All About Japan

Shine on at the Yamaga Lantern Festival

Witness one thousand women dancing with gold and silver lanterns on their head, reenacting an ancient mythical tale.

All About's Guide to Naha

Naha is the capital city of Japan's subtropical prefecture, Okinawa. It's a thriving coastal city that fuses Japan's Ryukyu culture with American and Chinese influences, and has an unbeatable relaxed vibe..

Visit One of the World's Biggest Aquariums

Japan's largest world-class aquarium is home to thousands of species as well as a few of the world's largest aquarium guests.

Mount Fuji Sports First Snow Cap of the Season

An essential part of the transition from summer in Japan, Mount Fuji has finally donned its iconic snow cap.

Meguro's One-of-a-Kind Parasitological Museum

Check out over 60,000 different species of parasites at this one-of-a-kind parasite museum in Tokyo's Meguro neighborhood.

Holy Hairy Fish!

Locals in Aomori, northern Japan, find fish with algae growing from their heads that looks like hair.

Hiking Japan’s Ancient Roads

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, samurai and royalty on these historic Japanese highways.

Early Morning Fog Catches Tokyo Skytree Shadow

The cool, early morning weather sometimes sees Tokyo shrouded in dense fog. One such morning in late October saw Skytree's shadow dancing in the fog!

The Prettiest Beach You've Never Heard Of

Hidden away in Kochi Prefecture is a truly unusual museum. The Sunabi Museum is a stretch of beach so beautiful that it is considered a natural art gallery by the locals!

Get Artsy at This Gorgeous Art Retreat Garden

Found at the foot of the Nasu Mountains just north of Tokyo is Art Biotop, an art retreat offering classes in pottery and glass-blowing along with spa treatments. But a major highlight is the water garden created by master architect Junya Ishigami.

Incredible Drive-By Hanami on a Tokyo Train

Tokyo's extensive rail network isn't only extremely convenient—it can also be extremely beautiful, especially during cherry blossom season!

Snow & Sakura Make for Incredible Hanami

The weather is fickle in Japan as the seasons change, and occasionally this results in the beautiful and unlikely combination of snow and cherry blossoms!

A Perfect Sunset on Engetsu Island

One man spends months waiting to photograph the perfect sunset on Engetsu Island off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture. And once you see it for yourself, you'll understand why.

Snow Crab Fetches Record $46,000!

Meet one of the world's most expensive crabs! The first year's haul of this winter delicacy went for a record setting price.

Tokyo Neighborhood Decked Out for Olympics

Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district is decked out with huge Olympic art to commemorate one year until the 2020 games begin.

Flowers & Sakura at Seaside Park in Fukuoka

Compared to some places, Kyushu's Fukuoka Prefecture isn't particularly famous for its cherry blossoms. But these shots—accompanied by gorgeous baby blue flowers—makes us think it should be!

Ritsurin: Shikoku's Finest Daimyo Garden

Ritsurin is a 400-year-old daimyo garden in Kagawa Prefecture's capital city, Takamsatsu. It is a stunning landscape of idyllic ponds, wooden bridges and expansive greenery.

Getting Back to Nature in Kochi

Get away from tourist-filled Tokyo and Kyoto, and explore the nature, food and friendly villages of Kochi. Bring your sense of adventure!

Whisk Yourself Away to a Land of Wisteria

Isn't spring just the best? Sure, the cherry blossoms may be on their way out, but Japan’s amazing wisteria flowers are here to make us all forget about them!

Muddy Fun at a Music & Organic Vegetable Fest

About 150 festival-goers got muddy and munched on fresh organic produce at a festival in Chiba Prefecture.

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