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4 Must-Try Natural Products from Hokkaido

Japan's biggest prefecture is also home to some of the freshest products that are only possible thanks to the unspoiled nature of Hokkaido.

Don't Leave Hokkaido Without These 5 Souvenirs

Hokkaido is an island blessed with nature that lends itself to the creation of many great natural products. It also provides excellent ingredients for popular souvenirs. If you're looking for inspiration, here's your souvenir shopping list.

Full List—Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage

Beyond its 20 spectacular World Cultural Heritage Sites, Japan has 21 traditions recognized by UNESCO as elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

A Dose of Hokkaido for Every 'Lover'

Love is a many-splendored thing! Whether you're a chocolate-lover, a history-lover, a beer-lover or just a plain ol' romantic lover, there's something waiting for you in Hokkaido!

Posh Japan Train Travels to Try Before You Die

If you think cross-country train rides only offer magnificent views, think again. Japan, teeming with glorious natural wonders, has made moving from one prefecture to another a luxurious experience you'll never forget!

5 Unique Hot Springs Around Japan

Beyond enjoying the healing benefits of hot spring water, there are many unique hot springs in Japan offering wacky experiences for extraordinary travel memories!

A Quick Guide to Japanese Gay Bars

Here's a quick, smart guide to a segment of Japanese nightlife you're not going to find in your regular guide book.

Secret Hokkaido Spots You Need to See!

Hokkaido is a vast island that hides incredible secrets for those willing to look a little deeper. Here's our list of locations overseas travelers often miss, but would be amazing additions to your next Hokkaido itinerary!

Top 5 Things to Take Home from Hokkaido

Home to well-fed and well-cared-for cattle (for meat and dairy) and abundant seafood, Hokkaido may just well be Japan's 'land of milk and honey!'

The 14 Hottest Hokkaido Ski Spots

Hokkaido offers good snow, great resorts, and fantastic scenery—not to mention superb après-ski, with hot springs and local delicacies to enjoy. Here's our run-down of 14 hot spots to hit on Japan's northern island!

The 11 Best Things to See in Golden Week

Golden Week is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan, and these 11 spots and events each offer something unique that can only be experienced at this time of year. You don't want to miss them!

The Top 11 Hot Spring Hot Spots in Japan!

Before modern medicine was invented, onsen (hot springs) were revered as sacred places blessed with magical healing properties. During the Edo Period, sick patients would soak in the onsen for weeks to leave the pools feeling healthy and refreshed!

Best of Sapporo

Sapporo is an enjoyable and relaxing city where you’ll find ski slopes, tasty food and hot springs!

Go Natural at 4 Amazing UNESCO Sites in Japan

All across Japan, you can easily find an incredible mix of technology and greenery. And among all of its protected natural sites, four of them are UNESCO natural sites! Let's explore these verdant green wonderlands!

From Kansai to Hokkaido on Public Transport

While it's on the other end of the nation, there are still several easy ways of getting out to Hokkaido this year for those of you residing in the Kansai region.

Top 10 'Hanami' Spots in Japan

The transient nature of cherry blossoms is an essential part of their beauty, but no one wants to be left in the dark when it comes to finding the perfect spot to see them.

JR Explained

When talking about Japanese trains, surely Japan Railways (JR) comes to mind. But did you know that JR isn't one single company, but six?

The Best 'Hanami' Spots in Each Prefecture

Enjoy the best of the cherry blossom viewing season with this list of the top spots to see sakura around the country.

Top 10 LGBT+ Pride Events Outside Tokyo

While Tokyo Rainbow Pride is probably Japan's best-known pride extravaganza, there are plenty of rainbow flags flying across the country. Here are Japan's best-kept-secret prides!

10 Things to Do in Hokkaido After Yuki Matsuri

Each February, Sapporo's Snow Festival is a favorite among snow-loving tourists. But while enjoying the snow sculptures is a must, there are many things to do that you shouldn't miss while in Sapporo.

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