All About Japan

15 Beautiful Beaches in Japan's National Parks

Japan offers countless stunning beaches along its nearly 30,000 kilometers of coastline. Some are directly accessible by train from Tokyo, while others are surrounded by 1,000 kilometers of open sea!

10 Excellent Hotels for a Superb Sapporo Stay

Find the best hotels in Sapporo with this helpful guide.

15 Places for Sapporo’s Local Delights

If you are planning to visit Sapporo, a great place where you can enjoy not just the delicious Sapporo ramen and soup curry but other local delicacies as well. Tourists will never get bored of dining out in this delicious city; we'll show you why.

Zooming Across Japan to Miyazaki Prefecture

From the most famous spot in Takachiho, the Takachiho Gorge, to the magnificent power spot Amano Yasugawara, Jasmine of Zooming Japan is going on a journey taking you all around the prefecture to experience the marvelous nature, culture and food.

10 Stunning Places to Visit in Hakata, Fukuoka

Hakata, located in Fukuoka Prefecture, is known for amazing food and beautiful ocean views. The city also has temples, shrines, festivals, castle ruins, beaches, islands, shopping, entertainment and nightlife.

5 Places to Visit Namahage on Oga Peninsula

Believe it or not, some fierce-looking legendary ogres can be found on Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture, an area so far off the beaten path that it doesn't even appear in most English guidebooks!

The Exotic Charm of Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki, located in western Japan, is a city heavily influenced by Western culture. In the 1500s, Portuguese explorers landed in the area, which soon became a trading port. Today, Nagasaki is famous for its European-style cityscape and night views.

A One-of-a-Kind Pottery Adventure in Miyagi

When you're ready to take a break from the sparkling winter snow, why not try making Japanese pottery in Miyagi.

Find the Best Food Around Tsukiji Fish Market

If you're in Tokyo, visiting Tsukiji Fish Market is a must! There's lots of street food to sample, sushi to eat and great restaurants to visit. Want to know what's the best of the best around the area? We'll teach you!

Students Get Choices For Their Uniform

One brand new middle school is letting students of any gender wear whatever uniform components they feel comfortable in out of consideration to LGBT+ youths.

Castles, Temples & Tofu— Oh My, Miyagi!

Come along on a trip to Sendai Castle, Shiroishi Castle and Saiho-ji.

Are Fukushima's Vegetables Safe to Eat?

In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, there are still concerns out there regarding the safety of produce grown in Fukushima Prefecture. We talked with a farmer who hopes to set the record straight.

Traditions in Tokushima

Join our writer Nick down in Shikoku as he takes a deeper look at some of Tokushima Prefecture's most enduring pieces of history.

Top 10 Dating Spots in Kansai

Love exists all over Japan and we're here to help you find it with the 10 best dating spots in Kansai.

Encounter History & Nature in Magical Miyagi

Follow along with our resident Japanese history buff who spent two 'cool' days exploring Miyagi Prefecture in the northeastern area of Tohoku, checking out the nature, cultural experiences and, of course, the rich history of this gorgeous region of Japan.

14 Stunning Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Japan

It's a tradition to watch the sunrise on the first day of the year in Japan. And the nation's national parks offer countless breathtaking options for both sunrise and sunset at any time of year!

The Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2018 Is Here

Presenting the 2018 sakura speculation map and dates for each prefecture in Japan released by Japan Weather Association.

Starbucks Unveils 2018 Sakura Drink Line

With cherry blossom season right around the corner, Starbucks is gearing up to start selling their sakura-infused drink line up, which for the first time ever includes a cherry blossom tea.

12 Great Hikes in Japan's National Parks

You can follow the trails through Japan's national parks to mountain peaks and coastal views—and sometimes both at the same time!

22 Animals to See in Japan's National Parks

While Japan may have an image as a land of trains and modern technology, the nation's 34 national parks offer a wealth of wildlife waiting to be discovered.

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