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Resort committed to guests’ safety

Jul 27, 2020

Resort committed to guests’ safety

Summer in Niseko has it all, with mild temperatures and low humidity, breathtaking scenery, amazing produce, activities at every turn and outstanding self-contained accommodations. The latter are ideal for family vacations, romantic sojourns, golf trips or spacious and solo workcations alike. Reaching the Niseko area, more ...

Festival boasts local brews and eats

Jul 27, 2020

Festival boasts local brews and eats

Autumn marks a sense of accomplishment for Niseko’s farming community. The district is renowned for its fertile landscape and nutrient-rich volcanic soil, which contributes to some of the best produce to be found in Japan. The Niseko Autumn Food Festival boasts a variety of dishes. A ...

Indulge in decadence to start off the day

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 23, 2020

Indulge in decadence to start off the day

Forget homemade brunches marked by lukewarm coffee and failed attempts at poached eggs. Start making weekends special again at the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, where fine dining chefs at Italian restaurant Piacere present a sumptuous, creative summer brunch menu served from noon to 2:30 p.m. ...

Elevated appetizers for at-home dining

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 9, 2020

Elevated appetizers for at-home dining

Until recently, Tokyoites spent much time in the city’s internationally renowned restaurants, izakaya pubs and bars. Dining out is an integral part of this city’s DNA. But now there is a new reality, one where picking up takeout food or ordering in is a new ...

High-end French dining with safety in mind

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jun 25, 2020

High-end French dining with safety in mind

Dishes created by executive chef Masahiro Ishihara of Blanc Rouge at The Tokyo Station Hotel are sophisticated, yet simple in their execution. They are healthy, yet flavorful, and innovative while remaining true to the tenets of French cuisine. Ishihara’s latest course menu, Balance Up Rouge ...

Tea time steeped in flavors the world over

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jun 11, 2020

Tea time steeped in flavors the world over

Travel plans are markedly different this year, but The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is bringing the world to the metropolis via its Afternoon Tea Journey promotion at Rhythmos Cafe and Bar where diners can savor the flavors of the world until June 30. A gazpacho ...

Photo essay: Kyoto without tourists

Travel Jun 6, 2020

Photo essay: Kyoto without tourists

by Oscar Boyd

It is rare to see Kyoto’s most popular tourist spots with so few people, but due to COVID-19, the number of visitors to Japan, and to Kyoto, has plunged to record low levels, leaving many of sightseeing destinations deserted.

Early summer desserts for a sweet reprieve

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS May 21, 2020

Early summer desserts for a sweet reprieve

Desserts and cakes are always a welcome distraction, perhaps now more than ever. The New Otani Hotels group of hotels in Tokyo, Makuhari in Chiba Prefecture and Osaka is running an early summer sweets fair campaign until June 30, with matcha, melon and chocolate ...