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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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Fukuoka Foreign Language College: A Welcoming Home for International Students in Japan

GaijinPot Study flew down to Fukuoka to check out this awesome Japanese Language School. See if it's the right fit for you!

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Four Road Laws in Japan You’ve Probably Broken

Don’t do the crime if you can't do the time, or pay the fine.

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Hiking to Nageiredo, Japan’s Most Dangerous National Treasure

Harness your inner strength and climb outside your comfort zone on Tottori Prefecture’s Mount Mitoku

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How to Experience Yamagata City Like a Local

Tokyo is overrated. Head up to lesser-known Yamagata Prefecture where a more authentic Japan is ripe for discovery.

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Voyaging Towards Introspection with the Yamabushi Mountain Monks

A symbolic death and rebirth in the mountains of Yamagata, but not without indulging in the local nightlife

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Study Japanese in An Enchanting Winter Wonderland in Rural Northern Japan

Immersion courses at Akita Inaka School offer a chance to become part of a local community and make unforgettable memories.

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5 Unique Things I Found While Thrifting in Japan

Horror movie collectibles, anime figurines and more.

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5 Shops to Try Yokohama’s Local Iekei Ramen

Discover this local ramen style that’s creamy and chewy with all the toppings.

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