Japan

Tourists spots for foreigners that are too obscure for Japanese
TripAdvisor, one of the most major review aggregators for travelers, has recently announced its rankings for the most popular tourist sites in Japa...
JAPAN LOCAL's guide to Shibuya, Tokyo
On the surface Shibuya is a neon-bathed urban hub, with swarms of high-schoolers and business people flocking to mega department stores, multi-stor...
6 stunning vacation rental homes across Japan
We all have our idiosyncracies and preferences when traveling. Some like to focus on the journey as opposed to the destination, others relish a lux...
Tech meets tradition: Revitalizing a community with Nara’s Yoshino Cedar House
“Technology × Tradition.”  While it’s an oft-explored concept, the collaboration of “Airbnb × Yoshino Cedar” aspires not to merely pique interest, ...
Future of Airbnb in Japan: Growth and navigating through murky residence lodging laws
Last year the Japanese parliament passed a law giving an official green light to Airbnb’s business model, albeit with restrictions. Taking effect t...
Furniture line for cats reflects quirky passion of Japanese craftsmen
The first time I heard about cat furniture, I was puzzled. Expecting feline-themed textiles catering to crazy cat ladies, as I researched I discove...
Osaka market revitalizes by removing pricetags entirely
Osaka, historically known to be the center of merchant culture, is characterized by its comfort with the notion of price haggling, especially compa...
Spring Valley Brewery's craft beers and food are fitting for Kyoto, the Old Capital's Kitchen
Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, fondly known as the Old Capital’s kitchen, is a highly popular spot for eating and walking, known for the quality of its fo...
Stylish country living is only 90 minutes away from Tokyo
Sometimes you may want to escape the distressing, overtime-ridden life in the city, but don’t have the time for a lengthy beach vacation. Or, stayi...
35,000 candles light up one of Japan's most luminous festivals
While the memories from the Great Tohoku Earthquake in 2011 were still fresh, in April 2016 a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck right beneath the cit...
Instragrammer captures a forgotten, real Tokyo
Nowadays we see Tokyo through the social-media lens of what's "likeable," whimsical or quirky, whether it's the controlled chaos of the Robot Resta...
9 fine shaved ice to cool down for the summer
Japan is well-known for its dreaded heatwave during the summer, and one of the traditional ways to cool off is to have freshly shaved ice. It used ...
Aomori’s beautiful WWI-era Starbucks revamped with local artisans
Starbucks has its own characteristic, if not inert, atmosphere and design, making more people feel welcome. But due to its Seattle, Washington root...
5 seaside stations worth visiting in Japan (part 1)
Every traveler has their own reason for their journey. For Taku Matsumoto, it’s to document his visits, exclusively to seaside stations in Japan. H...
Wafrica is the unexpected kimono fashion collab of Africa and Japan
Traditional Japanese Kimono is known something to be worn at formal functions. While many women young and old still do wear the layered garb for sp...
Forget coin lockers: Store luggage in a cafe while sightseeing in Japan with ecbo cloak
There's nothing more stressful than going sightseeing with a giant piece of luggage in hand.It's slightly more tolerable when you're in an area tha...
5 seaside stations worth visiting in Japan (part 2)
Travel enthusiasts usually have their niche, and for Taku Muramatsu, he’s passionate about train stations--in particular, only those by the ocean. ...
These beachside Airbnb rentals in Japan have stunning ocean views
Tourists often visit Japan during summer to experience cultural traditions in major cities, like the Obon festival or firework festivals. But it’s ...
Campy signs you may encounter when you visit Iwate in Japan
According to the Japan Tourism Agency, Japan has reached 20 million oversea visitors in 2017, and we’re two years away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics...
8 stunning mirror-like water destinations in Japan
Japan’s photogenic spots typically are more characterized by compact spaces than vast expanses, whether it’s capturing the neon city lights of Kabu...