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A Fan's Guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup

The wait is almost over! In less than a year the 2019 Rugby World Cup will kick off, and the Land of the Rising Sun is gearing up in a big way.

Visit Japan's First Glass Torii Gate

If you're looking to see a one-of-a-kind shrine gate, head over to Kagoshima to see Japan's first torii made from glass!

Dine on the Best Udon in Fukuoka

You'd better reserve your seat at this Michelin-recommended udon restaurant, since it only dishes out about 30 set meals per day!

Huis Ten Bosch: A Little Netherlands in Kyushu

Huis Ten Bosch is a lovingly recreated Dutch town in the heart of Nagasaki Prefecture. Its unique design, plethora of attractions and cultural history make it one of Japan's most interesting theme parks.

Sightseeing & Sports Around Japan

Learn about some of the sights and local charms around Tokyo, and in areas in Kyushu that live and breathe sports!

12 Amazing Events in Japanese History

Do you know which Japanese castle was toppled by a party? Or how kabuki was invented? Japan has over 1,500 years of recorded history, and some pretty amazing things have happened in that time!

30 Spectacular Flower Spots in Japan

Seasonality is an important part of life in Japan, especially in spring. Flowers bloom throughout the country and create a colorful, unforgettable landscape for floral fans, nature enthusiasts and anyone in between!

Yakushima: Island of Thousand-Year-Old Cedars

Registered as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1993, Yakushima’s Yakusugi have flourished for over ten centuries, and the islanders have revered these cedar giants as sacred since ancient times.

Beppu: Home of 100 Tattoo-Friendly Hot Springs

Onsen—Japanese hot springs—are an awesome part of any visit to the Land of the Rising Sun! 100 facilities in the city of Beppu are making it easier for international visitors with tattoos to enjoy this quintessential part of Japanese culture!

Tranquil Vacation Spots in Southwest Japan

Besides Kyoto, Osaka & Hiroshima, there are plenty of lovely, less-known vacation spots throughout southwestern Japan.

Get a Glimpse of the Hello Kitty Shinkansen!

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen looks set to be cutest Japanese train ever with special 'kawaii' interiors featuring pink arm rests and a photo spot for you to take pictures of you and Kitty-chan.

How Imari Ware Took Europe By Storm

Imari ware began shipping from Japan to Europe in the late 17th century, and the elegant porcelain thrilled royals and nobles. The mountain village of Okawachiyama and its secret kilns is the best place to explore the history of Imari ware.

Racing to the Future: Accessibility in Japan

As Japan gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games, government agencies look to Kyushu's Oita Prefecture as an innovator and model of accessibility and barrier-free tourism.

How to Travel to Japan by Ship

A fear of flying or an inability to fly doesn't have to keep you from visiting Japan! Check out our list of ferries, cruises and freighters that can all get you there one way or another.

This Idyllic Beach Has a Shiny Secret

Tourists visiting Nagasaki Prefecture will find a gorgeous coastline littered not with sand, but with tiny specks of sanded glass.

Oita International Wheelchair Marathon

Held in the welcoming city of Oita in Kyushu, this thrilling race attracts top-level athletes from across the world.

Take Your Prefectural Pride on the Road

These stylish license plates feature iconic imagery from prefectures throughout Japan, so you can show off your prefectural pride every time you hit the road!

Experience the Beauty of Japan in 8K Video

From the rugged mountains of Hokkaido and verdant forests of Kyushu to spectacular festivals of Aichi and the Tokyo skyline, this video stunningly captures the beauty of Japan in under three minutes.

5 Incredible Japanese Illumination Locations

While illuminations are typically associated with the Christmas holiday season, here are five places in Japan where you can see these dazzling displays throughout the year.

Walk Undersea Between Two Japanese Islands

If you want an unforgettable way to go between Kyushu and Honshu, look no further than the Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel!

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