All About Japan

Top 20 Power Spots in Japan

Japan seems to be overflowing with so-called 'power spots.' Here are 20 of the best, many of them tied to mountain worship, ancient shrines, and the very origins of Japan.

5 Cosmic Night Views in Japan's National Parks

Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean there's nothing left to enjoy in a national park. Whether on a lonely beach or a mountain plateau, reduced light pollution often offers a brilliant chance to glimpse a once-in-a-lifetime night view!

30 Stunning Flowers in Japan's National Parks

From June hydrangeas to September spider lilies, here are 30 reasons for flower fans to fall in love with Japan's 34 flower-filled national parks!

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.

What Exactly Are Japanese Power Spots?

Heard the buzzword 'power spot' but not sure what it means exactly? We'll fill you in!

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!

8 Hot Spots to Book in Kyushu—If You Can!

We'd love to stay in any of these eight amazing Kyushu locales—but they're so popular it can be really hard to get a space!

22 Animals to See in Japan's National Parks

While Japan may have an image as a land of trains and modern technology, the nation's 34 national parks offer a wealth of wildlife waiting to be discovered.

14 Stunning Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Japan

It's a tradition to watch the sunrise on the first day of the year in Japan. And the nation's national parks offer countless breathtaking options for both sunrise and sunset at any time of year!

16 Superb Views Found in Kyushu

Introducing the natural landscapes and gorgeous harmony you'll find only in Kyushu!

Top 6 'Hanami' Spots in Kyushu

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

5 Most Expensive Fruits That Are Made in Japan

Fruits in Japan can be expensive when compared to other countries—in fact, five out of the six most expensive fruits in the world are from here! Let's took a look the these costly treats!

Aussie Producer Turns Ghibli Music Hip-Hop

Meet Ghosting, an Australian music producer who reworked Studio Ghibli soundtracks into a tidy hip-hop instrumental mixtape.

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!

Touching Last Photos of Grandmother & Grandson

In 2011, Akihito Yoshida discovered a very special relationship between his younger cousin and his grandmother. He photographed the pair, which sadly captures the memories of two people no longer with us in this beautiful but tragic story.

9 Gorgeous Out-of-the-Way Spots in Kyushu

Kyushu is home to beautiful beaches, smoking volcanoes, bubbling hot springs—and a whole lot more!

Japan's Top 5 Roadside Service Stops

If you're planning a road trip in Japan, you may just want to stop by one of these rest areas for a soak in a hot spring, locally sourced fruits and vegetables and scenic views.

Zooming Across Japan to Miyazaki Prefecture

From the most famous spot in Takachiho, the Takachiho Gorge, to the magnificent power spot Amano Yasugawara, Jasmine of Zooming Japan is going on a journey taking you all around the prefecture to experience the marvelous nature, culture and food.

8 Amazing Days on a JR Kyushu Rail Pass

Discover the beauty of four Kyushu prefectures by rail! Wander castle towns, stroll through samurai residences and visit historic shrines tied to the founding of Japan, all surrounded by delicious local cuisine!

5 Ways to Unwind at the Phoenix Seagaia Resort

With so many amazing activities for all ages—from golf and hot springs to zoos a Pokémon hunt—here are our Top 5 reasons to make your way to this one-of-a-kind resort in Miyazaki!

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