Category: Travel

Views both old and new of Aomori’s Tsugaru

Cut off by the Ou Mountains to the south and far removed from any center of power, Aomori Prefecture’s remote Tsugaru Peninsula was largely left to its own devices until the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603). In the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), different factions of the Tsugaru clan swore allegiance to either side to ensure the clan’s

Iconic Tokyo hotel celebrates 102 years

In commemoration of its 102nd anniversary, The Tokyo Station Hotel that is located in the classic European-style, red-brick station building, the Premium Breakfast Buffet will be available at The Atrium, the guest lounge of the hotel from Oct. 3 to 6, and on Nov. 2. The Atrium usually offers a buffet breakfast, which was rated

Hiking the lesser-known parts of the Nakasendo

Peeping through the wooden slats, I start to realize that the inhabitants of the home I’m in prioritized safety and practicality over comfort. The woodwork is angled at 90 degrees to maximize light in and views out while protecting the occupants’ privacy, and it is the only partition against the elements on the second floor

Family time in the center of the city

The Family Stay 2017 vacation plan is being offered at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo, through Sept. 22. Free parking for one vehicle is included in the plan for guests to enjoy easy access to sightseeing spots around the city. For a second car, the regular

Iriomote: Remote island is home to a unique state of mind

TAKETOMI, OKINAWA PREF. – Approaching the house of 80-year-old Akiko Ishigaki, a three-legged dog rises to signal our arrival. From inside the house, Ishigaki gently scolds the dog, emerges from the doorway and invites us in. She’s dressed in layers of woven purple cloth and her face maintains the preternatural youth Okinawans are known for.

Chinese fare on fine china a treat for the senses

Through Sept. 30, The Peninsula Tokyo, in partnership with luxury French porcelain brand Legle France, is offering “RUYI Gastronomy,” a contemporary Chinese tableware service and dining experience in its signature Hei Fung Terrace Cantonese restaurant. With more than 150 years of tableware design and manufacturing, Legle France’s latest “RUYI” collection recreates the sophistication of exquisite

Drinking to health and history in Kagoshima

KAGOSHIMA – Passengers flying into Kagoshima Airport in Kyushu pass over verdant mountains and lush agricultural fields just before landing. This rich terrain, fertilized by ash from a nearby active volcano, partially explains one facet of the prefecture’s reputation: Kagoshima is famous for healthy cuisine. Centuries-old seaports have brought foreign spice to the mix, and

Luxury hotels set to welcome Olympic guests

In 2020, Marriott International Inc. will open for the first time in Japan two “high-grade luxury lifestyle hotels” with the EDITION Toranomon and EDITION Ginza. Both hotels are aiming to open between spring and summer 2020, ready to welcome guests from all over the world to the Tokyo Olympics. In collaboration with Mori Trust Corp.

French cuisine with a Japanese twist

The Motif Restaurant and Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is offering dinner created in collaboration with Sapporo’s Moliere French restaurant from Aug. 21 to 27. Moliere is the only restaurant in Hokkaido to be awarded three Michelin stars, receiving the honor in both 2012 and 2017. On Aug. 23, chef Hiroshi