Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

Travel Jul 5, 2019

Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

by Kit Nagamura

The Kansai area — think Kyoto, Osaka and surrounds — has some of the country's best anaba (little-known spots) where you can encounter the rich depths of Japanese culture, minus the crowds. Reserve one of these nine luxuriously uncrowded options to take your travels ...

Monk spends three decades in Kukai's wake

National Dec 31, 2013

Monk spends three decades in Kukai's wake

by Shigeru Nishino

A monk from Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture has been making pilgrimages to China for 30 years, following in the footsteps of Kukai, the Japanese monk who founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism in the early ninth century. "Kukai and Mikkyo (esoteric Buddhism) have revived ...