Central Japan's ”Little Kyoto” | Matcha Experiences, A Japanese Castle Tour, and an Art... Nishio, Aichi is a little city with a lot of history, huge fields of green tea, and more outdoor art than you'd expect, so check out these tours packed with traditional workshops and unique Japanese experiences! Updates from the Ghibli Theme Park in Aichi ・ Fall 2022 News! Can't wait to see Totoro, Howl, and all your other Studio Ghibli friends in person? It might just happen someday soon! Itoigawa, Niigata: An Overnight Trip to Japan's Jade-Studded Global Geopark On Japan's western coast, halfway between the cities of Niigata and Toyama, is a small town tucked in between the mountains and the Sea of Japan. Beautiful and full of history, the mountains are said to be one of the world's earliest jade production sites, the coast is famous for the famous crab catch, and the spectacular nature is the first area in Japan to be recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark! All this in the “City of Jade,” Itoigawa. Azumino City, Nagano ・ The Best Kept Secret of the Shinshu Region & the Japanese Alps Spread along the Northern Japanese Alps in central Japan, Azumino is a unique Nagano Prefecture destination known for clear mountain spring water and spiritual history, the flavors of soba and wasabi, and some fresh green local specialties. Updates From the Ghibli Theme Park Due to Open This November in Aichi Just as planned, Ghibli Park is anticipating a partial open this year, without any delays! Shizuoka's New Baby Red Panda Is Getting a Ridiculous Name, and You Can Help Choose It This adorable red panda will be getting an appropriately silly name, but which one will it be? Hoto Noodles ・ A Local Specialty From Mount Fuji In Yamanashi to see Japan's most famous mountain? Treat yourself to a savory noodle soup while you're there! A Sake Brewery Tour at Urano Brewery in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture Attention all sake lovers! Take a look at our exclusive tour of this award-winning sake brewery. Explore the Icy Caves Underneath Mount Fuji The official natural monuments of Fugaku Fuketsu Wind Cave and the Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave are unique geological features underneath Japan's most iconic mountain. 【Photo Focus】 Filming at Tsubamesanjō Station with JR East ・ Japankuru in Niigata A behind the scenes look at Japankuru's recent trip to the Tsubame-Sanjo area, and what we were up to there! 【Photo Focus】 Artisans at Gyokusendo ・ Crafting Copper in Tsubame-Sanjo Since 1816 The Tsubame-Sanjo area is famous for Japanese handicrafts and factories, and Gyokusendo has been at it for over 100 years. See Fields of Yellow Sunflowers in the Summer Sun at APA Resort Joetsu Myoko Check out the sunflower magic worked by “Gardening Magician” Kazuyuki Ishihara in Joetsu Myoko! The Mysterious Case of the Hedgehog in Kuragaike Park Zoo There's something a little off about this hedgehog. It just makes us... bristle. A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ④: Spring Cherry Blossoms and Seasonal Sightseeing Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, where springtime brings warm weather and pink cherry blossoms. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ③: Nature in Niigata, Where Mountains Divide the... Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, steps from Japan's ancient forests, majestic mountains, and gleaming blue seas. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ②: Cultural Experiences, Handicraft Workshops, and... Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, in a part of Japan immersed in Japanese craftsmanship. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A JR EAST Train Trip to Tsubame-Sanjo ①: Local Artisans, Traditional Methods, and... Join Japankuru on a trip to this lesser-known JR EAST shinkansen station, in a part of Japan where exquisite craftsmanship meets modern artisan elegance. Find out more about the best local spots recommended by the JR EAST staff themselves! A Trip to See the “Tensan” Silk of Azumino ・ Japan's Most Beautiful Silk You've Never... At the Azumino Tensan Center you can learn about the finest wild silk in Japan, see it being made, and even take home a piece as an elegant souvenir. Fall Travel in Kurobe, Toyama ・ Fall Leaves, Luxurious Onsen, and the Classic Torokko... This train trip along the Kurobe Gorge is even more beautiful in the autumn, and a must-see “koyo” experience. Nagano's Everyday Gibier - Wild Game in the Forests of Japan and on the Dinner Plate In Nagano gibier cuisine is a part of life, so whether you like your food cheap and tasty, or sumptuous and high-end, you'll want to see what's available. What Is “Koyo”? ・ Japan's Most Important Autumn Tradition Do you love to watch the leaves change color every autumn? Well, so does Japan! The Culture of the Japanese Ashi-yu - Luxurious Onsen for Your Feet Is Japan's dry winter chilling your toes to the bone? Take a dip in an ashi-yu (足湯), a Japanese foot bath! Goheimochi: A Uniquely Delicious Mochi Experience in Aichi Mochi, a tasty treat made with glutenous rice, comes in all shapes and sizes. But don't expect sweet red beans or ice cream fillings with this central Japanese specialty! The Onsen-Loving Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani Monkey Park There's nothing better than a dip in a hot spring on a cold winter day, and the snow monkeys of Nagano couldn't agree more.