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Learning the Way of the Monks in Wakayama Prefecture

Even if you’re not the spiritual type, hiking the Kumano Kodo and staying with the monks of Mount Koya is a fulfilling experience.

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The Real Ninjas of Mie and Shiga Prefectures

These Japan Heritage Sites in Iga and Koka show us how real ninjas lived and trained throughout history.

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Japan’s Indigenous Ainu Culture Deserves Recognition

The sacred land of the Kamikawa Ainu in Hokkaido offers a peek into the way of life of Japan’s original people.

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A Day at Nagano’s Ryuoo Ski Park

Winter in Japan’s chilly central prefecture means skiing, Hokusai, and most importantly, snow monkeys.

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5 Vacations to Help Rebuild Japan’s Disaster Hit Tohoku Region

Nine years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the stunning coastal towns of this disaster-affected region still deserve your attention.

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A Comprehensive List of Closed Tourist Attractions in Japan Due to the Coronavirus

Teamlab Borderless and Universal Studios Japan among attractions closed until early-April.

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A Trip to Niigata’s Phallic Shoki Festival

Every year between February and March, groups of local citizens head deep into the forests of Niigata for a festival that involves copious amounts of straw and a large phallus.

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Starbucks Japan’s New Sakura Milk Latte is Sweetness Overload

Okay, the latte isn't that bad, but the Cherry Blossom Milk Pudding Frappuccino is liquid diabetes.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Studio Ghibli Netflix Release

Netflix will add 21 Studio Ghibli films starting on Feb. 1. Here are the underrated films you need to binge.

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Chasing the Gods’ Crossing On Lake Suwa in Nagano

Crackling ice forms this natural phenomenon over the lake that inspired the 2016 anime “Your Name” (“Kimi no Na Wa”). Will this elusive anomaly make an appearance this year?

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Kanji Cheat Sheets: Going to Karaoke in Japan

Level up your karaoke experience by learning how to use the machine in Japanese

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Inside Neko Neko Shokupan, Japan’s Kawaii Cat Bread Bakery

Japan's obsession with cats has made its way into everyday food products.

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This Is What It's Like to Tour Inside the Fukushima Exclusion Zone