Japan's 5 Greatest Castle Ruins
Just because these castles are ruined doesn't mean they aren't spectacular!
Visit One of the 4 Largest Temples in Japan!
Located in Otsu City, Miidera Temple is one huge National Treasure!
6 Beautiful Japanese Glasses
Often utilizing vivid colors, these blown glass glasses are wonderful examples of a traditional Japanese technique.
The Ancient Ninja Strongholds of Iga & Koka
The Sengoku Period was the golden age of ninja in Japan, with Iga in Mie Prefecture and Koka in Shiga Prefecture emerging as the bastions of the shadow warrior.
7 Incredible Events at Japanese Castles
The castles dotting Japan's landscape no longer host battles and political upheavals, but they're not boring relics. Many were the backdrop to some pretty unbelievable stories!
How to Find the Remains of Zeze Castle
Many castles in Japan are easy to find, as they are official landmarks treasured by the country. However, there are also some hidden gems that are less frequently visited, but worth the venture if you know where to find them!
Share a Gorgeous Passion for Otsu
Osamu Hasegwa is one of our favourite filmmakers, and in his latest film, “Passion for Otsu—Youngest Mayor in Japan: Naomi Koshi,” he combines his stylistic technique with a vivid storyline.
Japan's cute mascots, often based on regional animals or foods, are known as 'yurukyara.' You've probably seen these fun and cuddly characters, but where did the idea come from?
Bidding Seniors Farewell with Sand Art
We wish our own high schools had sent us off into the adult world with these spectacular sand creations!
Ninja for a Day: Koka Ninja Village
Is it possible to really become a ninja when traveling around Japan? Go to Shiga to find out—but you might be a little surprised by the reality!
47 Souvenirs from All 47 Prefectures!
Traveling around Japan but don't know what souvenir to buy from each region? We've got you covered with this crazy list of our Top 47 'omiyage' from each of the nation's 47 prefectures!
These Ninja Have Infiltrated a City Office!
Koka City officials are leaving their suits and business attire at home in favor of black and blue robes for Ninja Day.
List: Japan's 12 Original-Construction Castles
While Japan is home to over 300 castles, there are only 12 that still retain their original castle keep. These 12 so-called 'original construction' castles are the cream of the crop.
Fear the Ninjaguar!
Ninjaguar battles evil spirits in the night, defending the Shiga Prefecture town of Shigaraki as its citizens sleep.