All About Japan

Ekiben: Symbols of Colorful Local Culture

There was a time in Japanese history when each domain acted practically as its own country. So it's hardly surprising that each area developed its own culture and customs, giving a distinctive flavor and flair to each region.

Photograph Japan With the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide is known widely as a rating system for restaurants, but that's not the only type of guidebook created by Michelin. They also produce tourism guidebooks for worldwide travel destinations—great for shutterbugs looking for a fresh angle!

Miyako: A Short Film

I was searching for a train station, the kind you rarely see: small, countryside. We found it—and by accident, found something else, someone else: Miyako, the station master.

Move Over Godzilla: Local Kaiju are Coming!

Did you know that each of Japan’s 47 prefectures has a designated monster?

12 Incredible Onsen Getaways from Osaka

Choose from large spas, private family baths, mixed-gender onsen and more!

Timber Slats Catch the Light on Awaji Island

The IZUE architecture firm, powered by three talented architects, decided to construct the perfect island getaway on the Seto Inland Sea.

Michelin 2016: Kyoto, Nara, Kobe & Osaka

All About's Kansai gourmet guide analyzes Michelin's 2016 guides to the best restaurants in Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka.

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!

2 Mouth-Watering English-Speaking Restaurants

Can't order in Japanese? No worries! Here are two restaurants in two of Japan's leading cities that have you covered!

Wonders of Japan: Hospitality

Experience the welcoming culture of hospitality that is the pride of Japan.

Bathroom has 31 Female Stalls to 1 Male Stall

Japan’s all-female Takarazuka theater has an enlightened 31.5:1 female to male bathroom stall ratio.

Traditional Soba in Toyooka

Do you like soba? This is how to make your favorite noodles by hand!

The 3 Most Famous Hot Springs in Japan

Edo-Period philosopher Hayashi Razan identified the three best onsen in all of Japan.

Japan’s Newest Hot Spring is in Downtown Kobe

After digging to a depth of roughly 1,000 meters (3,281 ft), an excavation team at Sannomiya Station discovered water springing from the bedrock.

7 Japan-Related Events to Look Out For in 2016

2016 certainly has a lot of fun and interesting events in store, but you won't want to miss these seven in particular!

10 Michelin-Starred Lunch Spots in Kansai

At lunch time, hot Michelin restaurants can be within the reach of even a more modest budget!

5 Delectable Kansai 'Bib Gourmand' Restaurants

"Bib Gourmand" refers to the Michelin Guide's listing of casual restaurants offering reasonably priced, great-tasting food. Here we've selected five great Bib Gourmand-recommended restaurants from the 2016 area guides.

Japan’s Top 20 Three-Star Michelin Spots

Japan is one of the best travel destinations on the planet. Here’s why.

5 Great Lesser-known Onsen Towns

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, then give these towns a try!

5 Great Couples’ Onsen Getaways

Private baths let you have some alone time in the tub.

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