Whoever said Japan is a homogenous country has obviously never been to the Amami Islands. The Amami archipelago is scattered across the Pacific Ocean in an almost straight line that starts 380km…

Hot on the heels of Tokyo and the Kansai trifecta (Kyoto, Nara and Osaka), Fukuoka is gaining a reputation as one of Japan’s must-see cities. Home to delicious tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen…

Journey around three prefectures using Kyushu-Saga International Airport as a starting point for your northwestern Kyushu adventure. This modern airport offers easy access to some of the region’s most fascinating destinations, each…

Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama sits right on top of Shin-Yokohama Station and is operated by JR-Central Hotels, part of the Japan Railways Group. It makes sense, then, that the hotel’s first-rate rooms, service…

THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier is not the only hotel in Japan to reference blooming flowers but it is one of the few that does it consummately well. Rising out of Fukuoka’s cosmopolitan…

There are a few things that always come to mind when one thinks of Japan. Sushi is one. The Shinkansen, or bullet train, is another. But perhaps the most obvious is Mt…

While Tokyo is known for – and loved – for its hustle and bustle, its never-ending energy and its high-end shopping and dining options, some might say there is more charm to…

Nearly 30 million international tourists visited Japan in 2019 and with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games scheduled for this summer the number of visitors is expected to break records. That many more…

What do you think when I say the word, Chiba? Call me presumptuous but I assume Tokyo Disneyland and nothing more. But after spending two days in Chiba dressed as a samurai, making…

There are only two things you need for an authentically Japanese hanami flower viewing experience: sakura cherry trees in bloom and good food, both of which you will find at the Grand…

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…