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Above Hokkaido’s Sea of Clouds you never get the same view twice
In the Instagram age it seems there's no new selfie under the sun. But climb a gondola 3500 feet from the base of Tomamu mountain and you have a ch...
8 Okinawa spots with exquisite views
I wish it was summer.For those feeling the same, I'd like to introduce you to eight scenic spots in Okinawa I have encountered throughout this trip...
How travel evolves with tech: Interview with Airbnb’s design head, Alex Schleifer
With sharing economies become more prevalent with technology, when it comes to travel probably none is more influential than Airbnb, which has disr...
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, ...
The largest Buddha statue nobody's heard of
Giant buddha, or daibutsu statues are a tourism favorite in Japan. Two of the most famous monuments are in the Todaiji Temple in Nara prefecture an...
For the best seafood when traveling, head to the local fish market
In Nichinan city of Miyazaki Prefecture--famous for its pole-caught katsuo (bonito)--there are any number of spots where you can find great seafood...
10 popular spots in Japan's "gateway to the tropics"
Once upon a time, Miyazaki Prefecture was a popular honeymoon destination. Beginning in the 1960s, scores of couples made it their place to visit f...
Udo Jingu, one of three rare descending Shinto shrines
While gazing at the Pacific I walk through a cave, eventually reaching the vivid vermilion shrine. For my wishes to be granted, I throw undama (sto...
5 charming points of Nichinan City
We go to all kinds of locales for our work, and sometimes we’re surprised how much more there is to explore—often leaving us with a sense of “we sh...
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...
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. ...
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...
Abandoned factories in Sado look fit for a Bond villain lair
Sado Island is one of the hidden tourist gem spots in Japan that is unknown even to most Japanese. While having a rich history that includes being ...
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...
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...
Tokyo gift shop showcases unique local goods from all 47 Japanese prefectures
Even if you’ve been to mega malls around the world, the scope and number of department complexes in Shibuya, Tokyo is staggering—you have the two T...
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...