Hike or Bike Your Way through Japan's Countryside on a Unique Special Interest Tour
This month, we encourage you to get out of the city and into the Japanese countryside on a special interest tour. We introduce some of the best biking routes for cyclists of all levels, taking you through stunning natural beauty and picturesque villages, with a bit of history along the way.
Great Locations for Long-term Overseas Visitors and Deep Dives into Japanese Traditional Craftsmanship
When travel to Japan is possible for everyone again, we’re excited to have you back! While you’re here, consider a longer stay in one of Japan’s many welcoming and culturally significant cities, and use the opportunity to gain deeper insight into Japan’s long history of traditional craftsmanship. You’ll gain new perspective on Japan and maybe never leave!
Outdoor Adventures and Luxurious Glamping Hot Spots in Tokyo
It’s surprisingly easy to escape Tokyo for exciting adventures and outdoor activities. Whether you’re into mountain exploration or enchanting ocean views, discover how to get the most out of your trip to Japan’s capital. The popular glamping (“glamorous camping”) trend gives you the chance for luxurious relaxation with full amenities, too.
Japan’s Heritage of Traditional Crafts and Age-Old Techniques
In December 2020, UNESCO added 15 of Japan’s traditional skills related to the conservation of wooden architecture, to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Here we explore the essence of two of those techniques — the art of making entsuke gold leaf from Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture, and making lacquer from Ninohe City, Iwate Prefecture. (Photo credit: Hongwanji Kanazawa Betsuin)
Experience Ecotourism and a Sustainable Lifestyle in Japan’s Charming Rural Retreats
Ecotourism is a growing travel trend around the world. Travelers help to revitalize rural and coastal communities as they experience authentic food, crafts and culture. In Japan, this style of travel is called “nohaku” (countryside stay). Discover a sustainable way of life in the beautiful rural areas of Tokushima and Kyoto.
Experience Japan’s Picturesque Scenery and Delicious Food on Distinctive Local Trains
There’s an enduring romance to rail travel. Great railway journeys draw travel afficionados with the promise of leisurely travel, beautiful scenery and excellent service. Slow travel allows visitors to experience the culture and beauty of an area, without stress. Discover the charm and beauty of Japan’s regional destinations, through popular sightseeing trains and local trains. Journey through the landscapes of Kyushu in southwestern Japan, and the Tohoku region north of Tokyo.
Hokkaido: Discover a Winter Wonderland of Art, Nature and Ainu Culture
Visit the vast, winter landscapes of Hokkaido in northern Japan, and experience the work of artists and the art of nature, from sculptural snowscapes to ethereal frost patterns. Journey to eastern Hokkaido to enjoy snow activities and learn about sustainability from the Ainu, the Indigenous people of the area, who live in harmony with nature.
Experience the Charm and Culture of Japan in Autumn
It isn't easy to travel overseas right now, but through online experiences, people worldwide can virtually appreciate the seasonal beauty of Japan. The culture and aesthetic sense of Japan comes from a close relationship with nature. Autumn brings the pleasures of fall foliage and crisp air. Savor the season on a journey through mountain landscapes and elegant gardens, and travel with the mind through meditation. Read on for inspiring adventures and new ways to explore Japan from home.
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