Old-fashioned onsen bathing is an experience one normally associates with resort towns or rustic mountain hideaways, but Matsuyama’s own hot spring district brings the experience a little closer to downtown.
All right, I’ll admit it: I’m a castle nut. Not once in my several visits to Japan have I ever failed to visit at least one of these striking symbols […]
I’ve got plenty to look forward to in the historic capital of Ehime Prefecture – but of course, I’ll need to get there first. It’s a good thing I love […]
Whether you’re looking for reminders of a bygone era or the pulsing lights and sounds of the modern age, Ōsaka’s bound to have something that will suit your itinerary.
This morning, we’ve got our sights trained on a fine castle just an hour’s journey from Ōsaka.
From the wintry wonderland of Sapporo, I flew hundreds of miles south to the (somewhat) warmer climes of Ōsaka, where I enjoyed a visit to one of the country’s finest […]
Otaru may be a rather small city – and yes, I was here just a couple of days ago – but it’s got more than enough attractions to justify a […]
Remember the little mahō shōjo we met at Ōdōri Park a few days ago? Remember how I mentioned that there’s just no avoiding her, especially considering that Sapporo is her […]
The use of the adjective “magical” tends to send me retching, but I’ll admit that the word entered my mind as I enjoyed a candlelit evening in a small city […]
Watching paint dry is one thing. Watching penguins strut their stuff on an icy catwalk is another. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather see the latter.