All About Japan

Takeda Castle Floating in the Sky

Thanks to a natural phenomenon, the ruins of Takeda Castle (in Hyogo Prefecture) often appear to be floating in the sky!

Mount Unzen Eruption Site to be Preserved

Locals in southwestern Japan begin digging up areas devastated by the 1991 eruption at Mount Unzen as part of efforts to preserve the disaster remains.

The Isolated Attractions of Shikoku's "Tibet"

Some dedicated people are intent on saving the small village of Kito, and the last 20 bears that live in the surrounding mountains.

Top 10 Things to Do in Hiroshima

Check out our list for all the inspiration you need to visit this dynamic, cosmopolitan city!

Monkeying around at Takasakiyama Monkey Park

Get up close and personal with the monkeys of Taksakiyama! Here, you can meet wild monkeys and learn about their lives in the mountains of Oita Prefecture.

Mount Fuji Shining Bright Like a Diamond

Fuji aficionados rushed to get their cameras set up to see the sun rising over Mount Fuji, creating a dazzling diamond-like form that appears around the Winter Solstice. Click through to check out the stellar video.

Bear Attacks in Japan: There Is A Solution

Tried and True Ways to Coexist as told by a bear conservationist

Fall Leaves Redder than Usual in Central Japan

Visitors to Mount Norikura in central Japan can now enjoy fall foliage. And wow are they in for a treat this year!

Four Fantastic Things to Do in Kagoshima

Take a trip to Kyushu’s southernmost big city: a land of sunshine, hot springs and spectacular scenery, all watched over by the mighty volcano, Sakurajima!

Hakkoda's Crystal Clear Foliage Reflection

Autumn colors at Tsutanuma Lake in northern Japan are enchanting visitors from all around.

Brit Amelia Hiorns is Working to Save Japan’s Bear Population

Amelia Hiorns has one of the most unusual jobs in Japan. As a member of the Picchio Wildlife Research Center’s Bear Team, she works with black bears, Karelian bear dogs, and humans, all in an effort to promote wildlife conservation.

Where to Avoid the Crowds Near Tokyo

Tokyo may be one of the busiest cities on the planet, but veer slightly beyond the prefectural borders and you'll find all sorts of less-charted regions, free from the crowds.

The Akiyoshidai Fire Festival

People come to the Akiyoshi Plateau in Yamaguchi Prefecture to watch rolling grasslands burn with strips of open flame, and to explore the famous giant cave and fascinating geology of the Quasi-National Park.

Snowshoe Adventures in Japan’s Powder Snow

Looking for a way to enjoy Japan’s winter wonderland besides skiing? Snowshoe trekking offers you the freedom to leave the trails and explore Japan’s unspoiled mountain landscapes.

Top 5 Sights in Izu

Whether you like surfing, exploring history, petting capybara or just relaxing in a hot spring, the Izu Peninsula has you covered!

Travel to Toyama to Peek the Japanese Alps

Who knew Japan had its very own Alps? And they are right in the heart of the nation.

Mt. Fuji Gets First Snowcap

Mt. Fuji got its first snowcap of the season, two days earlier than usual.

An Ode to Oze National Park

Oze National Park is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, one that offers new highlights every season!

Delivering Holy Stones to a Mountaintop Shrine

Shinto priests are on a mission to deliver holy stones to a shrine on the summit of Mount Tsurugi in central Japan.

Touch of Tradition with Modern 3D Cutter Cabin

This remarkable wooden cabin was constructed locally in the mountains of Japan using a Shopbot 3D wood cutter, with minimal impact on the environment. Click to learn more.

know-before-you-go