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August 8, 2017

Late-Summer Kansai Festivals with Local Flavor

If you like Japanese tradition with a touch of fire — and fireworks — visit these local gems.

July 25, 2017

Japan Wanderlust: Get On Up To Tohoku

Cool off in Japan’s northeastern region satiated with poetic mountain air, huge festivals and unforgettable lakes that will leave you lusting for more.

July 14, 2017

Weekend Trip: Walking The Nakasendo Trail

Short, sweet and relaxing; a weekend discovering the history of the Kiso Valley and Nakasendo Way is an ideal getaway for history buffs and nature lovers alike — with lots of good, cheap snacks and fresh water sources along the way.

Takenohama
July 6, 2017

Japan Wanderlust: This Week’s Inspiring Travel

Join us on a visual trip to white sandy beaches, massive waterfalls and the geekiest cafe in Western Tokyo.

Things to do in Suginami (Koenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo, Nishi-Ogikubo), Tokyo
June 30, 2017

24 Hours in Suginami Tokyo

Only have one day to spare in Tokyo? Experience the city like a local with this immersive itinerary for Suginami Ward — and prepare to forget everything you thought you knew about Japan.

8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do in Nihonbashi
June 13, 2017

8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Nihonbashi

In Japan, all roads lead to Nihonbashi — so what to do when you get there? Here are eight unconventional ideas to get you started.

Akihabara at night
June 5, 2017

24 Hours in Akihabara

Make the most of a day in Tokyo’s “Electric Town” with this whirlwind itinerary of geeky shrines, electronics shopping, arcades, maid cafés and extreme ramen.

May 30, 2017

6 Things to Do in Osaka This Summer

In a metropolitan area as diverse as Osaka, there’s plenty to see and do during those hot summer nights.

Takamine Onsen
May 29, 2017

Bathing Above the Clouds at Takamine Onsen

This picturesque ryokan in the mountains of Nagano looks like something from a fantasy travel magazine. Good news: It’s real and the owner wants you to come and discover it.

Grids Hotel + Hostel
May 19, 2017

Grids Hotel and Hostel: Defy Labels at this Cool New Travel Hub

Backpacker youth hostel? Budget hotel? International guesthouse? At Grids Hotel and Hostel, you can experience it all in an authentic new way. Watch the video here.

May 17, 2017

Tomogashima: A Trip Worth Taking

Across rough seas and aboard decaying ships, the islands of Tomogashima are a unique — if challenging — visit.

A geisha at the bar of Mosaic Hostel Kyoto
May 15, 2017

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Kyoto

Mosaic Hostel give us their insider tips for getting off the beaten track in Japan’s cultural capital. Includes castles, sewage plants and craft beer. Curious? Read on.

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