10 Top Nighttime Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Between March and April, people flock outdoors to enjoy the brief life of Japan's blooming cherry blossoms. But just because the day ends doesn't mean the 'hanami' (flower viewing) has to as well. Take a look at our 10 recommended night viewing spots!
Japan's 12 Best Keepless Castles
These castles may not have keeps, but many of them are much older than any of Japan's so-called "original construction" castles.
Abe Resigns As PM Over Health
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is not resigning for the first time. He also stepped down due to a chronic illness 13 years ago.
New Emperor Ascends to Chrysanthemum Throne
Emperor Naruhito proclaims his enthronement to the Japanese people and the world in a ceremony with 400 dignitaries from around the globe in attendance.
The Big Tokyo Travel Guide
Tokyo is a city of old and new, where modern skyscrapers rise up from the remains of centuries-old castle walls. The Big Tokyo Travel Guide will help you find whatever you're looking for in Japan's capital city.
An Oasis in the Middle of Tokyo
If you need a little fresh air in the middle of metropolitan Tokyo, why not check out Hibiya Park?
Former Emperor Akihito Turns 86
Japan's Emperor Emeritus Akhito turns 86 years old.
Empress Masako at Nightingale Medal Ceremony
Empress Masako pins prestigious medals on two Japanese nurses at the Florence Nightingale Medal Ceremony in Tokyo.
7 Samurai Spots in Tokyo & Surrounding Areas
Relive the Edo days with our selection of samurai-related spots in and near Tokyo... with two special bonuses!
Imperial Couple Visits Ise Jingu
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visit Ise Jingu Shinto shrine to mark the completion of enthronement ceremonies including November's Daijosai.
Gorgeous Sakura-Carpeted Landscapes
A little off the beaten track, these pictures of pink petals scattered over rivers and pathways rival even the fully blossomed cherry trees.
Japan Marks 75th Anniversary of End of WWII
Organizers scale back the event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.
The Oldest Business in the World
Founded over 1,400 years ago, Kongo Gumi is a Japanese temple-building company that's responsible for a number of the most famous structures in the Kansai area.
Conquer Tokyo in One Day with the SKY BUS
SKY BUS TOKYO offers guided and hop-on tours all around Tokyo via their open-top double-decker buses. For those that have limited time, you can see all of Tokyo's must-visit landmarks quickly and efficiently—leaving your schedule open for more activities.
5 Instagram-Worthy Castles for Every Season
Winter, spring, summer or fall, you'll fall in love with these sites, and snap a photo as you do!
Top 6 Castles Around Tokyo
These six castles, all easily accessible from the Tokyo area, are more than enough to slake your thirst for the days of the samurai.
Jogging the Tokyo Imperial Palace
The circuit around the Tokyo Imperial Palace is almost exactly 5 kilometers long, making it an excellent running course with a spectacular view.
Imperial Couple's Summer Vacation
Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko visit a community of returnees from postwar Manchuria in Nagano.
5 Best Cheap & Free Tours in Tokyo
The best things in life are indeed free! Experience Tokyo at its best without having to pay an arm and a leg for the fee!
11-Day Sakura & Word Heritage Tour of Japan
Get to know the beauty of Japan on an 11-day, all-inclusive tour with a licensed English-speaking guide!