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The Hakone Freepass offers some decent discounts.
July 17, 2018

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.

July 11, 2018

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.

July 6, 2018

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

An introductory guide to Japan’s national tipple.

July 5, 2018

Slices of Japanese Life that Keep me Coming Back for More

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

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 20, 2018

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.

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.

June 13, 2018

Beat the Heat: 5 Cool Destinations to Escape to from Tokyo this Summer

Get out of the city, explore Japan and refresh yourself — but start planning now.

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.

the warm waters of the Kotan Onsen open-air bath. Teshikaga, Hokkaido.
June 6, 2018

9 Onsen in Hokkaido Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Hokkaido is an island blessed with an abundance of natural goodies like seafood, snow sports — and skinny dipping with friends!

May 25, 2018

2018 GaijinPot Cherry Blossom Contest Winners

Did you enter our 2018 GaijinPot Cherry Blossom Contest? The winners are in!

May 24, 2018

22 of Japan’s Most Famous Matsuri: A Travel Calendar

From this summer through next spring, here’s your ultimate Japan festival guide.

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