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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.
When You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
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.
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 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.
Japanese Sushi
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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.
Japanese Table Manners
When you go to Japan, you probably are looking forward to eating delicious food. Here are basic table manners in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
Tatami
Japanese furniture tatami mats picture. Page 3.
Shikoku: Japan's Other Great Island
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Daruma Dolls
A picture of Japanese daruma dolls. Page 4.
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 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.
Japanese Maple Picture
Japanese fall foliage and Japanese maple pictures - autumn in Japan.
Narita Hotels
Lists some hotels located in the Narita area, Japan.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
Where to go in Japan - travel destinations in Japan
Mount Kusatsu-Shirane Volcano Crater Lake
A picture of Mount Kusatsu Shirane volcano in Japan. Page 6.
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
Pictures of Hiroshima, Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
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.
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.
Kyoto Attraction Pictures
A collection of pictures of major attractions in Kyoto. Page 8.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in 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.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
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.
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. ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
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.
Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
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.
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Five 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.
The Fun Adds Up in Asakusa
Traditional Tokyo is alive and well in Asakusa, in particular the brand of Japanese folk culture that was the hallmark of the “shitamachi,” the working class culture that symbolizes everything neighborly and friendly to Tokyoites. And while Asakusa, like almost everything else in Tokyo, is a reconstruction, many of the stores and businesses that populated the “shitamachi” are still around, even though they have disappeared everywhere else. All of the following are within a five-minute walk from the subway and train stations serving Asakusa, including Asakusa station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Asakusa lines.
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.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
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 Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
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.
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.
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.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
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.
Festivals of the Fall Season
What festivals are held during the autumn in Japan?
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
Get on Track for a Great Trip
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.
Eating Udon Noodles in Kagawa
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
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.
Popular Geisha Shows in Japan
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs 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.
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.
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?
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.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in 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.
Sumo: Japan's Big Game
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Getting Around by Car in Japan
How to get around by car in Japan.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Tokyo's a Real Walk in the Park: Top Spots for...
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.
Hakone Tourist Attractions
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
Temples to Visit in Kyoto
There are so many temples located in Kyoto. Here are popular ones to visit.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
Kamakura Travel Guide
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
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.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
Kawadoko
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Step into Historic Konpira
Profile of Kotohira shrine in Kotohira city in Kagawa.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
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.
Popular Museums in Tokyo
Lists popular museums in Tokyo.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
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.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit 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.
Hokkaido Fall Faliage Viewing Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Hokkaido.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Castles in Japan
Lists famous Japanese castles among tourists.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
How To Eat Sushi
Here is a simple how to on eating sushi.
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
Narita's Newest Hotel: Take One Capsule and...
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.
Guest Houses in Japan
Provides resources for finding guest houses in Japan.
What to Eat in Osaka
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
Budget Hotels in Osaka
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
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.
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.
Need a Mobile Phone in Japan? You Call the Shots
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.
Weather in Nagoya-city
Describes basic weather conditions for Nagoya-city. Page 5.
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 Map - Hokkaido Map
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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.
Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo
Lists popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo.
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.
Japanese New Year Cards
Describe Japanese new year cards.
Introduction to Japanese Sumo
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
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.
Introduction to Japanese Furniture
Describes about Japanese furniture.
Mount Fuji from Yamanashi
A picture of Mount Fuji in Japan. Page 2.
Guide to Mashiko
A guide to a Japanese pottery town, Mashiko.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Asakusa & Ueno Area
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Asakusa area.
Japanese Festivals
A collection of Japanese festival pictures.
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.
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.
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