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Can You Survive USJ's Spooky Halloween Hotel?

Are you brave enough to stay in a scary hotel? Travelers to Universal Studios Japan can spend a hair-raising night at a haunted hotel.

6 Shrines for Strange Wishes in Tokyo

In Japan it's common to visit shrines to pray for good luck. But where do you go if you have a more specific wish, like to lower your golf handicap or tame your unruly hair? These 6 shrines can help fulfill your oddly specific hopes & dreams!

A Night in Prison Never Looked So Appealing

The historic, decommissioned Nara Prison in Nara Prefecture is scheduled to be renovated and reopened as a luxury hotel in 2020.

Eevee to Join Summertime Pokémon Extravaganza

The only thing better than seeing 1,500-plus Pikachus at Yokohama's annual summertime Pikachu Outbreak event is seeing a squad of Eevees tagging along!

Tokyo's Bizarre Architectural Wonders

There's no doubt that Tokyo is an architectural marvel! But with so many buildings, there's bound to be a few that stand out for their unique design. Check out these five examples of Tokyo's most bizarre architectural wonders!

A New Year, A New Character Harvest

Audrey Hepburn and Osamu Tezuka's characters get the rice paddy treatment in Aomori Prefecture as rice fields spring up in their likeness.

Sorry Fellas, This Hotel is Girls Only

Heading over to Kyoto? Why not stay at Cafetel, a cute, new women-only hotel that comes with its own café, rental bikes, amenities and more?

Don't Flip Out, Flip Tables Instead!

In Iwate Prefecture a surprising contest allows contestants to unleash their pent-up stress, or unrequited hopes by... flipping tables!

Huis Ten Bosch: A Little Netherlands in Kyushu

Huis Ten Bosch is a lovingly recreated Dutch town in the heart of Nagasaki Prefecture. Its unique design, plethora of attractions and cultural history make it one of Japan's most interesting theme parks.

Kawaii Conan Spotted in Harajuku

After landing in Japan, the late night American comedian Conan O'Brien took to the streets of Harajuku to try out a unique Japanese fashion subculture.

Live in the Moment in Tokyo with Meditation

In the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, it can be difficult to find a calming atmosphere. But not anymore, thanks to Muon, a Tokyo-based studio that focuses exclusively on meditation.

Food Fight: Instant Noodle Warriors

An eclectic Japanese graphic designer creates awesome warrior sculptures using imitation food, packaging and utensils. Who will win this epic food fight?

Wakuneco Makes Heart-'felt' Portraits of Cats

A Japanese artist who goes by the name of Wakuneco is helping pet owners memorialize their furry friends with lifelike felt portraits.

6 Unique Capsule Hotels in Tokyo

Tokyo has all sorts of accommodation, but no trip to Japan is complete without staying in one of their unique capsule hotels!

Conan O'Brien is Coming to Japan

After meeting the outlandish demands of Hokuei's mayor, the American comedian will be coming to Japan to collect three trillion yen in indemnities.

Big in Japan: A Look at the Price of Fame

Australian and self-professed human guinea pig Dave Elliot-Jones packed his bag for Japan to interview foreign celebrities that have made it big in the Land of the Rising Sun, and try to find his own way into the limelight.

Conan Arrives in "Conan Town" to Settle Beef

Despite one major mishap along the way, Conan O'Brien managed to make it to the town of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture, where he met the mayor and served up some delicious hamburgers.

Catchy Summer Jam is an Ode to Osaka

Relive your last trip to Osaka (or fall in love with the city for the first time!) with this music video from the band Room 39!

All About Idol Insanity

What's all the fuss about J-pop idols? How did they start in the first place? Find out answers to these questions and more as we take a look at the phenomenon of Japanese idols!

Stranger than Fiction: 5 True Tales from Tokyo

Want to learn more about Tokyo? These 5 nonfiction novels examine different aspects of Japanese life and culture in the country and its colorful capital.

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