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Golden Week 2019: Make the Most of This Year’s Super-Sized Break

Day trips, overnight stays or something longer, here are three “Platinum” Week options.

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Making Reservations in Japanese

Failsafe ways to book accommodations, tickets and dinners out in Japan.

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The Story of Shimokitazawa

There's history behind this hipster 'hood, once dubbed the coolest neighborhood in the world.

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5 Craft Beer Festivals to Attend in Japan this Spring

Lovers of craft brew unite! As spring approaches celebrations of beer blossom!

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5 Tips for Women Traveling Solo in Japan

One of the world’s safest countries, Japan can still be daunting for lone female travelers.

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A Guide to Hiking the Kumano Kodo Iseji Route in Mie, Japan

Including the history, guide maps, itineraries, and what to see, do and eat along the Iseji Route.

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Hot Prepper: Be Ready for an Emergency in Japan

Knowing what to do before a disaster happens can save you when it does.

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Yudanaka: The Heavenly Onsen Town Next to Hell Valley

Close to the Snow Monkey Park, foreigner-friendly Yudanaka Onsen in Nagano makes for a great day or overnight hot spring trip.

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5 Things to Do in Japan This Spring (That Don’t Involve Hanami)

If you want to tone down the sakura celebrations this year, here are five alternatives to squatting in the cold on a blue tarp.

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7 Onsen in Chugoku Where Men and Women Can Bathe Together

Soak in the nature and history of one of Japan’s oldest traditions — with ladies and gentlemen alike!

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Lose Yourself in the Seasonal Wonderland of Okayama Prefecture

Exquisite fall foliage, a crow-colored castle, a legend about an ogre-slaying peach-boy. No, you’re not in a fantasy story. This is Okayama.

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5 of Tokyo’s Best Night Views

Unique spots to witness the city come alive after dark.

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