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…

The coronavirus has been hitting everyone in the hotel industry hard, but perhaps none harder than the unfortunately-named Corona Hotel in Osaka, which went on Twitter many times in the past few…

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,…

Mention Shoningahama and you’d likely draw blank stares from even seasoned travelers in Japan. But don’t let that put you off. Shoningahama is a coast in Beppu, a resort town famed for…

“The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country. The earth lay white under the night sky.” This excerpt from the Nobel Prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country) by Yasunari…

Upon its grand opening on November 14, the Mimaru Tokyo Ginza East Hotel brought a mix of modernity and traditional Japanese esthetics to the capital. But it also did something else. It…

The lesser-known neighbor of Okinawa, the Amami archipelago is situated at Kyushu’s southernmost point and comprised of five main islands, plus several smaller ones. A trip here offers rich cultural exploration, cutting-edge…

When I heard that Fusaki Beach Resort Hotel & Villas in Ishigaki, Okinawa was opening a new wing, I sprung at the chance to head down south. Located closer to Taiwan then…

Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area has been enjoying a revival of sorts for the last few years. Once known for its connection to organized crime and its many host/hostess clubs, lately it’s been trying…