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5 Tasty 'Omiyage' Worth Lining Up For

Orderly lines outside everything from chic coffee shops to blue-collar ramen shops are a common sight in Japan, and food-based specialty 'omiyage' (souvenir) stores are no different. But are these snacks really worth lining up for?

The 4 Forts & Castles of Hokkaido

Hokkaido has only one castle; the rest of its fortifications are actually relatively modern forts. And in the late 1860s, they were the site of the last hurrah of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

The 11 Spookiest Spots in Japan

Whether they’re haunted, abandoned or just plain old creepy, these spots will definitely show you a chilly side of Japan you may never yet have known.

These Cantaloupes Are Ripe With Cuteness

Hokkaido's Hello Kitty melons are just too cute to slice into! But you'd better hurry if you want one since only 300 are available!

Japan’s 8 Most Awesome Hotels

Japan’s most luxurious hotels provide stellar services while sinking effortlessly into the surrounding landscape.

Japan's Top 4 'Best 3' Sightseeing Spots!

Witness the best sightseeing spots Japan has to offer in four official, comprehensive lists.

The 4 Most Awesome Burgers North of Tokyo

Head north of Tokyo for a prize-winning 'yakisoba' and potato burger—or all the way up to Hokkaido for a mouth-watering jumbo scallop burger! Yum!

Shiretoko Five Lakes Walking Tour

Tour around the Shiretoko Five Lakes on a 3-kilometer course. The serene path, fresh air and magnificent scenery on the edge of the Sea of Okhotsk are sure to relax you.

Hokkaido's Gorgeous Summer Flower Fields

One of Japan's most popular summer destinations, head to Hokkaido to escape the summer heat and see the sprawling flower fields that brighten the landscape every year.

Cantaloupe, Cheese & Chocolate—Oh My!

This new Kit Kat flavor certainly sounds fascinating, but you can only buy it at strictly limited locations!

Top 10 Japanese Hotel Breakfasts of 2016

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and these hotels rated by Japanese tourists on TripAdvisor know how to do it right!

Regional Station Souvenirs You Can't Miss!

Don't let these yummy station souvenirs pass you by on your next Shinkansen ride!

These Sushi Rolls Are Literally Over the Top!

Can you handle the overflowing sushi rolls at this conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Hokkaido?

Escape to Hokkaido on the Bullet Train

Japan's speediest train, the Shinkansen, now extends up to Japan's most northern island of Hokkaido, making it easier to enjoy red king crabs and the famous Sapporo Snow Festival.

Riding the Rails from Top to Bottom

You'll never believe how long it takes to travel from the northernmost Shinkansen station to the one furthest south.

Hokkaido: The Purest Nature in Japan

Take a journey through Hokkaido's natural environment and enjoy the many splendid sightseeing adventures it has to offer!

The Blue Pond in Hokkaido

High levels of aluminum hydroxide turn this Hokkaido pond an incredible shade of blue. If it looks familiar, you may recognize it from Apple's OS X Mountain Lion wallpaper!

Temporary Tattoos Detect Soba Allergies

These temporary tattoos aren't just for show—they could actually save your life!

7 Incredible Events at Japanese Castles

The castles dotting Japan's landscape no longer host battles and political upheavals, but they're not boring relics. Many were the backdrop to some pretty unbelievable stories!

47 Souvenirs from All 47 Prefectures!

Traveling around Japan but don't know what souvenir to buy from each region? We've got you covered with this crazy list of our Top 47 'omiyage' from each of the nation's 47 prefectures!

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