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Japan’s Island of Sea Cats: A unique site you won’t find in tourist guides

An unusual shrine that goes to ruin for a season, all in the name of good luck poo.

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Japanese government wants to build luxury resorts in all national parks for foreign tourists

Wants plan completed in time to celebrate 100th anniversary of Japan’s national park system.

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For-foreigners stamp rally begins in Akihabara, gives prizes for walking the otaku neighborhood

Otaku will want to hit all these spots anyway, so why not get a prize while you’re at it?

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We check out the local flavors of the commonly confused Ome and Aomi areas of Tokyo in one day

A tiny part of a kanji is all that separates these place names in written form, but there’s a much bigger difference in their respective atmospheres.

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Nearly half of Japan plans to spend summer vacation at home

No one goes out in Japan no more. It’s too crowded.

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Japanese house is actually a cheap hotel where you can stay for US$24 a night

Forget capsule hotels, here you can get a room in a Japanese house instead.

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Secret tent onsen in the forest is one of the most unusual hot springs in Japan

A unique outdoor experience, where you pay for your bath by the litre.  

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Japan’s smallest Toshogu Shrine: A tiny wonder with a big samurai connection

An ancient palace still wields its magic in a residential backstreet hidden from tourists.

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Beautiful afternoon tea lounge lets you look at and eat Osaka Castle【Taste test】

A taste of a luxurious view in Osaka.

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Garlic-stuffed whole chickens sold at vending machine in Okinawa’s Naha Airport

Muy bueno.

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New hotel with Osaka Castle view is one of the best places to stay in Japan

Historic views with modern amenities…and an amazing bar and restaurant.

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Kyoto’s Tofukuji temple opens secret area above Sanmon Gate to the public

This section of the gate is usually off-limits to tourists, but you can now view its hidden gems.

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Buses in one of Japan’s largest cities can’t take new yen bills, leaving strange solution

Even with a five-year heads-up, Nishitetsu isn’t quite ready.

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Japan Airlines debuts airport translation panels, translation error quickly results

”Please tell me your smartphone.”

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Kyoto experiencing problems with foreign tourists not paying for bus fares, but not on purpose

Transportation bureau wants to collect full fares while still making the ride pleasant for all passengers.

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Kyoto luxury just off the beaten path at Maruyama Park’s Chourakukan【Photos】

Beautiful architecture and so, so much delicious food with just a quick detour from the standard tourist itinerary.

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Neputa Matsuri gacha capsule toys let you enjoy the famous festival in miniature form

Like holding a Japanese festival in your hand.

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Secret unstaffed hot spring in Japan will make you feel like you’ve been spirited away

A mysterious outdoor onsen leaves a lifelong impression on two night-time visitors. 

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Onsen hot spring with Mt Fuji views has one of the best rotenburo in Japan

Bathing here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss.

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Low price and low privacy as we share a room with a single stranger at Tokyo hotel

Is it more awkward to spend a night in a room with one stranger than a whole group of them?

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