Gorgeous Sakura-Carpeted Landscapes
A little off the beaten track, these pictures of pink petals scattered over rivers and pathways rival even the fully blossomed cherry trees.
The Shinkansen Network in Japan
A visit to Japan is incomplete without some travel on the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train network. With a new line connecting Hokkaido, there isn’t a better time to see all of Japan in the blink of an eye!
Capturing Snow Monsters in Aomori
Imagine fir trees disguised as snowmen—a forest covered with powdery snow that envelops everything in sight.
Sakura in Hirosaki City
Hirosaki is a city in western Aomori Prefecture known for its beautiful castle and cherry blossoms. The city holds a Cherry Blossom Festival every year from April 23 to May 5.
The 6 Most Beautiful Villages in Japan
While travelers tend to be drawn to Japan's major cities, there's much to be savored in its quiet countryside, where a different, deeper kind of beauty awaits.
9 Best Backcountry Ski Spots in Japan
When you get tired of the pistes, there's always plenty of powder off the back—or further up! From Nagano to Hokkaido, here are the nine best backcountry ski spots in the country.
Top 10 Local Train Rides
Sit back, relax, and let us take you on a journey through the most scenic train rides Japan has to offer.
Top 9 Sakura Spots in Tohoku & Hokkaido
Since northern Japan gets its cherry blossoms later than the rest of the country, even if you've missed the first round of 'sakura' to the south, you can often catch late blooms in Tohoku and Hokkaido as late as the end of April or even early May.
5 Expert-Level Chopstick Sets
Chopsticks, or 'ohashi' as they are locally known, are synonymous with Japanese cuisine, and the nation has long loved crafting its own smooth, attractive sets. Here are five of the best!
Japan's Most Beautiful Armor Rests in Aomori
Kushihiki Hachiman-gu is a historical shrine in Hachinohe, Aomori, dating back to 1166. It's considered the most prestigious shrine built by the Nambu Clan, a samurai clan originating in northern Japan.
Aomori's Stunning 'Tsugaru-nuri' Lacquerware
Looking for a unique souvenir from Japan that isn’t food? Tsugaru-nuri, a type of lacquerware local to Aomori Prefecture, may be the elegant souvenir you’ve been waiting for.
These Sakura Petals Float on a Moat
Missed out on the blooming sakura in Tokyo? Why not head north to view the cherry blossom flower rafts in Aomori Prefecture?
6 Incredible Spots for a Run in Japan
These spots in the Japanese countryside will make you want to break out your running shoes!
10 Top Nighttime Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Between March and April, people flock outdoors to enjoy the brief life of Japan's blooming cherry blossoms. But just because the day ends doesn't mean the 'hanami' (flower viewing) has to as well. Take a look at our 10 recommended night viewing spots!
3 Top-of-the-Line Kokeshi Dolls
Kokeshi are traditional Japanese dolls expertly carved from wood. You’ve probably seen them around Japan, and after reading this article, you may want to start your own collection!
Japan's 8 Prefectures with the Most Snow
Find the top eight places to visit for snow!
Tohoku in Summer
When the snow melts and the summer sun rises in Tohoku, you have to travel north!
This No-Face will Pluck at Your Heart Strings
Famed Ghibli character apparently couldn’t cut it making movies, seems to have resorted to busking to get by.
7 Exquisite Bowls from Different Materials
From wood and lacquerware to porcelain and glass, Japanese artisans have used a number of innovative materials to produce some of the most wonderful creations.
4 Incredible Kettles
Whether you're brewing up some powdered matcha green tea or a cup of Earl Grey, boiling water in these kettles will give your tea an extra kick!