Meet the New Ramen Craze in Yamanashi
‘Raho’ ramen—a combination of classic ramen soup and ingredients with Yamanashi's local 'hoto' noodles—is on the rise in this town in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Resort Hotel Chain Loves Dogs as Much as We Do
Regina Resorts is a chain of boutique hotels in Japan, and they have a "Dogs Welcome" policy that is out of this world!
Feeling Thirsty? Try Ocean-Aged Wine!
As winemaking gets increasingly popular in Japan, some makers are trying innovative techniques lost to time, such as aging the alcoholic beverage in the ocean.
Hot Spring Towns Expand Horizons
Some sleepy hot spring towns are coming up with innovative local products and activities to attract new visitors.
Transforming Vacant Japanese Schools into B&Bs
A hotel with a difference—old schoolhouses in Japan are getting a new lease on life, by being transformed into hotels for visitors.
Snow, Craft Beer and a Western Take on Winter
Australian native Daniel Bacon manages several successful businesses in Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture, and a founding partner of Hakuba Brewing Company, a craft beer brewery based in the same area. What does it take to attract international tourists?
Unmanned Stations, Gorgeous Scenery
Unmanned stations on Japan's smaller train lines are becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction, and one glimpse at the views some of them offer is all you'll need to understand why!
Mount Fuji Sports First Snow Cap of the Season
An essential part of the transition from summer in Japan, Mount Fuji has finally donned its iconic snow cap.
Studio Ghibli Theme Park Design Unveiled!
All the details on the buildings, stores and cafés set to appear at the new Studio Ghibli theme park.
10 Wine Tasting Spots in Yamanashi
Just a train ride away from central Tokyo, Yamanashi Prefecture's Katsunuma region is home to over 30 wineries, perfect for a day trip from Japan's capital.
Discover Secret Scenic Spots in Japan
Japan’s natural scenery and local cultural experiences are drawing more and more international visitors off the beaten path.
New Sake Season, New Cedar Ball
Tenryou Sake Brewery in Gero, in Gifu Prefecture announces its new sake with a yearly event - hanging a cedar ball.
Top 20 Recommended Scenic Spots in Japan
We have gathered a few spots and scenes that are worth checking out on your next autumn vacation. Let us introduce you to the top 20 recommendations for autumn scenery in Japan.
Mastering Winemaking in Nagano
Well-known essayist and painter Toyoo Tamamura and his wife live in Nagano Prefecture, where they run a winery and restaurant. He talks about his new life and work styles, the late life lessons he’s discovered and his plans for the future.
Buddhist Temple Decked Out in Historical Hunks
One buddhist temple in Niigata Prefecture is hoping to draw attention and crowds with sexy, anime-style art of its historic patrons.
Crack Open a Cold One with Totoro
This frosty brew from Echigo Beer in Niigata Prefecture gets its seal of approval (and label!) from the masterful animation legend, Hayao Miyazaki.
A Gourmet Train Journey to Sample Shinshu
Rokumon is a sightseeing train run by the Shinano Railway that puts you in touch with the Shinshu region’s culture and cuisine. Take a ride and spend a leisurely time enjoying stunning scenery and delicious dishes.
Giant Rice Cake Specially Made for the Gods
Farmers in central Japan were busy pounding giant rice cakes for Atsuta Shrine at the end of the year.
Tourists Flock for a Glimpse of Old Japan
Townscapes that preserve the atmosphere of Japan's yesteryear are attracting more international visitors than ever before.
New Year, New Swords
Bladesmiths in central Japan show visitors the traditional method for making Japanese swords.