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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.
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.
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.
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.
A Non-Native's Guide to Japanese Weddings
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
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.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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?
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
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.
Sushi: The Not So Raw Truth
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures 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.
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.
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.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
Where to go in Japan - travel destinations in 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.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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.
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.
Japan Map - Clickable Japan Map - Map of Japan
A clickable Japan map - map of Japan.: fukushima prefecture hokkaido prefecture shikoku region japan hokkaido chugoku region
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
5 Tips for Surviving Summers in Japan
I used to think summer was the time for vacations. That was before I spent two entire summers in Japan. It took me a while to learn, but June, July and August are not the best times to enjoy Japan. They will make even the strongest deniers believe in global warming. But if you're there or have flights booked for a summer vacation in Japan, you can still have a good trip, if you know how to handle the heat...
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.
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.
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.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
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.
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.
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.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
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.
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.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
Snow Monkey Pictures
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
Getting Around by Car in Japan
How to get around by car 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.
Japanese New Year Preparations
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours 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.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
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:
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
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.
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.
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.
Sailing Through the Islands of the Seto Inland...
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.
Railways in Japan
Links to various railways in Japan.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Find cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
Miyazaki's Magical Museum in Mitaka
Enter the magical world of famed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki at the Ghibli Museum in the suburbs of Tokyo.
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.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Food Themed Parks
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
Hakone Tourist Attractions
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
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.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
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.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyushu and Okinawa
Lists popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyushu and Okinawa.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
Weather in Japan
Describes basic weather conditions and indicates average summer and winter temperatures for major cities in Japan.
Tokyo Akihabara Attractions
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, 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.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
Hokkaido Map - Japan Map: japan hokkaido hokkaido travel guide hokkaido map map of japan japan travel
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
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.
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.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
Living in Japan Pictures
A collection of living in Japan pictures.
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.
Don't Go Off the Rails: How to Use the JR Trains
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.
Okinawa Pictures
A picture collection of Okinawa, Japan.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
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.
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.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Guide to Mashiko
A guide to a Japanese pottery town, Mashiko.
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.
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.
Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido
Lists cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido.
Shinkansen: The Best Ride in Japan
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.
Model View of History: Edo Tokyo Museum
Travel back in time to Tokyo's early days and through its rise to become a major world city at the Edo Tokyo Museum.
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.
Museums in Tokyo
Lists major museums in Tokyo. Japan Travel.
Cherry Blossoms along Asakusa Nakamise Street
Pictures of cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Page 4.
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.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Snow Monkey Picture
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
Eating on the Cheap: Where to Dine in Japan...
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.
Japan Map - Kagoshima Prefecture Map
Kagoshima Prefecture Map - Japan Map
Kamakura Travel Guide
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
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.
Japanese Festivals
A collection of Japanese festival pictures.
Yes, You Can Live Without Central Heating
As the leaves turn colors and temperatures drop, those new to living in Japan might wonder where's the thermostat in their homes. Well, there is none, because Japanese houses lack central heating. Here's all you need to know about staying warm on archipelago.
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.
Kyoto: Geisha, Gion and the Golden Temple
Though Kyoto is a small city of 1.5 million, it's dense with destinations: It has dozens of temples and shrines and 17 World Heritage sites. So, if you've only got days in the old capital city, you might not know where to begin. Here's a short list of sights to whet your appetite.
Heading to Hakone: Where History Meets Hot...
If mention Hakone to most Americans they're likely scratch their heads. But the Japanese destination is one of the nation's most popular tourism spots -- drawing such international celebrity guests as the late John Lennon and proving there's so much more to the archipelago than Tokyo and Kyoto. Just a couple hours from the nation's capital city, Hakone is located in south-western Kanagawa. Yet it can feel like a world away from the craziness of Tokyo. It also can feel like it's stuck in another time -- the past.
Osaka's Nakanoshima Offers Taste of Western...
If you're an American and you find yourself in the Nakanoshima section of Osaka, it's probably because you need to go to the U.S. Consulate or you have a business appointment. But while the area isn't known for ancient temples or shrines or castles, it is a handsome, clean area with several charming Western-style buildings constructed a century ago and a highly respected ceramics museum.
Japanese Customs to Know Before You Go
A list of Japanese customs you need to know before you go to Japan.
Ajisai Viewing Spots in Japan
A list of best places to view ajisai hydrangea in Japan.
Teaching English in Japan 101
If you're considering teaching English in Japan, you're in luck. The jobs are still fairly easy to come by, even years after the bubble days. In general, you need few skills to get hired at an eikaiwa -- or English conversation -- school. Here are some tips on how to get started and what you need to land a job.
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.
Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo
Lists popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo.
Japan for the Jaded Traveler
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.
Banzai! Taking the Hakone Ropeway
The Hakone Ropeway will take you high above the scenic tourist town of Hakone, and, on clear days, give spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
Outlet Shopping Centers in Eastern Japan
Outlet malls are great places to shop. Find where they are located in eastern 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:
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Ikebukuro Area
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Ikebukuro area.
Fuji Five Lakes (Fuji-Go-Ko)
A quick guide to Fuji Five Lakes in Japan.
Japan Map - Mie Prefecture Map
Mie Prefecture Map - Japan Map
Guest Houses in Japan
Provides resources for finding guest houses in Japan.
Airline Review: Delta Departed from 'Hospitalit...
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. ...
Kawadoko
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
Travel Guide to Nagano
A travel guide to Nagano - after the Winter Olympics 1998 Nagano

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