The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, the vicious tsunami that followed it and the widespread destruction left in their wake, dominated global headlines that year. Eight years on, the cities along…

On the whole, Japan may not have an established rugby tradition. When you zone-in on isolated pockets of the country, the story takes on a different shape. Kamaishi, a city of barely…

Founded in 1891, well-known Japanese dairy brand Koiwai Farm is Japan's largest private production farm, with the grounds equaling double the size of Haneda Airport. Aside from its prolific work as a forestry and livestock farm, the grounds offer a variety of events on the range, including farm restaurants, crafts, horseback riding and butter-making classes. From April to November, visitors can tour the backyard and factory, which produces the local lye and dairy. As the leaves turn with the autumn season, the farm will transport you back to a more picturesque era through its traditional wooden architecture and Japan's oldest brick silos. From December to January, a variety of snow and light illumination events will be held, turning the grounds into a silver winter wonderland. From February, the largest pop-up restaurant in Japan, as well as Igloo's BBQ, open up in the snowy backdrop. How Much: Varies per activity. Entry ticket: Adults ¥800, children aged 5-11 years ¥300, children under 5 free. (Ticket prices are subject to change depending on the season of travel, for example they reduce to half price in winter.) Address: 36−1 Maruyachi, Shizukuishi-chō, Iwate-gun, Iwate 020-0507 Book Now: koiwai.co.jp/makiba/en/ (guided tour tickets including entry fee are available)  Email Contact: [email protected] (English and Japanese)

Hachimantai in Iwate Prefecture is kind of like a mini Japan. Not only does the city boast plenty of traditional and modern culture, it’s also blessed with unblemished nature, “countless” hot springs,…

On March 11, 2011 when a 9.0 earthquake rocked northeastern Japan, it pushed the island of Japan eight feet further east and shook the earth on its axis. The quake spawned a…

Surrounded by the lush forests and refreshingly cool air of Okawa Hatori Prefectural Park, British Hills is a mere two hours from Tokyo yet feels as though you’re on the British Isles…

Based in Akita’s Semboku City, the Warabi-za dance and theater troupe has put on 250 shows a year for almost 70 years and shows no signs of stopping. Lauded as one of…

Though Noshiro’s primary claims to fame are its wood industry and its basketball team, the city boasts unique architectural structures, extraordinary woodcraft prowess, and an awe-inspiring summer festival. Dining in Style: Kaneyu…

In our “Art of Akita” series, we explore the region through the eyes of an artist to discover the unique characteristics of the region. “The preparation of good food is merely another…