All About Japan

Which Train Exit Should I Take?

Japan has some of the most complicated train systems in the world. But we're here to help you navigate even the busiest stations and find the most convenient way to your destination.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2017

While September 11 is a tragic day in America, it’s not a fortunate day on this side of the Pacific either. September 11, 2017, marked six and a half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. So how does the area look now?

How to Do Bilingual Improv

Improvisational comedy is a tough skill to pick up even in your native language. So how do you do it in English and Japanese at the same time?

Where to Go in Japan for the Best Live Music

Tokyo has a number of suburbs that are overflowing with live music hubs, many of which accommodate specific genres. No matter your taste there’s a venue (or live house) for you, even if you're not in Tokyo.

Drink With Geisha For an Affordable Price

Foreign guests welcome at lobby lounge function that sidesteps the cost and pretense of orthodox geisha services.

Ryokan Kikori: Seasonal Cuisine to Die For

Found in Fuefuki City, Yamanashi, this traditional Japanese inn offers seasonal cuisine that's to die for, as well as offering a great base for activities around the Mount Fuji area.

Top 10 Museums as Chosen by Overseas Tourists

These collections of samurai armor, ancient artifacts and futuristic technology are sure to pique your interest.

4 Great Day Trips from Kanazawa

Kanazawa is known for its gold, its historical streets and its top-ranked garden. It can also serve as a brilliant base for a number of incredible sights in the region!

Top 7 Reasons to Visit Aomori Prefecture

There’s much more to the main island’s northernmost prefecture than just delicious apples.

Stay at an Inexpensive Overnight Internet Café

With overnight stays costing as low as the price of two meals, travelers can save big and relax in comfortable rooms situated right in the heart of the otaku capital.

When Does the Hokkaido Shinkansen Start?

Wondering if you can take the bullet train to Hokkaido? We've got some good, and not so good, news for you.

Tokiwa Hotel: Top-Tier Garden in Yamanashi

The garden at the Tokiwa Hotel in Kofu City, Yamanashi was ranked the third-best traditional garden in Japan in 2012 and 2013. And even if you can't afford a stay in this top-class hotel, you can still visit the garden for free!

Do You Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Japan?

One question we get all the time is regarding tourist visas. Read on to find out if you'll need to obtain a visa or not before planning your trip to Japan.

Sip on Latte Spiked With Sake

After a long day of sightseeing in Japan’s former capital, don’t forget to try this Japanese take on Irish coffee right across the street from Kyoto Station.

Bring Home the Gold from Kanazawa

It's a long-standing Japanese social custom to buy souvenirs for friends and colleagues during your travels. And if you're visiting Kanazawa, here are the sweet treats you need to bring back, including gilded cake!

Create Your Own Personalized Kit Kat Box

Customize your very own Kit Kat box to take home with you and share with your friends and family.

Get Your Face Wrapped in Gold

One Japanese hot spring will wrap your face in gold leaf at a price that's more affordable than you might think.

Dress as a Fox Bride at This Studio in Kyoto

One photo studio in the historical Arashiyama neighborhood is offering a makeover/photo package you won’t find anywhere else.

How to Conveniently Travel by Train in Tokyo

Train travel in Tokyo can be either the most tiring or the most exciting experience with the seemingly countless number of network lines. Here are some tips to help you move around the capital of Japan and get the most out of your money.

Is Japan Boring Outside of Tokyo?

Tokyo certainly has charm and no one could doubt the convenience of living or staying in the major city. However, there’s so much more to see outside of Tokyo and I'm happy to give you a few examples... it’s literally my job to promote the entire country.

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