The Best Day Trips From Tokyo

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Are you coming to Japan and staying in Tokyo? Thanks to Japan’s convenient public transportation, you can easily make a number of great side trips if you’re using Tokyo as your home base. Get out of the city for a bit and get lost in the beauty of rural Japan – just for a day or two. Here are the … Read More

How to Keep Warm During Winter in JAPAN

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Winter in Japan usually lasts from December until February, and can be pretty unforgiving if you’re not used to the cold. Temperatures average around 2ºC~10ºC (35°F~50°F) in city areas, and can get as low as -6°C (21°F) in country side and even colder in Hokkaido! If you’re visiting Japan during the winter months, you’ll definitely want to take care to … Read More

Kawaii: Japan’s Obsession With All Things Cute

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Kawaii (かわいい) is one of the most commonly used words in the Japanese language. Translated as “cute” in English, it can be used to describe all things cute – people, babies, animals, clothing, decorations, stationary – you name it. When the kawaii trend originated, it was only popular with pre-teen girls. So why is it that today in Japan, it’s … Read More

Stereotypes About Japan That ARE True!

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When you think about “Japan”, what stereotypes come to mind? There are loads of myths surrounding Japan – about the people, the culture, the trains, and even the food! Many of them are far from accurate, but several common stereotypes are actually spot-on! Read on to find out which stereotypes about Japan are true, and the facts that back them … Read More

City Spotlight: Nara, Japan

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Nara (奈良) is a city with a significant historical importance to Japan, and continues to serve as one of the most beloved tourist spots today. We take a look at how to get there, what to do, and even what it eat in this city spotlight on Nara City!

Osorezan (恐山): Japan’s “Fear Mountain”

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Japan’s Mount Osorezan (恐山) in Aomori Prefecture is ranked along with Koyasan and Hieizan as one of the three most sacred places in the entire country. Today, it known as the site of Bodai-ji Temple, where female mediums called itako are said to be able to communicate with the deceased. Read on to learn all about Japan’s fascinating “fear mountain”.

Why Fall in Japan is Better Than the Spring

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Spring in Japan, famous for its breath-taking cherry blossoms, is by far the most popular time of the year for tourists. But, fall in Japan has incredible beauty, delicious foods, and pleasant weather that definitely rivals the spring! Here’s why you should visit Japan in autumn!

Your Guide to the JR Rail Pass (New 2019 Update)

If you’re visiting Japan for sight-seeing and plan on frequently using the public transportation system to get around, then the JR Pass is a great deal! The vast majority of trains in Japan are owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR) Group, and after purchasing a JR pass, you can ride all JR trains and even the Shinkansen! Read … Read More

The Five Best Places to View Mount Fuji

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Ever dreamed of seeing Japan’s symbolic Mount Fuji up close? These 5 places are famous for having the best viewpoints of the incredible Mount Fuji. Whether its during the golden hours of sunset or the early fog of the morning; from the comfort of your bike, or at the peak of a hike – each of these locations offers their … Read More

The 3 Major Night Views of Japan

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While there are places all around Japan that are incredibly popular date spot and night view lookouts, only 3 are considered to be worthy of the title “major night views”. These 3 spots are so incredible that they are called Japan’s 3 ten million dollar night views. Here are the three major night view spots in Japan!