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Ninjas photo
Ninjas

Japan uses their ninja skills to increase tourism


Ninjas are back in business
Mar 10
I know that I joked around in the past about 2015 being the Year of the Ninja, but Japan's recent tourism-related move might as well turn my made-up holiday into a real thing. Long story short, the Japanese government have de... read
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Universal Studios

Universal Studios' Attack on Titan and anime attractions are pure nightmare fuel


Zombies, Monsters, and Nudists, Oh My!
Feb 02
I took a trip to western Japan last year, and my big regret of the trip was not finding enough time to visit Himeji castle, the best-preserved traditional castle in the country. I think it's time to add another regret to the ... read
Manga apartment photo
Manga apartment

When you visit Japan, try a manga apartment


Behold the manga apartment
Nov 03
What's the first thing you want to do when you visit Japan? If your answer is "Sit around reading manga in the first room I arrive at," then Slow Curve has just the lodging for you! Slow Curve have announced that they're work... read
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Colossal Titan now terrorizing various landmarks around Japan


The chibiest of Colossal Titans
Jun 18
Most tourist attractions and gift shops in Japan aren't complete without a huge selection of various cute phone straps and keychains you can buy as a memento. You can find them with Hello Kitty, Stitch, One Piece characters, ... read
Ultraman photo
Ultraman

Ultraman prefers Hawaii as a vacation destination


And so should you, apparently
Mar 22
Japanese tourists love Hawaii. I can't blame them, it's lovely, but part of the reason is surely its proximity to Glorious Nippon, making it an easy port of call for tourists who don't want to go too far. Hence the thriving t... read
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NagiAsu

Real life locations found for Nagi no Asukara


Otaku tracks down the locations
Feb 13
One of my favorite anime studios right now is PA Works because of the beautiful series that they have created over the last couple of years. From Hanasaku Iroha to Tari Tari to Angel Beats, it's hard to deny that they've crea... read
Travel Osaka photo
Travel Osaka

Osaka leads the way to free WiFi in Japan


Yay, technology!
Feb 03
It's been a long, and I mean long, time coming, but one city in lovely Japan has finally, finally gotten with the program and decided to offer free WiFi. And surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on how you look at it), ... read
Onsen photo
Onsen

Dogo Onsen celebrates 120th anniversary with art show


Stay in rooms of modern art in Matsuyama
Jan 31
Are you planning a trip to Japan sometime this year? If so, you might want to consider an excursion to Matsuyama. It'd be a 5-hour train ride from Osaka, but you'll be visiting a rare historical sight and get to stay there. D... read
Japan photo
Japan

Tokyo travel agency is letting us all go to space


Should Japanator go? I think yes.
Jan 07
Hey, do you have ¥25 million to spare? If your answer was yes, then this is your invitation to go to space. Yup, I said it, travel to space. A new Tokyo travel agency is allowing this to happen, and nearly 600 people have... read
Travel Japan photo
Travel Japan

CNN names Japan among top destinations for 2014


As if we didn't already know
Dec 16
It's that time of year when every travel outlet and publisher is talking about 2014 travel. CNN just revealed a list of 11 countries they deem top destinations for next year, and Japan sits comfortably among the likes of Ecua... read
Japan photo
Japan

Send your stuffed animals to Japan


Is this cute, or weird?
Nov 28
Did you know you could send your stuffed animals to Japan? Forget going, why not just send your furry friend there?! Unagi Travel, created by Sonoe Azuma, is a company based in Tokyo, and focuses on giving your animals tours ... read
Harry Potter photo
Harry Potter

Osaka is ready for the opening of Wizarding World


Get on the Potter Train
Nov 25
Rocket News reports that Osaka is already gearing up for next summer's opening of Wizarding World, which I remember writing about here way back in 2012. It doesn't seem like that much time has gone by, but we're almost there!... read
Inflatable Building photo
Inflatable Building

Need a concert on the go? Blow up this concert hall


Rad architecture to hit Tohoku
Sep 25
No, that freaky purple jellybean-thing you see in the header above isn't the next candidate for a Japanator Eats segment, nor is it a titanic sculpture of Grimace in repose. It's actually the next big venue for hot music and ... read
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A few handy tips, because we care
In case you're planning a trip to Japan in the future (like for the 2020 Olympics), or even if you're there right now for Tokyo Game Show and are looking for suggestions, here's a list you didn't ask for but totally need. I've even gone through the trouble of sorting it based on interests/activities rather than just making it a numbered list. read feature

Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #30 - View


Cheating again
Aug 30
Since I'm boring today and I had to go to work, I don't have an awesome picture freshly taken for your viewing pleasure. So instead, I'm tossing up another picture from last week's visit to Enoshima, this time a view from the top of the Sea Candle, which is a tower that doubles as a lighthouse. [full image in the gallery!] read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #27 - Tokugawa


Checking out some history
Aug 27
Today, I went on an excursion to the home of Mitsukuni Tokugawa, also known as the Koumon of Mito, the Seizanso House. It's located in Ibaraki, the prefecture I live in, and not too far from my current home base. Koumon (1628... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #24 - Beach


Bummin'
Aug 24
Nothing too wacky or witty for you folks today, since really what I did was hit the beach to read and relax. Sme interesting things went on throughout the day for sure, but really today was all about lounging around. I'm not ... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #22 - Peeking


Looking back
Aug 22
Peek-a-boo! I did some hiking today, and the view just kept getting better and better as I kept climbing higher. This photo is taken at Enoshima, which is a lovely little island nearby Kamakura. [see the full image in the gallery!] read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #21 - Dress up


Yukata EVERYWHERE
Aug 21
How do you know it's summer in Japan, besides by the heat and the noise from Cicada? It's all the women dressed up in kimono and yukata everywhere ya look. Obon is over, but I'm still seeing lovely ladies dressed up and out on the streets. I've moved again! I'm in beautiful Kamakura now, which reminds me quite a bit of Kyoto. Refreshing. read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #19 - Oversize


So tall...
Aug 19
A sea of huge lily pads in the foreground, and a sea of modern buildings in the background. Sometimes, these contrasts are fun and interesting. One of the things I love about Japan is the juxtaposition of traditional and mode... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #18 - Akiba


Roaming the streets
Aug 18
Today, I spent a few hours wandering about Akihabara. Since it's Sunday, the main electric district area is closed to vehicle traffic from 1-6 p.m., so everyone is free to roam safely up and down the street. A friend tells me... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #16 - Lavender


Lavender fields, forever!
Aug 16
Since I'm taking a one-day break from vacation to catch up on things, I'm actually posting an image from yesterday in today's daily thingy thing. This is a patch of lavender I was lucky to catch looking remotely in bloom, sin... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #15 - Cheese


CHEESE
Aug 15
I heard you like cheese, so we made this huge map of the world according to cheese. We have surmised this is really the only map that matters. The cheese map of the world. Taken at the Furano Cheese Factory in Hokkaido, where I was at today. [Cheese Check out the full-size image in the gallery!] read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #14 - Stay Cool


Japan, y u so hot?
Aug 14
Note: No deer were harmed in the making of this photograph. Yes, it's alive. It's just really tired, you guys. The summer heat in Japan this year is pretty terrific, and though it's generally milder up here in the north (Ho... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #13 - Pathways


Where will you go?
Aug 13
I spent the better part of my afternoon today hiking around a volcano and checking out the natural hot springs and geysers. But even in the face of these hot monsters (the waters at the geyser springs reached 80 Celsius, mind... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #12 - Marimo


Straight from Hokkaido
Aug 12
One of the things I definitely didn't want to miss while visiting Hokkaido was having a look at some marimo, or algae balls. They're a national treasure of Japan, and are specifically from one protected lake area of Hokkaido,... read
Daily Japan Photos photo
Daily Japan Photos

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #11 - Sapporo Manhole


Check them lids!
Aug 11
For every city, town, and village in Japan, there is a unique design for their manhole lids. This is the design you'll see if you look down at one in Sapporo. One of the things I do whenever I visit a new place in Japan is tr... read
Maid Cafe NY  photo
Maid Cafe NY

Rejoice, New Yorkers: A Maid Cafe is opening soon in NYC


The Big Apple is getting their first maid cafe!
Aug 07
Congratulations, people of the Big Apple; Horizon Enterprise Group, Inc. is going to have a Grand Opening of New York's very first Maid Cafe! And from the looks of it, the people that are bringing this treasure to NYC are exc... read
Daily Japan Photo photo
Daily Japan Photo

Kristina's Summer Vacation: #4 - Glory


The most special sunrise in the Land of the Rising Sun
Aug 04
Yesterday night, I climbed Mount Fuji for this view - the sunrise over clouds and landscape. Have you ever climbed a mountain?  read
Gigapixel Tokyo photo
Gigapixel Tokyo

Check out this insane gigapixel panorama of Tokyo


God's eye view from Tokyo Tower
Aug 01
Wow. So this must be what it's like to see things as God does. That and similar thoughts seem like an appropriate reaction to seeing this amazing "Gigapixel" 360-degree panorama photo of Tokyo. The photo was taken by photogr... read
TGS '13 photo
TGS '13

Destination Japan announces Tokyo Maximum Tour 2013


Five nights of fun, for a price.
Jul 29
Our good friends at Destination Japan have confirmed the details for this year's Tokyo Maximum Tour, the official tour of the Tokyo Game Show 2013. The five-night escorted tour features a visit to the Tokyo Game Show, along with a full tour of Tokyo including trips to popular hot spots such as Akihabara, and Odaiba. More details after the jump. read
Capsule hotels photo
Have a look around!
In this video, you get a quick tour of the general dorm facilities at a capsule hotel in Japan. Obviously, I left out stuff like the shared baths and the lobby/common area, since that would involve either a) being arrested o... read feature

JET Expansion photo
Will the program spur the economy?
A few days ago, Josh brought word that the ruling Japanese political party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), is planning to more than double the JET program over the next three years. All of this is part of Prime Minister ... read feature

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Have a finger lickin' flight


Guess I won't be getting sushi in this bird
Nov 29
Who says coach class airplane food has to suck? Apparently the Colonel has something else in mind! From now until February 28th, Japan Air Lines will be offering Kentucky Fried Chicken on a few select... read
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How I survived my Japanese vacation
I always felt that Japanese was one of those languages that if you didn't maintain constant use of, you're screwed. There's so much to know in terms of vocabulary, kanji, and grammar, that any lapse in practice spells utter d... read feature

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Achtung! Fans make Girls und Panzer World of Tanks skins


It looks lordly now
Nov 12
It looks like armored-warfare-as-feminine-sport anime Girls und Panzer's making a few waves, not just in the moe crowd, but among military nerds as well, particularly players of Wargaming.net's free-to-play online tank battle... read
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Tokyo Sky Tree Town and aquarium are ready for your money


May 14
The Tokyo Sky Tree isn't just for TV broadcasting. It's also expected to be a major tourist attraction once it opens to the public on May 22. On May 10, the Japanese media got to check out Tokyo Sky Tree Town, the area surrou... read
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PR campaign shows that Saitama is lovely all year around


Mar 31
The Saitama Prefecture has recently released four beautiful promotional animated shorts aimed at boosting tourism in the area. Titled The Four Season, the clips showcase Saitama hot spots during various times of the year... read
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Ever wondered what it would be like to cut Tokyo in half, then stick it together the wrong way around? That's what Kyoto is. Probably.  Welcome back to JapanaTour, where we'll be looking at Kyoto as our very last locatio... read feature

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Tokyo Sky Tree open in May, online tickets for Japan only


Mar 07
It's a few months later than we expected, but the Tokyo Sky Tree is finally completed, with construction wrapping at the end of February. The building is the tallest communications tower in the world (and second tallest struc... read






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