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.
Using the ili Translator in Rural Japan
Our writer Robert went on a cycling trip around western Japan and had an opportunity to test out the ili translation device in a few rural areas. Let's see how it works!
5 Things to Do for the First Timer in Okinawa
If you think that Japan is only the 'Land of the Rising Sun,' you may think twice once you get to see the glorious sunsets of Okinawa. Beyond sunrises, there's more to enjoy in this subtropical paradise only a short plane ride from Tokyo.
The 8 Best Day Trips from Tokyo
Besides being Japan's capital, Tokyo is actually the world's most populous metropolis. And there are many attractions accessible from the Tokyo metropolitan area too!
Go Downhill Mountain Biking in Gunma & Nagano
There are plenty of mountains in Japan, but where can you go downhill mountain biking? If you head to Gunma or Nagano, you don't even need to have your own bike—just rent with one of these tours!
Cycle to the Hidden Beaches of Shimanami Kaido
Get a bicycle and make your way through some of the best beaches on the Shimanami Kaido, a gorgeous island-hopping route connecting Japan's main island to Shikoku.
Tranquil Vacation Spots in Southwest Japan
Besides Kyoto, Osaka & Hiroshima, there are plenty of lovely, less-known vacation spots throughout southwestern Japan.
How to Get Around (& to) Tohoku
Ready to start your trip to Tohoku? Before grabbing your luggage and putting on your shoes, you'd better plan how to move around once you’re there. We’re here to help!
The Bicycle Culture Center Museum in Tokyo
Calling all bike lovers! Ever been to the Bicycle Culture Center in Tokyo? If not, you'll be surprised to learn it's actually a uniquely designed museum showcasing the history of bicycles in Japan!
5 Outdoor Autumn Activities in Karuizawa
Easily accessible from Tokyo and home to luxury resorts, shops and restaurants, Karuizawa is a gorgeous year-round getaway. But autumn is when the town shows its true colors!
TripAdvisor's Top 10 Best Cultural Experiences
From traditional tea ceremonies and cooking lessons to relaxing with owls and revving through the streets, these are traveler’s picks for the best things to do while you’re seeing Japan.
Wonders of Japan: Activities Amidst Nature
Experience a variety of sports activities carried out amidst nature.
Mount Fuji Tourist Info
Find out when to climb, where to climb from, and what else you can do in the area! Oh—and don't miss the fireworks!
Ride With the Gods in Tottori Prefecture
Go for a ride on a Tottori road that's protected by a mountain where gods reside!
What's the Best Way to Travel in Japan?
Japan offers many different transportation options for visitors. Find out which one is best for you.
5 Ways to Get Active in Japan's National Parks
There's more to do in Japan's national parks than simply look at nature—lovely as it may be. There are plenty of ways to get your hands dirty and your feet wet as well!
Flat Bike Tire? Pump Up at a Police Station
If your bicycle tires are in need of some air, try stopping by a police station for assistance.
Book an Island for an Overnight Stay
Sleep in a traditional Japanese house while surrounded by rice paddies, beaches, tree-houses, zip lines and a lighthouse on your very own private island.
Get a Workout While on These Rides!
Pump those leg muscles to get these rides working in a theme park that's almost entirely human-powered!
Guide to the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route
Come along for a ride along the Shimanami Kaido cycling route and experience 70 kilometers of incredible views and glorious fresh air.