Introducing places to unwind and enjoy the better things in life. Follow along as we uncover the little indulgences in Japan. Read about trips and places that gave us a much needed break from the daily grind.

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Jan 18
Modern Traditional, Gotemba and Hakone
Mid-winter is the time when most people tend to stay indoors and out of the cold. It is no different here, but when the sky is blue and the sun is out it makes me want to get out and do things. I took advantage of the...
Nov 25
Getting crafty in Mashiko
Mashiko is a town in Tochigi Prefecture that is famous for its ceramics, Mashiko-yaki. Being a pottery craftsman town, there is a lot of emphasis on hands-on creation and local wares. The city is about 2 hours north...
Sep 30
Designs on Tennozu Isle
With fall fast on the heels of summer, the temperatures are starting to cool down and the country gearing up for the autumn color season. Having at least another month before the colors make their way down towards the...
Aug 23
Summer in Itoshima
In the summer edition of Chotto Zeitaku Japan, I headed to Itoshima, a small city about a 40-minute drive from either Fukuoka in the east or Karatsu in the west. The area draws parallels to the Shonan Coast near Tokyo...
Jul 4
Shitamachi Yanesen
Yanesen, which is made up of the three neighbourhoods of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi, is one of Tokyo's most well known shitamachi areas. A literal translation of the term
Jun 9
Delicious Biei, Classic Furano
In the June installation of Chotto Zeitaku Japan, we head over to the middle of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Located in the middle of Hokkaido, the towns of Biei and Furano are twice as large as the 23 wards...
May 20
Wandering through Kagurazaka
When you're filled with a craving for travel and are a little restless, there's no better way to soothe that urge than to go out exploring. In an attempt to curb the wanderlust, I spent a cheeky weekday in Kagurazaka...
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