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Atami, the gateway to Izu Peninsula, is less than an hour by bullet train from Tokyo. A popular seaside resort, the compact city also offers a castle, a fantastic art museum, a…

As the winter sunshine crept across the tatami, our hostess, tea master Masumi Kirihata, performed the elegant, precise steps of the Omotesenke tea ceremony. It was December 2015, and Kirihata (whose tea name…

Rewind to Christmas Eve, 2010 – my very first visit to Kyoto. Wandering the nearly deserted alleys of nighttime Gion, I caught tantalizing snippets of koto music and glimpses of proprietresses in…

For one day in Kanazawa last December, I strolled through the historic town wearing a gorgeous Kaga Yuzen silk kimono, my first experience wearing the traditional Japanese garment. Each step of the dressing process…

Elegant. Alluring. Timeless. Kimono have origins that can be traced back over a millennium, and until the last century they were the everyday wear for the majority of Japanese. Now, kimono are…

The venerated city of Kanazawa in northern Honshu’s Chubu region is easily accessible from Tokyo via the Hokuriku Shinkansen and offers visitors a wealth of history to explore. Once the domain of the powerful Maeda clan,…

The island of Enoshima is only an hour from Tokyo on the Shonan Coast and offers visitors gorgeous ocean vistas, historic shrines, mysterious caves, beautifully manicured gardens and great food, not to…

If you’re looking for a slice of Japan that radiates the charm of yesteryear, look no further than Kurashiki. Only a 15-minute train ride away from nearby capital Okayama, Kurashiki was once…