Japan

Ultimate 2022-2023 Kyoto, Japan Planning Guide

Our 2022-2023 Kyoto, Japan guide offers planning tips & tricks, hotel recommendations, best temples & shrines, transportation hacks, where to eat, crowd info, why we love the city, and more. Before we get to the basics, we’ll offer a brief note on travel to Kyoto later this year. (Updated September 27, 2022.) For the first time […]

November 2022 in Kyoto, Japan: Crowds, Weather & Events

November 2022 is Kyoto’s peak fall color dates, great weather, special events & night illuminations, and festivals at temples & shrines. Despite heavy crowds, it’s an excellent month to visit Japan, and you’ll have too many choices for seasonal things to do during a November trip to Kyoto. (Updated September 27, 2022.) Note that exact dates listed […]

Ultimate 2022-2023 Tokyo, Japan City Guide

Our 2022-2023 Tokyo travel guide offers info & tips, things to do, transportation info, where to eat, best hotels, avoiding crowds, itineraries for the city, and everything else you need to know. Whether you’re visiting for cherry blossom, fall colors, or in between, we’ve got you covered. (Updated September 27, 2022.) It’s now possible that some […]

Japan Reopening to Individual Tourists: Rules & FAQ

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will continue to reopen its border to foreign travelers. Starting on October 11, 2022, Japan will resume visa-free travel and accepting individual tourists. Japan will also lift the cap on daily arrivals, which is currently set at 50,000 per day. Kishida’s announcement was brief, and did not include any other details […]

Japan Reopening to Individual Tourists!

For nearly two years, we’ve been chronicling every update to Japan’s border closure in When Will Japan Reopen for Individual Tourists? We have great news: Japan will finally reopen to individual travel in October 2022! During a press conference in New York after his appearance at the U.N. (and before a speech at the New York Stock Exchange), Prime Minister […]

October 2022 in Kyoto, Japan: Crowds, Weather & Events

October 2022 is the start of fall in Kyoto, Japan. Leaves begin to change color, weather improves, and big festivals celebrate the season. It’s a great month to visit to enjoy lower crowds, special events & night illuminations, with lots of things to do in the city, its temples & shrines. (Updated September 22, 2022.) […]

Guide to Christmas 2022 at Universal Studios Japan

“NO LIMIT! Christmas” is a holiday event at Universal Studios Japan from November 11, 2022 to January 9, 2023. The holiday festivities include a stage show, record-setting tree, decorations in Super Nintendo World, and more. This guide shares our tips for USJ’s winter entertainment, plus our experience and photos. (Updated September 21, 2022.) The Christmas […]

When Will Japan Reopen for Individual Tourists? (Mid-September 2022 Update)

When will Japan lift its travel ban and reopen for international individual travelers? Will borders open as normal in Fall 2022? These are questions among those planning trips to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, etc. We monitor foreign visitor advisories, news, and more for answers. (Updated September 12, 2022.) Earlier this month, Japan by dropped certain pre-arrival testing, […]

Unguided Tours to Japan – Reopening Phase Rules

Japan is further relaxing its border restrictions, including opening to “unguided tour groups” or “non-escorted visitors on package tours.” In this post, we’ll discuss the details of the latest reopening step, info about new guidelines for self-guided groups, and more. (Updated September 5, 2022.) In this latest step towards fully reopening, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio […]

2022 Japan Fall Colors Forecast & Autumn Foliage Viewing Guide

Our fall colors forecast for Japan offers peak viewing info & tips for popular autumn foliage spots, including Kyoto, Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Himeji, and Nara. We’ll also share strategy for visiting the best temples, shrines, and evening illuminations. (Updated September 5, 2022.) Autumn is one of the most stunning times of the year […]