September 23, 2014
Fans of "kofun" are clamoring to get up close to the huge burial mounds for powerful figures from ancient Japan that are scattered throughout the country.
September 16, 2014
ISE, Mie Prefecture--Thousands of cute cats are holding forth at the sacred Ise Jingu shrines.
September 12, 2014
KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Prefecture--A busy walkway leading to Kamakura’s famed Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is set to receive its first full-scale renovation in more than 800 years.
September 09, 2014
UJI, Kyoto Prefecture--The renowned Phoenix Hall at Byodoin temple here has been restored to its original 11th-century glory after a two-year restoration project.
September 04, 2014
YUNOMAE, Kumamoto Prefecture--An exhibition focusing on Mount Aso in the works of manga legend Osamu Tezuka has opened at a museum here in Kumamoto Prefecture where the volcano is located.
August 30, 2014
FUKUOKA--A figurine of a golden frog obscurely perched high on a wall outside JR Hakata Station here has become an Internet sensation, fueled by rumors that good luck will come to anybody who spots it.
August 29, 2014
Inspired by Japan's most famous bridge, a new wooden replica has been built inside Tokyo's Haneda Airport to give travelers a taste of the past.
August 28, 2014
GAMAGORI, Aichi Prefecture--On a recent summer day, a sea lion was frolicking and putting on a show for a delighted crowd gathered at Takeshima Aquarium.
August 22, 2014
NAGI, Okayama Prefecture--When it opened 20 years ago, operators of the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art (Nagi-MOCA) never expected it to rank among the country's top scenic views.
August 19, 2014
KYOTO--This ancient capital has relatively few duty-free shops compared with Tokyo and Osaka, despite the ancient capital's reputation among foreign visitors as a must-see destination. Now it wants to change that.
August 18, 2014
HIGASHI-OSAKA, Osaka Prefecture--In late May, cosplayers clad in traditional Japanese clothes were striking poses here in the city's historical Konoike-Shinden Kaisho facility in the Konoike-Motomachi district.
August 16, 2014
YOKKAICHI, Mie Prefecture--Onlookers cheered as a little boy riding an elaborately decorated ship float harpooned his target, a representation of a whale, at the annual Kujira-bune Gyoji festival here on Aug. 15.
August 14, 2014
KYOTO--Performers in “yokai” goblins costumes entertained passengers--and terrified a few youngsters--on a train connecting Kyoto’s urban center and Arashiyama Station on Aug. 13.
August 14, 2014
FUTTSU, Chiba Prefecture--Just looking at the 45-meter-long balloon slide at a dude ranch here makes even adults tremble, its operator says.
August 11, 2014
KURE, Hiroshima Prefecture--Using cutting-edge shipbuilding technologies, the Imperial Japanese Navy battleships Yamato and Musashi were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed.
August 10, 2014
SUITA, Osaka Prefecture--Sightseers and local residents enjoyed the cool evening breeze on Aug. 8 while checking out the opening of summertime's “Illuminight Banpaku” event at Expo '70 Commemorative Park.
August 09, 2014
TANABE, Wakayama Prefecture--Ten years have passed since a portion of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes gained UNESCO World Heritage status, but the site is still struggling to significantly increase the number of visitors.
August 07, 2014
SENDAI--The quake-hit downtown area of this northeastern city turned into a rainbow paradise as the annual Sendai Festival kicked off Aug. 6.
August 06, 2014
ITOIGAWA, Niigata Prefecture--Excited train fans gathered atop a hill here for their first view of West Japan Railway Co.'s latest bullet train as it zoomed along the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, set to start operations in spring 2015.
August 04, 2014
KYOTO--Seeking romance worthy of a fairy tale, young women from across Japan visit Imamiyajinja shrine here in Kyoto’s Nishijin district to buy a lucky amulet that might help them snag a rich husband.