All About Japan

150 Years of Lighthouses in Japan

Nippon TV takes a look at lighthouses in Japan 150 years after the first one was lit in 1869.

Become Part of the Past at Edo Wonderland

The Edo Period is still alive in this interactive theme park in Nikko, Tochigi where you can dress up as an Edo resident and relive the history of Japan.

Unveiling Hiroshima Museum's Updated Exhibit

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has a new exhibit, replacing a mannequin exhibit that survivors felt understated the tragedy of the atomic bomb.

Henro: A Mystical Pilgrimage Through Shikoku

Learn more about the Henro, a sacred pilgrimage that takes travelers deep into the heart of Japan's smallest island, Shikoku.

Create Ukiyo-e Art at a Woodblock Party

If you're a fan of traditional Japanese art, you can create your own version of famous ukiyo-e paintings at Mokuhankan's woodblock print party experiences.

Taming the Tiger Temple of Nara

Head to Chogosonshi-ji in Nara for a uniquely feline temple experience!

All-Star Kabuki at Kyoto's Minamiza Theatre

Yearly Kabuki event "Kaomise Kogyo," a series of plays with several famous performers in the cast, has begun at Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto.

200-Year-Old Soy Sauce Manufacturer Rebuilds

In April of 2016, a powerful earthquake rocked Kumamoto, toppling parts of Kumamoto Castle and damaging many other historical sites. One of those was 200-year-old soy sauce maker Hamada Shoyu. This is the story of their historic redesign by Kengo Kumo.

Five Secret Spots in Nara You HAVE to Visit

Escape the crowds at these secluded temples and shrines in Japan's ancient capital, Nara!

Omiya's 2,000-Year-Old Hikawa Shrine

Contemplate life's journey as you make your way down the path of gates of this historical shrine.

Look Down on the Metropolis from Tokyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower Deck Tour brings you 333 meters up the famous red landmark, showing you 360 degree views from the center of Tokyo.

Asakusa's Sanja Matsuri Carrying on Tradition

Join a party of 1.8 million people in this giant festival in the third week of May that parades through the streets of Asakusa.

Hiroshima: 74 Years After the Atomic Bomb

As Hiroshima marks the 74th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing, Mayor Kazumi Matsui urges the Abe Administration to sign a 2017 UN anti-nuclear agreement.

The 1,000-Year-Old History of Hanawa Bayashi

The small town of Kazuno in Akita Prefecture holds the Hanawa Bayashi Festival, designated by UNESCO as part of Japan’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Toshogu Shrine: Lavish Tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu

Nikko's top attraction, UNESCO World Heritage Site Toshogu Shrine, also serves as the extravagantly embellished tomb of historical shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, ruler of Japan for over 250 years.

New Emperor Ascends to Chrysanthemum Throne

Emperor Naruhito proclaims his enthronement to the Japanese people and the world in a ceremony with 400 dignitaries from around the globe in attendance.

Imperial Couple Visits Ise Jingu

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visit Ise Jingu Shinto shrine to mark the completion of enthronement ceremonies including November's Daijosai.

Two Airlines to Carry Olympic Flame to Japan

Two Japanese airlines, JAL and ANA, announced that they will both transport the Olympic Flame from Greece to Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Head to This Hotel if You're Keen on Katana

If you want to see Japanese swords and armor, and you don’t happen to have a time machine, usually you’ll need to head to a museum. However, we recently came across an astounding collection of katana not in any museum or gallery, but inside a hotel.

Explore the Sumo World at Kokugikan Street

The best place to experience authentic sumo wrestler culture is at Kokugikan Street in Ryogoku. You can learn about sumo wrestling, watch a sumo match, and even eat like a sumo wrestler.

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