Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

by Mandy Bartok

There are 24 tunnels on the expressway between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi, 23 more than my claustrophobic mother is comfortable with. By the time we pull off at the small city in southern Kumamoto Prefecture that bills itself as a “little Kyoto,” my navigator is more than ready to escape the ...

Cycling Sayama

Apr 5, 2014

Cycling Sayama

by Mark Schilling

A forested area bordering western Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture offers day-trippers a chance to experience the great outdoors on two wheels.

Phuket puts Peranakan heritage back on map

Apr 5, 2014

Phuket puts Peranakan heritage back on map

by Nick Walker

As evidenced by all the Chinatowns dotted around the globe, over the centuries China has seen many of its people seek new lives in other parts of the world. And from about 1400, Southeast Asia was especially popular for Chinese emigrants who had a ...

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

Mar 29, 2014

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

by Ted Taylor

Kyoto’s long history has ensured that it has seen its fair share of giants. Yet few of these legends have marked the city’s physical appearance to the extent of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, despite the man’s reputedly smallish stature. The most obvious of these landmarks was ...

Take a walk on the mild side in remote Scotland

Mar 29, 2014

Take a walk on the mild side in remote Scotland

by Cara Anna

I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. All of that’s fun. But I’m just here to ...

Go potter in Mashiko

Mar 22, 2014

Go potter in Mashiko

by Stephen Mansfield

If a visitor to Mashiko had any doubts about the town’s dedication to pottery, the giant, iconic stoneware jar that stands near the station ticket barrier, would dispel them. Exiting the station, the large photographic images hanging on the walls — some representing renowned ...

Costa Rica beach offers sustainable tourism

Mar 22, 2014

Costa Rica beach offers sustainable tourism

by Lynn Dombek

A vacation to escape the cold led us to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where we went surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and even visited a dry tropical forest. Our extended family of seven, ranging in age from 17 to 55 years old, ranked it ...