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Tackling Cultural Isolation through Rugby

In the short documentary 'Union,' a young Maori working in Japan tackles his cultural isolation using the universal language of rugby.

Why Would Buddhas Battle for France?

Would you associate Buddha with France? Japanese people would! Cable network WOWOW uses some clever kanji association to drum up publicity for its 2017 French Open coverage.

11 Things to Do in Gunma in Summer

Blessed with numerous mountains, lakes and rivers, Gunma offers a wealth of outdoors activities in the summertime. Try mountain climbing, rafting, canyoning, canoeing and more—then rest your weary bones in one of the region's celebrated hot springs.

Zipline Adventures Accessible from Tokyo

Why not make use of Japan's many mountains for some ziplining? There are even a few zipline options fairly easily accessible from Tokyo!

Go Downhill Mountain Biking in Gunma & Nagano

There are plenty of mountains in Japan, but where can you go downhill mountain biking? If you head to Gunma or Nagano, you don't even need to have your own bike—just rent with one of these tours!

8 National Records in the North Kanto Region

From the world's biggest standing bronze statue to the nation's highest bungee jump, the North Kanto region sets records on both a national and global scale!

13 Places to Go Canyoning in Japan

With so many rivers and mountains, Japan offers plenty of prime canyoning territory. Here are 13 great places to go canyoning in Japan!

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.

Get Active & Get on the (Japanese) Beach!

In addition to Japanese cuisine culture, the nation's active lifestyle is credited with contributing to its famed longevity. So how do Japanese people stay active?

Guide to the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route

Come along for a ride along the Shimanami Kaido cycling route and experience 70 kilometers of incredible views and glorious fresh air.

Ice Skater Becomes Sailor Moon in Routine

Professional skater Evgenia Medvedeva recreates Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence on the ice in Tokyo.

12 Things to Do in Ibaraki in Autumn

Incredible flowers bloom in Ibaraki even as the leaves on the trees begin to turn yellow, orange and red.

Unicycle Trials in Tokyo

Go to any Japanese elementary school and you'll see that unicycling is popular among kids around the country. But Wataru Miyasaka has taken his unicycle game to the next level: unicycle trials, something that looks like parkour on one wheel!

5 Adrenaline-Junkie Adventures in & Near Tokyo

Tokyo has been called a haven for shopping, food tourism, technology and cultural sightseeing. But not many know that within Tokyo and near the perimeter of the prefecture, adrenaline-pumping adventures await.

Tokyo Marathon: From Start to Finish

Runners from all corners of the globe come to participate in the Tokyo Marathon in February each year. In 2016, AAJ contributor Jinichi Segawa set out to run the course with camera in hand.

Soccer vs. Samurai

What happens when you put a freestyle soccer champion in samurai armor and send him around the streets of Brazil? This—this is what happens.

13 Places to Paraglide in Japan

There are over a dozen places where you can paraglide across Japan. Most are located in the central regions, but there are also paragliding options in Hokkaido and the southern islands if you know where to look!

7 Ways to Go a Little Extreme in Okinawa

If you don't just want to lie about on the beach in Japan's premier resort region, why not try kiteboarding, parasailing, jet skiing, flyboarding or a water jet pack?

Hang Glide with a View of Fuji

What could be more exciting than hang gliding? How about hang gliding with a view of Mount Fuji! The village of Oshino in Yamanashi Prefecture offers some incredible aerial views of Japan's favorite mountain. Why not try a beginners' course!

Save up to 86% with Advance Airfare!

Want to travel Japan, but worried about the cost? JAL’s ‘Sakitoku’ advance fares lets you save up to 86 percent on airfare if you book at least 28 days in advance on domestic flights! Here are 12 ideas for places you can go!

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