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May 15, 2018

Why I Relocated to Nagano from the Big City

As convenient and vibrant as Japan’s major urban centers are, one expat explains why a change to a more rural area did him a world of good.

May 8, 2018

Guilt-free animal adventures in Japan

Four fantastic locations in Japan where you can get up close and personal with animals in their natural habitat.

May 4, 2018

9 Vacations to Help Rebuild Japan’s Disaster Hit Regions

From historic onsen villages to stunning coastal towns, book a holiday at one of these beautiful destinations and know your money is helping disaster-affected regions get back on their feet.

May 3, 2018

3 Unforgettable Ryokan and Onsen Experiences from Japan Expert Rob Goss

Take an expert’s guided journey into three of the most beautiful and unforgettable experiences you can find at Japan’s inns and hot springs.

May 2, 2018

Vegan in Japan: 3 Veg-Friendly Eateries in Sapporo

Heading to Hokkaido? Check out these three fantastic restaurants for great-tasting vegan fare.

May 1, 2018

A Quick Guide To Mixed-Gender Bathing In Japan

Learn the art of and where to find one of Japan’s oldest traditions that’s quickly fading away.

Pocket Talk Japan Translator
April 30, 2018

Pocketalk: Your No. 1 Travel Hack for Adventuring in Japan

No Japanese? No Problem.

April 27, 2018

Japan’s Top 3 Regional Ramen: Sapporo, Tokyo and Fukuoka

Three iconic cities. Three unique styles of Japanese soul food. We travel to each area and discover what makes miso, shoyu and tonkotsu styles of ramen so distinct.

April 14, 2018

20 Images that Prove Cherry Blossoms in Japan Make Life Worth Living

Sakura & animal selfies and scenery straight out of a storybook… Here are just a few of our favorite posts so far from the ongoing 2018 GaijinPot Cherry Blossom Contest.

April 13, 2018

Gachapon: Japan’s Irresistible Capsule Toys You Never Knew You Needed

Who, what, where and, most importantly, how to get your hands on these cute, crafty and sometimes weird pieces of Japanese pop culture.

Sakunami Onsen
April 11, 2018

Fall Off the Beaten Path: A Weekend Getaway to Sakunami Onsen

No one’s heard of this misty mountain retreat just west of Sendai — and that’s what makes it so special.

Fireworks going off outside It’s a Small World at Tokyo Disneyland.
April 6, 2018

The 10 Best Tokyo Disney Resort Attractions

These are the rides to seek out during the resort’s year-long 35th anniversary event.

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