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Discover Japan - AN INSIDER'S GUIDE

Discover Japan - AN INSIDER'S GUIDE


Discover Japan is the insider's guide to Japan. Published since 2008 in Japanese, the magazine is now available in English as a redesigned, easy-to-read digital issue that is packed with stories on Japanese culture, food, travel, design and much more. We hope this will soon become your preferred guide to a previously unexplored side of Japan. Notice "Discover Japan ―AN INSIDER'S GUIDE vol. 18" originally scheduled for release on April 6th has been changed due to unforeseeable circumstances. We will notice to you again, as soon as the release day is confirmed. Thank you for understanding.

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1 min.
from the editor

When the weather turns cold, the Japanese head to the mountains to warm both body and soul at one of the many hot spring resorts dotted around the country. What could be better to ward off the cold than a soothing warm bath followed by a fullcourse meal of local delicacies? In this issue, we take a close look at three of Japan’s wonderful onsen resorts; the Hakkoda Hotel in Aomori, the Beniya Mukayu Ryokan in Ishikawa and the Tsurunoyu Ryokan in Akita prefecture. The classic Hakkoda Hotel’s log building comes with plenty of old-world charm and a unique chance to take in the surrounding snowscape while soaking in one of the nearby hot springs. Crab lovers should visit Beniya Mukayu and enjoy the opulent servings of several kinds of freshly…

3 min.

01 Kiosk by architects Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida A stylish kiosk has popped up in Chiyoda ward’s Ichibancho. The watering hole-style coffee stand BIRD BATH & KIOSK is designed by SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE, which is headed by the architects Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida. With Unite Inc. food director Makoto Asamoto also on board as an adviser, Suppose Design Office has designed this creativity-generating space, which is based on the concept of “thinking about work means considering breaks. So why not drop by this urban roost for a coffee break during your work day? BIRD BATH & KIOSK 23-3 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Hours: 8:15–19:00 Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays Instagram: @birdbathkiosk 02 A new age of sake brewed by the sake god himself Naohiko Noguchi, also known as “the god of sake brewing”, is the driving force in…

1 min.
unwind in a hot spring this winter

What could be more comforting than the warmth of a hot spring during the cold of winter? If you feel your busy daily life has made your body and mind a bit stiff, then it’s time to loosen up with a trip to a hot spring. Japan has plentiful hot springs with an array of benefits. Whether you want to gaze at breathtaking scenery or soak in mineral- rich, healing hot waters, there is a hot spring to suit your every whim. In this edition, we have selected a few of our recommended hot springs in Japan. Take our advice and melt away in a hot spring this winter.…

10 min.

Why would people yearn for a hot spring hidden this deeply in the mountains? Chattering, “cold, cold,” I hustle towards an outdoor bath hidden in a veil of white steam amidst the snow. I hop into the bath and sink in right up to my neck, taking a deep breath, “ahhh!” The gentle warmth of the waters seep into my body, and if I keep still, I can hear the hot spring burbling to me, “pukuri, puku puku.” Seeking an intoxicating spring of sulphurous waters and Japan’s original hot spring vista You must spend the night to truly understand Tsurunoyu Onsen. Only overnight guests can truly know its intimate wonders. Even if you enjoy all four different hot spring waters, and take a souvenir photograph at the front gates, or taste their delectable mountain…

7 min.
hakkoda hotel

The Mt. Hakkoda region, known as one of the few deep-snow regions of Japan, transforms into a crystalline world of white with the coming of winter. Piles of snow higher than my shoulders adorned the Hakkoda Hotel and the surrounding beech groves, and I wondered if I could even make it to the hotel. Despite my unease, on this very day not a single cloud marred the sky, as if to welcome me to this hotel I had long wished to visit. Indulge yourself in a world of white crystals from the warmth of a hot spring Having long wanted to visit the Hakkoda Hotel, I particularly chose to go during the snowy season as I was certain the hotel would be at its most beautiful immersed in a cloud of snow.…

2 min.
experience the hidden sukayu onsen hot springs!

Sukayu Onsen is one of the most famous mountain hot springs in all of Japan. The Tohoku region is a place where the culture of mixed-gender baths still lingers, and Suyaku Onsen is the home of the Hiba Sennin Buro, or Cypress Thousand-Person Bath, a massive shared bath nearly 300 square meters in size, with a history of 300 years. Experiencing this bath alone is worth the trip. In addition to the Hiba Sennin Buro, Sukayu Onsen also offers the Netsu no Yu hot water bath, Rei no Yu cold water bath, the Yonbun-Rokubun, “Forty- Sixty” bath and the Yuryu bath, all of which draw from different springs. There is not a single pillar in the entire expanse of the massive Hiba Sennin Buro, a truly awe-inspiring sight. The steam grows thicker…