New Year in Japan: Worth a Visit?

Japan is a fascinating destination with a captivating culture, delectable cuisine, and awe-inspiring sights. But today’s article is about a very specific question, “Is spending the New Year in Japan worth it?” Let’s explore this together and find out what it’s like visiting Japan during New Year’s. 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.

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

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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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

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

Christmas in Japan

Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated almost worldwide, and Japan is no exception. Many of the Christmas customs that are common in Western countries are also common in Japan, but Christmas in Japan also differs in many ways.
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Baikasai Kyoto Plum Blossom Festival

The Baikasai Plum Blossom Festival takes place every year on February 25th at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto. The celebration features plum blossoms, an outdoor tea ceremony, and real geisha. Read more

Wakakusa Yamayaki Festival

On the fourth Saturday in January, the incredible Wakakusa Yamayaki event takes place in Nara, Japan. Disputing temples settle a 260-year-old territorial dispute by setting an entire mountainside ablaze. Read more

COVID-19 Update #6

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