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Japan's Culture & Culinary Artisans

Taste the best food cultures that make the most of an abundance of ingredients and preparation methods.

See Kyoto Mapped as it Once Was

So long as you have this map, you can feel as though you've slipped back into the Heian Period of Kyoto.

Take a Tour of Nijo Castle on Minecraft

Want to visit Nijo Castle in Kyoto, but don't have the time or the money? You're in luck, because one Minecraft user is recreating Nijo Castle one cube at a time—but with an unusual twist on the design.

Brother & Sister in Japan

Watch this brother and sister enjoy exploring Japan, from Tokyo to Kansai, and from temples to roller coasters.

The Snowscape of Daigo Temple

The hidden Daigo Temple is one site you won't want to miss—especially in winter when snow blankets the grounds!

Matcha-Covered Strawberries

These matcha (powdered green tea) treats are pushing the envelope of traditional Kyoto confectioneries.

No Trees, No Kiyomizu-dera

What are the three most notable woody materials used in the construction of Kiyomizu-dera?

New Pokémon Center Opens in Kyoto

Not only will the Kyoto location have classic Pikachu and other Pokémon merchandise, but the store will also feature a Kyoto-inspired Pikachu!

Astro Boy Meets the Rinpa School of Painting

The classic anime characters by Osamu Tezuka that gave birth to modern anime come to life in this exhibit thanks to breathtaking backgrounds provided by the traditional Japanese painting school, Rinpa.

Japan's 8 Creepiest Shrines & Temples

Most temples and shrines will bring you a sense of harmony and peace. However, some also come with their share of unnerving events and creepy stories.

8 Incredible Snow Scenes in Japan

Here's a selection of places that are beautiful in the warm weather, but in the winter, that beauty is multiplied!

How to Choose a Geisha Experience in Kyoto

From private dinners with maiko to evening walks to catch a glimpse of the famous entertainers, get the lowdown on the various ways you can meet Kyoto's renowned geisha!

5 Stunning Temple & Shrine Videos

These five videos will instantly transport you to some of the most vivid temples and shrines in Japan!

5 Popular Love Shrines

Check out these endearing shrines if you're looking for a love blessing!

6 Most-Visited New Year's Shrines & Temples

Check out these statistics to find out which temple or shrine has the largest number of attendees during New Year's—and maybe find out the spots to avoid!

Kicking It Old School

If you happen to be in Kyoto around the turn of the New Year, you won't want to miss this spectacle of men and women dressed in Heian-style robes playing their version of soccer.

48 Hours in Kyoto on a Budget

This isn’t Kyoto for the faint-hearted. So lace up your comfy shoes and get ready to hit the pavement!

Follow Me Around Cool Japan

Follow Abi pop during her journey in Tokyo's kawaii spots.

The 3 Most Notable Animals of Shinto Shrines

Visitors at Shinto shrines often see animal statues or motifs near the entrance, inside the shrine or on signs. What do the most notable animals symbolize?

Wonders of Japan: Hospitality

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

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