Just when the rest of Japan is buried in white snow, Okinawa is pretty in pink. One of the most closely watched signs of spring — the pink buds and blooms of the…

Stately residences of warriors gone by and a legendary lake await travelers to this region of Akita. Known as the “Little Kyoto” of Tohoku, Kakunodate is a historical castle village famed for…

A vast variety of traditional hand-crafted, bespoke products have been lovingly made for many generations by the people of Japan’s Tohoku region. No more obvious is this than in Akita Prefecture, where…

Happo offers seaside views and easy access to pristine primeval forests. Located in the Yamamoto District of Akita Prefecture, Happo is a tranquil and picturesque fishing village with very warm atmosphere, tasty…

Daisen’s history has been cultivated by Japan’s national crop, but it has gained its fame from a far brighter blossom. Located on the central plains of Akita Prefecture, the city of Daisen…

Generations past come to vibrant life on the rolling stages of this Akita festival. The Tsuchizaki Hikiyama Festival is a raucous celebration, appeasing the gods and cementing communities with shouting, towering festival…

Known for being the country’s “local” tropical getaway, Okinawa is also home to Japan’s first cherry blossoms of the year. By Alec Jordan The sakura, or cherry blossom, is one of the…

A luxurious hotel boasting modern, spacious rooms, spectacular ocean views, a therapeutic spa and three swimming pools, the newly opened Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort is a fantastic place to stay for families…

Hotel Nikko Yaeyama is your gateway to the charms of Ishigaki Island. Brightly colored rooms, onsens, and a breathtaking Pacific Ocean view from the top floor of the 13-story building are just…

After a disappointing showing against the Ivory Coast in Recife, Japan need to bounce back with a victory against Greece this Friday to keep alive their hopes of making it to the…

The lineup for the 6th Okinawa International Movie Festival (OIMF) was announced today along with some of the comedians and pop stars that will be in attendance. The festival runs for one…

Surrounded by the Inland Sea, Ehime’s friendly locals, stunning scenery, and excellent food would be reason enough to visit. By Robert Morel But it is also a land of quiet tradition, home…