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Fido's Japanese Vacation
Want to take Fido to Japan with you? Here's all you need to know about getting through Japan's tough importation process so you can take your kitty or pup with you to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Planning for Good Health in Japan
Find out what vaccines you might need when traveling to Japan, what drugs and medicines you can't bring into Japan and how to get permission for taking medicine to Japan.

Roar Like a Lion in October

Best Way to Send Stuff to Japan
Move over postal service -- when it comes to sending your T-shirts, computers, dishes, books and other belongings to or from Japan, Yamato Transport is probably your best bet, despite the cost.

The Doctor Will See You Now
As the Scouts say, "Be Prepared." This goes for travel, too, and here you'll find out who to call if you need a doctor in Japan.


Marugame is one of hundreds of small cities all over Japan that you've never heard of and will probably never travel to. But, if you find yourself there or nearby, you'll be in luck, as there's plenty to do and see in this mini-metropolis of just about 100,000 people on northeastern Shikoku island.

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.

All the News that's Fit for Your Trip
A large number of English-language news sites offer reporting on Tokyo and beyond. Here are the top sites to bookmark and check before and during your trip, to keep informed. (After longing for a return visit to Japan, you'll also find yourself perusing the sites after getting home, too.)

Your Printer's Paper-Trail May End in Japan
Before taking your printer to Japan, find out if it's locked with a region code that may prevent you from using cartridges you buy while in Japan. If you're already in Japan, here's what to do.


If you're an American and you find yourself in the Nakanoshima section of Osaka, it's probably because you need to go to the U.S. Consulate. But while the area isn't known for ancient temples or shrines or castles, it is a handsome, clean area with several charming Western-style buildings constructed a century ago and a highly respected ceramics museum.

Getting to Osaka
Two airports, buses, bullet trains and ferries all take you to Osaka, Japan's No. 2 city. Here's how to get there.

Left to Your Own Devices in Japan
If you're traveling to Japan, you'll probably expect access to Wi-Fi. Don't. It can be spotty in Japan, whose population mostly depends on smartphone connections for access to the Internet when not at home or the office. Here's how you can ensure you stay connected on your trip.

Where to See Sakura With Your Sweetheart
No better place to take a date than a cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. Here are the Top 3 places in the city.

Jetting Through Japan
Flying domestically in Japan lets you cut down on travel time and can be a competitively priced alternative to riding on the Shinkansen bullet train. Making air travel easy between cities is the dozens upon dozens of domestic airports all over the nation. But there are pitfalls to flying. Here's how to avoid them.

Don't Go Off the Rails in Japan
Japan's rail system is efficient, clean and usually a fun ride. But for people who speak little Japanese, the rail system can appear overwhelming. Here's what you need to know for your rail rides on the archipelago.

Have Faith in Japan
Japan is known for its temples and shrines of Buddhist and Shinto origin. But Christian churches can be found, and some posses great architectural design. Here are the Top 3 churches and cathedrals to visit in Tokyo.

"Little Book" Packs Big Punch
Tuttle's "The Little Book of Japan" fills its pages with beautiful images of all that makes Japan awesome and ties the photos together with breezy prose about the country, its culture, traditions and history. It's small enough for the backpack and fun enough to keep on the coffee table, whether you're planning a trip to Japan, are already there, or just want to dream about going.

Don't Get Bitten on Your Trip to Japan
It's a rare chance you'd get bitten by a snake in Japan, but the risk is still real. Venomous snakes can be found throughout the archipelago, and here's what you need to know to stay safe.

Tokyo Gets Fired Up for Hanabi
July and August light up with fireworks festivals throughout Japan. If you're in Tokyo, here's the event lineup for 2014.

Tokyo's a Real Walk in the Park
The vast city of Tokyo can appear like a mass of concrete, glass and steel. But many sprawling parks full of trees and acres and acres of green occupy greater Tokyo -- the city and the prefecture. Here's a guide to the top parks of Japan's capital.

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