Kawagoe Matsuri | Japanese Festival Guide
Kawagoe Matsuri is an October festival not far from Tokyo. They use elaborately decorated floats that you rarely see in the big cities, and the traditional backdrop of Kawagoe makes it a beautiful sight.
Amusement Parks in Japan | Japan Travel Tips
Some of the world’s best amusement parks are in Japan! Which theme parks should definitely feature on your to-go list when you travel to Japan?
Nature Love in Japan | Japanese Culture Guide
Nature love is all around in Japan. What’s the history of Japan’s relationship with nature? And how can you immerse yourself in nature when you travel to Japan?
Street Food in Japan | Japanese Food Guide
We all know yakisoba, okonomiyaki, and takoyaki. Let us introduce 6 of our personal favorites when it comes to street food in Japan!
5 Great Outdoor Activities in Japan
Are you a bit of an adventurous traveler? In addition to culture, history, and great food, Japan also has plenty of outdoor activities to offer. Find out which 5 activities we especially recommend for some action!
Yokai Monsters in Japan
Do you like slightly unsettling and scary folk tales? Japan has plenty of them. Let us introduce 3 famously eerie Japanese yokai monsters to you!
Cup Noodles | Japanese Food Guide
Cup Noodles are a popular instant noodle brand sold in a cup invented by the Japanese in 1971. This article explains the development of the Cup Noodle and the Cup Noodle Museums in Osaka and Yokohama.
Ultraman | Japan Anime Guide
Ultraman is a Japanese TV superhero like Superman. It has been more than 50 years since the series started. Let’s learn about the fascinating characters and related places for an anime pilgrimage!
Plastic Food Samples | Japanese Culture Guide
Elaborately made food samples in Japan’s restaurant windows help you decide if you want to eat there. Did you know that you can buy them as a souvenir or even try to make them yourself?
Jomon Period | Japanese History
The Jomon Period is the first-named period in Japanese history, and it was 70,000 – 10,000 years ago. Let’s learn what the period was like and where you can see related ruins and exhibitions.
The Best Beaches in Japan
Japan is not only great for those who want to discover history and culture. There are also some amazing beaches in the country that offer pure relaxation without the crowds in most seasons.
Wotagei a Cheer Dance of Japanese Otaku Fans
Wotagei is a type of cheer dance that is usually done by devoted fans for their much-loved idols during concerts. There are specific choreographies that all concert-goers seem to know. What’s up with wotagei?
Japanese History : A Short and Simple Overview
Have you always wanted to understand Japanese history in a nutshell? Here is a handy, short overview of Japanese history from 14,000 BC to the modern time!
Relaxing Activities in Japan
Do you want to return from your trip to Japan completely refreshed? Why not end your holiday with a day or 2 of these relaxing activities?
Our Favorite Traditional Japanese Desserts
Japanese desserts are probably a bit different from what you are used to, but there are some really great ones out there. Here are our 5 favorite Japanese desserts and their recipes!
Calligraphy in Japan | Japanese Culture Guide
Calligraphy is called ‘shodo’ in Japan, and it is an art form with a very long history. How did Japanese calligraphy evolve? And what is the function of calligraphy in modern Japanese society?
Super Solo Culture in Japan
Recently, cities in Japan have become much more solo-customer-friendly. The so-called ‘super solo culture’ has taken off and will probably only grow larger. What gave rise to this culture, and where can you go to experience it?
Maglev Super Fast New Train in Japan
Maglev is a super fast train that uses magnetic levitation. Japan is currently building a maglev train that will run up to 500 km/h. See where you can already experience this train in action.
The 100 Yen Shop in Japan
The 100 yen shop (dollar store) is very popular in Japan. It is a convenient shop because you can find almost anything you are looking for, including great affordable souvenirs for foreign tourists. Let’s find out what they sell!
Golden Week Holiday in Japan
Between late April and the beginning of May, there are four national holidays. We call this period Golden Week. Let’s find out how the Japanese like to spend this period and how you should travel to avoid the crowds.
Omikuji Fortune Papers in Japan
Omikuji is a fortune paper you find in the Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. On it, you will find a message from the deities and your fortune level. Why don’t you try it when you visit Japan?
Toyotomi Hideyoshi a Unifier of Japan
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was the second warlord who tried to unify Japan after the long warring states period ended in the late 16th century. Let’s learn more about his successes and failures.
Oda Nobunaga a Unifier of Japan
Oda Nobunaga was the first warlord who tried to unify Japan after the long Warring States Period in the late 16th century. Though he was cruel, people love his leadership. Let’s learn more about his unique biography.
The Warring States Period in Japan
The Warring States Period (15th to 16th century) was an exciting time in Japanese history. Military rulers were replaced one after another until shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu unified Japan. Let’s learn more about this period!
The Story of Doraemon | Japan Anime Guide
Doraemon is one of the most popular manga and anime series among kids in Japan. It is the story of an unmotivated boy and cat-shaped robot who came from the future. Let’s find out more about the setting and story!
Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Japan
See what the cherry blossom forecast is for 2021, and enjoy some beautiful pictures of different types of sakura throughout Japan!
VR Experiences in Tokyo | Travel Guide
For those looking for a thrill in Tokyo, these VR experiences will immerse you in a whole new world!
The History of Kyoto : Japan’s Former Capital
Kyoto’s history is a long one, it all started in the 8th century. The city was built as the capital of Japan in that time and was home to the Imperial Court until 1868 when it moved to Tokyo
Omiyage: a Japanese Souvenir Tradition
Omiyage are tasty locals souvenirs from Japan that were first used to thank trip financers for their contributions in the Edo period and then helped straying spouses stay on the straight and narrow. Find out how this worked!
Kyoto Traditional Japanese Architecture
Learn about the history of Japanese architecture, and let us give you an itinerary for Kyoto that will take you through Japan’s architectural history from the 6th century until the late 19th century.
Real Estate Trends in Japan
Our tour customers regularly ask the guides about the real estate market in Japan. Let us give you an overview of the housing market in Japan and likely trends in the near future.
Typical Housing in Japan : Japanese Homes
While you will mainly see single-family homes in the more remote suburbs and in the countryside in Japan, in more central city areas the majority of people will live in apartments that are often not much larger than 60m2, or even smaller.
The Start of Working Life in Japan
Finding your first full-time job is never easy, and even less so in Japan. How do university students find their first jobs? And what happens once you are in?
Ghost Stories From Japan
Let us share 5 ghost stories from Japan that will chill you… If you want more of this, we also organize tours that focus on stories about the ghosts and ghouls of Japan.
Judo a Martial Art From Japan
If you ask anyone to name one martial art from Japan, it is probably going to be judo or karate. Judo has been spread all over the world and is practiced as a common way to teach kids and adults self-defense.
Kendo a Martial Art From Japan
Kendo is a Japanese martial art that descended from the sword fighting techniques that were used in the days of the samurai warriors.
The History of Port City Osaka
Osaka has a long history, during which the area has always served as a place where traders from all over Asia and later the world are intermingling with Japanese people.
Castles in Japan
Japanese castles have developed over many centuries, and have their own original style compared to European castles. Let us give you an overview of the history of Japanese castles.
Bonsai in Japan
The history of bonsai in Japan goes back to the 13th century, which was a time when Japan was very open to culture imported from China and bonsai was one of the imported art forms. Bonsai is a dwarf tree grown in a porcelain pot, and its purpose is to represent nature through the arrangement of the shape of the tree and to appreciate the tree.
Delicious Wagyu Beef in Japan
What is so good about wagyu? Which type of wagyu should you look for if you want to try the very best there is available? And what type of sake would go well with your great piece of beef?
The History of Tokyo | Travel Guide
What became today’s largest metropole in the world started out as a small town in the 13th century and became a small castle town in the 15th century. Then the feudal lords started fighting out a war that would change the course of Edo’s history forever.
2022 Reopening Borders of Japan for Tourists
Japan has been open for tourists from countries in the visa-waiver program again since October 11, 2022! Learn more about the rules that will still be in place for a smooth trip to Japan
Contemporary Architecture in Tokyo
Learn more about 7 treasures of post-war Japanese architecture in Tokyo!
Travel Coronavirus Prevention
If you are thinking of coming to Japan once the travel restrictions are lifted and want to enjoy your trip without worry, it is recommended to follow the preventive measures below.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021
When Tokyo was selected to host the 2020 summer Olympics in 2013, the excitement was great. Japan took a big hit in 2011 when the large Tohoku triple disaster struck the country, and we all needed something to look forward to.
Landscape Japanese Gardens
How did Japanese gardens develop? And how can we appreciate Japanese gardens? Find out more about Japanese gardens.
Japanese Fermented Foods and Drinks
Fermentation is a technique that is used all around the world to preserve food and drinks and to give a new flavor to what we consume. Japan has some originally Japanese fermented foods and drinks that are all good for your health and stamina.
Pilgrimage in Shikoku
A famous reason to visit Shikoku is to do a pilgrimage around 88 Buddhist temples which are scattered all over the island. Even today, many people make this pilgrimage. Let’s find out its history and why it attracts many people.
Christianity in Japan | Japanese Religions
Did you ever wonder how Christianity ended up in Japan? And why are church weddings and Christmas so popular in Japan while only a small minority of the population is Christian? Let us answer these questions and more!