All About Japan

Get 'Spirited Away' at this Nagasaki Festival

You'll feel as though you've slipped into a Ghibli film as you glide through the streets of Nagasaki in a sea of orange and red lanterns.

A 'Heart to Heart' Primer on Japanese Manners

Manners are a big part Japanese culture and society, but a first-time visitor or new resident will likely be surprised to learn many of these rules are unspoken, but understood. Therefore, we'd like to introduce a few to help you fit in while in Japan.

How to Mind Your Onsen Manners

When in Japan, you'll quickly realize the country is full of rules—some blatantly expressed and some silently understood by locals—and a day at the hot spring is no different. But, we've got you covered on what to do (and not do) at the onsen.

Celebrating a 410-Year-Old Castle in Style

After watching this video, we are ready to pack our bags and head over to Hikone Castle to celebrate 410 years of history!

All Aboard the 'Your Name' Bus!

If you’re an anime fan planning to make a pilgrimage to the location that inspired the hit anime film 'Your Name,' your bus has arrived!

Top 4 Spots in Tokyo to Woo a Date

Got a big date and need a good recommendation on where to go? We've got you covered with our Top 4 romantic areas around Tokyo.

Aizuwakamatsu: Modern City, Samurai Spirit

Join our writer Nick as he travels to Aizuwakamatsu, in Fukushima Prefecture, to get a deeper look at the rich history and culture the city has to offer.

'Jikabuki': Local Kabuki in Gifu Prefecture

At Aioiza, a small museum and playhouse in Gifu, you can get right behind the scenes with 'jikabuki'—and even try on the makeup and costumes for yourself!

Eating My Way Through Sendai

Come on a journey to the northeastern region of Japan's largest island as I enjoy the delicious foods and snacks of Sendai.

Don't Be Surprised by Japan, Be Prepared!

Japan is full of many surprises and challenges that might catch you off guard during your first time here. But, we're here to give you a quick overview of how to prepare for your new life here.

Top 5 Onsen in Gifu

With its stunning mountain ranges and natural spring water, Gifu Prefecture is one of the best places in all of Japan to experience hot spring baths. Check out our favorite picks!

How to Hang Out in a Hangar at Haneda

Located just one stop away from the International Terminal at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, the JAL Sky Museum is a free, comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the entire commercial aviation industry.

5 Top Desserts to End the Date on a Sweet Note

On a date, a good dessert after a meal is as sweet as a memorable goodnight kiss. Hop to a stop on our list before calling it a night, as sweet memories are made of these!

House of Light is an Absolute Delight

With an “outside-in” room and a bath lit by fiber optics, this incredible complex, designed by internationally renowned artist James Turrell, is one of Japan’s most unique places to stay.

Kyoto's Gold Pavillion Glitters in the Snow

Heavy snowfall transforms Kyoto's most popular landmarks, like Kinkakuji and Fushimi Inari-Taisha, into wintry wonderlands!

Slake Your Thirst with Sake from Aizuwakamatsu

Fukushima Prefecture is regarded as one of the finest areas for sake brewing in the country. Join our writer Nick as he visits some of the fantastic breweries in the historic city of Aizuwakamatsu.

Tokyo Marathon: From Start to Finish

Runners from all corners of the globe come to participate in the Tokyo Marathon in February each year. In 2016, AAJ contributor Jinichi Segawa set out to run the course with camera in hand.

Japanese Men + Western Women = Yes? No? Maybe?

While Japanese women hooking up with Western men is relatively common in Japan, the opposite isn't seen so much. Which begs the question: Why?

Sai: Humble Village, Proud Heritage

Join us for a brief introduction of the many wonders of Sai, a charming seaside village in the northernmost part of Aomori Prefecture.

4 Things I Wish I'd Brought to Japan

Don't know what to bring to Japan before you move here? Here's some handy advice from a self-described cheapo on how to make the best of your precious luggage space.

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