Japan Travel: Most Popular Articles
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
Cherry blossom festivals are one of the most colorful events of the year in Japan. Describes hanami and cherry blossom festivals in Japan.
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
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.
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.
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
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.
Bowing, ojigi, is an important custom in Japan. If you know how to bow, you will earn a lot of respect from the locals.
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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.
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.
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.
Do you like haunted houses? They are called obake yashiki and are popular attractions, especially in summer. Find out where popular ones are located.
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 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.
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
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.
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
Are you going to Japan for the first time? Here are things you might want to know and help your travel planning.
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
Are you looking for cheap flights to Japan? Here are some places to find discount airline tickets or travel packages to Japan.
A list of some ninja attractions, such as ninja houses and museums, in Japan. Addresses are listed and access from public transportation is described.
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A quick guide to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, the first Universal Studios park built outside of the United States.
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.
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.
Gift-giving is a very important aspect of cultural tradition in Japan. Learn more about this Japanese custom here, including prices and typical gifts.
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
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.
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.
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them 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.
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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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 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.
Are you interested in seeing traditional festivals in Japan? Here is a list of popular ones to visit in places like Kyoto and Osaka.
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.
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.
Japanese furniture tatami mats picture. Page 3.
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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 collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
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 Setsubun? Here is a brief introduction to the history and practice of this Japanese holiday at the end of winter.
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
A list of popular water parks in Japan. The list includes brief descriptions of each location, access, and dates of operation.
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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.
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.
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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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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 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 list and short descriptions of amusement, theme, and water parks in Tokyo. Click on the links for the home pages of each location.
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
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.
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
A brief overview of how Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan. How is it different from Valentine's Day in the United States?
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular theme parks in Japan. Get basic information about the the park.
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 guided tour of the Imperial Palace inner grounds. These pages include photos of each site as well as additional links.
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
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.
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Describe Japanese new year cards.
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
How to get around by car in Japan.
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
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.
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A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Lists famous Japanese castles among tourists.
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 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.
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. ...
A picture of Japanese shugi bukuro wedding money gift envelope. Page 14.
A list of New Year's Eve events in Japan.
A list of tourist attractions in Osaka, Japan.
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
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.
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
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.
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.
Japanese ATMs often will reject cards from other countries. Find out how to get yen from ATMs while in Japan.
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.
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
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.
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
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A list of what to eat in Osaka.
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.
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.
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.
Profile of Kotohira shrine in Kotohira city in Kagawa.
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Describes about Japanese furniture.
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.
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.
Japan has stunning fall foliage at parks and other places throughout the country. Here are the top destinations.
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
A collection of Japanese festival pictures.
Are you looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget? Here is a list of reasonable ones in Akasaka Roppongi Area.
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
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.
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Kyoto, Japan.
Pictures of Tokyo Imperial Palace East garden. Page 4.
Pictures of Hamarikyu Japanese garden in Tokyo. Page 2.
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
Lists places to go to see Christmas illuminations in Tokyo.
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Describes hina matsuri - Japanese girl's festival.
Tanabata are known as Japanese star festivals and are held in various locations in Japan. Find out where to visit this festival in Japan.
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.
Japanese currency Japan Travel.
Pictures of Kamakura Meigetsuin Temple. Page 3.
A picture of setsubun. Japan Travel. Page 4.
A picture of a Japanese kokeshi doll. Page 5.
A picture of Japanese flag. Japan Travel. Page 3.
Lists major museums in Tokyo. Japan Travel.
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.
Describes basic weather conditions for Sapporo-city. Page 6.
A list of specialty food in Tokyo.
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.
Odaiba has a long history and a likely vibrant future as it will house the 2020 Olympic village. Here's what you need to know about Tokyo's young district.
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.