All About Japan

Odawara Castle: Last Stand of the Old Order

Located just south of Tokyo, Odawara Castle was known as an impregnable fortress—until it was taken down by a party!

How to Travel to Osaka with a ¥2,500 Ticket

Sure, there are overnight bus, shinkansen or airplane options, but did you know that you can reach Osaka for a little over ¥2,000 with the Seishun 18 ticket? Here's what to expect if you decide to embark upon this adventure.

Video Map of Tokyo's Trains Has Us Hypnotized

There’s definitely a beauty to the controlled chaos of the morning commute in Japan’s capital.

Kaya no Sato: Life in Thatch

This association on the edge of Mount Fuji is working to preserve the thatching techniques needed to preserve many of Japan's historic structures, including the 'praying hands' houses of Shirakawa-go.

Share Your Pics of Japan's National Parks!

Enjoy Japan's national parks? Until December 31, share your photos with the My Favorite National Parks campaign hashtags and help share the nation's beautiful parks with the world!

20 Absolutely Romantic Date Spots in Tokyo

No trip to Tokyo is complete without checking out these Tokyo dating spots.

Finding Fortune on Kinkasan Island

Go off the beaten path and explore a shrine on a small island off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture.

10 Incredible Places to Visit in Hida Takayama

If you want to visit a place in Japan with true traditional and rural elements, then you should go to Takayama. It's one of the rare cities in Japan with a wonderfully preserved old town.

Tohoku in Fall: The Ultimate Koyo Experience

Anyone who has visited the Tohoku region knows about the area’s unique and stunning beauty all year round, but during fall the area truly comes alive.

What's the Average Cost of Living in Japan?

So, how expensive is Japan really? Read on to find out the average cost of living in Japan in comparison to the US dollar and the UK pound sterling to see if a potential move to Japan is within your budget!

Meet Me in Minamisanriku for Fresh Food & Art

The coastal city of Minamisanriku has come a long way since 2011. Join us as we learn about the area, and the road to recovery.

Autumn Journey to Oku-Aizu on the Tadami Line

Operating between Aizu-Wakamatsu Station in Fukushima Prefecture and Koide Station in Niigata Prefecture from 1971, the Tadami Line treats passengers to peerless natural scenery drifting past the window.

Fresh Seafood at the Shiogama Morning Market

Looking for seafood so fresh it might still be moving? Look no further than the Shiogama morning market in Miyagi Prefecture.

Huge Mural & Ancient Ceramics in Hakone

Marked by swanky design in the midst of Hakone's mountains, the Okada Museum of Art features an impressive collection of East Asian ceramics and varied Japanese art.

Finding Bargains in Kanto's Posh Neighborhoods

Japan has 'shotengai,' or shopping streets, where you can find most anything, including food, kimono, gifts, home items, novelty goods, clothes, shoes and what have you. While 'shotengai' abound in Japan, we'll introduce you the best of the best.

Fabulous Fall Foliage in Geibikei Gorge

Geibikei Gorge, located in the city of Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, has two famous valleys: Geibikei and Genbikei. While the names of the valleys are similar, each has its own unique features. In this travel report, we'll explore the grand Geibekei.

10 Best UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Japan

Ranging from historical to natural to cultural, these 10 incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan will make you want to travel there now!

Mars GardenWood: Get a Fuji View in Gotemba

MarsGardenWood Gotemba is a resort hotel located to the southeast of Mount Fuji, with many of the rooms offer direct views of Japan's signature mountain.

Final 3 Mascot Pairs for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

These six mascots take their inspiration from sakura cherry blossoms, shrines, and Japanese fairy tales. But only one pair can represent Tokyo at the 2020 Olympic Games. Which team deserves the gold?

Things to Do Around Hakone-Yumoto Station

Visitors to Hakone have to change trains at Hakone-Yumoto Station, meaning you always have a bit of time to kill. With temples, forest adventures, souvenir shopping and the Eva store, there's plenty to do while you wait!

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