All About Japan

Tranquil Vacation Spots in Southwest Japan

Besides Kyoto, Osaka & Hiroshima, there are plenty of lovely, less-known vacation spots throughout southwestern Japan.

15 Beautiful Beaches in Japan's National Parks

Japan offers countless stunning beaches along its nearly 30,000 kilometers of coastline. Some are directly accessible by train from Tokyo, while others are surrounded by 1,000 kilometers of open sea!

Ikura, the Adorable Eco-Friendly Dog

An environmentally friendly dog has collected more than 3,000 plastic bottles during walks over five years!

Getting Back to Nature in Kochi

Get away from tourist-filled Tokyo and Kyoto, and explore the nature, food and friendly villages of Kochi. Bring your sense of adventure!

Get Schooled About Fish at New Kochi Aquarium

Upon first glance this building in Kochi Prefecture might seem like your standard aquarium. But this repurposed elementary school is the perfect place to study marine life!

List: Japan's 12 Original-Construction Castles

While Japan is home to over 300 castles, there are only 12 that still retain their original castle keep. These 12 so-called 'original construction' castles are the cream of the crop.

14 Stunning Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Japan

It's a tradition to watch the sunrise on the first day of the year in Japan. And the nation's national parks offer countless breathtaking options for both sunrise and sunset at any time of year!

Experiencing 'Overseas' Resorts in Japan

Exotic resorts abroad are popular with Japanese tourists, but not everyone can make the trip overseas. We did some sleuthing and found four faux-'foreign' resorts you can stay at right in Japan!

30 Stunning Flowers in Japan's National Parks

From June hydrangeas to September spider lilies, here are 30 reasons for flower fans to fall in love with Japan's 34 flower-filled national parks!

16 Splendid Shikoku Castles

The island of Shikoku may be small, but who would've guessed it once contained 16 amazing castles, all in various shapes and forms!

Top Photogenic Spots in Shikoku, Japan

One of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku is full of charm. Being a remote island, it has a lot of unique attractions that you simply cannot see anywhere else. Get ready with your camera and take shots of these picturesque spots!

Unmasking a New Trend in Face Masks

People in Japan are starting to make masks using unconventional materials to deal with the shortage in the protective gear.

A Backpacker's Guide to Kochi

Join Stephen Schreck from A Backpacker's Tale as he visits Kochi Prefecture to do what he does best—learn the ins and outs of the region, and what makes it a fantastic destination for those looking to get off the beaten path!

The Prettiest Beach You've Never Heard Of

Hidden away in Kochi Prefecture is a truly unusual museum. The Sunabi Museum is a stretch of beach so beautiful that it is considered a natural art gallery by the locals!

12 of the Best Dishes in Shikoku!

Savor the freshest ingredients and culinary highlights from Shikoku, featuring the best from all of its four prefectures.

12 Great Hikes in Japan's National Parks

You can follow the trails through Japan's national parks to mountain peaks and coastal views—and sometimes both at the same time!

The 3 Most Beautiful Villages in Shikoku

Shikoku is the smallest of Japan's four main islands, and the most rural. Take a look with us at the most scenic small villages on the island, tucked between mountains and along river banks.

Top 9 Photogenic Heart-Shaped Spots In Japan

Love is in the air! Whether found in nature or built by design, your heart will be filled to bursting when you catch a glimpse of these heart-shaped spots throughout the country, just begging to be photographed!

Take Your Prefectural Pride on the Road

These stylish license plates feature iconic imagery from prefectures throughout Japan, so you can show off your prefectural pride every time you hit the road!

Visit Japan’s Least Populous Prefectures!

In a post-COVID-19 world, the concept of travel can still be quite daunting. But as things get back up and running in Japan, people may still want to avoid the crowds. If that's the case, why not try visiting one of Japan's least populous prefectures?

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