Hiroko Kimura

For Hiroko Kimura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hakone: a paradise for the 'onsen' aficionado

Mar 25, 2017

Hakone: a paradise for the 'onsen' aficionado

Those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s big cities will find what they are looking for in a hot-spring paradise hidden deep in a forest. Located about 90 kilometers west of Tokyo, Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is a famous onsen (hot ...

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

Jan 7, 2017

Tokyo hotels luring guests with traditional approach

When Tokyo first hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1964, many Western-style hotels opened one after another to accommodate the increasing number of foreign visitors. Now that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is in sight, hoteliers have started to offer Japanese-style accommodation and hospitality ...

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

Jul 23, 2016

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

Two domestic hotel operators are shaking up competition in Tokyo’s luxury accommodation market by attempting to make their new properties more inviting for inbound visitors. The first such operator, Hoshino Resorts Inc., has opened a luxury ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) named Hoshinoya Tokyo in ...

Indulging Hawaiian culture, cuisine in Japan

Jun 25, 2016

Indulging Hawaiian culture, cuisine in Japan

Boasting beautiful beaches and endless sunsets, Hawaii has long been a popular holiday destination for tourists from Japan. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, more than 1.5 million Japanese visited the volcanic archipelago last year — more tourists than from anywhere else in the ...

Tokyo hotels turn pink for 'hanami' season

Mar 25, 2016

Tokyo hotels turn pink for 'hanami' season

The cherry trees are beginning to bloom across Japan, and it is time to prepare for hanami (cherry-blossom viewing), which has been an annual custom since the Heian Period (794-1185). Though hanami literally means “flower-viewing” and typically refers to admiring sakura (cherry blossoms), in ...

The <I>sakura</I> front sweeps across Japan

| Apr 6, 2014

The sakura front sweeps across Japan

Spring — the season of sakura (桜, cherry blossoms) — has finally arrived and the entire country has been transformed into a fairyland tinted pale pink. In a heartening season of renewal after winter’s chill, a wave of sakura washes over these islands. Usually ...

Hakone museum displays the true genius of Lalique's glasswork

Mar 18, 2005

Hakone museum displays the true genius of Lalique's glasswork

An inspirational new attraction is coming to Hakone, the highland resort in Kanagawa Prefecture renowned as a stomping ground for the rich and famous. In addition to its luxury hotels and ryokan, the curative powers of its spa water and astoundingly beautiful scenery, Hakone ...

Pristine paradise an hour from Tokyo

Feb 18, 2005

Pristine paradise an hour from Tokyo

Thanks to the newly opened Noto International Airport, Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture is now just a one-hour flight from Tokyo, making one of the Hokuriku region’s most popular tourist spots — famed for its hot springs, local festivals, beaches and mountain scenery — ...

Hitting the spectacular views and open-air baths Hakone

Nov 5, 2004

Hitting the spectacular views and open-air baths Hakone

Autumn is probably the best season for travel, with the weather turning cooler but not too cold, and leaves imbuing the landscape with a rich kaleidoscope of color. Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is one of the best places to admire the autumn hues. And ...

Here's to the mother of all matsuri

Oct 15, 2004

Here's to the mother of all matsuri

Although Japan has a wealth of interesting festivals celebrated up and down the archipelago, taking in only a few requires considerable planning, effort and money. There is a short-cut, however. The 12th All-Japan Festival of Folk-Performing Arts, scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 22-24 ...