All About JapanAll About Japan

Fresh start every Monday!

Top 5 Green Tea Parfaits in Kyoto

While the Kyoto area is known for its green tea, why not take it to the next level with a green tea parfait?

Flavors of Japan: 10 Unique Cafés in Kyoto!

Explore the culinary gems hidden away in Japan's former capital and try the unique cafés to experience a combination of traditional and modern flavors.

Fall in Love with Kyoto's Unique Flavors

Make yourself fall in love with Kyoto not only by exploring the city, but by treating yourself in these stores full of Kyoto's unique flavors!

Transform Tableware into a 5-Story Pagoda

What better way to dish out your homemade Japanese food than to serve it on dishes designed to look like Japanese-style architecture?

Gion Matsuri: A Party Worthy of the Gods

Held throughout the entire month of July, Kyoto's Gion Matsuri is the most famous festival in all of Japan.

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!

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!

7 Matcha Sweets to Die for in Kyoto!

Love matcha? Then you have to try these seven unique sweets from seven hot Kyoto shops!

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!

Toro Nagashi: Floating Lanterns for the Dead

'Toro nagashi' is a ceremony in which paper lanterns are released into the water, typically floating down rivers to guide the spirits of the dead back to the other world.

Light Festival in Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine

Enjoy a brilliant light festival in 'Tadasu no Mori' at Shimogamo Shrine!

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?

5 Things You Should Know about Kiyomizu Temple

From Kiyomizu's amazing architectural feats to the meaning behind its name, there are a few interesting facts about this famous Kyoto temple you might want to know before you visit!

4 Incredible Summer Fire Festivals

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

54 Fun Things to Do in Japan!

Japan is filled with quirky and fun bucket-list-worthy things to do, with countless sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums and neighborhoods to explore. Here are the 54 fun things to do in Japan!

Daimon-ji Festival & Floating Lantern Tour

Spend your summer the Kyoto way by participating in two traditional summer events with great cultural significance!

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!

Enjoying Kyoto’s Fantastic Japanese Cuisine

It’s no secret that Kyoto’s food scene is unique and delicious. Indulge yourself and enjoy Kyoto’s fantastic Japanese cuisine!

The Oldest Paper Company in Japan

Founded in 771, Genda Shigyo makes 'mizuhiki,' the multicolored cords used to decorate envelopes for weddings, funerals and other major life events.

12 Best Places for Unique Souvenirs in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the best places in Japan to buy authentic Japanese goods. Here's a handy list of some great Kyoto souvenirs and the best places to buy them!

know-before-you-go