It can be challenging for small towns in Japan to differentiate themselves, but Kusatsu, nestled in the western part of Gunma prefecture, has done just that. This famous hot springs resort town heralds tourism as its largest industry. The natural hot springs, or onsens, feed into man-made pools and public baths. One of the largest hot springs and the main tourist attraction is Yubatake, which translates to “hot water field.” You’ll need at least one full day to visit Yubatake.
Japan’s highest mountain, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mt Fuji, has been a source of inspiration for artists and pilgrims throughout the ages. You’re likely familiar with the nearly symmetrical, often snow-capped cone of Fuji-san — as the mountain is known locally — through images of Japanese classical artworks, most famously in the print series by Hokusai, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. We’ve narrowed it down to the eight best ways to view the country’s most famous site.
Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city, often lives in the shadow its big brother to the north, but it’s an exciting and unique destination. Located only 30 minutes from Tokyo by train, Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and has been an important port city since the mid-19th century. Here are three fun and funky places to visit in Yokohama.
Mt Okura Observatory served as the site of the ski jump competitions in the 1972 Winter Olympics. Today, the area is still used for elite-level ski jump competitions. It also affords one of the most unique viewpoints in Japan.
Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is known for growing lavender. The iconic purple flower grows in fields for as far as the eye can see. Lavender season in Hokkaido is unlike anything else in the world. From June until late August, the entire landscape turns purple. The most famous place to experience this exquisite sight is in Furano, a small town in central Hokkaido. The famous Furano flower fields should be on any traveler’s bucket list.
Not all sushi is created equal. In fact, not all things that people call sushi are even sushi. Everyone’s favorite Japanese cuisine item can be tricky to learn how to order and how to eat. For those that of us that love sushi but always have a moment of hesitation for fear of doing something wrong, we’ve compiled a short guide. Whether enjoying the popular dish in Tokyo or Washington DC, here’s how to eat sushi.