Through the heavy Akita snowfall, a train with one or two cars makes its way across bridges that span deep valleys and through tunnels that burrow into the heart of the mountains…

No matter how great Tokyo is, we sometimes forget that one of the most beautiful cities in the world is within easy reach. Kyoto may be filled with gorgeous temples and shrines, but there’s…

In winter a deep snow sets in, turning Akita’s mountains and valleys into an undulating sea of white, spreading into the distance, cut off only by where the frozen drifts meet the…

Although the timetable has been pushed back and protests continue to run, plans to relocate Tsukiji Fish Market continue. The cavernous fish emporium will be relocated to a new site on the…

Soaking in an onsen until all of the tension seeps out of your body, you get up and cool yourself off in a cooler bath, or maybe you move out to the…

Walk through the historic center of Kakunodate, where the low branches of weeping cherry trees hang quietly over the pitch black fences of the town’s old samurai manors. Dating from the late…