Omiyage are tasty locals souvenirs from Japan that were first used to thank trip financers for their contributions in the Edo period and then helped straying spouses stay on the straight and narrow. Find out how this worked!
The Third Shogun of Edo: Tokugawa Iemitsu
The third shogun of the Edo period had an interesting life. What made him the way he was? And what happened to Japan during his reign?
Ghost Stories From Japan
Let us share 5 ghost stories from Japan that will chill you… If you want more of this, we also organize tours that focus on stories about the ghosts and ghouls of Japan.
3 Expat Friendly Areas in Tokyo
What do Roppongi, Hiroo, and Azabu have to offer the intrepid tourist who wants to veer a bit off the beaten path?
Earthquake Safety in Japan
How is earthquake damage mitigated in Japan, and what can you do yourself to stay as safe as possible in the rare event of a large earthquake?
Real Estate in Japan
Our tour customers regularly ask the guides about the real estate market in Japan. Let us give you an overview of the housing market in Japan and likely trends in the near future.
Minimalism in Japan
Minimalism has been linked with Japanese culture for a long time, and it goes back to even before Zen Buddhism emerged in Japan which made minimalism here to stay. Learn more about minimalism’s history, and how minimalism is alive today in Japan.
The First Tokugawa Shogun
Learn more about one of the most important people in Japanese history, the first Tokugawa shogun. One of our history expert guides summarizes the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Diving in Japan
A cultural Japan tour is easy to combine with one or more scuba diving experiences for a perfect holiday filled with culture, food, history, nightlife, and action. Let us help you plan your perfect Japan trip!
Snorkeling in Japan
A cultural Japan tour is easy to combine with one or more snorkeling experiences for a perfect holiday filled with culture, food, history, nightlife, and action. Let us help you plan your perfect Japan trip!
Prewar Modern Architecture in Japan
Everyone with an interest in history or architecture who is on a tour in Japan will want to see these 5 typical buildings designed during the Meiji Restoration.
Traditional Japanese Architecture in Kyoto
Learn about the history of Japanese architecture, and let us give you an itinerary for Kyoto that will take you through Japan’s architectural history from the 6th century until the late 19th century.
Contemporary Architecture in Tokyo
Learn more about 7 treasures of post-war Japanese architecture in Tokyo!
Depachika Food Shopping in Japan
What makes for a perfect depachika-bought meal? What should you think about when you go to a depachika to get the best experience? And what is up with those perfect pieces of fruit in Japan?
How did Japanese gardens develop? And how can we appreciate Japanese gardens? Find out more about Japanese gardens.
The Imperial Family of Japan
Let one of our guides give you an overview of the interesting history of the Imperial Family in Japan! If you do a Japan tour you will be able to see many places related to the Imperial Family.
3 TV Shows to Watch Before Your Japan Trip
These 3 TV shows have helped spur the interest of many to visit Japan because of the mystery that surrounds the country. Watching these shows will only make viewers crave for more of Japan!
Family Friendly Tokyo Tips
Tokyo is a great destination for families with kids. Our local experts give you a whole bunch of tips to have the best holiday you ever had with your family!
While originally from China, it was the Japanese who created koi fish’ beautiful coloring that made them loved all over the world. Where can you see these carps in Japan? And is it possible to visit a koi farm?
Wagyu Beef in Japan
What is so good about wagyu? Which type of wagyu should you look for if you want to try the very best there is available? And what type of sake would go well with your great piece of beef?
School Life in Japan (16-22 years)
What does daily life in school look like for teens and young adults in Japan? Learn more about the educational system in Japan for teens and young adults between 16-22 years old.
School Life in Japan (0-15 years)
What does daily life in school look like for kids in Japan? Learn more about the educational system in Japan for kids aged 0-15.
Tickets For the Ghibli Museum
It is difficult to buy tickets to the Ghibli Museum if you don’t live in Japan. Let us buy you your Ghibli Museum tickets cheaper than elsewhere!
Japan: The Best Post COVID Holiday
Let us show you what makes Japan one of the best long-haul trips for 2021 or 2022 to take once the pandemic is over.
Seasonal Flowers in Japan
Find out which flowers bloom when in Tokyo, and where to go to see the most stunning blooming flowers on your Japan tour in any season!
Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Japan
What is the history of vegan and vegetarian food in Japan? What is Shojin Ryori? And what are Tokyo’s best restaurants for vegans and vegetarians? Read it here!
Japanese Fermented Foods and Drinks
Fermentation is a technique that is used all around the world to preserve food and drinks and to give a new flavor to what we consume. Japan has some originally Japanese fermented foods and drinks that are all good for your health and stamina.
Have you always wanted to know more about the design of Japanese money? We outlined all the different designs of Japanese coins and bills, and explain the historical or symbolic significance of the design.
Japanese castles have developed over many centuries, and have their own original style compared to European castles. We give you an overview of the history of Japanese castles, and which castles are best to visit if you have limited time on your Japan tour.
Japan Concierge Service
Let us introduce our free concierge service to you; we will help you when things go wrong during your Japan tour, when you need great ideas for a spontaneous itinerary, and when you want a reservation for an amazing local restaurant.
Private Transportation in Japan
Once the border to Japan opens again, we are ready to welcome tourists back to Japan. We can imagine you would like to hire private transportation during your tour in Japan in order to minimize risks, and we are here to help you get the best deal for any type of private transportation in Japan.
There are old-world wines from France and Italy, new-world wines from California, South-Africa, and Chile, and then there is wine from Japan. How did wine end up being made in Japan? Which grape varieties are used? And where are Japan’s wineries?
Wasabi is a spicy condiment that is usually eaten with raw fish dishes like sushi and noodle dishes. It is derived from the root of the wasabi plant and had its uses as a food preserver.
Japanese Green Tea
Did you know that Japanese tea originated in China, and was then slowly cultivated to different kinds of tea that is still enjoyed throughout Japan and worldwide these days? There are 6 main types of Japanese tea, which differ in leave treatment and harvest time.
There are several ways to eat unagi, the most common one being unadon, eel over rice. The eel itself is usually slathered with a thick, sweet-savory sauce made of soy sauce, mirin, and sake, and then grilled on hot coals.
Soccer in Japan
What is Japanese football like? In 1993 the Japanese league – J-League – was inaugurated, and from that year onwards, all the footballers who previously were part of amateur teams belonging to different companies became professionals.
While you will mainly see single-family homes in the more remote suburbs and in the countryside in Japan, in more central city areas the majority of people will live in apartments that are often not much larger than 60m2, or even smaller.
Industry in Japan
Much of Japan’s economic power is based on its industry, and automotive is one of Japan’s best-known industries all over the world. In 1998, Japan produced about 10.05 million cars, buses, and trucks, ranking second in the world in vehicle production.
No matter where you go in the world, rituals and celebrations revolving around marriage have commonalities and differences. Japan has its own customs, some of which are Shinto, some of which are Buddhist, and some of which are a commercialized version of Hollywood-style church weddings.
What became today’s largest metropole in the world started out as a small town in the 13th century and became a small castle town in the 15th century. Then the feudal lords started fighting out a war that would change the course of Edo’s history forever.
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 anyone who would love to travel to Japan one day and get a bit of a preview while the borders are still closed.
A Virtual Tour of Kyoto
For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan’s Imperial capital, so there are many things you must see. Visit Kyoto now in our Virtual Tour of Kyoto.
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
Virtual travel tip by our licensed guide, please take a look how Japan trip is and what do you need for Japan tour.
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.