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Ueno Park Iga in Mie, Japan.

Iga City

Ninjas, a castle and a haiku poetry master—Iga is home to a whole host of traditional Japanese culture and history.

Iga Ueno Castle in Mie, Japan.

Iga Ueno Castle

A white-walled castle located in the hometown of the ninja.

Namahage Festival in Akita, Japan.

Namahage Festival

Over in Akita Prefecture, it’s better to feed your demons with rice cakes than fight them.

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.