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Wondering What Christmas Is Like in Japan?
Christmas is not an officially recognized national holiday in Japan, but that doesn't mean the Japanese don't have their own way of celebrating.
How Do They Celebrate New Year's in Japan?
How is New Year celebrated in Japan? Find out about the various new year celebrations in Japan and the the different customs celebrated during the holidays.
When You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
A Tourist's Guide to Hanami, Japan's Cherry...
Cherry blossom festivals are one of the most colorful events of the year in Japan. Describes hanami and cherry blossom festivals in Japan.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
Traveling During the Winter Holiday Season
Tips for traveling during the winter holiday season in Japan. Know the typical dates of holidays celebrated in Japan to avoid crowds and save money.
Can I Get a Fork When I Eat Out in Tokyo?
When you go to Japan, you probably are looking forward to eating delicious food. Here are basic table manners in Japan.
Japanese Gift Giving Customs
Gift-giving is a very important aspect of cultural tradition in Japan. Learn more about this Japanese custom here, including prices and typical gifts.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
A Non-Native's Guide to Japanese Weddings
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
When Should You Go to Japan?
Now that you've decided to visit Japan, you may be wondering when you should go. Here's a guide to what's happening during each season in Japan.
Japanese Sushi
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
Japanese New Year Preparations
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
What to Buy, Not to Buy, at the Airport
Despite what you may think, some things are best bought at the airport. And, others should be nabbed in shops in Tokyo. Here's your guide to what to buy at Haneda and Narita, and what to buy in the city.
How to Bow Properly On Your Trip to Japan
Bowing, ojigi, is an important custom in Japan. If you know how to bow, you will earn a lot of respect from the locals.
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.
Don't Go Off the Rails: How to Use the JR Trains
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.
Before You Go to Japan for the First Time
Are you going to Japan for the first time? Here are things you might want to know and help your travel planning.
Holiday Lights in Tokyo
Lists places to go to see Christmas illuminations in Tokyo.
Learn All About Japan's Colorful Tanabata...
Tanabata are Japanese traditional festivals take place in summer. Read about history and traditions of the festival and find out where they are held.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
Discount Flights and Tour Packages to Japan
Are you looking for cheap flights to Japan? Here are some places to find discount airline tickets or travel packages to Japan.
Countdown to New Year 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.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
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Christmas in Japan Pictures
Pictures of Christmas lights in Japan.
Top 3 Dinner Views of Tokyo
Many of Tokyo's high-rises have observation decks at the top floors with restaurants offering views of the metropolis along with lunch, dinner and desert.
Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
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Your Guide to Climbing Mount Fuji in Japan
Many people dream of climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. Find out the best season and tips on how to climb the mountain.
Popular Swimming Beaches in Japan
Do you plan to go to Japan in the summer? Here is a list of popular swimming beaches to visit across the country, from Okinawa to Hokkaido.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
Ninja Attractions
A list of some ninja attractions, such as ninja houses and museums, in Japan. Addresses are listed and access from public transportation is described.
Five Tips for Flying to Japan
With such a long and often complicated flight, traveling to Japan can be tricky. Here are five tips to make life in transit a little bit easier.
Asakusa Attractions
A list and brief descriptions of some of the most popular tourist attractions in Asakusa in Tokyo. Click the links for further information and details.
Attractions for Anime/Manga Fans
Are you a fan of anime and manga? Here is a list of popular attractions in Japan associated with some of the most popular series.
10 Most Popular Amusement Parks in Japan
There are many fun amusement parks and theme parks across Japan. Here is a list of ten popular ones to visit with different styles and attractions.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Airports in Japan
Are you traveling by air in Japan? Here are links to some major airports in Japan, to some of the most popular prefectures for tourists.
Autumn in Japan
This article describes autumn in Japan- from the colors of fall foliage to recommended activities for travelers to holidays celebrated in the season.
Japan Budget Travel Tips
If you are going to Japan and looking for ways to save some money on traveling cost, here are some budget travel tips.
Have Faith in Japan: Touring Tokyo's Churches
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.
Tokyo Amusement Parks
A list and short descriptions of amusement, theme, and water parks in Tokyo. Click on the links for the home pages of each location.
The Mechanics of Japanese ATMs
Japanese ATMs often will reject cards from other countries. Find out how to get yen from ATMs while in Japan.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
New Year's Eve Events in Japan
A list of New Year's Eve events in Japan.
Pick Your Berry Best
You don't know strawberries until you've tried a fresh one in Japan. The fruit is famous in the country, and farms all over the nation let you pick your own. Here's your guide to strawberry picking across the archipelago.
What Is the Japanese Festival of Setsubun?
What is Setsubun? Here is a brief introduction to the history and practice of this Japanese holiday at the end of winter.
Great Aquariums in Japan
Do you like visiting aquariums around the world? Here is a list of great ones to visit in Japan. Descriptions, locations, and access are included.
Valentine's Day in Japan
A brief overview of how Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan. How is it different from Valentine's Day in the United States?
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
Rainy Season in Japan
This article describes when the rainy season in Japan is and what it's like. Be prepared for rain and humidity if you're traveling during this time.
Japanese New Year Cards
Describe Japanese new year cards.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
Top Water Parks in Japan
A list of popular water parks in Japan. The list includes brief descriptions of each location, access, and dates of operation.
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
A Quick Guide to Universal Studios Japan
A quick guide to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, the first Universal Studios park built outside of the United States.
Popular Haunted Houses/Attractions in Japan
Do you like haunted houses? They are called obake yashiki and are popular attractions, especially in summer. Find out where popular ones are located.
5 Things You Must Know About Japan
When traveling, it can be easy to follow the routines of home. The problem, of course, is you forget to think or learn about how things are done in the nation at which you're visiting. Here's what you need to know when traveling to Japan.
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.
How To Take a Bath in Japan
If you have a plan to visit public bath or onsen facilities in Japan, it's helpful to know how to take a Japanese-style bath. Here are some tips.
Kagawa Has the Best Artists You've Never Heard Of
Kagawa is mostly unknown as a tourist destination, but it houses works by some of the world's greatest – and often under appreciated -- artists and craftsmen: furniture-maker George Nakashima, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, architect Tadao Ando, and painter Genichiro Inokuma.
Ajisai Hydrangea Viewing in Tokyo
A list of popular ajisai hydrangea viewing spots in Tokyo.
Packing Tips for a Trip to Japan
If you are packing for your trip to Japan, here are some brief tips on what to bring and some descriptions of cultural practices to keep in mind.
Guide to Sapporo in Hokkaido
A brief guide to the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan. Also find information on how to get there as well as links for what to see and do in Sapporo.
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.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
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Japanese Customs to Know Before You Go
A list of Japanese customs you need to know before you go to Japan.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
Top 12 Oldest Castles in Japan
A number of Japan's castles are reconstructions of the past. But these 12 are all original ones rich in history and beauty that survived war, weather, and earthquakes.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Osaka
Hanami, or flower viewing, is one of the most popular activities in Japan during the spring. Here is a list of popular places to visit in Osaka for hanami.
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
Ice Skating Rinks in Tokyo and Yokohama
A list of outdoor ice-skating rinks in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan.
Shinkansen: The Best Ride in Japan
First unveiled in 1964 with the Tokaido Shinkansen, the Shinkansen is a high-speed railway network that races riders at speeds of 150-200 miles per hour up and down the archipelago. Though a new invention, the Shinkansen has become just as much a part of Japan as its oldest shrines and castles and is a must-see for visitors.
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.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
Tokyo Shibuya Christmas Lights
Pictures of Christmas lights in Tokyo Shibuya. Page 6.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Shinjuku Area
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in the Shinjuku area. Addresses and access are included.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
A Quick Guide to Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular theme parks in Japan. Get basic information about the the park.
Popular Japanese Festivals to Visit
Are you interested in seeing traditional festivals in Japan? Here is a list of popular ones to visit in places like Kyoto and Osaka.
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
Things to Do During the Rainy Season in Japan
If you plan to visit Japan in early summer, see this list of things to do during the rainy season in Japan and find out what you can do on rainy days.
Racing Through the Archipelago
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.
Okinawa Island Attractions
Okinawa Main Island is the largest island in Okinawa where the capital city of prefecture is located. Find out where to visit in the island.
Weather in Sapporo-city
Describes basic weather conditions for Sapporo-city. Page 6.
Popular Shrines and Temples for New Year's Visit
People in Japan visit shrines and temples during New Year's holidays. Here is a list of popular places for the visit.
Tokyo Marunouchi Christmas Lights
Pictures of Christmas lights in Tokyo Marunouchi. Page 4.
JAL Is at Your Service
Thinking of traveling to Japan? Choosing an airline can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your trip. I recommend considering Japan Airlines for the service and generosity of staff.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Tokyo Tower Christmas Lights
A picture of Tokyo Tower Christmas illuminations. Page 3.
Tour of the Imperial Palace Inner Grounds
A guided tour of the Imperial Palace inner grounds. These pages include photos of each site as well as additional links.
Tokyo Roppongi Christmas Lights
Pictures of Tokyo Roppongi Christmas lights. Page 2.
Tokyo Shinjuku Christmas Lights Pictures
Pictures of Christmas lights in Tokyo Shinjuku. Page 5.
Weather in Naha-city
Describes basic weather conditions for Naha-city. Page 3.
Tokyo Ebisu Christmas Lights
Pictures of Christmas lights in Tokyo Ebisu. Page 7.
White Glove Treatment: Taking a Taxi in Japan
If you go to Japan, make sure you ride in a taxi at least once, even if just for a short distance. The driver will likely be wearing white gloves, the car likely lined with lacy white cotton seat covers, and the ride a taste of royalty. And it will all be at the cost the common man can afford.
Weather in Osaka-city
Describes basic weather conditions for Osaka-city. Page 2.
Shikoku: Japan's Other Great Island
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What to Eat in Osaka
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
Night Clubs in Tokyo
A list of night clubs in Tokyo. This list includes addresses, access from public transportation, and relevant notes, as well as links to the home pages.
Kagamimochi Rice Cakes
A picture of Japanese New Year decoration. Page 2.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Asakusa & Ueno Area
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Asakusa area.
Kadomatsu
A pictures of Japanese New Year decoration.
So ... You Had a Baby in Japan: Here's How to...
If you have a baby while in Japan, here's what you need to know to ensure your kid is an American citizen (presuming one of the parents, is, too).
Weather in Kyoto-city
Describes basic weather conditions for Kyoto-city. Page 4.
Eating Udon Noodles in Kagawa
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
Mt. Fuji
Describes the weather around the summit of Mt. Fuji.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
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Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
Getting Around by Car in Japan
How to get around by car in Japan.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Ginza Mikimoto Christmas Tree
Pictures of Christmas lights in Japan.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
Tokyo Odaiba Christmas Lights
Pictures of Christmas lights in Tokyo Odaiba. Page 8.
Eating on the Cheap: Where to Dine in Japan...
Tokyo always makes those Top 10 lists of most expensive places to live, and Japan in general can be a pricey place. But while it's true that you can spend as much as you'd pay for a new tablet computer at a fine sushi restaurant, cheap chow is always close by. Here are some of the best ways and places to get a truly Japanese meal that won't have you emptying out your bank account by trip's end.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
Introduction to Manekineko
Manekineko are Japanese cat-shaped lucky charms. Read about the meaning of manekineko and more.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Japanese Currency
Japanese currency Japan Travel.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
Hakone Tourist Attractions
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
Budget Hotels in Osaka
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Introduction to Japanese Furniture
Describes about Japanese furniture.
Going off the Peak: The Perks of Off-Season...
Most people save their vacation time for the summer, but this isn't always the best idea when heading to Japan. Some of the best times to travel to the archipelago are during the cool of November or March -- and even the chilly months in between can save you money on airline tickets and hotel rooms and the hassle of competing with other tourists for the best spots and views. Here are tips to traveling off the peak.
Taiko Drum
A picture of Japanese taiko drum. Page 6.
Japan Prefecture Map - Fukushima
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Japanese Volcano Pictures
Pictures of Japanese volcanoes.
Cruising Through Tokyo
One of the best ways to take a guided tour of Tokyo is on an open-top bus, especially during the long spring and fall, and the hot Japanese summer. Here are the Top 2 tour buses.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Japan Map - Kanagawa Prefecture Map
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Introduction to Japanese Sumo
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Weather in Central Tokyo
Describes basic weather conditions for central Tokyo.
Japanese New Year Pictures
Pictures of Japanese New Year.
Hatsumode
A picture of Hatsumode. Japan Travel. Page 3.
Weather in Japan
Describes basic weather conditions and indicates average summer and winter temperatures for major cities in Japan.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
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