Top Attractions in Japan
- Attractions in Hiroshima
- Attractions in Kyoto
- Attractions in Nagoya
- Attractions in Sapporo
- Attractions in Yokohama
- Tokyo Attractions
Golden Opportunity: 1964 Olympic Sights
As Tokyo prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2020 -- the second time around for the city –- major renovations are in planning, but these changes are dwarfed by the transformation that the 1964 Olympic Games brought to Tokyo, including the Budokan, the National Gymnasium, and the National Arena.
Things to Do in Summer in Japan
Japan's rainy season usually ends in mid-July, and summer months can be hot and humid in most parts of Japan. Here are some of fun things to do in Japan in the summer.
Plummest Parks in Japan
While the sakura's petals make for a stunning sight in mid-spring, the vivid plum blossom bursts with an understated, enduring beauty that marks the start of Japan's spring. The plum, known as "ume" in Japanese, also makes for a great excuse to tour Japan in February through much of March. Here are top places to see the ume.
Roar Like a Lion in October
October in Japan is full of festivals such as the shishi-mai festival.
Hidden Samurai Gardens in Modern Tokyo
Hidden samurai gardens of Tokyo.
Tour the Shikoku stopover city of Takamatsu.
Royal Gardens of Tokyo
Gardens fit for the ruling class of old.
A Garden to Pine Over
Nakazu Banshoen in Marugame city in Shikoku deceives with its small size, but this dense garden park will leave you in awe with its impossibly compact layout, beautifully shaped greenery and massively wide, half-a-millennium-old umbrella shaped pine.
Model view of history: Edo Tokyo Museum
Travel back into the golden years of Tokyo at the Edo Tokyo Museum in Chiba.
True Colors of Japan
Japan has stunning fall foliage at parks and other places throughout the country. Here are the top destinations.
Museums With That Showa Scent
Take a stroll into the good old days of Showa at Tokyo's National Showa Memorial Museum and the Shitamachi Museum.
Tokyo's Best Catch: Tsukiji Market
Tokyo's gigantic fish market, Tsukiji, is a must-see for anyone interested in sushi and sashimi and the awesome sights of Japan's seafood trade.
Everyone's Temple: Senso-Ji
Senso-Ji Temple in Tokyo is what most people think about when they think about Japanese temples – foreigners and Japanese alike. The Kaminarimon gate, with the huge painted lantern, is used as a backdrop for TV shows, and when the lantern is raised during typhoons, it is reported on the news. You could call it everyone's favorite temple.
Carving Out the Perfect Art Trip
Isamu Noguchi's famous works can be seen around the globe: His bridge designs at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, his garden at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and his museum in New York City. But true fans will want to visit his former studio and other sites in Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku island and in northern Sapporo, too.
Countdown to New Year's in Tokyo
If you find yourself in Tokyo during the New Year's holiday, don't fret: Here are the Top 5 things to do Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 in the metropolis.
Ringing in the Japanese New Year
If you're in the Land of the Rising Sun on Dec. 31, here's how to ring in the coming year, from north to south.
The Magic of Marugame Castle
Despite sitting alone as the smallest keep in the nation, Marugame castle still stands tall thanks to its towering, folding-fan shaped stone wall that every day welcomes scores of visitors who hike to the top to look over the city and the Seto Inland Sea.
The Many Sides of Yasukuni
Despite the controversy surrounding Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, ordinary people regularly visit the historic shrine, which is open to tourists and holds annual festivals, just as any shrine or temple throughout the nation.
Shrine That's Fit for an Emporer
Meiji-jingu, or Meiji shrine, near Harajuku is dedicated to the spirits of the emperor Meiji and his wife, who took over the reins of the country when the 400-year-long military rule known as the shogunate fell, and created what was to become modern Japan.
Shikoku's 88 Temples
Some 150,000 people make the pilgrimage to Shikoku's 88 Buddhist temples by foot, bus or car each year. It's one of the island's biggest attractions and a famous religious journey in Japan.
Japan for the Jaded Traveler
Though known for its tradition and technology, Japan offers plenty of offbeat tours and travel packages. Here are a few quirky things to do in the Land of the Rising Sun.
A Solemn Song for Zojo-ji
Zojo-ji was featured in a pop-video commercial, but this Buddhist temple is rich in Tokugawa history and solemn memorials for the unborn.
Dreaming of a Winter White Tokyo
Snow in Tokyo can be rare, but when it falls, the city is a thing of brief beauty. Find out the top spots to visit when Mother Nature turns the metropolis into a winter wonderland.
Hayao Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum
Enter the magical world of famed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki at the Ghibli Museum in the suburbs of Tokyo.
Marugame's Fan Club: A Cool Tradition
The craft of "uchiwa" fan-making is alive and well in Marugame city and offers visitors to Japan a beautiful, affordable souvenir that's part of the nation's tradition.
Racing Through Achipelago
For travelers who enjoy running, it's worth considering timing your trip to Japan with a race, registering and preparing far in advance, so you can get a little exercise while you're visiting temples and shrines and dining on sashimi and rice. Here's a partial list of marathons and half marathons throughout the archipelago.
Next Stop: Tokyo Station
Train and subway stations are usually thought of as a way of getting to somewhere else. Not so for Tokyo Station, where shops, restaurants and amazing architecture make the station itself a destination.
Ninja Attractions in Japan
Lists ninja related tourist spots in Japan.
Shinkansen: The Best Ride in Japan
All you need to know about Japan's bullet train.
Japan's UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites
What are Japan's UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites?
Things to Do During the Rainy Season in Japan
Japan's rainy season called tsuyu usually begins in early May in Okinawa and in early June in other regions, except Hokkaido. The humidity and gloomy weather might make you uncomfortable. Here are some ideas for fun things to do and places to visit during tsuyu in Japan. Japan's Rainy Season Climate in Japan
Tokyo on Ice
If you're an ice skater and want to sharpen your skills on the ice -- or if you just want to get a taste of what many Tokyo dwellers do for fun -- you're in luck: The city hosts many ice skating rinks. Here's a list of top rinks in Tokyo.