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…

On the outskirts of Yamanashi’s capital city Kofu is a spot so scenic that it has inspired poems and became the object of paintings. No wonder it’s a Japan Heritage Site. The…

If they are lucky and the weather is clear, passengers aboard the Tokaido Shinkansen Line from Tokyo to Nagoya will be able to catch a panoramic view of Mount Fuji out the…

Mount Fuji, perhaps Japan’s most famous symbol, has fascinated people for millennia. Even today, appreciation for this sacred mountain ranges from adoration to downright obsession. It has inspired everything from Katsushika Hokusai’s…

The Covid-19 pandemic pulled the emergency lever on 2020–2021, bringing overseas travel to a grinding halt. This year, there is one mode of travel that is gaining in popularity – the wellness…

When English archaeologist William Gowland coined the term “Japanese Alps” in the late 1800s, he was originally referring to the Hida Mountains, now commonly known as the Northern Alps. Here on the…