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

The Roppongi neighborhood in Tokyo has a well-deserved reputation for being dissolute, but far more interesting than the seedy clubs and bars nestled in its streets are its world-class museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Some of the best i...
Tama, the “station master cat” whose honorary post at the Kishi Station in Wakayma, Japan, drew tens of thousands of tourists each year to the area, has gone off to that great big Japanese train station in the sky. She died on Monday at the age of...
It’s no surprise ramen has grown into something of a craze (because it's unspeakably delicious), but the people of Hakone, Japan have taken their love of country’s most popular dish to a new level: bathing in it. Yunessan Spa House offers noodl...
While not for everyone (claustrophobics, need not reserve), Tokyo’s capsule hotels are a sight to be seen. Photographer Won Kim took to the city’s streets on a mission to capture the incredibly small capsule hotels—and when we say small, we mean d...
Japanese ramen may be one of the hottest culinary trends in the U.S., but back in Japan, it’s Italian cuisine. When people tire of raw fish? They turn to Italy. Throughout the nation (not just in big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka), you’ll dis...
The reinvention of this walkable, former punk-rock neighborhood began 10 years ago with the opening of Frank & Easy. At the tiny boutique, owners Ryo Shibata and Keisuke Morizawa turn salvaged gold into angular rings and pendants, and make cool cl...
The reinvention of this walkable, former punk-rock neighborhood began 10 years ago with the opening of Frank & Easy. At the tiny boutique, owners Ryo Shibata and Keisuke Morizawa turn salvaged gold into angular rings and pendants, and make cool cl...
Palace Hotel Tokyo is giving you an up-close-and-personal look at Japan’s beloved sport: Sumo wrestling. Visitors can choose one of two “Grappling Tokyo” experiences: a tournament season stay and an off-season trip. Both options feature two nights...
From Japan to NYC: Omen In Kyoto, this first-rate udon noodle restaurant is at the base of one of the country’s largest and most popular temple complexes.  Delicious bowls of noodles are served with seasonal delicacies like hamo (conger ee...
The core concept behind Japan’s successful Muten Kurazushi Sushi Restaurants is something known as a food “bullet trains”—quick-moving conveyor belts that rocket your table’s choices right to your seat. This is, of course, after said selections we...