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 ...

A waterlogged retreat, deep in the mountains of Gifu

Jun 4, 2016

A waterlogged retreat, deep in the mountains of Gifu

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For a town so closely associated with water, it’s rather fitting that Gujo-Hachiman is shaped like a fish. “An ayu (sweetfish), to be exact,” clarifies Yuka Tanaka, my guide for the afternoon and a native of this small town of approximately 18,000 inhabitants tucked ...

Exploring Europe on a rented motorcycle

Jun 4, 2016

Exploring Europe on a rented motorcycle

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Gingerly balancing on the foot pegs of the big Ducati motorcycle, I turned the machine down a dirt-path hill between olive trees and grape vines. Instructors from a course offered by the bike’s Italian manufacturer wanted to show how its off-road antilock braking system ...