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After living in Japan for over six years, we know all the secret and best places to go. We’ve got many articles showing the best this amazing country has to offer.

The Best Accommodation and Hotels in Japan

Hotels in Japan are run the gamut, but all of them are welcoming like this one in Kusatsu Onsen.

When budgeting for travel around Japan it is imperative to think about your accommodations. Hotels in Japan run from small and cheap to sprawling and extremely expensive. Many of the hotels are just a place to spend the night, but other types of accommodations in Japan,  like capsule hotels or ryokans,  provide a full on Japanese experience, and we fully recommend you try different types of stays while you are here,  so you can get a true picture of Japanese travel culture. We’ve compiled a list of not only our favorite places to stay in this amazing country, but we’ve enlisted the help from some other travel pros as well.  We’re sure you will find the best stays for your …

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Day Trip to Kamakura and its Beach!

Kamakura- A Great Day Trip from Tokyo.

Kamakura, only a short train ride from Tokyo, is a must-see when visiting Japan. Whether you are traveling around the country or on a work trip and staying mostly in the city, Kamakura affords you a chance to get a breath of fresh air. From watching the surfers at Kamakura beach to enjoying the peaceful temples and shopping for all things kawaii (cute) or traditional, this little city really has it all. In one day trip to Kamakura, you will be refreshed and either ready to go right back to work or head off to explore more of this gorgeous country. Getting to Kamakura from Tokyo and Other Major Cities From Tokyo – From Tokyo Station, Take the JR Yokosuka …

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A Visit to Matsumoto – Castle and Art

Matsumoto Castle with red bridge - number one thing to do in Matsumoto

On a clear, sunny day, we decided to leave our comfy living room couch to take a day trip a few hours north to see Matsumoto. We’d heard tons about this small city, especially about its famous castle. We quickly learned that you can easily spend a full day, or even a weekend, in Matsumoto. We’ve been wanting to take advantage of the warmer weather, and this town is considered a city of the arts, mainly because it is the birthplace of Yayoi Kusama. We were so ready to visit Matsumoto and her castle and art museums, a must-do while in Japan, even though we were going to have to go back for the world famous Ice Sculpture Festival in …

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Attending a Japanese Baseball Game

Attending the Yokohama Baystars Japanese Baseball game was a blast. Here they show a gigantic banner!

What’s on your Japan Bucket List? Go to a Japanese Baseball Game, it’s so much fun and very different than games in the US. Click here to find out how to go and where to buy tickets.

The Top Tourist Sights and Places to See in Tokyo

Read: Tokyo's Top 6 Things to Do!

There is plenty to do in Tokyo! It is a fascinating city with plenty of sights, culture, and great food!  Here is our list of tourist sights and places to see in Tokyo. Hopefully, it won’t take up all of your allotted time in this amazing country of Japan, because even though Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city…there’s more out there. Tokyo Top Attractions You Must See! Meiji Jingu Shrine One of the most iconic and must-see spots to kick off a tour of Tokyo is the Meiji Jingu Shrine.  Located in a large forested park, the shrine sits back and serenely puts you in the frame of mind of relaxing and relieving your stresses. Many people come to the shrine to …

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When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Comparing All 4 Seasons in Japan

Autumn in Japan sees the fields of red buckwheat bloom in Minowa.

Japan. Exotic, futuristic, traditional. It’s on everyone’s bucket list, because it has so much to offer. The main question is, when is the best time to go to Japan? We outline each season for you, and what you can do to make the most of your trip during that time! When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Which season has the best weather? What festivals are the most interesting? What kinds of food are eaten each season? These are all great queries. And the answers? Anytime is the best time. All four seasons in Japan have their pros and cons. Spring is green and warming up, so it’s not uncomfortable and there’s lots to do. Summer is hot and …

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