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A weekend in Saitama

Travel | A Weekend In Dec 8, 2018

A weekend in Saitama

by Claire Williamson

Kick off a weekend in Saitama Prefecture in Kumagaya, an excellent starting point for a trip that will take you all across the region — from river rafting in the forested mountains of Chichibu to the historical alleys of Kawagoe.

Yuletide feasts rich with joyous hospitality

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Dec 6, 2018

Yuletide feasts rich with joyous hospitality

There's no Christmas celebration quite like Italy's Natale (Italian Christmas), when family and friends gather to enjoy cherished traditional recipes and fine wines. This year, diners at The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo's Italian restaurant Piacere can tuck into a festive weekend brunch until Dec. 24 in ...

Discovering Kyoto through the eyes of Genji

Travel Nov 23, 2018

Discovering Kyoto through the eyes of Genji

by Katherine Whatley

At the height of the splendor of the Heian Period (794-1185), lady-in-waiting to the Imperial Court, Murasaki Shikibu, wrote "The Tale of Genji," the story of imperial officer Hikaru Genji falling in and out of love with his various suitors. After centuries of war, ...

Experience a delightful party of berries

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Nov 22, 2018

Experience a delightful party of berries

A berry happy new year is just around the corner. Strawberry season is coming up fast, and Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is celebrating with a springtime lunch buffet featuring 22 varieties of fresh strawberry delicacies. Playfully dubbed The Forest Strawberry Party, the buffet is taking place ...

A weekend in Sapporo

Travel | A Weekend In Nov 10, 2018

A weekend in Sapporo

by Oscar Boyd

For more than a third of the year, Sapporo is buried beneath thick snow. During its warmer months, however, the city shrugs off its winter coat and bursts into life. If winter is uncomfortably cold, then summer is refreshingly cool; Sapporo doesn't suffer from the ...