All About Japan

David McElhinney

David McElhinney

All About David McElhinney
I'm a Northern Irish freelance writer living in Tokyo. I love reading, playing rugby and traveling around Japan when I get the chance. I also spend much time eating Japanese food and wrestling with my dodgy Japanese language skills.
What I like about Japan
The food, the convenience, the sake, the mountains.
Walk Tohoku's Historic Michinoku Coastal Trail

Walk Tohoku's Historic Michinoku Coastal Trail

Michinoku is an old name for the Tohoku region, and means "the end of the road." The Michinoku Coastal Trail in Tohoku is a 1,000+ kilometer walking route along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Japan's rustic north.

Where to Avoid the Crowds Near Tokyo

Where to Avoid the Crowds Near Tokyo

Tokyo may be one of the busiest cities on the planet, but veer slightly beyond the prefectural borders and you'll find all sorts of less-charted regions, free from the crowds.

Visit Japan’s Least Populous Prefectures!

Visit Japan’s Least Populous Prefectures!

In a post-COVID-19 world, the concept of travel can still be quite daunting. But as things get back up and running in Japan, people may still want to avoid the crowds. If that's the case, why not try visiting one of Japan's least populous prefectures?

Beyond Anime: 5 Great Japanese Movies

Beyond Anime: 5 Great Japanese Movies

The world of Japanese cinema is wide, and knowing where to dive in past the season's latest anime hit can be intimidating. We're here to help with five of our favorite timeless classics!

5 Binge-Worthy Japanese TV Series

5 Binge-Worthy Japanese TV Series

Japanese movies, television and anime are great for immersing yourself in local culture while the global pandemic keeps us indoors. And now, some of the best modern Japanese TV shows are easy to access via streaming sites! Here are some of our favorites.

5 Great Books That Will Transport You to Japan

5 Great Books That Will Transport You to Japan

In these trying times of self-isolation, travel doesn't have to end completely. There's no better alternative for transporting yourself to a faraway land than via a great book. Here our five of our favorite reads to help you explore Japan.

Exploring Japan's Three-Star Road

Exploring Japan's Three-Star Road

Japan's Three-Star Road is home to a host of Michelin-recognized sites and wonders, comprising a compact area that covers four prefectures. With the new Three-Star Ticket option, exploring this stretch of Japan is easier than ever before.

Izu Peninsula: Top 5 Outdoor Adventures

Izu Peninsula: Top 5 Outdoor Adventures

The Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture offers some of the best and most interesting activites to be found in rural Japan. Better yet, it's just over an hour from Tokyo by train, making it perfect for a day trip from the capital!

All About Japanese Booze

All About Japanese Booze

Japan is a country that has a pretty open attitude when it comes to imbibing! Whether you're hoping to slake your thirst on some sake or wind down with an award-winning whisky, Japan has bountiful booze options from which to choose!

Ritsurin: Shikoku's Finest Daimyo Garden

Ritsurin: Shikoku's Finest Daimyo Garden

Ritsurin is a 400-year-old daimyo garden in Kagawa Prefecture's capital city, Takamatsu. It is a stunning landscape of idyllic ponds, wooden bridges and expansive greenery.

All About's Guide to Fukuoka

All About's Guide to Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the largest city on the island of Kyushu. It's a hotspot of tourism, food, culture history on more! Check out our full in-depth guide to one the nation's most overlooked cities.

All About's Guide to Naha

All About's Guide to Naha

Naha is the capital city of Japan's subtropical prefecture, Okinawa. It's a thriving coastal city that fuses Japan's Ryukyu culture with American and Chinese influences, and has an unbeatable relaxed vibe..

10 Great Things to Do in Saga Prefecture

10 Great Things to Do in Saga Prefecture

For many visitors to Japan, Kyushu is an overlooked destination. Which is unfortunate, because Saga Prefecture offers uncharted waters to explore, with its inspired history, bountiful natural resources and unique cultural activities.

Universal Cool Japan 2019 Spring Attractions!

Universal Cool Japan 2019 Spring Attractions!

Universal Studio's Japan revealed its newest attractions, all of which are inspired by icons from the world of Japanese pop-culture. We got an exclusive sneak peek just ahead of the official unveiling on Friday, January 18!

Tokyo's Top 5 Bizarre Museums!

Tokyo's Top 5 Bizarre Museums!

Tokyo's bizarre museums are an amalgamation of two of our favorite things about Japan—the quirky culture and the awesome organization! Here are five places to check out if you're looking for an offbeat activity around Tokyo!

Where to Enjoy International Theater in Tokyo

Where to Enjoy International Theater in Tokyo

Tokyo is chock-full of places were you can get your theatrical fix, even if you don't speak Japanese. With live performances, broadcasts, translated theater, non-verbal shows and improv groups, the options go on and on! Here's what you need to know...

Minakami: An Awesome Onsen Getaway in Gunma

Minakami: An Awesome Onsen Getaway in Gunma

Minakami is picturesque onsen town lying on Gunma's northern border to Niigata Prefecture. It's a nature lover's paradise, bursting with natural hot springs and other outlets for an assortment of seasonal outdoor activities!

5 Hot Sake for Winter!

5 Hot Sake for Winter!

Japanese sake is the nation's favorite drink. As the chill of winter sets in, the temperature of the sake rises, which is the perfect way to stay warm!

Ichibangai: Retail Therapy in Tokyo Station

Ichibangai: Retail Therapy in Tokyo Station

Whether you're in need of souvenirs, pop-culture-themed presents or traditional Japanese gifts, look no further than Tokyo Station's Ichibangai shopping complex. It also contains some of the best food in the city, from Japanese cuisine and beyond!

Tokyo's Top 5 Winter Illumination Events 2019!

Tokyo's Top 5 Winter Illumination Events 2019!

Tokyo's winter illuminations are some of the highlights of the calendar year. People flock from far and wide to catch a glimpse of these dazzling visual displays! Here are 5 of our favorites!

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