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Go Back in Time on Historic Streets of Gion

Gion, the traditional entertainment and geisha district of Kyoto, is famous for its streets and picturesque alleys that retain the atmosphere of the past.

Japan's 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

While some ancient castles may be hard to find in Japan today, many of their surrounding villages are still standing strong.

Candy So Good It'll Bring Back the Dead

Try a piece of this candy that for 400 years has been tantalizing the tongues and scaring customers with its hair-raising history!

The Oldest Business in the World

Founded over 1,400 years ago, Kongo Gumi is a Japanese temple-building company that's responsible for a number of the most famous structures in the Kansai area.

Miyagi: Land of Samurai History

Experience the home of one of Japan's greatest ever samurai warriors with historic castles, ancient temples and colorful shrines less than two hours from Tokyo.

5 Oldest Coffee Shops in Tokyo

Coffee culture in Japan did not necessarily have a good start, but these 5 shops somehow withstood the test of time.

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!

5 Places to Buy Traditional Crafts in Tokyo

When shopping for traditional crafts in Tokyo, the options can be dizzying (if not absolutely exhausting) to sort through. So to help you find what you’re looking for, we’ve put together a list of our favorite stores!

Top 4 Theme Parks in Tokyo

Think you know the most popular theme parks in Tokyo? You just might be surprised at what attractions didn't make our list!

Jimbocho: Tokyo's Town of Literature & Art

Tokyo's historic Jimbocho neighborhood is a melting pot of creative pursuits. With bookstores, libraries, art galleries, music shops and theaters, it's a must-visit destination for the artistically inclined!

Going Back in Time for Books at Jimbocho

After reading, book-loving locals usually sell their tomes back to second-hand bookstores so the books will find a new home. Luckily, there's an old street in the middle of Tokyo that has more than 100 stores dedicated to old books: Jimbocho.

Taste 165 Years of Tradition at a Sake Brewery

If you're a sake lover, you've got to make your way out to Fukushima for this amazing brewery with 165 years of history in every sip.

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.

Go Inside the Oldest Amusement Park in Japan

Hanayashiki, located in Asakusa, Tokyo, is the oldest amusement park in Japan—though it wasn't always an amusement park. Take a look into the park's incredible past and how it has stood the test of time.

A Michelin Chef's Twist on Japanese Sweets

Try traditional Japanese sweets by way of a Michelin-starred chef in New York!

Exploring the Culture of Miyagi

Miyagi is a place where traditional Japanese culture is still alive with wooden kokeshi dolls to mountain hot spring towns there is something for everyone.

10 Shockingly Cheap Tokyo Ramen Shops

Trying to find a ramen bowl that’s in-budget, but still mouth-wateringly delicious can be frustrating.

The Historical Stores of Ginza

Ginza has been associated with wealth ever since a silver coin mint was established here early in the Edo Period. Quite a few old shops got their start here, making Ginza a great center for some historical shopping!

Hands-On Fun Along the Shoryudo Dragon Route

After experiencing the unforgettable Ukiyo-e Route of the Shoryudo (Rising Dragon Road), we made our way up north to learn all about the treasures of Chubu, Japan's central region.

How to Get a Quality Kimono Online

Tracing its history as a wholesaler all the way back to 1783, Osaka's Matsukawaya has been offering affordable, quality kimono online since 2002.

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