Japan’s Best Festivals (Matsuri)

Japan has more festivals (matsuri) than almost any other country in the world, and Japanese festivals – in all their color, tradition, and exuberance – are often spectacular.

The celebrations themselves vary widely depending on the occasion, and often involve spirited processions of participants vigorously chanting, dancing, and bearing massive, intricately-decorated omikoshi (portable shrines) or floats.

If you want to see Japan at its liveliest, a high-energy matsuri is the place to do it!

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Your Ultimate Japan Travel Playlist

Our Japan Travel Playlist of music to inspire you while planning your trip to Japan, and accompany you during your travels throughout Japan!

When we think about traveling somewhere, certain questions are obvious. Where should I go, and when? Where should I stay? What should I see?

To these clearly important starting points, we might add: What should I listen to?

For many of us, music and travel are inseparable. But plotting a playlist is, unfortunately, often completely ignored in the travel-planning process.

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Luggage Forwarding in Japan: The Magic of Takuhaibin

If you're planning to travel around Japan by train, this is a must-read on Japan's wonderful luggage-forwarding service, takuhaibin.

One of the most fun parts of traveling in Japan is undoubtedly the country’s amazing train network.

The shinkansen (bullet train) is arguably the world’s most exhilarating form of terra firma transit, but even smaller regional JR trains and other private railways like the Kintetsu (used often in the Kansai region) are speedy, spacious, spotless, and punctual.

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The Internet’s Best Japan Travel Resources

Planning a trip to Japan is exciting. But with so much information available on the internet and in guidebooks, it can also be a bit overwhelming at times.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the Best Japan Trip Planning Resources from around the Internet.

For even more Japan travel information, check out our free Japan travel tips and resources.

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Japan Content Specialist

Boutique Japan is seeking a brilliant and creative Content Specialist!

This is a freelance contract role, and a fantastic opportunity for a wonderful writer who also happens to be an extremely knowledgeable Japan expert.

Both writing and Japan expertise are essential.

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Best Japan Guidebooks for an In-Depth Experience

A general Japan guidebook can be great if you’re looking for general information on Japan travel.

But if you’re looking for more specialized, in-depth information, most guidebooks won’t cut it. That’s why we love these specialty Japan guidebooks.

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Guide to Tokyo Nightlife: An Introduction

Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities on Earth, and has a legendary nightlife.

You can begin your evening at a tachinomi stand bar, drink and dine at a cozy izakaya, enjoy seasonal cocktails at an only-in-Tokyo mixology counter, venture into a hole-in-the-wall rock or hip hop club, sing all-night karaoke à la Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, and dance until morning to the beats of DJs from around the world.

In short, Tokyo is home to one of the most diverse and fascinating nightlife scenes on the planet!

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Best Day Hikes Near Tokyo

We’re thrilled to welcome guest writer Kimi Sugiyama to introduce us to Tokyo’s best day hikes. Don’t miss the final mountain – her favorite!

As the introduction to Japan for many travelers, Tokyo has an incredible amount to offer with its plethora of neon lights, restaurants, and entertainment.

But after several days in the metropolis, the crowds and commute between one neighborhood to the next can leave you craving the outdoors.

Thankfully, a number of mountain ranges and national parks are within easy reach, so it’s surprisingly easy to balance your trip with some quiet time in nature.

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We’re Hiring a Sales Ninja!

Boutique Japan is hiring a brilliant, experienced, and highly motivated Sales Ninja.

Note: Thank you to all who applied! Applications are now closed.

If you have experience designing bespoke trips for savvy world travelers in a comparable sales position, you may be the perfect fit for our globally-distributed team!

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Foodie Honeymoons in Japan

Until recently Japan wasn’t a popular honeymoon destination, but with the rise of Japan as one of the world’s most important culinary capitals, foodie honeymoons in Japan have become an increasingly popular phenomenon.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve had the pleasure of helping an increasing number of wonderful culinary travelers from around the world plan mouthwatering foodie honeymoons throughout Japan.

As you eat your way through Japan, you will have the chance to…

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