Explore Japan's essential sites and hidden gems
Traditional Arts & Crafts of Tohoku
Located north of the main island of the Japanese archipelago, the northern part of Honshu known as Tohoku has its own cultural identity and traditions passed down from generations for years.
See the article
5 tips for surviving the Japanese summer
With its temperatures reaching 40°C in the sun and its humidity... the Japanese summer can be unbearable when you are confronted with it for the first time.
The Food Specialties to try in the Japanese Alps
Within the literal heart of Japan exist a series of mountain ranges that bisect the main island of Honshu.
Should I get a SIM Card when travelling to Japan?
Prepaid SIM cards allow for high-speed data usage during travels to Japan, but whether or not purchasing one is the best option for an upcoming trip depends on the individual.
Shinto & Shrines
A guide for travellers to Japan on Shintoism and visiting shrines with information sourced from a 17th generation Shinto Priestess.
When to visit Japan to see the cherry blossoms?
The ever-popular blossoming of cherry flowers, Sakura, is a national event in Japan. However, the transience of flowers and unpredictability of the nature make forecasting difficult.
Attack on Titan
A real phenomenon since its release, Attack on Titan , or Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, is one of the most universally recognized manga of the last decade.
Hunter x Hunter
Extremely popular action-adventure shonen, despite the numerous interruptions it was subjected to to preserve its author's health, Hunter x Hunter is a real reference of the genre.
The food specialities to try in Tohoku
Bridging Japan’s major hub of Kanto and the most northern island of Hokkaido, the Tohoku region boasts some of the main island of Honshu’s most celebrated attractions, its unique culinary culture e
Whether you are a fan of manga or a total stranger to this universe, the name Dragon Ball will sound familiar to your ears.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
A true phenomenon of the new manga/animated generation, Demon Slayer is a staple of Japanese pop culture.
Bleach is a popular manga, which has just made its comeback to present its final arc (a narrative arc is characterized by a plot developed over several episodes) in an animated ver
As a timeless manga that has marked several generations, Naruto has revitalized the action-adventure genre in shonen. Here is a quick overview of this internation
Today considered as one of the greatest mangas in existence, while also being one of the most popular, One Piece has influenced several generations. Here is an overview of what One Piece is about
Christmas in japan
Year after year, the Christmas spirit has managed to find its place in a Japan that worships gifts.
Top things to do in winter in Japan
In addition to being the season when you will have the best chance to see Mount Fuji thanks to clear weather, winter in Japan has many surprises in store for you.
Five tips for a successful hanami
A blue tarp, a cooler full of beer, a park and cherry trees: tips for a successful hanami under the sakura.
Things to take to Japan
For a short journey or for a long vacation, prepare your bag properly to have a successful trip!
Here is a list of the essentials to have in your bag in Japan.
The best Japanese winter scenery
In Japan, winter is a season as beautiful as spring, summer or autumn.
Things to do in Tohoku
The Tohoku region is famous for its modern and traditional activities, which allow discovering the vastness of the region.
10 Things to check before leaving
Your trip to Japan is coming up and you want to be sure you do not forget anything? Here is a checklist of the 10 essential things to prepare before the big departure!
Kansai Thru Pass
The Kansai Thru Pass allows unlimited travel on buses, trains, and subways in the Kansai region in western and central Japan.
The Tohoku region consists of the north east part of the main island of Honshu including the six prefectures of Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima.
Using the metro in Tokyo
It is impossible to do without the subway to explore a city as large as Tokyo.
Autumn Leaves Viewing Places
This fall, Japan Experience shares its selection of the best places to enjoy the Japanese phenomenon of kōyō, when the natural landscape is transformed and the leaves turn red.
In Japan, there are more than 100 000 different family names! This is much more than in China and Korea, even though they are Japan's neighbors.
The words to know to take the train in Japan
As an essential means of transport, the train will take you to the four corners of Japan safely, quickly, and punctually... as long as you choose your route carefully.
The bakeneko, the legend of the "monster cat"
At the origin of a centuries-old superstition, the bakeneko or "monster-cat" is both feared and celebrated...Its long tail allows it to stand up, and it is even said to have the gift of ra
The different types of roads in Japan
Before you get behind the wheel, learn more about the different types of roads in Japan.
Japanese Food Glossary
Here is an A-Z glossary of Japanese food words and phrases.
As of April , 2022, Hyperdia has stopped in updating its timetable details on route search service.
Hanami etiquette guide
Hanami is very popular with Japanese and tourists alike, but did you know that there's etiquette to follow during these festivities?
The origins of Hanami
Hanami is a custom that dates back to ancient times. Here's a look back at the history of an emblematic cultural phenomenon of Japan!
Cherry blossoms by night
From Kyushu to northern Honshu, discover the best places to enjoy cherry blossoms... by night! Experience this well-known phenomenon in Japan: yozakura.
Hiragana and Katakana : How to learn Japanese ?
Taught to Japanese students in their first year of school from the age of six, hiragana and katakana are the essentials prerequisites for learning the Japanese language.
The original religion of Japan is Shinto, worshiping the forces of nature.
Jean Freund, the author behind the Travel Book : Le Bon Voyage Japan
From the Japanese megalopolis to the vineyards of Alsace, the Chinese countryside and the Mongolian steppes, Jean Freund fills his Moleskine notebooks with his stories. He likes to take the
Shopping at a supermarket
When visiting Japan, you might have to do some shopping at a supermarket, but don't be intimidated! Here's a guide to what to expect when shopping at a supermarket in Japan...
Where to park in Japan ?
Given the urban density of most of the cities in Japan, and the speed with which the authorities notice illegally parked cars, it is very unlikely that you will easily find somewhere when p
Japanese service stations
In Japan, the customer is king, and this is true for drivers filling up their car at a Japanese gas station.
Tips on renting a car in Japan
In Japan, traveling by car is the ideal solution for those who wish to venture off the beaten track or who dream of a personalized itinerary.
Road signs and driving regulations in Japan
Learn all about road signs and driving rules in Japan before you get behind the wheel!
With Japan Experience, discover everything there is to know before taking a highway in Japan and get ready to explore the country!
The most beautiful Japanese roads
Stroll through rice paddies, tea fields, or pine forests... Wind through the mountains and along the valleys towards the most remote spa towns.
The cherry blossoms through art
With the arrival of spring, the streets, gardens and mountains of Japan welcome the cherry blossoms and the whole archipelago is covered in pink for a few days, a few weeks.
From fashionable clothing accessories in Japan during the Edo period, they have become popular collector's items around the world. But what are netsuke and where can you get them?
Ten Japanese Christmas Gift Ideas
Since we are still not able to travel to Japan this year, why not make travel those who dreamed of discovering Japan by giving them Christmas gifts from the Land of the Rising Sun?
A permanent fixture on the streets of Japan, Koban or police boxes, are there to help bring order to their designated neighborhood as well as help lost tourists.
In Japanese, nabe (pronounced "nah-beh") simply means pot. Nabe ryori (pot cooking) has become a generic term for meals cooked in a pot - vegetables, meat and noodles or rice cooked at the table in
Kissaten, Japanese retro cafes
In the land of green tea, there is no shortage of coffee enthusiasts or "Kissaten", coffee shops. Imported to Japan in the late 1800s and the first cafe opened in the early 1900s.
Commonly mistranslated as 'vertical pinball,' pachinko is a noisy, smoky, time-consuming, and hypnotic form of gambling that plays a huge part in the Japanese economy.
Electricity in Japan
Plugs, voltages, adapters: Everything you need to know about using electricity in Japan for your trip.
Find out more about Japanese currency, yen, where to withdraw cash and other tips you need for your trip to Japan.
Travel to Hokkaido Island
For the Japanese, Hokkaido is synonymous with wide-open spaces and wild nature.
A trip to Japan is simply not complete without a visit to one of the many karaoke bars or boxes available. You have not sampled karaoke properly until you have experienced it in Japan.
Autumn and winter flowers in Japan
We often think of sunny days when we talk about flowers, but what about winter? In Japan, flowers grow year-round.
Kyushu Island in southern Japan
Kyushu offers an endless variety of landscapes from cities to volcanoes, to hot springs and islands.
Pilgrimage hikes in Japan
The pilgrimage has been a popular exercise in Japan for many centuries.
The Seto Inland Sea
The differences between temples and shrines
Shinto altars in Buddhist temples, Buddhist statues in Shinto shrines, the places of worship of the two great religions in Japan are sometimes mixed.
With its Mediterranean landscapes planted with olive trees along the Inland Sea of Japan (Setouchi), its mountainous landform, rice terraces, lush forests and long white sand beaches, Shikoku delig
The Maneki Neko, Japanese lucky cat
With a stoic or laughing air, a malicious cat invites you, with a sign of the paw, to enter such a shop or a restaurant.
Driving in Japan
Put in drive and let the road guide you: driving in Japan is an experience not to be missed when you want to get off the beaten track... provided that you know where your wheels will take you!
The most beautiful natural phenomena of Japan
Besides the blooming sakura and the blushing leaves during the koyo season; events well known to tourists visiting Japan, however, Japan also has many other natural wonders!
Ukiyo-e, Japanese prints
Ukiyo-e is an artistic movement that reached its peak during the Edo period (1603 - 1868).
10 of the best national parks in Japan
In Japan, national parks have been classified by the Ministry of the Environment since 1934.
15 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Language
Japanese is a fascinating language for a Westerner, made up of multiple ideograms, many homophones and a grammar far very different from other languages.
The Japanese summer is hot. Very hot! Inside, the air conditioning may offer a break, but outside, you might find it hard to find a corner in the shade.
5 Japanese Villages to Visit
The image of Japan for many is often futuristic with crowded cities but Japan also has its small ancient villages, a more rural and quiet side of Japan, the heart of Japan.
The art of Japanese calligraphy
In Japanese, "shodo" literally means "the way of writing". More than an aesthetic, it is above all a true art of living.
Mountains in Japan
Occupying more than 70% of the territory, mountains in Japan are omnipresent and there are few places from which it is impossible to admire them.
Time difference in Japan
After a long flight, crossing international time zones comes the jet lag... Here are some remedies to sleepless nights.
Withdrawing money in Japan: 10 Things to Know
Please note: Most Japanese merchants refuse foreign credit cards ... Some tips for never running out of cash during your trip.
Japanese art of Butoh
Born in Japan at the end of the 1950s, the Butoh dance expresses the suffering and problems in the society of the time.
Japan, the land of the rising sun: meaning and origin
Who has not once asked this question: why do we speak of the land of the rising sun to designate Japan?
Everything there is to know about the concept of "God / Kami" in Japanese
"GOD" AS REPRESENTED IN THE WORLD OF ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS, A SINGLE BEING, CREATOR OF THE WORLD, TRANSCENDENT, DOES NOT EXIST IN THE SHINTOIST RELIGION.
Tsukemen are the ideal dish for anyone who cannot do without noodles during the hot and humid summers of the Japanese archipelago.
Takigyô: "the asceticism of the waterfall"
Spiritual research, challenge or simple curiosity, takigyô or "asceticism under the waterfall", a practice of religious origin which consists of remaining for a few minutes under the jets
Five not-so-unusual objects to discover
Overseas, Japan is renowned for its unusual objects.
Wabi-sabi, a spiritual and aesthetic concept
Live a simple life, accept and appreciate the imperfection of oneself and especially of the world around us: this is how the outlines of wabi-sabi could be drawn, a Japanese aesthetic and
Karaoke, a mass leisure for Japanese music lovers
In Japan, karaoke is more than just entertainment: it is a real institution, a mass hobby, and an extremely popular activity.
Kaiseki ryori, Japanese gourmet cuisine
Japanese cuisine is renowned around the world and one of its most refined and sought-after expressions bears the name of Kaiseki ryori , the Japanese gourmet meal comprised of several cour
The rakan, the greatest disciples of Buddha
The rakan, the enlightened disciples of Buddha, have been the subject of very popular devotion since the time of Edo.
The practice of bonsai in Japan is an ancient art
Originating in China, this 1,500-year-old practice is now considered inseparable from Japanese aesthetics. Her horticulture requires knowledge and dedication.
Shinrin-yoku: forest bathing
Silvotherapy ("forest bathing") is now known and practiced in many countries around the globe.
The most beautiful Japanese Zen gardens
The Zen garden is one of the iconic images of Japan: these dry gardens, composed of sand, rocks, moss, are present in many Zen temples in the country.
Let's Zazen, by Jake Adelstein
Who said Zen was only for Buddhist monks? Jake Adelstein, the author of Tokyo Vice who has lived in Tokyo for more than thirty years, shares his practice of mindful meditation, zazen.
Explore Japan in summer 2020
Japan has closed its borders to many countries and the most popular sites are now deserted. This is a perfect opportunity for the lucky ones living in Japan or who can travel and explore these plac
Spiritual retreats in Japan
Far from the religious approach, Zen Buddhism is attracting more and more people concerned about their well-being.
Recharge your batteries with Zen
Zen Buddhism is known around the world for its relaxation practices. The proper name has even become an adjective in everyday language, synonymous with "calm".
In the footsteps of Japanese volcanoes
Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan has 110 active volcanos, such as the renowned Mount Fuji.
The 100-yen shop in Japan
The "100-yen shop" is an institution in Japan. They cover the needs of daily life for only 110 yen! You can also find very inexpensive stationery and souvenirs to bring back from Japan.
Easy-to-read manga for Japanese beginners
Have you been studying Japanese at evening classes? Have you installed apps to test your hiragana and kanji on your commute? Do you have a notebook with lines of words written fiercely?
How to enjoy Japan during the rainy season?
From mid-June to early July, it is the rainy season in Japan (known as Tsuyu). Wind, humidity, and heat, this time of year is often shunned by visitors.
Attending a tea ceremony in Japan
The tea ceremony is a real traditional art in Japan, during which you get to try matcha green tea accompanied by a traditional sweet.
Travel in the footsteps of My Neighbor Totoro
Many places in Japan have been an inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki's movie "My Neighbor Totoro". From Mei and Satsuki's house, the two heroes of the film, to the forest of Sayama Hills.
Sometimes crazy but alway trendy and avant-garde, Japanese fashion is a source of inspiration for designers around the world.
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio.
The Melon Pan, the Japanese brioche
By its round and generous shape, the melon pan invites you to indulge. Its cracked appearance looks like a melon, but does it taste like it?
Kyushu's Best Onsen Hot Springs
Kyushu's Best Onsen Hot Springs: see a listing of the best onsen resorts in Kyushu including Yamada Bessou and Takegawara Onsen in Beppu and Otobaru Waterfall.
Top Ten Not So Famous or Hidden Gardens in Japan
Top Ten Not So Famous or Hidden Gardens in Japan: we introduce ten not-so-famous gardens in Japan. These beautiful gardens live in the shadow of the top 10.
Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage
The Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage is an ancient pilgrimage route of 33 Buddhist temples, centered on Kyoto. It is most probably the oldest pilgrimage in Japan.
The different kinds of manga
True phenomenon of pop culture, manga have been able to make a place for themselves on the Japanese national scene, but also internationally.
Senjafuda: maps of the 1000 temples
Japanese Buddhist temples are known for their sobriety.
The Kanto region
A major region of Japan, home to the megalopolis of Tokyo and Yokohama, the Kanto region alone concentrates almost a third of the Japanese population!
Wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets
The term wagashi refers to traditional Japanese sweets. Usually small, the size of just a few mouthfuls, they come in many shapes, textures and using various ingredients.
7 anecdotes about Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is THE most famous mountain in Japan, its particular appearance of an isolated mountain with symmetrical coasts and a snow-capped crater has made it an emblematic place of the archipelag
Geishas, guardians of Japanese arts
The word geisha literally means "artisan".
The festival of Tanabata matsuri in Japan
Around July 7 or August 7, depending on the region, the Japanese celebrate the Star Festival, during the Tanabata matsuri, born from the fusion of Japanese and Chinese legends.
The Jomon period (13,000 BC to 400 BC)
Prehistory is divided into two sub-periods in Japan. The Paleolithic, which begins almost 40,000 years ago BC, and the so-called Jomon period, which begins almost 13,000 years before our era.
The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD)
The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD) is a pivotal period in the history of Japan during which Japan starts cultivating rice and the first sedentary communities appear.
The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573)
The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573) marked a turning point in the history of Japan.
How to say thank you in Japanese
The famous Arigatô gozaimasu is not the only way to say thank you in Japanese. Let's take a look at some expressions that can express your gratitude in Japanese.
Getting around Tokyo with the Yamanote line
With its circular route connecting all the major stations of the Japanese capital, the Yamanote-sen is the essential line for getting around Tokyo.
Kyoto Tour Two Days in Kyoto Itinerary
Kyoto Tour: Two Days in Kyoto Itinerary: For those travelers to Kyoto who have just 2 days to see the ancient capital's many sites, what to do? What to choose? What to weed out?
Japanese History: Simplified Timeline
The history of Japan is both rich and old, and it is often difficult to situate the many Japanese historical sites in time. To simplify, here is a simplified chronology of the History of Japan.
5 Famous Japanese Legends
Legends have served as a means of rationalizing the world and providing clarity for the habits and customs of a given culture.
Counting in Japanese
To count in Japan, you have to go beyond learning traditional numeracy, because it all depends on what you want to count. We explain you everything!
The sea in Japan
The sea (海 umi), an element of openness to the world, but also of isolation, has played a fundamental role in the history and development of Japan.
Mount Fuji in History, Culture and Art
Mount Fuji occupies a special place in the Japanese imagination, for the singular beauty of its symmetrical slopes and its snow-capped top and for the religious activity which developed there.
Sumo, Japanese Wrestling
Sumo is a paradox of brute force and the height of civilization. A handful of seconds combines well-mastered rituals and extreme violence.
Hanami, Cherry Blossom Season in Japan
In Japan, the beginning of spring means hanami - hana 花, "flower", and mi 見, "look".
Top Ten Parks and Gardens in Japan
Top Ten Parks and Gardens in Japan: see a listing of the best Japanese gardens and parks including Kenrokuen, Korakuen, Kairakuen, Rikugien and Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa.
The Edo period (1603-1868)
This period saw 250 years of peace thanks to a strong political regime, an unprecedented urban development, a flourishing culture and arts of exceptional refinement; this is the Edo period (1603-18
Japanese writing: kanas, kanjis and calligraphy
The mystery of the Japanese language, specifically writing, fascinates foreigners for its complexity of composition. Ambiguous yet subtle and delicate...
Dango: the kawaii mochi balls
The dango is a small ball of mochi served in a skewer.
The Heian period (794 - 1185)
The Heian period began in 794 with the installation of the imperial capital in Kyoto and ended in 1185 with the birth of the Kamakura shogunate.
Okonomiyaki: A Japanese Omelet
A cross between an omelet and a pancake, cooked with numerous ingredients and drizzled with a thick, savoury sauce. Okonomiyaki is a typical treat of Osaka, Hiroshima and Tokyo.
Children's Festivals in Japan
Children hold a very special place in Japanese society. It is therefore natural that several festivals were dedicated to them throughout the year.
Summer festivals in Japan
Japan is a country that has many festivals and festivals throughout the year, but it is during the summer months that most take place and these are also the most spectacular.
Festivals not to be missed in Shikoku
Shikoku is the smallest of the four main islands of Japan. Located in the southwest of the island of Honshu, it is bathed by the waters of the Seto Isand Sea (Seto Naikai) and the Pacific Ocean.
How to cook sushi?
Sushi is an iconic Japanese delicacy and comes in countless forms today.
Dorayaki, the Japanese "sponge cake"
Dorayaki is perhaps one of the most well-known and popular Japanese pastries.
Karaage, Japanese fried chicken
Karaage (fried chicken) is one of the great classic Japanese dishes which is very popular. You will find this dish on menus in an izakaya or for sale in a konbini.
Mochi, the traditional Japanese dessert par excellence
Very popular in Asia, mochi is a traditional pastry made from sticky rice. It is also paired or filled with anko (red bean paste) and other ingredients.
Samurai: In the Footsteps of Japanese Warriors
The samurai are an ancient caste of Japanese warriors, known worldwide for their recognizable katanas and armor.
Tonkatsu, Japanese breaded pork
Tonkatsu, a Japanese culinary specialty, is a very common Japanese dish, which consists of a piece of fried breaded pork. It is found in different forms in all types of restaurants.
Râmen, the famous Japanese noodles
It was love at first sight for the Japanese and the Ramen: A love story that started over a century ago. Served directly at the counter, ramen is king with its undisputed flavors!
Donburi: the unique Japanese dish
Rice and a garnish: this is a simple, hearty, and accommodating dish that can be served universally from one end of the to the other. What are these toppings?
Breakfast in Japan: between tradition and new trends
Whether taken with the family or alone, on the go or in a restaurant, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Taiyaki, Japanese waffles
For the Japanese, this fish-shaped cake, commonly sold as street food, in the shape of tai (sea bream) traditionally filled with red bean paste evokes the festivals and me
Matsuri, festivals of Japan
The matsuri are at the origin of the ceremonies in honor of the Shinto deities. They take place throughout the year across the Archipelago and are of great importance.
The Sasaguri Pilgrimage is a very popular pilgrimage in northern Kyushu that visits 88 Buddhist temples along a 50 kilometer route set in the countryside and mountains near Fukuoka.
Ikebana, the traditional art of flowers
Ikebana “the voice of flowers”, is an art dedicated to a flower arrangement.
Tattoos & Hot Spring Bathing
Tattoos & Hot Spring Bathing: Japan has something of a taboo about tattoos but there are many places where you can soak with inked sink throughout the country.
The Kansai region
At the center of the political and cultural life of Japan for more than 1000 years, due to the presence of the ancient and illustrious imperial capitals, Kyoto and Nara, the Kansai region enjoys a
Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Are you arriving at or wanting to reach Kansai International Airport (KIX)? Japan Experience will guide you through everything you need to know to organize your trip.
Winter in Sapporo
Winter in Sapporo: read a guide to what to do in Sapporo over the winter including the Sapporo Snow Festival, Susukino Ice World, Sapporo Olympic Museum and Lake Shikotsu.
Daifuku mochi, the delicious Japanese pastry
Round, soft and sweet, daifuku "great happiness", is one of the most represented in the world of wagashi, traditional Japanese pastries.
Golden Week in Japan
The "Golden Week" refers to a week made up of several consecutive holidays, between April 29 and May 5 each year on the archipelago.
The tengu, the long-nosed demon
With its crimson face pierced by a huge nose and its wings glued to the body, the tengu is one of the most famous and important characters of Japanese folklore in Japanese popular culture.
The Art of Sashimi
As simple as it can appear to the naked eye, sashimi is a complex culinary art.
How much does the ascent of Mount Fuji cost?
Once at the top, a majestic view awaits ... But consider, everything comes at a cost, here's what you'll pay to climb Japan's highest sacred mountain.
What is the cost of living in Japan?
Tokyo has long been at the top of the ranking of the most expensive cities in the world, but what is the real cost of daily living in Japan?
10 gifts to bring back from Japan
In Japan, the omiyage (souvenir) is a tradition and social obligation. The Japanese give them to family, friends, but also to neighbors and colleagues.
The Deity Inari in Shintoism
Deity of rice, harvest, and fertility, Inari is one of Japan's most famous and beloved Shinto deities.
Zen, a school of Japanese Buddhism
Originally from India, Zen or the school of meditation ( dhyana in Sanskrit, chan in Chinese, Son in Korean) is one of the many branches of Japanese Buddhism.
Hiroshima: the history of the city
If Hiroshima evokes the memory of the atomic bomb, the city has a rich past, having played an important role since the time of feudal Japan.
A furoshiki is a large piece of fabric, often decorated with traditional patterns, that's been used for centuries to wrap everyday objects in Japan.
Urushi, japanese lacquerware
"The Japanese excel in this art to the highest degree, because they are extremely skilled at giving a lacquer object the appearance of being made of shiny ivory" - Joao Rodrigues, Portuguese Jesuit
Kōyō, travel in Japan during fall
The beauty of the colors with which the trees are adorned in autumn is ephemeral, the Japanese have made it a feast of the contemplation of time passing: the momijigari, the kōyō hunt, the blushing
Udon noodles, typical Japanese dish
But where do these thick, springy noodles come from that are so hard to eat with chopsticks?
Ama: Japanese artisan divers
Passport or visa to go to Japan?
Business, education, or tourism, visitors to Japan can be diverse and varied as the documents necessary to enter Japan.
Yukata and jinbei: dressing for summer
For several years now, we have seen many Japanese women, but also foreigners from all over the world, strolling through Japanese cities in summer in a yukata.
Kansai's traditional crafts
Japan Experience showcases Kansai craftsmanship through a selection of 6 protected traditional craft industries.
How to go to the doctor in Japan?
You don't choose the day to fall ill or get injured... Here are some tips in case you have to deal with the Japanese medical services during your trip!
Soba, buckwheat noodles
Along with ramen and udon, soba is the most consumed noodles in Japan, forming an integral part of many dishes.
The Chubu region
Chubu is the central region of the island of Honshu, nestled between Kanto to the east and Kansai to the west.
This soup is a central element of Japanese cuisine: having a meal without miso soup is almost unthinkable in Japan.
Sake: the alcohol of Japan
Sake is not only one of the most consumed drinks in Japan, but it is also one of the oldest. From religious rites to feats, sake is an essential part of Japanese culture.
Jûnishi: the 12 signs of the zodiac
Jûnishi, the twelve signs of the Japanese zodiac are borrowed from the Chinese lunar calendar and although the latter is no longer used, the twelve signs of the zodiac rel
5 Onsen with a view
Relax in an outdoor hot spring surrounded by nature, overlooking the sea, forest, or even Mount Fuji. It's a must-try experience.
Unagi, the Japanese eel
Eel is not consumed much out of Asia, being a rather fatty fish. However, the Japanese make it a finger-licking good: unagi is often eaten grilled and brushed with a delicious sauce.
Japanese martial arts
Martial arts are present in many Asian countries: Taekwondo in Korea, Tai-Chi-Chuan in China, Muay Thai in Thailand ...
Eating Japanese crab
If you're in Japan during winter, you'll no doubt admire the snowy temples and enjoy the various festivals, but make time to try the local specialties! Crab is a staple in winter dishes.
Tofu, a Japanese soy specialty
Whether it's cut into small cubes in miso soup or fried, wrapped around inarizushi, tofu is a very common ingredient in Japanese cuisine.
The symbolism of cherry blossoms in Japan
Traditionally associated with the hanami festivities, the cherry blossom is a very important symbol for the Japanese.
Rules to follow on Japanese trains
On Japanese trains, do as the Japanese do! Here are some rules to respect while on the trains and subways in Japan so as not to offend or be thought of as an ignorant tourist.
Taking the bus in Japan
Day bus, night bus, in town or in the countryside: this network, like a maze of a public transportation network, is particularly well developed in Japan.
Japanese masks can be found in performances of Noh theater, Kagura, dancing, religious ritual and in a variety of festival settings.
Fugu, the poison fish
It is rare, expensive, and in principle unfit for consumption. It is not that it is specially tasty, but the moonfish attracts the curious and fans of strong sensations.
The best onsen in the Tohoku region
The onsen, hot baths created by natural thermal springs, are a classic not to be missed during a stay in Japan.
Originating from Japan, manga is an umbrella term for comics and graphic novels, and there many different types to discover from romance to fantasy.
Daikon, the Japanese winter radish
In Japan, it is quite common to see a pair of vegetables, leeks, and daikon, in a shopping basket at a supermarket.
Noren curtains hang outside shops and restaurants in Japan to indicate whether they are open for business or not. They are also found in homes and onsen.
Byobu Folding Screens
Byobu folding screens divide rooms and protect privacy in traditional Japanese spaces. They serve as a backdrop for other Japanese arts.
Happi coats are loose-fitting, colorful, cotton jackets tied with an obi belt. They are usually worn at Japanese festivals and other events..
The castles of Tohoku
Tohoku is the large region northeast of the island of Honshu. Rural and home to a number of natural and historical treasures, including many castles.
Izakaya, the Japanese tapas bar
In Japan, it's "Metro-work-bistro": we meet in the izakaya after work, we drink, we eat, we laugh and we discuss aloud, we even sometimes sing. .
Torii, the sacred portal of Japan
Japanese shrines often have a door before their door: the torii.
The best ski resorts in Japan
Almost 70% of Japanese land is covered by mountains and the best ski resorts listed amongst the world are right here making it a real paradise for skiers!
Gyozas, Japanese dumplings
Gyoza is one of the most popular dishes in Japan, a country with a huge culinary culture. Gyoza is also already very present around the globe.
Traditional Japanese musical instruments
Asian, and especially Japanese music has its own unique stories and sounds.
Winter culinary specialties made with Zuwai crab
There are several varieties of crabs in Japan and winter is the best season.
Fukubukuro, Japanese surprise bags
For many, winter is a long-awaited period and for good reason, it's the ganjitsu sales season, the January 1st sales!
The Bento: the Japanese lunch box
Compact, aesthetic, and healthy, the bento is the essential asset for a healthy and delicious lunch. The box containing a balanced meal can sometimes appear to be a real work of art.
Where to admire the cherry blossoms this winter?
Emblematic flowers of spring in Japan, Cherry blossoms tint the landscapes of the country with pink each year when the warm weather returns.
10 tips for a first trip to Japan
Are you soon going on a trip to the archipelago for the first time and you are not sure that you know the habits and customs of Japan well?
Capsule hotels in Japan
Do you like sleeping in a cozy capsule? This is the principle behind Japanese capsule hotels, located throughout major Japanese cities.
Hatsuhinode, a New Year Day tradition
Hatsuhinode means "first sunrise" and it is awaited by many Japanese who, in the early morning of January 1, in the frost of winter, awaits the first sunrise of the New Ye
Where to see the Snow Monsters of Japan?
The formation of "Snow Monsters" is due to an exceptional climatic phenomenon that occurs only at the peak of certain Japanese mountains.
Top 8 of the most famous animals of Japan
Whether it's the deer of Nara or the rabbits of Okunoshima Island, animals have always been part of the Japanese tourist landscape.
The best rotenburo in winter
What's better than soaking in a hot bath after a day of sightseeing and exploring? Onsens are hot springs water from thermal springs of volcanic origin.
Onigiri: the essential rice balls
Onigiri (rice balls) also called omusubu, are to the Japanese what sandwiches are to the French: a practical, inexpensive snack that sticks well.
The star of architecture Tadao Andô
From the boxing ring to the most prestigious international architecture prize, this is the extraordinary journey of the Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, who accounts for more than 300 architectural
The best winter fireworks in Japan
The Japanese are fond of fireworks, called hanabi .
WWOOF Japan Volunteering
Experience rural Japan and organic farms by volunteering with WWOOF Japan in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, southern Japan.
Original Japanese Castles
There are 12 original Japanese castles including Himeji Castle, Hirosaki, Inuyama, Matsumoto, Kochi, Maruoka, Matsue, Uwajima and Matsuyama.
Takoyaki: A Specialty of Osaka
Osaka is known for its many delicious dishes and street foods, the most famous undoubtedly being takoyaki! This is a must-try dish when you visit Japan.
Hachikô, faithful dog
The beloved Hachikô is the Akita (Akita-ken) who waited loyally for his deceased master at Shibuya station until his own death. In Japan, Hachikô is a star.
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan
Japan will host the Rugby World Cup this year from 20 september to 2 November. Order your Japan Rail Pass
Kuchinotsu to Oniike Ferry Amakusa Islands
Kuchinotsu to Oniike Ferry: Shimatetsu ferries ply between Kuchinotsu Port in Nagasaki and Oniike Ferry Terminal on Shimoshima Island in the Amakusa Islands, Kumamoto.
Symbols of summer in Japan
One the beach with parasols, the sun, the sea…For us Westerners, this is the (stereo) typical image of summer. It's very different in Japan.
The must-see places to visit in Japan
What images come to mind when you imagine Japan? The immensity of the capital, Mount Fuji, the temples...
The Man-Yoshu, first collection of Japanese poems
The first Japanese writings are historically the two collections of Kojiki (712) and Nihon-Shoki (720), where we find the founding myths of the birth of Japan and the mythological origins of the im
Traveling to Japan in Burgundy
For several years now, the Japanese have had a love affair with Burgundy.
The most beautiful cities in Japan
Japan is full of beautiful places but it is easy to get lost when planning your itinerary.
Understanding Otaku Culture
When we start talking about Japan and those who are passionate about this country, a word comes up very quickly in the conversation, "Otaku".
Antique Wedding Kimonos Uchikake
Antique wedding kimonos uchikake are the red, silk, decorative over-garment worn by a Japanese bride in a traditional wedding.
Traveling to Japan in Bordeaux
Japan aficionados, those impatient before their first trip to Japan, or those nostalgic for their stay will be delighted to be able to find a bit of Japan in Bordeaux.
How to live in a Japanese house
Interested in renting a house in Japan, but first learn the habits and customs. Here is a short guide and glimpse of how the Japanese live daily.
The life and works of Tsuguharu Foujita, also known as Léonard Foujita
Tsuguharu Foujita, born in Tokyo in 1886, is a unique Japanese artist. This renowned painter of the School of Paris with abundant works spent more than half of his life in France.
The Cernuschi Museum in Paris
The small Cernuschi museum is devoted to the arts of the Far East: Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea.
Traveling by monorail in Japan
Unlike other countries, such as the United States, Japan has perfected its rail system, including the monorail, which is more practical due to its fast and economical production, but above all buil
Enjoying Japan in Paris at the Guimet Museum
Rare or exceptional works of art, everyday objects, tea house or Japanese-inspired garden: Japan is magnificently represented at the National Museum of Asian Arts-Guimet.
Japanese Paper Chochin Lanterns
The Japanese paper chochin lanterns were an essential part of everyday Japanese life throughout Japan until the beginning of the 20th century.
Japanese gardens in France
Torii, wave-cut tree, azaleas... All the aesthetics of Japanese gardens invite you to dream.
The Gokaido: the 5 historical roads of Japan
During the Edo period (1603-1868), there were five major roads in the archipelago called the Gokaido.
In Japan, automatic lockers, called coin lockers, are everywhere and commonly used.
Japan's national parks
Japan is an archipelago of volcanic islands which extends over more than 3000 kilometers from the Russian coast to the island of Taiwan, creating a great diversity of landscapes that have been clas
Japan's 100 waterfalls
Japan has many lists of its natural and cultural beauties, such as the list of 100 Famous Mountains of Japan.
The traditional Japanese house
Wooden structures, tatami rooms, paper walls: in Japan, the houses are enough to disorient Westerners, who are more used to concrete walls and tiled floors.
The story of Kitamaebune and its boats
Japan of the Tokugawa era was a Japan almost closed to the outside world by the shogunal policy of Sakoku.
Where to take cooking classes in Japan?
Maki, Tempura, or even Okonomiyaki, all these dishes are emblematic of Japanese cuisine.
Kyo-Butsudan Buddhist Altars
Kyo-Butsudan Buddhist Altars function as the most important part of a Japanese family's religious and spiritual life, housing the spirits of the ancestors.
Kawaii cakes and sweets
As the country that invented kawaii, Japanese cakes and sweets often come in adorable little animals or famous anime characters.
Youkai of the Seto Inland Sea
Demons, Ghosts and Spirits; Dantesque historical battles; pirates and brave warriors, Japanese myths and folklore...
Pirates of the Seto Inland Sea
Demons, Ghosts, and Spirits; Dantesque historical battles; pirates and brave warriors, Japanese myths and folklore...
Different types of sushi
You probably already know nigiri sushi and makizushi (often just called "maki").
Traveling by Bike in Japan
Discover the best routes and areas for cycling in Japan, whether you are a professional or an amateur.
Sumo tournament in Japan: a guide to witnessing the fights
Sumo is a rare spectacle: six tournaments are organized each year in four cities of the country. Here's a little guide for those interested in watching the match live.
Revolut and N26 payment cards
Two new generation banks have created ideal credit cards for visitors. Revolut and N26 payment cards are an alternative way to pay directly in yen during your visit.
Battles and legends in the Seto Inland Sea
Demons, Ghosts, and Spirits; historical battles; pirates and brave warriors, myths and Japanese folklore... The Seto Inland Sea is at the heart of many legends, famous throughout the land.
Rents in Japan
Finding a place to live in Japan is not that difficult, but the rents are high.
The Karin Maru, a symbol of modernity in the Meiji era
After the passage of Commodore Perry's black fleet in 1853, which forced Japan to open up to the world, the country's leaders began to modernize many sectors of the country, including the navy.
Around Japanese Shinto shrines, it is not uncommon to discover the silhouette of a young girl busy with maintenance tasks.
The myths of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea
Demons, ghosts and spirits; historic Dantesque battles; pirates and brave warriors, Japanese myths and folklore ...
Originally created to satisfy a varied clientele, family restaurants are very popular in Japan. What are they and where can you find them?
Electrical outlets and electricity in Japan
Plugs, voltages, adapters: all you need to purchase and use electrical and electronic equipment in Japan.
Gengo, Japanese imperial era names
Along with the Gregorian calendar mostly used around the world, there is another system used in Japan to count the years based on the reign of the emperor.
Omikuji Omamori Good Luck Charms
Japanese good luck charms, known as omamori or omikuji, can be found in temples and shrines in Japan. Omamori is a lucky charm made by priests.
Specified Skilled Visas For Japan
Specified Skilled Visas (SSV): are two new types of visas for workers hoping to work in Japan in industries including nursing and construction.
Hokusai, master of the print
Katsushika Hokusai, born in 1760 and died in 1849, is a major artist in the history of Japanese art.
The Manyoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves) is a collection of 4,516 poems from the Nara Period in 20 volumes covering a wide range of topics.
The Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games
The 1964 Olympics was an opportunity for Japan to fully recover from the devastation of World War II and marked the rebirth of the nation.
Japan during the Sengoku period experienced many upheavals, with newcomers among the petty lords who, took advantage of the lack of central control, expanded their domain, and increased their domai
The Heisei era (1989-2019)
If despite its name, the Showa era (which means "enlightened peace") was not that of peace, the following era, Heisei (1989-2019), that of "the achievement of peace" was peaceful. .
Yakushima Transport Buses & Car Hire
Yakushima Transport: read how to get around Yakushima by public buses, tour buses, car hire, taxi or bicycle.
Incredible Japanese houses
Minimalist, transparent, dreamlike, avant-garde… There is no shortage of adjectives when it comes to detailing some of the most extraordinary houses in Japan.
The Showa era (1926-1989)
The Shôwa era (1926 - 1989) is the longest era in the history of Japan, which will have 248 on May 1 next.
The Taisho era (1912-1926)
The Taisho era is less known in the West, yet it represented Japan's first attempt at democratization, aka "Taisho Democracy".
Timeless, but fragile, sakura
Discussion about the love affair between Japan and the Sakura, with the Secretary-general of the Japanese Cherry Association.
The instructions for the encapsulated toy vending machines called gachapon are simple: insert the indicated amount and then turn the crank.
Strawberry: seasonal specialties
Although strawberries can also be found during summer in Japan, the strawberry season traditionally extends from January to April.
Kagoshima Airport (KOJ) is the second busiest airport in Kyushu after Fukuoka and has flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya as well as international flights to China and South Korea.
The different types of Japanese castles
The Japanese castle, with its multi-story guard towers, its wooden architecture, and its huge open gardens has established itself as one of the iconic places in the country.
Akira Kurosawa is a master of Japanese cinema who is celebrated globally. Here's a look back at his works and his life with an enthusiast, Peter Tasker in an interview with Arnaud Régis.
Olympics 2020 - Baseball and Softball
Baseball was introduced to Japan in 1872 and is currently one of the most popular sports in the country. Baseball will therefore naturally return to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Akashi to Awaji Island Ferry
Akashi to Awaji Island Ferry: a high speed ferry runs from Akashi in Honshu to the Iwaya Ferry Terminal in the north of Awaji Island.
Nine snow festivals in Japan
There's something magical about Japan in winter... Especially when it snows, under illuminations, and even fireworks, the first snowflakes are often synonymous with festivities around the country.
Coffee chains in Japan
Straight from the United States, the familiar coffee chains are widespread in Japan. Starbucks, Doutor, Excelsior...
Admiring Irises in Japan
After the sakura season, flowers continues to bloom.
Shitenno Four Heavenly Kings
Shitenno, the Four Heavenly Kings, are deva (tenbu) and protectors of Buddha deities. They are Jikokuten, Tamonten, Zochoten and Komokuten.
"Maestro Hisaishi, Join Me in Creating My Life's Final Work "; is the request made by Hayao Miyazaki when inviting the musician to create the musical theme for the last anime.
Kikuchi Yosai is a Japanese artist from the last period of the Edo era (1603 - 1868), a contemporary of the great masters of ukiyo-e, Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai.
Preparing your first trip to Japan
Are you planning your first trip to Japan and don't know where to start organizing it? Don't panic, Japan Experience is here to guide you!
Rangaku literally means "Dutch studies".
Admiring Lotuses in Japan
Japanese lotuses are unique with their huge round leaves and flowers having pink, red, or white petals. Open or closed, they are magnificent and give off an intoxicating fragrance.
Cooking with tea
Whether it's consumed ceremonially, or simply bought in a can from a vending machine or konbini, tea is an essential part of daily life in Japan.
Japan has had an emperor since 660 BC, according to tradition, has belonged to the same family for more than 2500 years.
Admire Wisteria in Japan
Wisteria turn heads from mid-April to early May with its millions of small, intoxicatingly scented flowers.
Buy electronics in Japan
It's no secret that Japan is the land of unique and excellent electronic appliances. So where can I find the best deals and what else should know?
Japan's 100 Famous Mountains
The "100 famous mountains of Japan" are a list of mountains in the country established by the Japanese writer and mountaineer Kyuya Fukada in 1964 in a book, for which he obtained the Yomiuri P
5 amazing facts about onsen
Think you already know everything about the havens of relaxation also known as onsen? We're willing to bet that these five amazing facts and anecdotes will surprise you!
Cherry blossom specialties
The change of season is always a good time to discover new products in Japan and spring is no exception.
Open Air Museums in Japan
Open Air Museums in Japan collect and display historic buildings from their surrounding areas and recreate a Japanese architectural heritage.
The Hagakure is a collection of thoughts written at the beginning of the 18th century by a reclusive samurai of the Nabeshima clan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto.
Yukio Mishima, whose works can be found on the shelves of bookstores around the world, is known in the West as one of the great Japanese novelists of the post-war period.
Sohei, the monk-soldiers
Japan has experienced, through its history and the various wars, a particular phenomenon: the large companies of monk-soldiers, or Sohei.
Eating seafood, Japanese style
In Japan, fish isn't just eaten raw with rice. A Japanese man eats an average of 70 kilos of fish a year, so thankfully there are many ways to prepare it.
The Hatsumode is the very first visit to the temple in the New Year.
Wafuku is traditional Japanese clothing. Not only it is visually stunning but it has a fascinating history. Here's a quick rundown of the essentials of the traditional Japanese wardrobe!
Japan is known as the land of lifetime employment. Even if this reality is changing due to the influence of liberalism and changing economy, it remains a significant fact in the country.
Four types of establishments to find hot springs in Japan
When we think of onsen, we immediately think of ryokan, these traditional inns that offer the possibility of experiencing the pleasures of Japanese bathing by spending a night in
Japanese prints have enjoyed incredible influence across the planet since the end of the 19th century.
Japan is known for the diversity of its landscapes and panoramas that charm tourists across the country. But it also has a lot to offer in its basements...
Japanese samurai have been equipped with armor for many centuries, crossing the ages and the changes made in the art of war.
The Japanese, by Raphael Languillon-Aussel
In this book, you will discover personalities far removed from the image that we often have of Japan and its people, for fascinating testimonies and a certain authenticity...
In recent years, a phenomenon has appeared in Japan, the 'Power spots'. They are places where some people feel the positive energy from nature and have spiritual experiences.
Please select your country on the list below: