Friday, February 21, 2020

The Charm of Hokuto (4) : Inn Blue in Green

If you want to try something other than the traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, try staying at a Japanese pension. Usually more laid-back and homey compared to the traditional ryokan, pensions in Japan are...

The Charm of Hokuto (3) : Suntory Hakushu Distillery

The history of Suntory Shinjiro Torii (1879-1962), a lover of wine and scotch whiskey had a vision to establish the production of those beverages in Japan as well. In February 1899 he set up his own...

The Charm of Hokuto (2) : Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum

The Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum is located in the highlands of Hokuto, Yamanashi overlooking Mt. Fuji and the mountains of Yatsugatake. This beautiful and serene backdrop befits the collection of works and art...

The Charm of Hokuto (1) : Oasis of the Highlands

Nestled in the highlands between the Yatsugatake Mountains and Minami Alps, Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture is a true jewel worth exploring. Surrounded by majestic mountains from 3 sides and the view of Mt....

Restaurant Review: Soba Restaurant Sanbuichi

The common soba (buckwheat noodles) is made from buckwheat flour mixed with wheat flour that acts as a "tsunagi" or binding agent that keeps the dough together. Only soba restaurants with the most skilled...

Restaurant Review: Moeginomura ROCK

This curry will rock your world! Bacon and runny eggs and butter may sound like a typical American breakfast but these are the toppings to Rock's unique curry. Practically every Japanese household or restaurant that serves curry has...

Ski in Japan: Resorts Near Tokyo

  Here are our picks for slopes near Tokyo that will give you a satisfyingly ski-filled day trip and still leave you time to head back to Tokyo in the evening in time to watch the city light up. Snowtown Yeti (Shizuoka...

Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake: A Japanese Wine Paradise

Savor it, experience it Japan is not the first destination that comes to mind for wine tasting. But times have changed and Japan is no more a country of just sake. The quality of the...

Nakamura Keith Haring Collection: New York pop art in Yamanashi

Universal art meets Japanese blending The Japanese are masters in blending their ancient culture with foreign and modern influences. Majestic shrines next to towering skyscrapers, tatami rooms with plasma screen televisions, manga-themed kabuki performances, anything seems...

Shichiken: A Traditional Sake Brewery With Modern Ideas

A brewery that is a world of its own Yamanashi Prefecture Hokoto City's Hakushu area might be famous for Suntory's Hakushu Whiskey, but did you know that it is also home to long-established sake brewery, Shichiken? WAttention...