How to Enjoy Tea Ceremony Like a Local
Like many traditional Japanese events, tea ceremony is a treasured cultural activity where manners are key. Before you sit down, here's a quick primer on the rules you'll need to know to properly enjoy 'chado.'
How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Green Tea
If you often enjoy drinking green tea at home, make sure you know the proper way to brew each kind. It's not as simple as just putting the kettle on!
The Best of Kanazawa for Every Traveler
If you only have a limited time to explore Kanazawa, make the most of your trip by knowing all the must-try foods and must-do activities in this charming and historic town before you go. We'll break it down for each type of traveler out there.
Get the Best Seats on the Shinkansen
Japanese bullet trains, or Shinkansen, offer three types of seats for your traveling ease. Check this out for a helpful description of each as you plan your next train trip around Japan!
How to Read 1 Character 5 Different Ways
This one simple Japanese sentence contains five different pronunciations for one 'kanji' character. Can you pronounce them all?
There's plenty to see when taking in the sights of Japan—just be sure to look down, or you might miss the intricate art of Japanese manhole covers right at your feet!
How to Find Love in Japan
You can find just about anything in Japan, from dancing robots to maid cafés! But what about love?
East Japan Shines in 5 Videos of Wintry Wonder
If you can't make your way out to Fukushima, Tochigi or Ibaraki Prefectures, Diamond Route Japan is bringing their majesty to your screen in five breathtaking videos that will have you packing your bags immediately!
When to Wear a Kimono
While kimono are a big part of Japanese culture, they are not an everyday fashion choice. So, when exactly do people wear kimono?
The Sound & the (Lack of) Fury of Japan
While we know that silence is definitely golden in Japan, there is, on the other hand, an interesting relationship to noise here.
The 14 Hottest Hokkaido Ski Spots
Hokkaido offers good snow, great resorts, and fantastic scenery—not to mention superb après-ski, with hot springs and local delicacies to enjoy. Here's our run-down of 14 hot spots to hit on Japan's northern island!
Hikone Castle: A National Treasure at 410
2017 marks the 410th birthday of Hikone Castle, one of just 12 remaining original-construction castles in Japan. Join us as we take a look inside!
Learn About Japanese Culture from... a Cat?!
Bow down to your new furry sensei who will teach you all about Japanese holidays and culture.
Love in Japan: Valentine's Day & White Day
Not content with just one day of affection, Japan follows up Valentine's Day with White Day exactly a month later.
8 Ways to Go Deeper (& Cheaper!) in Kanazawa
While you can just take the shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa, why not take your time and take in some culture on the way? Then we've got some tips for how to save money while you're there!
A Quick Guide to the East Tokyo Neighborhoods
With 23 central city wards and multiple towns and villages west of the city center under a singular administration, it will take a while before you can call yourself a 'Tokyo Guru.' For a start, let us take you across the eastern neighborhoods!
Samurai Signs Teach Bathing Etiquette & More
Trying to navigate your way through the myriad rules in Japan? These signs are hilariously informative!
Memoirs of Being a Black Sheep in Japan
One of our writers recounts his experiences living in Japan as an African-American, how he is perceived in society, and how life here compares to life back home.
The Secrets of 'Gokon'
What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?
Do You Know Your Kimono Parts?
The word 'kimono' is one well-known all across the globe, but fewer people know the full scope of these traditional, simple-looking garments. We'll explain each part of the kimono and give you a feel for just how intricate they truly are.