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Lantern Festival Transforms Japanese City

The Nagasaki Lantern Festival gives the city an amazing ethereal atmosphere akin to Studio Ghibli's film "Spirited Away" for just a few nights every February.

Johnnie Walker Gets a Japan-Only Makeover

Johnnie Walker's premium Blue Label Scotch whisky is getting a Japan-only limited edition, with bottles so beautiful you might not want to open them.

An Ode to Oze National Park

Oze National Park is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, one that offers new highlights every season!

Traverse the Natural Wonders of Kushiro Marsh

The Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko is a popular sightseeing train that chugs along at a leisurely pace through Hokkaido’s Kushiro Marsh from spring to early autumn.

Updated 2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast!

According to the latest forecast by the JMC, the first blooms are only a little over one month away!

The First Cherry Blossom Forecast of 2019

Just 10 days into 2019, the Japan Meteorological Agency released their first forecast for the upcoming cherry blossom season!

Winter Tips for Visiting Japan

While Japan is famous for its stunning cherry blossoms in spring, red leaves in the autumn and countless festivals in summer, Japan is also a veritable winter wonderland! Here are some tips for making the most of your time in Japan in its coldest season.

Do's & Don'ts: Japanese New Year

Ringing in the New Year in Japan is an awesome experience, but it does come with some unique challenges. If you're going to be here over the winter holiday, find out what to expect!

Top 4 Snow Festivals in Hokkaido 2019!

Check out our guide to Hokkaido’s biggest and best snow and ice festivals—perfect for making the most of the cold weather!

Discover 'Hell' on Earth in Kyushu

Kyushu's Oita Prefecture is home to a collection of incredible onsen that are literally too hot to handle, and referred to collectively as the "Hells of Beppu."

Men Bare Souls (& Bodies) for Good Fortune

This winter festival in Aomori sees a few dozen men strip down to pray for good health and a good harvest!

Celebrate 2019 Cherry Blossom Season with Coke

Coca-Cola Japan unveiled new sakura-themed bottles for cherry blossom season in 2019.

Starbucks Japan's First Sakura Drink of 2019

Starbucks Japan is always looking for ways to help people drink in the sakura during hanami season—literally! Here's the first sakura-themed drink of 2019!

Experience a New Hanami in Awesome Sakura Pool

This cool sakura-themed bar is set to open on March 22, 2019, which coincides with the predicted bloom date for cherry blossoms in Tokyo!

Top 5 Winter Illuminations Outside of Tokyo!

As the year draws to a close, cities across Japan light up with some of the most spectacular winter illuminations. Here are a few of our favorite displays outside of Tokyo.

Seasonal Fire Festival Drives Demons Away

300 people gather in Fukuoka to take part in the 1,000-year-old Onisube ritual to ward away demons like illness and disaster.

The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival Kicks Off

The Sapporo Snow Festival is underway in Hokkaido, with more than 190 snow and ice sculptures on display around the city between February 4 to February 11.

Minakami: An Awesome Onsen Getaway in Gunma

Minakami is picturesque onsen town lying on Gunma's northern border to Niigata Prefecture. It's a nature lover's paradise, bursting with natural hot springs and other outlets for an assortment of seasonal outdoor activities!

Enjoy Flower Fun at the Tanto Tulip Festival

Every April the countryside town of Tanto in Hyogo Prefecture holds the Tanto Tulip Festival, which displays over one MILLION tulips of some 300 varieties.

Photographs of Snow Covered Tokyo

Japanese photographer Yusuke Komatsu's "Snow in Tokyo" series shows the beauty of Japan's huge metropolis on the rare occasions it receives snowfall.

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