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Make Your Very Own Japanese Paper

‘Washi’ (Japanese traditional paper) is made from wood fiber, making it stronger than today’s common paper made of wood pulp. And the Uchiyama style of ‘washi’ made in northern Nagano’s Iiyama City is especially durable!

6 Best Buy Natural Products from Japan Towns

If 'au naturel' is what you prefer, this list offers hot tips on cool things to buy from select Japanese towns. Take a break from the 'kawaii' cute goods and go for some of these natural specialties.

Spend a Star-Studded Evening at Kurokawa Onsen

Awarded two stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan in 2009, Kurokawa Onsen Town is an amazing place to unwind with 24 hot spring baths you can enjoy even as a day visitor, some with very surprising features.

3 Reasons to Visit Kyoto in May

There’s never a bad time to visit Japan’s former capital of Kyoto, but May is an especially good time for these three exceptional reasons!

Traditional Japanese Footwear Reimagined

A modern, stylish twist on a Japanese classic, these shoes have been redesigned as indoor slippers to keep feet comfy and cool.

Four Outstanding Outdoor Onsen Across Japan

Hot springs are enjoyed in Japan year-round, but the chilly winter weather presents the perfect time to take a dip. Get ready to escape the cold at one of these four incredible outdoor onsen.

5 First-Time Family Trips in 5 Prefectures

Tokyo is not the only best thing about Japan. Japan has 47 prefectures, each possessing a unique charm of its own. For families exploring outside of Tokyo for the first time, here are some tips for trips to take in five different prefectures.

Matcha or Sencha? A Green Tea Primer

Explore the different kinds of green tea in Japan. Discover the differences between sencha, matcha, hojicha and more!

Why Water is a Big Deal in Japan

From tap water to hot spring water and water for sake, Japan takes its liquid resources pretty seriously. Find out why!

Get Back to Nature in Your Own Kengo Kuma Home

If you never thought you could afford a home designed by architect Kengo Kuma, think again! Now you can get your very own Kuma-designed, nature-inspired trailer home!

Go Natural at 4 Amazing UNESCO Sites in Japan

All across Japan, you can easily find an incredible mix of technology and greenery. And among all of its protected natural sites, four of them are UNESCO natural sites! Let's explore these verdant green wonderlands!

Tohoku's Late-Blooming Sakura Wonderland

Join our writer Nick as he travels with the JNTO to capture a glimpse of some of northern Japan's beautiful cherry blossom scenery.

4 Natural Nirvana Finds Just Outside Tokyo

Find your inner peace and a bit of fresh air at one of these four areas of natural wonder, each only an hour or two away from the city center of Tokyo.

Top 5 Onsen in Gifu

With its stunning mountain ranges and natural spring water, Gifu Prefecture is one of the best places in all of Japan to experience hot spring baths. Check out our favorite picks!

Niseko's Goshiki Onsen

Hokkaido's Niseko area is mostly famous for its great skiing, but it's a hot spring paradise as well!

Supplements from Japan to Support Healthy Life

These eight supplements from Japan aim to help maintain health and nutritional balance. Find the one that's right for you!

Secret Hokkaido Spots You Need to See!

Hokkaido is a vast island that hides incredible secrets for those willing to look a little deeper. Here's our list of locations overseas travelers often miss, but would be amazing additions to your next Hokkaido itinerary!

Get Pottery 1,300 Years in the Making

Mino ware, or Mino 'yaki,' flourished in central Japan hand-in-hand with the rise of ikebana and tea ceremony. You can still get it today—and in fact, it now makes up half of all the pottery made in Japan!

4 Stylish, Eco-Friendly Accessories from Japan

Recycled jewelry might not sound luxurious, but you can dress up your wardrobe and do your part to conserve valuable natural resources with these fabulous accessories from Japan!

Japanese Pedal... er, Petal Power in São Paulo

30 bicycles, covered in colorful flowers, hit the streets of Brazil's São Paulo to celebrate both nature and the Japanese people who settled there a century ago.

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