Kate Courtney: Mountain Bike World Champion And 2021 US Olympic Hopeful

Kate Courtney performs at UCI XCO in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic on October 4, 2020 // … [+] Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content PoolThe sport of mountain biking was invented in the United States. Americans dominated in the early ‘90s. By the end of the decade, though, it was a European game, especially…

Creme brulee filled roasted sweet potatoes make a sizzling return

With everything from raindrop citrus mochi to cat-shaped cheesecakes using the “king of cheeses”, it’s easy and not exactly wrong to brand Tokyo as the center of Japan’s sweets world.Other regions are not without their say in the matter, however, and Gifu prefecture has been melting mouths and turning heads with their extremely popular…

IKEA opens Swedish restaurant at its store in Shibuya

IKEA Japan on Wednesday opens a new Swedish restaurant—the first  restaurant at any IKEA City Shop in Japan—at IKEA Shibuya in Tokyo.To date, the traditional stores in IKEA Japan have been operating restaurants that offer Swedish food at affordable prices for enhanced shopping experiences. Now, for the very first time, an IKEA City Shop…

JNTO launches new Insider Guide to Japan

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched a new Insider Guide to Japan, celebrating the country’s many traditions, innovations, natural wonders, and adventures.2021 is a landmark year for Japan, as Tokyo gears-up to host the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the country is set to be one of the top travel destinations.The…

Art, food and fashion assemble into afternoon tea at The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon

The royal British tea ritual is already a form of art as it is, but The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon brings it up a notch. The new, artsy and one of the hottest spots in Japan is currently offering a collaboration of art, food and fashion in an avant-garde Afternoon Tea.EDITION chose Belgian luxury brand La Maison Delvaux – the oldest leather goods house…

Why not a workation in the wilderness of Wakayama?

Deep breaths. One foot in front of the other. I’m ascending a section of the Kumano  Kodo, a network of ancient roads that run through the mountains of Japan’s Kii  Peninsula. A canopy of cedars towers above me. The stones that comprise my path  have been worn smooth after centuries under the feet of spiritual pilgrims and other travelers….

Burger Police: Locking-in its status as one of Tokyo’s best burgers

Burger Police: It’s an arresting name for a restaurant, but there’s a lot more to like about this excellent new arrival than just its catchy moniker.First of all, it’s a proper restaurant, not just a burger counter that happens to have seating. You can make a reservation, order at your table and linger over craft beer or natural wine. With its…

Keep calm and tuck in: Tokyo discovers British cuisine isn’t just pie in the sky

If I ate “fish and chips” every time a non-British person said those words to me when discussing British food, my arteries would be clogged and my heart would have given out long ago. Alternately, if I got one British pound every time someone gave me a scornful look on learning I am a food writer and British, I would be very rich.While British…

Art, food and fashion assemble into afternoon tea at The EDITION Tokyo

The royal British tea ritual is already a form of art as it is, but The EDITION Tokyo Toranomon brings it up a notch. The new, artsy and one of the hottest spots in Japan is currently offering a collaboration of art, food and fashion in an avant-garde Afternoon Tea.EDITION chose Belgian luxury brand La Maison Delvaux – the oldest leather goods store…

Mt Nokogiri one of Tokyo area’s best day trips

Like a lot of people these days, Japanese Twitter user @Kazuaki612 and his wife have been feeling like they could use a little more exercise, plus a reason to get out of the house. So they’ve started taking long walks around places within day-trip distance of Tokyo, but one of their recent destinations looks like a trip to another…

World’s most powerful passport for 2021 revealed

(CNN) — The gap in travel freedom is its biggest in decades and disparities in vaccination access between countries could make the situation even worse, says a new report. The Henley Passport Index, which has been regularly monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006, has released its latest rankings and analysis. As the index…

Go on a ‘sake voyage’ right in Tokyo’s backyard

Utsunomiya, Tochigi Pref. – The city of Utsunomiya in Tochigi Prefecture may be best known for its griddled gyōza dumplings, but a group of sake makers and chefs are working to show that the area has much more to offer culinary-minded visitors.Leveraging the proximity of their sake breweries to Tokyo, longtime friends Kenichi Shimazaki of Shimazaki…

Takaoka: A Metalworking Townscape Beneath the Buddha’s Gaze

Takaoka, a city in Toyama Prefecture, has been a center for metal casting since the early years of the Edo period (1603–1868) and is the country’s leading producer of copperware. Here we introduce the Takaoka Daibutsu (Great Buddha), symbol of Takaoka’s craft, and the Kanayamachi heritage district, the birthplace of the local cast-metal industry…

14 Places For Shopping In Japan That Will Make Your Shopping Experience Worth It!

It is not a well-known fact that shopping in Japan can be a very rewarding thing. People before the internationalization of anime didn’t even know about the craze for shopping here. To tell you the reality, every station space in Japan is a mini market. Apart from that, Japan is home to big shopping areas and malls for bulk shopping, as well as small…

A Michelin Star Guide to Ski Towns

The definitive Michelin Guide is known as the go-to source for the best dining in metropoles around the world: New York, Tokyo, Paris. However, a number of starred restaurants also thrive in ski towns across parts of Europe, specifically Switzerland, Italy and France.While the following 15 are by no means a definitive list, they do represent some of…

Vietjet restarts international flights to Asian hubs

Vietjet has resumed regular international flights to major hubs including Bangkok, Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei. Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok are scheduled to depart every Friday, and the service from Hanoi to Seoul (Incheon International Airport) is scheduled to depart from April 15th.The flights from Hanoi to Tokyo (Narita International…

United Airlines to increase flights in May

United Airlines’ May 2021 schedule includes the addition of 26 new nonstop routes between Midwest cities such as Cleveland, Cincinnati and Milwaukee and popular vacation destinations such as Hilton Head, Pensacola and Portland, Maine.The airline also plans to resume more than 20 domestic routes and will start a new service between Orange County, Calif,…

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