the upgrade

Welcome to The Upgrade, a collection of Tripadvisor articles packed with timely travel guidance that will help make your next vacation better than ever.

This week: exciting new places to explore, from right nearby to the (seeming) ends of the Earth.

Japan's reopened - here's what's happened while we've been away

The favorable dollar-to-yen exchange rate means that there's never been a better time to visit Japan, which has finally reopened its borders to international travelers after years of pandemic-related closures. But while we've been away, stellar new hotels, restaurants, and museums have opened from coast to cost. Whether you're planning a trip ASAP or for later in 2023, here's our comprehensive guide for leveling up your long-awaited trip.

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"The people who work here are out of this world and make the stay beyond incredible. There is a sense of place but also the mixture of East and West done elegantley along with a focus on sustainablity. "

- Tripadvisor traveler yadiram533's review of the new Ace Hotel Kyoto

Other Japan Highlights

Nippondaira Hotel


#1 of 93 hotels in Shizuoka

1500-2 Shimizu-ku Mabase, Shizuoka 424-0875 Shizuoka Prefecture

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#6 of 2502 restaurants in Shinjuku

5-37 Kagurazaka 1F Takamura Bldg., Shinjuku 162-0825 Tokyo Prefecture

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Kyoto Station Building


#28 of 1999 things to do in Kyoto

901 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture

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Three ways to explore one of America's underrated national parks

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Experience breathtaking views all over the globe

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