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Beyond Air Conditioners: A Pro’s Guide to Keeping Cool this Summer

With a hot and humid summer already in full swing, it’s time to take some cool precautions. GaijinPot looks at “Cool Japan” from the air conditioner to other, more esoteric, devices.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

In honor of this year’s Mountain Day, how about taking on Japan’s most iconic peak?

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4 Cold Ramen Dishes for the Sweltering Japanese Summer

Bowls of Japan’s famous noodle-based soup don’t always have to be served scalding hot. There are several chilled variations that can be enjoyed in the notoriously hot Japanese summer months.

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How To Fall In Love With Oita, Japan in 25 Photos

Tokyo seemed like a vapid beast after three days in Oita Prefecture.

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12 Ways to Make the Most of the Hakone Freepass

Simple, stress-free and excellent value, you’ll save on more than just transport with the Hakone Freepass. Here's how to get the most value out of it.

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9 Onsen in Tohoku Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Take a trip to the Tohoku region, down a road less traveled, where the most beautiful mixed baths wait to be discovered.

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The Japanese Summer as an ALT Without Air Conditioning at School

What it's like working in these ungodly hot schools — explained in 10 gifs.

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Sake Cheat Sheet: Get Your Drink on with This Handy Guide to Nihonshu

An introductory guide to Japan’s national tipple.

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Slices of Japanese Life that Keep me Coming Back for More

The joy of everyday discoveries and bonding with locals over food, glorious food.

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Remembering Anthony Bourdain Through His Travels in Japan

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

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Japan Summer Music Festival Guide: Oh No, Let’s Go!

Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic and the whole shebang offer up your choice of rock, pop, jazz, EDM and more in the great outdoors.

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After the Quake: Two Years on, Kumamoto Stands Strong

Kumamoto’s beauty has been forever altered by the 2016 earthquake. Nevertheless, follow the locals’ unwavering strength and help the prefecture by making it a destination on your next trip to Kyushu.

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