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Visiting Japan and not sure what to do? Let us be your guide; the articles below cover some of our favourite Japan experiences. Are you a foodie? If so, you’ll love the Michelin food scene and summertime river dining in Kibune. Perhaps you’re more into art and museums? In that case, explore ultra-arty destinations like Tokyo or Naoshima. Outdoor lovers will love the many hiking routes around Japan, including Mount Fuji, Mount Ontake and multi-day pilgrimages like the Kumano Kodo or Nakasendo Trail.

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Learning A Thing Or Two At A Japanese Cooking Class

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Heat, culture, chaos: the real Gion Matsuri.

Kyoto is a city that many consider to be the perfect embodiment of the truest 'Japanese sensibilities.' Refinement, subtlety and a restrained aesthetic create a type of harmony that permeates all facets of life in Japan. Minimalism, restraint and the beloved 'wabi-sabi' are all forms of a distinctly Kyoto-esque identity. Enter the Gion Matsuri: a night of hot air, cold beer and a touch of ancestral transcendence.

Food and Fresh Air at Fukuoka’s Yatai

Mention Fukuoka to any Japanese person, and they’ll reply with one of two...

Nozawa Onsen’s Free Hot Springs (Soto-yu)

Nozawa Onsen’s heavy snowfall and abundant powder have...

Exploring The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

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The 10 Best Foods to Eat at Nishiki Market, Kyoto

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Gearing Up at the Final Fantasy XIV-Themed Eorzea Cafe in Akihabara

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Forest Bathing in Japan’s First National Forest: Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest

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Why You Should Seek Out A Minshuku (Japanese Bed and Breakfast) Stay

A record spins and 1960s folk music warbles out over the old sunken...

Contemplating the Mysterious Rock Garden of Ryoanji Temple

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Forests, Lakes and Ancient Trails: Day trips in the Kiso-Valley

Deep in the mountains of Nagano prefecture, sidling the Japanese Central Alps, lies...
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Pizza Slice—A Taste of New York in Tokyo

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Okuno-in: Kōyasan’s Pathway Through Time

A line of Buddhist monks walk the stone path of Okuno-in.

A Solid Hour Of Fireworks At The Tamagawa Fireworks Festival

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Kayaking in Japan: Nagano’s Serene Otaki Village

Nagano’s Kiso Valley, with its wooded hills and pristine waters, is the perfect...

Ponipirika Soup Curry Is A Perfect Late Lunch in Shimokitazawa

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Avast Ye! Climb aboard Hakone’s Pirate Ships (a.k.a the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise)

Be ye brave enough to sail Japanese waters? Until One Piece, pirates and...

Looking for an Overnight Trip from Tokyo? Our Guide to Lake Kawaguchiko

While many of Tokyo’s visitors flock to Hakone, Lake Kawaguchiko to its North...

Fish and Tranquility? You’ve Never Been to Oshima!

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Explore Tokyo’s Underground Temple in the Ryu-Q Kan Sewer Tour

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A Great Half-Day Hike Near Kyoto: the Kibune – Kurama Hike

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Gomaya Kuki – World’s Richest Black Sesame Ice Cream?

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Say Cheese! The Ultimate Guide to Purikura Japanese Photo Booths

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Magical Winter Date Spot at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market

Despite having a Christian population of roughly 1%, Christmas is a big deal...

Catch your own meal at Zauo Fishing Restaurant Tokyo

Japan is synonymous with sushi. Every day, thousands of fisherman take to the...

Buckle up for Tokyo Mario Kart Tours

Tokyo Mario Kart Tours!? These Nintendo-esque go-kart street tours have to be one...

Check out Asahiyaki: Hidden Gem Pottery Class in Kyoto

As I stared over the Asahiyaki instructor’s shoulder during the pottery wheel demonstration,...

How to Frolic with the 1,200 Bowing Deer in Nara Park

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Exploring Fukue Island: A Goto Island Adventure in Nagasaki

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Ikana-akan! Osaka’s Unmissable Tenjin Matsuri.

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Skating the Art Rink at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse: Fun Winter Activities in Tokyo

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Akihabara to Ueno Part 1 – An Akihabara Trek

The districts of Akihabara and Ueno sit next to one another and offer...

Half-day Kyoto Walking Tour Part 2: Kodaiji Temple to Kiyomizudera

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Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery Tours

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Three Instagrammable Tokyo Photo Spots You Can’t Miss

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Kurogi’s Killer Kinako Kakigori – A Shaved Ice Dessert to Die For

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Monkeying Around at Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

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Backpacking Through Japan – An Overview

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The Nakasendo Trail: 1 day hike from Magome to Tsumago

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Exploring Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki at Okonomimura

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Mind Blowing Sub-terranean Art at Chichu Art Museum

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Late Night Eats at Ebisu Yokocho

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The Top Things To Do On Miyajima Island

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Front Row Seats For Neon: A Dotonbori River Cruise

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Ambling Asakusa Tour: A Tour of Old Tokyo Part 3

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The restaurant that inspired Quentin Tarantino: Gonpachi Nishi Azabu

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What’s Up with These Japanese Fish Flags? Koinobori and Children’s Day

Once spring hits, they’re nearly everywhere. Visitors to Japan will find long strands...

Beat The Heat With These Three Kawadoko River Dining Spots in Kyoto

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Half-day Kyoto Walking Tour Part 1: Gion to Kodaiji Temple

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Nature’s Air-Con: Nagashi Sōmen Flowing Noodles Kawadoko Style at Hirobun, Kibune

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Kayaking through Paradise on Okinawa’s Iriomote Island

As I paddled my kayak through the mangroves, a hawk circled overhead and...

Phenomenal Ramen in the Suburbs: Shibasakitei in Umegaoka

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Art is Literally Everywhere You Look on Naoshima

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Dive Into Kyoto Tower’s Secret Bath House

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Ikebukuro Tour: Sunshine City and Beyond

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Aoyama Trek: A Nature and Architecture Walk

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