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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!

Discovering My Inner Samurai in Aizuwakamatsu

British travel blogger and freelance writer Emily Luxton spent some time in "Samurai City" Aizuwakamatsu, in Fukushima Prefecture. There, she explored the area's rich culture and history, and discovered her inner samurai!

6 Awesome Day Trips from Kyoto

Although Kyoto has tons to explore on its own, it's also a perfect hub for a day trip into another part of the Kansai region. Read on to find out some of the best places to explore around Kyoto!

10 Great Spots in Kyoto for Walkers

If you are planning a trip to Kyoto, here are 10 spots you definitely cannot miss, according to our friends at Trip101!

9 Incredible Historical Spots in Hagi

Located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Hagi's history is readily visible today. Perfect for those who love to explore Japanese history and scenery, here are 9 spots in Hagi you definitely have to visit!

The World's in Love with Zen

Zen concepts and practices have heavily influenced prominent people in the West in all fields, from business to entertainment to the arts. What is it about Zen that attracts them?

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!

The Last Samurai of Aizuwakamatsu

In the Japanese city of Aizuwakamatsu, the last samurai fought to defend their way of life. On a visit to Aizu, you can experience samurai life yourself. Join travel blogger extraordinaire Michael Turtle as he does just that.

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.

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!

Sightseeing & Sports Around Japan

Learn about some of the sights and local charms around Tokyo, and in areas in Kyushu that live and breathe sports!

All About's Guide to Nagoya

While the majority of visitors to Japan elect to spend their time in Tokyo or the Kyoto/Osaka area, if you want to see the heart of the country you should make time to visit Nagoya!

All About's Guide to Yokohama

Tokyo's next door neighbor Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan! We're here to help you discover the sights, sounds and scenery of one of Japan's most vibrant port cities.

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!

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!

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.

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!

A Backpacker's Guide to Kochi

Join Stephen Schreck from A Backpacker's Tale as he visits Kochi Prefecture to do what he does best—learn the ins and outs of the region, and what makes it a fantastic destination for those looking to get off the beaten path!

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.

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