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Japan by Rail: An Eye-Opening Experience

Three minutes of stunning high-definition scenery taken around Japan.

The Luxurious Nara Hotel Audrey Hepburn Loved

In Nara you can get away from the turmoil of the big city by visiting the Great Buddha or deer-filled Nara Park, and then spend the night relaxing in the elegant Nara Hotel.

Thank You for the Cracker!

Surprisingly, bowing after receiving a gift—a common Japanese custom—isn't limited to just humans, as this deer proves!

The 11 Spookiest Spots in Japan

Whether they’re haunted, abandoned or just plain old creepy, these spots will definitely show you a chilly side of Japan you may never yet have known.

Take Home Historical Memories from Nara

Win friends and score brownie points with your family by giving them these souvenirs from Nara as gifts!

December in Japan

From Nikko and Tokyo to Kyoto, Miyajima and more, the cold temperatures didn't stop these travelers from checking out the best of Japan.

6 Free Tour Guides in Nara

Looking for a guide around the Great Buddha and the surrounding World Heritage Sites? No need to pay!

300-Year-Old Hemp Makes a Modern Comeback

Founded in Nara in 1716, Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten is finding new ways to bring its traditional textiles to a modern market, both domestically and overseas.

Japan's Top 4 'Best 3' Sightseeing Spots!

Witness the best sightseeing spots Japan has to offer in four official, comprehensive lists.

Witness the Fastest Hands in Japan!

'Mochi-tsuki' extraordinaire Mitsuo Nakatani risks having his hand crushed about four times per second while making this traditional Japanese snack.

Full List: Japan’s UNESCO Shrines & Temples!

Japan is home to thousands of historic shrines and temples, and a good few of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to just one can give insight into Japanese culture.

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!

A Visual Love Letter to Japan

There are Japan videos, and then there are things like this. Set to Yuzo Koshiro's sweeping "Cerulean Woodlands," this 10-minute piece of art is truly a love letter to Japan.

How to Enjoy Studying Abroad in Japan

Follow this dancing girl all through her amazing study abroad experience in Japan, and be sure to watch for some stunning respect from a well-antlered deer!

Five Days in Kansai

Take a graphics-enhanced tour of Nara, Kyoto and Osaka!

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.

Japan's Top 5 'Hanami' Hikes

Japanese culture is deeply tied to nature, and there's no better time to appreciate the Japanese wilderness than cherry blossom season.

An Artist's Perspective on Kyoto & Nara

Designer and illustrator Carolina Puropopo shares her artistic impressions of Kyoto and Nara.

Ofusa Kannon Wind Chime Festival

Feel cool in the summer heat at this unassuming temple in Nara.

47 Souvenirs from All 47 Prefectures!

Traveling around Japan but don't know what souvenir to buy from each region? We've got you covered with this crazy list of our Top 47 'omiyage' from each of the nation's 47 prefectures!

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