Culture

Japan

What is onsen : Public hot spring, KAIKirishima
Yanagita Distillery shochu distillery

Food & Drink

Why Shochu Should Be Your New Favorite Drink

We head to Miyazaki, shochu mecca, for a distillery tour or three and a bit of casual drunken archery.

Food & Drink

A Gourmand’s Guide to the Best Food in Niseko

The land of Japan’s most famous powder also has an insanely tasty culinary culture.

Best Onsen in Japan

Culture

10 Best Onsen Town Escapes In Japan

Japan has more than 3,000 onsen. These 10 stand out among them, including the best onsen towns, outdoor onsen and onsen for couples.

Japan

Culture

How This Life-Changing Walk in Japan Helped Us Find a Reason For Being

Here you’ll find the intersection of Shintoism and Buddhism, and a host of neighbors you’d love to call your own.

Inspiration

Why You Should Plan Your Next Trip to Japan Around One of Its 72 Microseasons

Whether it’s when the irises open, the tomatoes are hung, the manatees migrate or the lobsters lose their shells — to everything there is a season. Japan might be the most poetic, but Adam H. Graham finds microseasons enrich your travels everywhere.

Tips & News

Why We Wish Every Taxi Were an Udon Noodle Taxi

Could it get any more Japanese than driving around to a bunch of delicious noodle joints with a big bowl of fake noodles on your roof?

Culture

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Autumn Is the Perfect Time for the Whole Family to Discover Japan’s Tohoku Region

Natural splendor, cultural attractions galore, and plenty of fun for the whole family—there’s something for travelers of all ages in this vibrant region.

Culture

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Experience Japan’s Winter Wonderland

With rigorous safety measures in place, the Shinkansen and Local train is a dreamy way to explore the sights of a snowy Tohoku Region.

Tips & News

Back to Basics Tourism, Or How to Survive the Zombiepocalypse

If knowledge is power, then self-reliance is the new luxury. As the routines of our lives are upended, more of us are seeking to travel in ways that prepare us for whatever the world throws at us next. Here’s how to prep for the survivalist-tourism trend.

Inspiration

The Essential Guide to Taking on Tokyo Like a Local

Enter your next Tokyo trip as an in-the-know local.

Inspiration

What Lockdown Looks Like for 10 People Around the Globe

Apart, but somehow not alone. Here’s what lockdown looks like for 10 people across the globe.

Food & Drink

The T+L Guide to Japanese Wine

Japanese viticulture might seem new and strange, but Koshu grape-cultivation has been around for centuries. We take a tasting tour of a wine country you’ve probably never considered.

Culture

10 of the Most Colorful Places in Asia

Happier days are ahead! For now, virtually escape to these 10 cheerful places.

Culture

Here’s How to Gear Up for the Olympics in Tokyo

The best way to gear up for the Tokyo Olympics? Three days of intensive training in sport and culture. Just keep your gloves on.

Inspiration

Japan’s Sado Island Is a Trip Back to the Country’s Golden Age

Off the west coast of Japan, we visit Sado Island seeking an immersion in the nation’s golden age, and discovers a shingle-roofed, pine-ridged, Midcentury time capsule.

Food & Drink

Winter Warmers in Hokkaido

Japan’s most northerly island isn’t just for thrill-seekers. Julian Ryall bypasses the ski slopes for three distinct tastes of the prefecture’s best booze.