Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.
In Gastronomy tourism, a traveler enjoys an in-depth experience of their destination through its local culinary culture. This type of tourism has been garnering attention in Japan as well, and the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism was held in Nara Prefecture in December 2022. This segment introduces Japan's gastronomy tourism with a focus on the ancient capital city of Nara.
Japan has 34 national parks throughout the country. This segment features the Akan area of Akan-Mashu National Park located in Japan’s northern region Hokkaido. Our reporter, along with park rangers and nature guides, explore the secret behind Lake Mashu’s clear water and blue hue, known also as “Mashu Blue,” and the history of Mt. Iwosan, which continues to emit sulfurous gases today.
Kitakata, a city in Fukushima Prefecture, is well known in Japan for its delicious ramen and sake, and locals are determined to take its fame onto the world stage. In this segment, Zoe Vincent, who had lived in the area for 4 years, learns what makes Kitakata’s ramen and sake special, and what the community is doing to share the appeal of these local specialties with international visitors.