All About Japan

'Itadakimasu!' Basic Japanese for Dining Out

Japan has an almost overwhelming amount of delicious food to choose from when dining out, but the language barrier can be intimidating. With these helpful phrases for navigating Japanese restaurants deciding what to eat will be the hardest part!

How to Sit on a Japanese Cushion

If you live in Japan, there's a good chance you'll eventually have to sit on a Japanese cushion, or 'zabuton.' So how do you do it? There's more to it than just plopping down your bum!

7 Superb Latte Art Spots

Looking for more latte flair than what Starbucks and Doutor have to offer? These Tokyo coffee shops won't let you down!

Moomin Theme Park Set to Open in Japan

Schedule to open in March 2019, the much-anticipated Moomin Valley Park will allow guests in Japan to dive into the world of these beloved Finnish characters.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Japan Spots for 2018

Debating where to go in Japan? We break down TripAdvisor's Top 10 choices for 2018!

Are You Ready for Pikachu Outbreak 2018?

In previous years, Yokohama's famed Pokémon party ended when the sun went down. This year those 1,500-plus Pikachus are staying out past their bedtime!

Top 10 Things to Do in Fukuoka

Whether it's gorgeous wisteria, mouthwatering noodles, history-steeped sites or anything in between, Fukuoka City has something for everyone! Check out our Top 10 selections for what to do when you visit!

Discover Another Side of Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro is often overlooked by tourists when exploring Tokyo's many neighborhoods. But with tons of shopping, temples and shrines, fun activities for the whole family and more, Ikebukuro is a great add to any Tokyo itinerary.

Enjoy Seaside & Flowers in Ibaraki

Sakura season may be over, but the floral fun is just beginning at Hitachi Seaside Park, where the Nemophila are already in bloom for 2018!

Learn Japanese with These 4 Instagram Accounts

Learning Japanese has never been easier with the help of these four fun Instagram accounts geared toward key aspects of Japanese study!

Tokyo Rainbow Pride Guide 2018

Tokyo Rainbow Pride, an annual event taking place in Tokyo every year since 2011, has become a celebration of diversity and more inclusivity for all colors of the sexuality rainbow.

Kyoto Temple Offers 'Love'-ly View

The romantic shape of a window at Shojuin Temple has an unexpected origin.

How to Text Like a High School Girl

Japanese is a multi-faceted language, with many differences in how the language is written and spoken. The ubiquity of smartphones has created a whole new category of strange slang, which is especially popular among high school girls!

How to Stay at a Capsule Hotel in Japan

A capsule hotel offers a cheap alternative to more typical hotel accommodations. It might be a tight fit, but a capsule can certainly save you money! Here's how you can ensure you have a successful stay in a Japanese capsule hotel.

Top 9 Photogenic Heart-Shaped Spots In Japan

Love is in the air! Whether found in nature or built by design, your heart will be filled to bursting when you catch a glimpse of these heart-shaped spots throughout the country, just begging to be photographed!

12 Key Phrases for Getting By in Japan

Whether you're visiting for the first time or staying for a while, these simple phrases can help you get around in Japan without getting lost—or lost in translation!

Answers to Common Questions for First-Timers

Ever wondered about vending machines or all the cute characters on signage in Japan? What's up with capsule toys? Tokyo Girls' Update has some insight into simple aspects of Japanese life that can surprise first-time visitors.

The 4 Cutest Animal Cafés in Tokyo

Tokyo has a plethora of uniquely-themed cafés from which to choose. But if you want to snuggle up to something soft and cuddly to get a big dose of cuteness, there's no better place to go than an animal café!

10 Best Spots for Onsen Day Trips from Tokyo

There's nothing more luxurious than a nice, long soak in a Japanese hot spring, surrounded by gorgeous views. These 10 spots are easily accessible from Tokyo, making them perfect for a day trip!

10 Onomatopoeia Terms You Need to Know

Whether you're a first-time visitor to Japan, a current resident or simply studying the language, if you want to impress your friends with some Japanese try out these incredibly useful onomatopoeia expressions!

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