Japan Trip

Japanese Onsen Bathing Etiquette

Traditional Japanese bath houses are relaxing and therapeutic, but the rules can be complex. This guide takes you through the basics.

Kyoto – The Basics

Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and is home to hundreds of shrines, several imperial buildings, traditional teahouses and the majority of the remaining geisha training houses. It's also a great base for...

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.

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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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