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Become an Izakaya Guru with These 6 Videos

Impress your friends with your knowledge of the ins and outs of Japanese pubs and the drinks and food served at them!

The Dinosaur Kingdom in front of Fukui Station

The West Exit of Fukui Station is home to the Dinosaur Plaza, where life-sized dinosaur replicas await every visitor.

Baby Keepsake Calligraphy Brushes

The concept of saving your baby's hair after their first haircut isn't uncommon, but families in Japan can opt to turn those shorn locks into unique calligraphy brushes!

How to Properly Wear 'Geta'

Do you know the real Japanese technique for wearing traditional footwear?

My First Time at a 'Ryokan'

The Japan Guy gives us his first impressions of a traditional Japanese inn in a refreshingly humorous way!

8 Key Phrases for Navigating 'Izakaya'

Don't speak Japanese? Walk into a Japanese-style pub and order with ease using these eight key phrases!

Can You Survive Aomori's Summer Stove Train?

Looking for a steamy train experience? Head up to Aomori for a stove train that's heated to 50°C in the middle of summer!

Have a Cuppa in Kanazawa’s Old Town

While traveling in Kanazawa, be sure to stop for a nice, fresh cup of tea from a tea shop dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868)!

Magical Photographs of Fireflies in Japan

When summer comes along, we look forward to different things. Some of us head to the beach, others to the mountains for camping. But for a select group of photographers in Japan, summer signals the arrival of fireflies and the hunt for the perfect shot!

6 Zoos for a Day Trip in Tokyo

If you're in Tokyo and dying to see some animals, why not have a day out at one of these zoos for some fur time!

Top 10 Best Ryokan of Japan

If you're looking for traditional Japanese-style lodging, look no further than these ten Japanese inns.

Japanese Portable Record Players Exhibition

These Japanese gadgets might be outdated, but they're definitely not forgotten!

5 Things to Expect from Japan’s Countryside

Countryside Japan is quite different from cosmopolitan areas like Tokyo or Osaka. We'll help you get out there, get off the Shinkansen and go exploring!

11 Record-Setting Sites in Japan

Venture out and discover these 11 spots that break records in Japan, from the tallest building to the deepest lake. Or how about the city that eats the most ice cream?!

The History Behind Japan's 'Janken' Game

Whether resolving a dispute, deciding who pays the check for lunch, or simply passing the time, Japan’s “rock-paper-scissors” culture is simple, and a lot of fun.

3 Pottery Trips from Japan's Biggest Cities

We've lined up three famous pottery towns that make easy day trips from Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo.

Light Festival in Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine

Enjoy a brilliant light festival in 'Tadasu no Mori' at Shimogamo Shrine!

Otoshi: Izakaya's Compulsory Appetizer

Before heading out to an Japanese pub, you might want to read up on the infamous 'otoshi.'

Tokyo's 5 Hoppiest Rabbit Cafés

Cat cafés, bird cafés, owl cafés... and now, rabbit cafés. Because, Tokyo.

Ukiyo-e Isn't Just Skin Deep

This collection of ukiyo-e prints illustrates what's going on deep inside the body.

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