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

Photographer attempts to express emotion through landscape with incredible results

by Morgane Croissant
1

The 14 funniest Japanese expressions (and how to use them)

by Isabelle Despert-Okumura
1

4 uncomfortable truths about teaching English in Japan

by Turner Wright
10

10 Japanese trends we wish would hit the US

by Kay
1

11 American habits that saved me in Tokyo

by C-M "Spike" Daeley
24

6 undeveloped islands to visit

by Tim Patterson
346

10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright
38

What NOT to do in Japan

by Turner Wright
1

24 hour photo mission: Tokyo

by Cassandra O'Leary
1

10 of the best Airbnbs in Tokyo

by Matt Hershberger
2

If I had 1 more day in Kyoto

by Alex Scola
1

How to eat conveyor belt sushi in Japan

by Alexandra Brueckner
1

Beginner’s guide to the Japanese onsen

by Alexandra Brueckner
10

Your top 20 bucket list trips

by Joshywashington
14

How to travel on a budget in Tokyo

by Sarah Shaw
5

10 ‘off season’ fireworks shows

by Kristin Conard
22

10 of the strangest theme restaurants in Tokyo, Japan

by Mary Richardson
9

16 floating and swim-up bars [PICS]

by Kristin Conard
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