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3 Classic Souvenirs from Toyama

When shopping for souvenirs on your first tour of Toyama, you may not be able to make a quick decision about which to select. Here are three representative Toyama souvenirs that can help you make your choice!

Slake Your Thirst with Sake from Aizuwakamatsu

Fukushima Prefecture is regarded as one of the finest areas for sake brewing in the country. Join our writer Nick as he visits some of the fantastic breweries in the historic city of Aizuwakamatsu.

Matcha Isn't Just for Tea

Itohkyuemon, a reputable tea company in Kyoto, has added a new sparkling wine drink to its matcha-infused liquor line.

6 Things You Need to Know About Izakaya

Offering multiple rounds of small dishes, Japanese-style pubs, or 'izakaya,' are a little different from their Western equivalents. Here are six things you need to know to navigate them with ease!

5 Famous Izakaya Chains

Izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) are deeply entrenched in Japanese culture. Great for meeting friends, after-work drinks and client socializing, here are five of the major chains you can find across the country.

Top 5 Osaka Izakaya

Want a local watering hole in Osaka? As there are so many choices, each of them famous for something different, it can be difficult to narrow them down. We've done the hard work for you—here are our top picks!

Discover the Beauty of Tohoku

Japan's northeastern Tohoku region offers the comforts of refreshing nature, beautiful scenery and time-tested traditions—concentrating the best of Japan into a single incredible area!

'Omiyage' You Can't Buy Anywhere Else in Japan

You'll never guess where a secret treasure trove of one-of-a-kind souvenirs is sold!

The Secrets of 'Gokon'

What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?

Want to Get a Beer at KFC?

In addition to being the only KFC to serve alcohol in Japan, this restaurant in Takadanobaba ups the ante by adding some rather fancy dishes!

These Cocktails Are a Bright Idea

Feeling in the mood for some crafty cocktails? This bar set to open in Tokyo is your best chance to try some one-of-a-kind cocktails.

5 Seriously Stylish Sake Cups

A wonderful collection of sake cups using a variety of materials including wood, tin and gold!

Do Japanese Businessmen Really Drink a Lot?

For such a buttoned-up country, Japan's corporate drinking tradition is really something to behold.

Sakura Beer is Back!

You won't want to miss this bubbly brew that is infused with cherry blossom petals.

Get a Good Whiff of Sakura-Infused Beer

Even beer companies are getting on the cherry blossom bandwagon with products like this aromatic 'sakura' beer. We'll drink to that!

A 13-Point Guide to Japanese Alcohol

Walk through 13 of the most fundamental types of alcohol in Japan. You know what's at the top of the list—but do you know the other 12?

11 Record-Setting Sites in Japan

Venture out and discover these 11 spots that break records in Japan, from the tallest building to the deepest lake. Or how about the city that eats the most ice cream?!

Japanese Alcohol: From Hokkaido to Okinawa

There are more than 1,800 sake breweries and shochu distilleries in Japan. Highlighting Japan has profiled nine leading representatives from Hokkado to Okinawa.

Explore Kyushu on a Sightseeing Train

There are many sightseeing trains in Kyushu, with a wide variety of entertaining events going on in the trains and around the stations. We'll show you how to have much more fun than just looking out the window!

The New Classics: Culture Experiences in Tokyo

Traditional Japanese experiences have been receiving a revamp, with visitors and locals alike flocking to try new versions of old favorites!

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