Learn the art and craft of bonsai in a Japanese neighborhood devoted to them
Bonsai trees are a wonder of nature bent by the hand of man, and Omiya Bonsai Village is the place to go for a crash course in their history and care.
Music lovers may spend all day exploring this nine-floor Tower Records in Tokyo
Tower Records is an experience, and sadly, something Generation Z in America will never experience. Unless they make a pilgrimage to Japan.
Okinawa’s Mount Katsuu could be the most challenging climb on the island
The path is a rugged, sometimes hand-over-hand uphill trek through an enchanting and encapsulating forest.
The trail of Hachiko: Loyal dog’s legacy lives on in Tokyo
Hachiko’s story of loyalty went worldwide more than 90 years ago. Also known as Hachi, his story was made into two films: in Japanese, “Hachi-ko,” in 1987, and an American version, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” starring Richard Gere, in 2009.
Village of former US military homes in Japan offers quaint shopping, dining experiences
Johnson Town is a village of 1950s American-style homes, some of which have been turned into businesses.
Spend a day on the Japanese island kingdom of cats
The island of Aoshima is ruled by approximately 200 semi-feral feline friends.
Tokyo is a treasure trove of secondhand gems
Options abound for thrifting bargain hunters in Tokyo
Vermeer revealed: Catch a rare glimpse of a restored, historic Dutch painting in Tokyo
Nearly an entire gallery of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is devoted to the display and explanation of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s now-famous works, “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window.”
Familiar names at National Art Center’s exhibit of European masters
The Tokyo museum satisfies a taste for Western culture with 65 art pieces from well known European artists.
Shrine near Osan Air Base keeps the spirit of Confucius alive in South Korea
This shrine, built in 1792 during the reign of King Jeongjo, is where the 64th descendant of Confucius, Gong Seorin, retired and lectured students for the rest of his life.
A Japanese city is wooing visitors with its ‘Meat Tourism’ campaign
Miyakonojo in Miyazaki prefecture is at the center of a region that ranks at the top of the country’s beef, pork and chicken production.
Genius or vandal? Tokyo exhibit examines the work of faceless street artist Banksy
“Banksy: Genius or Vandal?” closes March 8 at With Harajuku in a retail center just east of and across the street from Harajuku Station.
Super Potato in Tokyo is like a video-game time machine to the ‘80s and ‘90s
Super Potato, a 1980s wonderland, transports customers to the retro world of classic gaming.
Take your inner child on a trip to Tama Zoological Park in western Tokyo
Established in 1958 as a branch of Ueno Zoo in central Tokyo, this 129-acre zoo is one of the largest in the area.
Take a shot at Shihan Mato seated archery at Obi Castle Town in Japan
Peasants living in Shimazu lands were allowed to practice archery only when seated because their feudal overlords feared they might use their bows to rebel.
Take a tasting tour of Japanese shochu distilleries in Miyazaki prefecture
Miyazaki prefecture, on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, is the perfect place to enjoy locally made shochu. A recent press tour stopped at four distilleries to see how the beverage is made.
‘Haunted’ Tokyo skyscraper offers world’s largest capsule toy stop, shopping and more
The looming, gray, 60-story skyscraper stands in juxtaposition to its name, Sunshine City. But while the building may look like a villain’s lair from a comic book, it is a shopping and entertainment center that can keep visitors occupied all day.
Visit the mythical birthplace of the father of Japan’s first emperor in Miyazaki prefecture
Legend has it that Emperor Jimmu, a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the storm god Susanoo, founded Japan in 660 B.C. His accession is marked each year as National Foundation Day on Feb. 11.
Potentially deadly delicacy: Try fugu at this fish market in southern Japan
With the tight regulation of fugu preparation licensing, the chances of fugu poisoning is extremely low, but it’s never zero.