Latest Articles on Japan

13 Things You Should Never Do in Japan

Ordering street food in Harajuku, Tokyo. In a country with a unique culture like Japan, visitors can feel daunted by the rules and social norms that regulate public life and interpersonal relations. Foreigners visiting Japan are not expected to be familiar with Japanese etiquette, but knowing a few basics will go a long way in…

25 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Japan

Simply put, Japan is a fascinating destination. Here, you’ll find a seamless blend of old traditions and new technology. You’ll also discover gorgeous natural landscapes just a short train ride from sparkling, sprawling cities and loud, jarring outlets a short distance from quiet areas full of nuanced rules. It’s the kind of place where people…

7 Important Things to Know Before Visiting a Japanese Onsen

Bathing in hot springs, or onsens, is a huge part of Japanese culture. However, doing so comes with its own set of rules, customs, and etiquette, from what to bring to what to wear (or not to wear, as the case may be). If you’ve never been to an onsen before, make sure to check…

The Most Expensive Countries in the World and Their Cheaper, Cooler Alternatives

The saying “you get what you pay for” doesn’t always apply when it comes to traveling the globe. Sure, many bucket list destinations are worth their eye-popping price tags, but there are plenty of affordable — and arguably cooler — alternatives to these well-trodden, budget-busting destinations. Below, we listed the most expensive countries in the…

25 Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Tokyo

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Tokyo is topping the lists of travelers everywhere. Whether you’re coming for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics or simply to devour plates of sushi, there will be plenty to keep you busy for days. However, with a population that makes New York look small and a landscape…

The 7 Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Luxury Hotels in Tokyo

Deluxe Room King Bed at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo In 2018, Tokyo fell off the list of the world’s 10 most expensive cities, but it’s still known for having high hotel rates. Even a short stay in a traditional inn with shared bathrooms can set you back a few hundred dollars. However, if you’re ready to…

8 of the Best Day Trips From Osaka

Osaka is Japan’s second-largest city behind Tokyo. It’s a sparkling, modern metropolis with an excellent street-food scene, loads of culture, stellar shopping, and small pockets that you could explore for days. The city’s overall central location also makes it a great home base for exploring the region. Several of Japan’s must-see destinations are easily connected…

9 Nude Hot Springs Around the World

Soaking in a hot spring is known to have lots of health benefits, from improving circulation to alleviating body aches. And while taking a dip in thermal waters au naturel is par for the course in areas such as Europe and Japan, U.S. citizens have to actively search for nearby hot springs that allow nudity.…

The Best Bucket List Getaways for Couples

Pool at Pezoules in Santorini For couples who love to travel, choosing where to go next can be tough. From Europe to Asia, there are so many destinations worthy of a spot on your and your sweetheart’s bucket list. Whether you’re after a languorous sojourn on the beach or a buzzy city break, you can’t…

You Now Have to Pay to Leave Japan

Heading to Japan? You may want to spend $9 less on that sushi order or shopping spree in Shibuya. The country recently announced that it will be implementing a departure tax for all visitors, irrespective of nationality. The new fee, called the sayonara tax, will cost travelers 1,000 yen (or approximately $9), and be added…