21 Top Spots Outside Japan's 'Golden Route'
Many tourists concentrate on the so-called 'Golden Route' connecting Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka. But what do you do if you want to get off the principal tourist highway and see the best of the rest? Here are Japan's 21 best off-the-Golden-Route spots!
What Exactly Are Japanese Power Spots?
Heard the buzzword 'power spot' but not sure what it means exactly? We'll fill you in!
Long Lost Samurai Sword Returns to Japan
Progressive samurai Yoshida Shoin was denied his dream of crossing the ocean, but his 'tanto' still made it to California.
The 11 Best Things to See in Golden Week
Golden Week is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan, and these 11 spots and events each offer something unique that can only be experienced at this time of year. You don't want to miss them!
The Earliest Blooming Sakura on Mainland Japan
People around the country are sharing stunning photos of the early blossoming sakura in full bloom.
All About Mount Fuji: A Comprehensive Guide
From viewing the mighty mountain in traditional artwork to witnessing an incredible sunset at the mountaintop, there's so much to love about Mount Fuji!
Exposing Playgrounds to Darkness
In just the right light, or lack there of, even the most innocent places can become terrifying at night with a single photograph.
Top 10 Historical Hotels & 'Ryokan' Inns
Stay at an accommodation that once served Japanese feudal lords or one that has been around since the Edo Period!
Top 30 Spots Across Japan Ranked by Tourists
Travel website TripAdvisor has just listed this year's hot spots in Japan as selected by overseas visitors and we can't wait to see what's at number one!
6 Best Buy Natural Products from Japan Towns
If 'au naturel' is what you prefer, this list offers hot tips on cool things to buy from select Japanese towns. Take a break from the 'kawaii' cute goods and go for some of these natural specialties.
Discover Kanzanji Temple in Shizuoka
Head to central Japan to recharge your batteries at this incredible power spot, and have the best freshwater eel you've ever tasted while there!
The Weeping Willow Plum Trees of Mie
The city of Suzuka, in Mie Prefecture, has a garden that opens its gates after nightfall, allowing guests to see the gorgeous blossoms in a whole new light.
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.
The Top 11 Hot Spring Hot Spots in Japan!
Before modern medicine was invented, onsen (hot springs) were revered as sacred places blessed with magical healing properties. During the Edo Period, sick patients would soak in the onsen for weeks to leave the pools feeling healthy and refreshed!
Top 10 LGBT+ Pride Events Outside Tokyo
While Tokyo Rainbow Pride is probably Japan's best-known pride extravaganza, there are plenty of rainbow flags flying across the country. Here are Japan's best-kept-secret prides!
Our 6 Favorite Veltra Discount Packages
Looking to save a few yen on some of Japan's big tourist spots? These packages offer discounts and special deals rolled into the regular price, from Hokkaido to Okinawa—including limited-time discounts to the Robot Restaurant!
Hike From the Sea to the Summit of Mount Fuji
New bilingual Japanese/English maps let you experience all 3,776 meters (12,389 ft) of Japan’s tallest mountain.
Top 20 Power Spots in Japan
Japan seems to be overflowing with so-called 'power spots.' Here are 20 of the best, many of them tied to mountain worship, ancient shrines, and the very origins of Japan.
Mount Fuji: World Heritage Site
Mount Fuji is a pleasure for your eyes and fun to climb! That’s why it’s a perfect attraction, and the inspiration for many painters and poets.
Studio Ghibli Set to Open New Theme Park
While Tokyo is busy hosting the Summer Olympic Games, a new Ghibli Park is slated to open in 2020 in Aichi Prefecture.