Harry Potter fans looking for something a little more exciting than the disappearing luggage cart under the Platform 9¾ sign at St Pancras railway station in London, should head to Oxford. This eminent university city provided a variety of locations for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The magnificant Great Hall of Christ Church was the inspiration for Hogwarts Dining Hall. The Bodleian Library and New College were other spots used, while north in Oxfordshire is Blenheim Palace, home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill, which was the site of a flashback scene in the Order of the Phoenix. More: visitbritain.com; visitoxfordandoxfordhsire.com.
Occupying the top 14 floors of the Shinjuku Park Tower, the Tokyo Park Hyatt is the pinnacle of movie-homage accommodation. The central filming location for 2003’s Lost in Translation, this high-end hotel is super luxury, from the Hokkaido elm guestroom interiors and panoramic views to the 47th-floor pool and deluxe spa facilities. Rooms start from $530 a night; if you want just a small taste of the good life, head to the 52nd-floor New York Bar. While there is a $24 cover charge from 8pm, and the drink prices might make you light-headed, the live jazz and chance of running into a Suntory-drinking Bill Murray make it worthwhile. More: tokyo.park.hyatt.com.