All right. It’s your first time in Japan and after the hullaballoo that was the crowds, salarymen, otaku, robots, and bright billboard glare of Tokyo, you’re hoping two days in Kyoto will…

Shiga is generally noted for surrounding Japan’s largest enclosed body of water, Lake Biwa, but the area has much more to offer than just its impressive lake-side scenery. Though often overshadowed by…

Visit Shimogamo Saryo in Kyoto or Tokyo to experience traditional sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and kaiseki (multi-course) dining. An expansive restaurant with a garden in a traditional vein, Shimogamo Saryo opened in…

Steeped in the rich tradition of Kyoto, Shimogamo Saryo’s satellite shop in Ginza offers a unique opportunity to savor the old capital’s cuisine in Tokyo. The restaurant’s name Higashi no Hanare means “the eastern detachment,” indicating Shimogamo Saryo’s dedication to its roots in the ancient capital while making room for some modern Tokyo flair. The Kyoto-based executive chef arranges the menus for both Kyoto and Ginza locations to ensure the spirit of Shimogamo Saryo holds true even in the east, and features seasonal options and ample Kyoto-sourced vegetables. A great believer in maintaining tradition when needed and innovating when it’s not, the Ginza outfit serves Kyoto classics with an innovative twist in an intimate environment, perfect for dates nights or casual business dinners. Address: 11F Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Website: shimogamosaryo.co.jp/ginza Tel: 070-5345-5761

An expansive restaurant with a garden in a traditional vein, Shimogamo Saryo opened in 1856, originally located inside the grounds of Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine. Now located a three-minute walk away, Shimogamo Saryo still maintains a close relationship with the shrine and its visitors, who have ranged from politicians to the very gods themselves. Traditions are important here – from the executive chef and staff praying at the well in the garden each morning before work, to tea ceremony experiences offered to the sado savvy and novices alike. At Shimogamo Saryo, both locals and visitors can sample true traditional Kyoto kaiseki fare, which uses delectable Kyoto-sourced vegetables as a base. Address: 62 Shimogamomiyagawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto Website: shimogamosaryo.co.jp   Tel: 075-701-5185

Tokyo Weekender is expanding! Following the recent launch of Japan Weekender, which now forms our website’s travel section, we’re excited to announce the launch of the very first edition of Kansai Weekender. Sister mag to…

Nestled in the mountains in the heart of Nara Prefecture, Yunotani Senkei is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, offering guests the perfect place to get away from it all. Opened…

Nestled in the mountains in the heart of Nara Prefecture, Yunotani Senkei is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, offering guests the perfect place to get away from it all. Opened in October 2017, a stay at this secluded ryokan offers an exquisite encounter with traditional Japanese hot spring culture in the privacy of your own room. Though the ryokan itself is new, the area has been famous for its curative waters for over 560 years. Yunotani Senkei continues the tradition of this illustrious area with water taken straight from the spring source —a rarity even in Japan — and sent to its baths at a piping 50 degrees Celsius. For those in the mood for some company, the shared facilities boast a sauna and several baths that can be enjoyed around the clock. Address: Totsukawa Tosenji Onsen, 714-2 Musashi, Totsukawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara Website: takumihanga.com    Tel: 0746-62-0888

One of the best things to do in Kobe city is indulge in the variety of superb cuisine on offer. The standout food, of course, is internationally recognized and has its origins…

Kobe, tucked between Mount Rokko and Osaka Bay, and known as one of Japan’s most cosmopolitan cities due to its fascinating history as an international port, is hard not to love. The…

Address: 2-5-25 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka Website: www.ritzcarlton.com    Tel: 06-6343-7000

Head approximately 130 kilometers north of Japan’s old capital and you’ll arrive at Japan’s roots. Kyoto Prefecture’s northern region was the first stopping point for visitors from mainland China, and it’s thought…

Head to Jikko, a Japanese knife shop in Osaka Prefecture’s city of Sakai, to find some of the finest cutlery in Japan. To say that Hiroaki Jikko’s family has always been on the cutting…

We spend two days touring Osaka, which inspires enough eating, walking, chatting, and coffee drinking to live up to its nickname DAY ONE It’s a gorgeous morning when we arrive at Osaka…

For a true taste of Kyoto’s long history and traditional craftsmanship, head to this beautifully renovated complex that preserves the old while welcoming the new. First opened in 1938 under the name…