All About Japan

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!

Cruise Around Okinawa with The Wandering Quinn

Join travel blogger Ellie Quinn from The Wandering Quinn, as she island hops around Okinawa!

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.

Meguro River Cherry Blossom Viewing

Enjoy Tokyo's most acclaimed cherry blossom viewing destination where you can see beauty in its highest form at day or night, but only for a couple weeks in spring.

Kyoto's Amazing Gion Festival

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

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!

Ritsurin: Shikoku's Finest Daimyo Garden

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

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.

Emperor Naruhito Harvests First Rice

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

Boats Could Ease Tokyo Olympic Congestion

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

Autumnal Illustrations of Greater Tokyo

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

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!

Food or Art? Flower Desserts Too Pretty to Eat

Hana no Babaroa makes beautiful Bavarian cream desserts that are works of art. These gelatin cakes are made with edible flowers and gold leaf, making them almost too pretty to eat.

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 Season, New Starbucks Merch!

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

New Sake Season, New Cedar Ball

Tenryou Sake Brewery in Gero, in Gifu Prefecture announces its new sake with a yearly event - hanging a cedar ball.

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!

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!

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.

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