Satoko Kawasaki

For Satoko Kawasaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kawagoe: From Edo standout to tourist draw

National | AT A GLANCE Jul 21, 2018

Kawagoe: From Edo standout to tourist draw

Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, is less than an hour's train ride from central Tokyo. But in this city full of history, one would feel a sense of nostalgia in the streets thanks to a number of traditional Japanese kura warehouse buildings from the Edo Period ...

Bustling Haneda shines as a New Year's traveler hub

National | AT A GLANCE Dec 30, 2017

Bustling Haneda shines as a New Year's traveler hub

Every New Year's, the nation's airports are jammed with travelers heading to their hometowns or overseas to spend the holidays — and Tokyo's Haneda is the busiest one. As a global gateway, Haneda handled around 1,220 flight slots a day, and more than 80 million ...

Enoshima: An island in the spotlight

National Jul 29, 2017

Enoshima: An island in the spotlight

Enoshima, a small land-tied island in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a major tourist destination that welcomes 7 million visitors a year. Boasting numerous attractions, including a Shinto shrine, a lighthouse, a cave and a rocky beach, the island fell under a renewed spotlight in May ...

Todai's traditions reflected in Hongo neighborhood

National | AT A GLANCE Sep 7, 2016

Todai's traditions reflected in Hongo neighborhood

Hongo, an area in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, is synonymous with Japan's top academic institution, the University of Tokyo. Also known as Todai, the university, established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan, is not just a top institution but its green campus is ...

Kamakura boasts ancient history, hip beaches

National | AT A GLANCE May 3, 2016

Kamakura boasts ancient history, hip beaches

Kamakura, an ancient capital city during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), may not be as popular as Kyoto, but it is one of the few places near Tokyo where visitors can explore the nation's ancient history. Currently major tourist draws, the Great Buddha statue, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu ...

Tokyo Tower, an enduring tourist landmark

National | AT A GLANCE Mar 1, 2016

Tokyo Tower, an enduring tourist landmark

Tokyo Tower may no longer be the tallest structure in Japan, nor a full-fledged broadcasting tower, as Tokyo Skytree now holds that joint title. But it is still one of the most popular places for tourists to visit and an icon of the capital, ...