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Japan Sightseeing Essentials

Don't leave this magnificent country without trying at least a few of these.

We’re continually gathering top spots and experiences for visitors taking on Japan. Whether you’re a first-timer or have been here a few times, the list of things to do and see is essentially endless. So, we thought we’d make it a little more user friendly. There’s a lot more, but this is a great start to help add to any tourist’s Japan bucket list or starter kit.

6 Things To do at Kinosaki Onsen in Autumn

The backdrop to an awesomely local autumn experience in Japan.

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5 Metal and Punk Bars in Japan

Enjoy heavy metal, punk and horror movie memorabilia at these fine establishments.

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30 Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Japan

No matter the size of your tattoo, ink is no problem.

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5 Picture-Perfect Carp Streamer Festivals In Japan

The perfect stop during your Golden Week: visit Japan between late March and early May, and you will come across the sight of large carp streamers floating in the wind. Known as...

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Glamping in Japan

Indulge in the best of Japan's nature with its own immaculate style of "glamour camping." Glamping culture is alive and well here.

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Takaragawa Onsen, Gunma Prefecture

Relax At These 10 Hot Springs Destinations

Soak your cares away with this ancient Japanese tradition.

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5 Sake Joints To Try In Tokyo

So, you’re finally in Tokyo and looking to try some real sake? The first thing you need to know is that sake bombs (where you drop a shot of sake into beer)...

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Miyanora in Yakushima

10 Mountains To Hike (That Aren’t Fuji)

Big or small, they each hold their own natural wonders.

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Not-so-crowded Fireworks Festivals Near Tokyo

Travel a bit farther for summer spectaculars without the masses.

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10 Destination Beaches (That Aren’t Okinawa)

From Kagoshima to Aomori, Japan's beaches are completely underrated.

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Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Japan

In spring, Japan transforms into a wonderland of pink, with innumerable places to view the fleeting sakura (cherry blossoms). Our guide to each of Japan’s regions — including more than 600 iconic...

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10 Foods to Try in Japan (That Aren’t Sushi or Ramen)

Get ready to chow down on these lesser-known Japanese foods to try as you travel.

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Top 10 Ski And Snowboard Destinations In Japan

Top 10 Ski and Snowboard Destinations in Japan

Great powder, friendly people and the wonder of hot springs at the end of it all. What's not to love?

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Top 10 Winter Illuminations to See in Japan

Tokyo illuminations? Pfft. It’s all about the bright lights beyond.

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4 Restaurants to Try in Dotonbori

The classic places to get you started on a culinary tour of Osaka.

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Top 5 Cafes to Try in Fukuoka

From award-winning beans to Finnish comic book characters, discover Fukuoka's booming cafe culture at these recommended picks.

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20 Best Pictures of Japan on GaijinPot Travel

Need Japan travel inspiration? Look no further than these amazing captures.

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Top 10 Unknown Autumn Destinations in Japan

Fall off the beaten track with these lesser-known spots for enjoying autumn in Japan.

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Japan for Solo Female Travel

A female traveling by yourself in Japan? Here's what you should know.

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Top 10 cultural experiences in Japan: Onsen

Top 10 Cultural Experiences in Japan

It’s no secret that there’s an abundance of fascinating places to visit in Japan. But as you plan your trip, don’t overlook the all-important question: what do I want to do?

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Pokemon Center Japan

Pokémon Centers

Poké-maniacs will find their dreamworld come true at Japan's official Pokémon Centers.

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Top 5 Cafes Tokyo

Top 5 Cafes to Try in Tokyo

Forget Sutaba, these five spots offer an all-round introduction to Tokyo's distinctive cafe culture.

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"Naha City. Traditional dance performers make their way down "Kokusai St." (International St.) during a local festival."

Top 10 Japan Travel Destinations For 2017

Our predictions for the best places to visit in Japan this year.

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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Top 12 Spots to See Autumn Leaves Around Tokyo

From day trips to Japanese gardens, these fall wonders will leave you speechless.

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View of Rainbow Bridge and Minato, from Odaiba in Tokyo

Free Tokyo Quick Guide PDF Download

Free and easy to download.

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Daigoji, Kyoto, Japan

Top 10 Temples and Shrines for Koyo & Momiji in Kyoto

Kyoto is the ultimate autumn experience in Japan.

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Top 5 Bars & Restaurants For a Japanese Halloween Anytime

Blood bag cocktails, an actual coffin and scary storytelling are all a (trick or) treat at these freaky hangouts.

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