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Mt Fuji as viewed from Yokohama City

In a Nutshell: Kanto

Kanto (関東), the central region of Japan, is densely populated, teeming with life. How wouldn’t it, as this area so central to Japanese politics and…
Kyoto Kaiseki lunch served on a wooden table

Flavors of Kyoto

Flavors of Kyoto Geography, history, and culture had a big influence on Kyoto cuisine and its unique selection of ingredients, so very different from Tokyo.…
Momiji Manju with autumn leaves and tea

Omiyage: Beyond Souvenirs

Sharing is caring – and Japanese culture embraces this fact. The significance of gift-giving in Japan is long-rooted, as gifts are seen as manifestations and…
Sanjusangendo Temple

In a Nutshell: Kyoto Locations

Anybody will have a great time in Kyoto, but it’s a shame to visit the city and not admire its millennium-old heritage. If you’re not…
Flavors of Tohoku include this colorful dish with many vegetables in a wooden steamer served on a wooden table.

Flavors of Tohoku

The Flavors of Tohoku are aromatic, sweet, and yes, sometimes quite unusual. From dramatic mountains to crystal-clear springs, Tohoku is a land of rich traditions…
A train crosses a snow covered gorge on the Tadami Railway Line

In a Nutshell: Tohoku

Tohoku: The Birthplace of Fairytales Located in the northeastern part of the main island of Japan, Tohoku is a land of rugged landscapes, natural wonders,…
Motsunabe and Tonkotsu Ramen

Flavors of Kyushu

If you want to travel somewhere you can lay back and relax in Japan, Kyushu is the place. Formed by volcanic eruptions, the land is…
Sakurajima Volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima in Kyushu

In a Nutshell: Kyushu

Known for its long history, hot springs, porcelain, citrus fruits, and steel industries – Kyushu (九州) is versatile and extremely beautiful. As the early heart…