One Japanese Soy Sauce Maker Is Playing a Part in Making COVID Vaccines Possible No, there's no soy sauce added to the vaccines, but it turns out this soy sauce maker is helping us to use mRNA. Finding the Gyoza Capital of Japan ・ Where Are Japan's Most Delicious Dumplings? Gyoza are simple dumplings eaten as casual fare, but a fierce gyoza battle has long been brewing between the cities of Japan. A Cave of Japanese Sake Wonders ・ Enter the Wartime Tunnels Used to Age Tochigi Sake Deep in the hillside of Nasu Karasuyama, racks upon racks of aged sake rest peacefully in these mysterious caves. Autumn Kochia in Ibaraki ・ When Fall Weather Turns the Hills into Blushing Waves of Red When the summer comes to an end, admiring Ibaraki's kochia bushes is a great way to enjoy the changing of the seasons in Japan. Cool Down in the Sapphire Waters of Kinomata River, in Nasushiobara's Kinomata Valley Ready to escape the summer heat and dive right into the water? Nothing compares with the gem-like beauty of the Kinomata River. Onuma Park Is Like a Ghibli Backdrop, in Tochigi's Summer Getaway, Nasushiobara Green hills, distant mountains, broad marshes, and tall trees. Onuma Park is such a beautiful slice of Japan's great outdoors, it feels like Totoro might appear at any moment. Exploring the Peach Blossom Orchards of Ibaraki's Koga Kubo Park Traveling to Japan in March? Too early for cherry blossoms? Then try peach blossom viewing in Ibaraki, instead! The 3 Great Waterfalls of Japan ・ Find Rushing River Water in Japan's Great Outdoors Three beautiful waterfalls in three beautiful parts of Japan! Touring Chichibu ・ From Ikebukuro to Saitama by Train An easy day trip from Tokyo, check out the sacred temples, buckwheat fields, and relaxing hot springs of Chichibu! Wander the Old-Fashioned Streets of Sawara and Katori Shrine in a Colorful Kimono, All... This Chiba sightseeing area close to Narita Airport is the perfect place to dress up in Kimono, walk along the canals, and visit one of Japan's oldest shrines. See the Sea from Inubosaki Lighthouse! Sandy Beaches, Seaside Terraces, and a White... Find coffee, rocky shores, and one cute way to send letters on the picturesque Inubosaki Peninsula. Japan's Penis Festival ・ The Kanamara Festival Has Japanese Traditions, Ceremony, and... Every spring, people gather for the traditional Japanese “Kanamara Festival” to celebrate one thing: the penis. Forget Rubber Duckies, Take a Bath with Real Ducks in this Saitama Bathhouse Once you take a bath with fluffy little ducklings, the little rubber toys might never be enough. Discover More of Saitama! ⑤ The Omiya Bonsai Village All the beauty of the great outdoors in one tiny tree. In Saitama Prefecture, bonsai trees are a part of the culture! Discover More of Saitama! ④ Hand-Crafted Dolls and Hands-On Workshops in Iwatsuki Iwatsuki is famous for its traditional Japanese dolls, made by trained craftsmen, or by visiting travelers! Discover More of Saitama! ③ Outdoor Activities in Chichibu and Tokigawa Right next to Tokyo, but overflowing with gorgeous greenery, Saitama is the perfect place to get out of the city and enjoy some active fun in the great outdoors! Discover More of Saitama! ② Embark on a Chichibu Pilgrimage via 360° Video! Stuck far from Saitama? Don't be satisfied with static photographs! Immerse yourself in this Chichibu temple circuit with our VR video experience! Discover More of Saitama! ① The Chichibu 34 Kannon Temple Circuit Immerse yourself, mind and body, in the beautiful nature, culture, and spiritual history of Chichibu, by going on an ancient temple pilgrimage. Hakone's Most Beautiful Azalea Garden ・ Odakyu Hotel de Yama Flower viewing in Japan doesn't end with cherry blossoms! Outside of Tokyo, the late-spring Hakone azaleas bloom bright, in a spectacle in front of nearby Mount Fuji! The Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park ・ A Perfect Springtime Day Trip from Tokyo Like a fairytale garden filled with whispy, beautiful wisterias hanging in lacy curtains, this Tochigi destination is an ideal day trip from the big city. Wakayama Farm ・ A Hidden Bamboo Grove and Sometimes Film Set on the Outskirts of Tokyo In Utsunomiya, Tochigi, between Tokyo and Nikko, is a century-old forest of bamboo, with a tranquil atmosphere like nowhere else, and a connection to Rurouni Kenshin. Chiba's Boso no Mura ・ Edo-Era Streets, Kimono Cosplay, and Tea Ceremonies Near Narita... Narita isn't just an airport! Head to Boso no Mura for a taste of old-fashioned Japanese culture, from dress-up fun to unique workshops! Cherry Blossoms, Canola Blooms, and Bleating Sheep at Narita Dream Farm For a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Narita Dream Farm (or Narita Yume Bokujo) offers a chance to get a little closer to nature. Ibaraki's Kairakuen Garden ・ An Early-Spring Wonderland of Plum Blossoms and Festival Fun Arriving in Japan too early for cherry blossoms? Don't worry, Kairakuen's plum blossoms bloom early, and they're equally spectacular.