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Fuji Five Lakes
Fuji-san is among Japan's most revered and timeless attractions, the inspiration for generations of poets and the focus of countless artworks. Hundreds of…
Ueno & Yanesen
If you visit only one museum in Tokyo, make it the Tokyo National Museum. Here you'll find the world's largest collection of Japanese art, including…
A still, serene and deeply moving place, Nagasaki's Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945, which reduced the…
The covered Nishiki Market (Nishiki-kōji Ichiba) is one of Kyoto’s real highlights, especially if you have an interest in cooking and dining. Commonly…
This museum is the heart of the Studio Ghibli world, a beloved (even 'adored') film studio responsible for classic, critically-acclaimed animated titles…
Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo
Golden Gai – a Shinjuku institution for over half a century – is a collection of tiny bars, often literally no bigger than a closet and seating maybe a…
Odaiba & Tokyo Bay
Digital-art collective teamLab has created 60 artworks for this museum, open in 2018, that tests the border between art and the viewer: many are…
Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa
Rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world (and definitely in Japan), Shibuya Crossing is like a giant beating heart, sending people in all…
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Tips & Advice
Japan vs South Korea: which impressive East Asian destination should you visit?
Apr 28, 2023 • 6 Min read
If you had to make the tough decision to visit either Japan or South Korea, which would it be? Let two expert writers help you decide.
The price of a Japan Rail Pass will more than double this year: is it still a good deal?
Apr 17, 2023 • 3 Min read
The price of a Japan Rail Pass is going to more than double in October - is it still a good deal for travelers who want to explore Japan by train?
The 10 most spectacular road trips in Japan
Apr 12, 2023 • 7 Min read
Excellent roads, incredible scenery, towering mountains and vibrant cities – Japan is ideal for exploring on four wheels. These are our favorite road trips.
17 ways to save money when visiting Japan
Mar 20, 2023 • 6 Min read
Keep costs low when exploring Japan with these top money-saving tips.
How to plan a train journey around Japan
Mar 4, 2023 • 9 Min read
How to get the most out of discovering Japan by train, in six steps.
Tips & Advice
This scenic slow train from Nagoya to Toyama offers some of the best views in Japan
Feb 24, 2023 • 9 Min read
John Walton winds his way through the mountainous Japanese countryside between Nagoya to Toyama on the charming Hida train.
Wildlife & Nature
Discover when Japan’s cherry blossoms are expected to bloom in 2023
Feb 24, 2023 • 2 Min read
The Japan Meteorological Corporation has released its latest predictions for when blooms will start to appear around Japan.
Rising sun: Back to the best of Japan
Feb 23, 2023 • 7 Min read
Japan has reopened, so it's time to look again at the country's greatest hits for first-timers and repeat visitors
Festivals & Events
When is best time for a vacation to Japan?
Feb 3, 2023 • 11 Min read
Japan may be small, but with its captivating blend of tradition and modernity, there's something here for every traveler. Here are the best times to come.
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