No.81 [TRAVEL] Tono – at the heart of legends

The town, which has 26,000 inhabitants, is the leading producer of hops in Japan.   The small town, which is the main producer of hops in the archipelago, wants to become a city of beer!   Yokohama, Sapporo and other big cities may be the main centres of beer produc- tion in Japan, but few[...]

No.80 [TRAVEL] Okutama, another aspect of Tokyo

The junction of the Tama and Nippara rivers.   Two hours from the capital city, lush and stunning countryside delights camping and hiking enthusiasts.   At the riverside, a dozen or so campers are eating the remains of a late barbecue among swirling woodsmoke. A twohour train journey from [...]

No.79 [EXPLORING] A railway paradise

Landscape near Nagaoka where the first section of the Joetsu line was opened in 1920.   To discover this beautiful region, the local railway companies have some original options on offer. “The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country”. The opening words of Yukiguni (Snow Coun[...]

No.78 [TRAVEL] Under the spell of Matsue

Sunset over Shinji Lake is one of the most eagerly awaited moments for tourists who are visiting the port city.   Located in the western prefecture of Shimane, the city founded by HORIO Yoshiharu is full of character. Driving north from Hiroshima towards matsue in Shimane Prefecture, you soon f[...]

No.77 [DISCOVERY] Hiroshima’s gardens

Saizo-ji Temple and its stone garden are a lovely invitation to pause and meditate. A green city par excellence, it’s full of places you can take a stroll, meditate, or even write poetry Japanese gardens are designed to “express the highest truths of religion and philosophy precisely as othe[...]

No.76 [TRAVEL] On the trail of Koshu wine

Château Mercian succeeded the Dai-Nihon Yamanashi Budoshu Kaisha founded in the mid-19th century. Produced in Yamanashi prefecture, this ambrosia is considered to be one of the best wines in the country. On a clear day, when KONDO Nobuyuki is busy with his vines, he can see Mount Fuji on the horizo[...]

No.75 [TRAVEL] Lake Inawashiro in autumn

The autumn landscape all around Lake Inawashiro is a symphony of colours and full of delights for visitors in search of unique locations in this beautiful region./Johann Fleuri for Zoom Japan Fukushima prefecture is the perfect place to observe the rich colours that autumn brings to the Tohoku regio[...]

No.74 [TRAVEL] To see nature, oze is a must

Ozenuma Lake offers a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains.   A real gem, this national park encompasses several mountains and the largest area of marshland in the country. If you love mountain hiking, Oze is, without doubt, the most beautiful place in Japan”. For many years, this ha[...]

No.73 [TRAVEL] Toyosu still needs to prove itself

built over an area of 41 hectares, the capital’s new market cost around £4.1 billion.   The new fish market is still facing comparison with Tsukiji, which remains a very lively location. at the beginning of October 2018, after interminable delays, Toyosu fish market took over from the venera[...]
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No.72 [TRAVEL] A Saturday at Urawa Stadium

The fervour of the Urawa Reds’ supporters is legendary in the Archipelago. It recalls that of those other Reds, from Liverpool.   For more than a century, this city to the north of Tokyo has been passionate about football and attracts thousands of fans. Sitting in the sun-soaked stands, the T[...]