While big-ticket tourism projects in Japan thrive, those involved in smaller-scale projects can feel starved of government support.
The city of Chichibu, about 90 minutes by train from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, has a population of approximately 60,000. The region, which sits in the shadow of Mount Buko and alongside the Arakawa river is steeped in tradition with more than 300 festivals taking place ...
Emily Bronte's only novel, "Wuthering Heights," set in the moors of Yorkshire in the late 18th century, has long held a special place in Japanese hearts.
Attending the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea reminded me of what Japan still needs to do as it gears up to host one of the world's most prominent sports events.
The 250 or so inhabited islands scattered like pebbles between Honshu and Shikoku have been unfairly relegated to guidebook sidebars labeled "Off the beaten track."
History and spirituality abound on the trail from Kibune to Kurama.
How many other countries would attempt to lure Western tourists without at least having a tete-a-tete with a woman in their target audience who has lived for over 20 years in the very place they're hoping to attract people to?
Yakage is the only preserved town along the Sanyo Road that survives in it's near-original form, and tourists are flocking there.
Japanese-Western fusion cuisine abounds along this six-island cycle path connecting Hiroshima to Ehime.
One of the first things visitors learn about Japan is the importance of business card etiquette. Yet when it comes to the content of cards, many Japanese let rip and get creative.