Ridiculously Colorful Retro-Inspired Art
Japanese illustrator Kyoko Nakamura combines digital tools and analog materials to create art that blends old and new.
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.
Can You Survive Aomori's Summer Stove Train?
Looking for a steamy train experience? Head up to Aomori for a stove train that's heated to 50°C in the middle of summer!
Retro Gaming Havens in Tokyo
In an era where gaming is no longer a niche hobby, there are some who still crave the classic, retro games of yesteryear. Thankfully Tokyo contains a plethora of treasure troves when it comes to classic video games, and we're here to help you find them!
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum is less a museum than a Disney-like experience of ramen!
Old Town Nostalgia at Yanaka Ginza Street
Enjoy a stroll down an old town road famous for its cat themed shops and wholesome small town feel.
10 of Japan's Oldest Confection Shops
The sweet treats offered by these long-lived establishments have more than withstood the tests of time. Each shop is at least 350 years old!
The Ever-Evolving World of Fashion in Japan
Fashion, like many other aspects of Japan, is constantly changing and reinventing itself. We'll take a look at the road from kimono to ballgowns as well as what trends are popping up around Tokyo.
Walk Through Time at the Edo Open Air Museum
At the Edo Open Air Museum, you can walk through time as you explore over 30 restored buildings with over 300 years of Japanese history.
Try the Viral 'Raindrop Cake' Shingenmochi
Try Mikan Club's high-quality water shingenmochi made of seaweed, creating a softer, smoother texture and a more luxurious experience of a traditional sweet.
3,000-Year-Old Baths: A Look Inside Dogo Onsen
The rejuvenating waters of Dogo Onsen have been drawing people to this famed location for 3,000 years.
Hakodate: Gateway to the Northern Island
Now connected to Japan's main island by Shinkansen, Hakodate offers a scenic waterfront, historic buildings, a star-shaped fort—and one of the three greatest night views in Japan!
Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology
Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.
Go Back in Time on Historic Streets of Gion
Gion, the traditional entertainment and geisha district of Kyoto, is famous for its streets and picturesque alleys that retain the atmosphere of the past.
Huis Ten Bosch: A Little Netherlands in Kyushu
Huis Ten Bosch is a lovingly recreated Dutch town in the heart of Nagasaki Prefecture. Its unique design, plethora of attractions and cultural history make it one of Japan's most interesting theme parks.
The Coolest Arcade You've Never Heard Of
Just across the river from Tokyo, in the city of Kawasaki, is an arcade with a unique aesthetic and personality that's as big as its selection of games and activities.
Go Retro in Jimbocho
Check out these old-school coffee shops, passed down for generations in Tokyo's Jimbocho.
5 Totally Awesome Tokyo Alleyways
Tokyo's 'yokocho' alleyways offer some of the best nightlife experiences in the city. If you're looking for some down-to-earth drinking dens, we've got five that are ideal for an evening of bar hopping.
5 Retro Hangouts in Greater Tokyo
From old-world market streets to neighborhoods populated by old books, here are some of the city's most unique and fascinating retro hangouts.
4 Relaxing 'Ryokan' in Busy Tokyo
Traditional Japanese inns are usually located in quiet and remote places far away from busy cities. However, did you know there are quite a few 'ryokan' within Tokyo too? Some of them are even hiding in the middle of the city!