All About Japan

Giant Panda Saihin Celebrates First Birthday

Saihin, a giant panda at Wakayama’s Adventure World, just turned one, and we have the cute video.

Hotels Are Getting Creative in Osaka

Hotel owners in Osaka are trying new designs and services to attract customers, including the 10 million foreign tourists that visit the city each year.

Five Secret Spots in Nara You HAVE to Visit

Escape the crowds at these secluded temples and shrines in Japan's ancient capital, Nara!

Takeda Castle Floating in the Sky

Thanks to a natural phenomenon, the ruins of Takeda Castle (in Hyogo Prefecture) often appear to be floating in the sky!

Getting the Great Buddha Ready for Summer

Watch as Nara's Great Buddha, in Todai-ji Temple, gets cleaned before the Obon summer holiday.

Tokyo & Osaka Among Top 3 World Safest Cities

"The Economist" published the latest iteration of its Safe Cities Index, which ranks 60 major urban centers from around the globe. Asia-Pacific metropolises had a strong showing in 2019, accounting for six of the top 10 slots and sweeping the top three.

Osaka Café Has Proof That Cats & Baths Do Mix

Looking around Japan, you'll likely find a cat café located nearby, with some offering unique experiences like doing yoga in the midst of the adorable critters. Rescue cat café Neko Yokujo in Osaka definitely belongs in the “unique” subset of cat cafés.

Kyoto Gets a Rockin' New Restaurant

One of Kyoto's most traditional areas is getting a very modern new addition in the form of a Hard Rock Café! But of course, it has a tradition-inspired Kyoto twist!

A Perfect Sunset on Engetsu Island

One man spends months waiting to photograph the perfect sunset on Engetsu Island off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture. And once you see it for yourself, you'll understand why.

Osaka's Incredible Danjiri Kishiwada Festival

Nippon TV takes a behind-the-scenes look at Osaka's high-speed Kishiwada Danjiri Festival.

Geisha in Kyoto Prepare for New Year

Geisha in Kyoto's Gion district begin their traditional New Year’s rituals. Click to learn more about the <i>koto hajime</i> ritual.

Ghosn’s Escape from Japan: How Did He Do It?

The details of how former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn escaped from Japan in violation of his bail have emerged, and it's a pretty unbelievable story!

Wheelchairs for Dogs Rolling out in Osaka

A couple in Osaka is making custom-built wheelchairs for handicapped dogs.

All-Star Kabuki at Kyoto's Minamiza Theatre

Yearly Kabuki event "Kaomise Kogyo," a series of plays with several famous performers in the cast, has begun at Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto.

Crowning This Year's 'Luckiest Man in Japan'

Men from around Japan take part in a race at Nishinomiya Shrine in a bid to become this year’s "Luckiest Man."

Kemari: Japan’s Ancient Ball Game

People in Kyoto are reenacting an ancient type of Japanese football that was played by nobles centuries ago.

Marvelously Modern Metal Company's Work Space

Located in one of Japan’s industrial hubs of Osaka is Nakanishi Metal Works, a company that manufactures metal components. And it's about time the 95-year-old metalworking company got a makeover of its own.

Tasty Bits of Osaka

Millions of people visit Osaka every year and locals hope they will keep coming back. To make sure of that, some creative minds are developing tasty souvenirs that make a lasting impression.

University Finds New Uses for Tuna Skin

Kindai University is working with businesses to find new uses for the skin of its farmed tuna.

Fushimi: Come to the Shrine, Stay for the Sake

Most famous for the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto’s Fushimi district is also one of Japan’s top sake-producing regions. Be sure to make the most of your visit by taking a look around its historic brewing district. Kanpai!

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