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Kyoto in Hyper Motion is Awesome!

What’s the most beautiful city in Japan? Osamu Hasegawa makes a strong case for Kyoto.

5 Must-Try Ramen Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto is just as steeped in ramen as any other part of the country.

Tsukiji: The Market That Stocks Japan's Pantry

This market is the main reason people in Japan take it for granted fresh fish will always be on the table.

The 5 Best Sites for Onsen Orientation

There’s a bathload of sites out there on onsen, but we found our information pools best filled by the following sources.

10 Great Gifts from Japan

These original gifts represent the rich cultural heritage of this country—and tend to go down well with overseas visitors, too!

6 Sapporo Ramen Shops You’ve Got to Try

With sushi, uni-don, ikura-don, “Genghis Khan” grilled mutton and the recently insurgent soup curry, Hokkaido is a gourmet wonderland. But if you’re in Sapporo, you just can’t pass up the ramen.

Tokyo Day Trip: Renting a Kimono in Kawagoe

Kawagoe is one of the few places in Japan where you can really see what cities used to look like, centuries ago.

Umami: The 5th Dimension of Taste

Salty, sweet, sour and bitter are familiar terms to describe taste. Yet a fifth, umami, is less well-known but just as prevalent.

Japan: A Visual Diary

This rapid-fire “visual diary” of flashy 15-second clips is a high-speed crash course in All Things Japan.

10 Things Not to Do in an Onsen

There are plenty of sites and pamphlets explaining how to visit an onsen like a pro. But how about a quick checklist of what not to do?

How to Onsen in 10 Minutes

Texan in Tokyo superblogger Grace Buchele Mineta finally lays down the primary onsen caveat that nobody ever talks about.

100 Best Drinks from Japan: #2 Umeshu

Umeshu plum wine is one of the most popular of Japanese liqueurs. It's made from a base alcohol such as sake and Japanese plums, and has a very nice, sweet flavor.

Japan’s Top 5 Ramen Streets

Ramen streets have become hotbeds for talented chefs and aspiring cooks looking to perfect their recipes.

100 Best Drinks from Japan: #1 Japanese Sake

Sake is probably the best known Japanese drink in the world.

First Onsen Experience in Japan

Onsen etiquette can be confusing for a foreigner visiting for the first time, and there are many small rules and customs that even many Japanese people aren’t quite clear on.

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