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8 great onsen in Gunma, Japan’s “hot spring heaven”
The abundance of hot spring resorts in Gunma, with notable resorts such as Kusatsu in the west or Ikaho in the north, has seen the prefecture garne...
Take Eat Easy. Diner with local Miyazaki flair
There's a bar in Obi, the heart of Nichinan city in Miyazaki prefecture where people involved in regional and traditional housing revitalization pr...
Forest bathing, now moss therapy--the lush woods of Inohae
Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku may envision having a hot-tub in the woods, but it's a relatively new concept birthed in Japan in the '80s. Inohae ...
Obi, a castle town where tradition, modernity and art meet
Standing at the batter’s box overlooking the field, I see stone walls of an old feudal-era castle on the other side, along with a historic-looking ...
The largest Buddha statue nobody's heard of
Giant buddha, or daibutsu statues are a tourism favorite in Japan. Two of the most famous monuments are in the Todaiji Temple in Nara prefecture an...
Finding a pocket of rare natural solace in Shibuya
Serene, historic: probably the two words least likely to be associated with Shibuya.New York City has Central Park, Shinjuku has the Gyoen national...
Thousands go underground at this nightclub when clock hits midnight
From dingy dives in Roppongi to the random joints scattered in Shinjuku, it’s daunting to find the best clubs in Tokyo, let alone Shibuya, where th...
Standing bar with 135-year history hidden in plain sight in Shibuya
Even by Tokyo standards Shibuya is a city quick to move on, whether in continually rotating fast-fashion, or even with larger businesses that get l...
Shibuya’s T4 Tokyo serves hardcore ping pong, mixed reality and fine dining
In the midst of the fury of Shibuya’s scramble with bright, stadium-sized LED screens vying for your attention, finding cutting-edge hangout spots ...
11 things you can only do in Shibuya
Shibuya’s appeal for many ends a couple hundred feet out of the JR station--see the dog statue, the Moai and gawk at the billboards and giant LED a...
Raw Tokyo is a flea-market haven for vintage and recycled street fashion
While farmer’s markets have boomed in the Americas and Europe thanks to a swell in demand for locally sourced organic produce, flea markets haven’t...
5 charming points of Nichinan City
We go to all kinds of locales for our work, and sometimes we’re surprised how much more there is to explore—often leaving us with a sense of “we sh...
The hidden beauty of Okinawa’s waterfalls
If there’s one leisure locale you can associate with Okinawa, it’s the island’s sandy white beaches. But not commonly known by outsiders is its lus...
10 popular spots in Japan's "gateway to the tropics"
Once upon a time, Miyazaki Prefecture was a popular honeymoon destination. Beginning in the 1960s, scores of couples made it their place to visit f...
Okinawan Awamori liquor harkens back to forgotten Ryukyu glory
Awamori Warehouse is a membership-based bar in Naha city exclusively serving Awamori, a unique Okinawan distilled liquor with a 600-year history. B...
8-fingered ex-Yakuza reforms as an Okinawan folk musician, bar owner
Day 3 of my Okinawa trip coverage: Having to withdraw money from the bank, I walked into the bar a bit later than the other crew. As I went through...
Tourists spots for foreigners that are too obscure for Japanese
TripAdvisor, one of the most major review aggregators for travelers, has recently announced its rankings for the most popular tourist sites in Japa...
8 stunning mirror-like water destinations in Japan
Japan’s photogenic spots typically are more characterized by compact spaces than vast expanses, whether it’s capturing the neon city lights of Kabu...