All About Japan

Discover Gems of Japan in the Mount Fuji Area

Mount Fuji peeks between high-rises across the Greater Tokyo Area. Though magnificent even from afar, the sacred mountain begs a closer look! One of the best ways to explore it is by roaming around Shizuoka, Yamanashi, and Kanagawa prefectures.

Tokyo Disney Resort to Shorten Business Hours

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will push back opening times by one hour under the extended coronavirus state of emergency.

Nurse Gearing Up to Fight in Tokyo Olympics

27-year-old Arisa Tsubata is an aspiring Olympian and candidate for the Japanese national team in women’s boxing. When she’s not sparring, she can be found at a medical facility where she works as a nurse at a clinic in Tokyo.

Bullet Train Telework Trial with Rental Wi-Fi

East Japan Railway is using the month of February to test out the use of bullet trains on the Tohoku Shinkansen line as virtual office spaces for passengers to telework.

Osaka Hotel Says 'Thank You' with ¥390 Rooms!

While the ¥390 discount is a bit of a pun, you really can get a room for less than the cost of a bowl of ramen!

Sapporo's Snow Festival Going Online This Year

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off on February 4, but you don't have to leave your warm home to see it this year!

Preparations Underway for Olympic Torch Relay

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have publicized guidelines for the torch relay that will start in Japan on March 25.

Life-Size Dolls Enliven Girls' Festival Event

Life-size “Hina” dolls are on display at a historic inn in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, for the doll festival on March 3.

COVID Vaccines May Be Available in May

Sources say Japan's government plans to deliver COVID vaccinations to the general population in May.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Restoration Update

The press got to see the interior of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial that has been undergoing preservation work since last September. The structure is a symbol of the devastation of the 1945 atomic bombing of the western Japanese city.

Vaccination of 40,000 Medical Workers Underway

Pfizer vaccines arrive in hospitals in Tokyo ahead of inoculation which is set to start on February 17.

Top 12 Accommodation in Hakuba, Nagano

Looking for traditional ryokan, cosy vacation rental or comfy hotel in Hakuba? Check out our list of the top accommodation in Hakuba, in Nagano Prefecture.

These Traditional Dolls Are Earthquake Ready

As one kokeshi doll workshop's owners began cleaning up their shop, a flash of genius stuck them: why not equip their topple-prone traditional dolls with lights that can be used in case of future earthquakes?

Floating Concrete Block Hides Stylish Restroom

This new public restroom in Sendagaya, just steps away from the new Tokyo National Stadium, may look like a floating slab of cold concrete, but the inside is warm and welcoming with rich wood you have to see for yourself.

Japan Extends Coronavirus Emergency to March 7

The Japanese government has decided to extend its second state of emergency over the coronavirus by a month through March 7.

Mori Resigns as Tokyo Games Organizing Chief

Mori Yoshiro resigns as president of the Tokyo Games organizing committee amid growing criticism over his sexist remarks.

Annual Bean-Tossing Events Held Across Japan

In a way to welcome good fortune and drive out the bad, Setsubun festivities were held in various parts of Japan on February 2 with limited participants amid the coronavirus pandemic.

12 Things to Do in Charming Kanazawa

Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by scenic mountain ranges and national parks, has well-preserved art and culture. Read on for a list of 12 things you can do in Kanazawa.

Mount Unzen Eruption Site to be Preserved

Locals in southwestern Japan begin digging up areas devastated by the 1991 eruption at Mount Unzen as part of efforts to preserve the disaster remains.

Commemorating 20th Anniversary of Ehime Maru

Survivors and bereaved families of victims of the fatal collision between high school fishing training ship Ehime Maru and a U.S. submarine commemorate the 20th anniversary of the accident.

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