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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.

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How to go from Matsumoto to Nagoya ?

This train line between Matsumoto and Nagoya is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and runs through the Kiso Valley, along the route of the Nakasendo Highway, the old postal route between Edo (Tokyo) a

Takachiho, Miyazaki

How to go from Oita to Miyazaki ?

Running down the east coast of Kyushu the journey between Oita and Miyazaki on the Limited express Nichirin or Nichirin Seagaia is a contrast of mountain and sea.

Nachi, Kumano Kodo, Wakayama

How to go from Shingu to Osaka ?

The Kuroshio is the most frequent train, connecting Kii peninsula, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Tennoji.

Le Bakeneko, un chat pas ordinaire

The bakeneko, the legend of the "monster cat"

At the origin of a centuries-old superstition, the bakeneko or "monster-cat" is both feared and celebrated...Its long tail allows it to stand up, and it is even said to have the gift of ra

Tokyo street by night

The different types of roads in Japan

Before you get behind the wheel, learn more about the different types of roads in Japan.

Cherry Blossom in Japan

Coronavirus - How to cancel your trip to Japan?

Were you traveling to Japan with Japan Experience? Here is the information on how to get a credit note or refund.

Biwa, Shiga

How to go from Kanazawa to Kyoto ?

Discover with your Japan Rail Pass the route between Kanazawa and Kyoto, it follows the northern coast of japan, before heading south along Lake Biwa. If you have time, make a stop at Fukui.

Tokyo

Reopening of Japanese Borders : What You Need to Know !

Since last week, Japan has gradually reopened its borders to tourists. Entry conditions, visas, COVID-19 tests, vaccines ...

branch of pink cherry blossoms

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.

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Japanese Food Glossary

Here is an A-Z glossary of Japanese food words and phrases.

Shinkansen au quai d'une gare au Japon

Practical tips on JR PASS

Japan is the country of trains, with probably the densest network in the world, the highest traffic... It has therefore developed a culture of train travel unique in the world.

Kawaguchiko

Direct access to Mont Fuji from Shinjuku 

Starting from March 16, a new train reach Kawaguchiko Station directly from Shinjuku Station : the Limited Express FUJI EXCURSION.

Yokohama

Discover Yokohama Station

Yokohama Station is about half an hour from Tokyo with a Japan Rail Pass. It provides access to Chinatown, Landmark Tower and Minato Mirai district close to the sea.

Omotesando, Harajuku

Harajuku station along the JR Yamanote Line

Harajuku station (JY19) is a key station in Tokyo served by the Yamanote Line.

Fukuoka

How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ?

Let's discover the journey between Fukuoka and Kumanoto !

A water fountain at Venus Fort Odaiba Tokyo

Venus Fort

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

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.

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Chuo Line

The Chuo Main Line is a Japan Rail-operated railway line that goes between Tokyo and Nagoya, and is not to be confused with the Chuo Line (Rapid), which is the special section of the line that serv

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Chuo Line Subway

The Chuo Line in Osaka is a municipal subway running west-east from Cosmosquare at Osaka Port to Nagata Station through Hommachi and north central Osaka.

Nakagin Capsule Tower

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.

With this blue vault, you almost forget that you are in Tokyo, Japan.

Venus Fort

On the artificial island of Odaiba, Venus Fort shopping mall presents another side of Japan, an extravagant facet advocating delusions of grandeur.

Le temple Todaiji à Nara

One day visit to Nara

Spend a day in Nara to see where the arts, architecture and Buddhist religion first flourished.

A miko, Shinto priestess.

Shinto

The original religion of Japan is Shinto, worshiping the forces of nature.

Le hiragana "a" dérive du kanji 安 (an) qui signifie "paix"

Hiragana and Katakana : How to learn Japanese ?

Taught to Japanese students in their first year of school from the age of six, hiragana and katakana are the essentials prerequisites for learning the Japanese language.

Jean Freund, the author behind the Travel Book : Le Bon Voyage Japan

From the Japanese megalopolis to the vineyards of Alsace, the Chinese countryside and the Mongolian steppes, Jean Freund fills his Moleskine notebooks with his stories. He likes to take the

Red post box with Japanese characters

Japan Post

Whether you are traveling or residing in Japan, here are some practical tips to make your visit to the local Post Office easier.

Tree lined path with sunlight streaming through the leaves.

Yoyogi Koen

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.

Exterior of Kyoto Imperial Palace

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.

Shopping at a supermarket

When visiting Japan, you might have to do some shopping at a supermarket, but don't be intimidated! Here's a guide to what to expect when shopping at a supermarket in Japan...

In the district of Tokyo Station, the former Imperial Palace, residence of the shogun became the residence of the emperor and his family.

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.

Asakusa street in Tokyo, Japan

Where to park in Japan ?

Given the urban density of most of the cities in Japan, and the speed with which the authorities notice illegally parked cars, it is very unlikely that you will easily find somewhere when p

Japanese car in front of Mount Fuji

Japanese service stations

In Japan, the customer is king, and this is true for drivers filling up their car at a Japanese gas station.

Japanese road under the Sakura

Tips on renting a car in Japan

In Japan, traveling by car is the ideal solution for those who wish to venture off the beaten track or who dream of a  personalized itinerary.

Shinjuku road

Road signs and driving regulations in Japan

Learn all about road signs and driving rules in Japan before you get behind the wheel!

Route japonaise

Japanese motorways

With Japan Experience, discover everything there is to know before taking a highway in Japan and get ready to explore the country!

Tsumago-juku, Nakasendo

The most beautiful Japanese roads

Stroll through rice paddies, tea fields, or pine forests... Wind through the mountains and along the valleys towards the most remote spa towns.

National Crafts Museum-Kanazawa

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.

Lake Kawaguchiko Sakura Mont Fuji

The cherry blossoms through art

With the arrival of spring, the streets, gardens and mountains of Japan welcome the cherry blossoms and the whole archipelago is covered in pink for a few days, a few weeks.

Pond and exterior of Tenryuji Temple Kyoto

Tenryuji

Tenryuji is the most important temple in the Arashiyama area of west Kyoto.

jardin botanique de Koishikawa

Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden

With more than 16 hectares, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen stands out as an essential garden in the Japanese capital.

Tea box with turtle decoration

Ten Japanese Christmas Gift Ideas

Since we are still not able to travel to Japan this year, why not make travel those who dreamed of discovering Japan by giving them Christmas gifts from the Land of the Rising Sun?

Kiyomizu-dera

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.

Koban at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Koban

A permanent fixture on the streets of Japan, Koban or police boxes, are there to help bring order to their designated neighborhood as well as help lost tourists.

Taxi in Shibuya

Japan Taxis

In Japan, Taxis are expensive, yet very useful when you've got heavy luggage or you missed the last train. Here are Japan Experience's tips and advice for taking a taxi in Japan. 

Field of yellow flowers at Hama Rikyu Gardens Tokyo

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.

Sukiyaki hot pot

Japanese Nabe

In Japanese, nabe (pronounced "nah-beh") simply means pot. Nabe ryori (pot cooking) has become a generic term for meals cooked in a pot - vegetables, meat and noodles or rice cooked at the table in

Sculpture at Hakone Open Air Museum

Hakone Open Air Museum

This unusual museum is experienced by way of a walk through a hundred sculptures in a natural setting.

Exterior of Tokyo Big Sight

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.

Exterior of Miraikan

Miraikan

Here you can experience Japanese technology in all its forms: Robots, Space exploration and a planetarium. Welcome to the future.

Sunset over rocks in the ocean from Sado Island

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.

Phoenix Hall Byodoin Temple Uji

Byodoin Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Byodoin temple is considered the height of expression of the aristocratic art of the Heian Period (794-1185).

View looking over Sumoto from Sumoto Castle

Awaji Island

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.

Exterior of Nezu Museum Tokyo

Nezu Museum

The 7,000 works from the collection of Kaichiro Nezu are exhibited within an oasis of peace and greenery, a few minutes from Omotesando.

River in Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi Valley with its breathtaking views and scenery will create a lasting memory.

Bridge at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

Sumiyoshi Taisha

Sumiyoshi Taisha, in southern Osaka, is claimed to be one of the oldest shrines in Japan.

Zen garden at Tofukuji Kyoto

Tofukuji

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.

Grounds at Katsura Imperial Villa Kyoto

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).

Red and white walls of sanjusangendo

Sanjusangendo

Sanjusangendo, in the Higashiyama district, is a Buddhist temple with a well guarded secret interior. Discover its celebrated works of art.

Pagoda at Toji Temple, Kyoto

Toji Temple

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.

 

View looking to Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

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.

View of Yokohama harbour from Yokohama Landmark

Yokohama Landmark

This huge skyscraper offers visitors a stunning 360° view of the old fishing port, Yokohama.

Exterior of Berrick Hall, Yamate Yokohama

Yamate

A city transformed by international trade, the Yamate and Motomachi neighborhoods give Yokohama a western feel.

garden of Nanzen sub temple, Kyoto

Nanzenji, Kyoto

If you're looking for the quintessential Japan don't miss Nanzenji.

Exterior of Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Jingu

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.

Exterior of Daitokuji, Kyoto

Daitokuji Temple Kyoto

Daitokuji is a functioning Rinzai Zen temple complex in northwest Kyoto.

Philosophers Path in Autumn

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

Boat on a canal in Kurashiki

Kurashiki

A preserved old merchant town, pretty Kurashiki's historic warehouses, have been converted into museums, boutiques and restaurants.

Exterior of Sengaku-ji Temple

Sengakuji Temple

This Buddhist temple of the Edo era (1603 - 1868) was the scene for one of the most famous samurai stories, 47 Ronin. 

Dancing at a Matsuri in Tokyo

Japanese Matsuri

Spring, summer, fall, and winter, Japanese festivals are held throughout the year and celebrated up and down the country. The type of festival varies from region and season.

A wook block print of a battle on a rooftop.

The Edo Period (1603-1868)

This period saw 260 years of peace thanks to a strong political regime, unprecedented urban development, a flourishing culture, and refined arts; this is the Edo Period (1603-1868).

 

Hanging calligraphy brushes and paper on wall

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

In Japanese, shodo literally means “the way of writing’. More than just an aesthetic, it’s an expression of the inner spirit of the calligrapher.

Buildings with shops and store around Nakano Broadway

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.

Water pouring into a outdoor cooling pool in Kasatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

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. 

 

A deer laying on grass in a zoo enclosure

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park is the oldest zoo in Japan.

Trees in front of high buildings in Akasaka in Tokyo

Akasaka

Between its embassies and its excellent restaurants, Akasaka, located North of Roppongi, is one of the most exclusive areas in Tokyo.

 

Different reflections from mirrors above an escalator in Omotesando

Omotesando

Going down the avenue, which is on its way up, makes wanderers and shoppers at the luxury brands and architecture.

Large lotus pond in Ueno Park with buildings in the background.

Ueno Park

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.

Le festival des renards d'Oji

Oji's Inari Matsuri

North of the capital, Oji is a small district full of charm.

daikanyama

Daikanyama

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.

Looking across a large pond to Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple

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.

Cityscape at night

Shinagawa

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.

Traditional looking street in Kawagoe, with clock tower in the background

Kawagoe

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.

Bridge over the lake to wooden buidlings with a tree in the foreground.

Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a resort town, with beautiful scenery, museums and hiking trails for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

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.

Café à Tokyo

Kissaten, Japanese retro cafes

In the land of green tea, there is no shortage of coffee enthusiasts or "Kissaten", coffee shops. Imported to Japan in the late 1800s and the first cafe opened in the early 1900s.

Neon lights of a pachinko machine

Pachinko arcade

Commonly mistranslated as 'vertical pinball,' pachinko is a noisy, smoky, time-consuming, and hypnotic form of gambling that plays a huge part in the Japanese economy.

US phone charger on a dark background

Electricity in Japan

Plugs, voltages, adapters: Everything you need to know about using electricity in Japan for your trip.

Japanese Yen

Japanese Currency

Find out more about Japanese currency, yen, where to withdraw cash and other tips you need for your trip to Japan. 

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome

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! 

Person sitting overlooking a pond and building painting.

Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Shinjuku Gyoen Park, nicknamed the ‘urban oasis’, is one of the largest parks in Tokyo.

Pond with stone lantern on the edge and trees in the background

Kokyo, Imperial Palace

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.

Door looking out to a crowded courtyard and torii

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.

city view of Roppongi Tokyo

Roppongi

Roppongi is well known for its nightlife. As well as it’s nightlife it offers excellent shopping, dining and museums for visitors to enjoy. 

 

Neon lights of Shinjuku with car lights from a busy road

Shinjuku

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

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

The blue pond of Biei

Travel to Hokkaido Island

For the Japanese, Hokkaido is synonymous with wide-open spaces and wild nature.

Zen garden at Ryoanji 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.

A rope bridge over a river in Iya Valley

Iya Valley

Located in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island, the region of Iya is a Japanese jungle.

 

Japanese garden with large pond in the foreground and castle in the background

Korakuen Garden

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.

 

Large red and white hall of Kofukuji

Kofukuji Temple

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.

Exterior of Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle

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.

Exterior of Tokyo Internation Forum

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

Crowds of people in a street, lined with shops, shop and cafe signs.

Ameyayokocho

Voices calling out from behind their stalls, traders dealing with customers. The smell of fresh fish, spices and candy tempt passersby. Welcome to Ameyayokocho. 

Covered wooden platform looking out to a paved garden

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.

Traditional wooden temple building

Daigoji 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.

Cherry Blossom in front of Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle

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.

The gardens at Okochi Sanso Villa

Okochi Sanso Villa

The late great silent movie actor Denjiro Okochi was a major star from the 1920's until his death in 1962.

Pine trees on land overlooking Matsushima Bay

Matsushima

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. 

Waterfall into a pool below surrounded by plants and trees.

Iriomote

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

Kodaiji temple and it's garden

Kodaiji Temple

Located in a beautiful part of Higashiyama Ward, Kodaiji sits atop a slight hill. The temple is a jewel of Momoyama Period architecture.

Memorial at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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.

Neon lights of a robot at the Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant

Flighting robots, futuristics choreography and other scenes of science fiction: the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku features performances straight out of anime movies.

 

Bus in the middle of a small busy street in Tokyo

Kichijoji

Kichijoji gets a passing mention in most guidebooks for Inokashira Koen, a park celebrated for its spring cherry blossom viewing.

Hozu River Cruise in Kyoto

Hozu River Boat Cruise

Take a traditional boat along the Hozu River to Arashiyama, a relaxing way to see this beautiful part of Kyoto.

View of Osaka from Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas

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.

Mountains and greenary around Mt Mitake

Mount Mitake

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 town with hills in the background

Yufuin

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.

Neon Karaoke Sign

Japanese Karaoke

A trip to Japan is simply not complete without a visit to one of the many karaoke bars or boxes available. You have not sampled karaoke properly until you have experienced it in Japan.

Entrance of Yasaka Shrine at night

Yasaka Shrine

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

Kujukushima National Park

Located in Sasebo, in Nagasaki prefecture, it is one of the most beautiful panoramas in Japan.

Obara Fureai park, between sakura and momiji

Autumn and winter flowers in Japan

We often think of sunny days when we talk about flowers, but what about winter? In Japan, flowers grow year-round.

The blue pond of Biei

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?

Aso

Kyushu Island in southern Japan

Kyushu offers an endless variety of landscapes from cities to volcanoes, to hot springs and islands.

The natural balcony, jigoku nozoki at Mount Nokogiriyama

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 historic paths of Kumano Kodo through the forest

Pilgrimage hikes in Japan

The pilgrimage has been a popular exercise in Japan for many centuries.

Mt Tsurugi, Shikoku

Shikoku Island

With its Mediterranean landscapes planted with olive trees along the Inland Sea of Japan (Setouchi), its mountainous landform, rice terraces, lush forests and long white sand beaches, Shikoku delig

Hachiman-gu Tsurugaoku

The differences between temples and shrines

Shinto altars in Buddhist temples, Buddhist statues in Shinto shrines, the places of worship of the two great religions in Japan are sometimes mixed.

The five lakes of Shiretoko

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

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.

Un maneki-neko et son sourire on ne peut plus accueillant !

The Maneki Neko, Japanese lucky cat

With a stoic or laughing air, a malicious cat invites you, with a sign of the paw, to enter such a shop or a restaurant.

Métro osaka

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.

Driving in Japan

Put in drive and let the road guide you: driving in Japan is an experience not to be missed when you want to get off the beaten track... provided that you know where your wheels will take you!

La porte du château d'Obi

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.

The famous Grand Blue Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai Katsushika, after 36 drunk Mount Fuji, is a perfect example of ukiyo-e, or the image of a transient world and floating.

Ukiyo-e, Japanese prints

Ukiyo-e is an artistic movement that reached its peak during the Edo period (1603 - 1868).

unkai-chichibu

The most beautiful natural phenomena of Japan

Besides the blooming sakura and the blushing leaves during the koyo season; events well known to tourists visiting Japan, however, Japan also has many other natural wonders!

Chubu Sangaku National Park

10 of the best national parks in Japan

In Japan, national parks have been classified by the Ministry of the Environment since 1934.

Meoto Iwa rocks - Mie prefecture

10 things to see in Mie Prefecture

Famous for its beautiful temples, Mie is one of the most sacred prefectures in Japan.

Meoto_Iwa_at_dusk

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

The Japanese language does not know Mr., Mrs. or Miss

15 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Language

Japanese is a fascinating language for a Westerner, made up of multiple ideograms, many homophones and a grammar far very different from other languages.

Lake Utonai

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.

Kakigori

Summer Foods

The Japanese summer is hot. Very hot! Inside, the air conditioning may offer a break, but outside, you might find it hard to find a corner in the shade.

Kamikochi valley

Kamikochi

Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi valley remains, for those lucky enough to have gone there, a lasting memory.

Tokyo tower nuit

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.

Village Gokayama

5 Japanese Villages to Visit

The image of Japan for many is often futuristic with crowded cities but Japan also has its small ancient villages, a more rural and quiet side of Japan, the heart of Japan.

The Rocks of Ise

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.

Calligraphy

The art of Japanese calligraphy

In Japanese, "shodo" literally means "the way of writing". More than an aesthetic, it is above all a true art of living.

Un skieur sur les pistes japonaises de Nagano.

Mountains in Japan

Occupying more than 70% of the territory, mountains in Japan are omnipresent and there are few places from which it is impossible to admire them.

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Miyazaki City

Miyazaki is a pleasant city located in the Miyazaki prefecture, in the southeast of the island of Kyushu.

Le funiculaire pour atteindre sans effort le sommet du Mont Kuramayama près de Kyoto.

Kurama excursion

"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. "

Time difference in Japan

After a long flight, crossing international time zones comes the jet lag... Here are some remedies to sleepless nights. 

 

Un distributeur ATM.

Withdrawing money in Japan: 10 Things to Know

Please note: Most Japanese merchants refuse foreign credit cards ... Some tips for never running out of cash during your trip.

Hanamikoji, le coeur du quartier de Gion

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.

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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.

The best excursions around Osaka

If you spend a few days in Osaka, you may want to venture out of the city.

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.

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Japanese art of Butoh

Born in Japan at the end of the 1950s, the Butoh dance expresses the suffering and problems in the society of the time.

Le Hi no Maru ou drapeau du Japon faisant référence au Soleil Levant.

Japan, the land of the rising sun: meaning and origin

Who has not once asked this question: why do we speak of the land of the rising sun to designate Japan?

Le temple yasukuni

Everything there is to know about the concept of "God / Kami" in Japanese

"GOD" AS REPRESENTED IN THE WORLD OF ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS, A SINGLE BEING, CREATOR OF THE WORLD, TRANSCENDENT, DOES NOT EXIST IN THE SHINTOIST RELIGION.

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Emperors, empresses, princes, and concubines... lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho, the ancient Imperial Palace of Japan.

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Takigyô: "the asceticism of the waterfall"

Spiritual research, challenge or simple curiosity, takigyô or "asceticism under the waterfall", a practice of religious origin which consists of remaining for a few minutes under the jets

Château de Wakayama

Wakayama town

In the heart of Kansai, Wakayama, capital of the prefecture of the same name, offers its riches to passing visitors.

Avec ses 70 hectares, le parc Yoyogi est le poumon vert de Tokyo.

The many facets of Yoyogi Koen Park

The Yoyogi Park will be the ideal stop after a studious morning visiting temples and shrines.

Musée international du manga

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.

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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.

Katori Buta

Five not-so-unusual objects to discover

Overseas, Japan is renowned for its unusual objects.

Wabi sabi is also found in the aesthetics of dry gardens

Wabi-sabi, a spiritual and aesthetic concept

Live a simple life, accept and appreciate the imperfection of oneself and especially of the world around us: this is how the outlines of wabi-sabi could be drawn, a Japanese aesthetic and

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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).

L'entrée du Golden Gai.

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.

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Shinsekai district tour

Although its name means New World, Shinsekai Quarter is the unmistakably retro charm of Osaka that you absolutely must visit.

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Karaoke, a mass leisure for Japanese music lovers

In Japan, karaoke is more than just entertainment: it is a real institution, a mass hobby, and an extremely popular activity.

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Kaiseki ryori, Japanese gourmet cuisine

Japanese cuisine is renowned around the world and one of its most refined and sought-after expressions bears the name of Kaiseki ryori , the Japanese gourmet meal comprised of several cour

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The rakan, the greatest disciples of Buddha

The rakan, the enlightened disciples of Buddha, have been the subject of very popular devotion since the time of Edo.

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.

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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.

Surnommée la petite Edo, Kawagoe jouant un rôle important dans le commerce et les décisions économiques liées à Tokyo.

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

Le bonsaï n'est pas une espèce mais une pratique. Presque toutes les espèces peuvent être des bonsaïs.

The practice of bonsai in Japan is an ancient art

Originating in China, this 1,500-year-old practice is now considered inseparable from Japanese aesthetics. Her horticulture requires knowledge and dedication.

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Shinrin-yoku: forest bathing

Silvotherapy ("forest bathing") is now known and practiced in many countries around the globe.

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The most beautiful Japanese Zen gardens

The Zen garden is one of the iconic images of Japan: these dry gardens, composed of sand, rocks, moss, are present in many Zen temples in the country.

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Let's Zazen, by Jake Adelstein

Who said Zen was only for Buddhist monks? Jake Adelstein, the author of Tokyo Vice who has lived in Tokyo for more than thirty years, shares his practice of mindful meditation, zazen. 

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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.

A Tokyo et dans les alentours, il n'y a très peu de pépinières à bonsai.

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!

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Tondabayashi Guide

Tondabayashi guide: Tondabayashi in Osaka Prefecture includes the Jinaimachi district, a well preserved historic village that dates back to the 16th century.

The torii of Itsukushima shrine on Miyajima island

Explore Japan in summer 2020

Japan has closed its borders to many countries and the most popular sites are now deserted. This is a perfect opportunity for the lucky ones living in Japan or who can travel and explore these plac

 Kinashi's evergreen bonsai trees.

Kinashi Bonsai

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.

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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.

Experience a spiritual retreat in Japan

Spiritual retreats in Japan

Far from the religious approach, Zen Buddhism is attracting more and more people concerned about their well-being.

L'observatoire de la mairie de Tokyo

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?

The Daichi-ji boat.

Daichi-ji garden

Amidst lush vegetation stands the Daichi-ji zen temple.

Zazen in Ryosoku-in temple

Recharge your batteries with Zen

Zen Buddhism is known around the world for its relaxation practices. The proper name has even become an adjective in everyday language, synonymous with "calm".

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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.

Le mont Nantai et le lac Chuzenji

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.

Great Buddha, Kamakura

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.

Le cratère fumant du mont Nakadake, dans le massif d'Aso (Kyushu).

In the footsteps of Japanese volcanoes

Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan has 110 active volcanos, such as the renowned Mount Fuji.

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The 100-yen shop in Japan

The "100-yen shop" is an institution in Japan. They cover the needs of daily life for only 110 yen! You can also find very inexpensive stationery and souvenirs to bring back from Japan.

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.

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Hita Guide

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.

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Kashihara Guide

Kashihara Guide: Imai Town is an area of preserved Edo and Meiji period buildings in Yagi, Nara near Kashihara Shrine.

Construit en 1612 par le shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543-1616), le Sengaku-ji reste aujourd’hui un lieu religieux prisé des japonais

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.

La ruelle piétonne Takeshita-dori dans le quartier de Harajuku

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.

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How to enjoy Japan during the rainy season?

From mid-June to early July, it is the rainy season in Japan (known as Tsuyu). Wind, humidity, and heat, this time of year is often shunned by visitors.

Shelves full of manga, the Mandarake is a paradise for lovers of manga in Tokyo.

Easy-to-read manga for Japanese beginners

Have you been studying Japanese at evening classes? Have you installed apps to test your hiragana and kanji on your commute? Do you have a notebook with lines of words written fiercely?

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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

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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.

Particulièrement apprécié, le jardin de Shinjuku attire les japonais, les touristes et les photographes pendant toute la fleuraison des cerisiers.

Shinjuku Garden, a breath of fresh air in Tokyo

Shinjuku Garden, nicknamed "urban oasis", is one of the most important parks in the capital.

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Attending a tea ceremony in Japan

The tea ceremony is a real traditional art in Japan, during which you get to try matcha green tea accompanied by a traditional sweet.

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Travel in the footsteps of My Neighbor Totoro

Many places in Japan have been an inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki's movie "My Neighbor Totoro". From Mei and Satsuki's house, the two heroes of the film, to the forest of Sayama Hills.

In Tokyo, Taito arcades (Akihabara) terminals together the most talented hardocre gamer.

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.

The trendy Harajuku is the birthplace of the most unlikely fashion trends.

Japanese fashion

Sometimes crazy but alway trendy and avant-garde, Japanese fashion is a source of inspiration for designers around the world.

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Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio.

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The Arashiyama district in Kyoto

Located west of Kyoto, the small district of Arashiyama has gained great popularity with tourists.

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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.

Avec son enveloppe croustillante et son intérieur moelleux, le melon pan est un en-cas apprécié à tout moment de la journée

The Melon Pan, the Japanese brioche

By its round and generous shape, the melon pan invites you to indulge. Its cracked appearance looks like a melon, but does it taste like it?

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Kyushu's Best Onsen Hot Springs

Kyushu's Best Onsen Hot Springs: see a listing of the best onsen resorts in Kyushu including Yamada Bessou and Takegawara Onsen in Beppu and Otobaru Waterfall.

Cosplay in japan

Cosplay has become an element of the everyday landscape in Japan.

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Where to eat the best ramen in Tokyo?

Ramen, a specialty noodle in broth, is one of the classics of popular Japanese cuisine.

Détail de l'architecture de la station centrale de Kyoto

Kyoto station, a Japanese architectural gem

Kyoto Station is often the gateway for a trip to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.

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Top Ten Not So Famous or Hidden Gardens in Japan

Top Ten Not So Famous or Hidden Gardens in Japan: we introduce ten not-so-famous gardens in Japan. These beautiful gardens live in the shadow of the top 10.

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Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage

The Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage is an ancient pilgrimage route of 33 Buddhist temples, centered on Kyoto. It is most probably the oldest pilgrimage in Japan.

Golden Kamui

The different kinds of manga

Manga covers a very large number of genres and is intended for almost every audiences in Japan. From adventure manga for teens to darker and more violent tales, there is something for everyone.

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Senjafuda: maps of the 1000 temples

Japanese Buddhist temples are known for their sobriety.

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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

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The Kanto region

A major region of Japan, home to the megalopolis of Tokyo and Yokohama, the Kanto region alone concentrates almost a third of the Japanese population!

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Wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets

The term wagashi refers to traditional Japanese sweets. Usually small, the size of just a few mouthfuls, they come in many shapes, textures and using various ingredients.

Geisha à l'entrée d'une maison de thé dans le quartier de Gion, à Kyoto

Geishas, ​​guardians of Japanese arts

The word geisha literally means "artisan".

Fuji Mount

7 anecdotes about Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is THE most famous mountain in Japan, its particular appearance of an isolated mountain with symmetrical coasts and a snow-capped crater has made it an emblematic place of the archipelag

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The festival of Tanabata matsuri in Japan

Around July 7 or August 7, depending on the region, the Japanese celebrate the Star Festival, during the Tanabata matsuri, born from the fusion of Japanese and Chinese legends.

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The Jomon period (13,000 BC to 400 BC)

Prehistory is divided into two sub-periods in Japan. The Paleolithic, which begins almost 40,000 years ago BC, and the so-called Jomon period, which begins almost 13,000 years before our era.

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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.

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The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD)

The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD) is a pivotal period in the history of Japan during which Japan starts cultivating rice and the first sedentary communities appear.

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The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573)

The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573) marked a turning point in the history of Japan.

How to say thank you in Japanese

The famous Arigatô gozaimasu is not the only way to say thank you in Japanese. Let's take a look at some expressions that can express your gratitude in Japanese.

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Getting around Tokyo with the Yamanote line

With its circular route connecting all the major stations of the Japanese capital, the Yamanote-sen is the essential line for getting around Tokyo.

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Kyoto Tour Two Days in Kyoto Itinerary

Kyoto Tour: Two Days in Kyoto Itinerary: For those travelers to Kyoto who have just 2 days to see the ancient capital's many sites, what to do? What to choose? What to weed out?

The crowded alleys of Harajuku shelter a displaced culture where the only limit is imagination.

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.

5 Famous Japanese Legends

Legends have served as a means of rationalizing the world and providing clarity for the habits and customs of a given culture.

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Japanese History: Simplified Timeline

The history of Japan is both rich and old, and it is often difficult to situate the many Japanese historical sites in time. To simplify, here is a simplified chronology of the History of Japan.

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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.

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Counting in Japanese

To know how to count in Japanese, it is not enough to learn Japanese numbers. In reality, it all depends on what you are counting!

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The sea in Japan

The sea (海 umi), an element of openness to the world, but also of isolation, has played a fundamental role in the history and development of Japan.

A handful of salt thrown into the ring as a sign of purification: the rite of kiyome no shio.

Sumo, Japanese Wrestling

Sumo is a paradox of brute force and the height of civilization. A handful of seconds combines well-mastered rituals and extreme violence.

Lake Ashi in Hakone

Mount Fuji in History, Culture and Art

Mount Fuji occupies a special place in the Japanese imagination, for the singular beauty of its symmetrical slopes and its snow-capped top and for the religious activity which developed there.

Under the pink petals of cherry blossom, it is good picnic.

Hanami, Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

In Japan, the beginning of spring means hanami - hana 花, "flower", and mi 見, "look".

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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.

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Top Ten Parks and Gardens in Japan

Top Ten Parks and Gardens in Japan: see a listing of the best Japanese gardens and parks including Kenrokuen, Korakuen, Kairakuen, Rikugien and Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa.

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The Edo period (1603-1868)

This period saw 250 years of peace thanks to a strong political regime, an unprecedented urban development, a flourishing culture and arts of exceptional refinement; this is the Edo period (1603-18

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Japanese writing: kanas, kanjis and calligraphy

The mystery of the Japanese language, specifically writing, fascinates foreigners for its complexity of composition. Ambiguous yet subtle and delicate...

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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.

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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.

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Dango: the kawaii mochi balls

The dango is a small ball of mochi served in a skewer.

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The Heian period (794 - 1185)

The Heian period began in 794 with the installation of the imperial capital in Kyoto and ended in 1185 with the birth of the Kamakura shogunate.

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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.

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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.

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How to go from Okayama to Matsue ?

The route to Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue Castle and Izumo Taisha Shrine

The kamiramon, thunder gate marks the entrance to the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa (Tokyo).

Asakusa district

One of the capital's most popular districts, both tourists and locals shop here before going to Senso-ji temple.

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Okonomiyaki: A Japanese Omelet

A cross between an omelet and a pancake, cooked with numerous ingredients and drizzled with a thick, savoury sauce. Okonomiyaki is a typical treat of Osaka, Hiroshima and Tokyo. 

Une station enneigée des Alpes japonaises.

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.

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Takahashi Guide

Takahashi guide: Takahashi is a small castle town in the mountains of Okayama Prefecture. Highlights include Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle, Raikyuji Temple and Ishibiya-cho.

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Hachioji Guide

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.

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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,

Koinobori,carp shaped windsocks

Children's Festivals in Japan

Children hold a very special place in Japanese society. It is therefore natural that several festivals were dedicated to them throughout the year.

The street food stands of a festival

Summer festivals in Japan

Japan is a country that has many festivals and festivals throughout the year, but it is during the summer months that most take place and these are also the most spectacular.

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Festivals not to be missed in Shikoku

Shikoku is the smallest of the four main islands of Japan. Located in the southwest of the island of Honshu, it is bathed by the waters of the Seto Isand Sea (Seto Naikai) and the Pacific Ocean.

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Dorayaki, the Japanese "sponge cake"

Dorayaki is perhaps one of the most well-known and popular Japanese pastries.

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Mochi, the traditional Japanese dessert par excellence

Very popular in Asia, mochi is a traditional pastry made from sticky rice.  It is also paired or filled with anko (red bean paste) and other ingredients.

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Karaage, Japanese fried chicken

Karaage (fried chicken) is one of the great classic Japanese dishes which is very popular. You will find this dish on menus in an izakaya or for sale in a konbini.

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Samurai: In the Footsteps of Japanese Warriors

The samurai are an ancient caste of Japanese warriors, known worldwide for their recognizable katanas and armor.

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Tonkatsu, Japanese breaded pork

Tonkatsu, a Japanese culinary specialty, is a very common Japanese dish, which consists of a piece of fried breaded pork. It is found in different forms in all types of restaurants.

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Râmen, the famous Japanese noodles

It was love at first sight for the Japanese and the Ramen: A love story that started over a century ago. Served directly at the counter, ramen is king with its undisputed flavors!

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Donburi: the unique Japanese dish

Rice and a garnish: this is a simple, hearty, and accommodating dish that can be served universally from one end of the to the other. What are these toppings?

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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.

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Breakfast in Japan: between tradition and new trends

Whether taken with the family or alone, on the go or at a restaurant, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Taiyaki, a popular snack at festivals

Taiyaki, Japanese waffles

For the Japanese, this fish-shaped cake, commonly sold as street food, in the shape of tai (sea bream) traditionally filled with red bean paste evokes the festivals and me

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Matsuri, festivals of Japan

The matsuri are at the origin of the ceremonies in honor of the Shinto deities. They take place throughout the year across the Archipelago and are of great importance.

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Arita Guide

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.

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Sasaguri Pilgrimage

The Sasaguri Pilgrimage is a very popular pilgrimage in northern Kyushu that visits 88 Buddhist temples along a 50 kilometer route set in the countryside and mountains near Fukuoka.

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The Kurama-dera temple

There is no doubt that Kyoto concentrates an unparalleled quantity of temples and shrines.

Ikebana, the traditional art of flowers

Ikebana “the voice of flowers”, is an art dedicated to a flower arrangement.

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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.

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Tattoos & Hot Spring Bathing

Tattoos & Hot Spring Bathing: Japan has something of a taboo about tattoos but there are many places where you can soak with inked sink throughout the country.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Admire the "yozakura", night cherry trees, at Osaka Castle Park

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.

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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.

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The Kansai region

At the center of the political and cultural life of Japan for more than 1000 years, due to the presence of the ancient and illustrious imperial capitals, Kyoto and Nara, the Kansai region enjoys a

The Joei-ji garden

Yamaguchi City

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.

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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

L'aéroport international du Kansai est construit sur une île artificielle relié à l'archipel par un pont de 3 kilomètres de long.

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Are you arriving at or wanting to reach Kansai International Airport (KIX)? Japan Experience will guide you through everything you need to know to organize your trip.

 

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Winter in Sapporo

Winter in Sapporo: read a guide to what to do in Sapporo over the winter including the Sapporo Snow Festival, Susukino Ice World, Sapporo Olympic Museum and Lake Shikotsu.

En plus du parc et du zoo, le quartier de Ueno est rempli de temples et de sanctuaires.

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

Les daifuku sont traditionnellement garnis de anko mais la couleur du mochi peut varier

Daifuku mochi, the delicious Japanese pastry

Round, soft and sweet, daifuku "great happiness", is one of the most represented in the world of wagashi, traditional Japanese pastries.

La Golden Week, une semaine fériée parfaite pour prendre ses congés.

Golden Week in Japan

The "Golden Week" refers to a week made up of several consecutive holidays, between April 29 and May 5 each year on the archipelago.