Travel by Train to Superb Sakura Viewing Spots
Some lesser-known but magnificent hanami spots in Japan’s eastern and northern regions and tips on how to reach them using the excellent railroad passes.
Top 10 Japanese Animals and Where to Find Them
Discover the wildlife of Japan
Niigata Craft Gin to Promote Sustainability
A man in central Japan is working on promoting sustainability and boosting local tourism by making gin.
Brit Amelia Hiorns is Working to Save Japan’s Bear Population
Amelia Hiorns has one of the most unusual jobs in Japan. As a member of the Picchio Wildlife Research Center’s Bear Team, she works with black bears, Karelian bear dogs, and humans, all in an effort to promote wildlife conservation.
Adorable Capybaras Enjoy Relaxing Soak
In search of a spirit animal? Check out these capybaras as they enjoy a hot bath at an animal park in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.
Central Japan's Husband-Throwing Festival
You won't believe this wacky winter ritual where locals throw a married man down a snowy hill to his wife.
All About Japanese Guesthouses
Guesthouses are a great way to enjoy an authentic and affordable stay in Japan and interact with locals. Join us as we take an inside look at the Japanese guesthouse industry with two guesthouse owners!
Ceramics Workshop Designed by Kengo Kuma
Star architect Kengo Kuma puts his signature stamp on yet another building with this ceramics museum and workshop in Komatsu.
Bear Attacks in Japan: There Is A Solution
Tried and True Ways to Coexist as told by a bear conservationist
Fall Leaves Redder than Usual in Central Japan
Visitors to Mount Norikura in central Japan can now enjoy fall foliage. And wow are they in for a treat this year!
A Visit to Japan's Keith Haring Collection
The only museum in the world dedicated to the works of Keith Haring, the legendary king of 1980's New York City street art, is is nestled in the forests of Yamanashi Prefecture.
Deep in Snow Country - Yuzawa and Minakami
Join us as we search for onsen and winter scenery through the Yuzawa and Minakami regions of central Japan.
Life-Size Dolls Enliven Girls' Festival Event
Life-size “Hina” dolls are on display at a historic inn in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, for the doll festival on March 3.
The Association of the Most Beautiful Villages
The Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Japan is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the most interesting and beautiful rural towns in Japan. There are truly some hidden gems on this list!
Touch of Tradition with Modern 3D Cutter Cabin
This remarkable wooden cabin was constructed locally in the mountains of Japan using a Shopbot 3D wood cutter, with minimal impact on the environment. Click to learn more.
The City of Salmon – A Day in Murakami
Murakami, in northern Niigata, is home to the eerie tradition of hanging salmon. It is also famous for tea, sake, wagyu, and more!
Delivering Holy Stones to a Mountaintop Shrine
Shinto priests are on a mission to deliver holy stones to a shrine on the summit of Mount Tsurugi in central Japan.
Discover Gems of Japan in the Mount Fuji Area
Mount Fuji peeks between high-rises across the Greater Tokyo Area. Though magnificent even from afar, the sacred mountain begs a closer look! One of the best ways to explore it is by roaming around Shizuoka, Yamanashi, and Kanagawa prefectures.
Mt. Fuji Gets First Snowcap
Mt. Fuji got its first snowcap of the season, two days earlier than usual.
Persimmons: Only $1,000 Each!
One of the weird and fun things about Japan are insanely expensive fruits. Including a box of persimmons that fetched 100,000 yen in the season’s first auction in Ishikawa Prefecture.