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By A.D. Smith

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    • Tokyo's a Real Walk in the Park Created: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      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.
    • Tokyo Gets Fired Up for Hanabi Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      July and August light up with fireworks festivals throughout Japan. If you're in Tokyo, here's the event lineup for 2014.
    • B.Y.O.B.: Bring Your Own Barbecue Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      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.
    • Branching Out: Top Bonsai Destinations in Japan Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      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.
    • Tiny Takamatsu's Big on Small Wonders Created: Sunday, July 06, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      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.
    • Tokyo Gas Museum Is Illuminating Created: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      It wasn't until the late 19th century that Japan warmed up to the gas energy revolution, brightening streets in Osaka and Tokyo with gas-powered lamps by the early 1870s. And throughout the years, gas has played an important role in the nation's development. This history is documented at the Tokyo Gas Museum in Kodaira.
    • Osaka's Nakanoshima Offers Taste of Western Design Created: Saturday, March 01, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      If you're an American and you find yourself in the Nakanoshima section of Osaka, it's probably because you need to go to the U.S. Consulate or you have a business appointment. But while the area isn't known for ancient temples or shrines or castles, it is a handsome, clean area with several charming Western-style buildings constructed a century ago and a highly respected ceramics museum.
    • What to Buy, Not to Buy, at the Airport Created: Monday, May 19, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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.
    • Tokyo Tower Still Rises to the Occasion Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Tokyo Tower is not only an antique symbolizing Japan's recovery years, but an icon of the city, still worth visiting, even though it's now overshadowed by today's high-rises.
    • "Heritage Sites" Offers Picture of Perfect Japan Created: Friday, June 20, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      John Dougill, a professor at a Kyoto university and author, draws you into the wonders of Japan's World Heritage Sites in his aptly titled book, "Japan's World Heritage Sites." The images, helpful maps and sidebars, along with fact-rich text, make this a necessary resource for students of Japanese culture and history, or anyone planning a trip to the nation.
    • Don't Get Bitten on Your Trip to Japan Created: Monday, June 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      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.
    • Quick Kyoto: 6 Spots to See in the Historic City Created: Thursday, June 12, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      Gion,with its quaint streets, old wooden buildings, and traditional shops, is considered the heart of Kyoto.
    • Going off the Peak Created: Thursday, June 12, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      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.
    • Kyoto: Geisha, Gion and the Golden Temple Created: Saturday, June 07, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      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.
    • Hot Tips For Summer Travel Created: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
      Getting ready for your summer trip to Japan? Here are five tips you need to know to have a good time in the Land of the Rising Sun.
    • When to Go to Japan Created: Friday, November 21, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
      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." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
    • Things to Do in Summer in Japan Created: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
      Are you visiting Japan in summer? Here are ideas for things in summer.
    • One-Stop Shopping in Shinjuku Created: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
      Shinjuku station is the world's busiest rail station -- with well over 3 million people passing through each day. But it's also an underground maze of shopping and dining.
    • Have Faith in Tokyo Created: Thursday, May 15, 2014 Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
      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.
    • Roppongi: Living the High Life Created: Thursday, May 22, 2014 Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014
      Thanks in part to big-money building projects, Tokyo's Roppongi is a center of fine cuisine, culture, and tall, posh towers.
    • "Little Book" Packs Big Punch Created: Friday, May 16, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
      Tuttle's "The Little Book of Japan" fills its pages with beautiful images of all that makes Japan awesome and ties the photos together with breezy prose about the country, its culture, traditions and history. It's small enough for the backpack and fun enough to keep on the coffee table, whether you're planning a trip to Japan, are already there, or just want to dream about going.
    • Tokyo Cheap Hotels - Shibuya Area Created: Thursday, December 09, 2010 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Shibuya area.
    • Tokyo Budget Hotels - Ikebukuro Area Created: Thursday, December 02, 2010 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Ikebukuro area.
    • Tokyo Budget Hotels - Shinjuku Area Created: Thursday, December 09, 2010 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      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.
    • Tokyo Budget Hotels - Shinagawa & Hamamatsucho & Tokyo Bay Areas Created: Thursday, December 02, 2010 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      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.
    • Tokyo Budget Hotels - Ginza & Shinbashi Created: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      If you are looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones in Ginza and Shingbashi areas.
    • Tokyo Budget Hotels - Asakusa & Ueno Area Created: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      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 - Akasaka & Roppongi Area Created: Monday, November 15, 2010 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      Are you looking for a hotel in Tokyo on a budget? Here is a list of reasonable ones in Akasaka Roppongi Area.
    • Budget Hotels in Osaka Created: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      If you are looking for a hotel in Osaka on a budget, here is a list of reasonable ones.
    • Reasonably Priced Hotels in Tokyo Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      A list of reasonably price hotels in Tokyo.
    • Tokyo Luxury Hotels Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      Lists luxury hotels to stay in Tokyo.
    • Narita Hotels Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014
      Lists some hotels located in the Narita area, Japan.

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