All About Japan

21 Top Spots Outside Japan's 'Golden Route'

Many tourists concentrate on the so-called 'Golden Route' connecting Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka. But what do you do if you want to get off the principal tourist highway and see the best of the rest? Here are Japan's 21 best off-the-Golden-Route spots!

Top 5 Department Stores in Kansai

A guide to the top luxury shopping options in Kansai.

5 Fruit Markets for Budget Shoppers in Kansai

Finding the freshest fruits on a budget in Kansai just got even easier with our handy guide.

Top 5 Theme Parks in Kansai

Check out some of the best theme parks the Kansai region has to offer.

Top 30 Spots Across Japan Ranked by Tourists

Travel website TripAdvisor has just listed this year's hot spots in Japan as selected by overseas visitors and we can't wait to see what's at number one!

Sing & Learn the Names of Japanese Stations

Rock to the beat of station names and level up your knowledge of Japan’s railway system while you’re at it.

Is Japan Boring Outside of Tokyo?

Tokyo certainly has charm and no one could doubt the convenience of living or staying in the major city. However, there’s so much more to see outside of Tokyo and I'm happy to give you a few examples... it’s literally my job to promote the entire country.

7 Standout Sweets from 6 Prefectures

Because every prefecture has a specialty, keep this 'sweet' list of seven snacks in mind on your next trip across Japan. They're too good not to try!

Experience Being a Temple Maiden for a Day

Ever wondered what it would be like to do the work of a shrine maiden? Well, at a shrine in Hyogo Prefecture you can actually dress up and experience all the work 'miko' do!

Top 10 Natural Power Spots of Kansai

Japan is a haven for beautiful nature, and Kansai is one of the best places to experience just that.

22 Animals to See in Japan's National Parks

While Japan may have an image as a land of trains and modern technology, the nation's 34 national parks offer a wealth of wildlife waiting to be discovered.

Japan's 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

While some ancient castles may be hard to find in Japan today, many of their surrounding villages are still standing strong.

Go From Osaka to Kyushu on an Overnight Ferry

For just ¥10,000 you can travel halfway across the country in your sleep on the Bullet Ferry.

The Secrets of Pearl Harvesting in Japan

Look closely through the translucent sheen of any Akoya pearl and you’ll see a rainbow of colors—a joint gift from the growers, the oysters, and the sea itself. But how are they produced?

Japan's Top 10 Aquariums

As an island nation, Japan’s history and culture are tied to the sea and the animals within. To get a good glimpse of the deep blue from dry land, check out the Top 10 aquariums scattered across the country!

How Japanese Pearls Are Processed

How are pearls processed? Prized Akoya pearls are sorted in front of a north-facing window, where the low-angled natural light reveals any scratches and irregularities, and practiced artisans recognize flaws as slight as a tenth of a millimeter.

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.

Meet a Giant Panda at Kobe Oji Zoo!

Kobe has plenty of tourist attractions, but how many people know where to meet a panda face-to-face in the city?

Testing out the ili Translation Device in Kobe

Our writer Eric headed out to Kobe to check out the Sannomiya nightlife, and he brought an ili translation device along for the ride with amusing results.

Top 5 Secret Beaches of Kansai

Find some of the best hidden beaches in the Kansai region with this guide.

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