Think about what you look for when you’re deciding on the perfect travel destination. Is it rich history? Cultural experiences? Lots of delicious food or shopping opportunities? Comfortable and unique
Okinawa is so lush that buildings and rivers are often obscured by its profusion of greenery. Along the coasts, tourists swim in aquamarine waters. All this natural beauty may surprise anyone who associates
The founders of cult surf brand Saturdays NYC often explore hidden corners of the country, where surf culture burns hot. On their latest visit, they plunged into under-the-radar Shikoku. Twice a year,
On an eight-night Princess Cruises voyage that visits some of the Japanese archipelago’s lesser-known ports, Eleni N. Gage falls under the spell of cherry-blossom season. From my bird’s-eye perch in the
Thanks to the tiny star-shaped leaves that radiate from the momiji, the maple indigenous to eastern Asia, autumn in Japan is exhilarating. Walking through Kiyosumi Gardens in Tokyo on a recent visit, glanced
A snowy getaway in Hokkaido, a beach vacation in Okinawa, or a photography trip to capture cherry blossoms in Tokyo — the best time to visit Japan depends entirely on what you want to do when you arrive.
Visitors to Japan usually head for the excitement of Tokyo’s Ginza district, seek out the historic shrines and temples in Kyoto, or stroll through manicured Japanese gardens. They might look for highly
Four quintessentially Japanese places to stay. In a country with such a long legacy of hospitality that a 200-year-old ryokan is considered a recent arrival, it can be tough for new hotels to make a splash.
Yamagata Prefecture, located in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan, is home to an estimated 252,000 people. And a few snow monsters, too. Each year, the ski resort of Zao Onsen transforms into a winter
Since the turn of the millennium, Japanese architects have created dazzling structures characterized by transparency and lightness. Add the following buildings to your itinerary for a glimpse of the future
Tokyo has more restaurants with Michelin stars than any other city in the world, but the best eating experiences are often farther afield. We asked some of Japan’s biggest cheerleaders stateside to share
Guntû is a cross between a traditional ryokan and a luxury yacht. Here, Lisa Grainger takes a sybaritic sail around the Seto Inland Sea. Bounded by the islands of Honshū to the north, Shikoku to the south,
It started with your first friend who skied in Japan, and continued with every successive person bragging about “Japow.” The endless conversations about incredible powder stashes may, by now, have made
Countless festivals (matsuri) take place in Japan each year, with processions, costumes, floats, portable shrines, ceremonies, traditional foods, fireworks, music, and dance. Many celebrate spiritual and
Even the most unlikely corners of Japan can be spellbinding. Venture beyond the tourist trail, says Pico Iyer, and you’ll encounter a wealth of hidden wonders. I’ve just slipped out of an exquisite jewel-box