Explore Japan's essential sites and hidden gems
Naoshima Island Tour
There are no temples, shrines or medieval castles to visit on this island in the Japanese inland sea (Setouchi), but seven spaces dedicated to contemporary art, bathed in sunshine.
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Yosakoi Soran Matsuri Festival
The Yosakoi festival takes place every year, in June, in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.
Venus Fort is part of the Palette Town complex in Tokyo's waterside Odaiba district, and is one of the many attractions the area offers.
MORI Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON TeamLab Borderless
The MORI Building Digital Art Museum is a jewel of TeamLab, a Japanese artistic collective that continues to gain in popularity.
Nakagin Capsule Tower
South of the Ginza district, near Shinbashi, is a unique building that stands out in the landscape of Tokyo skyscrapers, the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
On the artificial island of Odaiba, Venus Fort shopping mall presents another side of Japan, an extravagant facet advocating delusions of grandeur.
One day visit to Nara
Spend a day in Nara to see where the arts, architecture and Buddhist religion first flourished.
Yoyogi Park in Shinjuku is the ideal stop after a studious morning spent visiting temples and shrines. You will feel carefree upon leaving the park, which has a festive atmosphere.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Emperors, empresses, princes and concubines lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho. Today the former imperial palace welcomes visitors and transports them back in time.
Tokyo Imperial Palace 皇居
The Imperial Palace, or Kokyo, is centrally located in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, very near Tokyo Station. Kokyo is home to the Emperor of Japan and his family, and is where Edo Castle once stood.
The New National Stadium in Tokyo
The National Stadium is a sports complex located in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo.
The National Crafts Museum
Recently moved from its original location in Tokyo to Kanazawa in the Ishikawa prefecture, the National Crafts Museum is a great asset in the conservation and promotion of Japanese crafts.
Tenryuji is the most important temple in the Arashiyama area of west Kyoto.
Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden
With more than 16 hectares, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen stands out as an essential garden in the Japanese capital.
Kiyomizu-dera, 'Pure Water Temple' in Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera is a very popular place to visit for visitors who want to discover Kyoto's history.
Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo
Located in the Shiodome district these beautiful gardens, with its 25 hectares, are a retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Hakone Open Air Museum
This unusual museum is experienced by way of a walk through a hundred sculptures in a natural setting.
Tokyo Big Sight
The Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) in Odaiba Tokyo is one of the country's premier exhibition arenas and convention centers, a venue for a busy calendar of events.
Here you can experience Japanese technology in all its forms: Robots, Space exploration and a planetarium. Welcome to the future.
Sado Island Guide
The history of Sado Island, north of Nagano, is one of both a land of exile and the gold rush. Today, it is primarily a destination for seasoned hikers and a center of taiko drumming.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Byodoin temple is considered the height of expression of the aristocratic art of the Heian Period (794-1185).
Awaji island (Awaji-shima) in Japan's Inland Sea is linked to Honshu island via Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, and to Shikoku island via the Naruto Ohashi Bridge.
The 7,000 works from the collection of Kaichiro Nezu are exhibited within an oasis of peace and greenery, a few minutes from Omotesando.
Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi Valley with its breathtaking views and scenery will create a lasting memory.
Sumiyoshi Taisha, in southern Osaka, is claimed to be one of the oldest shrines in Japan.
Located in the south-east of Kyoto, Tofukuji is a large open temple complex, with 23 sub temples. The temple is famous for its stone and moss gardens and has the largest Zen temple gate in Japan.
Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa Kyoto
Katsura Rikyu, situated in southwest Kyoto, is one of the two Imperial Villas in the ancient capital (the other is Shugakuin Imperial Villa).
Sanjusangendo, in the Higashiyama district, is a Buddhist temple with a well guarded secret interior. Discover its celebrated works of art.
Steeped in history, the Toji complex spans the years from its expansion in the ninth century to its current collaboration with the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in France.
Destroyed during the Second World War, all that remained of Tokugawa's prestigious castle was the main keep. But gradually, the palace is rising from the ashes.
This huge skyscraper offers visitors a stunning 360° view of the old fishing port, Yokohama.
A city transformed by international trade, the Yamate and Motomachi neighborhoods give Yokohama a western feel.
If you're looking for the quintessential Japan don't miss Nanzenji.
The shrine is dedicated to the two most important Japanese emperors and built to celebrate the Kyoto 1100th anniversary and named Heian, the city's former name.
Daitokuji Temple Kyoto
Daitokuji is a functioning Rinzai Zen temple complex in northwest Kyoto.
The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto
Running from Nanzenji Temple to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) in the northeast of Kyoto, the Philosopher's Walk is a roughly 2 km path that follows the beautiful Shishigatani Canal lined with many ch
A preserved old merchant town, pretty Kurashiki's historic warehouses, have been converted into museums, boutiques and restaurants.
This Buddhist temple of the Edo era (1603 - 1868) was the scene for one of the most famous samurai stories, 47 Ronin.
Nakano Broadway, Tokyo
Nakano, or Nakano Broadway, in Tokyo is a temple for otaku, Japanese pop-culture superfans, where you will find manga, anime, figurines and robots.
Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts. Located in Gunma Prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, it attracts onsen lovers all year round.
Ueno Zoo located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park is the oldest zoo in Japan.
Between its embassies and its excellent restaurants, Akasaka, located North of Roppongi, is one of the most exclusive areas in Tokyo.
Going down the avenue, which is on its way up, makes wanderers and shoppers at the luxury brands and architecture.
Ueno Park, in Taito ward, is home to Tokyo's most famous cherry trees, art galleries, museums, temples, a zoo, street entertainers, the odd proselytizer, and more than the odd crow.
Oji's Inari Matsuri
North of the capital, Oji is a small district full of charm.
One stop from Shibuya, the Daikanyama area brings together fashion boutiques, terraces, restaurants and bookstores. The perfect place to explore and escape the excesses of the capital.
Todaiji incites interest by its imposing statue of Buddha, its status as the first sacred Buddhist site in the province can not be put aside. The grandeur of this site commands respect.
On first impressions, Shinagawa is in an impersonal business district full of skyscrapers. However, this old fishing village once the water's edge has a rich history to discover.
Discover Japanese history through architecture, from the time of the Tokugawa shogun to warehouses from the Meiji period and the architecture of the Taisho era.
Karuizawa is a resort town, with beautiful scenery, museums and hiking trails for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle.
At the heart of an arrangement of memorial buildings for soldiers who died whilst fighting for the Emperor. The shrine seems so peaceful yet Yasukuni Jinja became very controversial.
What city can boast having an impressive stadium, an amusement park and a spa with natural hot springs, all in one location and in the center of the city? Tokyo of course!
Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Shinjuku Gyoen Park, nicknamed the ‘urban oasis’, is one of the largest parks in Tokyo.
Kokyo, Imperial Palace
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Located in the heart of Tokyo in a wooded area of over 100,000 trees, Meiji-Jingu is one of Japan’s most famous shrines and is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
Roppongi is well known for its nightlife. As well as it’s nightlife it offers excellent shopping, dining and museums for visitors to enjoy.
Formerly residential, the exciting Shinjuku area, dominated by the city hall, by the famous architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005), is a concentration of skyscrapers and department stores.
Abashiri, Hokkaido Guide
Abashiri is located on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea, 350 km from Sapporo, northeast of Hokkaido.
Fushimi Inari Taisha
South of Kyoto, the torii of Fushimi Inari Taisha, traditional gates at the entrance to Shinto shrines, lined up in their thousands on the mountainside. This is a must-visit place in Kyoto
Ryoanji Temple Kyoto
Ryoanji Temple located in the northwest of Kyoto is home to Japan's best known stone garden. Now a World Heritage Site this a must see attraction in Kyoto.
Located in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island, the region of Iya is a Japanese jungle.
When it comes to Japan's most beautiful gardens, Korakuen garden is regarded as one of the best, along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kairakuen in Mito.
Kofukuji temple was the family temple of the powerful Fujiwara family and is considered one of the finest museums of sacred Japanese sculpture from the seventh to the thirteenth century.
Kumamoto is said to have one of Japan's biggest and most impressive castles in the country. It is a true reflection of Japan's ancient castles.
Tokyo International Forum
The Tokyo International Forum is a vast convention center, concert venue and exhibition space in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, bordering the lively Yurakucho area, near Tokyo S
Voices calling out from behind their stalls, traders dealing with customers. The smell of fresh fish, spices and candy tempt passersby. Welcome to Ameyayokocho.
Saihoji (Kokedera) Temple
Plants mark the passing of the seasons. Here, nearly 120 varieties of moss have created a color palette of infinite varieties of yellow and green. Welcome to the Kokedera Moss Temple.
Located in southeast Kyoto Daigoji Temple was founded by Shobo in 874. Now a World Heritage Site the temple is a great place to see the changing of the leaves.
Kanazawa Castle is just across the Ishikawa Bridge from Kanazawa's prime attraction, the Kenrokuen Garden. Both sites are must-sees on a visit to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Okochi Sanso Villa
The late great silent movie actor Denjiro Okochi was a major star from the 1920's until his death in 1962.
Matsushima is famous for its view of over the bay, considered one of Japan's Three Great Sights. However, it offers visitors ancient cultural treasures as well.
Iriomote Island is the largest island of the Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama-shoto), the group of 19 sub-tropical islands in the deep south western waters of Okinawa Prefecture (Ryukyu Is
Located in a beautiful part of Higashiyama Ward, Kodaiji sits atop a slight hill. The temple is a jewel of Momoyama Period architecture.
Hiroshima Peace Park
The symbol of a national tragedy and now preserved as a peace memorial, dedicated to promoting peace and looking to a brighter future.
Flighting robots, futuristics choreography and other scenes of science fiction: the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku features performances straight out of anime movies.
Kichijoji gets a passing mention in most guidebooks for Inokashira Koen, a park celebrated for its spring cherry blossom viewing.
Hozu River Boat Cruise
Take a traditional boat along the Hozu River to Arashiyama, a relaxing way to see this beautiful part of Kyoto.
Abeno Harukas in Abeno ward, Osaka, is Japan's tallest building at 300m, 4m taller than the next tallest building in Japan. Its observation deck offers a fantastic view of Osaka.
Mount Mitake, located in Ome, in western Tokyo and part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, is one of Tokyo's favorite day trip destinations, rivaling the popularity of Mount Takao.
Yufuin is a small town of around 36,000 people nestled in the picturesque valley below Mount Yufu-dake near Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu.
The brightly painted Yasaka-jinja Shrine is one of the city's best known and most popular landmarks, especially the two-story vermilion entrance gate at the end of Shijo-dori Avenue.
Kujukushima National Park
Located in Sasebo, in Nagasaki prefecture, it is one of the most beautiful panoramas in Japan.
Biei Blue Pond, Hokkaido
In recent years, the blue pond of Biei, Aoi-ike, has become a must-visit sight on Hokkaido Island in northern Japan. But why is the pond so blue?
Mountain hikes near Tokyo
Not far from the capital, there are some nice hikes to do in a day to escape Tokyo's crowds and neon lights. Mount Takao is the most famous, but there are many others ...
The six most beautiful lakes in eastern Hokkaido
These six large lakes in eastern Hokkaido will not fail to surprise and amaze you with beautiful scenery that you will not forget. Explore these majestic lakes in northern Japan.
Todai-ji, the temple to the great Buddha of Nara
The Todai-ji is an important Buddhist temple located in the heart of the city of Nara, in Kansai.
Public transportation in Osaka?
Subway, train, bus... As in all major Japanese cities, public transport in Osaka is abundant and very efficient. A short guide to finding your way around in the capital of Kansai, Osaka.
Obi city tour
Nicknamed the "little Kyoto" of Kyushu, Obi is a small castle town attached to the city of Nichinan, in the south of Miyazaki prefecture.
10 things to see in Mie Prefecture
Famous for its beautiful temples, Mie is one of the most sacred prefectures in Japan.
The 'Married Couple Rocks' of Meoto Iwa
Meoto Iwa, literally "Married Couple Rocks" or "Husband and Wife Rocks," are sacred rocks located in the sea near Futami, a small town in Ise, Mie
Lake Utonai, a blue gem on the island of Hokkaido
Located an hour and a half from Sapporo, Lake Utonai is a small blue pearl lost in the middle of the Hokkaido countryside.
Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi valley remains, for those lucky enough to have gone there, a lasting memory.
What to do in Tokyo when you suffer from jet lag?
With ten or more hours of time difference, flights from the West can sometimes cause some inconvenience when you arrive on Japanese soil.
The Kii Peninsula
The Kii Peninsula is the largest peninsula on Honshu and stretches south-east from Osaka and is considered Kansai's spiritual heart.
Miyazaki is a pleasant city located in the Miyazaki prefecture, in the southeast of the island of Kyushu.
"Washed again in Kurama, we had ascended to the sky without uttering a word, our hands knotted, riveted to the immense trees, drunk with azure and light. "
Gion & Higashiyama in Kyoto
The traditional neighborhood of Gion along with its Geisha has contributed to making Kyoto famous. Despite an urban metamorphosis, the spirit of Kyoto positively asserts itself here.
The Miura Peninsula, seaside coast near Tokyo
Only about an hour by train from Tokyo, the Miura Peninsula, little known to visitors, is a rustic region bordered by rugged coastlines and spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
Where to buy a yukata without breaking the bank in Tokyo?
Much lighter than the kimono, the yukata is an essential item of clothing for the summer season.
The best excursions around Osaka
If you spend a few days in Osaka, you may want to venture out of the city.
Emperors, empresses, princes, and concubines... lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho, the ancient Imperial Palace of Japan.
The many facets of Yoyogi Koen Park
The Yoyogi Park will be the ideal stop after a studious morning visiting temples and shrines.
In the heart of Kansai, Wakayama, capital of the prefecture of the same name, offers its riches to passing visitors.
The international manga museum
The Kyoto International Manga Museum invites you to discover or rediscover, far from Western clichés, an art in its own right in Japanese culture: manga.
Visiting Odaiba with children
Odaiba has been transformed, a small fortress in Tokyo Bay, built in 1853, has been transformed into a man-made island entirely dedicated to entertainment and relaxation. Today, Odaiba is a family-
The Byodo-in Temple
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently renovate in 2014, the Byodo-in is located in the center of the small town of Uji, not far from Kyoto.
Visit of Ôkunoshima island
Ôkunoshima, declared " kyukamura ", literally "village to rest", is a small island located off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture in the Setouchi Sea (Inland Sea of Japan).
Shinjuku's Golden Gai District
Six narrow and crowded alleys, sometimes linked by even narrower passages, some two hundred tiny and outdated stalls, a bit decrepit: welcome to Golden Gai.
Shinsekai district tour
Although its name means New World, Shinsekai Quarter is the unmistakably retro charm of Osaka that you absolutely must visit.
Kamakura: a Japanese Zen city
Kamakura is often called "the city of the samurai" because the former political capital of Japan was established and then controlled by warlords for nearly three centuries.
Pure Land Gardens at Shitennoji Temple
The Pure Land Gardens at Shitennoji Temple in Osaka are a representation of a landscape called a Pure Land, a mythical landscape common to Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia.
Kawagoe, journey to the Edo period
From buildings linked to the famous Tokugawa shoguns, warehouses from the Meiji era, passing through the typical constructions of the Taisho era, stroll through the stree
What are the best bakeries in Tokyo?
In the land of sushi, bakeries abound. There are said to be more than 10,000 throughout Japan and several thousand in Tokyo. It is difficult to make a selection as there are so many good bakeries.
The passion for bonsai in Tokyo: between shops and museums
Even in the immense Tokyo, it is not easy to satisfy your passion for bonsai ... From the shop to the museum, here are the tips of Vivre le Japon!
Tondabayashi guide: Tondabayashi in Osaka Prefecture includes the Jinaimachi district, a well preserved historic village that dates back to the 16th century.
This small neighborhood in the town of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku is home to some 270 bonsai specialists who alone produce 80% of the country's bonsai pines.
Toyooka City Guide
Toyooka City Guide: Toyooka is located in northern Hyogo Prefecture and includes sites that are part of the UNESCO San'in Kaigan Global Geopark west from Tottori.
Tokyo City Hall, Shinjuku Twin Towers Observatory
The Empire State Building is to New York what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. But what about the city of Tokyo? Which building really makes the identity of the Japanese capital?
Amidst lush vegetation stands the Daichi-ji zen temple.
Heian Shrine Gardens
Heian Shrine Gardens: the Shin-en Gardens of Kyoto's Heian Shrine cover about 8 acres and were designed by Ogawa Jihei and later Mirei Shigemori.
Spiritual Retreats Near Tokyo
With its many buildings and bustling center, hectic Tokyo is not necessarily the city that we think of when we talk about spiritual retreats in Japan.
Nikko National Park Travel Guide
Nikkô is very famous for its Tôshô-gu temple, but it is above all a very vast mountainous natural area, with multiple hiking trails. Ideal destination for a one or two day excursion near Tokyo.
The village of Asuka, the first capital of Japan
The village of Asuka was the first known capital of Japan but is today less known.
Hita guide, Oita, Kyushu: Hita is often called the Kyoto of Kyushu due to its atmospheric historic streets which were in part indeed originally modeled after Kyoto.
Kashihara Guide: Imai Town is an area of preserved Edo and Meiji period buildings in Yagi, Nara near Kashihara Shrine.
Sengakuji temple and its 47 samurai
This Buddhist temple from the Edo era (1603-1868) was the theater of one of the most famous samurai stories.
Harajuku, the fashion district of Tokyo
Frequently visited by young people in their trendsetting clothing, Harajuku is a continually evolving area where excentric fashion meets luxury stores and vintage stores.
Best Onsen in Kyoto
Best Onsen in Kyoto: the city is more known for its temples but there are places to enjoy a hot spring experience in Kurama and Kyoto's many public baths.
Shinjuku Garden, a breath of fresh air in Tokyo
Shinjuku Garden, nicknamed "urban oasis", is one of the most important parks in the capital.
Tokyo for otakus
The otaku are young people (or not so young) who devote their time and their money to their interest: the world of manga, animes, figurines, idols, and video games.
Where to admire hydrangeas in Tokyo?
Emblematic flowers of the rainy season, hydrangeas, or "ajisai " in Japanese, herald the arrival of summer and the end of spring.
The Arashiyama district in Kyoto
Located west of Kyoto, the small district of Arashiyama has gained great popularity with tourists.
Cosplay in japan
Cosplay has become an element of the everyday landscape in Japan.
Where to eat the best ramen in Tokyo?
Ramen, a specialty noodle in broth, is one of the classics of popular Japanese cuisine.
Kyoto station, a Japanese architectural gem
Kyoto Station is often the gateway for a trip to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
Aokigahara, a thousand-year-old Japanese forest
Aokigahara, aka, the Sea of Trees, is a forest on the northwestern foot of Mount Fuji. Locally, it is also known as Jukai or "Sea of Trees" because of its high density of trees but is also
Amakusa Islands Guide
The Amakusa Islands are a group of beautiful islands between Kumamoto and Nagasaki prefectures, and have played a major part in the history of Christianity in Japan.
Takeshita dori: the iconic street of Harajuku
Takeshita dori: the crazy alley in Harajuku. Colorful crowd, costumed, grimaced, with colored hair, discolored; vintage, avant-garde or cosplay shops.
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway is the 30th station of the JR Yamanote Line. Designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, its construction began in February 2017.
Hokekyoji Temple Cherry Blossom
Hokekyoji Temple near Tokyo is an important Nichiren-sect temple famous for its cherry blossom in season and several historical temple halls and pagoda.
The Kutsuna archipelago: the island of Gogo-shima
Located in the Seto Inland Sea, Gogoshima is part of the Kutsuna archipelago which includes about 30 islands, 9 of which are inhabited.
Festival in Asakusa: Tori no ichi
The rooster market is a typically Japanese traditional event where Kumade, "lucky rakes", are sold in a colorful and lively atmosphere.
Tokyo: the Ginza district
High-end boutique addicts love the chic and shocking district of Ginza. Enthusiasts of contemporary architecture come to admire buildings tending to an innovative perfection of lines and shapes.
Otaimatsu Festival Nara
Otaimatsu Festival Nara: the Otaimatsu Fire Ceremony at Nigastsu-do Temple in Nara takes place in March; young monks carry huge, flaming torches around the open balcony of the temple.
Johana Hikiyama Matsuri Festival
The best karaoke places to sing in Tokyo
Want to push the song? During your visit to the Japanese capital, be sure to try the famous karaoke bars, emblems of Japanese leisure.
One of the capital's most popular districts, both tourists and locals shop here before going to Senso-ji temple.
The Japanese Alps
In the Chûbu region, between Kansai and Kanto, stand the Japanese Alps: a large and majestic mountain range whose various mountains exceed 3000 meters in altitude.
Takahashi guide: Takahashi is a small castle town in the mountains of Okayama Prefecture. Highlights include Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle, Raikyuji Temple and Ishibiya-cho.
Hachioji is a city of about 580,000 inhabitants, located in the southwest of the Tama region west of central Tokyo; sights include Gokuraku-ji Temple and the Hachioji Castle ruins.
The Popular Festivals of Mie Prefecture
The festivals (matsuri) in Japan are colorful moments that often reveal another side of the Japanese: their customary reserve gives way to exuberance but perfectionism is always in order,
Shimane Cultural Treasures
Shimane cultural treasures: Shimane is an undervalued area of Japan and includes such riches as the Kaka Harbor and caves, Yuushien Garden and Mihonoseki.
Arita in Saga Prefecture in Kyushu is the historic center of porcelain production in Japan. Arita-ware pottery is now world famous and exported all over the globe.
The Kurama-dera temple
There is no doubt that Kyoto concentrates an unparalleled quantity of temples and shrines.
The Fukui Dinosaur Museum (Kanazawa)
Since July 14, 2000, you can visit the largest dinosaur museum, if not the world, at least for Japan. Located in Fukui, not far from the traditional city of Kanazawa.
Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion Kyoto
In the shadow of Kyoto's northwestern hills, sits a jewel of the ancient capital: Rokuon-ji temple, better known as Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion.
Nagasaki City Highlights What to See and Eat In Nagasaki
Nagasaki city highlights: read an in-depth travel guide on what to see and where to eat in this historic, port city on the west coast of Kyushu.
Where to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido?
The northern island of Hokkaido is the last of Japan's regions to enjoy sakura blooms during spring. The latter intervenes there between the end of April and mid-May.
Tendo Guide Yamagata
Tendo guide Yamagata: read a travel guide to the city of Tendo, the home of shogi (Japanese chess) in Yamagata Prefecture, northern Japan close to Sendai.
Top 4 places to see cherry blossoms in Osaka
Discover the best sakura spots in the western capital of Osaka! Plan your visit and join in the tradition of hanami, admiring the cherry blossoms, with tips from Yann, our Travel Angel.
Kinosaki Onsen Attractions
Kinosaki Onsen attractions: fun things to see and do in Kinosaki Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture in addition to hot spring bathing - temples, museums, walks and the cable car.
At the south-eastern tip of the island of Honshu, a stone's throw from the southern Kyushu, the city of Yamaguchi sits quietly on the banks of the Ichinosaka river.
Tokyo Yayoi Kusama Museum
Inaugurated in October 2017 in the Waseda district of the Shinjuku, the Yayoi Kusama Museum celebrates the ever-changing and extraordinary work of the visionary contemporary artist. We hig
Ueno: a district and a park with a thousand facets
Walks in the fresh air or visiting museums: you can spend more than a day discovering the magnificent park and the popular Ueno district, which is home to one of the largest markets in the
Top 5 of Fukuoka in the summer by our Travel Angel, Yoann
This summer, set sail for the south! Our on-site Travel Angel, Yoann , advises you on the best activities to do in Fukuoka.
Tokyo station to get to the imperial palace
More than a hub, Tokyo station is rich with history surpassing its existence for over a century.
The essential visits to do in Yokohama
Just half an hour by train (limited express service) from Tokyo, Yokohama, with over 3.7 million people, is Japan's second-most populated city.
Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima
The Shinto shrine of Itsukushima and its famous torii gate are located on the island of Miyajima, south of Hiroshima.
Izushi Travel Guide
Izushi guide: read a travel guide to the small, historic, castle town of Izushi in northern Hyogo Prefecture which retains its original Edo Period layout.
Onigajo rock formation
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range" in 2004, the Onigajo site in Kumano is a natural monument steeped in legends in
Discover the Chiba prefecture and its beaches
Little known to tourists, Chiba prefecture, located east of Tokyo, is worth a detour.
Cherry blossoms along the water in Tokyo
There is no right or wrong way to view cherry blossoms, sakura, in Japan. However, there as some preferred spots in each region and city.
Where to see cherry blossoms in Tohoku?
When the cherry trees of Tokyo are about to blossom, it is then that the Tohoku region awakens, from Sendai to Aomori, the progression of "sakura" moves slowly from the beginning of April to mid-Ma
The Top 10 to visit Kamakura by our Travel Angel, Isabelle
The unrevealed and side roads: Isabelle, our Travel Angel with more than 20 years of experience on-site, reveals her ten favorites in Kamakura.
The best places to see cherry blossoms in Fukuoka
Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu, is one of the first places in Japan where the cherry blossoms flower. This year they will start to bloom around 21 March, 2020.
Goryokaku is a fortress inspired by Vauban's construction techniques, built in order to establish the power of the shogun in this region.
Matsuo Kannonji Temple
In Ise, the Matsuo Kannon-ji dedicated to the goddess of mercy Kannon is the subject of several beliefs and legends that are particularly popular in Mie Prefecture.
Suzuka Quasi-National Park
The quasi-National Park of Suzuka, between sea and mountains with its beautiful natural formation, offers serenity and relaxation...
Top Three Places for Hanami in Sendai
The cherry blossoms, or sakura, are the great attraction of early spring in Japan, during which the population goes out picnicking in the parks under the swollen branches of pink flowers.
Ibusuki Naval Air Base Memorial
Ibusuki Naval Air Base Memorial: read a guide to a World War II era memorial dedicated to the young kamikaze pilots who flew suicide missions at the end of the Pacific conflict.
Discovery of the city of Iga Ueno
Located in the province of Mie, Iga Ueno was the birthplace of the famous poet Matsuo Basho and is renowned as the "ninja homeland".
Olympic Games 2020 - Martial Arts
Very important for the Japanese, there will be three martial arts during the 2020 Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo.
Considered one of the most powerful Japanese feudal lords, daimyo, in the country, Toshiie Maeda (1538-1599) established his warriors in the city in the Nagamachi district of the city of K
10 things not to miss in Mount Fuji
You have decided to climb Mount Fuji, with one goal in mind: to reach the summit at 3,776 meters above sea level.
Visit a salt factory in the Noto peninsula
Salt production is very developed in the Noto peninsula. One of the rare places in the country where the salt workers maintain the traditional method of harvesting called agehamashiki seien.
Located about 12 miles north of Monzen, Wajima is the largest city in the north of the Noto Peninsula.
Yunokuni no Mori, the forest of Kaga arts
Hananoiwaya-jinja in Kumano, Japan's oldest shrine
Since the 8th century, the Hananoiwaya-jinja in Kumano has been recognized as a high place of Japanese cosmogony given the tombs it houses; that of Izanami, the co-creating deity of the world and o
Kyoto Top 10 by our Travel Angel, Saki
Kyoto away from the crowds: Saki, our Travel Angel residing on-site, reveals her ten favorites in Kyoto. What to see in Kyoto? Which temples to visit in Kyoto?
How to rent a yukata in Japan?
The yukata (a kimono made of light fabric) is the ideal garment for the heat and humidity of Japanese summers.
What are the souvenirs to bring back from Kyoto?
Kyoto, its temples, its landscapes ... but that's not all! Make room in your suitcases and go shopping. Here are our tips on what souvenirs and gifts to buy in Kyoto.
Kashikojima or Kashiko Island
Kashikojima is a little hidden treasure, yet very easy to access, especially by a train operated by the Kintetsu Railway company.
Souvenirs to bring back from Kanazawa
Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture) has been known for centuries for its high-quality crafts.
Traveling to Mie with the Kintetsu Shimakaze
The Kintetsu Shimakaze is a luxury tourist train that departs from the major cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya to arrive in Kashikojima in Mie Prefecture for an unforgettable experience.
Nishi Chaya District
Located to the west of the city, Nishi Chaya is one of the three teahouse districts of Kanazawa.
Culinary specialties of Mie prefecture
Mie Prefecture, located east of the Kii Peninsula, is part of the Kansai region.
A little out of the way, surrounded by skyscrapers and a wall that gives it the appearance of a fortress, Osaka Castle, imposing and majestic, watches over the city.
The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto
The Philosopher's Path (Tetsugaku no Michi in Japanese) in northeast Kyoto gets its name from a famous philosopher who regularly walked this route for quiet contemplation.
Osaka Kaiyûkan Aquarium
Located at the water's edge, Osaka lives to the rhythm of the ocean. In Japan more generally, the sea is never far and its imprint is anchored in the landscape.
Roppongi, the party district
Roppongi is a famous district in the heart of Tokyo: bubbling, party animal, trendy, or even arty, we can add many qualifiers to it.
The best free activities in Takayama
Got lost in Tokyo? Templed out in Kyoto? Want to visit a rural and picturesque area? Takayama is for you.
Some of Japan's most fascinating ryokans are in remote Aomori Prefecture. These beautiful ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, transport guests into Japanese history.
Bandai Asahi National Park
Located in the Tohoku region in the north of Japan's main island and stretching all around Mount Bandai, Bandai Asahi National Park will delight nature lovers. And this, in all seasons!
Daio Wasabi Farm
Nagano prefecture is home to Daio Wasabi Farm, the largest wasabi farm in Japan!
Visiting Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games
Between Olympic events, spectators will also be able to discover Japanese culture in the heart of Tokyo.
Ten of the best free activities in Kyoto
Like many other cities, it's possible to enjoy Kyoto through various free tours and activities. Discover which shrines, parks, side streets and famous sites are free to explore in Kyoto...
Visit a soba factory in Echizen
Echizen Soba no Sato is a soba factory in Echizen city.
5 of the best izakaya in Tokyo
Izakaya are typical Japanese dining establishments, similar to a tapas bar, where it's possible to eat and drink, often at a counter. It's also the favorite place for a casual post-work drink.
Subtropical and rainy, Yakushima is home to a special vegetation that attracts hikers: thousands-of-years-old cedars, thought to be the oldest trees in the country and the inspiration for the fores
Aqua Park Shinagawa
Aqua Park Shinagawa is in the heart of the Japanese capital, a beautiful renovated aquarium to delight young and old alike.
Top 5 unmissable Shinto shrines in Tokyo
Japanese shrines are places of worship for Shintoism, the original religion of Japan. During a trip to Japan, they are undoubtably among the most beautiful discoveries you'll make.
5 hiking spots near Tokyo to admire the autumn leaves
If Tokyo is famous for its parks and gardens which offer magnificent colors during the Koyo season, the Japanese capital is not the only place in Kanto where it is possible to admire the beauty of
Where to sample and buy sake in Osaka
Called nihonshu by the Japanese, sake enjoys an international reputation.
Tottori Sand Museum
Discover gigantic ephemeral sculptures of sand, gathered in a vast room at the Tottori Sand Museum.
Higher, lighter, more colourful... The Tokyo Tower was intended when it was created as a modernized version of the Eiffel Tower.
All that remains of the ancient Kotoku-in temple is its jewel which, for centuries, has marked its existence: the Great Bronze Buddha.
Yamanote Line Food Tour: 5 specialties to discover
Every neighborhood on the Yamanote line is unique. Whether it's the architecture, the people, or the shops, each station has its own identity. That goes for the food, too!
Kairi, the gourmet train
"The important thing is not the destination, but the trip itself".
One of Japan's three most famous gardens, along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama, Kairaku-en displays its abundance of flowers in Mito, Ibaraki prefecture, just 1.5 hours from T
Onjuku is a placid seaside town in Chiba Prefecture renowned for its surfing beach, and an easy train ride from Tokyo.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane and is the head shrine of 10,000 Tenjin Shrines across Japan.
Moomin Valley Park
Moomin Valley Park in Hann Saitama Prefecture is a theme park dedicated to the Moomin characters created by Tove Jansson (1914-2001) and popular in Japan.
Shuri Castle is one of the main sights of the Okinawa island group. It's an architectural marvel, a vestige of the ancient kingdom of Ryukyu.
Okuaizu is located in the southwest of Fukushima prefecture, bordering those of Niigata, Gunma and Tochigi.
Tsukuba Parks & Gardens
Tsukuba parks & gardens: Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture has several interesting green spaces including its Botanical Garden, Doho Park and Chuo Park.
Tsukuba Botanical Garden
Tsukuba Botanical Garden in Tsukuba, Ibaraki is the botanical research center of the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo with wonderful clematis.
Akita dominates the west coast of Tohoku, facing the Sea of Japan.
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park enhances the surroundings of Mount Fuji, as well as the Hakone region and Izu Peninsula. This park has one with the most varied landscapes in Japan!
Kyoto Public Bath Houses Sento
Kyoto public bath houses sento: the city is still home to many traditional and often historic sento to relax after a hard day of sightseeing.
Awa Ikeda Tobacco Museum
The Awa Ikeda Tobacco Museum in Tokushima, Shikoku tells the history of tobacco smoking and kiseru pipes in Japan since the Momoyama and Edo periods.
Flight of Dreams & Seattle Terrace
Flight of Dreams & Seattle Terrace at Centrair combines an aviation museum on the Boeing Dreamliner with a mall of Seattle-style shops and restaurants.
The best free activities in Kanazawa
Authentic Japan is on offer for visitors to Kanazawa, thanks to its geisha neighborhoods and the old samurai district.
Kinkasan is a small island northeast of Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region. It lives to the rhythm of nature and the famous Koganeyama shrine, believed to bring wealth!
Universal Studios Japan Park
In Osaka, the huge Universal Studios Japan theme park gives pride of place to the most famous franchises of the prestigious Universal film studios.
5 places to go out as a couple in Tokyo
In a group, couple, or solo... You must visit Tokyo when you are in Japan!
Between its embassies and its great restaurants, Akasaka, located north of Roppongi, is one of the most exclusive areas in Tokyo.
Yamagata Travel Guide
YAMAGATA IS THE CAPITAL OF THE PREFECTURE OF THE SAME NAME, LOCATED IN THE TOHOKU REGION.
Discover the beauty of Hanamaki, a town full of history and a gem of Iwate prefecture. Nestled in the mountains, today the town is popular for its onsen, volcanic natural hot springs.
Each spring in this city in the north of Tohoku, the cherry blossoms bloom at the bottom of the black palisades hiding secret houses.
Aizu Region Guide
The westernmost region of Fukushima is Aizu. It is mountainous and it features large lakes, making for an impressive landscape and stunning scenery.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto
The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto is one of the most visited sites in the area and one of the most iconic views in Kyoto.
Nagayu Onsen Oita Prefecture
Ganiyu, Lamune Onsen and Kur Park Nagayu are three recommended onsen hot springs in Nagayu Onsen, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu.
The Akita Kanto matsuri lantern festival
Every summer, the Akita Kanto matsuri lantern festival is a great popular festival in the region.
Senso-ji temple in Asakusa
Located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, not far from the Sumida River, the Senso-ji Buddhist temple is particularly popular with the Japanese but also arouses the interest of tourists.
The city of Oita is located northeast of Kyushu Island in Beppu Bay. Despite being the capital of the prefecture of the same name, it's much less known than the neighboring city of Beppu.
Japan's most famous castle reopened to the public in early 2015, after 5 years of work.
When photography invites itself into dessert plates
The coffee/tea break is of utmost importance in Japan as in the West!. With its hundreds of cafes scattered all over the country, Japan is a delight for coffee/tea lovers...
The Shibuya District
Shibuya is, without doubt, the most fascinating and most vibrant district of Tokyo.
Matsumoto castle is nicknamed Karasu-jo, the "crow castle", because of its dark allure...
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Hirosaki Castle Park from the end of April until early April and has over 2,600 cherry trees in bloom.
Arashiyama Kimono Forest Kyoto
Arashiyama Kimono Forest Kyoto is an art installation of 600 clear, acrylic cylinders with Kyo-yuzen kimono designs around Arashiyama Keifuku Randen Station.
Okachimachi is a bustling historical market town in Taito ward, Tokyo, that showcases Tokyo's downtown commercial energy in its hundreds of small retail stores, including food and produce from all
Yamato Museum Kure Hiroshima
The Yamato Museum in Kure, Hiroshima is dedicated to the Yamoto battleship, the largest of its type when launched in 1940.
Sasayama Guide Hyogo Prefecture
Sasayama Guide Hyogo Prefecture: Sasayama is a picturesque castle town with historic buildings and museums in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Otaku Culture Store: Mandarake
Founded in Tokyo in 1980 by manga artist Masuzou Furukawa, Mandarake is one of the largest brands of second-hand items and collectibles related to anime and manga.
Awaji Puppet Theater
The Awaji Puppet Theater has daily performances of Awaji Ningyo Joruri in a custom built theater with museum dedicated to this form of puppetry.
Yuki Akari no Michi - Otaru's Snow and Light Path Festival
For twenty years, in the heart of winter, the small port town of Otaru to the west of Sapporo has adorned itself with its most beautiful finery (traditional lanterns, candles, illuminated ice sculp
Motonosumi Inari Shrine
Motonosumi Inari Shrine on the Sea of Japan coast in Yamaguchi Prefecture has a line of 123 vermilion torii gates in a beautiful setting.
How to have the best Instagram photo of Tokyo
The cosmopolitan city of Tokyo is eye-catching...
The rice fields of Aragijima Island
In Aridagawa in Wakayama prefecture, the Aragijima rice fields spread out like a fan; a unique and unchanged scheme since their creation in 1655.
The best summer activities near Tokyo
Tokyo can be a difficult city to visit in summer. The temperature often exceeds 30°C and the humidity makes doing anything tiring.
Tokyo Skytree Tower
A major attraction located in the east of the Japanese capital, the Tokyo Skytree tower offers an impressive panoramic view of the city, day and night.
Located near Ochanomizu station, the astonishing Yushima Seido intrigues with its majestic and elegant black buildings.
Edo kiriko, an art of the Edo period
The Edo Kiriko, literally "faceted object of Edo", is a type of traditional glassware that appeared in the Japanese capital at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868).
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
The Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium will host the opening game baseball and six softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The city of Fukuroi, 20th station of the Tokaido
In the prefecture of Shizuoka and at the gates of the city of Hamamatsu, is Fukuroi. The city prospered for decades as the twentieth station of the 53 stopover towns of the ancient Tokaido route.
The city of Kumagaya
Kumagaya was once a staging post town on the way to Nakasendo, the inland route from Tokyo to Kyoto that was heavily used during the Edo period.
Akihabara: Tokyo's "electric" district
Located in the east of Tokyo, Akihabara is famous for its manga and animation stores.
teamLab Planets Tokyo
teamLab Planets Tokyo is a body-immersive museum in the Toyosu district of Tokyo, offering visitors a physical, full five-sensory experience, including water attractions.
Fukushima Waraji Festival
The Fukushima Waraji Festival in Fukushima city takes place on the first weekend in August and features parades and dances on the theme of straw sandals.
The best flea markets in Tokyo
If Tokyo is the city of fashion, luxury, and shopping, it also has a huge market for vintage goods.
The bamboo grove of Arashiyama
The Arashiyama bamboo grove, also known as the Sagano bamboo grove (sagano chikurin), is located west of Kyoto.
Learn how to make Japanese cakes from Kyoto
All the art of traditional Kyoto pastry can be found in the Kyo-gashi, carefully prepared by masters...
Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park and Nojima Fault Preservation Museum commemorates the epicenter of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.
Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
In Nikko, not far from the famous temple complexes and shrines is the Tamozawa Imperial Villa and its park.
Sasayama Castle Town Historical Districts
Sasayama in Hyogo Prefecture remains largely unchanged with architecture and layout dating from the Edo Period of Japanese history.
Okinawa War Memorial Museums
Okinawa War Memorial Museums: see a listing of museums and places of interest dedicated to the deadly 1945 Battle of Okinawa.
Oyasu Gorge and its hot spring
Impressive cliffs, beautiful blue-green waters, and springs gushing at almost 100° in the forest like a corner of hell, this is the setting of the Oyasu Gorge, but above all a small paradise in the
JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
The JAXA Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki has displays of satellites, launch vehicles and the Japanese section of the ISS.
Geological Museum & Science Square Tsukuba
The Geological Museum and Science Square are two adjacent museums in Tsukuba. The Geological Museum has a vast collection of rocks, minerals and fossils.
Tsukiji fish market
The world's largest fish market has rehearsed for decades its frenetic and nourishing dance to frenzied “tuna” every night.
Shirakami-Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage site of ancient Beech forest that straddles Aomori and Akita prefectures in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.
Seimei Shrine Nagoya
Seimei Shrine in Nagoya is dedicated to the Heian Period cosmologist Abeno Seimei and is a sister shrine of a Seimei Jinja in Kyoto.
Mystifying and enchanting, the author of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away has created a museum with a diverse style of architecture that is quite unique and lavish.
Misumi is a small port at the tip of peninsula southwest of Kumamoto city in Kyushu. It is known as the Gateway to Amakusa Islands.
Eisei Bunko Museum
Open since 1972 in the Bunkyo district, the Eisei Bunko museum presents a famous collection of more than 100,000 works, art objects, and historical documents from the former feudal Hosokawa clan.
Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine
In the prefecture of Shiga, not far from the famous Kyoto, is the city of Otsu and the Hiyoshi-Taisha shrine. This Shinto shrine is the counterpart of the nearby Enryaku-ji temple on Mount Hiei.
Reigando Cave Miyamoto Musashi
Reigando Cave in Kumamoto, Kyushu is where the famous Edo Period swordsman Miyamoto Musashi retired to write his classic Book of Five Rings.
Japan's most beautiful hanabi in Omagari
The fireworks display at the end of August in Omagari, in the town of Daisen in Akita Prefecture, are among the most famous in Japan.
The most beautiful mountains of Nikko
Nikko is one of the cities that best sums up Japan.
Jojakkoji Temple Arashiyama
Jojakkoji Temple, in Arashiyama, western Kyoto is a Nichiren sect temple dating from the late 16th century. It is known for its tranquility and autumn leaves.
The Hama-Rikyu Onshi Teien garden
Meeting the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay and a stone's throw from the old Tsukiji fish market, the Hama-Rikyu Onshi Teien is an iconic garden of the Japanese capital.
Arashiyama Temples Kyoto
Arashiyama in west Kyoto has several temples of great beauty: Tenryuji, Jojakkoji, Nison-in, Gioji, Adashino Nembutsiji, Otagi Nembutsuji and Daikakuji.
The Ryôzen Kannon, a giant statue in Kyoto
With regard to the emblematic sites and monuments of the historic district of Higashiyama, literally "the mountain of the east", the Ryôzen Kannon temple is an outsider in the classic tourist itine
Otagi Nembutsuji Temple
Otagi Nembutsuji Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto is uncrowded and has thousands of unique moss-covered statues called Rakan each carved individually.
Musashi Imperial Graveyard Hachioji Tokyo
The Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo holds the graves of the emperors Taisho and Showa and their wives. It is a solemn and dignified place.
Sasayama Castle in Hyogo Prefecture north of Kobe was built in just six months on the orders of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1609.
“Tambo Art”, the art of the rice fields in Inakadate
Tambo art is an artistic technique that consists of creating a design with different varieties of rice directly in a rice field.
Sony Explora Science
Located in the Aqua City shopping complex in Odaiba, the SonyExplora Science is a science museum where young and old discover and experience the fundamental principles of light, sound and image tha
The city of Takaoka
The city of Takaoka, on the northern Nihon Kai coast, conceals treasures such as a large copper Buddha, beautiful gardens and a museum dedicated to Doraemon, comic book hero in Japan.
5 new places to discover in Japan in 2022
As Japan prepares to welcome foreign visitors once again, we invite you to discover 5 new magical and extravagant places, which are opening their doors this year.
Resumption of tourism in Japan : What You Need to Know !
This is it! After more than two years of waiting, Japan is finally relaxing all restrictions for travelers, starting October 11th.
Coronavirus - Update about your cancellation
Were you traveling to Japan with Japan Experience? Here is the information on how to get a credit note or refund.
Cherry blossoms in Japan - Forecast 2022
The blooming of cherry blossoms, called sakura in japanese, announces the arriving of Spring. Incarnating ephemerality, they unveil their beauty for only two weeks.
Shinkansen: Reservation for suitcases and bulky luggage
From May 2020, passengers of the Tokaido-Sanyo-Kyushu Shinkansen are required to reserve a special seat with an area to store oversized or bulky luggage when they wish to travel with suitcases with
Unmissable Exhibitions this Winter
Whether you're a lover of contemporary art, traditional art and crafts or even Japanese pop culture, there's an exhibition that will interest you among our selection of winter exhibitions.
Tokyographie 2019 - Tokyo Photography Festival
Tokyographie photography festival returns for its second year and takes place in the Japanese capital from November 29 to January 12 2020. Discover the artists and exhibitions not to be missed!
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Marathon moves to Sapporo
One of the most popular events of the 2020 Olympics has changed location from Tokyo to Sapporo. It's now the capital of Hokkaido that will host the marathon events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
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