All About Japan

Navigating Japan's Regional Ramen

Though most diners categorize ramen into shoyu, miso, shio and tonkotsu types, here we examine the basic characteristics of a number of established regional styles—and just barely scratch the surface!

4 Premium Packaged Plants

This great selection highlights the Japanese art of packaged food, where almost anything can find itself inside a plastic wrapper!

Ekiben: Symbols of Colorful Local Culture

There was a time in Japanese history when each domain acted practically as its own country. So it's hardly surprising that each area developed its own culture and customs, giving a distinctive flavor and flair to each region.

Japan's 4 Most Notable Volcanoes

Because of its location on the Ring of Fire, Japan has more than 100 volcanoes—making it a top destination for those interested in these powerful symbols of danger and beauty.

5 Great Lesser-known Onsen Towns

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, then give these towns a try!

Top 10 Local Train Rides

Sit back, relax, and let us take you on a journey through the most scenic train rides Japan has to offer.

Japan May Just Have a New Fashion Capital

Tokyo may be Japan's fashion capital, but not for long!

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.

Kumamoto Power Spot Looks Like Ghibli Art

Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine is a mystical destination for those looking to feel the earth’s energy.

4 Signature Snacks from Kumamoto

Sweet treats can be found around the world. In addition to being good gifts and satisfying certain cravings, many Japanese sweets boast long tradition and history as well!

A Preschool Built for Puddles

Dai-ichi Yochien's new courtyard is designed to accumulate rain water to create a gigantic, pool-like puddle for the kids to play in.

Sliding Down to Safety, Castle Style

This is one slide we hope no one has to use!

The 5 Most Beautiful Villages in Kyushu

Explore Southern Japan's rural charm as we take a mini-tour of Kyushu's beautiful villages.

Better Know Your Shochu

Learn more about the history, varieties and drinking customs of one of the most typical Japanese alcoholic beverages.

5 Kyushu Shrines You Can't Miss

Shinto shrines can be found just about everywhere in Japan. But shrines in Kyushu are special, because Kyushu is, according to legend, home to the first places where the Shinto gods descended to Earth.

7 Exquisite Bowls from Different Materials

From wood and lacquerware to porcelain and glass, Japanese artisans have used a number of innovative materials to produce some of the most wonderful creations.

Wonders of Japan: Hospitality

Experience the welcoming culture of hospitality that is the pride of Japan.

47 Souvenirs from All 47 Prefectures!

Traveling around Japan but don't know what souvenir to buy from each region? We've got you covered with this crazy list of our Top 47 'omiyage' from each of the nation's 47 prefectures!

Ride 10 Gorgeous Steam Locomotives in Japan

Japan is famous for its modern trains, but it's also a great lover of traditional steam engines.

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