Biei offers surreal summer scenery, when fields of flowers like sunflowers and lavender bloom in a colourful patchwork.

Why is Furano in rural Hokkaido home to so many Michelin-star restaurants?

Hokkaido’s Furano and Biei in Japan serve up spectacular skiing, scenery and gastronomy

Topic |   Luxury travel

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Biei offers surreal summer scenery, when fields of flowers like sunflowers and lavender bloom in a colourful patchwork.
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Shochu producers are working hard to raise the global profile of the popular drink outside Japan.

Why you have probably never heard of shochu – Japan’s most popular drink

With Japanese labelling, it’s unusual flavour and legal restrictions, George Koutsakis explores why the world doesn’t love shochu like Japan does and what producers are doing about it

Topic |   Japan

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Shochu producers are working hard to raise the global profile of the popular drink outside Japan.
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