Views both old and new of Aomori's Tsugaru

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Cut off by the Ou Mountains to the south and far removed from any center of power, Aomori Prefecture's remote Tsugaru Peninsula was largely left to its own devices until the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603). In the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), different factions of the Tsugaru clan swore allegiance to either side ...

Iconic Tokyo hotel celebrates 102 years

| Sep 14, 2017

Iconic Tokyo hotel celebrates 102 years

In commemoration of its 102nd anniversary, The Tokyo Station Hotel that is located in the classic European-style, red-brick station building, the Premium Breakfast Buffet will be available at The Atrium, the guest lounge of the hotel from Oct. 3 to 6, and on Nov. ...

Hiking the lesser-known parts of the Nakasendo

Sep 8, 2017

Hiking the lesser-known parts of the Nakasendo

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Peeping through the wooden slats, I start to realize that the inhabitants of the home I'm in prioritized safety and practicality over comfort. The woodwork is angled at 90 degrees to maximize light in and views out while protecting the occupants' privacy, and it is ...

Family time in the center of the city

| Sep 7, 2017

Family time in the center of the city

The Family Stay 2017 vacation plan is being offered at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo, through Sept. 22. Free parking for one vehicle is included in the plan for guests to enjoy easy access to sightseeing ...

Chinese fare on fine china a treat for the senses

| Aug 31, 2017

Chinese fare on fine china a treat for the senses

Through Sept. 30, The Peninsula Tokyo, in partnership with luxury French porcelain brand Legle France, is offering "RUYI Gastronomy," a contemporary Chinese tableware service and dining experience in its signature Hei Fung Terrace Cantonese restaurant. With more than 150 years of tableware design and manufacturing, ...

Drinking to health and history in Kagoshima

Aug 25, 2017

Drinking to health and history in Kagoshima

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Passengers flying into Kagoshima Airport in Kyushu pass over verdant mountains and lush agricultural fields just before landing. This rich terrain, fertilized by ash from a nearby active volcano, partially explains one facet of the prefecture's reputation: Kagoshima is famous for healthy cuisine. Centuries-old seaports ...

Luxury hotels set to welcome Olympic guests

| Aug 24, 2017

Luxury hotels set to welcome Olympic guests

In 2020, Marriott International Inc. will open for the first time in Japan two "high-grade luxury lifestyle hotels" with the EDITION Toranomon and EDITION Ginza. Both hotels are aiming to open between spring and summer 2020, ready to welcome guests from all over the world ...

French cuisine with a Japanese twist

| Aug 17, 2017

French cuisine with a Japanese twist

The Motif Restaurant and Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is offering dinner created in collaboration with Sapporo's Moliere French restaurant from Aug. 21 to 27. Moliere is the only restaurant in Hokkaido to be awarded three Michelin stars, receiving the honor ...

Organic ingredients create healthy options

| Aug 10, 2017

Organic ingredients create healthy options

Following renovations, the recently reopened Restaurant Tohoku Bokujo on the Hotel Continental Fuchu's first floor is now offering a dinner buffet with 100 percent organic and pesticide-free vegetables, eggs and chicken from Aomori Prefecture's Tohoku Bokujo. Tohoku Bokujo is a ranch where dozens of pesticide-free ...