All About Japan

All About Robert Kodama
Writer, director and photographer based in the Kansai region of Japan. Passionate about finding unique places to travel to, and also the performing arts.
Getting to Grips with Plastic in Japan

Getting to Grips with Plastic in Japan

Tips on how to navigate and—more importantly—avoid the ubiquitous, single-use plastic you'll find all over Japan.

Winter Tips for Visiting Japan

Winter Tips for Visiting Japan

While Japan is famous for its stunning cherry blossoms in spring, red leaves in the autumn and countless festivals in summer, Japan is also a veritable winter wonderland! Here are some tips for making the most of your time in Japan in its coldest season.

Talking Trash: How to Toss Your Garbage

Talking Trash: How to Toss Your Garbage

Japan is pretty serious when it comes to sorting garbage, and it can be tough to understand if you're new to the country or don't speak Japanese. We're here to help you sort through the rules of sorting and throwing away your trash!

Do's & Don'ts: Japanese New Year

Do's & Don'ts: Japanese New Year

Ringing in the New Year in Japan is an awesome experience, but it does come with some unique challenges. If you're going to be here over the winter holiday, find out what to expect!

Travel Dates to Avoid in Japan

Travel Dates to Avoid in Japan

Japan is great all year-round, but there are some dates that are more expensive and more popular than others! Find out when NOT to travel in Japan if you want to avoid large crowds and price hikes!

All About's Guide to Kyoto

All About's Guide to Kyoto

No trip to Japan would be incomplete without a visit to the ancient capital city! If you are a history or a culture buff, then have a look at this guide to make the most of your time in Kyoto!

6 Awesome Day Trips from Kyoto

6 Awesome Day Trips from Kyoto

Although Kyoto has tons to explore on its own, it's also a perfect hub for a day trip into another part of the Kansai region. Read on to find out some of the best places to explore around Kyoto!

All About's Guide to Osaka

All About's Guide to Osaka

It's almost impossible to plan a trip to Japan without paying a visiting Osaka! Between its enduring history and culture, laid-back attitude and incredible food scene, there's tons to see and do. Make the most of your time with this guide!

Ryokan 101

Ryokan 101

There's a lot to learn and consider when it comes to staying at 'ryokan,' traditional Japanese inns.

Top 10 Dating Spots in Kansai

Top 10 Dating Spots in Kansai

Love exists all over Japan and we're here to help you find it with the 10 best dating spots in Kansai.

Kairo: Japan's Top Secret to Warmth in Winter

Kairo: Japan's Top Secret to Warmth in Winter

Here's our quick guide to the different heating pads you can purchase in Japan to keep your whole body warm.

Cheap Winter Escapes to 5 Warm Global Spots

Cheap Winter Escapes to 5 Warm Global Spots

Keep these five budget-friendly travel options in mind when you want to beat the bitter Japanese cold.

From Osaka to Wakkanai on the Seishun 18 Kippu

From Osaka to Wakkanai on the Seishun 18 Kippu

Your guide to taking a leisurely four-day trip to the top of Japan using scenic local trains.

Guide to Hiking Hokkaido's Rebun Island

Guide to Hiking Hokkaido's Rebun Island

Rebun Island (礼文島) is a hiker's dream and a hidden secret nestled just off the main island of Hokkaido Prefecture. Why not make 2018 the time to visit Rebun Island and enjoy the stunning views this place has to offer.

What's the Average Cost of Living in Japan?

What's the Average Cost of Living in Japan?

So, how expensive is Japan really? Read on to find out the average cost of living in Japan in comparison to the US dollar and the UK pound sterling to see if a potential move to Japan is within your budget!

10 Useful Kanji for Everyday Life in Japan

10 Useful Kanji for Everyday Life in Japan

The top unique aspects of Japanese culture and their kanji counterparts.

How to Navigate a Japanese Washlet Toilet

How to Navigate a Japanese Washlet Toilet

If you're confused by all the buttons on a modern Japanese toilet, we're here to decipher all those mystifying symbols.

How to Shop in Japan for Vegans

How to Shop in Japan for Vegans

If you're a vegan, or have other dietary concerns, here are some 'kanji' (Chinese characters) to watch out for when shopping for food in Japan.

A Walk Through Sendai to Remember

A Walk Through Sendai to Remember

Following the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the residents of Sendai are standing on their feet once again and ready to share the lessons they've learned about disaster prevention and preparation.

Do You Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Japan?

Do You Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Japan?

One question we get all the time is regarding tourist visas. Read on to find out if you'll need to obtain a visa or not before planning your trip to Japan.

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