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Japan Travel: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Santa's Next Stop: 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.
A Non-Native's Guide to Japanese Weddings
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
When You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
Introduction to Japanese Sumo
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
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.
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.
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.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
5 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.
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.
Sushi: The Not So Raw Truth
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
A Prescription for Prison Time
If you're reading this on the plane to Japan and your suitcase contains a package of Tylenol Cold, your prescription for Adderall, and a dirty magazine you picked up in the bookstore at the O'Hare, you have reason to be worried: All three are not allowed in the country. Here's a guide to what's banned in 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.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
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.
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.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
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.
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.
Japan Map - Clickable Japan Map - Map of Japan
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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.
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.
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.
Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
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.
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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
Where to go in Japan - travel destinations in Japan
Chilling Out in Japan
While most people travel in the spring and summer, Japan can be enjoyed all year. I think the archipelago is especially beautiful in the winter, when the sunlight is soft and the tsubaki flowers are in full bloom (you can also get some good deals in the cooler days). Here are the top 5 things to do in Japan when it's cold outside.
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.
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.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels 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.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
Okinawa Pictures
A picture collection of Okinawa, 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.
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.
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.
Japanese New Year Preparations
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Top 12 Oldest Castles in Japan: Keeps That...
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.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
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.
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.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
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A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
Snow Monkey Pictures
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
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.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
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.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
Holiday Lights in Tokyo
Lists places to go to see Christmas illuminations 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.
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.
Weather in Japan
Describes basic weather conditions and indicates average summer and winter temperatures for major cities in Japan.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Find cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
New Year's Eve Events in Japan
A list of New Year's Eve events in Japan.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Japan on the Cheap
Japan is known as a nation where you can buy melons that cost upwards of $30 and sushi dinners priced in the hundreds of dollars. Its top city, Tokyo, is one of the world's most expensive cities to live in. But these are the extremes, and travelers on a limited budget can still enjoy the archipelago if they plan properly. Here are six tips to vacationing in Japan on the cheap:
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.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Nikko Pictures
Pictures of Nikko, Japan.
Book Review: Tuttle Guide Offers Breezy Tour of...
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Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
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.
Osaka Capsule Hotels
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.
Railways in Japan
Links to various railways 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.
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.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
Skip Tokyo: Why You Should Land in Osaka Instead
While Tokyo is a favorite place to visit for vacationers in Japan, there are plenty of reasons to instead head for the capital's little brother out west: Osaka. Here are five of them.
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.
Cool Events of November: What's Happening This...
Orange picking, a samurai parade and a marathon are among the events set for this month. Here's what to look for in November in Japan:
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
To Bring or Not to Bring: Packing for Your...
There are several things to consider when packing for your trip to Japan, more so, perhaps, than when travelling to Europe. Some things will get you in trouble, others will keep you out of it. Others will just make your life easier. Here are five tips for packing for your Japanese vacation:
Kamakura Travel Guide
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
Guest Houses in Japan
Provides resources for finding guest houses in Japan.
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.
Capturing Japan: 6 Photo-Taking Tips
If you are going to go all the way to Japan and investing in the time and cost of the trip, I suggest you learn a bit about using a camera and getting some equipment to capture the sights of your journey.
Ringing in the Japanese New Year
If you're in the Land of the Rising Sun on Dec. 31, here's how to ring in the coming year, from north to south.
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.
Getting Around by Car in Japan
How to get around by car in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
Nikko Toshogu Shrine Yomeimon Gate
Pictures of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Japan. Page 5.
Christmas in Japan Pictures
Pictures of Christmas lights in Japan.
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.
Food Themed Parks
A list of food theme parks 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.
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.
Sweet on Sakura
As sakura season takes over Japan, the nation not only loves to watch the flowers in full bloom, but also to taste them as snack companies make special sakura treats for hanami. Here's how to get your own taste before the cherry blossom time goes away till next year.
Tokyo Akihabara Attractions
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, Japan.
Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyushu and Okinawa
Lists popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyushu and Okinawa.
Living in Japan Pictures
A collection of living in Japan pictures.
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.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
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.
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
Kegon Falls
Pictures of Nikko Kegon Falls, Japan. Page 8.
Outlet Shopping Centers in Eastern Japan
Outlet malls are great places to shop. Find where they are located in eastern 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.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Hokkaido Fall Faliage Viewing Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Hokkaido.
Popular Geisha Shows in Japan
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Volcanos in Japan: No Need for an Eruption of...
The recent and tragic eruption of a volcano in Nagano is a reminder of the real threat that lava and ash can pose. But, if you already have tickets to Japan in hand, don't worry about the next volcano. Just know what to look out for and expect in the very unlikely event you're near one that's about to blow.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
If Japan's High Prices Bug You, Hit the Flea...
In general, the stereotype that Japanese like things that are new is true: New houses are built where old ones were, new cars dominate the roads, and a new Lawson opening is like a block party. But one exception is flea markets, where you may find a bargain-priced treasure in someone's junk. Or, you might just find junk. Here's a guide to flea markets in Japan.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Osaka Castle
Pictures of Osaka Castle in Osaka, Japan.
Budget Hotels in Osaka
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Ajisai Hydrangea Viewing in Tokyo
A list of popular ajisai hydrangea viewing spots in Tokyo.
Lessons of Teaching English in Japan: 5 Rules...
I taught English in Japan for about a half year in 2010, and, again, to a few students to make extra cash over 2013 and 2014 while living there and freelance writing. Getting a job teaching at eikaiwa, or English conversation schools, is still relatively easy in Japan, even in the countryside. Here are the 6 rules of the job.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
October Fests: How to Spend Early Autumn in Japan
Despite the popularity of summer travel, one of the best times to visit Japan is in the fall. That's when the leaves turn copper, crimson and yellow in the north, and temperatures are still warm in the south and west. It's also after the suffocating heat of summer has finally blown away for the year, and when the lines of tourists begin to shorten or disappear completely. In addition, airline tickets tend to be cheaper at this time than they are in the summer and spring months. And there's still plenty to see and do. Here are some of the top activities around the nation this month.
Guide to Hiroshima Japan
Hiroshima is a major tourist destination located in western Honshu Island of Japan. Find out where to visit in the city.
Quick Kyoto: 6 Spots to See in the Historic City
Gion,with its quaint streets, old wooden buildings, and traditional shops, is considered the heart of Kyoto.
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.
Narita's Newest Hotel: Take One Capsule and...
Nine Hours hotel, which opened 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.
Manno Koen: A Real Walk in the Park
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Fall Foliage Viewing Spots in Kyoto
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Kyoto, Japan.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Shinagawa &...
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Shinagawa, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo Bay areas.
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.

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