Happo-en: a Japanese Garden Hidden in Tokyo
Happo-en is a hidden gem featuring a traditional tea house, koi pond, bonsai, cherry trees, and everything else a Japanese garden should have.
Designer Apples Fetch $2,300!
It's common knowledge that fruit is more expensive in Japan. Three of producer Chisato Iwasaki’s designed apples went for $2,300 at auction in Aomori Prefecture.
Explore an Ancient Land of Volcanic Power
Experience the sacred lands that birthed Japan, whose living legacy lingers in legend in Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park!
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 Majesty of Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Sitting on Sapporo’s doorstep, Shikotsu-Toya National Park is a fascinating, tempestuous and tranquil landscape sculpted by volcanoes.
Waste Oil Helps Illuminate Tokyo in Winter
Vibrant lights are illuminating Tokyo this winter, and some of them are actually powered by oil that would otherwise have been discarded!
Coastal Culture & Living History
A secluded paradise of maritime folklore, history, and adventure awaits just three hours by train from Tokyo Station (or just an hour and a half from Nagoya Station): Ise-Shima National Park.
See 1000-Year-Old Bonsai at Omiya Art Museum
The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum features over 70 different exquisitely cultivated bonsai plants on display every season. From forests to dragons, each masterpiece is sculpted to perfection to embody different meanings the same as traditional paintings.
Takeda Castle Floating in the Sky
Thanks to a natural phenomenon, the ruins of Takeda Castle (in Hyogo Prefecture) often appear to be floating in the sky!
Hokkaido Feeling Record Cold -25° Temps
Inland areas of Hokkaido including Etanbetsu and Horokanai are setting record temperatures near -25°C, the coldest this year in all of Japan.
Hokkaido Receives Largest Snowfall This Winter
The capital of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido receives the largest amount of snowfall this winter.
Snow Falls West of Tokyo
Some parts of Japan's Kanto and Koshin regions, west of Tokyo, were hit with over 30 cm of snow this past week!
Discover an Alpine Land of Natural Beauty
Home of the northern Japanese Alps, Chubusangaku National Park is a fantastic destination for lovers of the outdoors!
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.
Diamond Dust Glitters in Fukushima
The shimmering, icy crystals known as "diamond dust" made a village in Fukushima Prefecture look like a fairytale come to life!
An Incredible World in Miniature
A short journey from Kumamoto or Oita prefectures will bring travelers to Aso-Kuju National Park, a beautiful area that is one of the first official national parks in Japan.
Mount Fuji Shining Bright Like a Diamond
Fuji aficionados rushed to get their cameras set up to see the sun rising over Mount Fuji, creating a dazzling diamond-like form that appears around the Winter Solstice. Click through to check out the stellar video.
Yoyogi Park: The Perfect Picnic Spot
Yoyogi Park is Tokyo's 5th largest park, but perhaps the #1 most lively park. With the spacious lawns, wide walking paths, and calming ponds, it welcomes many families, pet owners, joggers, street musicians, meet ups, yoga lovers, and more.
Exploring Japan's Three-Star Road
Japan's Three-Star Road is home to a host of Michelin-recognized sites and wonders, comprising a compact area that covers four prefectures. With the new Three-Star Ticket option, exploring this stretch of Japan is easier than ever before.
Japan’s Ocean Paradise
From diving, snorkeling and whale-watching to hiking and visiting historic sites, the Kerama Islands of Kerama-Shoto National Park really offer something for everyone.