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YouTuber Documents Shuri Castle's Rebirth

A YouTuber from Okinawa, southwestern Japan, introduces the charms of Shuri Castle which is undergoing restoration after suffering a major fire in October 2019.

Takeda Castle Floating in the Sky

Thanks to a natural phenomenon, the ruins of Takeda Castle (in Hyogo Prefecture) often appear to be floating in the sky!

Aizu Wakamatsu Lives by the Code of its Samurai Past

A visit to Aizu Wakamatsu is a chance to study the samurai code that emphasized honor, respect and ethical behavior.

Henro: A Mystical Pilgrimage Through Shikoku

Learn more about the Henro, a sacred pilgrimage that takes travelers deep into the heart of Japan's smallest island, Shikoku.

The Japanese Island that Inspired the Action-adventure Game: "Ghost of Tsushima"

A visit to the remote border island of Tsushima, a place full of fascinating history and natural beauty that inspired the Ghost of Tushima video game.

Soar in the Sky at Japan's Castle in the Sky

Known as the "Castle in the Sky," the ruins of Takeda Castle mesmerize visitors to western Japan year after year.

Be the Lord of the Domain with a Luxury Stay in a Japanese Castle!

Two unusual programs offer accommodations that are fit for nobility—or an Edo-period ruler of one of Japan’s feudal provinces.

10 Best Things To Do In Takamatsu, Japan

Check out this list of the best things to do in Takamatsu, offering the best udon joints in Japan, sprawling gardens, and beautiful neighboring islands.

The Perfect Weekend in Okayama

One of a series of Perfect Weekends in Japanese cities. Lovers of art, food, history, and nature will all find something to help them spend a fantastic weekend in Okayama.

The City of Himeji: More than Just a Castle

Himeji is a major destination for many visitors to Japan thanks to its spectacular castle, but there is far more to experience in this compact city, filled with history, regional foods, and friendly locals!

7 Must-Visit Spots in and around Matsue

Experience Japan's rich culture and history without the crowds of major tourist destinations in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture.

In Samurai Footsteps: The 47 Ronin Tour

One of the most famous stories of historical times is the saga of the 47 ronin, a group of samurai who avenged their deceased lord in a famous vendetta. Tokyo has several spots where fans of the story can visit to pay homage to the dedicated warriors.

Buried Army HQ Uncovers Battle of Okinawa

For the first time ever, TV camera crews go into a former army headquarter that lies beneath Shuri Castle in Okinawa.

A Samurai History Tour: Japan’s Most Famous Battlefield and a Remarkable Castle

The Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 was a decisive clash of warlords that led to the unification of Japan. Today, you can visit significant historical spots, including a state-of-the art museum about the battle, and a castle dating from those dramatic times.

Top 10 Day Trips From Hiroshima

No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Hiroshima! Not only is it full of must-see shrines, museums and more, but it's also the perfect base to plan some day trips to explore a little further afield.

Shuri Castle Reopens After Fire

Shuri Castle in Okinawa reopens with what remains after a fire in October burned down its main structures. The main shrine’s underground ruins, registered as a World Heritage site, is now open to the public.

Top 10 Things to Do in Hiroshima

Check out our list for all the inspiration you need to visit this dynamic, cosmopolitan city!

Become a Ninja at Odawara Castle

The castle closest to Tokyo expands its English explanations and adds a Fuma ninja clan infilitration experience!

Discovering Fukuoka's Autumn Treasures

Looking for an underrated time of year to explore Kyushu? This autumn, come to the city of Fukuoka for seasonal fun & feasting for the whole family!

Kumamoto Castle's Renovation Observation Path

Kumamoto Castle is letting visitors have a backstage pass to see how the renovation work is proceeding after the major 2016 earthquake.

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