Japan

Tips and Articles in Japan

It is early evening in Kyoto, and I am alone in my room at Yoshi-ima ryokan, sitting cross-legged on the tatami, sipping sake, my skin still glowing from a hot bath. I am looking out at a jewel of a garden, where the bamboo, stirred by a breeze, s...
Acknowledging the tough truth that stadium-sized malls are not everyone's idea of heaven, luxury brands are reinventing the retail experience. Old-guard London jeweler Garrard (133 Spring St., third floor; 212/688-2209) is wooing a younger fan bas...
At the crack of dawn, I'm standing naked on a black ashino-stone deck, praying that no one else is awake in all of northern Honshu. The skimpy mountain laurels surrounding this outdoor bath at Niki Club, a modern Terence Conran–designed hotel on t...
We had just spent a week tackling Tokyo. My 14-year-old daughter, Moa, a manga fan who studies Japanese after school, led the way. We ate mochi ice cream; shopped Shibuya 109, a 10-story dream mall for teens (where I discovered that customers and ...
Kyoto is known for its temples, gardens, and beauty, so it figures that I'm here to visit a factory. I take a cab from the train station to a nondescript commercial street and enter Denkichi Matsuno's tiny, neat shop, which veils the entrance to h...
Rubén González: I hadn't been in Japan since the 1950's when I was the pianist for Enrique Jorrín, who really invented the cha-cha. That was the last time Cuban music was popular around the world, before the revolution. I love those Japanese mass...
See our slideshow of the World’s Top Aerial Tours. The hum of the single-engine Cessna fills your ears as you ascend above the Peruvian high desert. Below you, flat expanses of dry, brown earth extend in every direction, punctuated only by twisti...
“I first went to Tokyo when I was touring with No Doubt in 1995. I especially loved the Harajuku district, because you can just sense all the creative energy pulsing through it. It felt like another planet to me. I wanted to be like the Harajuku g...
Museum Brasserie Beaux Arts Museum, Brussels (3 Place Royale; 32-2/508-3580; lunch for two $110). Portuguese designer du jour Antoine Pinto and Flemish chef Peter Goossens collaborated on this minimalist brasserie serving updated vernacular Belgi...
In my work as a food writer I’ve suffered lost reservations and long waits for bad tables but never—never!—have I been subjected to the serial heartbreak I suffered at the door of a neighborhood pastry shop on my last visit to Tokyo. Every morning...
See our slideshow of the World’s Strangest TV Shows. A few things in our world transcend national boundaries or even language: laughter, music, pathos—and, apparently, Deal or No Deal. The suitcase-of-dough extravaganza could be the United Natio...
Check-In Say good-bye to the front desk. At the first location of Hyatt’s new spin-off brand, Andaz Liverpool Street, in London’s East End, a host will meet you at the door and check you in with a tablet PC on the way to the room. Phones ...
Q: My wife and I want to stay at a ryokan during our upcoming trip to Kyoto. Can you suggest any that offer an authentic experience?—Patrick Meyer, Sausalito, Calif. A: Among Kyoto’s most illustrious ryokan is Hiiragiya (Nakahakusancho, Fuyacho...
Understated is not a word usually associated with Aussie designer Marc Newson and his glossy creations. But the man behind the luxe-mod interiors of New York’s Lever House Restaurant (390 Park Ave.; 212/888-2700), and the space-age Ikepod watch p...
So, it’s true that still waters run deep. At Japan’s isolated Cape Muroto, I watch the surface of the Pacific slosh against brown volcanic rocks, but I’m really thinking about the static bottom 11,480 feet below. Still, I didn’t fly around the wo...