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When many people think of Japan, they conjure images of Tokyo and bullet trains, cherry blossoms, and Mount Fuji. Those images are certainly well-known, but Japan is much more than that. The nation is composed of thousands of small islands inhabiting 127 million people. The terrain ranges from Tokyo's skyscrapers and ancient shrines to Hokkaido's stark mountain ranges to Okinawa's dense jungle. Different regions maintain distinctive cuisine, festivals, and cultural customs. Matador's community of expats and travelers have written much about Japan. Here you will find personal accounts of teaching English and studying Japanese, recommendations for what NOT to do, and tips for partying with salarymen. In addition, there is a range of helpful articles to seek out cultural festivals, unusual theme restaurants, and the strangest beauty products.

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Japan Articles
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24 hour photo mission: Tokyo

by Cassandra O'Leary
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10 of the best Airbnbs in Tokyo

by Matt Hershberger
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If I had 1 more day in Kyoto

by Alex Scola

How to eat conveyor belt sushi in Japan

by Alexandra Brueckner

Beginner’s guide to the Japanese onsen

by Alexandra Brueckner
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Your top 20 bucket list trips

by Joshywashington
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How to travel on a budget in Tokyo

by Sarah Shaw
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10 ‘off season’ fireworks shows

by Kristin Conard
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10 of the strangest theme restaurants in Tokyo, Japan

by Mary Richardson
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16 floating and swim-up bars [PICS]

by Kristin Conard
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What NOT to do in Okinawa

by Mary Richardson
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Tokyo nightlife: 3 killer clubs for when Roppongi’s charm wears thin

by Karen Dion
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What NOT to do in Japan

by Turner Wright
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10 great outdoor events in Okinawa

by Michael Lynch
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9 ways to eat cheap in Japan

by Pele Omori
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10 ramen shops in Tokyo worth visiting

by Abram Plaut
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10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright

5 signs you’ve been in Japan too long

by Steve McCabe
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