Takayama Festival Autumn 2017

Takayama holds one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan. Three hundred year old floats elegantly decorated with intricate carvings, dolls, curtains, and lacquerware parade the streets.

The festival takes place twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The Spring Festival or Sanno Matsuri is held every Read more

Japan First Impressions: Hospitality

My first trip to Japan was as a student studying abroad. Upon arriving, I was instantly impressed by the kindness and hospitality of the people. At the train station, strangers went out of their way to help me carry my three large, 50-pound suitcases down the stairs. I had no Read more

Fuji Rock Festival 2017

The Fuji Rock Festival is Japan’s largest outdoor music festival held every year at the Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture. It is a 3-day event that draws in over 100,000 people from all over the world.

This year, the event will be held July 28-30. The lineup includes musicians Read more

Anime Japan 2017

Anime Japan, one of the largest anime fairs in the world, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight on March 25-26 this year.

There will be over 150 exhibition booths, Cosplayer’s World, a Food Park, and shopping. Exhibition booths include Japanese and foreign production companies, toys, games, and software.  Read more

Japan First Impressions: Crowds

When I first arrived in Japan, I couldn’t believe the sheer number of people everywhere I looked. I had expected large crowds, but had never experienced so many people in one place. It was as if the big game had let out in all directions.

I couldn’t imagine any open Read more

Free 1-Day Passes at Fukushima Japan Ski Resorts

Japan ski resorts in Fukushima are currently offering discounted ski passes for international tourists.

Visit any of the 22 ski resorts in the Aizu (i.e., Alts, Grandeco, Nekoma) and Minami Aizu (i.e., Takatsue, Daikura) areas from now until March 31, 2017 to take advantage of this offer.

You just need Read more