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The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, the world's oldest hotel, with mountains behind it and staff in kimono ready to greet guests out front.
September 14, 2018

The World’s Oldest Hotel: What It’s Like to Stay at Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan

This historic mountain retreat in Yamanashi is over 1,300 years old and has been run by the same family for 52 generations.

August 17, 2018

5 of the Coolest Studio Ghibli Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Travel to real-life places in Japan where scenes from Studio Ghibli’s animated films spring to life.

June 29, 2018

Remembering Anthony Bourdain Through His Travels in Japan

Retrace the beloved travel show host’s steps through Osaka, Hokkaido, Tokyo and Okinawa.

June 15, 2018

6 Spots to Get a Bird’s Eye View of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing

A brand new observation deck is just one of the options for scoping out the world-famous intersection from above.

Himeji Castle
June 8, 2018

5 Cool James Bond Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

If 007 only lives twice and you only live once, then you better add these travel spots to your bucket list.

Fireworks going off outside It’s a Small World at Tokyo Disneyland.
April 6, 2018

The 10 Best Tokyo Disney Resort Attractions

These are the rides to seek out during the resort’s year-long 35th anniversary event.

March 23, 2018

8 of the Coolest Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Live the movies at these famous (and not so… ) Japanese locales depicted on celluloid.

February 9, 2018

Beyond Death and Pain: The Truth About Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’

The forest itself is lost in a global media loop de-emphasizing its natural beauty in favor of tragedy. The first step to save the forest is reclaiming its name: It’s called the “Sea of Trees” not the “suicide forest.”

January 16, 2018

A Guide To the Best ‘Lost in Translation’ Spots in Tokyo

With the film in its 15th anniversary year, you can still find many of the real-life locations it portrayed in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Kyoto.

December 19, 2017

At 40, ‘Star Wars’ and its Relationship with Japan Only Deepens

A free “Star Wars” exhibition opens this week in Tokyo to celebrate the saga’s latest episode while the franchise’s actors and directors open up about their personal connections to Japanese culture.