Riding the Rails from Top to Bottom
You'll never believe how long it takes to travel from the northernmost Shinkansen station to the one furthest south.
A Helpful Guide to Healthcare in Japan
No matter where you live, it's good to have at least a general sense of how the health and medical care system works.
4 Purrfect Kansai Cat Cafés
Tired of running around, trying to see all the beautiful temples and castles in the Kansai area? Recharge your batteries at a cozy cat café!
Full List: Japan’s UNESCO Shrines & Temples!
Japan is home to thousands of historic shrines and temples, and a good few of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to just one can give insight into Japanese culture.
Internet on Your Phone: A Guide for Residents
In Japan, connecting your phone to the internet is almost easier as a tourist! Once you're a resident, it can quickly become a frustrating experience. However, there are several options out there, and you'll surely be able to find a suitable one.
10 Japanese Business Etiquette Rules
Learning business manners can make or break a deal, so before you head over to Japan on your business trip, it may be worthwhile to learn about some Japanese business etiquette.
9 Cleaning Supplies from the ¥100 Store
These inexpensive products are perfect for your New Year's cleaning!
8 Unique Rules of Japanese Public Spaces
While breaking these rules won’t send you to jail, you should know what behavior to avoid before bringing it to Japan.
First Day for a ‘Shakaijin’
So you've been hired to be part of Japan's work force? Congratulations! Check this out for some helpful tips and explanations about your first day.
Take the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage
The Chichibu Valley is home to beautiful mountains and rivers—and a centuries-old temple pilgrimage unlike any other in Japan.
The Origin of the Maneki Neko
The Maneki Neko, literally the "beckoning cat,"is a very common Japanese figurine. Although there are several possible stories behind its origin, the one revolving around Gotokuji Temple probably has the most veracity to it.
Want to Wow Your Japanese Friends?
Casually toss out these idiomatic expressions to get your Japanese acquaintances' jaws dropping.
10 Ways to Improve Your Japanese with Karaoke
How do you level-up your Japanese with karaoke? First read the advice, then check out our list of 10 karaoke songs that will wow your singing partners and build your language skills at the same time!
2 Awesome Owl Cafés in Osaka
Meet lots of different types of owls up close at Osaka's two owl cafés, where you can take pictures and pet these adorable creatures!
A Gamer's Approach to Tokyo's Trains
Tokyo's train system is challenging! So why not view it like a game to be won?
The 11 Spookiest Spots in Japan
Whether they’re haunted, abandoned or just plain old creepy, these spots will definitely show you a chilly side of Japan you may never yet have known.
Tottori's Amazing Sand Sculpture Museum
Picture the Sapporo Snow Festival, just a little sandier.
When You Wish Upon a Pun
There’s a special reason why Japanese people offer ¥5 coins at temples and shrines.
5 Next-level Maid Cafés
Warrior maids, gaming maids, toy maids, magical maids and massage maids await!
The Bilingual Epic of a Ramen Adventurer
Brian MacDuckston has devoured more than 1,000 bowls of ramen since arriving in Japan in 2006.