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Face to face with Ibaraki’s giant Daidarabotchi, not so bad after all and a bit of a looker

The 15-meter-tall miniature of the legendary yokai puts it in a whole new light.

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Visiting the burial site of the head of Japan’s most evil demon in Kyoto

Don’t worry, our writer brought a Pikachu with him for protection.

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Cool housewarming bonus: free Japanese katanas, potentially carved by a master craftsman

This handyman got an incredible bonus in the new house he purchased – three katanas! They may be worth much more than you would expect…

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Swords of famous samurai reborn as beautiful kitchen knives from Japan’s number-one katana town

A fierce warlord, a visionary reformer, and a Shinsengumi officer are all standing by to help you get dinner ready.

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This hotel has one of the coolest katana collections in Japan, and admission is totally free【Pics】

Centuries of samurai history are on display, and we’ll teach you what to look for in appreciating the beauty of a Japanese sword.

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Looking for a hotel in Japan? Skip the ryokan and stay in this castle instead!

Seaside stronghold in Nagasaki is looking for guests, and might let you stay for free.

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This is Japan’s oldest tempura restaurant, and it’s awesome

Its founder started out with a street-side food stall in Japan’s samurai era, and his restaurant is still serving customers in Tokyo today.

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Century-old station in Kyushu faithfully restored to original condition, Starbucks added

Starbucks aside, you can really get a feel for the Taisho era in this newly reopened landmark.

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How did a centuries-old samurai musket end up in the bottom of this fishing lake in Japan?

In a country as old as Japan, you never know what you’ll find hidden in the depths!

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This beautiful Starbucks just outside Tokyo has an aural connection to Japan’s samurai past【Pics】

Your eyes will love the traditional Japanese garden, but keep your ears open for a sound that’s been marking life in this town for centuries.

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We visit “Japan’s oldest izakaya bar” for a delightful mix of the modern and the traditional

Over a century of tradition right in the middle of Tokyo!

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You could be renting this 300-year-old samurai era house in Japan right now

”Just about the best-condition 300-year-old property you’ll ever find,” boasts realtor.

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Japanese castle’s new Ninja Museum sends you on an interactive shinobi mission through history

The castle closest to Tokyo expands its English explanations and adds a Fuma ninja clan infiltration experience.

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The 10 best castles in Japan, as chosen by experts and fans

Survey results stretch all the way from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south, with several awesome stops in between.

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Japanese net user finds U.S. propaganda film from WWII and draws unusual conclusion

An American wartime propaganda video has one Japanese citizen reflecting on his nation’s societal structure today.

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Kamakura Warrior Tour now offering T-shirts that are the spitting image of real samurai armor

Now’s your chance to snag a samurai armor-inspired T-shirt during your next visit to Kamakura, a beautiful day trip destination from Tokyo.

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122-year-old video of downtown Tokyo shows how much Japan’s capital has changed【Video】

Many of the people in the video spent their early lives living in a Japan that was ruled by a shogun.

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Film about Japanese-Russian POW romance gets crowdfunding project for screening in Russia

In an age fraught with international tensions, a new movie co-produced by Russia and Japan sends a powerful message that love transcends language and borders.

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Prior owners of Keiunkan ryokan, the world’s oldest hotel, liquidate company

Hot spring inn, founded in 704, has fallen on hard times.

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Daily horde of commuters into Tokyo is larger than one of history’s fiercest conquering armies

Force from the north could have upset the balance of power in 4th century Europe.

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