Japan

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.

Japan Articles
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12 American habits I lost in Tokyo

by C-M "Spike" Daeley

This train could take you across the US in under 4 hours

by Morgane Croissant
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Getting naked in Tokyo — A mini survival guide for Japanese hot springs

by Sam Bleakly
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These female artists are challenging the world’s perception of women’s bodies

by Allison Jackson
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6 things you’ll get addicted to after living in Japan

by Elen Turner
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4 invaluable tips for traveling cheap in Tokyo

by Sam Bleakly
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A Japanese bar has created ‘violent’ drink coasters to stop domestic abuse

by Allison Jackson
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6 undeveloped islands to visit

by Tim Patterson
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10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright
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What NOT to do in Japan

by Turner Wright
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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
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How to eat conveyor belt sushi in Japan

by Alexandra Brueckner
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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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