Kyoto's Amazing Gion Festival
Kyoto's incredibly historic, long-standing Gion Festival reached its thrilling climax!
Getting the Great Buddha Ready for Summer
Watch as Nara's Great Buddha, in Todai-ji Temple, gets cleaned before the Obon summer holiday.
Grab a Bite at Gion's New Hard Rock Café
Let’s take a look at the unique menu items you can enjoy only at the café’s Kyoto branch.
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.
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.
Giant Panda Saihin Celebrates First Birthday
Saihin, a giant panda at Wakayama’s Adventure World, just turned one, and we have the cute video.
Osaka's Incredible Danjiri Kishiwada Festival
Nippon TV takes a behind-the-scenes look at Osaka's high-speed Kishiwada Danjiri Festival.
University Finds New Uses for Tuna Skin
Kindai University is working with businesses to find new uses for the skin of its farmed tuna.
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!
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.
Head to This Hotel if You're Keen on Katana
If you want to see Japanese swords and armor, and you don’t happen to have a time machine, usually you’ll need to head to a museum. However, we recently came across an astounding collection of katana not in any museum or gallery, but inside a hotel.
Taming the Tiger Temple of Nara
Head to Chogosonshi-ji in Nara for a uniquely feline temple experience!
Wheelchairs for Dogs Rolling out in Osaka
A couple in Osaka is making custom-built wheelchairs for handicapped dogs.
You Ain't Never Heard 'Aladdin' Like This!
Have you seen this stylish and dynamic performance by the members of two Japanese high schools? It's truly worthy of a full-scale Disney production!
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.
7 Superb Festivals in Nara
Try and catch one of these fantastic events on your trip to this picturesque and historic city!
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!
Say Hello to Kansai's New Cup Noodle Factory
Nissin, manufacturer of Japan's original instant ramen, Cup Noodle, is opening a new, state-of-the-art factory in Shiga Prefecture
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!