Fushimi: Come to the Shrine, Stay for the Sake
Most famous for the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto’s Fushimi district is also one of Japan’s top sake-producing regions. Be sure to make the most of your visit by taking a look around its historic brewing district. Kanpai!
From Tokyo to Okayama with Zooming Japan
Join Jasmine from Zooming Japan as she does what she best—travels to locales around the country, getting up close and personal with local sights, food and culture!
Telling the Tales Behind Historical Sites
World Heritage Site listings and the designation of Cultural Properties are primarily intended to protect sites. But Japan Heritage introduces the stories and historical context behind local Tangible and Intangible Cultural Properties.
Social Media Motivates Paper Cutting Artist
Social media is motivating a paper cutting artist to continue creating incredibly intricate works of art out of a single piece of paper.
Add Studio Ghibli Magic to Your Personal Seal
These adorable Studio Ghibli name stamp stands will make you want to stamp your name on everything in sight!
Meet the Second Gen Pokémon Personal Seals
These personal seals can be personalized with names in Japanese or English, and now include 100 characters from the Johto region of Pokémon!
Imari Porcelain Jewelry is a Handmade Dream
Created by Japanese designer Haruka Okabe, HiN combines contemporary design with Saga Prefecture's special Imari porcelain.
A Gourmet Train Journey to Sample Shinshu
Rokumon is a sightseeing train run by the Shinano Railway that puts you in touch with the Shinshu region’s culture and cuisine. Take a ride and spend a leisurely time enjoying stunning scenery and delicious dishes.
Ringing in Reiwa
See how people from across the country rang in the new Reiwa Era.
An Avant Garde Twist on Traditional Culture
Two Japanese artists have been making humorous art that subverts Japanese traditions for an astounding 25 years!
Five Secret Spots in Nara You HAVE to Visit
Escape the crowds at these secluded temples and shrines in Japan's ancient capital, Nara!
Tourists Flock for a Glimpse of Old Japan
Townscapes that preserve the atmosphere of Japan's yesteryear are attracting more international visitors than ever before.
PM Abe Helps Explain the Name of the New Era
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives his take on naming the Imperial era that starts next month, the Reiwa era.
Hiking Japan’s Ancient Roads
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, samurai and royalty on these historic Japanese highways.
Japan's First Foreign Female Shogi Pro
A chat with Karolina Styczynska, Japan's first professional foreign-born female shogi player.
The Intricate Detail of Kirie Paper Cutting
The Japanese artist Masayo Fukuda has practiced 'kirie,' the art of cutting pictures from paper, for over 25 years. Take a look at her self-proclaimed greatest masterpiece from 2018, an incredibly detailed octopus cut from a single piece of paper.
Stay at a Machiya-Style Hostel in Kyoto
Utsuwa is a designer hostel in Kyoto that provides visitors with an affordable way to get an authentic, local experience in Japan's ancient capital!
Calligraphy Artist Speaks with Her Brush
Japanese calligrapher Nobuko Obata has pursued her lifelong passion for calligraphy, despite an accident that left her without hands from a young age.
7 Superb Festivals in Nara
Try and catch one of these fantastic events on your trip to this picturesque and historic city!
The Ephemeral Art of Japanese Bathhouses
The artists who specialize in painting Japanese bathhouses are few in number, but their enduring artistic spirit ensures the profession lives on.