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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa , Tokyo

Asakusa

The grand temple of Senso-ji looms large in the heart of Tokyo’s downtown.

Hachinoe Sansha Taisai - Floats (14)

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival

When the streets turn into the ultimate Japanese variety show.

What are Tengu?

Nebuta Festival

Cool off in Aomori this summer and dance among giant floats at Japan’s most iconic festival.

Oda shimane Kagura

Where to See Kagura Dance in Japan

A wild — yet dying — tradition. Catch these dance performances before they're gone.

Morioka festival

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival

Dance with the locals in the world’s largest taiko drumming party.

Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan

Ritsurin Garden

Japanese green chic.

Uwajima Castle

Uwajima

Home to one of Japan's original castles.

Chojuan food Final kochi

Chojuan Inn

Live and bathe like the locals — in a cauldron — at this historic and tattoo-friendly spot.

Washi-room kochi

Kamikoya Washi Studio

This guesthouse-studio hybrid is redefining cultural exchange in the Japanese countryside.

Take a dip in this piping hot outdoor bath at Hinanoyado Chitose.

Matsunoyama Onsen

Where the snow is heavy and the hot springs are extra hot.

Sakia Knife Osaka

Handcrafted Knives of Sakai

Old industrial town on the outskirts of Osaka, from where famous chefs of the world source their knives.