Do's & Don'ts: Japanese New Year
Ringing in the New Year in Japan is an awesome experience, but it does come with some unique challenges. If you're going to be here over the winter holiday, find out what to expect!
Japan-Exclusive National Holidays
Need a break from the long hours of working in Japan? Let's take a look at Japan-only national holidays that can't be found in any other country.
Tokyo's Top 5 Winter Illumination Events 2018!
Tokyo's winter illuminations are some of the highlights of the calendar year. People flock from far and wide to catch a glimpse of these dazzling visual displays! Here are 5 of our favorites!
Top 10 Onsen in Tokyo
Love hot springs but don't want to leave the big city? Our resident hot spring expert has put together a list of the top 10 onsen and onsen hotels in the Tokyo area, so start planning your next luxurious getaway now!
When to Wear a Kimono
While kimono are a big part of Japanese culture, they are not an everyday fashion choice. So, when exactly do people wear kimono?
Top 10 (Non-Chocolate) Valentine's Day Gifts
In contrast to many Western countries, Japanese girls give chocolate to their crushes on Valentine's Day. Besides chocolate, can you guess some of the other fantastic options to give your guy?
You Only Turn 20 Once, so Spice It Up!
For some young adults in Japan, Coming of Age Day is a somewhat solemn or drab affair. But in Kita-Kyushu, it's anything but! We have the lively pictures to prove it!
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!
All the Public Holidays in Japan
While Japan may be famous for its grueling work ethic, the nation actually has a surprising number of national holidays—nearly one every month. Find out when you can get a day off to enjoy the rising sun!
Top 5 Winter Illuminations Outside of Tokyo!
As the year draws to a close, cities across Japan light up with some of the most spectacular winter illuminations. Here are a few of our favorite displays outside of Tokyo.
Have Yourself a Merry Christmas (by Yourself)
Are you far away from family and your friends too are busy, leaving you on your own this Christmas? No need to succumb to singles' sadness. We've got some helpful advice to help you enjoy the holiday while flying solo.
12 Great Ways to Spend the Year in Hokkaido
Not sure when you can make it out to Hokkaido? Here are twelve events worth checking out, one for each month of the year.
5 Fun Tokyo Events for Golden Week 2018
Looking for things to do in Tokyo over Golden Week? These five fun events happen to line up perfectly with Japan's most anticipated national holiday!
Guide to (Non-Osechi) Japanese Holiday Dishes
Heard so much about New Year's 'osechi' cuisine that you’ve become an expert yourself? Read on to discover a whole world of other holiday cuisine in Japan!
5 Adorable Holiday Bento Boxes!
Spread holiday cheer with these Christmas-themed lunch boxes!
Things to Do on 5 Key Japanese Holidays
Japan has a worldwide reputation as a workaholic nation. But little do people know that Japan offers days off on holidays that don't exist anywhere else in the world. Here are some ideas for things to explore on those days!
6 Tokyo Day Trips Less Than 2 Hours Away
From incredible views of Mount Fuji to a museum that feels like it's right out of a mummy movie, these fantastic spots are less than 2 hours from Tokyo, which means they're the perfect way to spend a day when you want to get out of the city!
Travel Dates to Avoid in Japan
Japan is great all year-round, but there are some dates that are more expensive and more popular than others! Find out when NOT to travel in Japan if you want to avoid large crowds and price hikes!
Things to Do in Golden Week in Kansai
Looking for something exciting to do during your Golden Week vacation? Here are five great ways to spend your time off in Kansai.
Love in Japan: Valentine's Day & White Day
Not content with just one day of affection, Japan follows up Valentine's Day with White Day exactly a month later.