All About Japan

8 Special Food Items for the Ise-Shima Summit

Celebrate the Ise-Shima region and Mie Prefecture with these eight limited-edition food products from Lawson, ranging from sweet to savory!

House of Light is an Absolute Delight

With an “outside-in” room and a bath lit by fiber optics, this incredible complex, designed by internationally renowned artist James Turrell, is one of Japan’s most unique places to stay.

Yokokan Teien: A Splendid Secret Garden

One of the three best Japanese gardens as selected by the U.S.-based Sukiya Living Magazine (The Journal of Japanese Gardening), this is a pleasant gem hidden in Fukui City.

3 Award-Winning Craft Beer Breweries in Toyama

Many local brewers have tried to produce their own craft beer, but these three breweries in Toyama have found the secret recipe to success.

3 Breathtaking Cherry Blossom Spots in Toyama

Every spring, Toyama Prefecture's cherry trees come to full bloom, and a few places are popular nationwide. We have three fabulous viewing spots to share with you!

2 Incredibly Secluded 'Ryokan' in Toyama

These traditional inns go beyond just being secluded—they can only be accessed by boat or tram!

The Dinosaur Kingdom in front of Fukui Station

The West Exit of Fukui Station is home to the Dinosaur Plaza, where life-sized dinosaur replicas await every visitor.

Heavenly Sake from Hokuriku

The Hokuriku region is home to many breweries famous for producing splendid sake. Let's take a look at some well-known Hokuriku sake we're sure you'll want to try!

Kanazawa Castle & Kenrokuen Garden

Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden were emblematic of the power of the Maeda Clan, which dominated the Kanazawa region throughout the Edo Period.

Take the Train through Japan's Deepest Gorge

The Kurobe Gorge Railway is a perfect choice for tourists looking for something spectacular.

The Oldest 'Washi' Production Center in Japan

Explore the process of making traditional Japanese paper in Echizen City, known as the oldest producer of 'washi' in all of Japan.

Clear Your Mind & Fill Your Stomach in Toyama

Try your hand at this Buddhist meditative activity at Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple in Toyama—then try the food!

Toyama: The Environmentally Friendly City

The Environment Ministers Meeting was also held in Toyama on May 15th and 16th. This article covers the reason why the meeting was hosted in Toyama, and the reason itself may reveal the charm of Toyama as a tourism destination.

World Heritage Villages Among Deep Valleys

Travel to Gifu and Toyama to learn all about the charming and scenic historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, two of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kanazawa: Traditional Scenes Among the Sakura

Known for retaining much of its feudal, old-city atmosphere, Kanazawa is a castle town that boasts beautiful landmarks that can be enjoyed in every season. However, the spring cherry blossom season is in a class of its own.

Shoryudo — Rising Dragon of Japan

Have you ever made soy sauce by hand? Neither had Rachel! Follow her journey through the 'Rising Dragon' of Japan, a route that travels through Shizuoka, Aichi, Ishikawa, Gifu and Nagano Prefectures.

5 Unbelievable Hiking Spots in the Japan Alps

The Japan Alps in the north-central parts of Honshu offer some of the most exhilarating wilderness outings in the country. You won't believe what you can see.

The Shinkansen Network in Japan

A visit to Japan is incomplete without some travel on the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train network. With a new line connecting Hokkaido, there isn’t a better time to see all of Japan in the blink of an eye!

Hike the Mackerel Highway

Back in the day, getting ocean fish to Kyoto was back-breaking work. You can still hike the 1,300-year-old path that brought mackerel to the ancient capital.

This Hotel Plan Guarantees Heart Palpitations

A hotel in Ishikawa Prefecture has designed a program it guarantees to bring a throb to your heart: and if it doesn't, you don't have to pay!

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