Most visitors to Japan will travel right past the island of Shikoku as they ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima. By taking a less-traveled path outside of Japan’s top destinations…

Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park, located in Shikoku’s southernmost tip, is the epitome of what makes traveling through Japan so endlessly fascinating. Known as Ashi-Uwa to the locals, this sprawling park is an example…

Kochi, on the southern coast of Shikoku — the smallest of Japan’s four major islands — is young, as Japanese cities go. The city was founded in 1601 when Lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo…

From a bird’s-eye view, “Why,” Kamikatsu’s famed recycling facility and zero waste center, looks like a question mark. The recycling center and related facilities curl into a semi-circle with a tail, while…

The Setouchi islands, located off the coast of Kagawa Prefecture, are famous for their beautiful, landscapes and one very popular outdoor museum. But did you know that Kagawa is also known for udon? The…

Otama village, a bucolic little settlement at the foot of Mount Adatara in Fukushima Prefecture, made national headlines in January when its residents stood defiant against government plans to erect more photovoltaic…

Most first, and even second-time travelers, to Japan visit what has been dubbed The Big Three – Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto – leaving other areas of Japan largely untapped. One of Japan’s best…

I first laid eyes upon the art islands during the 2019 Setouchi Triennale. It was early August and I was standing at the port in Takamatsu, a coastal city in northern Shikoku,…

So you love art, but you love your very young children just as much. Sure, you know they’d adore you if you took them to Disneyland, but it’s so typical and kitsch…

When author Alex Kerr first discovered Japan’s Iya Valley in the 1970s, he was so entranced that he bought an abandoned 300-year-old thatch-roofed farmhouse and made a home here. When you visit,…

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