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The Northern Experience: Hokkaido

Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, is an unbelievable blend of nature and culture. Join us on a tour of beauty and discovery.

5 Places to Visit Namahage on Oga Peninsula

Believe it or not, some fierce-looking legendary ogres can be found on Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture, an area so far off the beaten path that it doesn't even appear in most English guidebooks!

Travel to Toyama for a 300-Year-Old Festival

The most popular festival in Hokuriku, the beautiful Owara Kaze-no-Bon festival has been held for 300 years to appease the typhoon winds and ask for bountiful crops.

Sake Brewing in Saku

Ever tried sake brewing? Learn how an ancient beverage can give you a glimpse into some of Japan's most enduring cultural traditions in the city of Saku, in Nagano.

Is Japan Boring Outside of Tokyo?

Tokyo certainly has charm and no one could doubt the convenience of living or staying in the major city. However, there’s so much more to see outside of Tokyo and I'm happy to give you a few examples... it’s literally my job to promote the entire country.

10 Anime With Real-life Locations in Japan!

Discover the real-life locations of 10 popular Japanese anime, including 'Your Name,' 'Evangelion,' and more!

Go Downhill Mountain Biking in Gunma & Nagano

There are plenty of mountains in Japan, but where can you go downhill mountain biking? If you head to Gunma or Nagano, you don't even need to have your own bike—just rent with one of these tours!

Starbucks Opts for Tradition in Kyoto

Century-old teahouse starts new life with tatami floors and 'zabuton' cushions for customers at this American café chain.

4 Great Day Trips from Kanazawa

Kanazawa is known for its gold, its historical streets and its top-ranked garden. It can also serve as a brilliant base for a number of incredible sights in the region!

Top 16 Most Unusual Things To Do In Japan

Japan's unique characteristics offer brand new adventures one won't soon forget. Read this article for a list of the most unusual things to do in Japan, courtesy of Trip101.

13 Places to Go Canyoning in Japan

With so many rivers and mountains, Japan offers plenty of prime canyoning territory. Here are 13 great places to go canyoning in Japan!

Bear Attacks in Japan: There Is A Solution

Tried and True Ways to Coexist as told by a bear conservationist

These Towering Statues Take the Cake

This giant Buddhist pagoda and Kannon statue in Fukui Prefecture will make you feel like you've shrunk to the size of an ant!

Get Cheap Food at Kanazawa's Biggest Market

It can cost a pretty penny to get out to beautiful Kanazawa, but Omicho Market lets you save a few yen on your food budget—with a massive selection!

Can Coffee Champion Make Me Like Drip Coffee?

I'm not a big fan of drip coffee. Can the world coffee champion Tetsu Kasuya change my mind?

Hands-On Fun Along the Shoryudo Dragon Route

After experiencing the unforgettable Ukiyo-e Route of the Shoryudo (Rising Dragon Road), we made our way up north to learn all about the treasures of Chubu, Japan's central region.

Hang Glide with a View of Fuji

What could be more exciting than hang gliding? How about hang gliding with a view of Mount Fuji! The village of Oshino in Yamanashi Prefecture offers some incredible aerial views of Japan's favorite mountain. Why not try a beginners' course!

Cycle to the Hidden Beaches of Shimanami Kaido

Get a bicycle and make your way through some of the best beaches on the Shimanami Kaido, a gorgeous island-hopping route connecting Japan's main island to Shikoku.

Visit Beautiful 'Hawaii in Hokuriku'

Think Okinawa is the only place in Japan with beautiful beaches? Head out to the uninhabited island of Mizushima to discover the 'Hawaii of Hokuriku!'

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