All About Japan

Top 20 Most Popular Castles of 2016

TripAdvisor has revealed its Top 20 best Japanese castles for 2016 based on commentary from domestic travelers—can you guess which castle is number one?

Japan's Fertility Festivals: The Hard Facts

Japan is a festive nation, home to countless different festivals. However, some of them, while safe to visit, aren't exactly safe for work!

Spectacular Handheld Bamboo Fireworks Photos

This Aichi-area festival features geysers of light exploding from handheld bamboo cannons!

Don't Be a Stick in the Mud!

Head to Oiwatei ramen restaurant in Aichi Prefecture for a taste of a ramen broth so thick it can hold up a spoon!

The Salt of Life

Salt from the sea and other essential goods were hauled along Salt Road from Japan’s coastal areas to the mountainous territories inland—and delivered even to mortal enemies in need.

Japan's Top 12 Amusement Parks

Looking for a thrill, but don't know where to start? Check out the 12 best amusement parks in Japan!

3 Pottery Trips from Japan's Biggest Cities

We've lined up three famous pottery towns that make easy day trips from Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo.

8 Real 'Laputa'-Like Locations in Japan

Immerse yourself in sites that look like they could be straight out of Ghibli's classic film 'Castle in the Sky.'

All About Kangeki Theatre

Created in 2014, Kangeki Theatre (stylized Kan劇) is just one of the theater groups bringing quality multicultural shows to Nagoya. We talked to one of the founders to learn more about the group and the state of English-language theater in central Japan.

11 Lesser-Known Sporting Competitions in Japan

While the Tokyo Marathon may get a lot of attention, there are a number of other prime sporting events you can watch or take part in throughout the year, from triathlons and trail running to snowboarding and surfing.

8 Gorgeous Japanese Lantern Festivals

Japanese lantern festivals are held to ward off evil or send off the dead, or just to warm up a chilly winter.

Inuyama Castle: King of the Hilltop

Inuyama Castle is a National Treasure, and one of the oldest original castles still standing in Japan.

All About the World Cosplay Summit

The World Cosplay Summit began in 2003, with countries sending the winners of their respective qualifying tournaments to Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture. The biggest cosplay event on the globe, the Summit is where the world’s top cosplayers are crowned.

Top 10 Japanese Companies Over 800 Years Old

Just how old is the oldest Japanese company? You might be surprised to learn that most of the companies on our list date back centuries before the Black Plague!

Top 3 Autumn Spots in the Tokai Area

The Tokai area is covered in beautiful mountains that change into fiery reds, apricot oranges and golden yellows in the fall. The following are our favorite spots to enjoy and admire the colorful autumn leaves.

An 8-Day Journey Through the 'Rising Dragon'

Travel through the 'Rising Dragon' region of Japan, where you'll find ancient shrines, exquisite gold leaf, top-ranked gardens, incredible festivals, panoramic mountain views, plus markets, museums, kabuki and more!

The 5 Best Burgers in the Tokai Area

These tasty treats feature local ingredients to create out-of-this-world burger sensations.

Japan’s Three Famous Castles

Called 'sanmeijo' in Japanese, the three castles on this list have been chosen based on their significance to history and culture, as well as their scale and grandeur.

7 Lesser-Known Art Galleries You Should See

In Japan you can find delicate scrolls, exquisite pottery and incredible kimono art along with works by Yoshitomo Nara, Henri Matisse or Pablo Picasso—you just need to know where to look!

Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival

Located in Aichi, the Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival is one of Japan’s three largest and most famous Tanabata Festivals, celebrating the one day a year when the celestial lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi can meet.

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