Satoko Kawasaki

For Satoko Kawasaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kamakura boasts ancient history, hip beaches

| May 3, 2016

Kamakura boasts ancient history, hip beaches

Kamakura, an ancient capital city during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), may not be as popular as Kyoto, but it is one of the few places near Tokyo where visitors can explore the nation’s ancient history. Currently major tourist draws, the Great Buddha statue, Tsurugaoka ...

Tokyo Tower, an enduring tourist landmark

| Mar 1, 2016

Tokyo Tower, an enduring tourist landmark

Tokyo Tower may no longer be the tallest structure in Japan, nor a full-fledged broadcasting tower, as Tokyo Skytree now holds that joint title. But it is still one of the most popular places for tourists to visit and an icon of the capital, ...

Shibamata offers a step back into a Tora-san time warp

| Jun 2, 2015

Shibamata offers a step back into a Tora-san time warp

Tokyo’s Shibamata district has preserved much of its townscape, which is reminiscent of old downtown Tokyo. The Katsushika Ward district located in the eastern-most part of Tokyo, a 20-minute train ride from Asakusa Station on the Keisei Line, is perhaps best known as the ...

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

| Jan 4, 2015

Ginza: Tokyo's beacon of prosperity

Ginza, Tokyo’s posh shopping and entertainment district, has delighted visitors for over a century with high-end shops selling everything from jewelry and clothing to sweets and stationery. But the Ginza area was once part of the sea. Reclaimed during the Edo Period (1603-1867) as ...