Historic Villages of  Shirakawago and Gokayama

Historic villages of  Shirakawago and Gokayama are a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for their traditional farmhouses with thatched roofs. The roofs are made without using a single nail and are designed to withstand heavy snow. Read more

A Guide for Bringing Medication to Japan

Bringing medication to Japan can be dangerous, as even some common prescription and over-the-counter drugs are illegal. Read more

White Day in Japan

White Day in Japan falls on March 14th and it’s a day when men receive sweets. Candy, cookies, marshmallows, macarons, and white chocolate are common sweets given on White Day.
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The Village of Asuka, Japan

Nara is considered the first official capital of Japan. But before Nara, there was Asuka. The Asuka period ran from 592 to 710 AD, and this area is often considered to be the first capital of Japan. Read more

Drinking Age in Japan

The legal drinking age in Japan has been a hot topic since the law of being an adult changed from 20 to 18 in April 2022. Even though the law changed, there are still many things that can’t be done until you’re 20 years old.
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The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House

Set in Gion, Kyoto’s geisha quarters, The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House, depicts the daily life of geisha and maiko. This heartfelt drama by Hirokazu Koreeda is the best, most realistic depiction of the secret world of geisha I’ve ever seen. Read more

Namahage Sedo Festival in Akita

The Namahage Sedo Festival is one of the Michinoku Five Great Snow Festivals and is held at Shinzan Shrine on the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture. The festival is held every year on the second weekend of February and runs from Friday through Sunday. Read more

Tips for Responsible Travel in Japan

Today we are answering the question, “What are tips for responsible travel in Japan?” Read more

Japan Winter Travel Checklist

While Japan winter travel offers some beautiful scenes of snowcapped temples, frozen waterfalls, and amazing snowscapes. You’ll need to be prepared for how unforgivingly cold it is while sightseeing in the winter. Read more

Ghibli Park Grand Warehouse

The Ghibli Park Grand Warehouse is located in Nagoya, Japan. It’s an attraction built in Ghibli’s newest theme park. However, there are no roller coasters or any other kinds of rides in this park. Instead, it’s a park filled with life-size representations of the animated movies from the world of Studio Ghibli. Read more