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March 3, 2016

Mount Moiwa’s Panoramic Summit

At 531 meters, this view would normally come at a hefty price of cold-weather hiking. But thanks to the Mount Moiwa ropeway, the sweeping views can be yours in only a few minutes.

February 5, 2016

The 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival

The 2016 Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival starts this week, and the city has been bustling in preparation for this fun festival.

January 20, 2016

Painting the town with Nicole Ciliberti

Artbar Tokyo combines low-stress painting sessions with wine, appetizers and new friends.

January 8, 2016

Ringing in the New Year with the Namahage

For residents of this northern Japanese town, their Namahage tradition is as important to their history as it is to their contemporary lives.

December 26, 2015

Sendai’s Pageant of Starlight

At the end of every year, the tall zelkova trees along Jozenjidori are lit with hundreds of thousands of lights, creating a bright and festive pathway for visitors and commuters alike.

December 11, 2015

Gofukuza: A Casual, Authentic Kabuki Experience

This Osaka-based theater is keeping kabuki current while staying true to its 400-year history.

December 4, 2015

Master Japanese Cooking at Eat Osaka

Learn to cook traditional Japanese cuisine in a laid-back, inviting setting.

December 1, 2015

The Pilgrim’s 88-temple Walk in Shikoku

Japan’s famous henro pilgrimage trail stretches over about 1,200 kilometers, tracing the circumference of the southern island of Shikoku.

November 26, 2015

Wild Running with Joseph Tame

From flashy, electronically costumed marathoner to CEO: How following the fun led Joseph Tame to a thriving career.

November 20, 2015

Go Onsen Hopping in Beppu

Beppu is famous for its hot springs, and the city offers everything from traditional onsen to sand baths.

November 13, 2015

Biking Around Fukuoka

Sometimes, the best way to see a city is on two wheels.

October 28, 2015

Etch Glass Like The Masters

Traditional Japanese glass cutting is a centuries-old pursuit, and you can learn to do it at one of the country’s most prestigious workshops.

October 18, 2015

Working in Japan as a Military Spouse

There seems to be a myth around the military bases that it’s impossible to find work here. Fear not: It isn’t.

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