Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

National Apr 23, 2020

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

Some leisure spots near Tokyo have seen crowds of visitors recently despite government instructions to stay home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, prompting local residents and municipalities to voice concerns about further potential spread of the virus. Although it was a weekday, a beach near ...

Sailors slam Japan for having dolphin show at World Cup opening

National Sep 12, 2018

Sailors slam Japan for having dolphin show at World Cup opening

The Japanese organizer of the World Cup sailing competition has been criticized for having included a dolphin show in the opening ceremony. World Sailing, a governing body that seeks to protect marine cetaceans, said in a statement it was "disappointed" that the organizing committee of ...

Enoshima: An island in the spotlight

National Jul 29, 2017

Enoshima: An island in the spotlight

by Satoko Kawasaki

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 ...

Enoshima: Stepping back into 'old Japan'

Travel Jun 21, 2009

Enoshima: Stepping back into 'old Japan'

by Burritt Sabin

Crossing Enoshima Benten Bridge to Enoshima Island in Sagami Bay, 80 km south of Tokyo, I was stopped in my tracks by a pair of mustard-eyed dragons slithering down gray granite lanterns. A man dismounted his bicycle and asked if I needed help. No, ...