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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.

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!

Tokiwa Hotel: Top-Tier Garden in Yamanashi

The garden at the Tokiwa Hotel in Kofu City, Yamanashi was ranked the third-best traditional garden in Japan in 2012 and 2013. And even if you can't afford a stay in this top-class hotel, you can still visit the garden for free!

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!

A Bathing Experience Unlike Any Other

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

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 5 Luxurious KAI Ryokan Inns Across Japan

Explore the natural beauty of Japan’s hidden luxuries at one of these splendid traditional Japanese inns.

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.

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.

Get Your Face Wrapped in Gold

One Japanese hot spring will wrap your face in gold leaf at a price that's more affordable than you might think.

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.

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!

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.

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!

Top 7 Reasons to Visit Aomori Prefecture

There’s much more to the main island’s northernmost prefecture than just delicious apples.

Starbucks Opening at Two Surprising Locations

The global coffeehouse chain has two stunning stores planned close to these world-famous tourist spots.

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.

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!

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.

Untraveled Japan: Tokyo Day Trips & More

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

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