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Is Japan Boring Outside of Tokyo?

Tokyo certainly has charm and no one could doubt the convenience of living or staying in the major city. However, there’s so much more to see outside of Tokyo and I'm happy to give you a few examples... it’s literally my job to promote the entire country.

When Does the Hokkaido Shinkansen Start?

Wondering if you can take the bullet train to Hokkaido? We've got some good, and not so good, news for you.

How to Travel to Mount Fuji from Kansai

We'll help you find your way to Mount Fuji this hiking season, even if you coming all the way from the Kansai region.

Tohoku: Japan's Treasureland

While Japan's northern Tohoku region may be best known for its incredible winter landscapes, the JNTO and All About Japan headed north in spring to prove there are plenty of reasons to visit the region year-round!

How Hard Is It to Live in Japan as a Foreigner

You asked us, and we heard you. A few of our writers are offering their thoughts on being a foreigner living in Japan.

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?

How to Fully Enjoy Your First Visit to Tohoku

Follow along with our writer Wut who went on an incredible journey to Tohoku to discover the best things to see and do for any traveler's first trip to the region.

Which Is More Popular: Apple or Samsung?

Apple and Samsung have been fighting for market shares in every corner globally, with both of them having their own stronger markets. How's the competition looking Japan? It's not even close.

Where to Dine & Drink in Tokyo Outside Shibuya

Shibuya is surely a hotspot for food and fun in Japan's capital city, but there are more alternatives in Tokyo worth exploring for wining (or whining) and dining, or plain ol' bonding with buds over Buds!

Discover Fresh Greenery in the North of Japan

Snow still stands majestically on the mountains of northern Japan even as new leaves bud on the trees in the valleys. If you want to truly feel spring as it comes to Japan, you want to visit Tohoku.

The Rules & Costs to Rocking Out in Japan

Seeing live music in Japan can be one of the best places to make new friends and get involved with the creative scene. But sometimes it's not cheap. Here are some tips on how to get the best prices and how to mind your manners the Japanese way.

How to Do Bilingual Improv

Improvisational comedy is a tough skill to pick up even in your native language. So how do you do it in English and Japanese at the same time?

How to Conveniently Travel by Train in Tokyo

Train travel in Tokyo can be either the most tiring or the most exciting experience with the seemingly countless number of network lines. Here are some tips to help you move around the capital of Japan and get the most out of your money.

How to Get Around Naha by Yui Rail

Okinawa was the only prefecture in Japan without a railway until 2003. But now the adorable Yui Rail line runs from Naha Airport to Shuri Castle, offering a convenient transportation option for travelers.

How to Draw Intimate 'Boys Love' Scenes

From hugs to piggybacks and intimate kisses, this reference manual is filled with romantic male-on-male BL scenarios.

Where to Get Cheap Beach Gear in Japan!

Has planning your first trip to the beach left your pockets empty, yet you still need to buy... everything? AAJ to the rescue!

Which Train Exit Should I Take?

Japan has some of the most complicated train systems in the world. But we're here to help you navigate even the busiest stations and find the most convenient way to your destination.

LGBT+ Groups & Activities in Japan

As visibility for the LGBT+ community is increasingly growing around Japan, so are the number of groups that promote awareness. If you're looking to get involved, here's a great list of groups to get in touch with.

Where to Go in Japan for the Best Live Music

Tokyo has a number of suburbs that are overflowing with live music hubs, many of which accommodate specific genres. No matter your taste there’s a venue (or live house) for you, even if you're not in Tokyo.

Discover Cherry Blossoms with Snow in Tohoku!

While Japan may be known for its springtime cherry blossoms, the Tohoku region offers something even more unique: cherry blossoms with snow!

How to Get Around (& to) Tohoku

Ready to start your trip to Tohoku? Before grabbing your luggage and putting on your shoes, you'd better plan how to move around once you’re there. We’re here to help!

Where to Eat Your Heart Out in Okinawa

A tropical paradise ain't a perfect haven without places where your tummies can be filled. Apart from idyllic seascapes, Okinawa has ideal food escapes for every kind of foodie.

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.