All About Japan

The Next Big Food to Hop onto Japanese Menus?

Is one researcher's search for a sustainable food source for the future the next big food craze in Japan, or is the idea hopping mad?

This Beach Is Like a Scene out of 'Your Name'

Chichibugahama Beach looks like a Makoto Shinkai anime come to life, and is well worth a detour off the beaten travel path.

Incredible Cherry Blossoms in Kagawa

Learn about Shiudeyama, a beautiful cherry blossom spot in Kagawa Prefecture which was featured in the New York Times’ as one of Japan's must-visit destinations!

Flock to Shikoku to See the City of Scarecrows

Tourists are making their way to a dwindling community in Tokushima Prefecture, where the number of residents is greatly outnumbered by scarecrows.

A Country Town Open to Diversity & Possibility

In the town of Kamiyama, tucked away in a valley of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, the population is about a quarter of what it was six decades ago. But Shinya Ominami wants to make the town a place where diverse groups can gather.

Explore Shikoku on a Luxury Sightseeing Train

Japan's new luxury sightseeing train will show visitors a part of the country most never see—Shikoku!

Getting Back to Nature in Kochi

Get away from tourist-filled Tokyo and Kyoto, and explore the nature, food and friendly villages of Kochi. Bring your sense of adventure!

The Prettiest Beach You've Never Heard Of

Hidden away in Kochi Prefecture is a truly unusual museum. The Sunabi Museum is a stretch of beach so beautiful that it is considered a natural art gallery by the locals!

Ikura, the Adorable Eco-Friendly Dog

An environmentally friendly dog has collected more than 3,000 plastic bottles during walks over five years!

Henro: A Mystical Pilgrimage Through Shikoku

Learn more about the Henro, a sacred pilgrimage that takes travelers deep into the heart of Japan's smallest island, Shikoku.

Kagawa's Stunning Slowpoke Manhole Covers

Each species of Pokémon has its own set of stats and parameters, but Slowpoke hasn’t usually scored particularly high in the respect department.

A Backpacker's Guide to Kochi

Join Stephen Schreck from A Backpacker's Tale as he visits Kochi Prefecture to do what he does best—learn the ins and outs of the region, and what makes it a fantastic destination for those looking to get off the beaten path!

Unmanned Stations, Gorgeous Scenery

Unmanned stations on Japan's smaller train lines are becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction, and one glimpse at the views some of them offer is all you'll need to understand why!

Ritsurin: Shikoku's Finest Daimyo Garden

Ritsurin is a 400-year-old daimyo garden in Kagawa Prefecture's capital city, Takamsatsu. It is a stunning landscape of idyllic ponds, wooden bridges and expansive greenery.

Top 20 Recommended Scenic Spots in Japan

We have gathered a few spots and scenes that are worth checking out on your next autumn vacation. Let us introduce you to the top 20 recommendations for autumn scenery in Japan.

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!

Discover Secret Scenic Spots in Japan

Japan’s natural scenery and local cultural experiences are drawing more and more international visitors off the beaten path.

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!

Riding Through the Heart of Shikoku

The charming sightseeing train known as Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari is a three-hour ride through two of Shikoku's beautiful prefectures.

Get Schooled About Fish at New Kochi Aquarium

Upon first glance this building in Kochi Prefecture might seem like your standard aquarium. But this repurposed elementary school is the perfect place to study marine life!

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