A new luxury hotel — in Fukushima?

Nov 12, 2016

A new luxury hotel — in Fukushima?

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On March 11, 2011, the residents of Fukushima Prefecture felt the earth shake as a massive quake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan. But few could have predicted the explosions that would later follow or that the reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 ...

Cakes offer Christmas cheer

| Nov 10, 2016

Cakes offer Christmas cheer

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is offering seven varieties of the hotel’s original Christmas cakes that have always captured the hearts of many. The new creation for 2016 by Koichi Sato, the pastry and bakery chef, is the 40 cm-high Christmas tree (¥17,000 for one ...

Kofu: the mountain fortress of warlord Takeda Shingen

Nov 5, 2016

Kofu: the mountain fortress of warlord Takeda Shingen

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In Akira Kurosawa’s classic 1980 film “Kagemusha” (“Shadow Warrior”), the 16th-century daimyo Takeda Shingen is mortally wounded by a sniper after being lured by the sound of a flute during a castle siege. Takeda’s clan know that rival warlords Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu ...

Halloween treat: a night at Dracula's castle in Transylvania

Oct 18, 2016

Halloween treat: a night at Dracula's castle in Transylvania

Dracula’s castle will have overnight guests on Halloween, marking the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept in the Transylvanian fortress. The site’s actual name is Bran Castle, and two people will get to sleep there Oct. 31 thanks to a promotion by ...

Salt-stained and steamy: life in Izu's lush torrid zone

Oct 15, 2016

Salt-stained and steamy: life in Izu's lush torrid zone

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The Izu Peninsula, just two hours from Tokyo by train, is cherished for the slightly higher temperatures it enjoys compared to the capital. Mild winters and picturesque vacation homes attract the wealthy, brightly lit sanatoriums and retirement complexes draw the elderly, and white-sand beaches ...