All About Japan

Hungry for Ghibli-Style Animation?

If you're hungry for some Ghibli-style animation, look no further than this gorgeous video promoting locally sourced food in Kumamoto—made by the assistant director of 'Princess Mononoke'!

Japan's 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Every traveler to Japan should be sure to visit at least a few of the nation's stellar World Heritage Sites, ranging from 1,000-year-old temples and shrines to breathtaking natural biospheres.

8 Amazing Days on a JR Kyushu Rail Pass

Discover the beauty of four Kyushu prefectures by rail! Wander castle towns, stroll through samurai residences and visit historic shrines tied to the founding of Japan, all surrounded by delicious local cuisine!

Japan's Top 11 Reconstructed Castles

Like a phoenix rising from the flames, so too have these restored beauties come back to life to prosper again on our list of the best reconstructed castles across Japan.

9 Gorgeous Out-of-the-Way Spots in Kyushu

Kyushu is home to beautiful beaches, smoking volcanoes, bubbling hot springs—and a whole lot more!

8 Hot Spots to Book in Kyushu—If You Can!

We'd love to stay in any of these eight amazing Kyushu locales—but they're so popular it can be really hard to get a space!

3 Earthy Things to Do in Kumamoto

Here are three great options in the Kumamoto area if you're looking to reconnect with creatures past and present, as well as the earth below!

Top 20 Most Popular Castles of 2016

TripAdvisor has revealed its Top 20 best Japanese castles for 2016 based on commentary from domestic travelers—can you guess which castle is number one?

Spend a Star-Studded Evening at Kurokawa Onsen

Awarded two stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan in 2009, Kurokawa Onsen Town is an amazing place to unwind with 24 hot spring baths you can enjoy even as a day visitor, some with very surprising features.

Industrial World Heritage in Kyushu

Of the 23 sites in Japan recognized by UNESCO for contributing to the nation's Meiji Era industrial revolution, 16 are located in Kyushu.

Japan’s Three Famous Castles

Called 'sanmeijo' in Japanese, the three castles on this list have been chosen based on their significance to history and culture, as well as their scale and grandeur.

8 Real 'Laputa'-Like Locations in Japan

Immerse yourself in sites that look like they could be straight out of Ghibli's classic film 'Castle in the Sky.'

15 Unique Festivals Only Found in Japan

There are a variety of interesting festivals in each prefecture of Japan throughout the year.

The Kumamoto Castle Reconstruction Efforts

Take a look at some photos from the reconstruction efforts for one of the most time-sensitive projects: restoring the Iidamaru Gokai Yagura, a five-story guard tower that was at risk of imminent collapse.

12 Historic Churches in Kumamoto & Nagasaki

The northwest coast of Kyushu is dotted with unique and beautiful churches dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

4 Incredible Summer Fire Festivals

These incredible events are sure to get you fired up about summertime in Japan!

16 Superb Views Found in Kyushu

Introducing the natural landscapes and gorgeous harmony you'll find only in Kyushu!

A Kyushu Trip the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Saga, Kumamoto and Nagasaki offer shopping, theme parks, hot springs, brewery tours and many more unique experiences. There's something for everyone!

Delivering Warm Wishes One Beef Bowl at a Time

Two of Japan's biggest beef bowl chain restaurants provide free comfort food in the wake of the Kumamoto earthquakes.

Manga Messages of Hope & Strength

In the wake of the earthquakes in Kumamoto, manga artists took up their pens to sketch heartwarming messages to the people of the prefecture.

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