Japan Travel: Most Popular Articles
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
A list of popular water parks in Japan. The list includes brief descriptions of each location, access, and dates of operation.
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.
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.
Cherry blossom festivals are one of the most colorful events of the year in Japan. Describes hanami and cherry blossom festivals in Japan.
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony 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.
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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.
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
Describes the weather around the summit of Mt. Fuji.
This article describes autumn in Japan- from the colors of fall foliage to recommended activities for travelers to holidays celebrated in the season.
When you go to Japan, you probably are looking forward to eating delicious food. Here are basic table manners in 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.
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
Tanabata are Japanese traditional festivals take place in summer. Read about history and traditions of the festival and find out where they are held.
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.
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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 and short descriptions of amusement, theme, and water parks in Tokyo. Click on the links for the home pages of each location.
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.
Are you going to Japan for the first time? Here are things you might want to know and help your travel planning.
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
Are you looking for cheap flights to Japan? Here are some places to find discount airline tickets or travel packages to 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.
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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 list of some ninja attractions, such as ninja houses and museums, in Japan. Addresses are listed and access from public transportation is described.
A quick guide to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, the first Universal Studios park built outside of the United States.
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Do you like haunted houses? They are called obake yashiki and are popular attractions, especially in summer. Find out where popular ones are located.
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.
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
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.
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 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 brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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.
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.
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in 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 brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
July and August light up with fireworks festivals throughout Japan. If you're in Tokyo, here's the event lineup for 2014.
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
If you are going to Japan and looking for ways to save some money on traveling cost, here are some budget travel tips.
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
Gift-giving is a very important aspect of cultural tradition in Japan. Learn more about this Japanese custom here, including prices and typical gifts.
List major festivals held during the summer months.
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 plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Tanabata are known as Japanese star festivals and are held in various locations in Japan. Find out where to visit this festival in Japan.
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns 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.
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular theme parks in Japan. Get basic information about the the park.
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
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 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.
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.
The vast city of Tokyo can appear like a mass of concrete, glass and steel. But many sprawling parks full of trees and acres and acres of green occupy greater Tokyo -- the city and the prefecture. Here's a guide to the top parks of Japan's capital.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Japanese ATMs often will reject cards from other countries. Find out how to get yen from ATMs while in Japan.
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Asakusa area.
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 collection of Japanese festival pictures.
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
Describes basic weather conditions for Osaka-city. Page 2.
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
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 collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
What is Setsubun? Here is a brief introduction to the history and practice of this Japanese holiday at the end of winter.
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.
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.
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
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.
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.
The small islands of the Seto Inland Sea, off the northern coast of Shikoku and south of Okayama and Osaka prefectures, make for a collection of stunning destinations for day trips and full-on vacations. In 2013, about a dozen of the islets got included in the Setouchi Triennale 2013, a massive art project inviting travelers with exhibits, temporary and permanent, by well-known and local talents. But when the shows end, the white sandy beaches, ancient historic sites, and rustic towns remain for the adventurous tourist.
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.
Lists Japanese national holidays.
Lists popular museums in Tokyo.
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.
A guided tour of the Imperial Palace inner grounds. These pages include photos of each site as well as additional links.
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
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.
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
There's a very rare chance you'd get bitten by a snake in Japan, but the risk is still real. Venomous snakes can be found throughout the archipelago, and here's what you need to know to stay safe.
Describes hina matsuri - Japanese girl's festival.
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
Tokyo Tower is not only an antique symbolizing Japan's recovery years, but an icon of the city, still worth visiting, even though it's now overshadowed by today's high-rises.
Find out what to see in Yokohama-city.
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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.
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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.
Here is a list of popular events held during obon period in Japan.
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
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If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Ikebukuro area.
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
It's a quick guide to Tokyo DisneySea, a theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
A list of tourist attractions in Osaka, Japan.
What festivals are held during the autumn in Japan?
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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.
A guide to a Japanese pottery town, Mashiko.
Provides resources for finding guest houses in Japan.
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
Describes about Japanese furniture.
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.
A brief overview of how Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan. How is it different from Valentine's Day in the United States?
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.
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.
Lists famous Japanese castles among tourists.
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
A picture of Odaiba Beach. Japan Travel. Page 12.
Looking to cook up a good time in Tokyo? Then bring your own barbecue. But you better know where. Here's the top spots to grill your own steak in Japan's capital city.
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 quick guide to Fuji Five Lakes in Japan.
Are you looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget? Here is a list of reasonable ones in Akasaka Roppongi Area.
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Lists major events and festivals in Tokyo.
Lists major museums in Tokyo. Japan Travel.
Bonsai may have roots in ancient China, but Japan owns its tradition of the living art form. And for fans of the craft, plenty of bonsai festivals and destinations await on the archipelago. Here's your guide to bonsai in Japan.
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.