All About Japan

Tokyo Time Lapse

Award-winning international photographer Matthew Pillsbury takes a long look at Tokyo, offering a contemplation of the profound socio-technological complexity of this massive city.

Small Island Burns for Japan's Early Days

Every year in January, the 800 residents of this small island pray for health and remember the nation's first emperor with a pillar of flame.

Japanese Men + Western Women = Yes? No? Maybe?

While Japanese women hooking up with Western men is relatively common in Japan, the opposite isn't seen so much. Which begs the question: Why?

Kanazawa's Geisha & Samurai Districts

One of Japan’s best-kept secrets, Kanazawa is a beautiful city famous for its rich culture and history, including areas frequented by geisha and samurai.

Get 'Spirited Away' at this Nagasaki Festival

You'll feel as though you've slipped into a Ghibli film as you glide through the streets of Nagasaki in a sea of orange and red lanterns.

All Aboard the 'Your Name' Bus!

If you’re an anime fan planning to make a pilgrimage to the location that inspired the hit anime film 'Your Name,' your bus has arrived!

Top 4 Spots in Tokyo to Woo a Date

Got a big date and need a good recommendation on where to go? We've got you covered with our Top 4 romantic areas around Tokyo.

The Best of Valentine’s Day Shopping in 2017

Valentine's Day is one of the biggest holidays in Japan and it's so important to make sure you get the right gift for your sweetheart. Read on if you need some ideas on the perfect present.

Kanazawa Castle & Kenrokuen Garden

Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden were emblematic of the power of the Maeda Clan, which dominated the Kanazawa region throughout the Edo Period.

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!

Seeing Stars in Kanazawa: Michelin 2-Star Tour

Ever since the Hokuriku Shinkansen started running, Kanazawa has been getting more exposure and attention among travelers local and foreign, including 'Michelin Guide' food inspectors.

The Secrets of 'Gokon'

What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?

Love in Japan: Valentine's Day & White Day

Not content with just one day of affection, Japan follows up Valentine's Day with White Day exactly a month later.

Taking Snow Sculptures to the Next Level

Fans of Star Wars, Final Fantasy and Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen will fall in love with these amazing snow sculptures from the 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival.

5 Outside-the-Box First Date Ideas

There's no better way to get to know your date than to dive into a first-time experience for both of you. Here are five outside-the-box ideas you can try in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas that are sure to give you insight into one another!

Atami & Shuzenji Hot Spring Resorts

If you're looking for an intimate view of Mount Fuji, Atami and Shuzenji present a compelling alternative to Hakone.

5 Top Desserts to End the Date on a Sweet Note

On a date, a good dessert after a meal is as sweet as a memorable goodnight kiss. Hop to a stop on our list before calling it a night, as sweet memories are made of these!

Takachiho: Climb into the Land of the Gods

Take a tour through Takachiho, home to the cave where the sun goddess once hid herself away, and possibly where her grandson descended to Earth to found Japan's imperial line.

Japan's Biggest Morning Market

Chris and Ryotaro from 'Abroad in Japan' head up to Hachinohe to check out the biggest morning market in Japan. Who wants squid mouth? Not Chris.

Bring Home the Gold from Kanazawa

It's a long-standing Japanese social custom to buy souvenirs for friends and colleagues during your travels. And if you're visiting Kanazawa, here are the sweet treats you need to bring back, including gilded cake!

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