Ichinoyu Ryokan: The Hot Choice for Hakone
The Ichinoyu Group's Japanese-style inns, or 'ryokan,' can be found throughout the Hakone area, offering half a dozen luxuriously different ways to experience this famed hot spring region. Find out why they're hot, and which one suits you best!
5 Fundamental Kabuki Plays
Kabuki is a traditional form of theater that has been around for over 400 years. Get to know this ancient art, which is a lot more understandable and accessible than you might think!
Kagura: A Dance Fit for the Gods
Kagura is a ritual dance associated with autumn that, according to legend, was entertaining enough to coax the goddess of the sun to come back out of a cave and light the world again.
Tofu: The Hard (& Soft) Facts
Ready to become an expert on the white, fluffy deliciousness that is tofu?
Geisha & Handicraft Experiences in Hakone
Looking for things to do around Hakone? If you want to get into traditional Japanese culture, two popular activities are geisha performances and traditional local handicrafts.
5 Tips for Enjoying Kagura
This thousand-year-old Shinto dance is both graceful and opulent. But watching outdoors can be cold!
Unmasking the World of Kabuki
Thanks to kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa XI, the public can now get a special look at what goes on behind the scenes.
Cosplay as Samurai & Walk through Kamakura
When you visit Kamakura, you can not only look like a samurai—you can also eat like one!
5 Cool Events at the Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
While the festival itself is well known in Japan, even most Japanese people aren't familiar with the various performances to be seen at Nagasaki's raucous Kunchi Festival.
The Oldest Extant Wooden Theater in Japan
Come with us on a journey to Akita Prefecture to see an incredible wooden theater, the oldest one in existence in Japan.
Savor the Harvest Moon
'O-tsukimi' refers to the Japanese custom of viewing the harvest moon on August 15 of the old lunar calendar, which is the day the beauty of the moon is considered to be the greatest. For 2016, that date corresponds to September 15.
9 Classic Yugawara Ryokan with Private Baths
Traditional 'ryokan' (Japanese-style inns) are the epitome classical of Japan, and they're the backbone of the hot spring town of Yugawara. Here are nine great picks in Yugawara, each with a private bath!
A New Wave of Folk Music
Breathing new life into traditional Japanese folk music, Aragehonji has a unique take on Japanese music.
The Power of Soybeans
Soybeans are one of the most-used plants in Japan, with countless recipes calling on one or several soy products. Here are 10 things made from soybeans you'll surely encounter while you're in Japan.
Bringing Japanese Performing Arts to Europe
Would traditional Japanese comic storytelling work in Edinburgh? Believe it or not, it does!
Autumn is for the Arts in Japan
As the heat and humidity drop and the leaves start to change color in Japan, there’s almost poetry in the air. Autumn is the season of the arts!
8 Amazing Days on a JR Kyushu Rail Pass
Discover the beauty of four Kyushu prefectures by rail! Wander castle towns, stroll through samurai residences and visit historic shrines tied to the founding of Japan, all surrounded by delicious local cuisine!
Curious About Buddhist Cuisine?
If you've ever wanted to try 'Shojin Ryori' and experience the way monks eat in Japan, we know just the place!
Hanazono Remixes Traditional Japanese Music
Audiences may not know what to expect when Naomichi Hanazono appears on stage. Dressed in garb inspired by traditional Japanese garments, he could have stepped out of a kabuki play. Then Western pop music starts up, and Hanazono springs into action!
The Meiji Restoration in Kitakyushu
Learn all about the Meiji Restoration in the city of Kitakyushu.