All About Japan

Masayoshi Sakamoto (坂本正敬)

Masayoshi Sakamoto (坂本正敬)

All About Masayoshi Sakamoto (坂本正敬)
Masayoshi Sakamoto is a Japanese writer and translator based in Toyama. He writes news and columns for a number of publications and web magazines, including All About Japan. He contributes to All About as its Kurobe-Tateyama guide.
How to Sit on a Japanese Cushion

How to Sit on a Japanese Cushion

If you live in Japan, there's a good chance you'll eventually have to sit on a Japanese cushion, or 'zabuton.' So how do you do it? There's more to it than just plopping down your bum!

How to Stay at a Capsule Hotel in Japan

How to Stay at a Capsule Hotel in Japan

A capsule hotel offers a cheap alternative to more typical hotel accommodations. It might be a tight fit, but a capsule can certainly save you money! Here's how you can ensure you have a successful stay in a Japanese capsule hotel.

Japan's 5 Most Trusted Fast-Fashion Brands

Japan's 5 Most Trusted Fast-Fashion Brands

Where do you go for fast fashion in Japan? Start with one of these five chains, ranked as the nation's most trusted brands in a survey of over 120,000 consumers!

7 Major Otaku Areas Outside Tokyo

7 Major Otaku Areas Outside Tokyo

Tokyo is famous for 'otaku' hotspots like Akihabara, Ikebukuro and Nakano. But where do you go if you're not in the Tokyo area? We've got your 'otaku' needs covered in seven other major cities around Japan!

World's 3 Snowiest Cities All in Japan!

World's 3 Snowiest Cities All in Japan!

If you've never lived in Japan, you may now know the nation has sort of a thing for snow. How much snow? Well, the world's three snowiest cities are all in Japan! Can you guess which ones they are?

4 Rock-Climbing Paradises Right in Tokyo

4 Rock-Climbing Paradises Right in Tokyo

Tokyo isn’t known for nature. But if you visit the western part of the prefecture, you'll run into Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, an excellent getaway for both the avid hiker and the extreme mountain climber!

Preparing to Drive Around Snowy Areas in Japan

Preparing to Drive Around Snowy Areas in Japan

When traveling around snowy regions in Japan by car, you'd better prepare your vehicle in advance to survive scary road conditions and frosty weather. Check out our to-do list before departing for snow-covered lands such as Hokkaido, Tohoku and Hokuriku.

Use a Japanese 'Hottie' to Keep Warm in Winter

Use a Japanese 'Hottie' to Keep Warm in Winter

Survive the harsh Japanese winter by cuddling up in bed with this hot little number.

How to Build a Full-Scale Japanese Igloo

How to Build a Full-Scale Japanese Igloo

Have you ever wanted to build an igloo? Yokote in Akita Prefecture is very famous for its igloo making festival, called 'kamakura.' We'll show you the traditional method of building snow huts just like they do in Yokote.

10 Ways to Save Money on Electricity in Winter

10 Ways to Save Money on Electricity in Winter

Electricity costs in winter can go through the roof because more energy is needed for heating and your time spent indoors increases. If you want to survive winter in Japan at the lowest possible cost, follow these helpful tips for saving on electricity.

How to Bathe in 'Sento' for Beginners

How to Bathe in 'Sento' for Beginners

Have you ever bathed in a public bath in Japan? While it may seem cool for international travelers, some hesitate at the idea of stepping inside because the rules and manners of 'sento' are veiled, creating an air of mystery.

5 Must-Visit Department Stores in Japan

5 Must-Visit Department Stores in Japan

Department stores in Japan have a lot to offer, from brand name to local products, all under one roof. This article will introduce five must-visit stores in Japan that achieved fame through high consumer satisfaction in a nationwide survey.

Affordable Travel to Snow Wall Yuki-no-Otani

Affordable Travel to Snow Wall Yuki-no-Otani

Make time in your schedule to visit the snow wall, Yuki-no Otani, this spring using our cash-saving tips.

Katamachi: The Oldest Shopping Street in Japan

Katamachi: The Oldest Shopping Street in Japan

Kanazawa has attracted a vast amount of international tourists since the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. It has lots of scenic sites including Katamachi, the oldest shopping street in Japan.

Stay in 'Real Japan' at this Traditional Home

Stay in 'Real Japan' at this Traditional Home

If you want to set foot in 'real Japan,' the ideal accommodation is waiting for you in Inami, a small rustic town in Toyama Prefecture where more than 200 active carvers chisel wood.

Don't Bring These Restricted Items to Japan

Don't Bring These Restricted Items to Japan

Thinking about bringing something special to your friends, a loved one or your family in Japan? Read this article before you pack your bags to learn what things aren't allowed into Japan. Go through customs without worry with these travel tips.

How to Prepare for a Huge Earthquake in Japan

How to Prepare for a Huge Earthquake in Japan

While sightseeing in Japan, international travelers had better be prepared for earthquakes, which are frequent in the country. This article offers our top tips for preparing for any earthquakes, big or small.

A 'Lovely' & Effective Way to Learn Japanese

A 'Lovely' & Effective Way to Learn Japanese

As there are lots of ways to learn a foreign language, you may be unable to make up your mind which is best for you. This article will propose one surefire way of learning that just may be helpful in your everyday life.

Niseko: A Winter & Summer Sport Wonderland

Niseko: A Winter & Summer Sport Wonderland

Looking for an extreme sport paradise any time of the year? Then you've got to get out to Niseko!

How to Get Around Naha by Yui Rail

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.

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