The Big Three Japanese Gardens

The Big Three Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens, or nihon teien, are traditional gardens built to express and symbolize native rituals and beliefs and mold landscapes to an idealized form. Originally…

Experience the Thrill of a Sumo Stable

Experience the Thrill of a Sumo Stable

On the narrow back streets of the Ryogoku district of Tokyo, the heart of sumo wrestling in Japan, lie what are known as sumo beya…

New Year’s in Japan

New Year’s in Japan

Traveling to Japan during New Year’s is a great chance to capture a rare glimpse into the modernization of traditional Japanese culture. It is a…

Treat Yourself to a Hakone Weekend Getaway

Treat Yourself to a Hakone Weekend Getaway

Hakone is a gorgeous mountainous area in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. Officially classified as a Geopark by UNESCO, Hakone is famous throughout Japan for…

5 Favorite Obon Festivals

5 Favorite Obon Festivals

The Japanese Buddhist celebration, Obon, is devoted to honoring the spirits of the dead. Obon usually takes place between July-August. It is a time that…

Tenjin Matsuri: Festival of the Gods

Tenjin Matsuri: Festival of the Gods

Tenjin Matsuri, literally translated to the Festival of the Gods, is ranked as one of the “Top Three” festivals in Japan, along with Gion Matsuri…