Japan

Japan Travel Guide

Visit Japan to experience a land where cutting-edge modernity coexists with ancient tradition. Tokyo -- Japan’s capital city -- is one of the world’s premier technology hubs. With a population of more than 13 million people, the urban center is a spectacular, shimmering neon-lit metropolis, with a raucous nightlife, delicious food and a vibrant art, theater and music scene. But Japan travel shouldn’t end with Tokyo. The city of Kyoto is a cultural treasure, where one can watch geishas dance in traditional garb before stopping to reflect on the experience at a peaceful Zen rock garden.

Things Not to Miss in Japan

• Hiking in the Japan Alps, which boast breathtaking views
 • Watching geishas perform traditional dances in Kyoto
 • Singing Karaoke, a popular national pastime, in one of Tokyo’s countless bars
 • Dining on fresh sashimi at one of Tokyo’s many world-class sushi restaurants, or chowing down on a steaming bowl of ramen at any one of the multitude of noodle bars that stud the city
 • Going to a baseball game, a sport that is hugely popular in the country

When to Go to Japan

Ideally, it’s best to travel to Japan in spring or autumn, when temperatures remain pleasant. Spring may be the best season to visit as the country erupts in a flood of pink cherry blossoms from mid-March until mid-April. If possible, avoid Japan in the summer, which tends to be wet, humid and uncomfortably hot affair.

Articles about Japan

Through the end of November, you can see a number of massive straw sculptures nestled in a field in the country's Niigata Prefecture—dinosaurs, a giant crab, even a stately praying mantis. Amy Goda, a local artist, has been turning leftover straw ...
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Since a spa getaway seems to be on most everyone’s list these days, on your next visit to Japan, work in a visit to a ryokan. These hot springs inns can range from old fashioned, past-their-prime places, to massive properties where guests are ente...
In the world’s first-ever novel, The Tale of Genji, written back in the 11th century, the characters take a break from politicking and palace life to travel the Japanese countryside, hunting for leaves changing color. The autumn foliage hasn't los...
The doors of Hotel Okura — an icon of Japanese modernist design — have finally shut. The 1960s landmark, which has welcomed a bevy of storied guests including U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009, is scheduled for demolition later this month. Th...
There’s no denying that 2015 NBA champion and finals MVP Andre Iguodala is one of the hardest-working players in the sport today. So how does the Golden State Warrior’s stylish swingman spend his time in the off-season? By traveling to Japan to pa...
Japan’s historic city of Kyoto just released an etiquette manual for tourists traveling to the area. The guide contains 18 do’s and don’ts for visitors in an infographic, which was posted to the Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau website. ...
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The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU just opened on August 1, but it’s already topping many Tokyo must-see lists. The cafe is located in the hub of Tokyo’s Harajuku district and was created by artist Sebastian Masuda, who is most well known for his...
Small, exclusive ryokans dot the Japanese landscape, offering respite and tranquil arboreal settings, rooms, and meals meant to induce a calm and meditative state. These unique inns, attached to hot springs, are closely tied to Japanese culture in...