Top 6 Castles Around Tokyo
These six castles, all easily accessible from the Tokyo area, are more than enough to slake your thirst for the days of the samurai.
Visiting 5 Landmarks of Haruki Murakami
Explore five Hanshin-area locations that appear as settings in Haruki Murakami's novels, as well as the landmarks of his life.
How & When to Apologize in Japan
Apology is a kind of social currency in Japan. But using it well isn't just about knowing what words to use—you also need to know when and how to use them!
Japan's Top 4 'Best 3' Sightseeing Spots!
Witness the best sightseeing spots Japan has to offer in four official, comprehensive lists.
Intro to the Japanese Writing System
Can you spot the differences between each of Japan's three different characters?
The Dos & Don'ts of Staying at a 'Ryokan'
Before staying at a traditional Japanese 'ryokan' inn, you may want to brush up on these etiquette rules.
A National Who’s Whooo of Owl Cafés
Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up and nestle down in an owl café? We’ve lined up eight adorable and outstanding branches where you can unruffle in peace.
Intro to the Japanese Writing System: Katakana
Let's take a look at perhaps the most puzzling type of Japanese text: 'katakana.'
A 13-Point Guide to Japanese Alcohol
Walk through 13 of the most fundamental types of alcohol in Japan. You know what's at the top of the list—but do you know the other 12?
Himeji Castle Reborn
In March 2015, Himeji Castle completed its first major renovation in 50 years, leading it to be reborn in resplendent white befitting of the "White Heron Castle."
The 6 Weirdest Cafés in Tokyo
As much fun as it is to gawk at Tokyo's shops and sky rises, it’s just as much fun to stop into a themed café to wet your whistle and enjoy an immaculately presented bite to eat.
Japanese Alcohol: From Hokkaido to Okinawa
There are more than 1,800 sake breweries and shochu distilleries in Japan. Highlighting Japan has profiled nine leading representatives from Hokkado to Okinawa.
How to Choose Your Apartment in Japan
There's nothing more satisfying than finally settling down in your new pad. Here are some useful tips that can help you when choosing your new apartment in Japan.
Driving in Japan
As in many countries, city traffic in Japan may be congested and not much fun. But once you get into the countryside and the mountains, driving in Japan can be a real pleasure.
My First Time at a 'Ryokan'
The Japan Guy gives us his first impressions of a traditional Japanese inn in a refreshingly humorous way!
Japan's First Hedgehog Café has Arrived!
You can now add hedgehogs to the list of cute animals to visit on your next trip to the Japanese capital.
The 6 Main Types of 'Omamori'
These good luck charms can provide you with all kinds of special help!
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.
7 Best Spots to Buy Toys in Japan
Japan is home to some of the most famous toys in the world. So what should you do if you’re in Japan and you—or, um, your kids—feel a sudden urge for toy shopping?
Japan’s 8 Most Awesome Hotels
Japan’s most luxurious hotels provide stellar services while sinking effortlessly into the surrounding landscape.