“There must be an easier way,” I thought, discreetly wiping the red juice from between my fingers. My first attempt at picking these large, juicy fruits hadn’t gone well. “You lift upwards to…

While the Ichihara Art x Mix festival is a must-see for residents and visitors alike, the city of Ichihara itself is special for its livability, particularly for families. With its proximity to…

As we enter the second month of 2021, Japan’s second largest city is having second thoughts about all the things it had planned for February. Due to the ongoing state of emergency,…

Yokohama has had many symbols over the years: Chinatown, the sail-shaped InterContinental Yokohama Grand, Landmark Tower (once the tallest building in Japan, soon to be #3) and so much more. It speaks to…

Conveniently located just 1.5 hours by express train from Shinjuku Station, Tensui Saryo is a contemporary Japanese ryokan (inn) surrounded by Hakone’s splendid natural beauty. An excellent choice for those who wish…

Yokohama is Japan’s second-largest city, but that’s only if you’re counting the people. When it comes to things to do and see, it has long been a contender for the number one…

The first time I visited Kurkku Fields, it was in the dead of winter, a grey January day. We left Kawasaki and headed south. The further we drove on the Tokyo Wan…

The perfect relaxing getaway is hard to find, but this luxurious retreat just a few hours outside of Tokyo has everything you need to reawaken your senses and soothe your body and…

You can hear the waves splashing in the near distance. It’s hot but not humid and the heat feels surprisingly pleasant, softened by an occasional gentle ocean breeze. The road ahead is…

For many in Tokyo, the idea of traveling to the distant corners of the country during the summer Obon and Silver Week holidays has sadly become something of a distant memory. The measures that have…

Tokyoites with a penchant for the outdoors love to recommend their favorite places to hike in Japan. They rarely tell you where not to go – except for Mount Fuji (seriously, don’t do…

On June 19, when Japan lifted the last of its interprefecture travel restrictions, it marked a turning point in the course of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Though said restrictions weren’t enforced with…