Can you visit Japan without knowing a word of Japanese? Of course you can! However, being equipped with a sprinkling of useful words and phrases will make your visit far more enjoyable.
The unique art form of Anime is one of the best ways to learn about or experience Japan with. Naturally, it is also a great tool for mastering the Japanese language.
Do check out this other write-up on Anime and Manga culture in Japan too!
One of the longest Japan travel articles I’ve ever written, this is not just a run-down of the nation’s historical periods. It is specifically intended for tourists, especially first-time visitors.
You can’t avoid “meeting” these Japanese historical figures when traveling in Japan. Thus, knowing who they are and what they represent will make your visit far more meaningful.
Easily the most distinctive form of Japanese architecture, all visitors to Japan should visit at least one castle. Here are seven of the most famous and most beautiful ones to choose from.
Tips for Sakura viewing or hanami in Japan. This article includes suggestions on how else to enjoy the cherry blossoms, other than those found on the trees.
Easily the most distinctive form of Japanese architecture, all visitors to Japan should at least visit one castle. Here are seven of the most famous and most beautiful ones to choose from.
I learned this the hard way. Beautiful as Japan is, bad weather is often your constant travel companion, especially in early spring, summer, and the typhoon months of August and September! Luckily, there are still many activities to enjoy and kill time with, especially in the cities.
A fun, hectic day in Fukuoka, the biggest and most vibrant city of Kyushu.
After years of putting it aside, I finally undertook the long train ride to Shimane Prefecture, home of Shinto Mythology.
Ever since my first Japan visit in 1998, I’ve been fascinated with Ekiben. These being beautiful meal boxes intended for consumption during long train rides.
Tokyo, home to 13 million people, is an ever-changing metropolis of lights, architecture, and people. For photographers, this means picture-perfect opportunities every evening.
Visiting any of these Japanese food markets is guaranteed to be a colourful, yummy experience.
Personally, I find Japan so fascinating because it is such a harmonious blend of the ancient and modern. This is perhaps most evident in the huge metropolitan area of Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe. An area where history and the future, the East and the West, walk hand-in-hand.