Sakura opens doors for ASEAN visitors

| Jan 29, 2016

Sakura opens doors for ASEAN visitors

Sakura House, a real estate agency specializing in providing services to foreign residents, and Sakura Hotel & Hostel, an operator of three hotels and a hostel in Tokyo, have seen a definite increase in tourists and residents coming from ASEAN member states. “Both tourists ...

Celebrating Valentine's Day in style

| Jan 28, 2016

Celebrating Valentine's Day in style

The Westin Tokyo hotel is offering a sophisticated lineup of elegant promotions for couples seeking to have a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day celebration. French restaurant Victor’s — decorated in classic European style — will be serving a limited Valentine’s Day-themed full-course dinner to ...

Exploring Niigata's snow country

Jan 23, 2016

Exploring Niigata's snow country

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Marred though the view is with power lines and other trappings of modernity, the rainbow that appears at the far end of Tsubame-Sanjo Station seems a rather auspicious beginning. The initial impression that greeted us in front of this largely unpopular station just south ...

Step into San Francisco's lively Chinatown

Jan 23, 2016

Step into San Francisco's lively Chinatown

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The best plan for tackling San Francisco’s Chinatown is no plan at all. Simply wandering the wide streets and narrow alleys will take you where you need to go. Whether you just happen to be in town or are visiting for something specific like ...

Dotonbori: Where Osakans eat, drink and be merry

Jan 16, 2016

Dotonbori: Where Osakans eat, drink and be merry

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Comparing Osaka with almost any other Japanese city is akin to likening a bloodied steak to boiled chicken. Its people, a sassy, friendly breed, with a legendary, often ribald sense of humor, carry a swagger you don’t see elsewhere. Unlike Tokyo, where the stranger ...

Skiing in New Mexico's upgraded Taos resort

Jan 16, 2016

Skiing in New Mexico's upgraded Taos resort

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When it comes to skiing, New Mexico has long been the stepchild of sorts to its northern neighbor, Colorado, and its abundance of larger, snowier mountains and well-developed towns and resorts. Still, Taos stands alone, a legend of sorts among even the hardiest of ...

The heights and falls of Miyajima Island

Jan 9, 2016

The heights and falls of Miyajima Island

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My alarm sounded at 6:45 a.m., but I quickly silenced it and rolled over in my futon. I enjoyed a fleeting moment of quietude before the thrumming of rubber soles on pavement and accompanying excited voices crescendoed, a brief multilingual hubbub that then faded ...

Detroit's 'Avenue of Fashion' eyes new future

Jan 9, 2016

Detroit's 'Avenue of Fashion' eyes new future

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When it comes to Detroit, much of the attention and investment has gone to downtown, Midtown, Corktown and even Mexicantown. But one area coming back on its own terms and with a little less fanfare belongs to part of “Uptown,” specifically, a stretch of ...