Photos by Sarah B. Hodge

Into the Woods: Discovering the charms of Northern Japan’s ‘Blue Forest’

Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu Island. A land of dramatic coastlines, dense forests, and a high percentage of...
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara

Immerse yourself in Iwakuni's culture & community


Looking down at the river and mountains from the observation room atop Iwakuni Castle, I could easily imagine why a feudal-time...

Tokyo’s top 6 towns Metropolis chooses its favorite neighborhoods in the city

Tokyo’s a big old town. 23 wards, numerous special wards and cities and a shedload of islands. Many publications have posited...
The picturesque Nachi Waterfall

Adventuring in Kumano: A visit to Nachi Falls and surrounding waterfalls

When you reach Mount Nachi you'll discover this area has to much to offer, from places of worship to breathtaking views. It’s...

Musing over Mie

Mie Prefecture is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, the kind of destination that you would only share with your close friends....

From Misawa, take a day trip along Route 103


Misawa finds itself very close to plenty of water; the Pacific...

Konpon Daito Pagoda, Koyasan (Photo by Sarah B. Hodge)

The wonders of Wakayama: Soul-searching in Japan’s sacred Kii Mountains

Wakayama’s rugged coastline and mountainous, heavily forested interior is home to some of Japan’s holiest shrines, temples and...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Let Japan's biggest little city of Niigata charm you


I have always associated the northern city of Niigata with frigid weather and heavy snowfall, full of the steep-roofed buildings...

Iwakuni eatery offers feast for eyes, palate


If Quentin Tarantino gets a chance to come to Iwakuni, Sanzoku is the one...


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