All About Japan

All About's Guide to Kyoto

No trip to Japan would be incomplete without a visit to the ancient capital city! If you are a history or a culture buff, then have a look at this guide to make the most of your time in Kyoto!

Travel Through Japan Without Heavy Luggage!

Say goodbye to heavy luggage thanks to a new website that allows you to rent clothing from locals in Japan!

7 Tricky English to Japanese Translation Fails

Communicating in a foreign language isn't just a matter of translating what you want to say word for word. If you do, you might end up conveying a completely different meaning than your intended one!

Essential Japanese Words for Weather Warnings

Understanding what is happening in an emergency is very important, but the Japanese terms for natural disasters and dangerous weather can be confusing! This easy guide is a handy cheat sheet to help you stay safe and be able to make smart decisions.

Michelin-Ranked Soba Spot Sparkles in Tokyo

Motenashi Kuroki serves up a salt soba dish in Akihabara that both stuns and satisfies—and scored its creators a Bib Gourmand rating!

Get Artful Info with the Tokyo Last Train Map

Created by a Japanese designer and map enthusiast, the Tokyo Last Train Map lays out all of Tokyo's trains in radial form, along with the times they leave their first stop and arrive at their last.

5 Reasons Tipping Isn't Done in Japan

Guidebooks love to say it’s because Japanese people think tipping is rude, but that’s not even close to the whole story!

Top 5 Budget Accommodation Types in Tokyo

Find the best, cheap accommodation for your trip to Tokyo, courtesy of Super Cheap Japan!

How to Get a Permanent Resident Visa in Japan

The Permanent Resident visa, or 'eijuken,' is the Holy Grail for many foreign workers in Japan. So how do you get one? Once you've met the time requirement, it's actually pretty easy!

How to Travel to Japan by Ship

A fear of flying or an inability to fly doesn't have to keep you from visiting Japan! Check out our list of ferries, cruises and freighters that can all get you there one way or another.

All About's Guide to Kamakura

Head out of the Tokyo metropolis to find history, food, beaches and stunning views—all of which are waiting for you in nearby Kamakura. We're here to help you plan an epic day trip, complete with all the hot spots and money-saving travel advice.

Stay at the First-Ever Peanuts Hotel in Kobe!

We all expected Snoopy-themed rooms to be cute, but we never imagined they’d be this stylish, and even romantic.

Spoon & Tamago Tour Hiroshima

Join our friends at Spoon & Tamago as they explore the many charms of Hiroshima.

The Big Tokyo Travel Guide

Tokyo is a city of old and new, where modern skyscrapers rise up from the remains of centuries-old castle walls. The Big Tokyo Travel Guide will help you find whatever you're looking for in Japan's capital city.

All About's Guide to Sapporo

Sapporo is Hokkaido Prefecture's vibrant and eclectic capital city. Its varied climate and laid back-vibe make it one of the nation's most interesting tourist destinations in any season!

¥100 Items You Need for a Preparedness Kit

Thanks to ¥100 shops, you can be prepared for a natural disaster even with a modest budget.

Tokyo Tips for 6 Types of Travelers

Are you a culture vulture or a photo fanatic? Traveling with kids, or looking to explore Japan on a budget? Find out which spots in Tokyo are perfect for you!

How Many 'Kanji' Should You Learn?

Studying 'kanji,' Chinese characters used in Japanese, can be time-consuming and difficult for many learners. The sheer amount of characters is intimidating—combine that with multiple readings, and it's hard to know where to start! We're here to help.

Living in Japan with Little to No Japanese

Moving to Japan without knowing Japanese may seem like a fool's errand, but we assure you that you're not alone! We're here to show you how easy it is to survive in Japan, even with little to no Japanese language ability.

How to Bring Medicine into Japan

Traveling to Japan with prescription medication? Find out how to enter the country properly and hassle-free!

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