Located in the north-central part of the peninsula with which it shares its name, Izu city is one of Shizuoka Prefecture’s prime hot spring destinations. Particularly known for being home to the…

Since the days of the Meiji Restoration, when Yokohama was a village of a few hundred houses, Yokohama has been at the forefront of change and modernity in Japan. Now with 3.7…

Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama sits right on top of Shin-Yokohama Station and is operated by JR-Central Hotels, part of the Japan Railways Group. It makes sense, then, that the hotel’s first-rate rooms, service…

As spring makes a grand entrance, the entire country wakes up from hibernation and is greeted by the astounding views of pastel pink that sweep away the winter landscape of Japan. Hakone, home…

What do you think when I say the word, Chiba? Call me presumptuous but I assume Tokyo Disneyland and nothing more. But after spending two days in Chiba dressed as a samurai, making…

While the notion of miyabi (elegance) dominated the aesthetic values of Japan up until the Heian period, the art of Kamakura draws a clear comparison with its subtle aesthetics derived from the…

Many years ago, Edo-era travelers making their way between the Edo region (present-day Tokyo) and the ancient capital of Kyoto followed the 500 km-long Tokaido route – on foot. The road was…

Japan’s diverse countryside and spectacular nature are best witnessed by pulling on a pair of walking shoes and heading out into their midst. It was with this in mind that I invited…

The city of Yugawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, is something of a middle child of south-central Japan, often overshadowed by Odawara to the north with its famous Odawara Castle, or by Atami to the…

With amazing history, culture and wilderness, along with selections of rustic to avant-garde cuisines and ceaseless entertainments, all interlinked with networks of scenic rides accompanied by magnificent views of Mount Fuji and…

In recent years the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture has become one of Honshu’s primary tourist magnets, thanks to its excellent dive spots, abundant ryokan, gorgeous hot springs and its close proximity to…

One tends to associate Yokosuka as home of the American naval base. However, after a long-awaited year of renovation, Coaska Bayside Stores hosts its grand reopening on April 24, 2020, making the Kanagawa Prefecture city located…