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    • Pick Your Berry Best Created: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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.
    • Jetting Through Japan Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      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.
    • Day Trips of Takamatsu Created: Sunday, November 03, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Don't just pass through Takamatsu, a city of more than 400,000 in northeast Shikoku, stay for a day or two to enjoy the sprawling Ritsurin Garden park, a giant shopping arcade, camping and ancient hot springs.
    • Top 12 Oldest Castles in Japan Created: Saturday, August 03, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      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.
    • Ritsurin Garden: Beauty in Full Bloom Created: Sunday, September 08, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Ritsurin Park is a place of poetry and natural beauty that only could have been crafted by the riches of feudal Japan.
    • Tamamo: A Castle Park Without the Castle Created: Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Tamamo park offers a pleasant escape when visiting or stopping through downtown Takamatsu. Conveniently located next to the JR Takamatsu station, the park is the perfect place to go when waiting for a ferry ride at the nearby port or during a stopover at the station.
    • Juiced Up Farm Tours Created: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Florida and California may be the kings of citrus in the U.S., but in Japan it's the southwestern areas of Ehime and Wakayama. The two prefectures even offer several orange-picking farm tours where tourists can eat and take home the tangy, juicy fruits.
    • Japan for the Jaded Traveler Created: Thursday, January 16, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      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.
    • Sailing Through the Islands of the Seto Inland Sea Created: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      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.
    • Shikoku: Japan's Other Great Island Created: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      One of Japan's four major islands, Shikoku boasts important historic landmarks including the nation's oldest original Kabuki theater, 400-year-old castles, ancient shrines and temples, manicured gardens dating back to when feudal lords ruled the area, and even the famed bathhouse depicted in the popular animation movie "Spirited Away."
    • Tokyo Budget Hotels - Shinjuku Area Created: Thursday, December 09, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 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.
    • Top 3 Dinner Views of Tokyo Created: Monday, August 26, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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." itemprop="descriP='t3'" --> itemprop="des...
    • Attractions for Anime/Manga Fans Created: Monday, August 30, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Great Aquariums in Japan Created: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Osaka Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Popular Japanese Festivals to Visit Created: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Are you interested in seeing traditional festivals in Japan? Here is a list of popular ones to visit in places like Kyoto and Osaka.
    • Top Water Parks in Japan Created: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      A list of popular water parks in Japan. The list includes brief descriptions of each location, access, and dates of operation.
    • Popular Theme Parks and Amusement Parks in Japan Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Ninja Attractions Created: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      A list of some ninja attractions, such as ninja houses and museums, in Japan. Addresses are listed and access from public transportation is described.
    • Night Clubs in Tokyo Created: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Asakusa Attractions Created: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Tokyo Amusement Parks Created: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      A list and short descriptions of amusement, theme, and water parks in Tokyo. Click on the links for the home pages of each location.
    • Popular Swimming Beaches in Japan Created: Saturday, July 16, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Sweet on Sakura Created: Friday, April 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      As sakura season takes over Japan, the nation not only loves to watch the flowers in full bloom, but also to taste them as snack companies make special sakura treats for hanami. Here's how to get your own taste before the cherry blossom time goes away till next year.
    • Tokyo's Old Standby Spots for Sakura Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Sakura viewing is a tradition in Japan, and Tokyo has some of the most traditional spots for looking at the cherry blossoms. Here are the four places to get a feel for the hanami celebrations of old.
    • Tokyo's Top Spots for Sakura Parties Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Cherry blossom time is also party time in Japan, when the beer and sake flows on picnic spots under the pink of sakura. Here's your guide to the top sakura party spots in Tokyo. Just bring your blue tarp and a few cases of Asahi beer.
    • Arts Review: No Kidding Around at "Playmaking" Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      If you're traveling to Japan with kids, or if you just want to let loose your inner child, visit "Playmaking," an art exhibit by four Japanese artists: Misaki Kawai, Ryota Kuwakubo, Tsuyoshi Ozawa and Tetsuya Umeda. Just be sure to keep your little one in line.
    • Everyone's Temple: Senso-ji Created: Thursday, December 12, 2013 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      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.
    • Be a Flower Child in Tokyo Created: Thursday, March 20, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      Touring a Tokyo park to see sakura isn't the same when with kids. You've got to worry about paths wide enough for strollers, changing areas and access to bathrooms. Here's a guide to the city's top spots for cherry blossom viewing with children.
    • Where to See Sakura With Your Sweetheart Created: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
      No better place to take a date than a cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. Here are the Top 3 places in the city.
    • Unwrapping the Art of Ukiyo-e Created: Monday, March 17, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014
      Hidden in a plain-looking building, the Ota Memorial Museum showcases some of Japan's best woodblock prints.
    • Left to Your Own Devices in Japan Created: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
      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.

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