Tag - nature



Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 10, 2009
Beetle mania
August signals an onslaught of beetle wars in Japan, for both kids and grown-up kids.
Japan Times
Oct 24, 2008
Jogashima: Awash with thousands of cherry blossoms
The escalator at the Keikyu Line's Misakiguchi Station transported me to a windswept hilltop where a booth provided information on places to pick mikan (tangerines) and shops sold tuna, toasted laver bread and horse mackerel seasoned with mirin (a rice wine). I boarded a bus. As it descended between...
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Aug 8, 2008
Atami's Kiunkaku ryokan: The art of a great garden
You enter Kiunkaku through a beautiful, tile-roofed wooden gate flanked by tall trees, reminiscent of some temple gates, which gives a hint of the purpose:historical grandeur you will find within.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Aug 25, 2006
Ainu culture in Hokkaido's Akan National Park
When Japan's Meiji Era (1868-1912) government concluded that the country had a manifest destiny to commence full-scale colonization of the hitherto barely developed northern island of Hokkaido, it set about the task assiduously.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 18, 2005
Hakone museum displays the true genius of Lalique's glasswork
An inspirational new attraction is coming to Hakone, the highland resort in Kanagawa Prefecture renowned as a stomping ground for the rich and famous. In addition to its luxury hotels and ryokan, the curative powers of its spa water and astoundingly beautiful scenery, Hakone will soon offer another attraction...
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 5, 2004
Hitting the spectacular views and open-air baths Hakone
Autumn is probably the best season for travel, with the weather turning cooler but not too cold, and leaves imbuing the landscape with a rich kaleidoscope of color. Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is one of the best places to admire the autumn hues. And there is still time to enjoy the late autumn colors...
LIFE / Travel
Jun 12, 2001
Fujiya Hotel: At ease in a Miyanoshita time capsule
Most visits to the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture begin at the heavily touristed town itself, from where numerous well-trodden routes head off through the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park of which it is the official center.
LIFE / Travel
May 5, 2001
Aichi's Meiji Mura: Remnants of the Meiji Era
Japan takes enormous pride in its culture but has a poor record on its preservation. This is particularly true of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), perhaps the most dynamic period in the country's history, when Japan emerged from more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation and laid the foundations of a modern...
LIFE / Travel
May 7, 2000
Hayama, Kanagawa: A spring abound with vermillion azaleas
Hayama is a picturesque seaside town located about 4 km south of Kamakura. Favored with a mild climate and scenic coasts, it sports a neighborhood of upscale houses and sophisticated restaurants facing a small yacht harbor. A chain of quiet beaches stretches south along the rock-strewn coast; inland,...
Mar 3, 1999
Kyoto: The 'City of Flowers' defined by its waterways
Ever since Kyoto was founded by the Emperor Kanmu in 794, its temples, garden sanctuaries, artisan quarters, elegant back streets and superb inns and shops have lent credence to the city's nickname, "Hana no Miyako," the City of Flowers.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world