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Explore Kyushu on a Sightseeing Train

There are many sightseeing trains in Kyushu, with a wide variety of entertaining events going on in the trains and around the stations. We'll show you how to have much more fun than just looking out the window!

The Spotlight's on Damon Mackey

We can appreciate Japan for all sorts of reasons, but MBA talent consultant Damon Mackey points out a big one for both business and personal needs—convenience!

6 Geothermal Days in the 'Land of Fire'

Spend a day hugging the edge of one of the world's largest calderas, meander through eight boiling 'hells,' let yourself get buried in steaming hot sand, and even visit Hello Kitty—there's an incredible array of things to be done in Kyushu!

What Bread or Rice Says About You

Which do you prefer: bread or rice? Your answer may say something about your personality.

Kyoto's Top 5 Key Things to Know Before You Go

No two places are quite alike in Japan. If you think you know the rules of Tokyo, get ready for the adjustments you'll need to make when in Kyoto. This is the info you need to know if it's your first time in this historic city of culture.

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!

33 Survival Kanji for Japan First-Timers

Coming to Japan, but don't know any kanji—or what kanji even means? Take a deep breath, relax and we'll get you started along the way!

5 Places Too Perfect Not to Take a Picture!

You simply must check out our Top 5 picturesque 'ryokan' at Yugawara Onsen.

A 'Heart to Heart' Primer on Japanese Manners

Manners are a big part Japanese culture and society, but a first-time visitor or new resident will likely be surprised to learn many of these rules are unspoken, but understood. Therefore, we'd like to introduce a few to help you fit in while in Japan.

4 Things I Wish I'd Brought to Japan

Don't know what to bring to Japan before you move here? Here's some handy advice from a self-described cheapo on how to make the best of your precious luggage space.

8 Amazing Days on a JR Kyushu Rail Pass

Discover the beauty of four Kyushu prefectures by rail! Wander castle towns, stroll through samurai residences and visit historic shrines tied to the founding of Japan, all surrounded by delicious local cuisine!

Take a Luxury Bus Tour of Sasebo!

Enjoy Sasebo’s historic buildings and symbolic landscapes from the window of the Umikaze, a luxury-cruiser-style sightseeing bus complete with multilingual audio guides!

'Truly Kyoto' Finds for the First-Timer

Each prefecture in Japan has a distinct character and something to be remembered for. Kyoto is not all shrines and temples, but a place for good food and other finds too! Here's a half-day plan for first-time experiences in Kyoto.

The Cat's out of the Bag... or Box!

Come along with us as we take a look inside Neko Box, a subscription service that delivers quality goods from Japan monthly to your doorstep. What mysteries lie within? Let's find out.

When Do You Wear a Yukata at a Japanese Inn?

Before bathing? After bathing? As soon as you arrive? Or not at all? Find out when most people usually change into 'yukata' when staying at a ryokan.

A Beginner’s Guide to Autumn in Japan

This mini documentary, from the 'Begin Japanology' series by NHK World, offers an introductory course in fabulous foliage.

Finding an Apartment in Japan

If you're considering moving to Japan, or even just looking to get out of that share house, read on to learn about your options!

The Spotlight's on Jay Ponazecki

Jay Ponazecki takes time from her daily public service responsibilities to share her recommendations on just where to go during the changing of the seasons.

The Sleeping Taxi Drivers of Tokyo

Head into any Japanese city are you're sure to see people sleeping in public: on trains, park benches and even in their cars. One photographer visiting Japan was amazed by taxi drivers sleeping in their cabs and decided to capture the dreamers on film.

Samurai Signs Teach Bathing Etiquette & More

Trying to navigate your way through the myriad rules in Japan? These signs are hilariously informative!

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