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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

You can sleep in this odd floating capsule in Japan and wake up on a desert island

How to get a job and move to Japan

Tokyo might have a mile-high skyscraper, the tallest in the world, by 2045

A traveler lost their passport and Reddit came to the rescue. Here’s what happened.

8 stunning images that show Osaka’s perfect blend of old and new Japan

Pokémon Go players nearly eradicated this rare beetle in Japan

Jigokudani Monkey Park: What you need to know to visit Japan’s snow monkeys

The 11+ ultimate destinations to visit in Asia this summer

12 spots to frequent in Tokyo if you want to be a true local

What NOT to do in Japan

4 invaluable tips for traveling cheap in Tokyo

6 undeveloped islands to visit

24 hour photo mission: Tokyo

10 of the best Airbnbs in Tokyo

If I had 1 more day in Kyoto

How to eat conveyor belt sushi in Japan

Beginner’s guide to the Japanese onsen

Your top 20 bucket list trips

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