The Isolated Attractions of Shikoku's "Tibet"
Some dedicated people are intent on saving the small village of Kito, and the last 20 bears that live in the surrounding mountains.
Pokémon Manhole Covers Adorn Japan's Streets
The roads of cities and towns throughout Japan are now dotted with colorful Pokémon manhole covers, creating a tantalizing treasure hunt for fans!
Japan through the Eyes of the First Tourists
Historical Site Traditional Japan
Enrich your travel experience by adding travelogues from the Meiji and Taisho eras to your reading list.
Snowshoe Adventures in Japan’s Powder Snow
Looking for a way to enjoy Japan’s winter wonderland besides skiing? Snowshoe trekking offers you the freedom to leave the trails and explore Japan’s unspoiled mountain landscapes.
Discovering Fukuoka's Autumn Treasures
Looking for an underrated time of year to explore Kyushu? This autumn, come to the city of Fukuoka for seasonal fun & feasting for the whole family!
Time Travel with Japan's "Warlord" Clocks
Tokyo's Daimyo Clock Museum showcases unique Japanese clocks and the old way of measuring time used in the Edo period.
A Visit to Japan's Keith Haring Collection
The only museum in the world dedicated to the works of Keith Haring, the legendary king of 1980's New York City street art, is is nestled in the forests of Yamanashi Prefecture.
Making Herbal Tea at Oyakuen Medicine Garden
Herbs and other botanicals with healing properties have been used for medicinal purposes in Japan for centuries. I had a chance to learn more about the historical cultivation of such plants, and make my own blend for tea, at Oyaku-en in Aizu Wakamatsu.
New Library Dedicated to Haruki Murakami
Everything you want to know about author Haruki Murakami's new Kengo Kuma-designed, Uniqlo-funded library
Englishwoman, Buddhist Priest, Country Mom
Victoria Yoshimura went from English teacher to Buddhist priest at a rural Kyushu temple, with many adventures on the way
In Samurai Footsteps: The 47 Ronin Tour
One of the most famous stories of historical times is the saga of the 47 ronin, a group of samurai who avenged their deceased lord in a famous vendetta. Tokyo has several spots where fans of the story can visit to pay homage to the dedicated warriors.
Homesick?! Comfort Food Cures, Part 1
The first of a two-part series on where to buy ingredients for those dishes you miss the most. From tiny shops to on-line retailers and supermarket chains, Japan offers a wealth of sources from which to stock your pantry with foods from home.
10 Amazing Things I Can Do at My Local Konbini
Offering everything from underwear to fresh vegetables, Japan's convenience stores are an indispensable part of daily life. Here is why.
Nostalgic Trip to a Beloved Tokyo Neighborhood
The Shibamata neighborhood on the outskirts of Tokyo retains the essence of the city’s “everyman” past. An iconic films series has helped to preserve its charms.
The Vibrant Island Art of Tanaka Isson
The Japanese painter Tanaka Isson fled mainland Japan for one of the country’s most beautiful southern islands—Amami Oshima. There he labored for years in obscurity, creating large, vivid artworks of his subtropical surroundings.
7 Must Visit Winter Illuminations Near Tokyo
Illumination season is here! Heat up the hot chocolate and get your mittens, beanie, and sweater ready. To put you in the holiday spirit, AllAbout Japan has compiled a list of the Kanto region’s top Winter Illumination spots.
“Chibafornia” : Japan’s hottest surfing coast
Chiba’s Pacific coast was chosen as the very first site for Olympic surfing for some perfectly good reasons: its surfing culture, its location not far from Tokyo, and very consistent waves.
The Road Less Traveled in Tohoku
Yet the sheer size of Tohoku means that there are still plenty of discoveries to be made. On this trip, I set out to explore some lesser-known wonders in Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori Prefectures.
5 Japanese Cooking YouTubers You Must Watch
Interested in learning how to cook some simple (and not so simple) Japanese dishes? A few of the best cooking YouTube channels can be a great start.
The Perfect Weekend in the City of Niigata
The first of a series introducing a local insider’s ideal weekend in their home town.