By Len Kitagawa and Max Burt Cherry blossom season is rapidly approaching and it will soon be time for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) across the country. Hanami is a tradition that is hundreds of years old and is enormously popular to this day. Here are ...

While Japan is famous worldwide for its spring cherry blossoms, its autumn leaves are equally as breathtaking. The country's mountainous terrain means travelers can see hills full of reds, oranges and yellows — if they time their trips just right. Here are some of the best ...

Halloween in Japan ... can it get any bigger or crazier. Thanks to a perfect storm of cosplay and consumerism, Japan's major cities have embraced the Western holiday in a big way over the past five years. And this list of Halloween events in ...

Style and Green Beer Garden Closest Station: Iidabashi Address: Tokyo Dome City, 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo, Tokyo Tel: 03-3817-6286 Budget: ¥1,500 Seating: 400 Situated at the heart of one of Tokyo’s biggest attractions, this beer garden offers a range of draft beers that you can enjoy with beautiful views of the city. Garden ...

After the St. Patrick's Day parade, you can head out to one of Tokyo’s many Irish pubs for discounted beer, live music and festive dishes.

Some people enjoy dinner and a show, but sometimes in Japan, dinner is the show. Tokyo in particular has  number of popular themed restaurants, including those that feature giant robots, ninjas and vampires, but it also has a wealth of  lesser-known ones devoted to ...

Japan’s animal cafes fill a very important niche, as many people, especially in urban areas, live in cramped apartments with strict no-pets policies. The pet cafe allows them to connect with the domesticated animal kingdom for the price of a cup of tea. Cat ...

Our natural inclination might be to stay indoors during winter, but Japan offers such a wide range of cold climate destinations, from skiing off piste in Hokkaido’s Niseko to soaking in onsen in Nagano. Here’s a selection of locations well worth the trek. Skiing and ...

Every food lover knows . . . when the temperature starts to drop, it’s oyster time. These popular delicacies of the sea can be savored in a number of different situations and preparations. They’re traditionally eaten raw on the half shell or off the ...