All About Japan

The Life of Hokusai, As Seen in the Collection of a Remarkable Museum

Master of invention (and reinvention): the great Japanese artist Hokusai changed his style as often as he changed his name. Learn little-known facts about one of Japan's most well-known artists at this Shimane museum.

Japan's Open Air Folk House Museum: Fascinating, Photogenic, Foreigner-Friendly

Historic homes and rural lifestyles are the focus of this sprawling outdoor museum near Tokyo.

Kumamon Invites You to The Perfect Weekend in Kumamoto City

A insider's guide to the perfect weekend in this vibrant and fascinating city, home to Kumamon, the celebrity character.

From Ancient Ruins to 20th Century Homes: Five Historical Parks in Japan

Japan has a number of historical parks that feature buildings and items from prehistorical times to reconstructed Meiji-era neighborhoods. Here are five of the best historical parks!

The Roots of Tottori's History and Culture in Japanese Mythology

Tottori Prefecture is located in the northeastern part of Japan’s Chugoku region, on the western edge of the main island of Honshu. Long and narrow, it runs from east to west along the Sea of Japan.

Jindaiji Temple and Environs: Hidden Historical Gem Not Far From Central Tokyo

A short hop from central Tokyo is the neighborhood of Jindaiji, a pleasant green area with Tokyo's second oldest temple, appealing soba shops, and a shop celebrating the beloved artist Mizuki Shigeru.

Nine Treasures of Japan You NEED to See. Here’s How!

Japan classifies certain precious objects as "National Treasures." Each has so much to teach us about Japanese history and culture. How many do you already know?

A Samurai History Tour: Japan’s Most Famous Battlefield and a Remarkable Castle

The Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 was a decisive clash of warlords that led to the unification of Japan. Today, you can visit significant historical spots, including a state-of-the art museum about the battle, and a castle dating from those dramatic times.

The Old Town of Sawara: The Ideal Day Trip from Narita Airport

From centuries-old buildings to botanical gardens and picturesque canals, the Edo-era town of Sawara is a joy to discover—and a short distance from Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

Tottori Folk Crafts: Traditions Passed Down Over Generations

Tottori Prefecture is located in the northeastern part of Japan’s Chugoku region, on the western edge of the main island of Honshu. Long and narrow, it runs from east to west along the Sea of Japan.

Aizu Wakamatsu Lives by the Code of its Samurai Past

A visit to Aizu Wakamatsu is a chance to study the samurai code that emphasized honor, respect and ethical behavior.

The Road to Koyasan: A One-Day Pilgrimage with Kobo Daishi

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims on this day hike up Japan's Mt. Koya, home to over 100 temples.

Trekking Ancient Trails Along Tokamachi's Amazing Rice Terraces

The terraced rice fields of Tokamachi Tanada have been called one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Japan. Here's a hike that follows ancient trails through the spectacular landscape.

Why I Love Imari Ware (and Want You to Love It Too)

Arts writer Alice Gordenker shares her appreciation for the Japanese porcelain that has captivated the world for more than 400 years.

A Day Trip Exploring Japan's Feudal History in Mito City

The city of Mito is within easy access of Tokyo or Narita Airport, perfect for a day trip.

The Perfect Weekend in Okayama

One of a series of Perfect Weekends in Japanese cities. Lovers of art, food, history, and nature will all find something to help them spend a fantastic weekend in Okayama.

Picturesque Waterfall Country (and Ninja) in Central Japan

Few places offer as many accessible waterfalls in one area as the Akami 48 Waterfalls, in Mie Prefecture.

Running an Innovative Guesthouse in Japan's Mountain Sanctuary

An interview with Ryochi Takai, the owner of a guesthouse in Koya-san, the renowned Buddhist temple sanctuary in the mountains of Wakayama prefecture.

Recent Non-Fiction Books About Japan That You Must Read

Looking for your next great read about Japan? Here's a selection of some of the best non-fiction books—from memoirs to culinary explorations—published in the 2020s.

The Most Important Japanese Shrine You've Never Heard Of

While Usa Jingu Shrine is the most prestigious shine of the Shinto religion after Ise Jingu Shrine, it is little known, even among many Japanese. But it is an important part of Japan's religious history, and gateway to the fascinating Kunisaki peninsula.

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