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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 You'll See Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Describes when the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan is.
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.
3 Ways to Get to Tokyo from Narita Internationa...
List popular ways to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport.
Golden Week in Japan
Describes Golden Week in Japan. Japan Travel.
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.
Obon in Japan
Have you heard about obon or bon in Japan? Describes what the Japanese do during obon.
Great Things to Do While Visiting Japan in Summer
Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
A Tourist's Guide to Japanese Currency
What currency is used in Japan? Find out information about Japanese yen bills and coins.
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 Sushi
When you go to Japan, you might be eating sushi. Learn about sushi before you go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clickable Map of Japan
A clickable map of Japan which shows locations of prefectures in Japan.
Finding Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
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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 Pictures
A collection of Japan pictures. Japan Travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo
Lists popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo.
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.
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.
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.
A Quick Intro to Japanese Tattoos
Describes characteristics of traditional Japanese tattoo designs.
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 Map - Clickable Japan Map - Map of 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.
Things You've Got to See on Your Trip to Japan
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Camping in Japan
Have you wanted to go camping in Japan? Read this brief introduction and follow the links to read about camping resources.
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.
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.
Guide to Okinawa
Okinawa is the southmost prefecture of Japan and consists of many islands. It offers beautiful beaches, rich history, and lots more.
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.
Introduction to Shinkansen
A brief introduction to bullet trains in Japan. Find a list of the shinkansen lines from Kyushu to Northern Honshu here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sakura Trip Planner
Helps you plan a trip to Japan to see Japanese sakura.
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.
Low-Priced Japanese Inns in Tokyo
Here is a list of low-priced Japanese inns in Tokyo.
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.
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.
Japan Fact
Learn basics of Japan before you go to Japan, including populations, regions, currency, climate, and so on.
Japanese Capsule Hotels
A brief description of Japanese capsule hotels and a link to a list of capsule hotels in Tokyo.
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo
Here is a list of popular capsule hotels in Tokyo.
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.
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.
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.
Shopping in Tokyo
Find out where to go for shopping in Tokyo, Japan with this list of brief descriptions of popular shopping districts.
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.
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.
A Traveler's Introduction to Japanese Geisha
Describes who Japanese geisha are and what they do.
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.
Weather in Japan
Describes basic weather conditions and indicates average summer and winter temperatures for major cities in Japan.
Festivals of the Summer Season
List major festivals held during the summer months.
Railways in Japan
Links to various railways in Japan.
Cherry Blossom Spots in Hokkaido
Lists cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido.
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.
Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Kyoto
Kyoto is a popular destination for cherry blossoms in Japan. Find out where to go to see beautiful flowers.
Sakura Pictures
A collection of Japanese sakura pictures.
Japanese Holiday Calendar
Lists Japanese national holidays.
Tokyo Akihabara Attractions
Akihabara is known as A list of top Tokyo Akihabara attractions - akiba attractions in Tokyo, Japan.
Major Festivals in Kyoto
A list of major events and festivals in Kyoto
Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan
Lists fall foliage destinations in Japan by region.
Outlet Shopping Centers in Eastern Japan
Outlet malls are great places to shop. Find where they are located in eastern 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.
Japanese Cultural Items and Scenes Pictures
A collection of Japanese cultural items and scenes.
Cherry Blossoms along Asakusa Nakamise Street
Pictures of cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Page 4.
Mount Fuji Tours in Japan
If you plan to go to Mt. Fuji, here is a list of Mount Fuji tours in Japan.
Discount Domestic Airfares
Lists discount domestic airfares 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.
Popular Onsen Destinations in Japan
Here is a list of popular onsen hot springs in Japan.
Mount Fuji Pictures
A collection of Mount Fuji in Japan.
Japan Map - Hokkaido Map
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Cherry Blossom Spots in Kanto Region
Lists popular places to see cherry blossoms in Kanto region.
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.
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.
Quick Kyoto: 6 Spots to See in the Historic City
Founded in 1603, Nijo castle was once home to Japan's defining figure, Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Japanese Wedding Pictures
A collection of Japanese wedding pictures.
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.
Budget Hotels in Tokyo
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Tokyo, here are reasonably priced ones listed by areas.
Hakone Tourist Attractions
Hakone is one of the most popular onsen resorts in Japan. Here is a list of great places to visit there.
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.
Halloween in Japan
Describes how Halloween is celebrated in Japan.
Budget Hotels in Osaka
If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
Introduction to Japanese Futon
Futon are traditional Japanese beddings. This article describes kinds futon and how to care them.
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 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.
Onsen Theme Parks in Japan
There are many onsen (hot springs) theme parks and complexes in Japan. Find out where to go.
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.
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.
Japan Map - Okinawa Honto Map
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Japanese Kabuki
Short descriptions of the history and characteristics of kabuki, a traditional Japanese art form in the theater.
Getting Around by Car in Japan
How to get around by car in Japan.
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.
Kawadoko
Lists kanadoko dining spots in Kyoto.
Food Themed Parks
A list of food theme parks in Japan.
What to Eat in Osaka
A list of what to eat in Osaka.
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.
Osaka Attractions
A list of tourist attractions in Osaka, Japan.
Introduction to Japanese Sumo
A quick guide to sumo and sumo tournaments.
Museums in Tokyo
Lists major museums in Tokyo. Japan Travel.
Volcanoes to Visit in Japan
Lists volcanoes to visit in Japan.
Racing Through the Archipelago
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.
Osaka Pictures
Pictures of Osaka, Japan.
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.
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.
Tokyo Budget Hotels - Ginza & Shinbashi
If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Ginza and Shingbashi areas.
Osaka Capsule Hotels
Lists some capsule hotels in Osaka-city.
Popular Geisha Shows in Japan
A list of popular geisha shows in Japan.
Hokkaido Pictures
Pictures of Hokkaido in Japan.
Ume Plum Blossom Viewing
A list of Japanese ume plum blossom viewing spots.
Guide to Mashiko
A guide to a Japanese pottery town, Mashiko.
What to Eat in Tokyo
A list of specialty food in Tokyo.
Japanese Customs to Know Before You Go
A list of Japanese customs you need to know before you go to Japan.
Converting Temperature Scales - Japan Weather
Japan weather - converting temperature scales
Popular Museums in Tokyo
Lists popular museums in Tokyo.
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 Ryokan
Describes typical ryokan - Japanese-style inns.
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.
Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyushu and Okinawa
Lists popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyushu and Okinawa.
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.
Obon Events
Here is a list of popular events held during obon period in Japan.
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 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.
Introduction to Manekineko
Manekineko are Japanese cat-shaped lucky charms. Read about the meaning of manekineko and more.
Hokkaido Crabs
Pictures of Hokkaido Crabs. Japan Travel. Page 5.
Hokkaido Fall Faliage Viewing Spots
A list of fall foliage viewing spots in Hokkaido.
Japan Map - Kanagawa Prefecture Map
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