All About JapanAll About Japan

Fresh start every Monday!

Better Know Your Old-School Senbei!

Founded in 1804, Matsuzaki Senbei has been offering classic rice crackers for over 200 years. But do you know the three key flavors from old Tokyo?

Shunkado: 130 Years of Sweets

Shunkado's flagship confection, the Unagipie Pastry, has been known for over 50 years as the signature souvenir of Shizuoka Prefecture. Eel extract never tasted so good!

The Oldest Paper Company in Japan

Founded in 771, Genda Shigyo makes 'mizuhiki,' the multicolored cords used to decorate envelopes for weddings, funerals and other major life events.

Tour Ise-Shima with the KINTETSU RAIL PASS

While the Ise-Shima area is best known for Ise Jingu, the area also offers picturesque scenery and gourmet food. And you can access this resort region easily from Osaka using the KINTETSU RAIL PASS!

The Historical Stores of Ginza

Ginza has been associated with wealth ever since a silver coin mint was established here early in the Edo Period. Quite a few old shops got their start here, making Ginza a great center for some historical shopping!

Kappabashi: Home of Japanese Knives

Kappabashi is an awesome spot to find cool Japanese kitchenware, especially the beautiful blades beloved by chefs around the world.

Modern Shops with a Traditional Twist

These shops near one of Shinto’s holiest shrines will make you feel as though you have slipped back into the feudal period.

5 Dreamy Hotels in Nikko

Nikko's beautiful forests, mountains, lake, rivers and hot springs have long made it a popular summertime resort destination. Here are five dreamy places to stay!

Take Home a Piece of Niigata

Savor the prefecture’s finest produce long after your trip is over!

Go Retro in Jimbocho

Check out these old-school coffee shops, passed down for generations in Tokyo's Jimbocho

A Rare Sand Hot Spring

Japan has plenty of hot springs, but some of them are truly unique—like this sand hot spring in Saga Prefecture, which has a history of some 2,000 years!

The Luxurious Nara Hotel Audrey Hepburn Loved

In Nara you can get away from the turmoil of the big city by visiting the Great Buddha or deer-filled Nara Park, and then spend the night relaxing in the elegant Nara Hotel.

Take Home Historical Memories from Nara

Win friends and score brownie points with your family by giving them these souvenirs from Nara as gifts!

15 Must-Try Tokyo Restaurants

Here are some of the best restaurants to visit for a luxurious yet reasonably-priced meal in Tokyo!

3 Historic Fan Shops in Kyoto

Japanese fans are as much about fashion and art as they are about keeping cool, and these traditional shops have really mastered the craft!

Top 10 Japanese Companies Over 800 Years Old

Just how old is the oldest Japanese company? You might be surprised to learn that most of the companies on our list date back centuries before the Black Plague!

Masterful Memo Blocks & Drawing Pads

These memo blocks and drawing pads are so good they garnered a Good Design Award and have been featured in the UK's Monocle Magazine.

A Secluded Hot Spring in Tokyo!

Get away from the hustle and bustle at Janoyu Onsen Inn in Hinohara Village

Have a Cuppa in Kanazawa’s Old Town

While traveling in Kanazawa, be sure to stop for a nice, fresh cup of tea from a tea shop dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868)!

10 of the Best Gift Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto is a great city to look for souvenirs, but personally, we think these 10 shops in Kyoto take the cake when it comes to bringing back a bit of Japan back home with you.

Department Stores with a Long History

'Shinise' literally means 'old stores.' And with a strong culture of preserving history, Japan has the largest number of 'shinise,' especially regarding department stores!