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Riverside Retreat

The rustic Okayama town of Takahashi offers the casual visitor a release from the world. Stephen Mansfield enjoys the time on his hands.

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City by the Sea

Once a pirate haunt, the port town of Onomichi in the Inland Sea still houses an intriguing array of temples, and a surprising number of cats and cat lovers. Stephen Mansfield goes exploring.

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Easy Streets

Ocean breezes, smiling faces, exotic markets, and a laid-back pace. Catherine Pawasarat finds Japanese-style relaxation on the shores of the Noto Peninsula

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Into the Wild

John McGee plumbs the depths and scales the heights of Tohoku’s grandest national park.

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Green Peace

Home to Kyoto-style gardens and the Peace Museum for kamikaze, Chiran offers a healthy dose of history and culture. Stephen Mansfield takes a walk.

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Walk in the Woods

Take a step back in time with a leisurely stroll through the forests and towns of the Kiso Valley. Mary King sets the pace.

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