The hills are alive in summer

Once the preserve of skiers, the mountains are now open to all year-round, writes Nicky Holford. Summer in the Alps has never been busier. Alpine summer holidays used to be a slow burner for sun-starved…

Rio de Janeiro within reach

With Norwegian’s new route from Gatwick means Rio de Janeiro is more accessible than ever, James Litston heads to the home of Carnival to check out its many highlights. Not for nothing is Rio known…

Miyagi, Japan: all you need to know

The facts and figures behind Miyagi, Japan. [su_box title="The ABTA Magazine Guide to Miyagi" box_color="#0073b9"] The ABTA Magazine Guide to Miyagi is produced in association with the Visit Miyagi. Discover a Land of Contrasts in…

24 hours in Matsushima in Miyagi, Japan

After 24 hours in Miyagi, Matsushima, with its tranquil views, isn’t far away. An easy day trip north of Sendai, Matsushima mixes natural beauty and feudal history. Its bay, dotted with pine-clad islets, has been regarded as…

24 hours in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi,…

Hop on a bullet train from Tokyo for a whirlwind 24 hours in Sendai. Four hundred years ago, the feudal warlord Date Masamune founded Sendai as a castle town from where the powerful Date clan could…

Where to find wellness in Miyagi, Japan

After a day on the slopes or hiking along the coast, there’s nothing better than the soothing heat of an onsen. The Japanese have been enjoying these natural hot-spring baths for both health and pleasure…

Where to find adventure in Miyagi

When winter turns much of the Tohoku region white, skiers and snowboarders look to 1,841-metre Mount Zao, straddling the border of Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures. The ski resorts in operation here from early December through…

Miyagi, Japan: how to get there

Only 90 minutes north of Tokyo, yet worlds apart, a trip to Miyagi Prefecture in the heart of Japan’s Tohoku region treats visitors to stunning mountain scenery, rugged coastline, healing waters and much more. In…