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

5 things French people learn when they move to Japan

by Agnès Gallais

10 off-the-beaten-path trip ideas in Asia

by Sarah Park

Japan’s naked festival is the most bizarre event you’ll ever attend

by Morgane Croissant

This video will convince you Japan has the raddest skiing on Earth

by Rory Moulton

This Japanese town is populated almost entirely by creepy dolls

by Jess Zimmerman

6 undeveloped islands to visit

by Tim Patterson

10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright

What NOT to do in Japan

by Turner Wright

24 hour photo mission: Tokyo

by Cassandra O'Leary

10 of the best Airbnbs in Tokyo

by Matt Hershberger

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

Your top 20 bucket list trips

by Joshywashington

How to travel on a budget in Tokyo

by Sarah Shaw

10 ‘off season’ fireworks shows

by Kristin Conard

10 of the strangest theme restaurants in Tokyo, Japan

by Mary Richardson

16 floating and swim-up bars [PICS]

by Kristin Conard
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