February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

Craft Beer Japan: Ueno

Exploring Ueno's food stall-lined shopping streets and smoky, yakitoriya-filled lanes

June 2019

Sushi 101

Video guide to enjoying and understanding Japan's most famous dish

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

Japan during New Year

Visiting Japan during New Year can be rewarding as well as frustrating. Read our advice to prevent negative surprises.

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

Exploring Nikko

From its iconic temples and shrines to its dramatic scenery.

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

Hakone Update

On July 26, the Hakone Ropeway was fully reopened.

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

Busta Shinjuku

A new bus terminal opened on top of Shinjuku Station on April 4.

March 2016

Sake Sangria

Making sangria with sake, pineapple, peaches, oranges and dried persimmons.

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

Rail Pass News

Several rail passes will be changed or newly introduced over the coming months.

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

Takumi no Waza

Craftsmanship exhibition at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.

May 2015

New Rail Pass

From July 2015, a new rail pass for travelers from Nagoya to Ise and Kumano becomes available.

Glass Teahouse with a view

Yoshioka Tokujin unveils his latest work: a transparent glass teahouse with a million dollar view over Kyoto.

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

Kyoto booked out?

Some tips on how to find a hotel room in Kyoto during the busy cherry blossom season.

January 2015

Yet another new rail pass

Available from March 14, the Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass will be one of the more interesting rail passes on sale.

Arrival of Ryuhyo

Drift ice was first spotted on January 12 off the coast of Hokkaido, 9 days earlier than average.

NEX Tokyo Direct Ticket

This great deal for foreign tourists will be turned into a round trip version from March 14 and drop a little bit in value.

December 2014

Autumn Color Report 2014

Covering the seasonal colors from the peaks of Hokkaido to the gardens and parks of Tokyo and Kyoto.

November 2014

Kyoto booked out?

Tips on how to find a hotel room in Kyoto during the autumn color season.

August 2014

New Rail Pass for Nozomi

A new rail pass has become available for the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen, but it generally underperforms the Japan Rail Pass.

July 2014

June 2014

Toranomon Hills opens

Opened on June 11, Toranomon Hills is Tokyo's newest landmark and tallest building.

Ginzan Onsen

One of Japan's prettiest, old-fashioned onsen towns was finally added to our sightseeing guide.

May 2014

April 2014

Best Hiking in Japan

A list of recommended hiking destinations across Japan for easy walking to multi-day trekking.

Shopping around Osaka

Exploring the wide range of shopping opportunities around Osaka Station from the newest malls to the local shopping arcades.

March 2014

Haneda Airport expands

The international terminal increased in size, and intercontinental flights started operating during daytime from March 30.

Japan's 100 Famous Views

A book based on japan-guide.com user ratings went on sale in Japan: The 100 Most Famous Views of Japan selected by foreigners.

Kyoto booked out?

Some tips on how to find a hotel room in Kyoto during the busy cherry blossom season.

Abeno Harukas opens

Japan's tallest skyscraper opened in Osaka on March 7. It features an elegant observation deck 300 meters above the city.

February 2014

January 2014

Nagano Snow Resort Pass

A new seasonal bus and rail pass for skiers and snow seekers visiting northern Nagano Prefecture.


Quiet port town in Hiroshima Prefecture featured in Ponyo and The Wolverine.

December 2013

Japan during New Year

Visiting Japan during New Year can be rewarding as well as frustrating. To prevent negative surprises, read our advice.

November 2013

Tokyo Illuminations 2013

From around early November, Tokyo starts to be lit up by various seasonal illumination displays.

September 2013

August 2013

We Love Japan Tour 2013

The first We Love Japan Tour was successfully completed on November 2. The next tour is planned for 2015.

July 2013

Ise Shrine Rebuilding

In October, the deities of the Ise Shrines moved into their newly built homes in a ceremony repeated every 20 years since the 7th century.

June 2013

New JR East Pass Revealed

A flexible 5-day pass has become available on July 1, 2013, replacing all the previously available passes.

Tohoku Rokkonsai 2013

Report from the festival that combines the Tohoku Region's six major summer festivals into a single, spectacular super-festival.

May 2013

Izumo Taisha Sengu

Japan's second most important shrine gets a major overhaul every 60 years. This May, its resident deity moved back into the freshly renovated main hall.

Tottori Sand Museum 2013

The unique Sand Museum next to Tottori's sand dunes changes its exhibition once per year. This year's theme is South East Asia.

April 2013

Golden Week 2013

This year's Golden Week lasts through May 6. May 3 to 6 will be particularly busy.

March 2013

Setouchi Triennale 2013

In the second edition of this wonderful festival, modern art will be scattered across a dozen small islands in the pleasant Seto Inland Sea.

Higashiyama Hanatoro 2013

From March 8 to 17, Kyoto's historic Higashiyama District is lit up by thousands of lanterns in the evenings.

February 2013

Zao Snow Monsters

Photo report from the ski resort of Zao Onsen, where trees turn into monsters.

January 2013