All About Japan

Top 3 Things to Experience in Takamatsu

From art islands to ancient gardens and intricate traditional lacquerware, there's plenty to enjoy in and around this Shikoku city.

World's First Snoopy Museum Opens in Tokyo

Get your dancing paws ready for a Snoopy-tastic experience in Tokyo's Roppongi district!

5 Amazing Things to Experience in Ise

Canadian 'rakugo' storyteller Katsura Sunshine tries out some of the amazing things you can do only in the Ise area—including some that happen just once every 20 years! Check the list to make sure you don't miss out!

Get Your Ghibli On!

Couldn't get tickets for the Ghibli Museum? Head over to the Ghibli Exhibition in Roppongi Hills instead—but you'd better hurry since it's only open for a limited time!

3 Earthy Things to Do in Kumamoto

Here are three great options in the Kumamoto area if you're looking to reconnect with creatures past and present, as well as the earth below!

Aomori's Stunning 'Tsugaru-nuri' Lacquerware

Looking for a unique souvenir from Japan that isn’t food? Tsugaru-nuri, a type of lacquerware local to Aomori Prefecture, may be the elegant souvenir you’ve been waiting for.

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.

The Bicycle Culture Center Museum in Tokyo

Calling all bike lovers! Ever been to the Bicycle Culture Center in Tokyo? If not, you'll be surprised to learn it's actually a uniquely designed museum showcasing the history of bicycles in Japan!

Travel Back in Time to the Early 20th Century

Slip back into the Taisho Period when you slip on one of these stunning kimono.

Chow Down on Some Gluten-Free Ramen

An aversion to gluten doesn’t have to interfere with your gluttony for ramen!

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

This museum beside Izumo-taisha Grand Shrine attempts to unravel the mysteries of one of the most important religious sites in all of Japan.

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.

Niigata: The 'Ricebasket' of Japan

Located on the Sea of Japan in northwest Honshu, Niigata City is one of Japan’s most fertile farming areas. But there are plenty of things to see other than rice!

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.

7 Lesser-Known Art Galleries You Should See

In Japan you can find delicate scrolls, exquisite pottery and incredible kimono art along with works by Yoshitomo Nara, Henri Matisse or Pablo Picasso—you just need to know where to look!

Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum in Okinawa

This toy museum on the northern end of Okinawa's main island is basically a big room full of wooden toys!

Japan's Miniature Architecture Model Museum

Miniature models are only occasionally made available to the public, and usually pulled out of storage when an architect is featured in an exhibition. But finally, Japan's getting its first museum dedicated to miniature architecture models.

Tottori's Amazing Sand Sculpture Museum

Picture the Sapporo Snow Festival, just a little sandier.

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Ninja World

Discover the secrets of these shadow warriors and practice your ninja star throwing skills at 'The Ninja' exhibit at Tokyo's Miraikan.

Kyushu National Museum

Visit Japan's first new national museum in more than 100 years, and see through a stunning range of exhibits how Asian cultures influenced the development of Japan.

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