Discover the beautiful, the unique and the bizarre sides of Japan in our insider series

Discover the beautiful, the unique and the bizarre sides of Japan in our insider series

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Hiroshima atomic bomb attraction more popular than ever

Hiroshima atomic bomb attraction more popular than ever

Almost 70 years after the U.S. military dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the site of the devastation remains one of the country's most visited tourist sites
Hiroshima's Shimanami Kaido: One of the world's incredible bike routes

Hiroshima's Shimanami Kaido: One of the world's incredible bike routes

Japan's "Island-Wave-Sea Route" is an expressway made for cycling, offering amazing views of the Seto Inland Sea National Park
Artist 'jolts people awake' with zippers and T-shirts

Artist 'jolts people awake' with zippers and T-shirts

Whether he's dressing naked statues or creating balloons shaped like buttocks, Jun Kitagawa's public art is erotic and playful
11 extremely practical Japan travel tips

11 extremely practical Japan travel tips

Which apps to download, what cards to buy and what to pre-book before your trip
Japan's puffer fish capital: Delicious and deadly

Japan's puffer fish capital: Delicious and deadly

Shimonoseki is home to the only market in the country that specializes in the fish that could kill five men with its liver alone
Visiting the archrival alchemists of Japanese whiskey

Visiting the archrival alchemists of Japanese whiskey

By competing with each other, Japanese whiskey makers have climbed into the ranks of the world's elite
Welcome to Kumano, brush-making capital of Japan

Welcome to Kumano, brush-making capital of Japan

In the market for a luxurious makeup applicator? Calligraphy brush made out of your baby's first hairs? This Japanese town has you covered
Urban explorers: Uncovering abandoned sex museums and decrepit amusement parks

Urban explorers: Uncovering abandoned sex museums and decrepit amusement parks

Tracking down and photographing society's crumbling edifices has become a growing hobby in Japan, home to plenty of risqué ruins
Inside Toyota Kaikan: World's coolest factory tour?

Inside Toyota Kaikan: World's coolest factory tour?

Gawk at car guts, marvel at giant robots and ... buy curry in the gift shop? Toyota's factory tour is full of surprises
Japanese cuisine by region-- which is best?

Japanese cuisine by region-- which is best?

Our interactive map showcases the food and tells the stories of cuisines from 10 major Japanese destinations
Sapporo Snow Festival: 199 incredible ice sculptures

Sapporo Snow Festival: 199 incredible ice sculptures

Japan's biggest winter celebration does things with snow and ice you didn't know could be done