Kansai proves no barrier to travel

Feb 7, 2015

Kansai proves no barrier to travel

by Suzanne Kamata

Having planned a family trip from our home in Tokushima Prefecture to Kobe and Osaka, we packed our 14-year-old daughter’s wheelchair in the car and took the highway to Awaji Island. By flashing our daughter’s red techo (an identification card for individuals with disabilities ...

Bletchley Park recreates wartime Britain

Feb 7, 2015

Bletchley Park recreates wartime Britain

by Danica Kirka

As a tourist site, Bletchley Park has been something of a well-kept secret. That’s because it was a government secret as well. But the once-classified home of Britain’s World War II code-breakers is finally coming out of the shadows. Though eclipsed by attractions such ...

The mountain village that tried to disappear

Jan 31, 2015

The mountain village that tried to disappear

by Mandy Bartok

Our arrival at Yunishigawa-Onsen Station in Tochigi Prefecture is more than a little disconcerting. The two-carriage train, which until now has been chugging determinedly through an increasingly snowy landscape, pulls to a halt in the middle of a tunnel. The doors slide open to ...

Moroccan desert upends expectations

Jan 31, 2015

Moroccan desert upends expectations

The bold black silhouettes of our three-camel caravan stood out against a tall sand dune like a background drawing of the Three Kings in a Nativity scene. While Georgie, as I had nicknamed my blonde dromedary camel, plodded through this remote corner of Morocco ...

Monkeying around in Sarugakucho

| Jan 24, 2015

Monkeying around in Sarugakucho

by Kit Nagamura

Sarugakucho — which loosely translates as “monkey fun town” — is a hot spot near Daikanyama Station in Shibuya, Tokyo. As a place to hang out, this area sets the bar pretty high: Its backstreets are a zoo of uber-cute boutiques offering exclusive jeans, ...

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

Jan 24, 2015

Bankrupt Detroit on the way to recovery

by Beth J. Harpaz

I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay ...

Tottori's golden sandbox and fog-shrouded mountains

Jan 17, 2015

Tottori's golden sandbox and fog-shrouded mountains

by Davey Young

The region north of the Chugoku mountains in western Honshu is known as San’in — “the shadow of the mountain.” In Tottori Prefecture, these craggy mountains give way to stretches of fertile farmland that butt up against the icy Sea of Japan. The erratic ...

Lake Placid isn't just for winter lovers anymore

Jan 17, 2015

Lake Placid isn't just for winter lovers anymore

by Tim Reynolds

Perhaps it’s the fresh-baked cookie that’s offered to guests as they check into the Mirror Lake Inn, the village’s crown jewel of lodging. Or perhaps it’s how just about every quaint store and restaurant in town has some sort of reminder that miracles can, ...