Fine food meets fine tableware

| Jun 24, 2016

Fine food meets fine tableware

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo is holding a Japanese kaiseki (traditional multicourse cuisine) fair, offering top-quality delicious Japanese dishes on fine Bizen-yaki earthenware through the month of July at its Unkai Japanese restaurant. Located on the third floor, the restaurant overlooks ...

Hands-on experience of traditional culture

| Jun 24, 2016

Hands-on experience of traditional culture

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo guests can trade the noise of the city for chirping birds while enjoying nature in the lush greenery of the hotel’s well-kept Japanese garden that is home to a three-story pagoda and traditional teahouse, both well-known cultural icons of Japan. It ...

Open-air oases offer tasty summer treats

| Jun 24, 2016

Open-air oases offer tasty summer treats

Centrally located in Roppongi, Grand Hyatt Tokyo is holding a summer promotion with a lineup of delectable dishes, terrace offerings and refreshing concoctions to provide a taste of summer to guests. Firstly, “Sushi Go Round,” featuring a Lazy Susan with an arrangement of sharing-style ...

Spa offers gem-based treatment

| Jun 24, 2016

Spa offers gem-based treatment

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Westin Tokyo has the charm and atmosphere of a posh European chateau. Located on the fourth floor of this elegant urban hideout is Le Spa Parisien, a spa where the “First Diamond Facial” treatment ...

A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

Jun 18, 2016

A spiritual high in the temples of Takayama

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Isolated from the pulsating sounds of pachinko parlors and the neon lights of Tokyo, the small, laid-back city of Takayama in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture offers something that visitors to Japan’s urban hubs don’t typically find: quiet. Caught in the bustle of the ...

Best time to tour the U.N.? Not during a crisis

Jun 18, 2016

Best time to tour the U.N.? Not during a crisis

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If you want to take a tour of the United Nations complex, don’t do it during an international crisis. A public tour of the U.N. routinely includes such stops as the venerable General Assembly Hall, where representatives of the 193 member states meet to ...

New life and old ghosts in Okinawa

| Jun 11, 2016

New life and old ghosts in Okinawa

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I had two images of Okinawa before I visited: One was of a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches; the other, of isolated islands inhabited by strong characters that don’t take any nonsense from the Japanese government or the U.S. military. Arriving at the airport ...