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10 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Spring

There's a lot to love about Japan's northern region of Tohoku, no matter the season. Travel along with Nick to find out why the area really shines in spring.

5 Sweet Memories From School Lunch

Kids in public schools in Japan have the privilege of eating a nutritious, well-balanced meal every day at lunch. Just because it's good for you, however, doesn't mean you can't satisfy your sweet tooth!

Discover Fresh Greenery in the North of Japan

Snow still stands majestically on the mountains of northern Japan even as new leaves bud on the trees in the valleys. If you want to truly feel spring as it comes to Japan, you want to visit Tohoku.

4 Non-Club Nightlife Options for Tokyoites

Tired of the crowded clubs and bleak bars? Here are four options that will help you get through the night in style.

Let out Your Inner Train Otaku

New Japanese train-themed karaoke lets you belt out announcements without being a public nuisance in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward.

Top 10 Natural Power Spots of Kansai

Japan is a haven for beautiful nature, and Kansai is one of the best places to experience just that.

Discover Kanzanji Temple in Shizuoka

Head to central Japan to recharge your batteries at this incredible power spot, and have the best freshwater eel you've ever tasted while there!

Why Is Japanese Customer Service So Amazing?

Many people around the world know about, and expect, warmhearted hospitality in Japan. But what if we tell you the reason why might not be as simple, or polite, as a culturally ingrained sense of respect?

Our 'Eat-See-Buy' Guide to Yokohama Hot Spots

An expansive list of Yokohama’s essential tourism spots, teaching you the best places to go for food, sightseeing and shopping.

Visit Beautiful 'Hawaii in Hokuriku'

Think Okinawa is the only place in Japan with beautiful beaches? Head out to the uninhabited island of Mizushima to discover the 'Hawaii of Hokuriku!'

Exposing Playgrounds to Darkness

In just the right light, or lack there of, even the most innocent places can become terrifying at night with a single photograph.

Guide to the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route

Come along for a ride along the Shimanami Kaido cycling route and experience 70 kilometers of incredible views and glorious fresh air.

Tohoku: Japan's Treasureland

While Japan's northern Tohoku region may be best known for its incredible winter landscapes, the JNTO and All About Japan headed north in spring to prove there are plenty of reasons to visit the region year-round!

The Many Sides of Kitakata

We've traveled around the Tohoku region with Nick, checking out some of the great moments from his travels. But this time, we'll join the intrepid writer as he revisits his old stomping grounds, getting a deeper look at the city of Kitakata!

5 Most Expensive Fruits That Are Made in Japan

Fruits in Japan can be expensive when compared to other countries—in fact, five out of the six most expensive fruits in the world are from here! Let's took a look the these costly treats!

These 4 Traditional Sweets Will Take You Back

A quick and easy guide to 'wagashi,' or traditional Japanese sweets.

21 Top Spots Outside Japan's 'Golden Route'

Many tourists concentrate on the so-called 'Golden Route' connecting Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka. But what do you do if you want to get off the principal tourist highway and see the best of the rest? Here are Japan's 21 best off-the-Golden-Route spots!

All About Mount Fuji: A Comprehensive Guide

From viewing the mighty mountain in traditional artwork to witnessing an incredible sunset at the mountaintop, there's so much to love about Mount Fuji!

Discover Cherry Blossoms with Snow in Tohoku!

While Japan may be known for its springtime cherry blossoms, the Tohoku region offers something even more unique: cherry blossoms with snow!

Looser Rules for Permanent Residency in Japan

Japan has loosened its requirements for obtaining permanent residency to include even more fields of employment. If you're working in the fashion or anime industry in Japan, you too can now apply for permanent residency after just twelve months!

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