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Japan’s top five retro hot springs for a time trip back to the onsen past, as chosen by travelers

Stretching from Tohoku to Kyushu, these are the top picks for when you need a soak and a break from modern stress.

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Often-overlooked castle in Japan looks so beautiful in the snow that we can’t take our eyes off it

Castle north of Tokyo looks like suibokuga artwork.

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We investigate a block of abandoned Russian territory in Nagasaki

And in Soviet Nagasaki, the block investigates us!

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Step back in time to the Edo period at this unusual highway rest stop in Japan

Both the setting and the unique meals here will whisk you away to traditional Japan.

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival is like Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away in real life

Local resident reveals the secret spots you won’t want to miss during this breathtaking festival. 

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Haneda Airport getting rid of large flight information monitors at security lines in Terminal 2

ANA wants travelers to look for the information elsewhere.

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How to pick out the best anago eel and other things we learned at the anago processing center

Getting hungry and knowledgeable on a visit to Japan’s number-one anago prefecture.

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Check out this atago pear from Shimane Prefecture, weighing in at 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds)

This pear’s shape has gone pear-shaped.

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Does this Dormy Inn near Mt. Fuji offer the best business hotel breakfast in all of Japan?

In true Dormy Inn style, the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet features regional specialties including pork dishes and mikuriya soba.

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Hyatt Regency Osaka will soon offer cat-friendly hotel rooms for you and your feline friend

Rooms will come with all of the necessary kitty amenities to ensure you and your cat companion can travel in contentment.

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Exeggutor airplanes taking off from Solaseed Air in Miyazaki Prefecture, other Pokémon tag along

I only fly Exeggutor class.

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Japanese hotel chain’s sweet surprise is one more reason it’s a great choice for travelers on a budget

Business hotel’s freebie may not be fancy, but it’s exactly what we want.

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New York Times makes a surprising pick for the best city to visit in Japan

Sure, Tokyo and Kyoto are nice, but this northeastern town is their top Japan travel pick.

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Hokkaido has an otherworldly giant hot spring that’s easy to miss if you don’t know where it is

Have you ever heard of this amazing sightseeing spot in Noboribetsu?

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Japan’s random-destination roll-the-dice Shinkansen travel packages are back and better than ever

JR West’s Tabikoro random train/hotel packages are a gamble where you really can’t lose.

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Hot springs website reveals the most popular user-picked onsen in all of northern Japan

The winning spot grabs the people’s vote for all of northern Japan for the fourth year in a row.

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We travel across the city like royalty — Hiroshima streetcar turns into fancy, private dining area

Our reporter travelled around Hiroshima City like a king in his own private tram.

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Japanese passport ranks yet again as the most mobile in the world in 2023

You can go almost anywhere with a Japanese passport!

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Japan’s cherry blossom forecast for 2023 is here! Tokyo among cities to see sakura first

Cherry blossom viewing party/travel planning season is officially underway.

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Kagoshima City releases catchy promotional video with weird dancing, bushy eyebrows, no pants

You may not have ever thought about visiting Kagoshima City before, but we bet you will after seeing this video!

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