The Japan Bus Guide
Buses are a great (and cheap!) way to get around the Japanese countryside.
The City of Photo Props
This Chiba town is proud of its long history—and its face cutout photo prop opportunities!
Home Movies of Pre-War Hiroshima
This home movie from American Marlin D. Farnum offers a glimpse into ordinary citizens' lives in Hiroshima back before World War II.
5 Stunning Walks in the Japanese Countryside
Locals share secret trails with incredible views of the Japanese countryside!
6 Foreigners Making Waves in the Countryside
Most of the subjects of this story didn't see themselves where they are now—but all of them found something incredible in the Japanese countryside, leading each to develop a unique and indelible bond to the local community.
Interview with Kurashiki Mayor Kaori Ito
The city of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture is maintaining its path of developmental growth even as it attracts crowds of visitors from other parts of Japan and abroad.
Promoting the Healing Power of Nature
The Kaminoyama Onsen Kurort project is a wellness and leisure spot in Yamagata Prefecture that focuses on medical science-based healthy outdoor walks and invigorating visitors through local culinary and hot spring resources.
Japan's Top 3 Flower Parks
Being cocooned by sweet floral scents among a palette of bright colors will leave your nose and eyes calling out for more!
The 5 Most Beautiful Villages in Kyushu
Explore Southern Japan's rural charm as we take a mini-tour of Kyushu's beautiful villages.
Breathe in that Fresh Nenba Air
Look out Shirakawa-go and Gokayama! There's a new village that has thatched-roof farmhouses that are only a day trip from Tokyo!
Video: 1,840 km of Japan in 14 Days
From Hiroshima to Nikko and all points in between, this four-minute video covers a whole lot of ground!
6 Great Innovations from Japan's Countryside
From urban planning and fish farming to food recycling and the re-invigoration of traditional techniques, a number of great ideas have come out of Japan's smaller towns and cities.
A Taste of Green Tourism in Traditional Japan
Despite their combined population of only 900, the villages of Shunran no Sato drew 11,000 visitors in 2014, attracted by the prospect of experiencing traditional Japanese life from locals only too happy to share.
Things I Love About Japan: Rice Fields
There is nothing quite like rice fields in the Japanese countryside.
6 Incredible Spots for a Run in Japan
These spots in the Japanese countryside will make you want to break out your running shoes!
Top 6 Flower Spots in Saitama
Saitama is one of the best spots in Japan to experience the nation's stunning flower parks and botanical gardens.
3 Cool Countryside Day Trips from Tokyo
We all need a break from the city sometimes. Experience the other side of Japan with these three day trips to the countryside right outside Tokyo.
What's Japan's Best Rural Area to Live in?
Publisher Takarajimasha addresses this question in a survey that shows some shocking results. Who knew the top four spots would all be on the same island?
8 Reasons to Live in the Japanese Countryside
From the quiet to the space to the cheaper price of pretty much everything—not to mention better air and access to outdoor activities—there are plenty of great reasons to love the countryside!
Hike the 'Road to Laputa'
High atop Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture lies a hidden, winding path that leads you to a picture-perfect Ghibli-like view.