Aomori’s Hirosaki Park Reopens
Aomori’s landmark park famous for cherry blossoms reopens after closing for 38 days to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Akita Confectioneries Celebrate New PM
Confectionery stores in Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's home prefecture have started to sell sweets modeled after him.
Color Your World with Vegetable Crayons
A company in Aomori Prefecture is making sustainable crayons out of vegetable waste.
Retreat to Towada-Hachimantai National Park
Retreat to the deep mountain resort home to meditative lakes, fantastical moors, and healing hot springs!
Travel by Train to Superb Sakura Viewing Spots
Some lesser-known but magnificent hanami spots in Japan’s eastern and northern regions and tips on how to reach them using the excellent railroad passes.
Walk Tohoku's Historic Michinoku Coastal Trail
Michinoku is an old name for the Tohoku region, and means "the end of the road." The Michinoku Coastal Trail in Tohoku is a 1,000+ kilometer walking route along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Japan's rustic north.
Violin Made from Iwate's 'Miracle Pine Tree'
A violin made from the lone pine tree that survived the March 2011 tsunami in Iwate Prefecture is featured at a memorial concert held in Tokyo on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.
Catch These Hunky Fisherman Trading Cards
Aomori Prefecture wanted to boost the value and attractiveness of their fishery industry. And to them, there's apparently no better way than with wet, toned fishermen on trading cards.
Deep Dive Kanto Day Trips
More than just the beloved mega metropolis, Tokyo, the Kanto region is home to many local areas, each with their own unique charms. If you want to explore another side of Japan, these day trip ideas from Tokyo are the perfect way to do it!
Hakkoda's Crystal Clear Foliage Reflection
Autumn colors at Tsutanuma Lake in northern Japan are enchanting visitors from all around.
Diamond Dust Glitters in Fukushima
The shimmering, icy crystals known as "diamond dust" made a village in Fukushima Prefecture look like a fairytale come to life!
Get Hands-on in Rural Japan: Akita Farm Stay
By giving people unique first-hand experiences, green tourism can help revitalize and re-popularize the lifestyles and customs of rural Japan.
An Inside Look at the Next-Gen Bullet Train
The press got to join a test-run of East Japan Railway Company's next-generation bullet train, ALFA-X, on October 27.
The Association of the Most Beautiful Villages
The Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Japan is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the most interesting and beautiful rural towns in Japan. There are truly some hidden gems on this list!
Global Warming Behind Japan’s Extreme Weather
A panel of experts at the Japan Meteorological Agency say global warming is contributing to torrential rain, flooding and heat waves in the country.
4 Days in Tohoku's Treasureland
Japan's northeastern region of Tohoku is full of incredible cultural traditions, breathtaking landscapes, mouth-watering cuisine, and more. Join Noam as he makes his way through this beautiful treasure land.
Record 1,000 New Coronavirus Cases in Japan
Japan sees a record number of new cases of novel coronavirus in one day, hitting over 1,000 for the very first time.
Patients With COVID-19 Antibodies Found Immune
The results of Japan’s large-scale antibody test show all eight patients who had antibodies against the novel coronavirus were immune to COVID-19.
The Road Less Traveled in Tohoku
Yet the sheer size of Tohoku means that there are still plenty of discoveries to be made. On this trip, I set out to explore some lesser-known wonders in Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori Prefectures.
A Reunion 9 Years After Tohoku Earthquake
Nine years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, and Japan is still on the road to recovery. But one grieving couple found some comfort in the rubble.