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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.
When You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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.
A Non-Native's Guide to Japanese Weddings
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese Sushi
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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.
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.
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
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.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
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.
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.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
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.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
Where to go in Japan - travel destinations in Japan
Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them 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.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
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.
Japan Map - Clickable Japan Map - Map of Japan
A clickable Japan map - map of Japan.: fukushima prefecture hokkaido prefecture shikoku region japan hokkaido chugoku region
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.
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.
Tatami
Japanese furniture tatami mats picture. Page 3.
The Longest Japanese Vacation: Living on the...
Ever thought about taking the ultimate vacation in Japan -- living there? Well, if you can swing a year or so there -- or longer -- here's what to expect.
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.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
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.
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.
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.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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.
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.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
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?
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.
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.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
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.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
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.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
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.
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.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
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.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
Shikoku: Japan's Other Great Island
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Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
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 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 Eat in Osaka
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
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.
Odaiba: Where Shopping and Gundam Meet
A giant Gundam statue, a Ferris wheel and tons of restaurants make the Obaida shopping centers more than just a place to buy stuff -- although that's why you'll go there. Here's the guide to shopping in Odaiba.
Hakone Tourist Attractions
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Japanese Festivals
A collection of Japanese festival pictures.
Airline Review: Delta Departed from 'Hospitalit...
Planning your trip to Japan? Choosing the right airline will be key to how good your trip over there and back is. I tried Delta, so you don't have to. ...
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
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.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Eating Udon Noodles in Kagawa
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
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.
True Colors of Japan
Japan has stunning fall foliage at parks and other places throughout the country. Here are the top destinations.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Kamakura Travel Guide
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
Osaka Attractions
A list of tourist attractions in Osaka, Japan.
New Year's Eve Events in Japan
A list of New Year's Eve events in Japan.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
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.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Find cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.: cherry blossom pictures japan map
Japan's Low Crime Doesn't Mean No Crime
Statistically, your travel to Japan will likely carry a lower risk of crime than had you stayed in your home country -- that is if you use a reasonable amount of care and caution. But like anywhere, Japan is not without risk. Here's what you need to know to stay safe.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
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.
Kyushu Region Fall Foliage Viewing Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Kyushu region.
Narita's Newest Hotel: Take One Capsule and...
Nine Hours hotel, which was slated to open July 20, 2014, at Narita International Airport, promises to let you shower, sit back, and sleep (inside a pod) without leaving the airport. Just make sure you're not claustrophobic before checking in.
Food Themed Parks
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
Temples to Visit in Kyoto
There are so many temples located in Kyoto. Here are popular ones to visit.
Budget Hotels in Osaka
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Nikko Travel Guide
Nikko is a great destination to go to see the old Japan and enjoy the beauty of nature. Find out what to see in the city.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
Snow Monkey Pictures
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
Japan's Miracle City: Hiroshima
Hiroshima, for Americans, is mostly associated with the World War II atomic bombing. But the first-class city was rebuilt long ago into a thriving metropolis, and is home to historic sites, culture and nature. And the prefecture by the same name has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and island retreat.
Japanese Garden Pictures
Pictures of Japanese gardens.
Introduction to Japanese Furniture
Describes about Japanese furniture.
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.
Popular Museums in Tokyo
Lists popular museums in Tokyo.
Outlet Shopping Centers in Eastern Japan
Outlet malls are great places to shop. Find where they are located in eastern Japan.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
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.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
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.
Hina Matsuri
Describes hina matsuri - Japanese girl's festival.
Soak Up Traditional Japan in Matsuyama
Matsuyama, one of Japan's bathhouse destinations, offers a window into feudal and 19th century Japan, with its famed hot spring bathhouses, massive 400-year-old castle, ancient shrines and temples, and traditional delicacies such as sweet bean snacks.
Japan for the Jaded Traveler
Though known for its tradition and technology, Japan offers plenty of offbeat things to do. Here are a few quirky activities to enjoy in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Osaka Fall Foliage Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Osaka.
Festivals of the Fall Season
What festivals are held during the autumn in Japan?
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
Introduction to Japanese Sumo
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
Tanabata Festivals
Tanabata are known as Japanese star festivals and are held in various locations in Japan. Find out where to visit this festival in Japan.
Japanese Currency
Japanese currency Japan Travel.
Guide to Mashiko
A guide to a Japanese pottery town, Mashiko.
Fall Foliage Viewing Spots in Sapporo
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Sapporo.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
Need a Mobile Phone in Japan? You Call the Shots
Getting a mobile phone in Japan isn't that hard if you know where to look. For visitors, several companies offer devices you can rent, and, for long-term residents, Japan's major phone carriers offer English-language websites with plenty of details on their plans. Or, if you're like me, you can always just carry around a bunch of heavy coins for the nation's huge number of old green pay phones that are still in use.
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
How To Eat Sushi
Here is a simple how to on eating sushi.
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.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
Quick Kyoto: 6 Spots to See in the Historic City
Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto's golden temple, is one of the city's 17 World Heritage sites.
These Tiny Japanese Towns Are Big on Small...
Deep in the countryside of Kagawa prefecture, a few hours from Osaka, are two small neighboring areas that produce 80 percent of Japan's pine bonsai. Tens of thousands of the dwarfed plants grow there in hundreds of nurseries that span as many acres, creating miniature forests of magnificently manicured and manipulated trees. Here's your guide to the small wonders of bonsai in Kinashi and Kokubunji.
Hokkaido Fall Faliage Viewing Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Hokkaido.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Akasaka & Roppongi Area
Are you looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget? Here is a list of reasonable ones in Akasaka Roppongi Area.
Top Spots in Odaiba: From Prime Time to Big...
Built entirely on reclaimed land, the Odaiba area in Tokyo Bay has a storied history and a promising future. Odaiba is slated to house part of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and it's already home to a giant gundam statue. It's also got some excellent shopping centers. Here are three top spots in Odaiba.
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