Travel Articles

Vicki has been writing articles about Japan destinations and experiences for many years, published mostly on the news and information website  Check out her back numbers below (in reverse chrono).  This page is updated regularly, so please return often! If you’re looking for someplace in particular, also check out the “map” tab.

Japan Red: The Russet Glow of Okayama
Japan Today, February 20, 2023
The New Digital Exhibition at the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures: a modern way to explore the art of ancient Japan
Japan Today, February 16, 2023
A Tale of Two Temples: The historical competition between Enryaku-ji and Mii-dera
Japan Today, January 21, 2023
The Sakura Seven: A walk to gain good fortune
Japan Today, December 22, 2022
All Things Kitchen are in Kappabashi
Japan Today, November 24, 2022
Art and Ambience in Obuse
Japan Today, October 27, 2022
Unique experiences await visitors to Dewa Sanzan region
Japan Today, October 10, 2022
Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park: an urban nature park for feathered friends
Japan Today, September 24, 2022
Suizenji Garden: one of the finest of Japan’s feudal samurai strolling gardens
Japan Today, August 25, 2022
Rakuhoji and the Amabiki Kannon
Japan Today, July 22, 2022
Yoshinogari: Fascinating park of Japan’s prehistoric society
Japan Today, June 24, 2022
Eye Openers in Akatsuka, a northwestern Tokyo suburb
Japan Today, May 24, 2022
Learning to Make Japan’s Most Durable Washi Paper
All About Japan, May 23, 2022
How to Train Your Samurai: Education in Edo Period Japan
Japan Today, April 23, 2022
Celebrating Spring at Lake Suwa
Japan Today, March 24, 2022
Yonezawa-gyu: A tender, tasty treat
Japan Today, March 18, 2022(Not strictly a destination article; more about what to eat when you get there.)
Learning Japan’s Ancient Horseback Archery
Japan Today, March 14, 2022
The Rikuzen Coast: Recovering But Remembering
Japan Today, February 22, 2022
How I Learned to Wield a Samurai Sword
All About Japan, January 31, 2022
In Admiral Togo’s Wake: Meeting a Military Genius
Japan Today, January 25, 2022
Making Herbal Tea at Oyakuen Medicine Garden
All About Japan, January 5, 2022
Seeking Seven Lucky Gods in Shitaya
Japan Today, December 27, 2021
Kumamoto City: the perfect base for cultural experiences on Kyushu
Lonely Planet, December 22, 2021
Fire and Water: the two natures of Kyushu’s Mt. Aso
Lonely Planet, December 22, 2021
In Search of Takeda Shingen: The Greatest Feudal Lord of His Age
Japan Today, November 26, 2021
Yonezawa Textiles: top quality interwoven with centuries of history and tradition
Japan Today, October 27, 2021
Dragon Quest: Hunting for Dragons in the Mountains of Nikko
Japan Today, September 29, 2021
A matter of survival: Artists seek to revitalize kogei amid decline of Japanese craft tradition
Number 1 Shimbun, September 2021
5 Days Exploring Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata with the JR East Pass
Gaijinpot, August 26, 2021
Finding Meiji modernization history in Tohoku
Japan Today, August 19, 2021
Staying Afloat in Tohoku: 5 Fun Boat Rides
Gaijinpot, July 26, 2021
Minamisanriku: A Tohoku Town Triumphing Over Tragedy
Japan Today, July 24, 2021
Ancient Temples of the Deep North: Some of Tohoku’s Most Historical Temples
Japan Today, June 28, 2021
5 Days Exploring Akita, Aomori and Iwate Prefectures with the JR East Pass
Gaijinpot, June 7, 2021
Seeking Sakura and Samurai in Tohoku: Past and Present Glories of Kakunodate and Hirosaki
Japan Today, May 13, 2021
Udo Shrine: origin myths in a cliff-side cave
Japan Today, April 26, 2021
Mukai Craft Brewery: Making Beer While Revitalizing Rural Japan
Tokyo Weekender, April 13, 2021
A Night with the Nenez: Enjoying the sounds of Okinawa
Japan Today, March 27, 2021
Aoshima: Dramatic rocks and romantic legends
Japan Today, February 26, 2021
Kitsuki: Castle Town on the Sea
Japan Today, January  29, 2021
The Seven Lucky Gods of Fukagawa: ensuring a good year to come
Japan Today, December 29, 2020

The Streets of Kochi: So Many Personalities

Tokyo Weekender, December 22, 2020

Sightseeing in Post-disaster Iwate’s Miyako: Tragedy and Natural Beauty Together

Tokyo Weekender, November 30, 2020

Iriomote Idyll – enjoying a remote island paradise
Japan Today, November 27, 2020
Kamata streetsKamata: Tokyo’s Multi-Ethnic Shitamachi
Tokyo Weekender, November 12, 2020
Dining in Kamata: A Culinary World Tour in Tokyo’s Multi-Ethnic Shitamachi
Tokyo Weekender, November 19, 2020
IMG_6439Matsushima’s Moods and Marvels
Japan Today, October 26, 2020

IMG_5717River town Sawara: Floating back in time

Japan Today, September 29, 2020

Unzen Onsen: This Could be Heaven or This Could be HellIMG_1005
Tokyo Weekender, August 30, 2020

IMG_5349Exploring Tokyo’s Architecture Through the Ages: A Walk in Bunkyo and Toshima

Japan Today, August 28, 2020

IMG_2183Shimonita:  the Geopark off the Beaten Track
Japan Today, July 28, 2020
IMG_3163Post-Modern Tea Ceremony: A Lesson in Tea Appreciation in the Heart of Tea Country
Japan Today, June 27, 2020
IMG_0459Dejima: Where Traders Were Isolated for Economic Gain
Japan Today, May 27, 2020
IMG_0852A Goto Island of Quarantine: The Perfect Place to Hide
Japan Today, April 29, 2020
IMG_3769Escape to exile: Following the path of a dramatic episode in the life of Sakamoto Ryoma
Japan Today, March 28, 2020
Geiyo IslandsThe Legendary Murakami Kaizoku: Good Guy Pirates of the Seto Inland Sea
Japan Today, March 25, 2020
IMG_2326A Guide to Kyushu’s History, Culture, Cuisine and Spirituality
Tokyo Weekender, March 18, 2020
IMG_1753-croppedYusuhara: A showcase of natural wood in Kengo Kuma architectureJapan Today, February 28, 2020
IMG_2384Sengan-en and Shuseikan: Exploring samurai values and industrialization
Japan Today, January 30, 2020
IMG_0415Koishikawa Seven Lucky Gods walk – exploring a forgotten corner of Tokyo
Japan Today, December 26, 2019
P_20191108_161346_vHDR_AutoKyoto by the Sea: An unexpected side of Kyoto
Japan Today, November 28, 2019
IMG_9204Mt Oyama pilgrimage – an entertaining way to step back in time
Japan Today, November 15, 2019
IMG_9101The Konya Meguri: Learning About Traditional Dye Craft in Tokyo
Japan Today, October 28, 2019
IMG_8250[2]Utsunomiya: A place to quarry out the history and geology of Oya stone
Japan Today, September 27, 2019
IMG_8665Exploring history, water and greenery in Nagoya
Japan Today, August 30, 2019
IMG_7809History and Modern Developments: A Walk in Shimbashi
Japan Today, July 26, 2019
IMG_20190210_165150Experiencing Okinawa: some lessons in cultural “arts”
Japan Today, June 29, 2019
IMG_7623Mariko: The littlest Tokaido post town
Japan Today, May 30, 2019
IMG_3567Kaga Yuzen: Experiencing a Traditional Silk Dyeing Technique in Kanazawa
Savvy Tokyo, May 19, 2019
IMG_7260Shonan-daira: Hiking to a hilltop for lunch
Japan Today, April 29, 2019
IMG_5201Bessho Onsen – easy and interesting weekend getaway
Japan Today, March 29, 2019
IMG_5694Making Soba Noodles: An exercise in rolling your own
Metropolis, March 11, 2019
Island Hopping in OkinawaIMG_6608
Japan Today, February 28, 2019
IMG_5147Ideas for enjoying winter in Nagano…off the slopesJapan Today, January 28, 2019
IMG_4829-croppedSeeking out seven lucky gods in Tsurumi
Japan Today, December 28, 2018
A dozen things to do deep in the mountains of Shikoku
Japan Today, November 30, 2018
IMG_3804-860x480Suship: A floating world of fine dining
Metropolis, November 20, 2018
IMG_4516Raking in good luck at the Asakusa Tori-no-Ichi
Japan Today, October 28, 2018
IMG_0685-croppedYuasa: A place to savor culinary history

Japan Today, September 28, 2018IMG_2847

Seeking escape from summer heat at an embassy villa
Japan Today, August 28, 2018


Daiyuzan: Lush mountain forests, mischievous messengers and the world’s largest geta
Japan Today, July 17, 2018

IMG_7983A weekend get-away to Komoro in Nagano Pref.
Japan Today, June 27, 2018

Senmaida: Scenic rice terraces evoking old JapanCIMG2988

Japan Today, May 30, 2018

IMG_7614 Kinrande: captivating examples of antique porcelains

Japan Today, April 26, 2018

  _w850 Kurayoshi: 10 ways to experience history and culture first hand

Japan Today, March 30, 2018

IMG_6879From kimono to constellations: Peeling back the layers in Tottori

Japan Today, March 21, 2018

Toi – Western Izu’s golden legacyIMG_6315
Japan Today, January 26, 2018

The seven IMG_6139lucky gods of Minato: A different perspective on a well-known Tokyo district
Japan Today, December 29, 2017IMG_4249

Brewing Up Success: A Modern Woman in a Time-Honored Occupation

Number 1 Shimbun, December 2017

IMG_5205Netsuke: Accoutrements that have become Art
Japan Today, November 24, 2017

IMG_2414Enjoy Autumn Leaves at Rikugien
Japan Today, October 30, 2017

The path to knowledge: Exploring Tokyo’s oldest educational institutions
Japan Today, September 30, 2017

Japan Today, August 25, 2017

IMG_3643Gunma’s great outdoors–summer fun options at Minakami
Japan Today, July 26, 2017

IMG_3206Coconoma Season Dining: A Great Spot for a Business Lunch
Japan Today Insight, June 19, 2017_w1700

Usuki – centuries of history in a provincial castle town

Japan Today, May 24, 2017

CIMG2842Golden times in Golden Week Tokyo
Japan Today, April 26, 2017

IMG_1503Tracing the Tachi-ai River to its source, while enjoying cherry blossoms
Japan Today, March 28, 2017

IMG_0008Hotel Ichii: comfort, convenience and kindness
Japan Today Insight, March 25, 2017

IMG_1034Noritake Garden – taking ceramics to a whole new level
Japan Today, February 27, 2017

img_0224Enjoying an Alpen Winter at Kusatsu

Visit Kusatsu Onsen, February 20, 2017

img_0258It’s the People You Meet
Visit Kusatsu Onsen, January 27, 2017

img_0027-2Keeping busy in Kusatsu

Japan Today, January 27, 2017

CIMG1463Finding good fortune on a walk through Yanaka
Japan Today, December 31, 2016

Shosenkyo: Japan’s most gorgeous gorge
Japan Today, November 29, 2016

Shinagawa: The old post town and modern waterways
Japan Today, October 27, 2016

Akasaka-mitsuke: A quirky blend of old Edo and modern Tokyo
Japan Today, September 29, 2016

Odaiba — Oh boy!
Japan Today, August 27, 2016

Endless entertainment on Enoshima: 20 recommended things to do
Japan Today, July 26, 2016

img_7650Why an Omaha girl folded 1,000 origami cranes for her trip to Japan
Omaha World Herald, July 8, 2016

Nikko Edomura – wondrous historical entertainment
Japan Today, July 6, 2016

Finding Tokyo of yesteryear: The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Japan Today, May 26, 2016

The roof of Japan: Traversing the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
Japan Today, April 19, 2016

Shizuoka’s Oi River Valley – lots to explore
Japan Today, March 24, 2016

Hina Matsuri: Girls’ Day Doll Festival  cimg3555Odigo, March 9, 2016

On the waterfront at Yokohama: Minato Mirai, the port of the future
Japan Today, February 9, 2016

Plum Blossoms: The Original Hanami

Odigo, January 17, 2016

Shibamata’s seven lucky gods walk
Japan Today, December 28, 2015

Jindaiji: Waterwheels, greenery, soba and history

Japan Today, November 27, 2015

Enjoy early cherry blossoms in Kawazu

Japan Today, March 1, 2015

Japan Today, October 30, 2015
Japan Today, September 30, 2015
Japan Today, August 28, 2015
Japan Today, June 23, 2015
Japan Today, May 30, 2015
Japan Today, March 27, 2015
Japan Today, January 29, 2015
Japan Today, November 28, 2014
Japan Today, October 30, 2014
Japan Today, September 27, 2014
Step Back in Time: Tour operator’s treks retrace history of Japan

The ACCJ Journal, September 2014

Japan Today, June 29, 2014
Japan Today, March 29, 2014
Japan Today, March 24, 2014
Japan Today, January 31, 2014
Japan Today, December 30, 2013
Japan Today, November 28, 2013
The ACCJ Journal, November 2013

Japan Today, September 26, 2013
Japan Today, April 27, 2013
Japan Today, March 28, 2013
Japan Today, December 21, 2012
Japan Today, December 16, 2012
Japan Today, November 3, 2012
Insight, Vol 1, Issue 12 (October 2012), p. 4
Japan Today, October 14, 2012
Japan Today, October 7, 2012
Japan Today, October 4, 2012

Toro: Digging into Japan’s Ancient Past

Insight, Vol 1, Issue 7 (September 2012), p. 4

Japan Today, September 10, 2012
The ACCJ Journal (December 2007)
(Note: Opens as PDF file)

Nagasaki: The City of Martyrs
World Encounter (Fall 1982)(Note: Opens as PDF file)nagasaki-cover-photo