Shoryudo: Knockout Destinations
From ropeways and waterfalls to castles and historic gardens, the 'Rising Dragon Road' through central Japan does everything to catch your eye!
Japanese Inn Gets New Lease on Life
Traditional hospitality mixes with modern otaku culture at this mountainside 'ryokan.'
Geisha & Handicraft Experiences in Hakone
Looking for things to do around Hakone? If you want to get into traditional Japanese culture, two popular activities are geisha performances and traditional local handicrafts.
One-Day Trip to Asamushi Onsen
Asamushi Onsen, right outside Aomori City, is well known by Aomori locals and residents of the Tohoku region for its wide array of bathhouses, all conveniently located in one small town.
Shoryudo — Rising Dragon of Japan
Have you ever made soy sauce by hand? Neither had Rachel! Follow her journey through the 'Rising Dragon' of Japan, a route that travels through Shizuoka, Aichi, Ishikawa, Gifu and Nagano Prefectures.
Aizuwakamatsu: Modern City, Samurai Spirit
Join our writer Nick as he travels to Aizuwakamatsu, in Fukushima Prefecture, to get a deeper look at the rich history and culture the city has to offer.
Shop with the Touch of a Finger!
A brand-new payment system lets you make purchases with the touch of a finger. Great for tourists too!
When Do You Wear a Yukata at a Japanese Inn?
Before bathing? After bathing? As soon as you arrive? Or not at all? Find out when most people usually change into 'yukata' when staying at a ryokan.
Savor a Vegetarian Banquet in Hakone
Okudo Saryo Rikyu-an is a Hakone inn offering healthy, vegetarian 'kaiseki' cuisine—along with a classic hot spring bath right in your room!
Escape Reality by Relaxing at Hotel Sakan
If you're looking for a vacation spot that has the convenience of city life and the charm of the countryside, Sendai is the place to go. And while you're there, pamper yourself with a stay at a top-of-the-line hotel that's a cut above the rest!
How to Wear a Yukata at a Ryokan
When staying at a Japanese-style inn, or 'ryokan,' you may wear a kind of light cotton robe called a 'yukata.' While much simpler to wear than a kimono, there are still a few things you should know!
A Relaxing Weekend Retreat in Yugawara
Put your wallet away and pay using only your finger in Yugawara!
Top 8 Exclusive En Suite Onsen in Kyoto
Are you shy about going to a public onsen? Here's one solution: an en suite hot spring experience! We bring to you our Top 8 list of en suite onsen inns near Kyoto!
Top 10 Historical Hotels & 'Ryokan' Inns
Stay at an accommodation that once served Japanese feudal lords or one that has been around since the Edo Period!
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.
Top Luxury En Suite 'Onsen Ryokan' near Tokyo
Enjoy a truly luxurious stay in a traditional Japanese inn with an en suite hot spring. The best part: they're located near Tokyo.
Atami & Shuzenji Hot Spring Resorts
If you're looking for an intimate view of Mount Fuji, Atami and Shuzenji present a compelling alternative to Hakone.
Hands-On Fun Along the Shoryudo Dragon Route
After experiencing the unforgettable Ukiyo-e Route of the Shoryudo (Rising Dragon Road), we made our way up north to learn all about the treasures of Chubu, Japan's central region.
Private Baths in Forest Groves
Wonderful for couples, savor a luxurious experience surrounded by nature at Kinnotake Tonosawa inn.
Top 5 Multiple-Hot-Spring Hotels
Sometimes one 'onsen' just isn't enough—which is why these places have numerous hot spring baths to soak in!