Travel Geeks online: exploring rural Japan — 23 March 2021

Beyond its cities, Japan is crammed with elemental drama: pristine forests and snowy peaks, crater lakes and remote hot springs. Join us for free from 19.00 to 20.00 on Tuesday 23 March.

Photo story: hiking the Kiso Valley on Japan's ancient Nakesendo Way

One of Japan’s 17th-century highways, the Nakasendō wound through the heart of the country’s main island, Honshu, linking the spiritual centre of Kyoto with the political hub of Edo (known today as Tokyo). Today, only sections of its epic 332-mile route remain, offering up the hospitality and flavours of modern mountain life — and a tantalising glimpse into the inter-city travelling experience of centuries past.

Top five spiritual adventures in Tohoku, Japan

From hikes up sacred mountains to breathtaking views of cherry blossom, discover the natural beauty of this remote region on a slow-paced trip.

Learn about the story of sake in Japan's Kansai region

Japan’s ancient and fertile heartland has some of the best breweries in the country, and all offer something different  to travellers looking to experience the world of sake.

A slow, spiritual journey through Kansai, Japan's ancient heartland

With its cascading waterfalls, primordial forests, ancient shrines, mountaintop temples and a seemingly indestructible castle, the Kansai region is the geographic and spiritual heart of Japan.

Nature in Tokyo: the ultimate guide to the city's islands and green spaces

It might be the world’s largest urban area, but finding space and silence in Tokyo is surprisingly easy. Dig deeper to discover an archipelago, spacious gardens and peaceful city nooks.

From tea fields to fine dining: a culinary journey through Japan’s historic Kansai region

This region of western Japan stretches from the Sea of Japan in Northern Kyoto to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a land of mountains, rice paddies and rocky coastline — and it’s where the story of Japanese food began.

A peek into the curious world of dogs and design at Japan House London

Architecture for Dogs — a one-of-a-kind curation of architectural designs aimed at dogs and their owners — is making its European debut at Japan House London until 10 January 2021. Dog in tow, we experience this innovative exhibition for ourselves.

Pilgrimages and peaks: how to find the right hike for you in Japan

Walk Japan CEO Paul Christie — a resident of Japan for two decades — has explored Japan from its spectacular coasts to its dramatic volcanic interior, and shares five of his all-time favourite rambles.

Diving into misogi, the ancient Japanese ritual of waterfall bathing

Whether you’re a believer or not, the Shinto ritual of waterfall bathing offers a chance to reset — and immerse yourself in the spiritual beauty of Japan’s mountains. 

Hot springs and healing waters in Japan's onsen capital

Onsens are woven into the fabric of society in Oita, a Japanese region where the red-hot water bursting  from the ground is harnessed into pools of all shapes and sizes, and the mountains that provide it are revered and respected.

A journey into the cultural heartland of West Japan

From the bright lights of Osaka to the born-again city of Hiroshima,  West Japan is home to a plethora of culture. With its cities  and countryside all serviced by an extensive rail network, exploring this beguiling region has never been easier.

Photo story: the essential experiences of Tohoku, East Japan

From relaxing hot springs and engaging kabuki theatre to exhilarating ski runs, Tohoku offers some of Japan's most indelible experiences.

Head to Kanto to experience Japan at it's most spiritual

Lying in Mount Fuji’s mighty shadow, Kanto and its forests, mountain springs and ancient shrines have long known the footfall of pilgrims. Despite being a stone’s throw from Tokyo, the region is a world away from the frenetic, neon-lit capital.  

Tohoku: how to spend 48 hours in Japan's wild northern region

Tōhoku feels wonderfully adrift from 21st century Japan, with misty lakes in place of megacities and hidden springs instead of highways.  

Travel Geeks: natural Japan — 12 March 2020

A country of islands, mountains and diverse climates, Japan offers a wealth of natural wonders. Join us as we discuss where to go and how to do it.

Japan: Sumo in the spotlight

With the Rugby World Cup approaching, we turn to focus on Japan’s most sacred sporting contest.

Heading to Japan for the Rugby World Cup? Here's what's happening in the host cities

As the Rugby World Cup kicks off this month, there are plenty of exciting experiences for fans heading to the host cities.

11 dishes that define Japan

Crisp batter, the freshest raw fish and a bucket-load of umami — Japan is home to one of the world’s most distinctive cuisines. From global favourites such as sushi to lesser-known delicacies like takoyaki, here’s our pick of the most memorable dishes.

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