The Japan Sea Side

The rocky shores of the Japan Sea offer spectacular vistas. Paddling, swimming, scenic drives and delicious seafood make a trip to the coast an unforgettable experience. Here are some “don’t miss” experiences along the...
Soba Noodles

For the Love of Soba in Hyogo

With great anticipation I arrive at the impeccable Hoshinoya ryokan in Kyoto, Japan, and head to dinner. Seated in front of the chef's counter, my host welcomes me and begins to prepare fresh soba...
Sushi Masaki Saito

Where To DINE Now: Sushi Masaki Saito

How many sushi restaurants are there in Toronto? Thousands? How many would I recommend? I can count them on one hand. What we commonly think of as sushi, even when purported to be high...

Mipig – New Piglet Café Opens in Tokyo

By now, you’ve probably heard of cat cafes, raccoon cafes, owl cafes, and even corgi cafes, but you’ve likely never heard of a pig cafe. This past March, Japan become home to the first-ever...

Kagura: God Entertainment

When I was told I would be attending a performance of Shinto theatrical dance, I immediately asked, “How long will this take?” And yet, from the moment it began, I was absolutely riveted. Far away...
Okinawa cuisine

How to Live to 100

Japan has the longest life expectancy and the longest health expectancy in the world. There are reasons for this beyond genetics that have to do with simple lifestyle choices. Two such factors are what...
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Family Friendly Travel in Japan

Beyond the temples and the tech, tourists heading to Japan often wonder what there is to do with their children. Well, there’s a lot. Family travel in Japan offers incredible opportunities that are totally...
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International Farmer’s Markets

Food trails and markets have become the tastiest part of any travel experience. They are the places where we can really sink our teeth into a taste of place. Write up a new bucket...
Meditation Bath, Hoshinoya, Karuizawa

Unique Japanese Hot Springs

Thermal waters that well up across Japan’s volcanic island arc discharge healing power. These luxurious baths reflect tradition and local pride, and attract tourism in droves. From Ibusuki in Kyushu to Noboribetsu in Hokkaido,...
Yamagata Beef, Han No Daidokuro

Yamagata Beef at Han No Daidokoro in Tokyo

In the world of Wagyu there are so many brands worth sampling. Tokyo has them all. Restaurants specialize in sourcing the best. On a recent visit, I check off another major luxury brand from...

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