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Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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 Non-Native's Guide to Japanese Weddings
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
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.
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.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
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.
When You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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.
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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
Where to go in Japan - travel destinations 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
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.
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.
Japan Map - Clickable Japan Map - Map of Japan
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
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.
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.
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.
What to Give When You Go: 8 Souvenirs Your...
If you go to Japan and return home without gifts for your close friends and family, you're being selfish. Even an inexpensive souvenir can tell your loved ones a story about the nation's culture, and, of course make them envious that you got to go, and they didn't. And probably a small present is all you can fit in your suitcase and afford, especially after the cost of such a trip. Here are eight gift ideas for the first-time traveler to Japan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
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.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Festivals of the Summer Season
List major festivals held during the summer months.
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.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
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.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
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.
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.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
Kawadoko
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
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.
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
Living in Japan Pictures
A collection of living in Japan pictures.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Obon Events
Here is a list of popular events held during obon period in Japan.
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:
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
Miyazaki's Magical Museum in Mitaka
Enter the magical world of famed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki at the Ghibli Museum in the suburbs of Tokyo.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
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.
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.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
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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.
Railways in Japan
Links to various railways 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.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
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.
Chubu Region Fall Foliage Viewing Spots
A list of popular fall foliage viewing spots in Chubu region.
Food Themed Parks
A list of food theme parks 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.
Japanese Customs to Know Before You Go
A list of Japanese customs you need to know before you go to 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.
Japanese New Year Preparations
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
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:
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.
Okinawa Pictures
A picture collection of Okinawa, Japan.
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.
Guest Houses in Japan
Provides resources for finding guest houses in Japan.
Kamakura Travel Guide
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
Snow Monkey Pictures
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
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.
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.
Osaka Capsule Hotels
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.
What's in Store in Tokyo
Department stores in Japan are the only places where you can find basement grocers stacked with senbei rice crackers, o-hagi sweets and bento lunch boxes; fashion departments that rival Paris or Milan; home furnishings departments that sell handmade ceramics, fine cotton Imabari towels, and Japanese knives, along with international brands like Wedgewood or Royal Copenhagen; and gourmet restaurant floors where lines at lunchtime extend around the stores. Top that with stellar Japanese customer service, and you will want to include a department store visit on your trip to Tokyo. Three department stores are staples of Japanese shopping: Mitsukoshi, Isetan, and Takashimaya.
Snow Monkey Picture
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan. Page 37.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Find cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
Sapporo Attractions
Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido. Find out what to see and do in the city.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
Hokkaido Fall Faliage Viewing Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Hokkaido.
"Kyoto Gardens" Rooted in Beauty and Prose
“Kyoto Gardens” is the sort of travel book that will make you miss Japan, whether you've been there or not. The work, which is published by Tuttle and sells for $22.95, is a travel guide, but it's also a coffee table book and reference guide. In addition to using it to plan your trip to Kyoto, you can keep it on your shelf and pull it out to reflect on past visits to the old capital. Or, you can just flip through the glossy photos of picturesque gardens and intriguing stories about their histories and daydream about Japan.
True Colors of Japan
Japan has stunning fall foliage at parks and other places throughout the country. Here are the top destinations.
Budget Hotels in Osaka
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Ginza & Shinbashi
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Ginza and Shingbashi areas.
Shugi Bukuro - Wedding Money Gift Envelope
A picture of Japanese shugi bukuro wedding money gift envelope. Page 14.
Japanese Festivals
A collection of Japanese festival pictures.
Always Sunny in Okayama
The southwestern prefecture Okayama, about an hour by Shinkansen from Osaka and not too much further from Kyoto, has hot spring bath houses, traditional pottery, a castle and garden and, by American standards, a big city. Here are the top spots in the prefecture.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
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.
Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
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.
Japan Prefecture Map - Fukushima
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Soak Up the Best of Japan
Probably one of Japan's most underrated attractions is its bathhouses. But, I promise, if you fly thousands of miles to the archipelago just for a soak in the tub, you won't be wasting your time or money. Here are five of the nation's top bathhouse destinations.
Steeped in Tradition: Tea Leaf Picking
Japan and tea go together, like, well, Japan and sushi. But tea is not just a drink to be sipped. In Japan, tea -- mainly ocha, or green tea, or matcha, green tea powder -- is a lifestyle and includes rituals, ceremonies, celebrations, and unrelenting university research. It's also, at its most basic level, a thing to be planted and picked. Here we look at the tea-picking tours of Japan.
Tokyo Akihabara Attractions
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, 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.
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?
Mount Fuji and Lake Yamanaka, autumn
A picture of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Festivals of the Fall Season
What festivals are held during the autumn 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.
Things to Do in Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, offers many attractions for visitors. Here is a list of some of great things to do in the city.
Fall Foliage Viewing Spots in Kyoto
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Kyoto, Japan.
Avoid Getting Burned in The Land of the Rising...
Getting ready for your summer trip to Japan? Here are five tips you need to know to have a good time in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Osaka: No. 3 at its Best
Often over-looked Osaka is a huge city by American standards and remains an economic engine in Asia. It's also a great place to visit, with its variety of top restaurants, towering castle, shopping destinations and close proximity to the Japan of old: Nara, Kyoto and Himeji castle.
Odaiba Beach
A picture of Odaiba Beach. Japan Travel. Page 12.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
Introduction to Japanese Sumo
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.

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