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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.
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.
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.
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.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
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 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.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
Japanese Sushi
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
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.
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.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
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.
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.
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.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
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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.
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.
Japan Map - Nagano Prefecture Map
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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.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
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.
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.
Japanese New Year Preparations
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Holiday Lights in Tokyo
Lists places to go to see Christmas illuminations in Tokyo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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.
"Tokyo on Foot" a Great Feat: Sketch Diary...
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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.
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?
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
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.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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.
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.
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
Festivals of the Summer Season
List major festivals held during the summer months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese New Year Cards
Describe Japanese new year cards.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
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New Year's Eve Events in Japan
A list of New Year's Eve events 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.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
Popular Geisha Shows in Japan
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Hakone Tourist Attractions
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
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.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
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.
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.
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.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
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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.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
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.
Getting Around by Car in Japan
How to get around by car in Japan.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
Japan Prefecture Map - Fukushima
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Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
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.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
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.
Snow Monkey Pictures
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
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. ...
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.
Osaka Attractions
A list of tourist attractions in Osaka, Japan.
Introduction to Japanese Furniture
Describes about Japanese furniture.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
The Naked Truth About Onsen
If you travel to Japan, you'll be missing out if you don't take a dip in an onsen, or hot spring bathhouse. But you'll need to know these eight rules, first.
A Quick Guide to Tokyo DisneySea
It's a quick guide to Tokyo DisneySea, a theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
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.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Shikoku: Japan's Other Great Island
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Ski Resorts in Japan
Provides resources about ski resorts in Japan.
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.
Okinawa Pictures
A picture collection of Okinawa, Japan.
What to Eat in Tokyo
A list of specialty food in Tokyo.
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.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
What to Eat in Osaka
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
Tokyo Shinjuku Christmas Illumination Pictures
Tokyo Shinjuku Christmas illumination pictures
Popular Museums in Tokyo
Lists popular museums in Tokyo.
Tatami
Japanese furniture tatami mats picture. Page 3.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
Festivals of the Fall Season
What festivals are held during the autumn in Japan?
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.
Cherry Blossom Spots in Kanto Region
Lists popular places to see cherry blossoms in Kanto region.
Tokyo Midtown Tower
Pictures of Tokyo Roppongi Tokyo Midtown Tower. Page 3.
Book Review: "Little Book of Japan" Packs Big...
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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.
Temples to Visit in Kyoto
There are so many temples located in Kyoto. Here are popular ones to visit.
Osaka Fall Foliage Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Osaka.
Japanese Wedding Kimono
A picture of Japanese wedding kimono custume. Page 7.
Shinjuku Station: One-Stop Shopping
Shinjuku station is the world's busiest rail station -- with well over 3 million people passing through each day. But it's also an underground maze of shopping and dining.
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.
Osaka Capsule Hotels
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.
Introduction to Manekineko
Manekineko are Japanese cat-shaped lucky charms. Read about the meaning of manekineko and more.
Japanese Wedding
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures. Page 6.
Tokyo Akihabara Attractions
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, Japan.
Japan Map - Gunma Prefecture Map
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