Japan's 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns
While some ancient castles may be hard to find in Japan today, many of their surrounding villages are still standing strong.
Walk Through Time at the Edo Open Air Museum
At the Edo Open Air Museum, you can walk through time as you explore over 30 restored buildings with over 300 years of Japanese history.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
The immaculately preserved Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is recognized as one of the most charming merchant’s quarters in all Japan. Located in Okayama Prefecture, local museums also feature masterpieces by El Greco, Monet and Picasso.
Kagurazaka: Fusion of Kyoto and Paris in Tokyo
Kagurazaka is an eclectic mix of Edo Japan and French influences. Although originally known for geishas in the Edo era, it is now a hub for fine dining and delicious street food.
Modern Shops with a Traditional Twist
These shops near one of Shinto’s holiest shrines will make you feel as though you have slipped back into the feudal period.
Ameyoko: From Black Market to Bargain Street
After exploring Ueno Park and its various museums, make sure you stop by Ameyoko, an open-air market for cheap cosmetics, bargains for fashion, and street food.
Shop in Yokohama's Historical Warehouse Port
The Yokahama Akarenga (Red Brick Warehouse)'s iconic red bricks have served as Yokohama's representative for over 100 years. Nowadays, the two-part building serves as a shopping complex and event venue where you can leisurely shop to your heart's content.
Tokyo's Hub of Hidden Street Food Gems
Most first-time visitors tend to overlook Ningyocho, but this historical district hides some of the best traditional Japanese street foods in Tokyo.
The Beauty of Bikan
Take a casual stroll around Bikan, the well-preserved historical quarter of Kurashiki.
Kappabashi: the Kitchen Town of Tokyo
Whether you're a chef or just learning how to cook, you don't want to miss out on strolling through Kappabashi's 170 kitchen and restaurant related shops.
Top 6 Places to Visit in Akita
Akita tends to be pretty far off the beaten path, even for those who do make it to Tohoku. However, Akita is rich in both history and natural beauty, well worth a visit.
Explore the Sumo World at Kokugikan Street
The best place to experience authentic sumo wrestler culture is at Kokugikan Street in Ryogoku. You can learn about sumo wrestling, watch a sumo match, and even eat like a sumo wrestler.
Exploring the Culture of Miyagi
Miyagi is a place where traditional Japanese culture is still alive with wooden kokeshi dolls to mountain hot spring towns there is something for everyone.