For much of Japan’s rich history, nihonshu, or sake, has been at the forefront of beverage production. Historically wine did not suit the rice-centric diet of Japan but the shift toward the…

Old habits die hard. Whenever I travel, I take at least one carefully selected book with me. Either one of my unread volumes at home, or one bought especially for the trip.…

It’s official: Tokyo’s cherry trees are expected to be in full bloom by the end of March, according to the recently released 2022 Cherry Blossom Forecast, courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC). The…

Did you come straight here after watching our other softcream adventures on YouTube? Or are you just finding us for the first time? Either way, welcome to the local softcream flavors exploration mission. This month…

No trip to Japan, even if it’s your second or third time, is complete without a stop in Kyoto. As travel returns to Asia over the next few years, the ancient capital…

Far from just a quick soak in the tub, onsen (hot springs) have long been part of Japan’s natural and cultural landscape. Every year millions of people make their way to famous…

Oita is best known for its onsen havens, but the prefecture in Kyushu has quite a few areas worth exploring on the way to and back from the hot springs. One must-visit…

Itoigawa is located in the westernmost part of Niigata Prefecture, with Nagano to the south and Toyama to the west. Taking the shinkansen, the trip from Tokyo is a comfortable two hours.…

Stained glass with camellia motifs and pictures of sunlit churches greet visitors at Fukue Airport, on the biggest of the five Goto Islands which are located in Nagasaki Prefecture. I’m immediately given…

From a limited, largely domestic market a couple of decades ago, Japan’s winter sports scene has exploded in global outdoor activity consciousness. Today, connoisseurs of the global skiing and snowboarding community know…

With the end of the year just around the corner, taxpayers around Japan are filing their annual contributions to furusato nozei which is the name given to Japan’s hometown tax program. Many…

Did you come straight here after watching our other softcream adventures on YouTube? Or are you just finding us for the first time? Either way, welcome to the local softcream flavors exploration mission. In this…