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Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
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 go to Japan, you probably are looking forward to eating delicious food. Here are basic table manners in Japan.
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
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.
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in 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.
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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 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.
This article describes autumn in Japan- from the colors of fall foliage to recommended activities for travelers to holidays celebrated in the season.
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.
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.
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
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.
Do you like haunted houses? They are called obake yashiki and are popular attractions, especially in summer. Find out where popular ones are located.
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
Many people dream of climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. Find out the best season and tips on how to climb the mountain.
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 clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
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.
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.
Are you looking for cheap flights to Japan? Here are some places to find discount airline tickets or travel packages to Japan.
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
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 in Osaka, the first Universal Studios park built outside of the United States.
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.
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.
A list of some ninja attractions, such as ninja houses and museums, in Japan. Addresses are listed and access from public transportation is described.
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.
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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.
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Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
A list and short descriptions of amusement, theme, and water parks in Tokyo. Click on the links for the home pages of each location.
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.
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
If you are going to Japan and looking for ways to save some money on traveling cost, here are some budget travel tips.
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
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.
Gift-giving is a very important aspect of cultural tradition in Japan. Learn more about this Japanese custom here, including prices and typical gifts.
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.
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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.
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.
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
A brief overview of how Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan. How is it different from Valentine's Day in the United States?
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Are you interested in seeing traditional festivals in Japan? Here is a list of popular ones to visit in places like Kyoto and Osaka.
A list of popular water parks in Japan. The list includes brief descriptions of each location, access, and dates of operation.
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.
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.
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
What is Setsubun? Here is a brief introduction to the history and practice of this Japanese holiday at the end of winter.
Japanese ATMs often will reject cards from other countries. Find out how to get yen from ATMs while in Japan.
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.
Japan has stunning fall foliage at parks and other places throughout the country. Here are the top destinations.
Lists some hotels located in the Narita area, Japan.
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
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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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.
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.
Pictures of Hiroshima, Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
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.
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
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.
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
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.
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.
Describes about Japanese furniture.
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.
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
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.
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.
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
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.
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
A guided tour of the Imperial Palace inner grounds. These pages include photos of each site as well as additional links.
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
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.
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
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. ...
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.
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.
What festivals are held during the autumn in Japan?
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.
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Kyushu region.
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Asakusa area.
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.
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Ginza and Shingbashi areas.
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A list of New Year's Eve events in Japan.
Pictures of Japanese gardens.
A collection of Japanese festival pictures.
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
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Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
Ritsurin Park is a place of poetry and natural beauty that only could have been crafted by the riches of feudal Japan.
A list of tourist attractions in Osaka, Japan.
Florida and California may be the kings of citrus in the U.S., but in Japan it's the southwestern areas of Ehime and Wakayama. The two prefectures even offer several orange-picking farm tours where tourists can eat and take home the tangy, juicy fruits.
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
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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.
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Traditional Tokyo is alive and well in Asakusa, in particular the brand of Japanese folk culture that was the hallmark of the “shitamachi,” the working class culture that symbolizes everything neighborly and friendly to Tokyoites. And while Asakusa, like almost everything else in Tokyo, is a reconstruction, many of the stores and businesses that populated the “shitamachi” are still around, even though they have disappeared everywhere else. All of the following are within a five-minute walk from the subway and train stations serving Asakusa, including Asakusa station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Asakusa lines.
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Nine Hours hotel, which opens 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.
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.
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.
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.
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
The chances of being in Japan on vacation at the time of a major earthquake are next to zero. Still, it doesn't hurt to know what to do if one were to strike.
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.
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.
Here is a simple how to on eating sushi.
Kyoto was Japan's ancient capital, and there are many sites listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Check out some of the popular places to visit.
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There are so many temples located in Kyoto. Here are popular ones to visit.
Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto's golden temple, is one of the city's 17 World Heritage sites.