All About Japan

Tokyo Hanami Hot Spot: Ueno Park

This expansive park in eastern Tokyo is one of the most popular places to enjoy cherry blossoms, and with good reason!

Samurai Clean the Mean Streets of Tokyo

A trio of samurai armed with tongs perform as they fight to keep the streets of the metropolis free from litter.

A Week in Tokyo (+ Day Trips) for Under $500?!

Just how low can you go while still having a great time in Tokyo? A longtime Tokyo resident shows you how to enjoy Japan's capital without making your wallet cry.

Hiking Japan’s Ancient Roads

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, samurai and royalty on these historic Japanese highways.

Incredible Cherry Blossoms in Kagawa

Learn about Shiudeyama, a beautiful cherry blossom spot in Kagawa Prefecture which was featured in the New York Times’ as one of Japan's must-visit destinations!

Driven Aloft: From Surgeon to Astronaut

Learn about Chiaki Mukai, the first Japanese female astronaut to join a space shuttle mission.

All About Investing for Retirement in Japan

In this short introductory guide to investing in Japan, we’ll cover the three main options to invest your hard-earned cash and prepare for retirement... in plain English!

Show Us the Money: Japan's Currency Redesign

The Ministry of Finance has revealed new designs for the Japanese yen banknotes set to debut in 2024, and they look awesome! Check out the new designs, as well as their inspirations.

Top 20 Recommended Scenic Spots in Japan

We have gathered a few spots and scenes that are worth checking out on your next autumn vacation. Let us introduce you to the top 20 recommendations for autumn scenery in Japan.

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.

Snow & Sakura Make for Incredible Hanami

The weather is fickle in Japan as the seasons change, and occasionally this results in the beautiful and unlikely combination of snow and cherry blossoms!

A Look Behind the Yen Makeover

Japan's currency is getting a big makeover for 2024. Learn a little bit more about the reasoning and process behind the change!

The Many Expressions of Nara's Deer

Nara is known for its population of friendly sacred deer, who freely roam between the ancient capital's temples and shrines, always on the lookout for deer crackers. Check out some of our favorite, hilarious photos of these adorable, derpy critters.

How to Apply for a Japanese Spouse Visa

Getting married to a Japanese national? Confused about how to apply for a spouse visa? This easy how-to will show you all the steps you need to take to apply and (hopefully!) make a good impression.

Riding Through the Heart of Shikoku

The charming sightseeing train known as Shikoku Mannaka Sennen Monogatari is a three-hour ride through two of Shikoku's beautiful prefectures.

Tokyo Hanami Hot Spot: Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park is a beloved spot in Tokyo for cherry blossom viewing. With some 200 cherry blossom trees, it's easy to see why!

Hanami Starts in Tokyo with Index Tree

How is the official start of hanami season determined in Tokyo? The Japan Meteorological Agency uses a special 'index tree' located at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine.

The Cherry Blossom Beauty of Shodoshima

Read on to find out more about the splendor of cherry blossoms of Shodoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea.

Flowers & Sakura at Seaside Park in Fukuoka

Compared to some places, Kyushu's Fukuoka Prefecture isn't particularly famous for its cherry blossoms. But these shots—accompanied by gorgeous baby blue flowers—makes us think it should be!

Become a Ninja at Odawara Castle

The castle closest to Tokyo expands its English explanations and adds a Fuma ninja clan infilitration experience!

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