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Explore the Heart of Japan

Aichi, Gifu, and Mie Prefectures have beautiful views and rich history — all hidden in plain sight! Dig deeper into the "real" Japan through exploring these fascinating areas.

Where to go for a Tea Ceremony?

From the old merchants house from the Nineteenth Century, to an experience linking tea with Samurai and Geisha, here is a selection of some unique places for a Tea Ceremony, a quintessential Kyoto experience.

The Japanese Sword Museum

The Japanese Sword Museum is a center for preserving historical weapons and supporting the continuing tradition of turning iron into fine works of art and function.The museum displays describe the process and history of this 1000-year-old art.

Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations

The Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto starts in late March, and from March 29 to April 14 you can experience its fleeting beauty in many of Kyoto’s parks, temple and castle gardens. Called hanami in Japanese, locals and tourists alike take this time to celebrate spring with a picnic underneath a full bloom of cherry trees. Whether you are eating, drinking, dancing or relaxing, look up and see a sea of flowers above you. At night, many places are lit up, with the blossoms taking on a magical glow. Here are Kyoto’s magnificent seven after dark.

Going to Comiket

Guidelines for participating in Comic Market, the biggest anime, manga and game subculture event, which happens twice a year in Tokyo.

Kyushu Superlatives

Although Kyushu is often overlooked by tourists visiting Honshu, it has a lot to offer with its abundant natural sights and deep culture.