Kurokawa Onsen: Eat, sleep, bathe, repeat

Travel Oct 26, 2018

Kurokawa Onsen: Eat, sleep, bathe, repeat

by Oscar Boyd

Despite its rapid growth in the 1960s, Kurokawa Onsen maintains a charm that effuses throughout the buildings and the narrow alleyways that run down the steep banks to the Kuro River. It feels old, and has escaped much of the overenthusiastic concrete landscaping that ...

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

Style & Design Jul 30, 2016

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

by Danielle Demetriou

There are seasonal ikebana arrangements, tatami-mat flooring, kimono-style outfits for guests and a steaming hot onsen spring water bath. So far, so ryokan, the traditional-style Japanese inns that dot the country. Until a screen slides open in one of the guestrooms, and 11th-floor views of ...

Exploring Niigata's snow country

Travel Jan 23, 2016

Exploring Niigata's snow country

by Mandy Bartok

Marred though the view is with power lines and other trappings of modernity, the rainbow that appears at the far end of Tsubame-Sanjo Station seems a rather auspicious beginning. The initial impression that greeted us in front of this largely unpopular station just south ...