Wendy Yanagihara

Bio: Wendy grew up visiting family in Tokyo and the Shizuoka area every few years, and has covered the country for Lonely Planet since 2004. Since then, she has lived in Tokyo for two years in total, circumnavigated Shikoku, summited Mt. Ishizuchi several times, soaked in innumerable onsen (hot springs), and snorkeled, cycled, paddled, and walked the diverse landscapes and waterways from southern Honshu to the southwestern islands of Okinawa. During her travels, she’s taken a serious interest in Japan’s kaiseki-ryori (traditional haute cuisine), regional and seasonal delicacies, and street-fair staples. Wendy has worked on over 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, including several editions of Lonely Planet Tokyo and Lonely Planet Japan. She’s also covered Japan for The Guardian, BBC.com, and in-flight magazines, among others.

  • Specialties: Tokyo, Kanto, daytrips from Tokyo, Izu Peninsula, Shikoku and Okinawa; Japanese food; active travel, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, kitesurfing, Mt Fuji
  • Location: California, USA (Pacific Standard Time)