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Travelling alone in Japan: Our top tips for a solo trip
Freedom, cultural immersion, and unforgettable encounters: solo travel in Japan will be an experience like no other.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The different types of roads in Japan
Before you get behind the wheel, learn more about the different types of roads in Japan.
As of April , 2022, Hyperdia has stopped in updating its timetable details on route search service.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
10 of the best national parks in Japan
In Japan, national parks have been classified by the Ministry of the Environment since 1934.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The passion for bonsai in Tokyo: between shops and museums
Even in the immense Tokyo, it is not easy to satisfy your passion for bonsai ... From the shop to the museum, here are the tips of Vivre le Japon!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to rent a yukata in Japan?
The yukata (a kimono made of light fabric) is the ideal garment for the heat and humidity of Japanese summers.
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
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.
The Chubu region
Chubu is the central region of the island of Honshu, nestled between Kanto to the east and Kansai to the west.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 most beautiful cities in Japan
Japan is full of beautiful places but it is easy to get lost when planning your itinerary.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Yakushima Transport Buses & Car Hire
Yakushima Transport: read how to get around Yakushima by public buses, tour buses, car hire, taxi or bicycle.
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.
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.
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.
Admire Wisteria in Japan
Wisteria turn heads from mid-April to early May with its millions of small, intoxicatingly scented flowers.
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
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.
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
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...
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.
Historic Streetscapes Preservation Districts in Japan
Preservation Districts in Japan for Groups of Traditional Buildings (Historic Streetscapes): there are 118 such districts scattered from Okinawa to Hokkaido.
Sleeping in a temple: the habits and customs of shukubo
A unique travel experience in Japan, spending the night in a Japanese temple allows you to immerse yourself in the mysterious atmosphere of monastic life.
Are you looking for a romantic trip with your loved one? Here is a selection of 5 romantic getaways across the country.
The share-house, an economical way to find accommodation in Japan
When you go on a trip to Japan for more than a month, the hotel is not necessarily the most economical solution when it comes to accommodation.
In the spring of 2018, the hotel chain Hoshino Resorts opened two hotels of new kind.
Traveling in Japan by motorhome
Are you looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience? Why not roam the roads of Japan and discover the hidden beauty of the country by yourself?
Stay in a Yurt on Naoshima
Stay in a Yurt on Naoshima: one of the best and cheapest options on Naoshima is to stay right on the beach in a Mongolian Yurt.
Surprising hotels in Japan
Being greeted by robots, sleeping in capsules and waking up to Godzilla... Welcome to Japan! Discover exceptional accommodations that you will only find in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The Love Hotel is a bona fide institution in Japan, while the concept continues to fascinate beyond the borders of Japan...
The three most scenic spots in Japan
The torii gate of Miyajima Island, in Hiroshima Bay, is one of the most iconic images of Japan.
Book Off, second-hand books
The yellow Book Off sign thrones in the streets of many cities in Japan, becoming as iconic as restaurant chains such as Mos Burger or the king of discount Don Quijote!
Golf in Japan
Next to baseball, golf is one of the favorite sports of the Japanese. Japan has become a paradise for golfers to enjoy the numerous excellent golf courses around the country!
Where to sleep on Mount Fuji
Many travelers climb Mount Fuji during the day to watch the sunrise the next morning.
The melody roads
In Japan, there are around thirty melody roads, or musical roads, spread throughout the country, from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
5 Places to appreciate sunflowers in Hokkaido
Japanese festivals in October
Autumn is here! And even if the maple leaves aren't quite ready to blush, October is a month full of festivities with matsuri organized every weekend.
Hikes near Tokyo off the beaten track
After spending hours in the crowded Tokyo subway, treat yourself to a day of fresh air away from the city.
The best places to observe the moon in Japan
Travelling in Japan as a couple
Japan is filled with romantic places to visit for couples. How about an unforgettable romantic date with your beloved partner? Here are the top selections!
5 places of horror after dark
Haikyo is an abandoned and haunted place full of unexplained phenomena: where Youkai, ghosts, and evil spirits thrive!
Japan's three best views
The Japanese are keen on rankings and have been for a long time.
Top night activities in Japan
The Sunset is quite early in Japan, but not interested in going home to slump in front of the television... because when the neon lights turn on, the party begins: Discover our selection of activi
The Tachinomiya: standing bar
Visiting Japan off-season
Visiting the Japanese archipelago off-season can be a great idea, with many advantages compared with traveling at the most popular times. Discover another side of Japan...
5 reasons to visit Japan
Japan attracts tourists for its magnificent landscapes, culture, and people's friendliness, and its pop culture is known worldwide. Here are five top reasons to visit Japan!
Public transportation fares in Kyoto
Kyoto, the former imperial capital, is an important place to visit during a trip to Japan.
Freeway rest areas in Japan
In addition to allowing motorists to rest for a few minutes during a long journey, the rest areas offer them, in addition to what to eat, a whole host of small, even sometimes extravagant pleasures
Japanese Giant Salamander Tours
Japanese Giant Salamander Tours: join an evening eco tour of the habitat of the Japanese Giant Salamander in Nichinan, Tottori Prefecture.
5 places from Japanese legends to visit
Climbing Mount Fuji: the rules of good conduct
Until 2013, Mount Fuji was refused registration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a long time, particularly for the amount of waste that polluted its sides.
Feature: Climbing Mount Fuji
Japan Experience climbed Mount Fuji as soon as the slopes of the volcano opened in early July. After five hours of effort, a reward: the sunrise from the summit, a magical moment.
Umi no ie, Japanese beach houses
Must-see shinto shrines
Recognisable by their red torii gates, Shinto shrines are an integral part of the local landscape in Japan.
Stay in a minshuku in Asuka
Surprisingly, the small village of Asuka, not far from Nara, is in fact the first capital of Japan! It is now a traditional village, all that is most picturesque.
The Top 10 best beaches in Japan
Japan is surrounded by the sea, and as a result the country is dotted with beautiful beaches. White sand, crystal clear waters and magnificent scenery.
Surfing in Japan
Japan may not automatically spring to mind when thinking about a destination for surfing, but nevertheless Japan has some decent spots that attract amateur boarders.
Hydrangeas in Japan
The rainy season marks the beginning of the flowering of hydrangeas in Japan, much-loved and beautiful flowers found throughout the archipelago.
Tatara was the technology for producing iron and steel used in Japan since ancient times. Sometimes called a bloomery, sometimes forge, tatara are most commonly known as furnaces.
10 places to see tulips in Japan
The best museums to do with children in Japan
To stop "dragging" your children around museums, here is our selection of places that will delight young and old, with links to find out more.
Sleep in a school
Japan's Most Interesting Railway Museums
The 10 fireworks not to be missed during the summer
Grab your calendar and plan your tour of Japan's biggest fireworks! In summer, a real multicolored festival awaits you across the country.
Free tours in Japan
Traveling in Japan is quite expensive but whether it is religious sites, parks or unique places, it is possible to visit many places without spending a yen.
Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Hakuba, a village surrounded by mountains, welcomes you winter and summer for a multitude of activities.
Where to dive in Japan?
Japan is a country made up of a multitude of islands, which is certainly a paradise for diving in the middle of multicolored fish and magnificent underwater landscapes.
Disabled access in Japan
In recent years, Japan has revised a large part of its public infrastructure and transport to accommodate people with reduced mobility.
Cheap travel in Kyoto
Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, is an essential place to visit after Tokyo. Famous for its temples and traditional districts, it is not always easy to get by on a small budget.
Follow the Japan team during the Rugby World Cup 2019™
For total immersion during your trip, follow the Japanese team for their pool matches from September 20 to October 13 across the country.
Follow the French team during the Rugby World Cup™ in Japan
The schedule of group matches for the Rugby World Cup which will take place in Japan from September 2019 has been released.
10 train lines to admire the cherry trees
Sights and activities for smaller budgets
Japan is traditionally perceived as a rather expensive destination. However, many free or inexpensive activities are on offer if you know where to look.
5 tips for cheap travel to Japan as a student
Being a student often means having a limited budget during your trips...
Patricia Loison's winter in Japan
Journalist Patricia Loison gives us her impressions of Japan's harsh winter.
Skiing in Japan
Six mountains under 1,000 meters to climb
For budding mountaineers who don't yet have the stuff to tackle Mount Fuji, here is a list of accessible mountains with breathtaking views.
The Best Snow Festivals in Japan
In winter, festivals don't hibernate in Japan! When it comes to snow, it's the northern regions that are in the spotlight. Discover some festivals not to be missed if you visit Japan in winter.
Finding a place to sleep in Japan on a budget can be tricky, as hotel prices can be high, especially when looking at traditional Japanese accommodation, ryokan, or when staying in particularly tour
Yutorito Line Nagoya
The Yutorito Line is a guided bus route running on a 6.5km elevated track in downtown Nagoya later becoming a normal bus in the suburbs from Obata Ryokuchi Koen.
5 ways to enjoy Kyoto in winter
Winter can be a great season to visit Japan. Generally visited during the spring or fall, Kyoto is also delightful in winter.
The most beautiful snowy Japanese landscapes
During a trip to Japan in winter, be sure to visit the following spots! You'll be surprised to discover how the season transforms the Japanese landscapes...
Tomonoura & Sensuijima Guide
Tomonoura, near Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture, is a scenic port town featured in Ponyo by Hayao Miyazaki and The Wolverine.
The most beautiful Japanese libraries
Japan has exceptional libraries in terms of its architecture, history, and collections. Discover in this selection, the most celebrated and inspiring!
Tokuyama to Takedatsu Ferry
The Suonada Ferry runs from Tokuyama on the southern coast of Yamaguchi over to Takedatsu on the north coast of the Kunisaki Peninsula in Oita Prefecture on Kyushu in two hours.
From bathing to gastronomy, ryokan, traditional Japanese inns, offer an unforgettable experience to travelers in search of authenticity.
8 reasons why Japan is an ideal destination for women traveling alone
Here is a list of the top reasons why Japan is a top destination for women traveling alone.
Japan introduces a departure tax
Japan is preparing to introduce a new tax in early 2019 for all travelers leaving the country.
Nagoya City Buses
Nagoya city buses: read a guide to buses operating in Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture including Nagoya City Buses and Meitetsu Buses.
Traditional Industries of Kyoto The Art of Stone Carving
Kyoto The Art of Stone Carving: Stone working began in Japan during the Tumulus Period and developed with the introduction and spread of Buddhism.
Make A Samurai Knife
Make your own samurai knife in a day course led by Fusataro Asano, a certified Japanese sword maker, in Gifu-hashima, close to Nagoya.
Top 10 museums to see in Japan
Discover the 10 most popular museums for foreign tourists during their visit to Japan!
5 Reasons to Travel to Japan in Winter
From December to March, Japan doesn't hibernate: between the many festivals and the clear, bright days, winter is a great time to visit.
Top 3 Children's Playgrounds in Tokyo
Top 3 Children's Playgrounds in Tokyo: read a guide to the top 3 children's playgrounds in Tokyo.
In recent years some Japanese stations have begun to disappear - they haven't been completely consumed by nature, but they have become less and less frequented over time: they are called hikyo eki,
Railway Museums in Japan
Railway Museums in Japan: see a listing of railway and subway museums in Japan including Kyoto Railway Museum, Omiya Railway Museum, Ome Railway Museum and the Scmaglev and Railway Park in Nagoya.
Private train lines in Japan
In Japan, several railway companies operate the various rail networks.
Meitetsu Bus Center
Meitetsu Bus Center inside the Meitetsu department store in the Nagoya Station (Meieki) area of Nagoya is a bus terminal for highway buses to many parts of Japan.
Bozejima & Iejima
Bozejima & Iejima, in Hyogo Prefecture, are two islands in the Inland Sea off the coast of Himeji. Fishing and quarrying are the main industries on the islands.
Women only cars on trains
To protect female passengers from unwanted attention when they travel, some Japanese rail companies have started designating women-only cars in their trains.
Sakae Bus Terminal Nagoya
The Sakae Bus Terminal in the Oasis 21 Building in Nagoya is a major bus terminal for local Nagoya city buses, Meitetsu buses, limousine buses to Chubu International Airport (Centrair), Gifu buses
Zoen Japanese Landscaping Gardens
Zoen Japanese Landscaping: the various elements of a garden, including trees, stones, grasses, sand and moss, all have distinctive meaning as symbols.
Daisen Loop Bus
The Daisen Loop Bus is an April to November bus service out of Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, for cheap and easy access to over 20 nearby attractions in and around Daisen National Park.
Night trains in Japan
There is only one night train left in Japan: the Sunrise Express, connecting Tokyo to Takamatsu and Izumoshi.
Miyagi Prefecture is located in the southern part of the Tohoku region of northern Japan on the Pacific Coast.
Akita Prefecture (秋田県) in the far north of Honshu is known for its rice, sake, beautiful women and the Akita breed of dog.
Aomori Prefecture Guide Tohoku
Discover Aomori, the northernmost prefecture on Honshu famous for its festivals and its delicious apples.
Where to enjoy the autumn leaves in Japan
This fall, Japan Experience shares its selection of the best places to enjoy the Japanese phenomenon of koyo, when the natural landscape is transformed and the leaves turn red.
Affordable Japan Tours
At Japan Experience we offer several tour options - self-guided, tailor-made or group tours - for those on a budget. Here is our selection.
IC Smartcards in Japan
A prepaid IC smartcard is the the most convenient way to ride public transport in Japan and pay for things in participating stores by simply swiping.
Nagoya Station Bus Terminal
Nagoya Station Bus Terminal is a major Nagoya City Bus Terminal with buses to various destinations. The Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus also departs from Nagoya Station Bus Terminal.
Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus
The Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus is a loop bus that tours Nagoya's main attractions in a circuit from the Bus Center at JR Nagoya Station.
Cheap accommodation in Japan
Preparing for a trip to Japan is in itself quite an experience. Managing your budget too, especially since for many Japan is often synonymous with high prices... Think again!
Hiroshima trams are operated by Hiroden 広電. Hiroshima's tram network is the longest and most used streetcar network in Japan.
Hiroshima transport: read a guide to transport in Hiroshima including Hiroden trams, city buses, the Astram Line, ferries and taxis.
Matsuyama ferries: find information on ferries to Matsuyama from Hiroshima and Kure. Find ferry timetables, fares and contact details.
Matsuyama transport: find information on getting to and getting around Matsuyama by train, bus, tram and ferry.
Onsen: a short guide to good manners
Onsen (hot springs) and sento (public baths) are great places to relax. They are veritable microcosms endowed with very precise rules of good conduct.
Wild Vacations in Japan
Japan is actually a wildlife paradise.
The kissa manga
Halfway between the library and the cyber cafe, manga kissa rent private boxes by the hour so you can enjoy your manga without interruption and or get some shut-eye!!
The most original tourist trains
Kochi trams: Read a guide to the streetcar / tram network in Kochi city on Shikoku.
Osaka buses: see a listing of the various bus routes in Osaka from the main bus terminals, plus limousine buses to Osaka's airports and highway bus to other cities in Japan.
Tokyo in a Day
Tokyo in one day: get the most out of Tokyo on just a single day, whatever your interests.
Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage
The Shikoku Pilgrimage is a 1,200 kilometer pilgrimage to 88 temples in Shikoku associated with Kobo Daishi. The Shikoku Pilgrimage is the most well-known pilgrimage in Japan.
Kobe buses: read a guide to riding the bus in Kobe including Kobe city buses, Hanshin buses, Kobe City Loop Bus and Kobe Minato Kanko Buses.
Maglev, the future maglev train
Tama Toshi Monorail
The Tama Toshi Monorail offers a convenient north-south rail connection between the central western suburbs of Tokyo. Tama Monorail links the cities of Higashi Yamato, Tachikawa, Hino and Tama.
Japanese Garden Stones
Japanese garden stones are the most important feature of a Japanese garden. If the ground is the flesh of a Japanese garden, then the stones are its bones.
Sunny Shizuoka Prefecture, in central Honshu, Japan, is home to Mt. Fuji, Japan's main source of tea, and has many famous vacation resorts.
Nishitetsu Buses Fukuoka
Nishitetsu is the major bus company in Fukuoka Prefecture running local and long distance buses linking Fukuoka, Dazaifu and Kokura.
Seven Summer Excursions in Japan
How about enjoying a cooler Japanese summer, away from the humidity of the big city?
Top ten unusual summer festivals
Summer is the period of festivals in Japan. Discover our picks of some of the more unusal matsuri.
Read a guide to the Chugoku (San-in San'yo) region consisting of the prefectures of Okayama, Shimane,
Hiroshima, Tottori and Yamaguchi in the far south west of Honshu.
The Kyushu region consists of the third largest island in Japan and the most south westerly of the four main Japanese islands.
Cheap shopping in Japan
The cost of living is high in Japan. Nevertheless, there are deals and places to shop without breaking the bank.
What is the difference between ryokan and minshuku?
Japan offers several forms of traditional accommodation. Among these, ryokan and minshuku are popular with travelers looking for authenticity.
Seven regions to visit by car in Japan
Discovering Japan by car is easy, and lets you reach areas that are much further off the beaten track. Here's our selection of the regions to visit.
Tsuyu: the rainy season
Japan's Tsuyu rainy season lasts about six weeks, starting in June through mid-July. Only the island of Hokkaido is spared.
Views of Mount Fuji: 5 ideal places for viewing
Viewing Mount Fuji remains one of the most ardent desires of travelers to Japan.
Akimahen: the guide to good manners in Kyoto
In Kyoto, there are rules to be respected. The city publishes a guide to good behavior for travelers on its website, a mixture of common sense and explanations of Japanese culture.
Six Reasons to Visit Northern Japan in Late Winter
Read six reasons to visit northern Japan in late winter including mind blowing festivals, hot springs in the snow, seafood, winter sports, sake and scenery.
Abandoned hotels in Japan
Despite real estate pressures, there are still a lot of abandoned hotels in Japan. Today, they have become haunting places that are adream come true for urban explorers.
Tozai Megurin Bus Yanaka
Tozai Megurin Bus Yanaka 東西めぐりん - The red and white retro-styled Tozai Megurin is a community bus service around Taito-ku in Tokyo.
J-League Top 5 Stadiums
Here is a listing of the top five soccer stadiums in Japan including International Stadium, Yokohama and Saitama Stadium in Saitama.
Richard Henry Brunton & Lighthouses in Japan
Richard Henry Brunton (1841-1901) was a Scottish engineer responsible for construction of 26 lighthouses on the coast of Japan during the Meiji Period.
Kitaoji Bus Terminal
Kitaoji Bus Terminal and the connected Kitaoji subway station are a major transport hub in northern Kyoto. Vivre Mall and Kyoto North Hall are part of the station complex.
Where to see the work of Kengo Kuma
Discover the achievements of Kengo Kuma, one of the major contemporary artists in Japan.
Shikoku and its four prefectures of Kagawa, Ehime, Tokushima and Kochi have many interesting museums and art galleries to draw the visitor.
3 second-hand shops in Japan
From the tiny boutique to the store on several floors, thrift stores and vintage boutiques in Japan have something to delight bargain hunters and frilly lovers .
Five places to see deers in Japan
In the Shinto religion, some animals are considered divine messengers, and the deer is one of them! Take the time to go and visit some.
Taxi fares in Japan
Japanese taxis are plentiful and safe but can be relatively expensive, especially in large cities.
Useful drugs in Japanese pharmacies
A headache spoiling your trip? No worries! Here are some of the common over-the-counter drugs in Japan for relief.
Less well-known than Kabuki or Noh, Rakugo is also an integral part of Japanese artistic culture. The relaxed atmosphere attracts all ages.
Tsukuba Bus Station (Tsukuba Center)
Tsukuba Bus Station つくばバスセンター is opposite Tsukuba Station. Both local and highway buses to Tokyo, Nagoya, Haneda, and Narita depart from Tsukuba Center.
Top 3 Gyudon Restaurants in Japan
Top 3 Gyudon Restaurants in Japan 牛丼: Gyudon is typical Japanese fast food. The top 3 gyudon restaurants in Japan are Sukiya, Matsuya and Yoshinoya.
Hiking in Japan
With nearly 75% of the land occupied by mountains and volcanoes, Japan is an ideal destination for hikers.
Uchiwa, the Japanese fan
The uchiwa, traditional fan, is an essential accessory in the summer in Japan. This fan will become your best friend in the 40°C summer heat!
Shimane Prefecture: read a guide to Shimane Prefecture in the Chugoku region of south west Japan including the cities of Matsue, Izumo, Hamada and Masuda.
Aichi Prefecture located in the Chubu area of central Japan is both an industrial and agricultural powerhouse centered on the city of Nagoya.
Japanese Flowers Top 10 Flowering Plants
Top 10 Japanese Flowers & Flowering Plants: Japan is home to a huge variety of plants and one of the joys of visiting is to experience its varied flora.
Mie is a mainly rural prefecture with its prefectural capital Tsu located close to Nagoya - attractions in Mie include Ise Jingu and the ninja museum at Iga-Ueno.
Shiga Prefecture in the Kansai area of western Japan completely encircles Lake Biwa and borders Kyoto, Fukui, Gifu and Mie prefectures.
10 advantages of internet access in Japan
Uninterrupted internet access in Japan has far more advantages than simply allowing you to check your email. Here are 10 reasons to stay connected and improve your trip to Japan.
Toll cards in Japan
Japan's toll gates represent 30% of the causes of traffic congestion on highways. Thanks to ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) gates, they'll soon be nothing but a bad memory.
Summer music festivals in Japan
We know about the Japanese traditional festivals, matsuri, but these days large outdoor music festivals are becoming increasingly popular.
Taking the City Bus
Across Japan, in addition to trains and subways, buses weave through the city, bound for multiple destinations.
Hyogo Prefecture is located in west central Japan with both Inland Sea and Sea of Japan coastlines with its prefectural capital the port city of Kobe.
Tottori is a mainly rural prefecture with its coastline famous for the Tottori Sand Dunes - part of the San'in Kaigan Global Geopark.
Domestic Flights in Japan
Flying can be the best way to travel long distances in Japan, as airlines are very competitive with their flights.
Riding a Motorcycle in Japan
Japan is known worldwide for its motorcycle brands, but people don't know that it's also a great country to explore on two wheels...
Do you know about Japanese rickshaws? They are called jinrikisha, and are a descendant of the sedan chair.
Manyosen Light Rail Takaoka
Manyosen Light Rail Takaoka 万葉線 - The Manyosen Light Rail system operates in the city of Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture.
Busta Shinjuku is the bus and taxi terminal for Shinjuku Station, located at the station's south end, and connecting the area by highway bus with destinations throughout Japan.
Coin Lockers At Kyoto Station
Kyoto Station coin lockers: where to find and how to use coin lockers in and around Kyoto Station.
Choosing the most beautiful places in Japan seems impossible, considering all the amazing places in the country! Fortunately, the Japanese themselves have an official list.
ICOCA & Haruka
ICOCA & Haruka: the ICOCA & Haruka pass provides either a one-way or return ride on the Haruka Express from KIX plus an ICOCA IC card for Kansai buses and subway.
Hiking in Japan: read a guide to hiking in Japan from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical forests of Okinawa.
Nara City Buses
Nara buses: read a guide to getting around Nara by bus including bus fares, bus routes and bus passes for tourists.
Money in Japan
It may be surprising that so many Japanese keep large amounts of cash on them, but we advise you to do the same during your stay.
Narita Express Discount from March 2015!
For the past few years Japan has focused its efforts on foreign tourism, including through the "cool Japan" campaign. This is an opportunity to take advantage of the lower prices and better access
What to do in an earthquake?
Knowing how to behave in case of a high magnitude earthquake is important in order to ensure your safety during a stay in Japan. Here is a short survival guide!
How to read addresses in Kyoto?
Kyoto City addresses are among the most complex of Japan and often confuse even Google Maps! Here are a few tips to get your head around them.
Rent a Bicycle in Kyoto
Kyoto lends itself admirably to a bike tour. It's one way to explore the back alleys of the city freely and at your own pace!
Visiting Japan by Bus
The Japanese company Willer Express offers a pass for unlimited travel for all foreign visitors to Japan. Another way to visit the archipelago with complete freedom!
15 Days in Japan
Discover the best places to visit during a 15 day trip in Japan, and design your own personal itinerary!
Japan in just 10 days
Ten days is the average length of stay in Japan. What to do during this time? How long should you devote to each city? Here are four types of itineraries to chose from.
Public Transport in Japan
Shinkansen, trains, subways, buses: discover the most practical Japanese public transport for your trip.
The Regional JR Passes
A Regional JR Pass can be useful if you would like to visit a particular region of Japan. Here's a quick overview!
Traveling in Japan With Disabilities
Japan is one of the countries in the world that have taken this issue to heart the most. With an ageing Japanese population, accessibility has increasingly become a focus.
Safety in Japan
Japan is a safe country - everyone will tell you that. The streets exude security and if you lose something, you have every chance of finding it in the same place...
4 places to get goosebumps in Japan
Japan also has its dark side and Japanese ghosts are now everywhere, including in the movies. Some places in Japan are at the origin of some of our greatest fears...
Japan's Age of Majority Changed to 18
This is a historic decision in Japan. The age of majority last month went from 20 to 18 years old, transforming millions of young Japanese life.
Etajima to Hiroshima Port Ferry
Etajima to Hiroshima Port Ferry: If you are traveling from Hiroshima to cycle around Etajima or visit the Museum of Naval History on the island chances are you will take the ferry from Hiroshima Po
Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus
The Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Hiroshima meipuru-pu) is an excellent way for tourists to get around Hiroshima, especially if you have a Japan Rail Pass.
Traveling by Ferry
While Japan is known for its exceptional trains and railway network, it is also possible, and enjoyable, to travel by ferry between the islands of the archipelago for a simple crossing or even a cr
Visiting Japan as a family
Japan is a destination that is suited to family stays. It is safe and theft is rare. There are many activities for children.
Narita Airport Terminal 3
Narita Airport is expanding with a new terminal dedicated to low cost air companies. Here is a sneak preview!
Japan Regional Guide: Saga Prefecture
Yamanashi Prefecture: read a guide to Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo and famous for its lovely highland scenery including Mt. Fuji and Shosenkyo Gorge.
The urban jungle of the Japanese capital can become stifling. But no need to leave the city to find an oasis and take refuge in a green and original Tokyo.
Japan by plane
Low-cost airlines in Japan now offer prices that compete with the long domination of the railway.
A Summer of Celebrations
Among the thousands of festivals taking place in the summer in the archipelago, Japan Experience recommends the 5 most famous and impressive.
Mosques in Japan
It is not a secret, the Muslim religion is an extreme minority in Japan. The archipelago has approximately 160,000 Muslims and about thirty mosques.
Hanami, the countdown is on!
It's official: Japanese cherry trees are set to start blooming from March 20, 2015! To not miss anything, all the details on this floral weather, which the Japanese take very seriously.
Avoid the crowds
Recently, with long lines, crowds and the world of bad counter service, overseas traveling can be stressful.
Chichibu Saitama Prefecture
Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture: read a guide to Chichibu city in Saitama Prefecture just over an hour from Tokyo and with much to see and do.
Find a trash can in Tokyo
We see it in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan: clean streets, but not a trash can in sight! So what do Tokyoites do with their garbage?
Often, your mobile phone becomes unusable once on Japanese soil. The solution: public phones!
The Suica Card
At first glance, it looks like a conventional travel card. But the Suica is much more than that... With it, travellers can pay in konbini, vending machines, or even rent a locker.
Want to experience hanami, but don't know when and where to go? Here is a selection of the most beautiful spots for Japanese cherry trees from the far north to the tropics.
Seven Stars, the Orient Express of Japan
Discover the stunning landscapes of Kyushu in style: Welcome aboard the most luxurious Japanese train.
Rent a phone in Japan
A mobile phone can prove to be a useful and even essential tool if you want to make the most out of your stay in Japan. It provides a feeling of security, but is also a way to make reservations, re
Minka, the cottages of Japan
Have you ever wanted to experience Japanese life of the past?
Your trip to Japan would not be complete without a stay at a ryokan.
Jogging in Tokyo
Tokyo is not only one of the one of the world's major marathon cities: weekend runners have made it a delight for joggers, and jogging routes are plentiful. Guide Japon suggests five.
These are the sightseeing boats of Tokyo that travel the bay and offer a new perspective on the capital. Welcome aboard the Yakatabunes, summer boats dating back to the Edo period.
The top 5 fireworks shows
Summer in Japan would not be complete without the famous fireworks (hanabi taikai). Hundreds of fireworks displays are held each year throughout the country, mainly in summer.
Discovering the local cuisine through cultural exchange with the Japanese? It's possible with Nagomi Visit, which organizes meals with local people. But not just anywhere: at home.
5 karaoke rooms not to be missed
With 10 000 karaoke rooms throughout the country, the choice seem endless. Japan Guide suggests five in Tokyo to sing along in a unique atmosphere.
Keifuku Randen Tram Line Kyoto
The Randen (Keifuku) Line is the last remaining tram line in Kyoto. The Randen (Keifuku) Line has two lines from Shijo Omiya and Kitano Hakubaicho to Arashiyama.
This Spring Festival (held early on February 3rd) is an opportunity to shoo away bad spirits by throwing magic beans at demons! In Kyoto, even the geisha take part in this famous ritual.
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