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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
This Ramen's on Fire... Literally!
Think you can take on the flaming ramen challenge? Then head over to Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto!
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!
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!
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!
Top 5 Things to Take Home from Hokkaido
Home to well-fed and well-cared-for cattle (for meat and dairy) and abundant seafood, Hokkaido may just well be Japan's 'land of milk and honey!'
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!
5 Unique Hot Springs Around Japan
Beyond enjoying the healing benefits of hot spring water, there are many unique hot springs in Japan offering wacky experiences for extraordinary travel memories!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!'
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.