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Hanami Starts in Tokyo with Index Tree

How is the official start of hanami season determined in Tokyo? The Japan Meteorological Agency uses a special 'index tree' located at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine.

Chill Out in This Cool Tokyo Neighborhood

If you're sweltering in the summer heat, swing over to Tokyo's Nihonbashi neighborhood to cool down! Dress in yukata, listen to the faint whispers of chimes against the breeze, eat delicious sweets and visit the Art Aquarium.

7 Hidden Temples & Shrines in Tokyo

If you're looking to avoid temples and shrines congested with tourists, you may want to try visiting one of these other traditional places of worship!

Purify Body & Mind with Waterfall Training

A Shinto priest in western Tokyo offers a traditional form of ascetic training for monks and priests to the public. With waterfall training, he hopes to help others relieve the stress of living in modern society.

Visit Japan's First Glass Torii Gate

If you're looking to see a one-of-a-kind shrine gate, head over to Kagoshima to see Japan's first torii made from glass!

6 Shrines for Strange Wishes in Tokyo

In Japan it's common to visit shrines to pray for good luck. But where do you go if you have a more specific wish, like to lower your golf handicap or tame your unruly hair? These 6 shrines can help fulfill your oddly specific hopes & dreams!

Rainy Season: Things to Know When You Go

Sure, rainy season comes with the occasional soaked pair of shoes, and it can feel hard to work up the motivation to leave the house. But here are a few tips to help you make the best of it!

Harajuku: Tokyo's Holy Land of 'Kawaii'

Check out these 10 recommended stores and spots around Tokyo's famous Harajuku neighborhood, courtesy of Trip101.

14 More Places To Visit in Osaka!

Trip101 continues to pile on reasons to visit the incredible city of Osaka!

Discover Your Spiritual Side at Koyasan

Mount Koya is one of Japan’s most sacred spots, and the perfect place to experience an overnight stay in a Buddhist temple.

Tiny Island Proves Japan is Full of Surprises

This small island in Iwate Prefecture is walkable, and it's so much more than just a beautiful landmark. Home to an adorable red lighthouse and a shrine for the Shinto goddess of the sea, it's just one example of why Japan is a great place to explore!

Tour Kyoto & Complete Ninja Missions

Interested in joining the mysterious, shadowy world of the shinobi? The Kyoto Ninja Run tour allows visitors to make their ninja dreams a reality while exploring the city!

10 Great Spots in Shimonoseki

Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is a place saturated with Japanese history, and unique regional cuisine like 'fugu.' Here are the 10 spots you cannot miss when planning your trip there!

Improving Traditional Crafts with Technology

Exchange students from the University of Buffalo learn about 'kumiki,' a traditional carpentry technique, from artisans in Hida, and use technology to bring this time-honored craft to the modern age.

Awesome Ways to Spice up the Night in Kyoto

Kyoto is known for its iconic cultural landmarks and enduring place in Japan's history. But when the sun goes down, there's still plenty of opportunity to explore and have fun!

Instagram-Worthy Rainy Day Spots in Japan

Believe it or not, there are some places in Japan that are even more beautiful when it rains! Once you see these photos, you'll surely want to visit them and see first-hand!

5 Fun Things to Do in Nara

A former capital city just a stone's throw from Kyoto and Osaka, Nara is known for its stunning temples, friendly deer, souvenirs and more. With so much to do, we're here to help you start planning!

Temple Stays Made Simple with Terahaku

Experiencing life in a Buddhist temple in Japan is about to get a whole lot easier! Thanks to the website Terahaku, users can book their very own temple accommodations online.

Top Hydrangea Spots Around Tokyo

Need some colorful flowers in your life? Check out these hand-picked spots to find gorgeous hydrangeas in Shinjuku, Kamakura and other areas in and around Tokyo this rainy season!

Top 10 Hidden Spots in Nara

Get off the beaten path and take a look at the top 10 hidden spots in the beautiful city of Nara in Japan, courtesy of Trip101!

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