Steve John Powell

Steve John Powell

British-born travel writer Steve John Powell has spent around 20 years living in Spain, and another 20 in Japan. Together with his photographer wife Angeles Marin Cabello, Powell has written extensively about both countries for numerous publications, including BBC Travel, CNN Travel, The Japan Times, and inflight magazines around the world. He feels equally at home practising zazen (seated meditation) in a rural Japanese temple, or exploring the marvels of Modernist architecture in Barcelona.

Latest from Steve John Powell

How Japan’s new 1,000km hiking trail through earthquake- and tsunami-stricken lands teaches you an inspirational lesson

The Michinoku Coastal Trail, in the Tohoku region of northeastern Honshu, takes hikers on a journey through beautiful lands devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The Michinoku Coastal Trail, in the Tohoku region of northeastern Honshu, takes hikers on a journey through beautiful lands devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

29 Nov 2021 - 8:40AM
‘World’s most romantic railway’ in Japan and its sudden change in fortunes – thanks to a photographer and the Taiwanese

Tourists were rare on Japan’s Tadami railway line, but photos shown in Taiwan of its little trains chugging through misty valleys and enchanted forests brought a surge of interest.

Tourists were rare on Japan’s Tadami railway line, but photos shown in Taiwan of its little trains chugging through misty valleys and enchanted forests brought a surge of interest.

9 Feb 2021 - 10:01AM
In Japan, viewing the colours of maple leaves in autumn is a cultural obsession

The viewing of autumn's changing colours is a national obsession in Japan. We rustle up the best spots for taking in the dazzling display.

The viewing of autumn's changing colours is a national obsession in Japan. We rustle up the best spots for taking in the dazzling display.

15 Apr 2015 - 4:12PM
The joys of spring: a different view of Japan’s cherry blossom

If you want to catch the upcoming cherry blossom season in Japan, but don’t fancy the festival-sized crowds in urban centres, try a more sedate alternative in Chugoku, writes Steve John Powell.

If you want to catch the upcoming cherry blossom season in Japan, but don’t fancy the festival-sized crowds in urban centres, try a more sedate alternative in Chugoku, writes Steve John Powell.

15 Apr 2015 - 3:42PM