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List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
Cherry blossom festivals are one of the most colorful events of the year in Japan. Describes hanami and cherry blossom festivals in Japan.
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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.
Describes about traditional Japanese weddings and provides tips on attending a wedding ceremony in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
When you go to Japan, you probably are looking forward to eating delicious food. Here are basic table manners in Japan.
Describes Golden Week in Japan. 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.
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.
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.
A list of popular water parks in Japan. The list includes brief descriptions of each location, access, and dates of operation.
Bowing, ojigi, is an important custom in Japan. If you know how to bow, you will earn a lot of respect from the locals.
Many people dream of climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. Find out the best season and tips on how to climb the mountain.
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.
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.
Are you looking for cheap flights to Japan? Here are some places to find discount airline tickets or travel packages to Japan.
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. ...
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Lists some hotels located in the Narita area, Japan.
A collection of pictures of major attractions in Kyoto. Page 8.
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
Are you going to Japan for the first time? Here are things you might want to know and help your travel planning.
A picture of Japanese daruma dolls. Page 4.
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.
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
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.
Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo is what most people think about when they think about Japanese temples – foreigners and Japanese alike. The Kaminarimon gate, with the huge painted lantern, is used as a backdrop for TV shows, and when the lantern is raised during typhoons, it is reported on the news. You could call it everyone's favorite temple.
A list and short descriptions of amusement, theme, and water parks in Tokyo. Click on the links for the home pages of each location.
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 interested in seeing traditional festivals in Japan? Here is a list of popular ones to visit in places like Kyoto and Osaka.
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
A list of some ninja attractions, such as ninja houses and museums, in Japan. Addresses are listed and access from public transportation is described.
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 a fan of anime and manga? Here is a list of popular attractions in Japan associated with some of the most popular series.
Do you like haunted houses? They are called obake yashiki and are popular attractions, especially in summer. Find out where popular ones are located.
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 wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
Pictures of Hiroshima, Japan. Japan Travel.
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 clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
If you are going to Japan and looking for ways to save some money on traveling cost, here are some budget travel tips.
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 list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
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.
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.
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.
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Hiroshima, for Americans, is mostly associated with the World War II atomic bombing. But the first-class city was rebuilt long ago into a thriving metropolis, and is home to historic sites, culture and nature. And the prefecture by the same name has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and island retreat.
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.
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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 quick guide to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, the first Universal Studios park built outside of the United States.
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.
What is Setsubun? Here is a brief introduction to the history and practice of this Japanese holiday at the end of winter.
Gift-giving is a very important aspect of cultural tradition in Japan. Learn more about this Japanese custom here, including prices and typical gifts.
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.
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
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.
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
Japanese ATMs often will reject cards from other countries. Find out how to get yen from ATMs while in Japan.
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular theme parks in Japan. Get basic information about the the park.
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.
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs 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.
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
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 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 plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
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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.
A brief overview of how Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan. How is it different from Valentine's Day in the United States?
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.
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.
Tanabata are known as Japanese star festivals and are held in various locations in Japan. Find out where to visit this festival in Japan.
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
What festivals are held during the autumn 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.
Gion,with its quaint streets, old wooden buildings, and traditional shops, is considered the heart of Kyoto.
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
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.
List major festivals held during the summer months.
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.
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.
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
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.
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 cultural items and scenes.
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.
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.
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.
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Asakusa area.
Describe Japanese new year cards.
Lists major museums in Tokyo. Japan Travel.
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.
Are you looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget? Here is a list of reasonable ones in Akasaka Roppongi Area.
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.
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, Japan.
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.
A guided tour of the Imperial Palace inner grounds. These pages include photos of each site as well as additional links.
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
July and August light up with fireworks festivals throughout Japan. If you're in Tokyo, here's the event lineup for 2014.
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A picture of Odaiba Beach. Japan Travel. Page 12.
Here is a simple how to on eating sushi.
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.
Provides resources for finding guest houses in Japan.
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
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.
Describes about Japanese furniture.
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Osaka.
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.
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.
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.
Lists Japanese national holidays.
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Hokkaido.