Category: Travel

Luxurious French cuisine in the heart of Osaka

Maison Tateru Yoshino, a French restaurant at the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka that earned a star in the Michelin Guide Kyoto-Osaka 2018, is offering several courses commemorating the honor through Jan. 31 (excluding Dec. 22 to 25). Tateru Yoshino, the chef and creator of the restaurant, spent years in France mastering French culinary arts. The

Luxury accomodations on the sea

On Nov. 3, Atami Sekaie in Shizuoka Prefecture opened a new annex named Atami Sekaie Tsuki-no-michi featuring 13 rooms, including a luxurious penthouse and a Japanese grill restaurant 1 Shio (Hitoshio). The hotspring ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) complex, created in collaboration with globally renowned consultant Kenichi Omae, is a fusion of a business executive training

Changing times in Setagaya’s Shoin Jinjamae

There’s something alluring about the suburban stops between Sangenjaya and Shimotakaido stations, which has been serviced by the Tokyu Setagaya tramway for the past 110 years. Low-rise buildings and modest platforms tick by as the tram trundles at a leisurely pace westward from where I board at Sangenjaya. I don’t know what I’m looking for,

Experience the coziness of Denmark

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is holding the “Nordic Bliss” Denmark Fair through Nov. 30. Supported by the Danish embassy, guests can experience “hygge” with Danish food and culture, while commemorating 150 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Japan. Hygge, loosely defined as cozy or charming, is a lifestyle in Denmark and other Nordic countries

Northern exposure: Discovering silence in Okinawa

kunigami, Okinawa Pref. – Route 58 begins its life in Naha as a three-lane highway, mainland Okinawa’s bulging digestive track bumper to bumper with private vehicles, tour buses, motor bikes and lumbering military convoys. Once beyond the outskirts of Nago, a shabby but endearingly laconic town at the midriff of the island, the enjambment of

Everything needed for the holidays

From Nov. 1 throughout the holiday season, the Mandarin Oriental Gourmet Shop at the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, is offering 10 Christmas sweets, including three kinds of Buche de Noel, two kinds of Christmas shortcakes and several other seasonal treats. From Dec. 1, the hotel is also offering a Japanese New Year osechi ryori, or traditional

Living color: Basking in Tochigi’s golden hues

NASUSHIOBARA, TOCHIGI PREF. – Traveling into the Shiobara Valley by bus, visitors are assailed by the rich, intensely cultivated fields of Nasunogahara. The reformations that characterized Japan’s Meiji Era (1868 -1912) were not confined to political or social change, the volcanic wasteland of Nasunogahara undergoing a transformation of its own in the early 1800s, as

Buffet offers the flavors of Niigata

The InterContinental Tokyo Bay’s Chef’s Live Kitchen is offering its 10th Niigata Promotion through Nov. 30. Lunch, dinner and dessert buffets will feature approximately 25 traditional items made using ingredients from Niigata Prefecture. Executive chef Isamu Tsukuda and gourmet journalist Toryu has created the menus through a collaboration. Tsukuda especially recommends the yellowtail carpaccio salad,