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Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
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.
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.
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.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
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.
Sushi: The Not So Raw Truth
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
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.
A Quick Guide to Japan’s Typical Weather
Describes the climate in Japan generally, including characteristics of seasons.
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.
When You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
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.
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.
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.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
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.
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.
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.
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
Japan Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
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.
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.
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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
Where to go in Japan - travel destinations 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.
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.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visiting Japanese Monkeys
Are you interested in seeing wild Japanese monkeys? Find out where to go to observe them in Japan.
What to Give When You Go: 8 Souvenirs Your...
If you go to Japan and return home without gifts for your close friends and family, you're being selfish. Even an inexpensive souvenir can tell your loved ones a story about the nation's culture, and, of course make them envious that you got to go, and they didn't. And probably a small present is all you can fit in your suitcase and afford, especially after the cost of such a trip. Here are eight gift ideas for the first-time traveler to Japan.
Festivals of the Summer Season
List major festivals held during the summer months.
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.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
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.
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.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
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
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.
Ajisai Viewing Spots in Japan
A list of best places to view ajisai hydrangea in Japan.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares in Japan.
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.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
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.
Guest Houses in Japan
Provides resources for finding guest houses in Japan.
Railways in Japan
Links to various railways in Japan.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours 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.
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.
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, 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.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Japanese Customs to Know Before You Go
A list of Japanese customs you need to know before you go to Japan.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Find out where to go to see Japan's UNESCO World Heritate Sites.
Popular Geisha Shows in Japan
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
Japanese New Year Preparations
Find out what the Japanese do for New Year's preparations, including descriptions of customs, decorations, traditional food, and celebrations.
Kawadoko
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
Snow Monkey Pictures
Pictures of snow monkeys in Japan.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
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.
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.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
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.
Kamakura Travel Guide
Kamakura is a good day trip destination from Tokyo. Find out what to see in the city.
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.
Japan Fall Foliage Picture
Japanese fall foliage and Japanese maple pictures. Page 7.
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
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.
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.
Food Themed Parks
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
Living in Japan Pictures
A collection of living in Japan pictures.
Hakone Tourist Attractions
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
Introduction to Manekineko
Manekineko are Japanese cat-shaped lucky charms. Read about the meaning of manekineko and more.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
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.
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.
Tokyo Akihabara Attractions
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, Japan.
Marugame's Fan Club: A Cool Tradition
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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.
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.
Getting Around by Car in Japan
How to get around by car in Japan.
Ajisai Hydrangea Viewing in Tokyo
A list of popular ajisai hydrangea viewing spots in Tokyo.
Ohakamairi - Visit to a Japanese Family Grave
A picture of ohakamairi - visit to Japanese graves. Page 18.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Japanese Sake
Provides basic information about Japanese sake and sake drinking manners.
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.
Korankei Gorge, Aichi
Japanese fall foliage and Japanese maple pictures. Page 8.
"Kyoto Gardens" Rooted in Beauty and Prose
“Kyoto Gardens” is the sort of travel book that will make you miss Japan, whether you've been there or not. The work, which is published by Tuttle and sells for $22.95, is a travel guide, but it's also a coffee table book and reference guide. In addition to using it to plan your trip to Kyoto, you can keep it on your shelf and pull it out to reflect on past visits to the old capital. Or, you can just flip through the glossy photos of picturesque gardens and intriguing stories about their histories and daydream about 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.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
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Next Stop: Tokyo Station
Train and subway stations are usually thought of as a way of getting to somewhere else. Not so for Tokyo Station, where shops, restaurants and amazing architecture make the station itself a destination.
Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
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.
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.
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.
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Holiday Lights in Tokyo
Lists places to go to see Christmas illuminations in Tokyo.
Japanese Maple Picture
Japanese fall foliage and Japanese maple pictures . Page 12.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
Introduction to Ryokan
Describes typical ryokan - Japanese-style inns.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Find cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
Eating Udon Noodles in Kagawa
How to savor Shikoku island's best udon noodle dishes on the cheap.
Temples to Visit in Kyoto
There are so many temples located in Kyoto. Here are popular ones to visit.
Sumo: Japan's Big Game
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Guide to Nagoya
Nagoya is Japan's fourth largest city located in Chubu region. Find out what to see and do in the city.
Japanese Wedding
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures. Page 6.
Okinawa Pictures
A picture collection of Okinawa, Japan.
Obon Events
Here is a list of popular events held during obon period 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.
Fall Foliage Viewing Spots in Kyoto
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Kyoto, Japan.
Traditional Japanese Wedding Costumes
A picture of Japanese wedding. Japan Travel. Page 5.
Introduction to Japanese Sumo
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.

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