Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 on Channel NewsAsia
We continue our journey around Japan in winter to visit recommended hot springs, scenic spots and restaurants. In Hakone, spend the night at the Gora Hanaougi Madoka no Mori hotel, which opened in December 2014. It exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, while commanding superb views.
For dinner, guests get to enjoy a colourful kaiseki-ryori course, which comprises fresh seafood from Sagami Bay, wild greens from Hakone and the popular A5 grade Hida beef steak. On the second day in Hakone, set off early to see Mt. Fuji at sunrise. Drive for half an hour to the peak of Mt. Daikanzan. From here, at certain times of the year, one can see a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji “floating in the clouds”. A sea of clouds appears at the foot of Mt. Fuji and this mysterious sight can only be seen at dawn if there is a big temperature difference between the night and morning. End your trip to Hakone by going to Fujiya Hotel, which was established in 1878. A variety of breads made using traditional recipes can be found at its retail store Bakery and Sweets PICOT. The most popular item is the Classic Curry Bun. The next journey takes place in Niigata. First, sign up for a popular day t
29 Aug 2015
Join us as we take various trips around Japan in winter to check out recommended hot springs, scenic spots and restaurants. First up is a trip to Manza Onsen, located 1,800m above sea level.
22 Aug 2015
This week, we travel along famous local railway lines, check out unique sights and savour delicacies of the different localities. First up is a journey on Tohoku region’s popular JR Gono Line. It connects Kawabe Station in Aomori Prefecture and Higashi-Noshiro Station in Akita Prefecture.
15 Aug 2015
This week, we will travel around Kanazawa and Noto to check out their top specialities. We first travel by Shinkansen train for about 2.5 hours from Tokyo to Kanazawa Station. Kanazawa is surrounded by the Sea of Japan and is thus known for its seafood. So the first speciality is the “fiery seafood” of Ohmicho Ichiba, the “Kitchen of Kanazawa”.
01 Aug 2015
The three "Teppan Adventurers" - Yuzo Gucchi, Emi Hashino and Masayuki Tokumitsu - continue their search for famous regional ingredients to grill on their iron plate. On the third day, from Toyota City, they head to Obu City in the northern part of Chita Peninsula, where there are many chicken farms.
25 Jul 2015
It’s Teppanyaki time! This week, the “Teppan Adventurers” - comprising “Captain” Yuzo Gucchi, Emi Hashino and Masayuki Tokumitsu - will travel around Japan armed with an iron plate. They will visit several places in search of famous local ingredients to grill and create their own version of local specialities using the iron plate.
18 Jul 2015
We continue travelling by local railway lines in autumn. On the second day of the Aizu trip, from Aizu Wakamatsu Station, take a train of the Tadami Line which runs along the Tadami River. Passengers are able to observe the beauty of the valley, the mountains and rivers during the journey. Alight at Aizu Kawaguchi and then hop on the “JR replacement bus” to Tadami Station.
11 Jul 2015
Join us as we travel by local railway lines in autumn. Our first train trip is on JR’s Kisuki Line that connects Shimane to Hiroshima. We will be riding on the Torocco Train, which offers fantastic autumn views of Okuizumo. We begin by travelling for an hour from Tokyo to Izumo En-Musubi Airport in Shimane.
04 Jul 2015
Two teams continue their Sugoroku trip around Nikko in autumn. On the second day, the women’s team heads to Nikko Lakeside Hotel, which was established in 1894. The ladies choose mission A, and have to bathe in a famous hot spring near Lake Chuzenji. It is located at the hotel itself and its source is a 77-degree sulphur spring.