Full List: Japan’s UNESCO Shrines & Temples!
Japan is home to thousands of historic shrines and temples, and a good few of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to just one can give insight into Japanese culture.
The 3 Great Cherry Trees of Japan
The only thing more jaw-dropping than their beauty is just how long these cherry trees have been around!
How Akita Warms the Winter
See life in Akita through the eyes of elementary school students as this snowbound town prepares for its winter balloon festival. If you've ever lived in small-town Japan, we challenge you not to cry.
The 11 Spookiest Spots in Japan
Whether they’re haunted, abandoned or just plain old creepy, these spots will definitely show you a chilly side of Japan you may never yet have known.
Top 9 Sakura Spots in Tohoku & Hokkaido
Since northern Japan gets its cherry blossoms later than the rest of the country, even if you've missed the first round of 'sakura' to the south, you can often catch late blooms in Tohoku and Hokkaido as late as the end of April or even early May.
Japan's Top 5 'Hanami' Hikes
Japanese culture is deeply tied to nature, and there's no better time to appreciate the Japanese wilderness than cherry blossom season.
Catch a Glimpse of Daily Life in Akita
Family and nature both feature prominently in this stirring glimpse of a day spent far away from the bright lights of Tokyo.
Top 10 Castles in Tohoku
Spared many of the fierce territorial battles of the Warring States Period, the castles of northeastern Japan are a little different from those you'll find to the south and west.
All the Best Fall Color Spots in Tohoku
Check out these famous fall color spots and their nearby hot springs in each of northeastern Japan's six prefectures.
Sakura & Samurai Houses in Kakunodate
Check out one of the Three Famous Cherry Blossom Spots of Michinoku, including the centuries-old weeping cherry blossoms of Kakunodate's samurai district.
Akita Nairiku Line: Winter Wonderland by Rail
Through the heavy Akita snowfall, a train with one or two cars makes its way across bridges that span deep valleys and through tunnels that burrow into the heart of the mountains of the region.
Sakura in Hirosaki City
Hirosaki is a city in western Aomori Prefecture known for its beautiful castle and cherry blossoms. The city holds a Cherry Blossom Festival every year from April 23 to May 5.
Aomori's Stunning 'Tsugaru-nuri' Lacquerware
Looking for a unique souvenir from Japan that isn’t food? Tsugaru-nuri, a type of lacquerware local to Aomori Prefecture, may be the elegant souvenir you’ve been waiting for.
Japan's Top 4 'Best 3' Sightseeing Spots!
Witness the best sightseeing spots Japan has to offer in four official, comprehensive lists.
Ishinomaki Stone Memorial for Victims of 3.11
The Ishinomaki Stone Memorial pays homage to the lives lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.
Residents Return to Fukushima Exclusion Zone
The catastrophic event that took place on March 11, 2011 left a scar in the hearts of many. These haunting photographs of former residents returning to the Fukushima Exclusion Zone remind us all of what was taken and forever lost.
4 Great Reasons to Visit Sendai
The largest city in Tohoku, Sendai is steeped in the history of Date Masamune, known as the 'one-eyed dragon.'
Don't Be Too Proud to Ask
Learning a new language has its own lessons in humility. AAJ writer Nicholas Rich learned the tough way why he shouldn't be too proud to say, "Once more, please."
47 Souvenirs from All 47 Prefectures!
Traveling around Japan but don't know what souvenir to buy from each region? We've got you covered with this crazy list of our Top 47 'omiyage' from each of the nation's 47 prefectures!
10 Amazing Photos of Japanese Trains
Japan has some beautiful trains that pass through some incredible locations. And sometimes the train itself is the marvel!