Changes for Climbing Mount Fuji in 2024

It’s Japan’s highest peak at 3,776 meters and an iconic symbol of the country. Every year, the goal of climbing Mount Fuji attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world, but things are changing starting in 2024. Read more

Discovering Sekigahara in Gifu, Japan

Nestled in a small valley in Gifu Prefecture lies Sekigahara, a town steeped in history and cultural significance. Renowned for its pivotal role in shaping Japan’s future, the town offers visitors a journey back in time. Read more

Smoking in Japan: A Guide to Culture and Regulations

For me, smoking in Japan was always a part of its culture. Smokey bars, restaurants, and karaoke halls were all part of a night out with friends. The very first flight I ever took to Japan on All Nippon Airways (ANA) had a smoking section. Fast-forward 25+ years, and it’s an entirely different situation. Read more

How to Use the New Japan Rail Pass

The new Japan Rail Pass is far better than the old, pre-COVID booklet that Japan Rail (JR) used to issue to tourists. It’s easier to store and carry, and it makes it much faster to reach your train. Read more

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024

The first Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024 has been released! This year’s cherry blossoms are expected to arrive slightly earlier than usual. Read more

Driving in Japan: Must-Know Information

Driving in Japan may seem like no big deal, but without appropriate preparation and understanding of the rules and road system, it can be a challenging, even dangerous experience. Read more

Exploring the Living Art of Goshuin in Japan

Japan is more than just its vibrant metropolises and beautiful landscapes. It’s a country steeped in customs that have been practiced for centuries. A great example of this cultural richness is the tradition of collecting goshuin, an ancient custom that offers a unique connection to Japan. Read more

Hiking The Nakasendo Trail

During the Edo period, the Nakasendo Trail was one of the five main routes that connected Kyoto to Edo, or modern-day Tokyo. It was essential to the movement, trade, and exchange of information between the two cities. Read more

What Do I Do with My Garbage in Japan?

As soon as you arrive in Japan, you’ll immediately notice clean streets and the absence of trash cans. As visitors to the country, we all need to know what to do with garbage in Japan. Read more

Japanese Language for Travel: Useful Words and Phrases

After each of our tours, we ask our guests if there was anything they wished they’d known before coming to Japan. More than half say they wished they’d known more Japanese language for travel. Read more