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With 30 stores from Miami to Tokyo and collections from home furnishings to men's neckwear, designer Jonathan Adler is in a constant state of motion.... Read More

On February 20 a mountain in Hokkaido, Japan will erupt. Not in the traditional explosion of lava and ash, but in a hail of snowballs: It’s the 28th... Read More

Before you jump in a taxi on your next trip to Japan, you might want to check the back seat. Several taxi drivers in Ishinomaki, in Northern Japan’s... Read More

David Chang may be at the heart of New York's restaurant scene, but his food loving heart lies thousands of miles to the east—in Tokyo. ... Read More

Otaku cafes are not a new thing—you're likely to catch a glimpse of one (or two) around every corner in Japan. But let's step back a minute with a ... Read More

Back in 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported that the three Michelin-starred restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro—the subject of the documentary Jiro... Read More

The ethereal beauty of Japan’s northern countryside may be less familiar than the excitement of cities like Tokyo, but anyone can appreciate Japanese... Read More

It’s no secret why certain sights become famous, and their perennial crowds underscore their enduring allure. But every once in a while, it’s worth... Read More

Frequent flyer miles can be incredibly powerful—used wisely, they let you travel in ways that might otherwise be out of reach, or at least painfully... Read More

For Tokyo residents themselves, the Christmas holiday can be a bit of a letdown. There are no days off, no big family gatherings, no 12-course meals,... Read More

There's plenty to love in Japan's famed capital, from the efficient and sprawling transportation system to the excellent high quality food, and to the... Read More

It’s hard enough to get a reservation at Tokyo’s world-famous Sukiyabashi Jiro, let alone persuade the three-Michelin–starred sushi restaurant to break... Read More

Book and Bed is about to become the destination for literature-loving travelers visiting Tokyo. The library-themed hostel will open its doors on... Read More

As the former imperial capital, Kyoto’s cuisine is linked to its regal history and landlocked geography. It’s home to several Michelin-starred... Read More

In further proof that all the cutest things happen in Japan, a sparkle-and-rainbow-filled My Little Pony cafe recently popped up in Tokyo. That’s right,... Read More

I was somewhere in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture and the light was starting to fade. I was lost, once again. Even the female voice in the car’s... Read More

It should come as no surprise that Tokyo has plenty of nooks and crannies ready for discovery. The layout of the metropolis, with its interlacing... Read More

Tucked into the South Japanese Alps lies Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, the world’s oldest hotel, according to Guinness World Records. Founded in 705 AD by... Read More

Horror addicts and supernatural enthusiasts may be disappointed to know that arguably the best Spirits of Japan tour has nothing to... Read More

The Japanese have long triumphed in clothing design and modern architecture; the national aesthetic, at its pinnacle, is world-class. While paper,... Read More

Through the end of November, you can see a number of massive straw sculptures nestled in a field in the country's Niigata Prefecture—dinosaurs, a giant... Read More

Japan is known for a lot of things—undeniable cuisine, striking minimalist design, surprisingly hi-tech toilets. The latter is soon to be given the... Read More

Since a spa getaway seems to be on most everyone’s list these days, on your next visit to Japan, work in a visit to a ryokan. These hot springs inns can... Read More

In the world’s first-ever novel, The Tale of Genji, written back in the 11th century, the characters take a break from politicking and palace life to... Read More

The doors of Hotel Okura — an icon of Japanese modernist design — have finally shut. The 1960s landmark, which has welcomed a bevy of storied guests... Read More

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