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Discover Something Unexpected at Expected Inn

Make a journey to Fukuoka, where you can't get closer to Hogwarts than at this inn.

All About Manneken Waffles

Love that fresh-baked-bread smell? In the Kansai area, you can savor the scent of freshly fried waffles at 18 train stations thanks to the famous Mannekin chain. Read on to learn all about these amazing waffles!

Four Outstanding Outdoor Onsen Across Japan

Hot springs are enjoyed in Japan year-round, but the chilly winter weather presents the perfect time to take a dip. Get ready to escape the cold at one of these four incredible outdoor onsen.

Small Island Burns for Japan's Early Days

Every year in January, the 800 residents of this small island pray for health and remember the nation's first emperor with a pillar of flame.

Top 10 LGBT+ Pride Events Outside Tokyo

While Tokyo Rainbow Pride is probably Japan's best-known pride extravaganza, there are plenty of rainbow flags flying across the country. Here are Japan's best-kept-secret prides!

Posh Japan Train Travels to Try Before You Die

If you think cross-country train rides only offer magnificent views, think again. Japan, teeming with glorious natural wonders, has made moving from one prefecture to another a luxurious experience you'll never forget!

Save up to 85% with Advance Airfare!

Want to travel Japan, but worried about the cost? JAL’s ‘Sakitoku’ advance fares lets you save up to 85 percent on airfare if you book at least 28 days in advance on domestic flights! Here are 12 ideas for places you can go!

Saiki Spring Festival Lights up the Night

20,000 bamboo lanterns brighten the night in this sleepy seaside town.

Takachiho: Climb into the Land of the Gods

Take a tour through Takachiho, home to the cave where the sun goddess once hid herself away, and possibly where her grandson descended to Earth to found Japan's imperial line.

JR Explained

When talking about Japanese trains, surely Japan Railways (JR) comes to mind. But did you know that JR isn't one single company, but six?

The Best 'Hanami' Spots in Each Prefecture

Enjoy the best of the cherry blossom viewing season with this list of the top spots to see sakura around the country.

You Only Turn 20 Once, so Spice It Up!

For some young adults in Japan, Coming of Age Day is a somewhat solemn or drab affair. But in Kita-Kyushu, it's anything but! We have the lively pictures to prove it!

Top 6 'Hanami' Spots in Kyushu

Kyushu is where you can see some of the earliest cherry blossoms in full bloom!

Go Natural at 4 Amazing UNESCO Sites in Japan

All across Japan, you can easily find an incredible mix of technology and greenery. And among all of its protected natural sites, four of them are UNESCO natural sites! Let's explore these verdant green wonderlands!

Get 'Spirited Away' at this Nagasaki Festival

You'll feel as though you've slipped into a Ghibli film as you glide through the streets of Nagasaki in a sea of orange and red lanterns.

Top 10 Historical Hotels & 'Ryokan' Inns

Stay at an accommodation that once served Japanese feudal lords or one that has been around since the Edo Period!

5 Unique Hot Springs Around Japan

Beyond enjoying the healing benefits of hot spring water, there are many unique hot springs in Japan offering wacky experiences for extraordinary travel memories!

Amazing Japan in 20 Time-Lapse Videos at Night

Japan always looks gorgeous, day or night, and we present to you 20 incredible videos across the nation that show how it looks when the sun goes down, from the countryside to mountains and even major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

21 Top Spots Outside Japan's 'Golden Route'

Many tourists concentrate on the so-called 'Golden Route' connecting Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka. But what do you do if you want to get off the principal tourist highway and see the best of the rest? Here are Japan's 21 best off-the-Golden-Route spots!

No Need to Lug Around Your Luggage Anymore

Thanks to Ecbo Cloak you can now store your luggage at cafés, bars and restaurants, so you can keep your travel light!

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