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March 15, 2018

Insider Travel Tips for Beginners Exploring Japan

Learn from this writer’s experiences — and “if-only-I-had-known” moments — so you can plan a more efficient and economical trip and still get out of your comfort zone.

Harajiri Falls Oita
March 5, 2018

A Traveler’s Guide to the Unique Natural Beauty of Oita Prefecture

With highlights including the Oriental Niagara Falls, an island populated by cats and an immersive farmstay, Oita is the perfect place to discover the pastoral loveliness of Japan’s countryside.

March 2, 2018

Vegan in Japan: 4 Veg-Friendly Eateries in Kyoto

Just a small selection of what’s available in one of Japan’s most vegan-friendly cities!

Oita Kitsuki
March 1, 2018

Step into a History Lover’s Daydream in Oita Prefecture

Lose yourself in the traditional architecture, ancient castles, samurai mansions and authentic Edo streets of this historic wonderland.

Hotel Graphy Nezu lead photo
February 17, 2018

5 Reasons Why Hotel Graphy Nezu is the Coolest Hotel in Tokyo

This social apartment turned social hotel lends guests smartphones, runs events with local creatives and has an Instagram feed to live for.

February 15, 2018

Vegan in Japan: 3 Veg-Friendly Eateries in Kobe

Planning a trip to Kobe? Don’t miss these three vegan-friendly restaurants.

February 9, 2018

Beyond Death and Pain: The Truth About Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’

The forest itself is lost in a global media loop de-emphasizing its natural beauty in favor of tragedy. The first step to save the forest is reclaiming its name: It’s called the “Sea of Trees” not the “suicide forest.”

February 3, 2018

For Tokyo’s Best Budget Accommodation Sakura Hotel & Hostel Wins Every Time

Six things that set this pioneer of foreigner-friendly accommodation apart from the rest.

25 Things to Do in Yokohama
February 1, 2018

25 Things to Do in Yokohama

There’s plenty of things to do in Yokohama: a city by the beach with a western mind, a Japanese heart and an international soul. Here’s 25 ideas to get you started.

January 31, 2018

Landing in Japan: Moving Sleekly through Arrival, Immigration and Customs Procedures

You’ve just got off the plane, you’re jet-lagged and want to get to your bed as quickly as possible. For you weary travelers, Gaijinpot presents a guide to getting through passport control and customs as smoothly as possible.

January 25, 2018

Travel Inspiration for Japan’s 8 Holiday Weekends in 2018

The year 2018 has plenty of opportunity for weekend getaways in Japan. Here’s where and when to go!

Kissa Saeki vegan katsu sandwich.
January 24, 2018

Vegan in Japan: 4 Veg-Friendly Eateries in Hiroshima City

Here are four restaurants that are a must-visit for any vegans or vegetarians traveling to Hiroshima.

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