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…

Ojika Island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture is a place where a local fisherman will gift a fresh catch to a neighboring farmer and in turn find a basket of seasonal…

To quote Paul Simon, “There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.” Even though these days we’ve all grown more accustomed to other, often faster…

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…

It sure had us at “Hello.” Standing on a nondescript platform at Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station in Fukuoka’s bustling shopping district, a pair of lights resembling round anime eyes grew brighter as…

Hot on the heels of Tokyo and the Kansai trifecta (Kyoto, Nara and Osaka), Fukuoka is gaining a reputation as one of Japan’s must-see cities. Home to delicious tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen…

THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier is not the only hotel in Japan to reference blooming flowers but it is one of the few that does it consummately well. Rising out of Fukuoka’s cosmopolitan…

When sakura season rolls around, Tokyo’s top hanami spots can become a tad overwhelming. So how do you plan a romantic stroll among the blooms that’s away from the crowds? We’d like…

A secluded onsen ryokan located on a hill overlooking Ago Bay, Basaratei is one of the most luxurious accommodations in the scenic area of Ise-Shima and makes for a delightful weekend getaway…

Envisioned as a teahouse that you can stay at, the minimalistic hotel zen tokyo offers travelers a relaxing and reflective stay in the very heart of Tokyo. Though technically a capsule hotel,…

Bags packed, phone charged – boys’ night was in full force. But this wasn’t a casual Tokyo all-night bender with the boys. Oh no, this was a complete overhaul of the concept –…

Sumo wrestling lies at the heart of Japanese culture. So a hotel that combines the sport with elegant accommodations in the center of Japan’s capital will surely be able to offer a…