It's golden hour on Iki, a pristine island in southwestern Japan. A gentle breeze cools the day to a perfect 24 degrees Celsius. The roads are clean, the trees are green, a playground sits atop a grassy hill. Locals call Iki a "lucky island" ...
Oscar Boyd is the Escape, Food & Drink and Books editor at The Japan Times. After graduating from the University of Oxford, Oscar cut his teeth in Fukuoka before moving to join The Japan Times in Tokyo.
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From December to March, Hokkaido Backcountry Club runs heli-skiing tours to Mount Shiribetsu near the Niseko and Rusutsu ski resorts. Clip in for the ride.
Black Diamond Tours has been offering Avalanche Skills Training courses in English since 2009 to educate skiers and snowboarders on the risks when riding in Japan's backcountry.
Tucked into the tail end of the decade was Friday's release of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's "Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy," which unveils a blueprint for achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. In the strategy, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government states that it recognizes a ...
Why do hikers leave the warmth of the city for Kamikochi during off-season?
Overwhelmed with how many ramen choices there are in Tokyo? Here's The Japan Times' pick of Tokyo's five best — and most innovative — ramen shops.
If there's a country more infatuated with receiving UNESCO heritage status than Japan, please name it. World Heritage Japan, by John Lander.236 pages RIVER BOOKS, Photography. From the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido to the low-lying islands of Okinawa (the main attraction of which, Shuri Castle, burned down ...
Go ahead and climb Mount Fuji in winter, but know what you're getting into.
As 2020 approaches, The Japan Times' book reviewers look back at a decade of literature and their favorite and most impactful books written about Japan or by Japanese writers.
If flying is unavoidable this holiday season, carbon offsetting is one way the climate-conscious traveler can balance out the environmental impact of their flight.