All About Japan

Savor Traditional Culture & Sweets at Matoi

Take your senses on a journey at Matoi, a traditional Japanese dessert café in Asakusa. With over a century perfecting timeless Japanese classics like matcha, mochi and red beans, you know it'll be good.

Waste Oil Helps Illuminate Tokyo in Winter

Vibrant lights are illuminating Tokyo this winter, and some of them are actually powered by oil that would otherwise have been discarded!

Winter Sledding with Santa

In the exciting lead up to Christmas, children in Hakone are enjoying sledding with Santa.

New Low-Cost Carrier Unveils Cabin Interior

Zipair, a new low-cost carrier, is coming to Tokyo, and the company just released footage of its snazzy new airplane cabin.

Kappabashi: the Kitchen Town of Tokyo

Whether you're a chef or just learning how to cook, you don't want to miss out on strolling through Kappabashi's 170 kitchen and restaurant related shops.

Former Emperor Akihito Turns 86

Japan's Emperor Emeritus Akhito turns 86 years old.

Get Lucky with Starbucks' New Years Drink

It’s all about fortune and fun for the first New Year of Reiwa!

DESTROY ALL THE THINGS at the Reeast Room

It's stressful being a civilized, polite human being. Sometimes you just want to let yourself go wild. That's why the Reeast Room was created—to release the beast and destroy all the things.

2019 Ranking of Japan's Rudest Train Behaviors

Every year, commuters participate in an annual survey to determine the most aggravating behaviors observed on trains and at stations. Learn what not to do on Japanese transportation with the 2019 poll results.

Ritual for the Regrets of Unused Paid-Time-Off

In Osaka, a Buddhist monk sat at the front of a large room chanting, surrounded by 300 lanterns. The chants, however, were not Buddhist scriptures. They were the regrets and remorse of individuals who had been unable to take their paid-time-off.

Mount Fuji Shining Bright Like a Diamond

Fuji aficionados rushed to get their cameras set up to see the sun rising over Mount Fuji, creating a dazzling diamond-like form that appears around the Winter Solstice. Click through to check out the stellar video.

Tokyo's Hub of Hidden Street Food Gems

Most first-time visitors tend to overlook Ningyocho, but this historical district hides some of the best traditional Japanese street foods in Tokyo.

Walk Through Time at the Edo Open Air Museum

At the Edo Open Air Museum, you can walk through time as you explore over 30 restored buildings with over 300 years of Japanese history.

Learn the Legacy of the Samurai

Experience 700 years of Samurai history at the Shinjuku Samurai Museum. See real swords, armor, helmets, and other tools and weapons.

Cool Kanazawa Hotel Connecting People & Places

Kumu opened during the summer of 2017 in a building renovated by architect Yusuke Seki, who set out to design a space that is both inclusive and engaged with its context. Spoon & Tamago has the full story.

Bask in the Cuteness Overload of @home cafe

You only live once, so you might as well go to a maid cafe at least once too. At @home cafe, surround yourself with cute maids in cute outfits, serving you cute food in a cute manner. Did we mention it's all so very cute!

Tokyo 2020 Venue Unveiled

We've got your sneak peek at the volleyball and wheelchair basketball venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Giant Rice Cake Specially Made for the Gods

Farmers in central Japan were busy pounding giant rice cakes for Atsuta Shrine at the end of the year.

200-Year-Old Soy Sauce Manufacturer Rebuilds

In April of 2016, a powerful earthquake rocked Kumamoto, toppling parts of Kumamoto Castle and damaging many other historical sites. One of those was 200-year-old soy sauce maker Hamada Shoyu. This is the story of their historic redesign by Kengo Kumo.

Tea in a Flower Field at Aoyama Flower Market

Enjoy a relaxing tea time (and amazing Instagram photos) surrounded by beautiful, lush flowers at the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House.

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