Tokyo’s history doesn’t date back as far as Kyoto and Osaka’s history does, but what became today’s largest metropole in the world started out as a small town in the 13th century, and became a still small castle town in the 15th century.
A Virtual Tour of Transportation in Japan
Learn how to use the efficient and smooth public transportation system in Japan so you are well-prepared for your future trip to Japan
A Virtual Tour of Japanese Food
Japanese cuisine is known for being one of the most delectable cuisines in the world. Now you can’t travel here to taste it for yourself, take our virtual tour of Japanese food, the next best thing.
A Virtual Tour of Tokyo
Tokyo virtual tour is for people who can’t travel to Tokyo in moment by virus.
A Virtual Tour of Kyoto
For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan’s Imperial capital.
A Virtual Tour of Osaka
Osaka is a bustling harbor city that is definitely worth a visit when you are in Japan. If you can’t make it to Japan due to the current circumstances, you can still get a taste of Osaka on this virtual tour.
A Virtual Tour of Mt Fuji
Let us give you some virtual travel tips from one of our licensed guides and some images of Mt Fuji. We will give you some handy insider tips!
Virtual Travel Tips
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A Virtual Tour of Hiroshima
Hiroshima is known all over the world as the first city in history subjected to nuclear warfare when it was bombed during WW2. Now you can take a virtual tour of this historically important city.
Male Idols of Japan
In Japan, there are many groups or bands made up of artists who dance, sing, perform, and appear on television in various programs. These artists are called ‘Idols’ and they are a large part of the Japanese music industry.
Offbeat J Pop Music Idols
While we talked about two of the most popular mainstream boy groups of J-pop in this article, now we would like to introduce you to two slightly less mainstream J-pop powerhouses. Let’s start with Chōtokkyū.
Animate sells a wide variety of anime goods including comics, light novels, dojinshi (self-published magazines), CDs, DVDs, character goods, figures, video games, trading cards, and costumes
Tokyo One Piece Tower -closed-
At the foot of Tokyo Tower, the second-highest tower in Japan which looks like the Eiffel Tower, you will find the indoor theme park One Piece Tower. This indoor theme park was built in 2015.
Rice Planting Season in Japan
Around the end of May to early June, some people in Japan become a bit restless, and you might wonder why that is. It is because ‘taue’ (rice planting season) has started again!
The Emperor’s Birthday
The Emperor’s Birthday is a public holiday in Japan. Known as ‘Tennou Tanjyobi’, this holiday is celebrated on the birthday of the current emperor.
Japanese Tanka Poetry
The Tanka is a uniquely Japanese poetic form perfected at the beginning of the seventh century.
National Foundation Day
February 11th is National Foundation Day (Kenkokukinen-no-Hi), a national holiday for Japanese people to remind themselves of the nation’s founding and foster their love for the nation.
The day that is now Culture Day used to be commemorated for another reason: it was a holiday in honor of Emperor Meiji’s birthday.
Fall Foliage in Japan
It is highly recommendable to come to Japan in the period between early November to early December, as you won’t just be able to see the gorgeous panoramas that the changing leaves bring, but you will also avoid the tourist high season and thus the largest crowds.
Manga in Japan
In the late 1940’s, Tezuka Osamu, the father of modern Manga, began working cinematic effects learnt from European movies in to his cartoons.
Japanese Ceramic and Lacquerware
Imari is a small town in Kyushu that consists of several pottery workshops. You can also visit a ceramic factory. As it is not such a big town, it is easy to discover the town on foot or by bicycle. There are also many pottery schools that offer pottery-making experiences, prices range around 3000 yen to 4000 yen per person.
National Holidays in Japan
Here is an overview of Japanese national holidays and some of the other most important annual nationwide events. The banks and government offices close on a public holiday in Japan, but shops or restaurants are opened.
Throughout the year there are many festivals in Japan, every region has its fair share of mainly spring, summer, and autumn festivals, but even in winter some locales have festivities on the calendar
Hatsumode: New Years Day
Each year, January 1st dawns in Japan with crowds of people visiting Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples to pray for safety and prosperity throughout the year ahead. This occasion is known as hatsumode (literally, ‘first prayer’).
Hakama : Traditional Japanese Clothing
While most foreigners know about kimono, another traditional Japanese garment called hakama is not that known amongst most foreign visitors in Japan. A hakama are the skirt-like pants that are worn over a kimono.
Avant-garde Artists from Japan
Within the wide musical variety within the Japanese industry, there are two acts that in a very characteristic way expose the culture of Japan.
Two Japanese Legends of Pop Music
Within the music world of Japan, there are two acts that have gone down in history as legends and continue to inspire new generations. Let us introduce to you pop duo Pink Lady and composer Kitaro.
Japan’s Most Iconic Anime
Anime is one of the most important modern cultural facets of Japan. The word ‘anime’ comes from the English word ‘animation’, and within Japan, it is used to refer to any kind of moving animation picture no matter where it is produced
How to Pray in a Jinja (Shinto Shrine)
Shinto is the indigenous faith of Japan. It means worshiping ancestors as guardians of the family, and it also symbolizes showing respect for the kami, a word that corresponds to ‘deity’ in English, who reside in the natural world.
A little different from what its name might suggest, the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku is not actually a restaurant. You will not be served by robots (you will need to go to Shibuya Fukuras for that), and…
Harajuku Special Cuisine : Tapioca & Crepes
Harajuku doesn’t just offer fashion, but it’s also the place to go to satisfy your sweet cravings. You can find all kinds of delicious desserts that are loaded with all the kawaii energy of the area. Two of Harajuku’s most famous desserts are tapioca drinks and filled crepes.
The Sushi Train: Kaiten Sushi
Sushi is a Japanese food that came to be appreciated worldwide ever since the California Roll was invented in the United States by a Japanese chef in the 1960’s in order to get Americans acquainted with eating sushi.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is the first J-Pop star to become a global phenomenon. Many others have enjoyed a degree of success outside of their native Japan.
Osaka has a long history, during which the area has always served as a place where traders from all over Asia and later the world are intermingling with Japanese people. The city is a gateway through which new techniques and ideas entered Japan and has thus always been more diverse than the average Japanese city.
Kyoto’s history is a long one, it all started in the 8th century. The city was built as the capital of Japan in that time and was home to the Imperial Court until 1868 when it moved to Tokyo
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
The Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Products Exhibition Hall was almost directly below the hypocenter of the bomb, but somehow the framework of the building survived the explosion.
Staying in a Capsule Hotel
Capsule hotels opened for the first time in 1979 in Osaka in the bustling district of Umeda. During the 1960s, the word “capsule” (“kapuseru” or カ プ セ ル) began to appear in Japanese.
Hiroshima Toro Nagashi Matsuri
Every August 6, the first atomic bombing in history is commemorated in the city of Hiroshima, where in a few minutes hundreds of thousands of souls perished under the bomb called “Fat man”
During the summer, temperatures in Japan can be quite high and the atmosphere gets very humid. This makes finding ways to cool down indispensable, and how to better do this than with fresh shaved ice?
Beer has a shorter history in Japan than it has in most of the rest of the world, the reason being having been isolated from the rest of the world and its techniques for centuries. It is not that Japan didn’t have its share of alcoholic beverages before beer made its entrance, as sake and shochu have been around for a long time.
Wagashi are Japanese sweets that look more like a piece of art than something to eat. Wagashi have a very long history that goes back to more than 2000 years ago.
Osaka Danjiri Matsuri
The Danjiri Matsuri (float festival), is said to have its origin in the Inari Matsuri held in the 16th year of the Genroku era (1703). The festival was created by the Lord of Kishiwada Castle to pray for an abundant harvest, and it has from its very beginning enjoyed great local support.
The Japanese Economy
It is no secret that Japan’s economy has been in a slump for the last 30 years. Ever since the Japanese stock market crashed in 1989, Japan hasn’t been able to get back to pre-crash levels and with the population shrinking this might also not happen for a while.
National Flag of Japan
The national flag of Japan is officially called ‘Nisshoki’, which means ‘Flag of the Sun symbol’, although colloquially it is known as ‘Hinomaru’ which means ‘Circle of the Sun’, and it is the most important symbol of Japan.
A Short History of Anime
The history of the anime goes back to 1907 when many Japanese artists were influenced by Western animation and decided to create specific national content for Japan. At that time this was very difficult because materials were expensive
Shinto in Japan
Shinto has been the main religion in Japan since ancient times, centering on the ideas of Japanese intimacy with nature and ancestor worship. All things on earth were brought forth and ruled over by the gods who reside throughout all nature. Mountains and trees often become an object of worship, and the shrine archway and sacred Shinto ropes mark the gods’ sacred areas.
Buddhism in Japan
While Japan’s first main religion is Shinto, the second main religion is Buddhism which was imported in Japan with the silk route. It originated in India and came to Japan through China and Korea and thus has many influences from Chinese and Korean style Buddhism and Buddhist architecture.
Shinto Goddess Amaterasu Omikami
Amaterasu is the incarnate goddess as the Sun that governs the Universe and the main deity of Japanese Shinto. It is believed that the royal family of Japan descends directly from this important goddess.
The National Bird of Japan
The national bird of Japan is the green pheasant, named ‘Kiji’ in Japanese. It was declared the National Bird in 1947. The Kiji has been featured in many legends, mythology, poetry, and paintings, and it is very famous throughout the world.
Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arrangement
It was in the 14th century that Ikebana arose in Japan when people started arranging the flowers that they offer to Buddha statues. Its concept developed from the desire to express religious feelings in connection with Buddhism.