While the notion of miyabi (elegance) dominated the aesthetic values of Japan up until the Heian period, the art of Kamakura draws a clear comparison with its subtle aesthetics derived from the…

I’ve been making a list of the best cherry blossom spots to see this year ever since the 2020 forecast was published. There are many places to see the famous white and pink…

Throughout the ages spring has been welcomed in Japan with joy and celebration. Since as long ago as the Nara Period, Japan residents have recognized the beginning of the rice-planting season with…

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…

Many years ago, Edo-era travelers making their way between the Edo region (present-day Tokyo) and the ancient capital of Kyoto followed the 500 km-long Tokaido route – on foot. The road was…

Japan’s diverse countryside and spectacular nature are best witnessed by pulling on a pair of walking shoes and heading out into their midst. It was with this in mind that I invited…

One tends to associate Yokosuka as home of the American naval base. However, after a long-awaited year of renovation, Coaska Bayside Stores hosts its grand reopening on April 24, 2020, making the Kanagawa Prefecture city located…

One of Japan’s ancient capitals first governed by a shogun and the birthplace of wabi sabi (appreciation of imperfection), Kamakura is packed with distinctive attractions of Japan that make it a great field…

The popular anime robot, Gundam, is set to come to life later this year for a limited time at a 9,000-square-meter complex in Yokohama. The Gundam Global Challenge project, with the sole…

Atami, the gateway to Izu Peninsula, is less than an hour by bullet train from Tokyo. A popular seaside resort, the compact city also offers a castle, a fantastic art museum, a…

As our car traveled alongside Higashiizu’s rugged and besotting ancient coastline, my guide turned to me and explained that this is the sight of the town’s fabled moon road. Known as a…

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean’s Sagami Bay on its south side, Odawara is blessed with a scenic coastline that’s been admired by travelers since the city served as a post town along…