Telling the Tales Behind Historical Sites
World Heritage Site listings and the designation of Cultural Properties are primarily intended to protect sites. But Japan Heritage introduces the stories and historical context behind local Tangible and Intangible Cultural Properties.
Seasonal Fire Festival Drives Demons Away
300 people gather in Fukuoka to take part in the 1,000-year-old Onisube ritual to ward away demons like illness and disaster.
Photographs of Snow Covered Tokyo
Japanese photographer Yusuke Komatsu's "Snow in Tokyo" series shows the beauty of Japan's huge metropolis on the rare occasions it receives snowfall.
A Gourmet Train Journey to Sample Shinshu
Rokumon is a sightseeing train run by the Shinano Railway that puts you in touch with the Shinshu region’s culture and cuisine. Take a ride and spend a leisurely time enjoying stunning scenery and delicious dishes.
Trade YouTube Videos for All-You-Can-Eat Sushi
Grab your camera and your chopsticks, because conveyor belt sushi chain Kappa Sushi is making popular YouTubers an offer they won’t want to refuse!
Check Out a Tricky New Sign at Haneda Airport
A train operator gets creative using optical illusions in the hopes of enhancing safety of passengers from Haneda Airport.
Discover Secret Scenic Spots in Japan
Japan’s natural scenery and local cultural experiences are drawing more and more international visitors off the beaten path.
Bread Artists Creations Look Too Good to Eat!
One Japanese artist has been heating up the bread community with her adorable toast art.
Interactive Map of Real Life Ukiyo-e Locations
Ever been curious about where in Japan your favorite iconic ukiyo-e print is actually depicting? Wonder no more!
Updated 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast!
According to the latest forecast by the JMC, the first blooms are only a little over one month away!
The Origins of the Tough G-SHOCK Watch
Over a hundred million G-SHOCK wristwatches have been shipped for sale to customers around the world since the brand debuted in 1983. This shockproof line of timepieces is a prime example of Japan’s high-quality manufacturing.
Lantern Festival Transforms Japanese City
The Nagasaki Lantern Festival gives the city an amazing ethereal atmosphere akin to Studio Ghibli's film "Spirited Away" for just a few nights every February.
The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival Kicks Off
The Sapporo Snow Festival is underway in Hokkaido, with more than 190 snow and ice sculptures on display around the city between February 4 to February 11.
Tokyo Festival to Celebrate Japanese Manholes
This Tokyo extravaganza will include everything from actual beautiful manhole covers to goods like miniatures and doormats, as well as manhole cover snacks and treats!
JR West & Hello Kitty Combine for Max 'Kawaii'
JR West teams up with Hello Kitty to clad its Kansai Special Rapid train in kawaii decals, which means passengers can ride from Kansai Airport to Kyoto in a colorful Kitty train cabin!
Men Bare Souls (& Bodies) for Good Fortune
This winter festival in Aomori sees a few dozen men strip down to pray for good health and a good harvest!
10 Best Pizzerias in Tokyo
Japanese pizza has a somewhat checkered reputation in the rest of the world, but in a mega modern metropolis like Tokyo you can find some seriously good slices, no matter which style of pie you prefer!
Starbucks Japan's First Sakura Drink of 2019
Starbucks Japan is always looking for ways to help people drink in the sakura during hanami season—literally! Here's the first sakura-themed drink of 2019!
Enjoy Flower Fun at the Tanto Tulip Festival
Every April the countryside town of Tanto in Hyogo Prefecture holds the Tanto Tulip Festival, which displays over one MILLION tulips of some 300 varieties.
Robot Housekeepers in the Near Future
This housekeeping robot can keep your home spic and span while you're away!