All About Japan

Harajuku Station's Getting Revamped

The old-fashioned facade of Harajuku Station is slated for a modern makeover. So, if you want to see the Tokyo landmark in its current form, you'd better go now.

Top 5 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Hyogo

When viewing the cherry blossoms in the Kansai region, it would be easy to get lost in the beauty of Kyoto and Osaka and forget Hyogo Prefecture. But these sites are well worth traveling to as well. Check out our Top 5 picks!

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!

Explore the Yamanote through Song

Get a feel for the stations of Tokyo's Yamanote Line through these short videos, set to each station's unique and delightful jingle.

Check Out a Tricky New Sign at Haneda Airport

A train operator gets creative using optical illusions in the hopes of enhancing safety of passengers from Haneda Airport.

Top 4 Things to Do around Mikawa-Anjo Station

Yearning to try the Shinkansen, but don't know where to go? One of the cheapest Shinkansen routes takes you to Mikawa-Anjo—but what can you do once you arrive? We've got four great itinerary ideas!

The Best Station Bento Boxed Lunches of 2016

Whether you're in a restaurant or on a train, many people would agree: Japanese food is incredibly delicious! If you’re riding the rails in Japan, here’s how you should be stuffing your face.

The Story of a Sweet Old Dog

Hachi was an Akita dog famous for waiting for his master at Shibuya Station for nearly 10 years after he died. This is his story.

Snow-Capped Landmarks Glisten in White Powder

Sensoji Temple, the Ghibli Museum and Tokyo Disneyland are always worth a visit, but especially on snowy days like this.

Things to Do Around Hakone-Yumoto Station

Visitors to Hakone have to change trains at Hakone-Yumoto Station, meaning you always have a bit of time to kill. With temples, forest adventures, souvenir shopping and the Eva store, there's plenty to do while you wait!

Platform 13½ Set to Open at Ueno Station

Like the Hogwarts Express, a new Japanese train is now getting its very own mysterious in-between platform.

From Kansai to Hokkaido on Public Transport

While it's on the other end of the nation, there are still several easy ways of getting out to Hokkaido this year for those of you residing in the Kansai region.

10 Ways to Get Free Wi-Fi in Japan

While Japan may be behind other developed counties in terms of free Wi-Fi/internet access, things have gotten a lot better over the last few years. Here are some places you can go to get totally free Wi-Fi!

Tokyo Station Guide Robot Both Weird & Helpful

Tokyo Station now has a guidance robot named Semi, who can help guide you to your destination in seven different languages!

How to Get Around (& to) Tohoku

Ready to start your trip to Tohoku? Before grabbing your luggage and putting on your shoes, you'd better plan how to move around once you’re there. We’re here to help!

Yamanote Line Has New Station for Olympics

Tokyo has a new train station as Takanawa Gateway opened on Saturday. People came from all across Japan to be among the first to enter the brand new station and ride the first train.

33 Survival Kanji for Japan First-Timers

Coming to Japan, but don't know any kanji—or what kanji even means? Take a deep breath, relax and we'll get you started along the way!

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!

One of the Quaintest Train Stations in Japan

Stop off here and you'll feel as though you've been thrown into a scene from an anime movie.

Current Harajuku Station to Be Demolished

Back in June 2016, East Japan Railway announced it would be rebuilding Harajuku Station ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and after three years of consultations, the fate of Tokyo’s oldest wooden station building has finally been revealed.

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