All About Japan

Trekking Through the Mosaic

Each year about 38,000 visitors hike through the verdant trails of the Shin-Etsu trail in northwestern Japan.

The Nobel Prize Road Between Toyama & Gifu

A little known fact about Japan: there is a long road between Toyama and Hida Takayama that just happens to be the connecting thread between five Nobel laureates, which has earned this stretch of highway the nickname of "Nobel Prize Road".

Top 6 Historical Places Around Fukui City

Fukui Prefecture has a rich history and is home to many historical sites including the oldest castle keep in Japan as well as one of the most important Zen temples.

Take Your Prefectural Pride on the Road

These stylish license plates feature iconic imagery from prefectures throughout Japan, so you can show off your prefectural pride every time you hit the road!

Buddhist Temple Decked Out in Historical Hunks

One buddhist temple in Niigata Prefecture is hoping to draw attention and crowds with sexy, anime-style art of its historic patrons.

World's 3 Snowiest Cities All in Japan!

If you've never lived in Japan, you may now know the nation has sort of a thing for snow. How much snow? Well, the world's three snowiest cities are all in Japan! Can you guess which ones they are?

10 Snow Spots in Japan Perfect for Instagram

If you want to get your 'Gram game going while traveling in the land of the rising sun in winter, make sure to keep in mind these Instagram-worthy spots for your itinerary.

Hot Spring Towns Expand Horizons

Some sleepy hot spring towns are coming up with innovative local products and activities to attract new visitors.

All About the Local Creators' Market

Launched by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Local Creators’ Market focuses on five Japanese locales noted for producing exquisite traditional handicrafts.

12 Great Hikes in Japan's National Parks

You can follow the trails through Japan's national parks to mountain peaks and coastal views—and sometimes both at the same time!

Affordable Travel to Snow Wall Yuki-no-Otani

Make time in your schedule to visit the snow wall, Yuki-no Otani, this spring using our cash-saving tips.

Stay in 'Real Japan' at this Traditional Home

If you want to set foot in 'real Japan,' the ideal accommodation is waiting for you in Inami, a small rustic town in Toyama Prefecture where more than 200 active carvers chisel wood.

12 Female Sake Brewers Concoct a Bold Project

As fewer than 50 sake breweries in Japan are female-owned, one crowdfunding project is offering a chance to sample brews from a dozen of them.

Crack Open a Cold One with Totoro

This frosty brew from Echigo Beer in Niigata Prefecture gets its seal of approval (and label!) from the masterful animation legend, Hayao Miyazaki.

The Organic Beauty of Kaga Lacquerware

A mountainous land dotted with hot springs, Yamanaka in Ishikawa Prefecture is a major center of lacquerware production, thanks to woodturners who emigrated to this area 400 years ago.

The Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2018 Is Here

Presenting the 2018 sakura speculation map and dates for each prefecture in Japan released by Japan Weather Association.

How Are You Spending Your Golden Week?

Golden Week is Japan's most anticipated holiday—and these Instagrammers give us some great ideas for things to do this holiday season!

2 Modern Masters of Woodwork & Lacquer

Working by hand at scales that can at times only be seen with a magnifying glass, these two artisans are heirs to a 400-year-old legacy of woodworking in Ishikawa Prefecture.

30 Stunning Flowers in Japan's National Parks

From June hydrangeas to September spider lilies, here are 30 reasons for flower fans to fall in love with Japan's 34 flower-filled national parks!

Discover Secret Scenic Spots in Japan

Japan’s natural scenery and local cultural experiences are drawing more and more international visitors off the beaten path.

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