-Tibet-cuisine-globotoursibetan cuisine consist mainly of barley, meats and dairy products. Vegetables are scarce in the high altitude and have to be mostly imported. Tsampa or roasted flour, is the staple food of Tibetan people, which is consumed daily and with nearly every dish. It is actually barley flour made from parched barley, un-husked and ground into fine flour. Tibetan food is rich in flavor and harty to help deal with the cold and rugged climates. One of our favorite dishes is the Chili Yak, a vibrant dish with crisp sweet onions, bell peppers and punchy ginger taste creating a wonderful dish.

Thailand
thailand-cuisine-globotours Located at the crossroads of India, China and the South Pacific, Thai cuisine offers what many say the best-of all cooking techniques, ingredients and spices. Dishes generally use strong garlic and chillies. Other signature ingredients include coconuts, lime juice, coriander and lemon grass, which give the cuisine its characteristic tang. Thai fish sauce or shrimp paste is used instead of salt and adds another dimension to Thai dishes. From fish recipes to hot soups and warm curries, Thai food is the perfect way to stay full and happy when traveling throughout Thailand, we highly recommended Pad Thai, Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps and Chicken Curry.

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Press Release: Fujita Kanko Inc. – Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:53 AM EST

The iconic flagship property of leading Japanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko Inc. will debut January 1st under its new name, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, after operating for 20 years as Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so.

Fujita Kanko is celebrating the rebranding with a Japanese touch. In addition to offering various Japanese New Year rituals and entertainments, the hotel will host concerts on January 3rd with one-of-a-kind Japanese music group, Aun J, which uses Japanese classical instruments to perform contemporary music. “Like Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, Aun J creates its own form of ‘old meets new,’ bringing a new interpretation of Japanese tradition to the world. Their music is perfect for the birth of our new brand,” said Kouichi Urashima, who will be the first general manager of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. The concerts, open to the public free of charge, will be held in the hotel’s renowned 17-acre Japanese botanical garden.

To emphasize its heritage, the hotel is also launching a series of Japanese art and cultural activities for its international guests. The newest activity is a weekly Japanese language and culture class where guests can learn simple Japanese conversation, and Japanese manners and customs in various situations, such as proper table manners and worshiping at Shinto shrines. The class, to be held at the hotel’s Japanese Suite and historic tea houses, can be tailored according to guests’ needs and interests.

Other activities include the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, performed by the hotel’s own tea masters in two authentic tea houses on the property, and the creation of “moss ball bonsai,” taught in a weekly workshop by a licensed Japanese landscape gardener who has taken care of the Chinzanso’s botanical garden for the past 30 years.

The schedules and costs for these activities, which require an advance reservation, are available from the hotel by telephone (81-3-3943-2222), or, upon arrival at the hotel, from the concierge.

About Fujita Kanko Inc.

Fujita Kanko Inc., established in 1955, is a publicly-traded tourism industry corporation headquartered in Tokyo. In addition to its core hospitality business, the company’s subsidiaries include wedding and banquet facilities, high-end resorts, leisure facilities and related services. The company has over 50 properties/facilities, including 28 mid-priced hotels throughout Japan in two chains: Gracery Hotels and Washington Hotels.

Contact:

for Fujita Kanko Inc.
Keiko Okano, +1-212-583-1043 (U.S.)
kokano@bridgeny.com