All About Japan

The Living Appeal of Bonsai Art

Bonsai, the art of planting and tending to miniature trees in pots, is a noteworthy offshoot of Japan’s vaunted gardening culture. Bonsai gained worldwide notice in the 1970s, and its popularity only continues to grow.

10 Great Sights in Kamakura & Enoshima

Filled with numerous historical sights and beautiful beaches, a trip to Kamakura or Enoshima is perfect for history and culture lovers, as well as beach bums!

Beppu: Home of 100 Tattoo-Friendly Hot Springs

Onsen—Japanese hot springs—are an awesome part of any visit to the Land of the Rising Sun! 100 facilities in the city of Beppu are making it easier for international visitors with tattoos to enjoy this quintessential part of Japanese culture!

Minakami: An Awesome Onsen Getaway in Gunma

Minakami is picturesque onsen town lying on Gunma's northern border to Niigata Prefecture. It's a nature lover's paradise, bursting with natural hot springs and other outlets for an assortment of seasonal outdoor activities!

"Fall" for this Incredible Coloring Technique

Japanese artist and Twitter user Kotetsu combines illustration, photography, and the Japanese art of kirie to create breathtakingly beautiful artwork.

All About Pensions in Japan

We answer important questions about Japanese pensions: who has to contribute, how much you have to pay, when you can receive benefits and how much you can get back?

Talking Trash: How to Toss Your Garbage

Japan is pretty serious when it comes to sorting garbage, and it can be tough to understand if you're new to the country or don't speak Japanese. We're here to help you sort through the rules of sorting and throwing away your trash!

Top 5 Winter Illuminations Outside of Tokyo!

As the year draws to a close, cities across Japan light up with some of the most spectacular winter illuminations. Here are a few of our favorite displays outside of Tokyo.

Oita International Wheelchair Marathon

Held in the welcoming city of Oita in Kyushu, this thrilling race attracts top-level athletes from across the world.

Racing to the Future: Accessibility in Japan

As Japan gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games, government agencies look to Kyushu's Oita Prefecture as an innovator and model of accessibility and barrier-free tourism.

All About’s Guide to Nara

As Japan’s first permanent capital, Nara is home to a wealth of historical and cultural delights—and deer, lots of deer! Check out our guide to find out how to make the most of your time in this ancient area.

Where to Enjoy International Theater in Tokyo

Tokyo is chock-full of places were you can get your theatrical fix, even if you don't speak Japanese. With live performances, broadcasts, translated theater, non-verbal shows and improv groups, the options go on and on! Here's what you need to know...

10 Faux Pas Japanese Train Commuters Hate

Numerous train etiquette guidelines exist in Japan, and though most people follow them religiously even the most polite of passengers can unintentionally make their fellow commuters feel uncomfortable.

An Ode to Oze National Park

Oze National Park is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, one that offers new highlights every season!

Do's & Don'ts: Japanese New Year

Ringing in the New Year in Japan is an awesome experience, but it does come with some unique challenges. If you're going to be here over the winter holiday, find out what to expect!

8 Ways Japanese Christmas is Weird

Christmas is celebrated in different ways all around the world, but even looking beyond KFC and its status as a couples' night, Japan has picked up some traditions that warrant a few extra raised eyebrows.

Tokyo's Top 5 Bizarre Museums!

Tokyo's bizarre museums are an amalgamation of two of our favorite things about Japan—the quirky culture and the awesome organization! Here are five places to check out if you're looking for an offbeat activity around Tokyo!

Huge Hot Spring Theme Park Coming to Osaka

Customers will get to enjoy four floors of steamy hot baths, exquisite restaurants and fun activities right in the heart of Osaka!

Riding the Rails: The Sagano Scenic Railway

The Sagano Scenic Railway runs the popular sightseeing train known as the Sagano Romantic Train, which takes you on a seven-kilometer journey between Kyoto’s Arashiyama district—a tourist spot in the Sagano area famous for fall foliage—and Kameoka.

Discover Your Spiritual Side at Koyasan

Mount Koya is one of Japan’s most sacred spots, and the perfect place to experience an overnight stay in a Buddhist temple.

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