Tsukuba: City of Science & Nature
In addition to being a 'science city,' Tsukuba is also home to one of Japan's oldest shrines, located at the foot of a twin-peaked mountain associated with the origins of the Japanese people.
54 Fun Things to Do in Japan!
Japan is filled with quirky and fun bucket-list-worthy things to do, with countless sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums and neighborhoods to explore. Here are the 54 fun things to do in Japan!
Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival
Located in Aichi, the Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival is one of Japan’s three largest and most famous Tanabata Festivals, celebrating the one day a year when the celestial lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi can meet.
Curious About Buddhist Cuisine?
If you've ever wanted to try 'Shojin Ryori' and experience the way monks eat in Japan, we know just the place!
The 3 Dragon Gates of Tokyo
Who needs Dragon Balls? There are three Dragon Gates in Tokyo said to grant the wish you make while touching them!
10 Can't-Miss Destinations in Nikko
Beyond its famous shrine and stunning waterfalls, you can find historic hotels, cedar-lined walks and period theme parks in this renowned summertime resort region.
Have a Cuppa in Kanazawa’s Old Town
While traveling in Kanazawa, be sure to stop for a nice, fresh cup of tea from a tea shop dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868)!
Hike to these 3 Hidden Temples & Shrines
For the brave pilgrim, here are three awesome temples and shrines that are certainly off the beaten path in Tottori, Shizuoka and Oita.
8 Amazing Days on a JR Kyushu Rail Pass
Discover the beauty of four Kyushu prefectures by rail! Wander castle towns, stroll through samurai residences and visit historic shrines tied to the founding of Japan, all surrounded by delicious local cuisine!
Charms That Will Keep Your Phone Safe!
These phone cases come embroidered with declarations of protection against ignored messages and low batteries.
3 Awesome Ways to Get Good Luck in Tottori
Head to Tottori for bunny-ear 'omamori'—or 'ema' plaques in the shape of spirits from 'GeGeGe no Kitaro'! And if you've got a memory you'd rather put in the past, why not just set it afloat? Find out how!
Transform Tableware into a 5-Story Pagoda
What better way to dish out your homemade Japanese food than to serve it on dishes designed to look like Japanese-style architecture?
Light Festival in Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine
Enjoy a brilliant light festival in 'Tadasu no Mori' at Shimogamo Shrine!
5 Can't-Miss Hikes Around Kansai
The Kansai region is famous for its tasty food, historic sights and fun dialect, but this amazing area also boasts plenty of awe-inspiring hikes.
5 Amazing Things to Experience in Ise
Canadian 'rakugo' storyteller Katsura Sunshine tries out some of the amazing things you can do only in the Ise area—including some that happen just once every 20 years! Check the list to make sure you don't miss out!
Revered Animals at Japan's Temples & Shrines
How can a cow heal your knee? Find out at these Tokyo-area temples and shrines!
Go Away for a Day to Oshima Island
Check out this video highlight of Fukuoka's Oshima Island—and then pack your bags!
A Kyushu Trip the Whole Family Can Enjoy!
Saga, Kumamoto and Nagasaki offer shopping, theme parks, hot springs, brewery tours and many more unique experiences. There's something for everyone!
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
This museum beside Izumo-taisha Grand Shrine attempts to unravel the mysteries of one of the most important religious sites in all of Japan.
6 Geothermal Days in the 'Land of Fire'
Spend a day hugging the edge of one of the world's largest calderas, meander through eight boiling 'hells,' let yourself get buried in steaming hot sand, and even visit Hello Kitty—there's an incredible array of things to be done in Kyushu!