All About Japan

11 Lesser-Known Sporting Competitions in Japan

While the Tokyo Marathon may get a lot of attention, there are a number of other prime sporting events you can watch or take part in throughout the year, from triathlons and trail running to snowboarding and surfing.

The Earliest Blooming Sakura on Mainland Japan

People around the country are sharing stunning photos of the early blossoming sakura in full bloom.

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!

Long Lost Samurai Sword Returns to Japan

Progressive samurai Yoshida Shoin was denied his dream of crossing the ocean, but his 'tanto' still made it to California.

Mount Fuji: World Heritage Site

Mount Fuji is a pleasure for your eyes and fun to climb! That’s why it’s a perfect attraction, and the inspiration for many painters and poets.

UNESCO Sites in the Tokyo Area

Tokyo is great for food, shopping and relaxation. But you should know there are also a handful of stellar World Heritage Sites right in the area!

The Top 11 Hot Spring Hot Spots in Japan!

Before modern medicine was invented, onsen (hot springs) were revered as sacred places blessed with magical healing properties. During the Edo Period, sick patients would soak in the onsen for weeks to leave the pools feeling healthy and refreshed!

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.

Hike From the Sea to the Summit of Mount Fuji

New bilingual Japanese/English maps let you experience all 3,776 meters (12,389 ft) of Japan’s tallest mountain.

Discover Kanzanji Temple in Shizuoka

Head to central Japan to recharge your batteries at this incredible power spot, and have the best freshwater eel you've ever tasted while there!

Top 20 Power Spots in Japan

Japan seems to be overflowing with so-called 'power spots.' Here are 20 of the best, many of them tied to mountain worship, ancient shrines, and the very origins of Japan.

An 8-Day Journey Through the 'Rising Dragon'

Travel through the 'Rising Dragon' region of Japan, where you'll find ancient shrines, exquisite gold leaf, top-ranked gardens, incredible festivals, panoramic mountain views, plus markets, museums, kabuki and more!

All About Manneken Waffles

Love that fresh-baked-bread smell? In the Kansai area, you can savor the scent of freshly fried waffles at 18 train stations thanks to the famous Mannekin chain. Read on to learn all about these amazing waffles!

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.

Top 5 Don'ts for Hiking Mount Fuji

Sure you can find a list of to-dos before hiking your way to the top of Mount Fuji, but here's our list of five don'ts to ensure you have the best and safest hike on the tallest mountain in Japan.

We Eat Mushrooms, But What Do Mushrooms Eat?

While wild mushroom hunting is a well-known hobby in Japan, not many of us know how mushrooms are farmed. Come take a closer look at the cultivation process for one of Japan's most famous mushrooms, the earthy, meaty shiitake.

The 11 Best Things to See in Golden Week

Golden Week is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan, and these 11 spots and events each offer something unique that can only be experienced at this time of year. You don't want to miss them!

All About Mount Fuji: A Comprehensive Guide

From viewing the mighty mountain in traditional artwork to witnessing an incredible sunset at the mountaintop, there's so much to love about Mount Fuji!

Japan's 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Every traveler to Japan should be sure to visit at least a few of the nation's stellar World Heritage Sites, ranging from 1,000-year-old temples and shrines to breathtaking natural biospheres.

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!

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