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Japan was just recently named our Destination of the Year, and the reality is that many travelers only visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and – if you’re into winter... Read More

While cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C. is drawing near — with peak bloom expected to start on April 3 — the pink petals are mere days away in... Read More

In December 2017, Starbucks opened what was helmed to be “the largest Starbucks in the world” in Shanghai—a 30,000-square-foot Reserve Roastery with two... Read More

There are tons of unique destinations to visit in Japan, including islands inhabited by cats and bunnies, a ramen museum, bamboo forests, and beautiful... Read More

There’s something about a scenic train ride through the snow that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.There are lots of gorgeously picturesque... Read More

In case you somehow missed it, Japan is having a tourism moment. Not only was it named the Travel + Leisure Destination of the Year in... Read More

Japan’s famed cherry blossoms are expected to bloom early once again in 2019, according to the first forecast for 2019 released by the Japan... Read More

This story originally appeared on Aomori City, Japan, is the snowiest city in the world, according to AccuWeather.The coastal city... Read More

Going to Japan on your next vacation? You are, of course, going to be given a warm welcome. But get ready to pay the taxman to get home.Japan’s National... Read More

Upon landing in Tokyo there was one thing I wanted to do: Shop. Shop until I literally dropped. Because setting fashion trends is one of the things... Read More

Those who are even mildly in touch with the wellness conversation these days can't be blamed for feeling a bit of fermentation fatigue — after all, in... Read More

Spring is always the best time to see flowers and trees blossom, but there are few sights that compare with seeing cherry blossom trees in full bloom.In... Read More

Wannabe homeowners in Japan are about to get the deal of a lifetime.The Japanese government is launching a program to reduce the number of abandoned... Read More

Some cats never get to have any fun.For the last two years, a couple of cats — one black and one orange tabby — have been desperately trying... Read More

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... Read More

Being catered to usually makes me squirm, but nobody does service quite like the Japanese. When the Royal Express, a sumptuous 100-seat luxury train,... Read More

Some souvenirs are more powerful than others.When in Japan, you could opt for tchotchkes, colored fans, or kawaii trinkets — or you could get something... Read More

I’ve just slipped out of an exquisite jewel-box combination of moss garden, pond garden, and camellia garden that is virtually deserted on this... Read More

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... Read More

It started with your first friend who skied in Japan, and continued with every successive person bragging about “Japow.” The endless conversations about... Read More

Japan’s northernmost island is a skier’s paradise, but its natural beauty is worth exploring throughout the year. Scott Gilman of JapanQuest Journeys, a... Read More

Bounded by the islands of Honshū to the north, Shikoku to the south, and Kyūshū to the southwest, and surrounded by a gently hilly shoreline, the Seto... Read More

This journey through the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands takes in local cuisine, relaxing onsens, and strikingly diverse landscapes. Tesia... Read More

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... Read More

This major body of water, surrounded by the main islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku, offers a beguiling mix of art, culture, and history. Epic Road... Read More

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