Japanese Beach Basics: Rules, Tips & Etiquette
Looking to soak up a little sun on one of Japan's gorgeous beaches? Check out our helpful tips to make the most of your time by the seaside! Plus, get recommendations for beaches near Tokyo and Osaka.
Get Schooled About Fish at New Kochi Aquarium
Upon first glance this building in Kochi Prefecture might seem like your standard aquarium. But this repurposed elementary school is the perfect place to study marine life!
Sightseeing & Sports Around Japan
Learn about some of the sights and local charms around Tokyo, and in areas in Kyushu that live and breathe sports!
Bathe in an Onsen Before Your Next Flight
Got a layover in Sapporo? Instead of walking around aimlessly in the gift shops or trying to spread out in the lounge areas, why not soak in a hot spring and relax?
There's a lot to learn and consider when it comes to staying at 'ryokan,' traditional Japanese inns.
Immersed in Farmhouse Culture
Homestays in Japan’s rural farming villages bring visitors a deeper understanding of local culture and people amid growing things and abundant nature.
6 Tokyo Day Trips Less Than 2 Hours Away
From incredible views of Mount Fuji to a museum that feels like it's right out of a mummy movie, these fantastic spots are less than 2 hours from Tokyo, which means they're the perfect way to spend a day when you want to get out of the city!
7 Easy Hikes Near Tokyo
If you're an outdoor enthusiast and have already hiked Mount Takao—or would like a similarly gentle hike with fewer people—these seven spots near Tokyo are perfect!
Rikugien Garden: A Paradise Fit for a Daimyo
Need a break from the high-octane city life of Tokyo? Why don't you take a stroll through this tranquil garden, a peaceful haven in stark contrast to the city buzzing by outside?
Trekking Through the Mosaic
Each year about 38,000 visitors hike through the verdant trails of the Shin-Etsu trail in northwestern Japan.
A New Year, A New Character Harvest
Audrey Hepburn and Osamu Tezuka's characters get the rice paddy treatment in Aomori Prefecture as rice fields spring up in their likeness.
Best Beach Views Near Tokyo
Although Tokyo is a modern metropolis that conjures images of bright lights, towering skyscrapers and packed trains, there are still plenty of opportunities for a nature enthusiast or beach bum to catch some fun in the sun at beautiful nearby shores.
Shinjuku Station Turned Typhoon Ghost Town
Shinjuku Station is one of the busiest in the world. Taken by the Japanese photographer Umeda, these photos capture the station eerily empty as Tokyo residents prepared for Typhoon Trami.
6 Hiking Trails Close to Tokyo
No need to go far for great trails, it only takes 90 minutes (or less!) to get to all these hiking spots from central Tokyo. Lace up your boots, and discover six mountain escapes under an hour and a half away from the capital
Iriomote—Japan’s Last Secluded Isle
Known locally as Iriomotejima, this remote Okinawan island is almost entirely covered in virgin subtropical forest and mangrove trees, and is often called “Japan’s last secluded island.” Iriomote is also home to rare plants and animals!
Tiny Island Proves Japan is Full of Surprises
This small island in Iwate Prefecture is walkable, and it's so much more than just a beautiful landmark. Home to an adorable red lighthouse and a shrine for the Shinto goddess of the sea, it's just one example of why Japan is a great place to explore!
A Backpacker's Guide to Kochi
Join Stephen Schreck from A Backpacker's Tale as he visits Kochi Prefecture to do what he does best—learn the ins and outs of the region, and what makes it a fantastic destination for those looking to get off the beaten path!
All About Climbing Mount Fuji
For both short-term visitors and lifelong residents of Japan, Mount Fuji is a peak that many feel called to climb at least once in their lives. We've put together a guide to help make this challenging but beautiful experience as simple as possible.
2018 Autumn Foliage Forecast
It's that time of year again! As the weather turns from the heat of summer to the crisp air of autumn, the countryside is covered in a cascade of colorful leaves!
6 Awesome Day Trips from Kyoto
Although Kyoto has tons to explore on its own, it's also a perfect hub for a day trip into another part of the Kansai region. Read on to find out some of the best places to explore around Kyoto!