All About Japan

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

A Fan's Guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup

The wait is almost over! In less than a year the 2019 Rugby World Cup will kick off, and the Land of the Rising Sun is gearing up in a big way.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

All About's Guide to Nagoya

While the majority of visitors to Japan elect to spend their time in Tokyo or the Kyoto/Osaka area, if you want to see the heart of the country you should make time to visit Nagoya!

Hot Spring Towns Expand Horizons

Some sleepy hot spring towns are coming up with innovative local products and activities to attract new visitors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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