Yokohama is Japan’s second-largest city, but that’s only if you’re counting the people. When it comes to things to do and see, it has long been a contender for the number one…

Whether you call it autumn leaves, fall foliage, or changing of the leaves, there’s something special about the bright colors of autumn in Japan. There are thousands of places to witness the changing colors,…

Japan abounds in maples, ginkgoes and other deciduous trees that dazzle us with fiery colors from October to December. The mountains and valleys of the Kanto and Chubu regions offer endless choices…

With the pandemic affecting our lives in numerous ways, many of us have found ourselves newly exploring wellness options — or perhaps renewing an existing interest in this area. And while the…

The first time I visited Kurkku Fields, it was in the dead of winter, a grey January day. We left Kawasaki and headed south. The further we drove on the Tokyo Wan…

The perfect relaxing getaway is hard to find, but this luxurious retreat just a few hours outside of Tokyo has everything you need to reawaken your senses and soothe your body and…

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…

If your idea of a perfect escape entails exploring beaches, mountains, hot springs and temples – and tucking into delicious Japanese cuisine – then spending a few days in the picturesque port…

Ibaraki gets a bad rap for being Tokyo’s country bumpkin neighbor, but it’s precisely the prefecture’s bucolic scenery that makes it such a great destination for those seeking to escape the city.…

Located about 40 minutes south of downtown Tokyo, Yokohama — with its rich cultural program that ranges from noh theater to contemporary jazz — has grown to be a favorite weekend getaway…

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…

Since the days of the Meiji Restoration, when Yokohama was a village of a few hundred houses, Yokohama has been at the forefront of change and modernity in Japan. Now with 3.7…