Japan Trip

Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossom (sakura) is one of the most iconic images of Japan. FInd out how and when to see sakura, as well as some of the best spots around Japan.

Ryokan Dinners – Kaiseki Ryori

In many ryokans you will be served a style of food known as kaiseki ryori for dinner. This is an extravagant multi-course meal with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients.

Japan Rail Pass – The Basics

If you plan to explore Japan, the Japan Rail Pass offered by JR (Japan Rail) to foreign tourists visiting Japan (and Japanese Nationals permanently living outside Japan) is great value and definitely worth...

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Places

Nagasaki – A Brief Guide

Nagasaki is famous for being the target of the second atomic bombing, but also has a rich history as one of the few ports to allow western trade with Japan.

Sapporo – A Brief Guide

Sapporo is the main city in Hokkaido and is known for its lively nightlife and vibrant festivals. Sapporo has some of the best cuisine outside of Tokyo, and the best skiing and winter sports in Japan.

Beach in Okinawa| © Ricardo Manguel via Flickr

Okinawa Prefecture – An Overview

This string of tropical islands off Japan's southern tip are home to some of the best beaches and dive spots in the whole country. There's also unspoilt rainforests, welcoming locals, unique culture and great food.

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