The Nagasaki Lantern Festival: A Cultural Display

Every year, Nagasaki, Japan hosts one of the most illuminating events in the country – The Nagasaki Lantern Festival. The festival is rooted in Chinese tradition and celebrates the Lunar New Year, symbolizing hope, prosperity, and the coming of spring. 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

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

Can I Travel to Japan Now?

Updated: May 1, 2023 Japan is open to all travelers! On April 29, 2023, the Japanese government abolished all entry restrictions. The status of COVID-19 will be downgraded to that of the seasonal flu on May 8, 2023.

Golden Week in Japan

Golden Week in Japan is a week-long holiday that lasts from the end of April to the beginning of May each year. The holiday week is actually a combination of four different holidays, strung together during the same week. Read more

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2023

The first Cherry Blossom Forecast 2023 has been released! This year’s cherry blossoms are expected to bloom on time, or just slightly earlier than average in most places. They’re expected to be in full bloom at Ueno Park on March 30, 2023. Read more

Yoshino Cherry Blossoms

Yoshino in Nara Prefecture is one of the best spots to see cherry blossom in Japan. With over 30,000 cherry blossom trees lining Mount Yoshino, the view is spectacular. Many say it’s the best area in Japan to see cherry blossoms. Read more

Yamazaki River Cherry Blossoms

Today, we’re going to look at some beautiful cherry blossoms. We’re at the Yamazaki River in Nagoya. It is one of the top 100 best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan. Read more

When is Cherry Blossom Season in Japan?

Today we are answering the question, “When is cherry blossom season in Japan?” Read more

COVID-19 Update #6

We’re feeling optimistic about Japan opening up before the spring next year.