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Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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 Non-Native's Guide to Japanese Weddings
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
When You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
Japanese Sushi
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures 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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
Japan Map - Clickable Japan Map - Map of Japan
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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.
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.
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.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
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.
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.
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.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
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Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
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A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Festivals of the Summer Season
List major festivals held during the summer months.
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.
Top 12 Oldest Castles in Japan
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.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
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.
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:
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.
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 Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
Railways in Japan
Links to various railways in 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.
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.
Ajisai Viewing Spots in Japan
A list of best places to view ajisai hydrangea in Japan.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
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.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
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.
Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido
Lists cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido.
Tokyo Akihabara Attractions
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, Japan.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
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.
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.
Kamakura Travel Guide
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Eating Udon Noodles in Kagawa
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
Japan Map - Okinawa Honto Map
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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.
Osaka Attractions
A list of tourist attractions in Osaka, Japan.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
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Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura. Page 2.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji 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.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
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.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs 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.
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.
Kagawa Has the Best Artists You've Never Heard Of
Kagawa is mostly unknown as a tourist destination, but it houses works by some of the world's greatest – and often under appreciated -- artists and craftsmen: furniture-maker George Nakashima, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, architect Tadao Ando, and painter Genichiro Inokuma.
Japan Fall Foliage Picture
Japanese fall foliage and Japanese maple pictures. Page 7.
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.
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.
What to Eat in Osaka
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
Himeji Spreads Its Wings
After $20-million in renovations, Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture is open again in all its fortified, yet thoroughly historic glory. The castle – called one of the world's greatest by many – was partially closed to visitors for a half dozen years while being restored. Here's what you'll find there.
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.
Kawadoko
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
Weather in Japan
Describes basic weather conditions and indicates average summer and winter temperatures for major cities in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
World Heritage Sites in Kyoto
Kyoto was Japan's ancient capital, and there are many sites listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Check out some of the popular places to visit.
Introduction to Japanese Furniture
Describes about Japanese furniture.
Temples to Visit in Kyoto
There are so many temples located in Kyoto. Here are popular ones to visit.
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.
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.
Japanese Customs to Know Before You Go
A list of Japanese customs you need to know before you go to Japan.
Popular Geisha Shows in Japan
A list of popular geisha shows 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.
Hokkaido Pictures
Pictures of Hokkaido in Japan.
Japan Map - Aomori Prefecture Map
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Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
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Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Snow Monkey Pictures
Pictures of snow monkeys in 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.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Akasaka & Roppongi Area
Are you looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget? Here is a list of reasonable ones in Akasaka Roppongi Area.
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.
Events and Festivals in Tokyo
Lists major events and festivals in Tokyo.
Living in Japan Pictures
A collection of living in Japan pictures.
Day Trips of Takamatsu
Don't just pass through Takamatsu, a city of more than 400,000 in northeast Shikoku, stay for a day or two to enjoy the sprawling Ritsurin Garden park, a giant shopping arcade, camping and ancient hot springs.
What to See in Fukuoka
Fukuoka-city is the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu. Find out what to see in the city.
Budget Hotels in Osaka
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Now's the Time to Travel to Japan
Thanks to a cheaper yen, more flights and preparations for the 2020 Olympics, now is the time to travel to Japan.
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.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
Ajisai Hydrangea Viewing in Tokyo
A list of popular ajisai hydrangea viewing spots in Tokyo.
Food Themed Parks
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
Soak Up Traditional Japan in Matsuyama
Matsuyama, one of Japan's bathhouse destinations, offers a window into feudal and 19th century Japan, with its famed hot spring bathhouses, massive 400-year-old castle, ancient shrines and temples, and traditional delicacies such as sweet bean snacks.
Hokkaido Fall Faliage Viewing Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Hokkaido.

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