All About Japan

How to Sit on a Japanese Cushion

If you live in Japan, there's a good chance you'll eventually have to sit on a Japanese cushion, or 'zabuton.' So how do you do it? There's more to it than just plopping down your bum!

12 Key Phrases for Getting By in Japan

Whether you're visiting for the first time or staying for a while, these simple phrases can help you get around in Japan without getting lost—or lost in translation!

'Itadakimasu!' Basic Japanese for Dining Out

Japan has an almost overwhelming amount of delicious food to choose from when dining out, but the language barrier can be intimidating. With these helpful phrases for navigating Japanese restaurants deciding what to eat will be the hardest part!

All About Japanese Currency

What’s the largest banknote in Japan? Curious about the coinage and what it’s made of? And who are those people on their bills? All that and more as we break down Japan's currency!

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Japan Spots for 2018

Debating where to go in Japan? We break down TripAdvisor's Top 10 choices for 2018!

What's the Best Way to Travel in Japan?

Japan offers many different transportation options for visitors. Find out which one is best for you.

How to Save Money in Japan in 5 Easy Ways

Get more bang for your yen with these tips for saving money while traveling or living in Japan!

Where to Shop in Tokyo

From fashion and electronics to books and bargains, Tokyo is a shopper's paradise. If you're searching for tips on where to shop, look no further!

Dine on the Best Udon in Fukuoka

You'd better reserve your seat at this Michelin-recommended udon restaurant, since it only dishes out about 30 set meals per day!

How to Text Like a High School Girl

Japanese is a multi-faceted language, with many differences in how the language is written and spoken. The ubiquity of smartphones has created a whole new category of strange slang, which is especially popular among high school girls!

Top 5 Spots Around Hida Takayama

Hida Takayama is a picturesque old castle town in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture, and offers visitors a truly authentic, traditional Japanese experience.

How to Stay at a Capsule Hotel in Japan

A capsule hotel offers a cheap alternative to more typical hotel accommodations. It might be a tight fit, but a capsule can certainly save you money! Here's how you can ensure you have a successful stay in a Japanese capsule hotel.

Hop on a Highway Bus to Hida Takayama

Major cities in many regions of Japan operate highway bus terminals, which are a great way to save time and money on your way to Hida Takayama.

Tips to Enjoy Tokyo on a Tight Budget

Learn how to make the most of your time in Tokyo without breaking the bank!

7 Superb Latte Art Spots

Looking for more latte flair than what Starbucks and Doutor have to offer? These Tokyo coffee shops won't let you down!

10 Onomatopoeia Terms You Need to Know

Whether you're a first-time visitor to Japan, a current resident or simply studying the language, if you want to impress your friends with some Japanese try out these incredibly useful onomatopoeia expressions!

Learn Japanese with These 4 Instagram Accounts

Learning Japanese has never been easier with the help of these four fun Instagram accounts geared toward key aspects of Japanese study!

How to Get to Hida Takayama

Find out the best way to get to Hida Takayama from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

Hokkaido Flowers Spring into Bloom

The often-overlooked Doto region of Japan’s northern island Hokkaido is off the beaten path, but should be on your itinerary. Spring starts a little later, treating visitors to beautiful flowers reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Answers to Common Questions for First-Timers

Ever wondered about vending machines or all the cute characters on signage in Japan? What's up with capsule toys? Tokyo Girls' Update has some insight into simple aspects of Japanese life that can surprise first-time visitors.

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