Enter the Samurai Time in Aizuwakamatsu
Visit Aizuwakamatsu, where travelers can gain an understanding of how its rich samurai history still plays a part in almost every aspect of modern daily life. Ancient traditions, castles, martial arts, traditional food and more are waiting in Aizu!
Celebrate Halloween with Spooky Cute Gyoza
To celebrate the Halloween night, try something new with a touch of Japanese twist this year. Here are two spooky, cute recipes using Day-Lee Foods frozen gyoza.
Surf & Cycle on Tokyo’s Subtropical Islands
Head down to two of Tokyo's islands for a tropical getaway full of good waves and relaxing hot springs.
Mizuno Volleyball Gear Is Getting High Scores
If you know anything about volleyball, you likely know the name Mizuno. Find out how they ended up being long-time supporters of the U.S. volleyball team.
Recharge with the Power of Rice Vinegar
Find out how rice vinegar can keep your energy levels up even through the early autumn heat.
Obake in Japanese Popular Culture
Japanese ghosts and monsters have infiltrated everything from manga and anime to theater and movies—or maybe you'd just prefer to experience a good old haunted walk?
Shimoda: Beaches, Hot Springs & Seafood
Located at the tip of the Izu Peninsula, Shimoda has something for every visitor: beaches offering beautiful views, relaxing hot springs and deliciously fresh seafood.
What's a 'yukata'? And more importantly, how do you put one on? Better find out before summer festival season arrives!
Tohoku's 3 Great Summer Festivals
Head to northern Japan this summer for huge glowing floats, giant poles covered in lanterns and streets festooned with positive wishes for the future.
4 Lesser-Known Tohoku Summer Festivals
Head north to see hundreds of riders in samurai armor recreate 1,000-year-old training techniques!
9 Ways to Talk About the Weather
Since it changes so often, the weather is actually a hot topic in Japan—no pun intended! Find out nine ways to get in on this easy conversation-starter!
Stunning Ryokan Views in Shizuoka
Indulge in incredible 'ryokan' getaways in the area the emperor chose for his villa.
Hike to these 3 Hidden Temples & Shrines
For the brave pilgrim, here are three awesome temples and shrines that are certainly off the beaten path in Tottori, Shizuoka and Oita.
Follow the Footsteps of Poet Matsuo Basho
Pack your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure as we take you to the most fascinating and beautiful spots of Japan's deep north by way of the poet Matsuo Basho.
Hokkaido: The Purest Nature in Japan
Take a journey through Hokkaido's natural environment and enjoy the many splendid sightseeing adventures it has to offer!
Sake Blessed with Deep Snow
'Freezing weather with heavy snow' might not sound easy for living, but it's ideal for sake brewing.
Japan's First Beer Mircrobrewery
Founded in 1994, Echigo Beer Co., Ltd. was the first beer microbrewery in Japan. Based in Niigata, you can now get it in the U.S., U.K., Thailand and more!
Hakodate: Gateway to the Northern Island
Now connected to Japan's main island by Shinkansen, Hakodate offers a scenic waterfront, historic buildings, a star-shaped fort—and one of the three greatest night views in Japan!