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Soak it all in at a Japanese onsen

Imagine soaking outdoors in a steaming hot pool made of natural rocks. You take a deep breath as you survey the panoramic mountain scenery and all...

All aboard! Take a trip through time at Saitama's Railway Museum

Considered a sanctuary for rail-fans of all ages, The Railway Museum, or Tetsudo Hakubutsukan, attracts more than 1 million visitors a year.

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Photos by Sarah B. Hodge

Into the Woods: Discovering the charms of Northern Japan’s ‘Blue Forest’

Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu Island. A land of dramatic coastlines, dense forests, and a high percentage of national parks,...
Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara

Immerse yourself in Iwakuni's culture & community

Looking down at the river and mountains from the observation room atop Iwakuni Castle, I could easily imagine why a feudal-time lord built his...

Tokyo’s top 6 towns Metropolis chooses its favorite neighborhoods in the city

Tokyo’s a big old town. 23 wards, numerous special wards and cities and a shedload of islands. Many publications have posited their coolest,...
The picturesque Nachi Waterfall

Adventuring in Kumano: A visit to Nachi Falls and surrounding waterfalls

When you reach Mount Nachi you'll discover this area has to much to offer, from places of worship to breathtaking views. It’s definitely a...

Musing over Mie

Mie Prefecture is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, the kind of destination that you would only share with your close friends. Most Japanese...

From Misawa, take a day trip along Route 103

Misawa finds itself very close to plenty of water; the Pacific ...

Konpon Daito Pagoda, Koyasan (Photo by Sarah B. Hodge)

The wonders of Wakayama: Soul-searching in Japan’s sacred Kii Mountains

Wakayama’s rugged coastline and mountainous, heavily forested interior is home to some of Japan’s holiest shrines, temples and monasteries that...

Listen to the music! Great concerts set for Japan!

Editor's note: There are lots of great concerts coming up in the next several months. So get off the couch and check one out. (This was updated...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Let Japan's biggest little city of Niigata charm you

I have always associated the northern city of Niigata with frigid weather and heavy snowfall, full of the steep-roofed buildings essential for...

Iwakuni eatery offers feast for eyes, palate

If Quentin Tarantino gets a chance to come to Iwakuni, Sanzoku is the one...

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