All About Japan

Venture out to the LGBT-Friendly City of Osaka

It's well known that opinions about same-sex marriage and rights are still divided in Japan. But Osaka seems to be ahead of the curve.

3 Reasons to Visit Kyoto in May

There’s never a bad time to visit Japan’s former capital of Kyoto, but May is an especially good time for these three exceptional reasons!

The 11 Best Things to See in Golden Week

Golden Week is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan, and these 11 spots and events each offer something unique that can only be experienced at this time of year. You don't want to miss them!

Dress Up As a Samurai or Geisha in Kyoto

Dress up like a maiko, geisha or samurai in Kyoto, where you’ll discover the traditional landscape of a classic Japanese city.

Visit the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

The intense shine of the Golden Pavilion reflects on calm waters, reminding us why this temple is considered a part of our World Heritage.

Get the Best Seats on the Shinkansen

Japanese bullet trains, or Shinkansen, offer three types of seats for your traveling ease. Check this out for a helpful description of each as you plan your next train trip around Japan!

A Quick Guide to the Sights of Nara

Visit Nara, the city where you’ll find one of Japan’s largest and most famous bronze Buddha statue, its second-tallest pagoda, and hundreds of friendly deer!

3 Brilliant Beaches for a Lake Biwa Barbecue

Take your family out on a day trip to the beach for a relaxing BBQ on the shores of Lake Biwa, the largest natural lake in Japan. We've got three great options for you.

Same-Sex Couples Can Now Be Foster Parents

One of the most populous cities in Japan has granted a same-sex male couple the right to raise a foster child. Is this a one-off, or has the precedent been set?

What is Okonomiyaki?

Okonomiyaki is a famous Japanese-style pancake or crepe. Taste the difference between the Kansai- and Hiroshima-style varieties!

JR Explained

When talking about Japanese trains, surely Japan Railways (JR) comes to mind. But did you know that JR isn't one single company, but six?

Things to Do in Golden Week in Kansai

Looking for something exciting to do during your Golden Week vacation? Here are five great ways to spend your time off in Kansai.

Dine on Dishes That Look Like Precious Gems

Need some extra minerals in your diet? How about dining on dishes and desserts that resemble minerals and stones?

5 First-Time Family Trips in 5 Prefectures

Tokyo is not the only best thing about Japan. Japan has 47 prefectures, each possessing a unique charm of its own. For families exploring outside of Tokyo for the first time, here are some tips for trips to take in five different prefectures.

This Ramen's on Fire... Literally!

Think you can take on the flaming ramen challenge? Then head over to Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto!

How to Hang with Glamorous Geisha in Kyoto

So just who are these mysterious geisha, and how do you meet them? Having spent time with geisha in Kyoto, we can help you unveil their mystery!

A Quick Guide to Japanese Gay Bars

Here's a quick, smart guide to a segment of Japanese nightlife you're not going to find in your regular guide book.

#Followmeto Couple Capture the Beauty of Japan

This well-known Instagram duo is leading us by the hand on a spectacular journey to some of Japan’s most famous sights.

Top 10 LGBT+ Pride Events Outside Tokyo

While Tokyo Rainbow Pride is probably Japan's best-known pride extravaganza, there are plenty of rainbow flags flying across the country. Here are Japan's best-kept-secret prides!

Snack on Geisha-Shaped Sweets in Kyoto

While coming across an actual geisha or 'maiko' apprentice is pretty rare in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, you can meet and eat a geisha-shaped sweet.

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