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Department Stores with a Long History

'Shinise' literally means 'old stores.' And with a strong culture of preserving history, Japan has the largest number of 'shinise,' especially regarding department stores!

Ride the Rails on Kyoto's Ghost Train

Instead of seeing the usual crowd of office workers and students, this train carries commuters from a different world!

Top 10 Japanese Companies Over 800 Years Old

Just how old is the oldest Japanese company? You might be surprised to learn that most of the companies on our list date back centuries before the Black Plague!

The Perfect Rentable Guesthouse in Uji

If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto or Uji, this guesthouse is worth checking out!

Experience the Edo Period at Toei Eigamura

Where can you still see samurai, ninja and geisha roaming the streets of Japan? The answer is this theme park in Kyoto!

Candy So Good It'll Bring Back the Dead

Try a piece of this candy that for 400 years has been tantalizing the tongues and scaring customers with its hair-raising history!

Cheap Kimono Rental & Dressing in Kyoto

Spice up a trip to Kyoto with this special set plan including a kimono, sash, bag and sandals. Choose from a variety of patterns and fabrics to fit your style!

10 of Japan's Oldest Confection Shops

The sweet treats offered by these long-lived establishments have more than withstood the tests of time. Each shop is at least 350 years old!

All-You-Can-Eat Vegetable Bar for Only ¥500!

What better way to start your day than with freshly harvested, local vegetables from Japan’s ancient capital city?

7 Great Train Passes to Save Money on Transit

There are a number of passes you can buy to get unlimited transit in popular tourist areas. Here are seven great picks, with a focus on the Tokyo and Kyoto areas!

Top 4 Aquariums in Kansai

Ever wanted to touch a dolphin? How about pet sharks, rays or other exotic fish? Or maybe you've wanted to see what an ultra-modern aquarium might look like. Here are four major aquariums in the Kansai area, all accessible and offering something unique.

5 Free Guide Services in Kyoto

Kyoto is so full of temples and shrines, it can be hard to know where to start. Why not try a free guide?

Japan's Top 12 Amusement Parks

Looking for a thrill, but don't know where to start? Check out the 12 best amusement parks in Japan!

20 Free Things to Do in Japan This Summer

Japan has a host of things to do for budget tourists, and we've compiled our list of the best free things to do. Enjoy!

Painted Imaginary Camouflaged Leaf Insects

To avoid becoming prey, leaf insects use mimicry to blend into their surroundings. But what happens when the insect's natural environment has been completely destroyed?

Tokyo to Kyoto: A Budget Two-Day Excursion

Spend two days in Kyoto, with a night at a hotel and bullet train tickets included for less than ¥26,000!

Discover the Secrets of the Haunted Restaurant

Step in to this fantasy horror restaurant in Kyoto and enjoy all-you-can-eat and drink, including desserts, for a full two hours—if you dare!

The 8 Best Day Trips from Tokyo

Besides being Japan's capital, Tokyo is actually the world's most populous metropolis. And there are many attractions accessible from the Tokyo metropolitan area too!

10 Totally Instagram-Worthy Spots in Japan

Japan is a wonderfully photogenic country, perfect for photo fans and Instagrammers. Take envy-inducing shots at some of the country's finest spots!

10 of the Best Gift Shops in Kyoto

Kyoto is a great city to look for souvenirs, but personally, we think these 10 shops in Kyoto take the cake when it comes to bringing back a bit of Japan back home with you.

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