Hokkaido: The Purest Nature in Japan
Take a journey through Hokkaido's natural environment and enjoy the many splendid sightseeing adventures it has to offer!
Tsukuba: City of Science & Nature
In addition to being a 'science city,' Tsukuba is also home to one of Japan's oldest shrines, located at the foot of a twin-peaked mountain associated with the origins of the Japanese people.
Budgeting for a Weekend Away from Tokyo
Tokyo’s great, but it’s nice to get away from time to time. Fortunately, from the capital, the short-trip traveler has access to some great weekend-away spots. We've selected some of the classics, and assess their travel budgets.
16 Superb Views Found in Kyushu
Introducing the natural landscapes and gorgeous harmony you'll find only in Kyushu!
Japan's 3 Great Mountain Castles
Prior to the Warring States Period (1467-1590), most castles in Japan were 'yamajiro,' or mountain castles, and they were the pinnacle of defense for Japan's clashing warlords. Trek into the countryside to find out more about them!
5 Unbelievable Hiking Spots in the Japan Alps
The Japan Alps in the north-central parts of Honshu offer some of the most exhilarating wilderness outings in the country. You won't believe what you can see.
A Gold Medalist's Running Route
Olympic gold medalist Naoko Takahashi gives us the lowdown on one of her favorite running spots—in the mountains!
The 6 Coolest & Most Unusual Lawson Stores
Ever seen a convenience store with a patio? How about one with a play area for kids? Or why not just go for one where you can get a Dragon Quest slime?
Moss Garden Café Has Us Enchanted
With amazing outdoor eating spaces set on moss-covered grounds in the middle of the woods, this is a secret haven for lovers of nature and Studio Ghibli.
Karuizawa Resort Region Guide
Kariuzawa is a popular mountain resort escape for Tokyoites, and a chic getaway for Naganoites. Its forests, lakes and waterfalls attract many for relaxing in the woods, while others come for the trendy shops and restaurants.
All the Best Fall Color Spots in Tohoku
Check out these famous fall color spots and their nearby hot springs in each of northeastern Japan's six prefectures.
5 Can't-Miss Hikes Around Kansai
The Kansai region is famous for its tasty food, historic sights and fun dialect, but this amazing area also boasts plenty of awe-inspiring hikes.
Luxury Resort or Ghost Town?
Lake Toya is well known as a popular hot spring town in Hokkaido. But one part of the lake is also home to a spooky-looking ghost town!
5 Things to Expect from Japan’s Countryside
Countryside Japan is quite different from cosmopolitan areas like Tokyo or Osaka. We'll help you get out there, get off the Shinkansen and go exploring!
Explore Kyushu on a Sightseeing Train
There are many sightseeing trains in Kyushu, with a wide variety of entertaining events going on in the trains and around the stations. We'll show you how to have much more fun than just looking out the window!
Follow the Footsteps of Poet Matsuo Basho
Pack your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure as we take you to the most fascinating and beautiful spots of Japan's deep north by way of the poet Matsuo Basho.
Guided Mount Fuji Climbing Tour in English
Make your way to the top of Mount Fuji with an English-speaking guide. Catch the beautiful sunrise after a vigorous hike, all without worries about the language barrier!
Gazing Across the Sea into Japan’s Past
Two castles peer out into the sea from Saga Prefecture’s picturesque coastal city of Karatsu.
Mount Fuji Tourist Info
Find out when to climb, where to climb from, and what else you can do in the area! Oh—and don't miss the fireworks!
Pack Your Bags for Yamaguchi
After seeing these pictures it'll be hard not to make a stop in Yamaguchi Prefecture during your visit to Japan!