Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike

Vegging out: why eating Okinawa-style is the healthy option

Okinawa in Japan is fabled for its residents’ longevity. A fact attributed to a diet of ‘major on vegetables, minor on meat’. Now the island’s restaurants are making it available to visitors, too

Japan’s food halls: the perfect place to pick up presents and picnics

Japanese department stores are places of wonder, where staff greet customers with low bows and the basements are temples to elaborately packaged delights

In the pink: Osaka and Kyoto’s cherry blossom beauty – in pictures

Japan’s sakura (cherry blossom) season gave photographer Will Fearon plenty to contemplate and capture on his travels through the country