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How to Bathe in 'Sento' for Beginners

Have you ever bathed in a public bath in Japan? While it may seem cool for international travelers, some hesitate at the idea of stepping inside because the rules and manners of 'sento' are veiled, creating an air of mystery.

10 Incredible Places to Visit in Hida Takayama

If you want to visit a place in Japan with true traditional and rural elements, then you should go to Takayama. It's one of the rare cities in Japan with a wonderfully preserved old town.

6 Reasons You Have to Visit Ehime in 2018

Filled with history, culture and mikan, Ehime is a must-add to your 2018 Japan itinerary.

Top 10 Accommodations in Kobe's Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen (Arima Hot Springs), located in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, is one of the oldest hot spring areas in Japan. So, naturally, there are some wonderful places to stay while you're there.

Untraveled Japan: Tokyo Day Trips & More

You don’t have to go far from Tokyo to experience Japan like no one has before!

360-Degree Japanese Hot Spring Tour

How often do you get to take a camera into a Japanese hot spring bath? Even if you've never been interested in hot springs, this extended 360-degree tour will make it easy to appreciate the differences between one bath and the next!

16 Authentic 'Japan' Experiences around Tokyo

How do you get an 'authentic Japan' experience in the Tokyo area? It depends on what you mean by 'authentic,' and what you mean by 'Japan!' Here are 16 'real Japan' options around Tokyo, running the gamut from the very old to the very new!

Snow-Clad Onsen Has Us Ready to Pack Our Bags

These ethereally romantic images remind us why a wintertime visit to a snow-covered onsen resort is extra special.

Hakone Luxury: Toki no Yu Setsugetsuka

With two hot spring sources and a vibrant atmosphere, this luxury 'ryokan' in Hakone feels less like a quiet retreat than an exciting 'onsen' resort!

Encounter History & Nature in Magical Miyagi

Follow along with our resident Japanese history buff who spent two 'cool' days exploring Miyagi Prefecture in the northeastern area of Tohoku, checking out the nature, cultural experiences and, of course, the rich history of this gorgeous region of Japan.

A Bathing Experience Unlike Any Other

This kind of bathing system is straight out of 'Spirited Away'!

Top 6 Places to Visit in Akita

Akita tends to be pretty far off the beaten path, even for those who do make it to Tohoku. However, Akita is rich in both history and natural beauty, well worth a visit.

Hot Spring Hopping in Fukushima

'Only in Japan' heads out on an epic Japanese hot spring adventure—exploring 13 hot spring towns around Fukushima Prefecture!

Stamps Capture Japanese Bathhouse Charm

One Japanese artist is putting his stamp on the traditional Japanese bathhouse, or 'sento.'

10 Cool Autumn Spots in Japan's National Parks

When autumn comes to Japan, there's no better place to see it than the nation's national parks. One look at these 10 picturesque spots and we're sure you'll agree!

5 Great Snow Getaways from Nagoya

When there's snow, think of these five places in the Chubu region of Japan. From visiting hot spring villages to seeing bathing monkeys, you'll be enjoying the cold!

5 Unmissable Reasons to Visit Kagoshima

Just a short two-hour flight from Tokyo, Kagoshima will bestow you with rare, incredible experiences that will connect you to Mother Nature in Japan at its most majestic and regal, nothing short of invigorating and inspiring.

Steam Bun-Flavored Kit Kats Are Now Available

The new Kit Kat flavor draws inspiration from a specialty snack traditionally found at Japanese hot springs.

Getting Out & About in Miyagi Prefecture

Located in Japan’s Tohoku Region just a couple hours north of Tokyo by shinkansen bullet train, Miyagi Prefecture is full of delights for travelers eager to venture off the beaten path. We went on a two-day journey to experience Miyagi's inland cities.

Stay at These Inns & Get the Kyoto Experience

Kyoto is one of Japan’s most unique cities, with its thousand-year history as Imperial Japan’s capital. There’s no better way to experience the city’s culture than by staying at these fantastic inns to get the complete Kyoto experience.