Latest Articles on Japan

The 10 Safest Countries in the World

Traveling the world is undoubtedly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Following the devastating news of recent terror attacks and natural disasters, many travelers might be even more attuned to which destinations are deemed safe. If that sounds like you, then you may want to consider the Global Peace Index for 2017, in which…

Where to Find the Best Skiing in Japan

For many travelers, Japan evokes images of modern cities, Shinto shrines, and of course, amazing sushi and ramen. Few people would add skiing and snowboarding to that list, but for winter sports enthusiasts, Japan remains a best-kept secret. Like most ski resorts in the Northern Hemisphere, Japan’s prime ski season is from January through March,…

Where to Go in Japan: A Cheat Sheet to the Top Destinations

Cherry blossoms, Tokyo/Oyster Think of Japan and images of cherry blossoms, Buddhist temples, and a Shinkansen train zooming past Mount Fuji probably come to mind. But this is a country of diverse landscapes and seasons, 30 national parks, 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, avant-garde design and architecture, and one of the most refined cuisines in…

7 Hotels That Will Make You Want to Visit Japan

From Tokyo’s bright lights and towering skyscrapers to Kyoto’s ancient temples and tiny teahouses, Japan brilliantly fuses centuries-old culture and traditions with cutting-edge, modern technology. Tranquil natural landscapes can be found close to busy city sidewalks. This mix of old and new is also evident in the Asian nation’s hotel offerings. Travelers can take their…

8 Unexpected Places Around the World With Stunning Fall Foliage

From apple picking and cider tasting to squash roasting and scarf knitting, there are many ways to embrace the autumn season. But none are more prevalent than leap peeping the stunning mix of green, bright red, orange, and golden yellow trees that comes with the transition between summer and winter. While New England destinations like…

A Guide to Hot Springs in Japan

Our things-we-love-about-Japan list is long and far-ranging. It includes the culture, architecture, and scenery, and the high-tech toilets, cat cafes, and karaoke bars. Japanese onsen (natural hot springs) have a very special place on that list. After all, soaking in warm, mineral-rich water stimulates circulatory and lymphatic systems, relieves pain and discomfort, and just feels…

The Best Time to Visit Japan: A Month-by-Month Guide

Kyoto, Japan/Oyster For many, the cost of flights, food, and lodging coupled with the lengthy travel time make Japan a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Thus, picking the perfect time to visit is absolutely key. While cherry blossom season is a rightfully popular and unique time to visit, there are several factors to consider that can either make…

5 Controversial Monuments Around the World

On August 12, the world watched as several days of riotous protests broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia. While violence surrounding issues of racism is certainly nothing new in the United States, recent years have seen various groups fighting against the removal of monuments dedicated to the Confederacy under the guise of culture. And although Charlottesville…

11 Amazing Day Trips to Take From Tokyo

Once you’ve covered Tokyo’s major sights and had your fill of its big city bustle, it’s time to hop on a train and plan a day-long getaway. This is easy to do, thanks to Japan Railway’s efficient network: There’s a surprising variety of destinations within easy reach of the capital. In no time you can…

Tokyo’s Top 6 Shopping Neighborhoods

Tokyo is a shopping mecca, and the city can feel like a sprawl of retail from end to end. Ginormous malls with dizzying neon lights are ubiquitous, but there are also more laid-back hipster ‘hoods with offbeat boutiques along graffiti-lined streets. To get prepped for the hunt and figure out where you want to focus…