Photos by Nano Betts

Geisha For a Day: My Yukata Rental Experience in Kyoto

Wearing local attire is one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself into the local culture of your host country, and I did...

Lots of great events happening in Japan!


Editor's note: There's a lot of stuff happening off base, so read below and then head off for some fun! (This was updated Oct....

Enjoy Yamagata's natural, cultural attractions


Situated in the Northeastern part of Japan, Yamagata offers plenty of natural and cultural attractions throughout the seasons. From...

Nankinmachi is one of the biggest Chinatowns in Japan, and features more than 100 shops selling a variety of traditional Chinese and Chinese-influenced sweets and snacks. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Go to Kobe for the beef, stay for the pork buns and European cityscapes


Located just one hour by train from Kyoto and just 30 minutes by train from Osaka, Kobe is a port town that rose to prominence in...

Photo by Sandro Bernardinello

The amazing coastline of Muroran

Muroran is not usually a place that first or even second time visitors to Hokkaido will think of, but for those the venture...
Photo by Peter Sidell

An impressive Shinto shrine in the Nagano countryside

Near Hotaka station in the farming countryside of Azumino, about half an hour by train from Matsumoto, Hotaka shrine is an...
Photo by Joely Santiago

Capsule Hotels … Yes or No?


Capsule hotels (also called pod hotels) are very popular in Japan. You see them in most cities, and a lot of people really like...

Matsumoto Castle Photo by Sarah B. Hodge

Exploring Nagano

Nagano is synonymous with the 1998 Winter Olympics and as a haven for skiers and snowboarders chasing powder snow, but this...
Photos by Sarah Hodge

Kyoto, off the beaten path

Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital for more than a millennium, offers a wealth of picturesque temples, museums, and gardens, but...


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