The first week of April is the best chance to see Japanese cherry trees in full bloom!
Visit one of Japan's 'hell valleys' to see snow monkeys playing and bathing in hot springs
The beautiful though often underappreciated blossoms of Japanese plum or apricot are one of the first signs of spring
Enjoy the colorful sights of spring blossoms
Around 200 fluffy residents of this village enjoy its diverse infrastructure with fox hotels as an alternative to fox houses, also fox feeding area, and even fox shrine—everything to cater their needs
In order to attract eels, Japanese fishermen use an interesting technique. Check it out for yourself!
An interesting festival that celebrates fertility and openness that welcomes everyone!
Mice are not allowed to the island, but guests bringing tuna cans are welcome
Watch fireworks every night on Lake Toyako over six months!
An American sport with the Japanese twist
Get smothered by thousands of bunnies at a former secret military base
Blood Pond Hell... For some it became the sheer blood hell—the Japanese used the pond to boil sinners in their own blood and dirt...
The official beach season starts with the end of school. But you can enjoy it any time
Taste this true sign of spring
The unique Japanese strawberries make for great romantic gifts
Traditionally eaten in spring, "grass mochi" is a true delight
Thanks to this traditional Japanese dessert you will be able to feel cherry blossoms with all your five senses
It's easier to spot the cranes at the winter feeding sites of the national park, the only known place where endangered Japanese Cranes live
Japan offers some great windy places perfect for this sport
A festival that celebrates the beauty of Shibazakura
Although thousands of firefly species live around the world, there are not that many places where you can observe such magic
A deadly festival of log riding that attracts more than half a million people
Climbing Mt Fuji is a truly beautiful experience!
Check out this famous and ancient Japanese sport in action!
A truly wild festival with giant floats and hundreds of participants
The beautiful mystic sight of spinning fire rings is an unforgettable experience
Explore the temples of Kamakura with its stunning flower carpets
It's unbelievable that such beauty actually exists on planet Earth. Visit the hundred-year-old wisteria gardens during bloom and see for yourself
A special ceremony to welcome spring by throwing soybeans
Finally being nude brings some luck and fortune at this festival!
Enormous characters set afire to guide ancestors to the other world
This grand fireworks finale spans over two kilometers of the riverbank!
A season for purple fields of beauty
Definitely the wettest in Japan! This water-throwing festival brings both happiness and prosperity
A bit commercialized but this beautiful festival of snow statues is a winter highlight in Sapporo parks
This Baby Crying Festival that has been making children cry for over 300 years!
One of the oldest fishing traditions in the world, Ukai fishing is a fascinating practice. Check out just how it's done!
A spectacular 10 days in western Kyoto!
This hand-held fireworks festival has been celebrated since the 1500s!
One of the last major fireworks shows of the year
These amazing yellow flowers are now in bloom!
Just half an hour by bus from Biei, you can feel the magic of winter and see a different version of the Blue Pond
A colourful miracle of spring!
If you suppose these are man-carved ice blocks, you underestimate the talents of nature—the snow monsters appear on their own
Feel the spirituality of the Japanese Buddhist festival of the Dead
A small fruit with a sweet peel
The deer may be not the only attraction of Nara Park, but they are definitely the most popular one, especially the little ones
This insect dish is available in jars or freshly boiled and prepared over rice during winter
Enormous lantern-floats with human figures and intense dancing make this summer festival extraordinary
A small fish with a great taste
Well-known for their blossoms, umes are Japanese plums
Colourfully decorated boats race for a good catch and safety
Have you ever dreamt of going back to your childhood and starting a sand fight?
An autumn fruit with a woody texture
Traditional noodles for a great New Year's meal
This fierce festival of "fire and violence" includes lots of smashing, dedicated to Yasaka Shrine in Ushitsu of Noto Peninsula
What can be better than dancing and drinking in a rice mud field?
Traditional rice planting is quite a spectacular event!
A beautifully strange flower
With its beautiful colours and stunning displays, the Shimmei fireworks festival will not leave you disappointed!
A top-tier show in Japan that attracts thousands of spectators
Gorgeous proud birds spend the winter in the snow-covered lake
Celebrated nationwide, this festival brings colour and romance to daily life!
These special Japanese apples are both sweet and juicy
Though not too pleasing to the eye, these creatures are a true delicacy
Similar to apples in taste and texture, Japanese pears are large and crispy
Used mostly for cooking, this citrus fruit has a unique taste
A unique festival that features rituals with dolls
Choose winter sports in Japan, the scenery is unforgettable!
A wonderful week full of bright yellow colours and hundreds of Pikachus dressed in cute costumes
You will find it everywhere during this season!
One of the oldest and most famous fireworks shows in Japan
In Japan summer means eel time!
A special fruit to eat during winter
Japan's largest outdoor music festival provides a great opportunity to enjoy the best of indie, rock and world music! And maybe also win a year's supply of meat?
Japanese grapes with a thick skin
A specialty of Nagano, this bee and wasp larvae dish is one of a kind!
A festival of 15 meter-long snakes from around Mamada district
This bloody battle between spiders is a regional highlight
A bright red and luxurious variety of cherry
Most often eaten in winter, zazamushi might be the strangest dish you have ever tried!
A citrus fruit that is easy to peel