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GaijinPot on Location: ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Cobra Kai’ in Okinawa

Okinawa is a big part of the Karate Kid franchise, but where are the real-life locations that inspired it?

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Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo: The Chuo-Sobu Line

The Chuo-Sobu is one of the finest commuter lines for convenience and affordability. Discover your new home in the heart of Tokyo with this quick guide. 

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8 Winter Towns in Japan that Feel Like the North Pole

Christmas markets, buckets of snow and Arctic-like ice floes are on our wish list to Santa for winter experiences in Japan.

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Best Hidden Spots for a Winter Trip in Japan

The winter season is upon us, and it's time for illuminations and snowy scenery. Here's where you can avoid the crowds.

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Yakushima: Exploring Japan’s World Heritage Destination from a Different Perspective

Monkeys, a rocket launch and a volcano eruption—all on one journey through this ancient island in Japan.

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What It’s Like Working in an Izakaya in Hokkaido 

A personal account of working at a bustling Japanese restaurant in Hakodate—including crushes, unforgettable characters and a lot of spilled beer. 

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5 Foreign Culture Theme Parks In Japan You Must Visit

Take a trip to another country without ever leaving Japan.

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Japan’s Best Autumn Spots to Avoid the Crowds

While the leaves are already falling, there's still time to enjoy the autumn colors without the crowds in these top fall foliage spots around Japan. 

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Respite in The Countryside: The Hostels Making a Difference in Rural Japan

Stories of people with big dreams keeping small Japanese towns alive

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Experience Releasing Baby Sea Turtles in Shizuoka Prefecture

Here's how you can help the next generation of loggerhead sea turtles get a headstart in life.

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5 Sweet Potato Treats in Japan

It's officially autumn in Japan, so we rounded up some of this season's 'yammiest' sweet potato treats.

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Best Train Lines for Living in Tokyo: The Marunouchi Line

This luminescent red line is designed to stand out.

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