All About Japan

Henro: A Mystical Pilgrimage Through Shikoku

Learn more about the Henro, a sacred pilgrimage that takes travelers deep into the heart of Japan's smallest island, Shikoku.

New Year, New Swords

Bladesmiths in central Japan show visitors the traditional method for making Japanese swords.

Walk Through Time at the Edo Open Air Museum

At the Edo Open Air Museum, you can walk through time as you explore over 30 restored buildings with over 300 years of Japanese history.

Giant Rice Cake Specially Made for the Gods

Farmers in central Japan were busy pounding giant rice cakes for Atsuta Shrine at the end of the year.

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.

Asakusa's Sanja Matsuri Carrying on Tradition

Join a party of 1.8 million people in this giant festival in the third week of May that parades through the streets of Asakusa.

Bungee Jumping into Adulthood

Some of Japan’s new adults celebrate their coming of age this year with bungee jumping.

Explore the Sumo World at Kokugikan Street

The best place to experience authentic sumo wrestler culture is at Kokugikan Street in Ryogoku. You can learn about sumo wrestling, watch a sumo match, and even eat like a sumo wrestler.

Imperial Couple Visits Ise Jingu

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visit Ise Jingu Shinto shrine to mark the completion of enthronement ceremonies including November's Daijosai.

Learn the Legacy of the Samurai

Experience 700 years of Samurai history at the Shinjuku Samurai Museum. See real swords, armor, helmets, and other tools and weapons.

Getting the Great Buddha Ready for Summer

Watch as Nara's Great Buddha, in Todai-ji Temple, gets cleaned before the Obon summer holiday.

Fushimi: Come to the Shrine, Stay for the Sake

Most famous for the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto’s Fushimi district is also one of Japan’s top sake-producing regions. Be sure to make the most of your visit by taking a look around its historic brewing district. Kanpai!

20,000 Bamboo Lanterns Light Up Oita

As the sun set on Taketa City last month, tourists and locals alike gathered together near the Oka Castle ruins to be amazed by the Chikuraku Festival.

Geisha in Kyoto Prepare for New Year

Geisha in Kyoto's Gion district begin their traditional New Year’s rituals. Click to learn more about the <i>koto hajime</i> ritual.

Crowning This Year's 'Luckiest Man in Japan'

Men from around Japan take part in a race at Nishinomiya Shrine in a bid to become this year’s "Luckiest Man."

Year-end Cleaning at Naritasan Shinshoji

Buddhist monks spruce up Naritasan Shinshoji Temple for the annual end-of-year cleaning.

Japanese Tradition of Scaring Kids Continues!

Men dressed as demons scare children in northeastern Japan to discourage them from being lazy.

Toshogu Shrine: Lavish Tomb of Tokugawa Ieyasu

Nikko's top attraction, UNESCO World Heritage Site Toshogu Shrine, also serves as the extravagantly embellished tomb of historical shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, ruler of Japan for over 250 years.

Kanazawa Geisha Training

Tourists get a glimpse of the training regimen of Kanazawa geisha.

The 1,000-Year-Old History of Hanawa Bayashi

The small town of Kazuno in Akita Prefecture holds the Hanawa Bayashi Festival, designated by UNESCO as part of Japan’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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