Minakami Onsen Weekend Getaway

Minakami Onsen, a region in Gunma Prefecture, about 150 kilometers northwest of Tokyo is the perfect place to do some great and challenging hikes during...

By Katharina von Tschurtschenthaler
November 23, 2014 | Lifestyle, Out & About

Kasama: Getting Crafty in Ibaraki

Japan is a nation of craftspeople: brushmakers, food artists, textile and laquerware masters, papermakers, woodblock carvers, ceramicists. And while Japanese ceramics certainly need no introduction...

By Cynthia Popper
November 6, 2014 | Art & Culture, Out & About

Beach Combing in Uraga

An hour south of Tokyo is the seaside city of Yokosuka. Perhaps best known for the huge United States Naval Base that sits to one...

By Cheryl White
October 2, 2014 | Lifestyle, Out & About

Sapporo: The Savvy Insider’s Guide

Located on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is often portrayed as a cold, snowy and remote city most famous for the 1972 Winter Olympics...

By Sandra Mileo
August 21, 2014 | Lifestyle, Out & About

Museum Hopping in Karuizawa

To escape the heat and humidity of Tokyo's summer,  the highland resort town of Karuizawa has always been a favorite. Just a quick 70-minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo...

By Sandra Isaka
August 5, 2014 | Lifestyle, Out & About

Enoshima: Sun, Sea and Sanctuary

At the center of the Shonan resort area lies Enoshima, a popular seaside destination to which locals and visitors alike flock in the summer months....

By Megan Waters
June 19, 2014 | Lifestyle, Out & About

Sapporo Snow Festival

In just a few weeks Japan’s largest snow festival will take place in Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo. The seven-day snow and ice event features hundreds of...

By Chanyn Kirtman
January 16, 2014 | Lifestyle, Out & About

Three Great Tokyo Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

If you’re tired of fighting the summer crowds at all the usual parks, then try heading to a spot that’s slightly off the locals' and...

By Elisabeth Lambert
July 3, 2013 | Families, Lifestyle, Out & About