All About Japan

Enjoy the Magic of Moomin at Moominvalley Park

Moomin have migrated from Finland to the Land of the Rising with their very own theme park!

12 Female Sake Brewers Concoct a Bold Project

As fewer than 50 sake breweries in Japan are female-owned, one crowdfunding project is offering a chance to sample brews from a dozen of them.

30 Spectacular Flower Spots in Japan

Seasonality is an important part of life in Japan, especially in spring. Flowers bloom throughout the country and create a colorful, unforgettable landscape for floral fans, nature enthusiasts and anyone in between!

Starbucks Blends into Edo Japan

Blending seamlessly into this old castle town just north of Tokyo, Starbucks' new Kawagoe location will let you enjoy your coffee with a side of Edo-style charm.

7 Easy Hikes Near Tokyo

If you're an outdoor enthusiast and have already hiked Mount Takao—or would like a similarly gentle hike with fewer people—these seven spots near Tokyo are perfect!

A Fan's Guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup

The wait is almost over! In less than a year the 2019 Rugby World Cup will kick off, and the Land of the Rising Sun is gearing up in a big way.

Take Your Prefectural Pride on the Road

These stylish license plates feature iconic imagery from prefectures throughout Japan, so you can show off your prefectural pride every time you hit the road!

After a 12-Year Hiatus, Utada Hikaru Is Back!

After 12 years, fans finally have a chance to see 'Kingdom Hearts' and 'Evangelion' singer Utada Hikaru live once more! And a strategic purchase will boost your odds of getting tickets to her upcoming shows!

Train Station Now Playing Music from 'Totoro'

Fans of Studio Ghibli's film “My Neighbor Totoro” will immediately recognize this famous tune now playing at a Saitama train station.

Where to Avoid the Crowds Near Tokyo

Tokyo may be one of the busiest cities on the planet, but veer slightly beyond the prefectural borders and you'll find all sorts of less-charted regions, free from the crowds.

Japan's State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?

If you were thinking of traveling to Japan, there are new restrictions to heed.

Post-Abe PM Contender Suga Masks on the Rise

A Japanese rubber mask manufacturer anticipates greater demand for masks of leading post-Abe PM contender Suga Yoshihide.

Explore an 'Underground Temple' Near Tokyo

Want to see another side of Japan? The world's largest storm drain is underneath the city of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture, just begging to be explored!

A Uniquely Japanese Movie-Going Experience

Feel as though you are snuggled up at home under your very own 'kotatsu' as you catch a flick at this theater in Saitama.

Deep Dive Kanto Day Trips

More than just the beloved mega metropolis, Tokyo, the Kanto region is home to many local areas, each with their own unique charms. If you want to explore another side of Japan, these day trip ideas from Tokyo are the perfect way to do it!

Tourists Flock for a Glimpse of Old Japan

Townscapes that preserve the atmosphere of Japan's yesteryear are attracting more international visitors than ever before.

13 Budget-Friendly Tokyo Day Trips

When we say budget-friendly, we mean it! All of these trips will cost less than ¥5,000 round-trip on Japan's extensive railway network, and will show off another unique aspect of the country.

Moomin Theme Park Set to Open in Japan

Schedule to open in March 2019, the much-anticipated Moomin Valley Park will allow guests in Japan to dive into the world of these beloved Finnish characters.

Omiya's 2,000-Year-Old Hikawa Shrine

Contemplate life's journey as you make your way down the path of gates of this historical shrine.

See 1000-Year-Old Bonsai at Omiya Art Museum

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum features over 70 different exquisitely cultivated bonsai plants on display every season. From forests to dragons, each masterpiece is sculpted to perfection to embody different meanings the same as traditional paintings.

know-before-you-go