Les Saisons, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

Imperial Tokyo

Beneath Tokyo’s neon skyline is a utopia of fashion and gastronomy. Each neighbourhood, a unique labyrinth of shopping and eating, from underground food gardens to vertical cityscapes, offers everything under the sun. A map...
Osaka

Epicurean Osaka

Once Japan’s centre for rice trading, the “nation’s kitchen,” located at the mouth of Osaka Bay, also has an insatiable appetite. To be good here, restaurateurs have to be great. The massive availability of...
Ise Jingu, Mie

Mie, Japan

Through all my years traveling in Japan I have never before encountered such a variety of diverse niches as in this forest region called Mie. From the ancient birthplace of the Shinto faith to...
Ishigaki Beef

One Day in Naha, Okinawa

Kokusai-Dori, also known as “the miracle mile,” is Naha’s shopping district for everything from electronics to crafts to confectionary. Here I nibble beni-imo tarts, sweet pastries of purple sweet potato paste; and the Ryukyu...
Okinawa

Okinawa: Japan’s Sun-Kissed Archipelago

Adventure travellers and solitude seekers alike gravitate to Japan’s sun-kissed southern archipelago, Okinawa. Driving through pineapple fields, by mangrove forests, and along a majestic shoreline, the island of healthy longevity reveals a tropical paradise....
Chaya Gai, Kanazawa, Japan

Tea For Two…in Kanazawa

Kyoto is renowned for tea. So, too, is Kanazawa. Over many years a wealthy samurai class for whom tea culture was integral dominated Kanazawa. Kyoto aims to impress. Kanazawa aims to stand out. There...
Jigokudani

Journey to Well Being in Nagano, Japan

From the roof of Japan, the valleys below are draped in red maple and yellow ginko trees like the amazing Technicolour dreamcoat. Touring small villages and old postal towns along the rugged terrain of...
Tokyo Yokocho

Tokyo, Three Ways

Street Eats Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants than any other city in the world. Slightly less elegant, but just as authentic, are the glowing red lanterns of the pop-up Yokocho restaurant scenes under bridges...
Shinjuku, Tokyo

Through Japan’s Looking Glass

It’s brighter at night than in the day. The neon umbrella of Shinjuku pulses with electricity as we navigate through Kabuki-cho. Dinner theatre at Robot Restaurant is an Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Transformers fantasy. Sexy mallet-wielding girls in...
Apple Pie, Aomori, Japan

How ‘Bout Them Apples

On a previous return from Japan, a customs dog caught me red-handed and knelt by my feet, because I had plucked the forbidden fruit and packed it in my suitcase. Over half of Japan’s apples...
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