Private rooms for intimate gatherings

| Dec 22, 2016

Private rooms for intimate gatherings

The Hotel Century Southern Tower in Shibuya Ward welcomes the new year with a party plan. The offer makes it possible for guests to welcome the new year in a private room on the 21st floor, while taking in a magnificent view of Tokyo. ...

Natsume Soseki and 'The Orient's No. 1 Elevator'

Dec 17, 2016

Natsume Soseki and 'The Orient's No. 1 Elevator'

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What is the top tourist destination in the Kansai region? Is it Kyoto’s geisha district? Is it the temples and bamboo forests of Arashiyama? Is it the town of Yoshino, with Japan’s most famous cherry blossoms? The majestic views from Mount Rokko in Kobe? ...

Buon Natale: Italian-style Christmas

| Dec 15, 2016

Buon Natale: Italian-style Christmas

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is offering delectable Christmas menus at its three restaurants: Italian restaurant Piacere, The Lobby Lounge and Japanese restaurant Nadaman. At Piacere, three different Christmas menus are offered: Natale Brunch on Christmas day, Natale Dinner from Dec. 23 to Dec. 25 ...

Celebrate Christmas in style

| Dec 8, 2016

Celebrate Christmas in style

This winter, the Hyatt Regency is offering the “Luxury Christmas Spa Pair Package” through Dec. 25. Guests are given three luxurious opportunities under the plan priced at ¥150,000 for two (including tax and service charge). First is a heavenly 120-minute spa treatment at “Spa ...

Graves and gods of Otsuka

| Nov 26, 2016

Graves and gods of Otsuka

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It’s a bright fall morning when I return to Gokokuji Temple, an Important Cultural Property in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward. Exiting Gokokuji Station, it only takes me a few minutes to find the two monks who promised to help me when I visited here earlier: ...

An eerie calm on the dark side of Shibuya

| Nov 19, 2016

An eerie calm on the dark side of Shibuya

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There are many versions of Shibuya. There is one that you see in tourist guides of crowded streets, and another that’s less photographed: for every 10,000 photos of the Shibuya’s famous scramble there are only a handful showing someone walking empty streets. I remember ...

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 ...