All About Japan

New Japan-Exclusive Seasonal Fanta Flavor

This Japanese-exclusive flavor comes from abroad, and is only available in vending machines!

How to Navigate a Japanese Air Conditioner

A handy guide to navigating all of the complicated settings on a Japanese air conditioner—trust us, when summer heats up you'll be glad you read this!

Meet the Weirdest Soft Drink Company in Japan

A beverage maker in central Japan makes sodas ranging from eel to fish-egg flavor… and they may be coming to a market near you!

Kyoto's Amazing Gion Festival

Kyoto's incredibly historic, long-standing Gion Festival reached its thrilling climax!

Autumnal Illustrations of Greater Tokyo

Japanese artist Ryo Takemasa has created a series of heartwarming illustrations capturing the beauty of fall in western Tokyo.

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.

Travel to Kyoto on a Traditional Train

With tatami mats, noren curtains and a zen garden, this is one of the most stunning and surprisingly affordable ways to travel in Japan.

New Retro Sweet Treat from Starbucks Japan

The new Purin A la Mode Pudding Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan hearkens back to the heyday of old Japanese coffee houses.

Rugby World Cup Trophy Arrives in Japan

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September, the prestigious trophy that will go to the winning team—the Webb Ellis Cup—arrived in Japan!

Japan's Super Expensive Seasonal Watermelons

A pair Hokkaido's homegrown Raiden watermelons fetched ¥300,000—about US$2,700—at the first auction of the season!

All Aboard the Mickey Mouse Bullet Train!

Japan's iconic bullet trains are no strangers to pop culture makeovers, but this latest sees the shinkansen take a note from the Magic Kingdom!

The First Sunrise of Fuji Climbing Season

People gathered, as they do every year, on Mount Fuji to take in the first sun rise after the southern side opens to climbers.

Yokohama Now Has Its Own KitKat!

The latest in Nestlé Japan's line of local KitKat flavors, Yokohama's debut is based on a famous local souvenir.

Top 10 Hydrangea Flower Spots in Kyoto

Kyoto is gorgeous throughout the year, but especially when covered in beautiful flowers! Here are the top 10 hydrangea flower spots in Kyoto!

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!

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!

Boats Could Ease Tokyo Olympic Congestion

Tokyo may offer boat rides to help alleviate congestion on public transportation during the 2020 Olympic Games.

New Season, New Starbucks Merch!

As Japan swings into summer, Starbucks Japan once unleashes a torrent of awesome, exclusive merch! Will our wallets survive?

Emperor Naruhito Harvests First Rice

Emperor Naruhito harvests rice from paddies at the Imperial Palace for the first time since becoming emperor.

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!

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