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Depachikas and Conbinis – Enticing Hungry Travelers
You’ll find delightful-looking bentos at the ready at Tokyo’s Takashimaya food hall.Whether ...
Cheering Up Kyushu
Since April 14 (Japan local time), a series of huge earthquakes of up to 7.3 magnitude have hit ...
Cities of Samurai Spirits and Revolutionary Minds
 In addition to its historical aspects, Hagi has a unique natural formation. Facing the Japan Sea i...
Hakodate: Gate City to the Great Northern Island
Currently, only the southern part of Hokkaido is connected to Honshu (the main island of Japan),...
Three Major Chinatowns in Japan
© Yasufumi Nishi, JNTO Yokohama Chukagai is the biggest Chinatown in Japan. Close to Tokyo and o...
Kumano Kodo: The Ancient Holy Road
With deep forests and valleys, the mountainous area of Kumano has been a destination for nature wors...
Embracing Elegance for Centuries - the Historical and Cultural Heritage of Ishikawa
Those of you planning to travel to Japan might want to see and experience both the contemporary and ...
Step into Ninja Sites
With extraordinary athletic ability and sharp senses, ninjas were active during the samurai period (...
Shimoda: A Heavenly Resort with Beaches, Onsens and Gourmet Food
 Ryugukutsu is a cave that has a 50-meter diameter hole on top. Looking down from the top, you’ll...
Explore the Kitchen of Okinawa: Makishi Public Market
To learn about Okinawan food culture, the Makishi Public Market, located just 20 minutes drive f...
The Two Towers of Tokyo
The 57-year-old Tokyo Tower (top) and 3-year-old Tokyo Skytree (upper right) are both cultural s...
Historical City Developed by Respected Leaders
President John F. Kennedy was known to admire feudal lord Yozan Uesugi, who governed the Yonezawa re...
Off the Beaten Path: Beautiful Lakes in Japan
Japan is an archipelago with a lot of volcanic mountains that naturally generate onsen hot springs. ...
Plums: The Beginning of Spring in Japan
Japan is fortunate to enjoy the delicate soft pink color of cherry blossoms at the beginning of spri...
Off the Beaten Path Bypassing Kansai and San-in
Located adjacent to Kyoto and Osaka, Hyogo Prefecture was the backdrop for a lot of historical incid...
Onsen and Koyo: Blissful Autumn Pastimes Throughout Japan
The Zao Echo Line is a mountain road running between Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures. (It is clo...
Intimate and In-Depth Sake Tour Accompanied by Sake Samurais
Most wineries provide wine tasting and guided factory tours to satisfy participants, but Sake Journe...
JAPAN’S MINIMALIST POD AIRPORT HOTEL
Nine Hours Narita Airport Since the eye-opening style of pod hotel startled the world at its debu...
TOP 3: COASTAL VIEWS JAPAN'S STORIED SEASIDE TOWNS
Sandy white beaches are summer’s conventional go-to but if traveling to Japan, visit these histori...
Following the Path of a Strategist in Japan’s War Era
As is the case with Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England, depicted in Downton Abbey, hit films and...
Onsen-Hopping in Historical Kaga
Near historical Kanazawa City, Kaga City in Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular tourist destination att...
Diving into the Heart of Edo
Edo was the name of what is now Tokyo, and was the capital of Japan during the Edo period (1603–18...
Nakazaki-cho: Reviving Osaka’s “Retro” Town
In recent years Ya Ne Sen* has attracted many tourists as a region where the traditional Tokyo life...
Shimanami Ocean Road: Biking Through Small Islands
Geographically, Japan is an archipelago stretching from the north to the south.  This simple fa...
Ise Grand Shrine, a Holy Place in Japan —Part 2—
Chozusha: It is a custom to wash hands and mouths before approaching the shrine to worship. Thi...
Ise Grand Shrine, a Holy Place in Japan -Part 1-
The gate at the approach to Shogu (the main shrine building) in Naiku.  It’s a rule to bow on...
Uji: Home of High-Quality Green Tea
Located in the suburbs of Kyoto City, with scenic rivers and mountains, the Uji region was a popular...
The Highlands of Iwate: Hidden Gems in the Hinterlands
Iwate Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean on the northern part of Honshu Island, offers a full arra...
Explore Japan and China with Luxury Cruises
Mid-size luxury ship “Symphony” hosts the Skyscrapers and Shoguns tour.  With over 550 train...
Mt. Fuji As Cultural World Heritage
© Y. Shimizu   The iconic Mount Fuji, admiringly referred to by the Japanese people as ...
Bathing in the Blossoms: Hanami in the U.S.
Daylight savings time has begun, and just seeing flowers blooming makes us feel that spring is all...
Finding the Beauty of Sho-Kyoto
Surrounded by mountains and with a river cutting through the town, Kakunodate has a landscape si...
Dive Into The King of Winter Delicacies
In Japan, crab is no doubt the king of winter delicacies.  From November to March, large crabs such...
The Island that Pushed Japan Forward
Between the worlds iconic James Bond and jumping off the cliff and slipping into the shiny fancy car...
Play Hard and Relax in Japan’s Nature
© JNTO Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort boasts powder snow every skier and snowboarder adores. ...
Another Face of the Ramen Tradition
Visitors can actually try making Chicken Ramen at the Chicken Ramen Factory. Reservations are ne...
Hakata: Japan's Comfort Food Capital
© FCOCA There are three main yatai districts, Nakasu, Tenjin and Nagahama.  The neon lights of ...
Shikoku: Island with Four Specialties
The Naruto Strait has only 1.3 kilometers width and massive tidal water flow into and out of the...
Monastery for Lodging
  © JNTO  Zazen, a seated meditation, is an important menu in the shukubo experi...
Summer Festivals in Tohoku
In Akita’s Kanto Festival, the lantern poles are made to look like ears of rice. The festival ...
Travel Big for Northern Nature
The mountain always remains in view at this early-summer sunflower field in central Hokkaido. Unlik...
Discover Kanazawa
Kanazawa may just have been Japan’s best kept secret. Until now. No other place in the country o...
Tsukiji: Japan's Kitchen
Although the public viewing of the tuna auction in Tsukiji Market is organized under strict rules,...
Strolling Kyushu
You should not miss the beautiful Kumamoto Castle.  Originally fortified in 1469, the castle is c...
Indulge in Sake and Japan's Cultural Legacy
Sake expert John Gauntner's lecture at the actual brewery helps to deepen your knowledge and eve...
Kitakata: A Legendary Ramen Town
Maximizing the quality local produce such as shoyu, natural water, and niboshi, the ramen in Kitak...
Joya no Kane: The Tolling Bell Ceremony on New Year's Eve
Toward the end of the year through the New Year's season, Japan offers many traditional events to be...
Hot Springs, Regional Delicacies and Mt. Fuji
Known for its warm, moderate climate all year round and being blessed with nature, culture, and hi...
The Foliage Throughout Japan
A view of the colorful autumn leaves and rapids in Oirase Mountain Stream is absolutely splendid...
Eat Until You Drop in Osaka
Originally developed as an entertainment district, Shinsekai is crowded with stalls,
bars and ...
Follow the Footsteps of the Poet into Japan's Deep North
The poet,Matsuo Basho,took about 150 days to travel the 2,400 kilometers (1,491 miles) route to...
Get More Out of Japan With The Home-Stay Program
Traveling through Japan for those who do not speak the language may be daunting, especially if you a...
Dig Deep into Ceramics
Three distinctive styles of porcelain developed in Arita in the sixteenth and seventeenth centurie...
Sakura and a Japanese Contribution to Global Culture
A variety of sakura trees peppering the valleys around Mount Yoshino in Nara Prefecture. As our...
Magnificent Views of Mt. Fuji and Relaxation in Hot Springs
Mt. Fuji is Japan's tallest mountain. Its appearance is beautiful and it can be called the symbo...
Tokyo Anime Freedom Tour: Indulge in Pop Culture in Tokyo
Surrounded by so many cool things, you will feel like getting lost in the wonderland of Akihaba...
Shopping Town inside Tokyo Station
When it comes to Japanese train stations, the first thing people look for is shiny, sleek designed...
Kyoto's Creepy Destination
Every historic city has centuries old stories to tell, and some have spine-chilling facts behind...
Discover the Northern Honshu: Aomori
Bullet Train to Japan’s Northern Country Looking at the map of Japan, you realize that  J...
New Gateway to Tokyo
While the wave of foreign travelers to Tokyo surges, the Japanese capital opens a new gateway wi...
Authentic Green Tea in Style
While Tokyo's high fashion and design scene are highly respected and well-known worldwide, Jap...
Drive Into Mt. Fuji
The peak of Mt. Fuji doesn't seem that hard to reach, considering the elegant shape of the mountain,...
Booze in Tokyo
As summer approaches, the beer appetite sores in Tokyo. Tokyoites enjoy beer as much as Americans in...
Hike to the Hidden Temples
Over the centuries, Japan's winding history has created unusual landscapes. Temples have played a cr...
Cleanse Yourself Inside Out: Zen Life in Tokyo
In the bustling lifestyle of the 21st century, many Tokyoites are finding the balance point between ...
Japan's Priceless Panorama
Forget about Japan's highest technology and zipping, smooth transportation system. To experience Jap...
Modern Art Galore in Japan
Japan has been developing its art environment for the international art world, and more and more int...
The Country of Best Winter of Japan
Just like the wineries in France, there are several regions for Japanese sake, and among them, N...
Celebrate the First Capital of Japan
Nara is viewed as an historic destination in Japan, famous for its large statue of Buddha and deer...
Kyoto's Beauty, Again
Japanese people go to Kyoto to realize the tradition they cherish in the modern age. Foreign to...
The City of Craftsmanship
Today the city of Sakai thrives as the most populated suburb of Osaka, the nation's second large...
JAPAN'S FANTASY DESTINATIONS
The popularity of manga and anime in Japan has produced numerous characters that have become global ...
SHIZUOKA: RICH IN JAPANESE FLAVORS
Along the popular route between Tokyo and the western region of Japan, there is a lot to see:  Shiz...
Kappa Bashi: Where Japanese Cooking Starts
Traveling to other countries is often an opportunity to find out the background of their culture. As...
Make it to the Top of Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji is a unanimous icon of Japan for its elegant shape.  The elevation is nothing surprising...
Experience Japan on Pedals
Flowers are all out, the sunshine is getting bright and warmer, and the fresh air feels nice. Th...
Spring in the Flower Field
Japanese people's love for flower has something to do with their love for seasonal distinction, and ...
Sweet Destination Japan
The great taste of Japanese cuisine is becoming common knowledge, but don't forget desserts. Jap...
Traveling through the Sub-Zero World by Train
Wondering how to enjoy traveling through sub-zero weather in Japan?  Hokkaido, the northern tip of ...
TOKYO: The World Food Festival in the Food Capital
With its traditionally rich culinary culture and the Japanese people’s sensitivity and their pun...
Winter beauty: KYOTO
Rated the number one Asian destination by the online travel information website Trip Advisor, Kyot...
GINZA: Modern Architecture Tour
The name of Ginza should pop up when most people think of Tokyo, and they would see the ivory-colo...
World Art Show: Triennale Yokohama 2008
Daniel Buren, a French artist installed fabric art displays for the last Yokohama Triennale in 200...
FIREWORKS: Japan's Summer Spectacle
The ancient pyrotechnic invention is still alive in today’s world, and hanabi, the Japanese word...
HOKKAIDO, the land of the purest nature in Japan
Hokkaido is easy to spot in the map of Japan: Among the four major islands that create the Japane...
GIFU - the treasure of traditional culture of Japan
Known as the most modern countries in the world, Japan’s cities continue urbanizing and moderniz...
The passage linking Tokyo and Kyoto
Nihon-Bashi (Japan Bridge), the very center of downtown Tokyo, was where the Tokaido started. ...
GET ROMANTIC IN JAPAN
Lisa-Marie Presley married to her guitarist and music producer in Kyoto in 2006. For more classic ce...
CHERRY BLOSSOM THE EPHEMERAL BEAUTY OF JAPAN
Cherry trees blossom as if it marks the official start of spring in Japan.  It requires a certain t...
YOKOSO! JAPAN WEEKS 2008
Yokoso!Tourism in Japan never slows down:  With seasonal beauty, even winter is the time to dis...
JAPAN IS A WINTER WONDERLAND
Even in the era of global warming, Japan still enjoys the distinctive four seasons, and winter s...
JAPAN'S ART SCENES
As museums become more popular tourist attractions, Japanese museums are becoming more fascinating....
HOT SPRINGS: THE ULTIMATE TREASURE FROM MOTHER NATURE FOR WELLNESS
Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world, and it is often attributed to traditional health...
YOU ARE ALMOST LIKE LOCALS IN TOKYO PARKS IN TOKYO
Fall colors always dresses up cityscapes around the world when the air starts cooling down.  When t...
KYOTO:BEYOND the HISTORY
Kyoto is a must place when it comes to travel to Japan. Your visit to this old capital of Japan is...
What’s hot in Japan? Get to know the latest trends in Tokyo and Osaka.
Wafu Burger
American Comfort Food Localized in Japan The rice burger has a layered structure which allows ...
Gakuen Shokuhin
A Taste of College - Delicacies Produced by Students Herb tea from Ocanomizu University featuring...
KONKATSU
Looking For Love In New and Old Places There's an old saying that if you are 26 years old and unm...
Kaikoku
The Sweet Smell of Exoticism: Celebrating 150 Years of Modernization With over 3.6 million resi...
Kafunshou
The National Affliction Plaguing all of Japan The cold wind that has been piercing your skin ...
SENGOKU BUSHO BOOM
Young Women Go Crazy Over Samurai Warriors Samurai related goods are sold at Jidai-Ya (www....
DAIGAKU NOTO
Trend in Notebooks: “Todai Gokaku Noto” Makes You Smarter Beautiful note-taking might affec...
EKIDEN
Japan’s Fast Feet: Traveling the Distance with the Ekiden For those who have spent the New ...
DECO
Customizing with a Piece of Art:  New Fashion Trend Deco In the New York area, Deco parts ar...
ODAIBA
Offering Insight into Tokyo’s Development ©TCVB For most visitors to Tokyo, Odaiba is lik...
CHOIWARU OYAJI & RI-MAN
From Corporate Slaves to Trendsetters: Evolution of Japan’s Salarymen When foreigners are ask...
PASMO
Easing the Congestions and Delays – Tokyo’s E-money System Public transportation system is ...
Cafe Meshi, Cafe Gohan
Japanese Cafe Culture Creates New Food Genre That Embraces All Cuisine What kind of factors go in...
mixi
Japan's Largest SNS Speaks its Own Language Social networking sites (SNSs) such as MySpace and ...
Net Café Nanmin
Digitally connected but socially off the track – Japan’s internet café homeless While the Ja...
Edo Boom
The Chic and Ecological World of 18th-Century Japan Until about 140 years ago, Tokyo was called ...
KONAMON - Fast but Tasty: Cheap Eats in the Gourmet City -
Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, has established such a unique food culture that no one ca...
KEITAI SHOSETSU - Nouveau Literature Springs From Your Cell Phone -
Japanese cell phones (aka Keitai) are the most advanced cell phones in the world, not just techn...
Depachika - Don't Call Them Food Courts -
The only way to experience the whole spectrum of Japanese food culture in one hour is to visit a D...
Tachinomi - Traditional Quickies Make A Trendy Comeback -
Tachinomi literally means drinking while standing. Traditionally this kind of drinking took place ...
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